Yes, sir – yes, sir, one box full!

April 29, 2007 at 11:34 am | Posted in swaps, Thrifty Goodness | 10 Comments

sweaters for sonya

This is an overdue box of cashmere and wool sweaters that I’m sending west to the lovely knitsonya* for a personal swap. I’ve been blest to find so many wonderful sweaters for very good prices at the thrift store, and the poor dear has lots of competition for such gems in San Francisco. She’s has such a talent for working with wool; I can’t wait to see what she does with them!

And I know it’s better to give than to receive, but what I received…! Sonya sent the most thoughtful and generous package. Each item was chosen with care and I love it all!

Too much fabric! Floral and pink fabric from Sonya Dotty fabric Owl fabric

The fabric’s working its way through the wash so that I can start using it right away.

sonyaswap vintage buttons Red vintage buttons fruit buttons

I’ve admired her vintage buttons, and now some of them are MY vintage buttons :o). Amazing aren’t they?

She also sent candy, which didn’t last long enough for the photo shoot (Mr. Lisa K. LOVES candy), and some pretty pink thread and cotton batting. I’m aaaalllllll set for crafting this spring, between this great swap and some quilt shop gift certificates and books my wonderful friends gave me for my birthday.

Thank you, Sonya! Your package will be en route tomorrow!

Next post: new crafty books!

*News flash: Sonya’s j u s t opened an etsy shop. Check there soon for some of her sure-to-be-wonderful creations.


Strawberry Rhubarb Πr2

April 28, 2007 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps | 17 Comments

completed doll quilt

That’s what I’ve named this quilt, which I just completed for our little Doll Quilt Swap. The colors reminded me of the fillings in my husband’s favorite pie.

grid quilting

I’ve quilted grids between the circles that look a little like a lattice crust. And of course the formula for the area of a circle is πr2. Guess I’ve been teaching too many math classes at the ol’ children’s museum :o)

The design is based on the Mod quilt in Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr’s book The Quilter’s Color Workshop. They’re the fine folks at Funquilts who also authored the popular book The Modern Quilt Workshop. I thought a lot about color when choosing the fabric for this quilt. The middle section of the quilt is supposed to look as though a translucent white square lies lays sits atop the “original” darker colors, seen along the edge.


I love, love, love the binding. It’s a couple of taupes and a salmony-rosy color woven together.

This is my first time making a doll quilt. I was really amazed at how much more quickly and easily it seemed each step was completed, compared to making a larger quilt. It also took so little fabric and very little space to work on it (marking, layering, pinning).


That being said, I did hit a couple of speed bumps. Since both of the circle fabrics had directional prints, I had to be super careful when cutting and piecing them. And I challenged myself to try out curved piecing, thinking it would be easier on a small project. It was hard for me! I drafted the templates for the circles, which was a little tricky, but they worked out. The curved quilting gave me fits, too. Luckily the majority of the quilting is straight-line grid and channel quilting, which is easy-peasy with a walking (even-feed) foot.

I’m a little sad to pack it up, but I guess I have to: the deadline to send quilts for the swap is Monday! Hint, hint, Swap Dolls!!

Doll Quilt Progress

April 25, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps, WIP | 6 Comments

First of all, apologies to poor Francie, whose name I’ve somehow neglected to add to the Doll Quilt Swap page until today. So sorry!

Next, the Doll Quilt Swap flickr group is up and running. If you are a flickr member, you’re invited to post photos of your in-progress projects and packages sent or received. Check out the photos already posted for some inspiration :o) If you’re not a flickr member, e-mail me photos if you’d like me to add your pictures to the pool.

And the swappers march ever onward toward the Monday, April 30th deadline:

  • Susan used a foundation to construct this charmer. Love the eyelet!
  • Kim‘s freewheeling storybook-themed quilt is a real show-stopper
  • Maggi posted a sneak peek at her quilt. Cool looking quilting, Maggi.
  • Bonnie completed her first-ever quilt. GREAT colors!
  • Laura‘s completed her cute & colorful repro-print quilt.

