Sunday, 18 August 2019

FIELD DISHCLOTH










My husband and I had a wonderful mini-vacation in Field, BC last week.  This dishcloth came about as a happy accident when I was practicing some new pattern swatches for a shawl and knit an extra row instead of purling!   Please enjoy and feel free to share.



 Field, BC, Canada







MATERIALS:

1 ball of dishcloth cotton.
4.5 mm knitting needles (or size recommended on your yarn label).
2 stitch markers.




 Stitches slipped from row to row develop a nice pattern with variegated yarn. 



INSTRUCTIONS:

Cast on 29.

SET UP:
Knit 4.  Place marker.  Knit 21.  Place marker.  Knit 4.

Knit 3 rows, moving markers as you go.

PATTERN ROWS:

Note:  Move markers as you go. 

Row 1 (right side):
Knit 4.  Slip 1 purlwise.  (Knit 3.  Slip 1 purlwise) 5x.  Knit 4.

Row 2 (wrong side): 
Knit 4.  Move yarn to front.  Slip 1 purlwise.  Move yarn to back.  (Knit 3.  Move yarn to front.  Slip 1 purlwise.  Move yarn to back) 5x.  Knit 4.

Row 3:
Knit all stitches.

Row 4:
Knit 4.  Purl 21.  Knit 4. 

Repeat these rows until you achieve your desired length of dishcloth,
ending with Row 1.   A square dishcloth will be about 9-10 repeats.

Knit 4 rows.

Cast off.

Weave in ends.



 



Tuesday, 16 October 2018

CHEATIN' DRUNK QUILT TUTORIAL


This little beauty is called "Cheatin' Drunk" because you are getting all of the effect and more of a Drunkard's Path block WITHOUT SEWING ANY CURVES.   Woohoo people!

With the popularity of the Drunkard's Path quilt and curved piecing, here's a super tutorial for all of you who love that look, but prefer not to sew curves.

Start with an amazing medallion print to achieve this spectacular result. 







 Pick out a fantastic medallian print and some coordinating fabrics.   
The fabric I chose had a matching border print that worked perfectly for my quilt.   


Cut out the medallions into even squares.   

At this stage you will have a full circle print (sorry, I forgot to get a photo)
Do your best to centre the medallion as prints like these are often a bit wonky.   

Cut the medallions into even quadrants. 

 Add sashing to the 2 'curved' edges of the medallion quadrant, 
bringing it up to the desired size of your block.  

Square it up.  

 You will notice on my quilt that some of my blocks were sashed in brown 
and others in the black print.  

This was a super fabric destash. 


 Layout your blocks into your favorite Drunkard's Path pattern.  



Add outer borders as desired.   




This is the most incredible curved quilt sewing only straight seams (happy dance)!

 

I hope you love working on this as much as I did.  Today I have it on the pinning table.   

Please watch my INSTAGRAM page for photos of the finished quilt.  

Thanks for reading! Melanie

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Comfy College T-Shirt Cushion

Finished Cushion 
24" x 24"


MATERIALS:




CUTTING:



SEWING: 
 





TA DA! 

 



 ...and there is a quilt to go with it!
http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.com/2016/01/san-tan-valley-sunset.html