I just love the patterns by Connie Crawford. I must have over 20 of them by now. They are fashion classics and they fit better than anything else I have ever tried. Butterick was having a sale, so I purchased 5 more. I just made the wrap dress – twice. I’ll post on that shortly. Here are the patterns.
I also made a car quilt and a couple of sweaters for the new baby. The quilt is a stip quilt. I only used half of the strips, so I had enough left over for a table runner that is just waiting for the binding. The colors are blues, greens and yellows. I forget which designer produced the strip set.
The green sweater is an old pattern from my mother’s collection. I think I made it for every baby in the family. It only takes a couple of evenings while watching TV. It is one of the fastest patterns I have. The Blue & grey sweater has no pattern. I produced it from measurements. Both yarns are from Vanna White’s collection.
The baby shower for my niece Jac was last week. It was fun sewing and crocheting for a baby again. It has been many years since I used those patterns. My main gift was a Christening gown and Quilt. The gown is the same pattern I used for my niece when she was christened 21 years ago. It is (out of print) Butterick 3317. The quilt is an idea from Fons & Porter Quilting show. I quilted angel wings into the quilt and the idea is that you lay the baby between them for pictures. I used an embroidery from http://www.urbanthreads.com/ called Delicate Wings . Then I added some Celtic Knotwork around the edges. It came out better than I planned. Here are some pictures.
I haven’t been writing, but I have been sewing. In January I made 3 cardigan sweaters. All 3 are from patterns by Connie Crawford at Fashion Patterns by Coni. I love her patterns. She has an entire line of classic designs along with current designs. The first Design is B5793, published by Butterick. It is very comfortable and I received multiple complements when I wore it.
The next two were both from K6101, which may be out of print. I have had the patter for 15 years or more. It is a great raglan sleeve light weight knit sweater. On both I shortened the length from mid thigh to hip length.
I purchased this purple print for $2 a yard at Lorraines in Pawtucket. Great find.
This blue nubby knit came from The Fabric Place in Natick.
About a year ago I started a quilting class. I started the class because I wanted a more social outlet to my sewing. I am amazed at how much I am enjoying it. During the class I made quilts for several of my nieces and nephews. It was a the Big Block Quilt pattern from Joann’s website. The project picture does not do justice to how cute this quilt can be.
Ok. so I have been very silent for the last year. After the wedding dress, I took a few months off sewing and concentrated on crochet and other adventures. I have been back sewing in earnest the last 6 months or so. I will start catching up on the work I have done.
In November, we went to England for nearly 2 weeks. I had some business to do and we took an extra week for vacation. We visited many cool places. Some days it was quite cold with the rain and ocean winds. We spent most of the week in Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. We stayed in Weymouth and toured from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis. I made a hat on each flight. Thankfully, I made Jim’s hat on the trip over because he was quite cold without hair!
For Christmas last year, I made many hats and mittens.
And I made this beautiful capelet for my oldest niece. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It is a design by Mari Lynn Patrick called Chanson En Crochet. I found it on Interweave’s web site.
I continued sewing in earnest for summer. I’ll catch you up on other projects in the coming days.