Finally, my quilt is progressing! I’ve finished machine quilting it. Don’t be fooled: almost all of the quilting is plain ol’ straight lines, facilitated by a walking foot. I just need to bind it, wash/dry, and add the tag. Unfortunately, our washer-dryer was pronounced DOA by the nice Sears repair man yesterday, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to launder it…

quilted doll quilt

Doll Quilt Swap Update

April 21, 2007 at 11:03 am | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps, WIP | 5 Comments

Many of the swappers have been busier on their quilts than me, it seems! With about a week and a half until the sending deadline, some Doll Quilt Swap participants have been posting their progress, and the quilts look wonderful!

Liz has already completed the swap cycle (!), having both sent a lovely, vibrant quilt to Kristin and received wonderful appliqued quilt from Lynn.

Speaking of Lynn, she has a funny oops! story about making the quilt on her site.

Monica’s WIP is peeking shyly from beneath some crochet supplies, but its cuteness can’t be concealed!

Marisa is working on an imaginative and colorful applique quilt.

Look at Sarah‘s pieced-embroidered-appliqued creation! That brown Sonnet fabric is one of my faves.

And here’s Maitreya‘s doll quilt: her coin design really highlights those great prints.

Finally, here’s my work in progress:

doll quilt swap wip

I decided to try curved piecing on this small project. It’s pretty time consuming, but I love the results! I’m off from work on Monday, so I should have it at least pieced by then. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Wardrobe Refashion: Sock into Yorkie Outfit

April 15, 2007 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Sewing/Crafts | 3 Comments

Disclaimer: this is neither my dog nor my craft idea!

Yorkie outfit

My friend’s son-in-law posted this cute and easy idea for making a dog sweater. All you need are

  • a Yorkie,
  • a sock, and
  • a pair of scissors

I can’t tell if it’s a huge sock or a tiny Yorkie. Isn’t that the cutest flippin’ thing you’ve ever seen? The instructions are on Seth’s site.

Quilting tips for newbies

April 11, 2007 at 10:28 am | Posted in Sewing/Crafts | 2 Comments

Hi, everyone! I’m down in Louisiana babysitting my cutie 2-month-old niece, but I thought I’d post these sites to help some of the swappers who might need some tips on quilting.
This one has great illustrations! If you’re a ntotal newbie, you might want to start here
Marcia has great tips and patterns. There’s a “where do you want to go today?” drop-down menu with Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc.
More helpful tips!!

Hope these help!

Lisa K.

Doll Quilt Swap signups are now closed

April 7, 2007 at 8:14 am | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps | 3 Comments

Thanks to all of you who signed up! We have 27 swappers representing 4 countries, new and experienced quilters, and something like 3 or 4 Sarahs, all with an “h!”

I’m working on the matchups now and then tomorrow I will e-mail your partner’s contact information and preferences, if she indicated any. If she didn’t, then we’ll assume it’s Quilter’s Choice!

NEW QUILTERS: On Tuesday, I’ll post some links to help you along with constructing, quilting, and finishing.

Yo-yo doll quilt

Last day to sign up

April 5, 2007 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Sewing/Crafts | 1 Comment

…for the Doll Quilt Swap is TOMORROW, FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH. If you’ve been thinking about joining us, it’s time to act!

I have to move the participant list from the sidebar to a new page because…we had too many participants for WordPress’ text widget to handle! Wahoo! I also listed the guidelines for the swap there, too.

We have nearly twenty swappers from the US and Canada, from sea to shining sea.

Small quilts, BIG FUN!!

More doll quilt ideas

April 1, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Doll Quilt Swap, Quilting, Sewing/Crafts, swaps | 1 Comment

I’ve been scouring the the Web for ideas for our Doll Quilt Swap. I do love the simple charm of the square-patches-and-borders approach that many quilters  take, but in case you’re looking for something a little more complex…

The little quilt above was made by the talented golly g. You can click on it for a larger view of the calico, gingham, and rickrack: oh, the cuteness! And how about that tiny dolly bed?!

Better Homes and Gardens has this pretty pattern available on their site. I love the vintage colors.

I also love the colors and construction Maritza (soto softies) chose for her doll quilts.

Thanks, if you’ve already signed up. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s works-in-progress. I’ve started a Doll Quilt Swap group on flickr if y’all would like to post pictures once the sewing, swapping, and sending starts in earnest.

There’s still time if you’d like to join us. Signups are open until April 6th (next Friday). All the participants thus far are Stateside, east of the Mississippi (that was fun to type) River.

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