A Quilt made with Love

I’m pretty sure every quilt is made with love but this one is very special to me. The book it’s from is Scatter Garden Quilts by Pamela Mostek and I designed it for my mom. I used Patti’s Quilt pattern, but of course took it in my own direction with fabric selection.

Each of those tiny squares (Do you see them?) are 1 inch x 1 inch and the rest are 2 inch x 2 inch squares. Those are really small and that’s a queen size bed!

It took me a couple of months to make it and then, oh, four years to find someone to actually quilt it so my mom could use it. But a couple Christmases ago I finally got it done and now it’s where it belongs – with my mom.

My Grandmother was a quilter and I want to keep that in our family.


Meet Fanny, my newest loom

Say hello to Fanny.  She’s a Model F Leclerc 4 harness counterbalance loom I found on craigslist in Lincoln, NE that was too good of a deal to pass up.  In 1953 (when she was born) this model was called the Model F but since then they have changed it to the Fanny so that’s the Canadian name for it, not mine.  I think she’ll have another name soon enough.  She is tucked in a corner at the moment and I need to replace some cords and such but overall this loom is in really great shape.  I can’t wait to learn how to use her!

Taking the Inkle Loom class with the PFA really helped me get excited about weaving.  I never thought I would get into it but now I am crazy about weaving and want to learn everything I can about it.  =)

Tiny Dino Studios giveaway on Tangled Happy

Check out the awesomeness of Marla and Sara!  These local fiber artists in Topeka got together and want to bestow upon us mere mortals some awesome hand dyed yarn.  Check out Marla’s Etsy page for all the yarns you can choose from and run over to Tangled Happy to comment before 9pm March 17th.


This blog needs more Alpacas!

Alpacas at Orchard Hill Farm to the rescue!

Glory looking beautiful in the mid-winter sunlight.

Frankie munching on some grass.

It’s a beautiful day


Local Fiber Arts Activities

Say hello to the PFA (Potwin Fiber Artisans) if you haven’t already. We have so many pots on the fire it’s hard to know where to start.

  • First thing:  Fiber Arts Classes – we have a big focus on education so we’re already going strong on the classes.  March Class Schedule
  • Second thing: May 4-5 is another Fiber Arts Bazaar. It’s going to be awesome! And again it’ll be at the Potwin Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
  • Third thing: The PFA is going to be at the Topeka Farmer’s Market in downtown Topeka with demonstrations, activities, and local awesomeness to sell.

A new market bag

Summer is the time for farmer’s markets, fresh air, fresh vegetables, homemade jam, bread, mmm the list goes on!  This leads me to think I need more market bags for going to the Saturday market.  I’ve made some in the past, generally all different patterns and most of them, while easy to make, go from a normal size bag to one 4 feet deep when you put one thing in it.  It isn’t so functional, sadly.  So I tried one with gussets yesterday of my own design.  Basic, of course, but I had a plan.

I made a rectangular base in single crochet worked in the round starting with a chain of 26.  Then I started the open work part by *chaining 2, skipping 1 stitch and then single crocheting into the next single crochet* and repeating across one long side of the rectangle.  On the short ends I wanted to continue the width of the base as a solid piece up through the strap so that part wouldn’t be as stretch. Roughly, the ends were 6 single crochet across and then I went back to the openwork pattern for the other long side.  And repeat.  There was some finagling on each end to keep from increasing and to keep the strap the same width, but those are minor details.  Near the top, I worked one round of *chain 1, skip 1 stitch, single crochet into the next single crochet* (smaller space) and then I worked 3 or so rounds of solid single crochet to make it sturdy.  Then I just worked a 6 stitch single crochet strap long enough when stretched to be a cross body strap and slip stitched it to the other side.  I only used 2 balls of peaches and cream cotton, not quite 200 yards so it isn’t huge, but I’m quite fond of it and I’ll be trying it out this Saturday!