Monday, November 23, 2020

Quilt central

Daughter Carol's significant other, Jon, has requested t-shirt quilts for his two baseball lovin' sons. I've wanted to try a t-shirt quilt for years, so I agreed to give it a try!

My dining room has turned into quilt central. I'm hoping to have all of the shirts cut apart and backed with fusible interfacing by Thursday so that Carol and Jon can arrange the blocks when they're here for Thanksgiving. 

These won't be traditional quilts. Carol and Jon found some beautiful polar fleece at JoAnn Fabrics on Thursday. I picked it up on Friday, and the polar fleece is ready to go. Yesterday, Mom and I went shopping for muslin and interfacing. I made pretty good progress yesterday afternoon, so I think my goal is achievable!

So, why did Mom need muslin?

Mom finished an Irish Chain quilt top for my brother David's teardrop camper. We took it to a quilt shop for the quilting. It turned out so well, my sister Janet requested one. I have plenty of fabric around, except for muslin. Luckily, Mom loves to go shopping with me! We have everything ready to go for Mom's project.

Yes, we have turned into Quilt Central!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Keepin' it simple

I still need quite a few Ice Drops for Christmas gift giving, so I decided to stick with the basic pattern. I can tat them so much more quickly! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

End of the green


I used up the last of my green thread and green ribbon today. Once again, I underestimated the amount of thread left. I had hoped to get two or three Ice Drops out of the remaining thread, and I managed to get four! I did have to use the shoelace trick and do some finger tatting to finish up. I guess I'm free to move on to another color!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Just one

Just one picture, that is! It took me all morning to tat two Doodle Ice Drops. Little things like taking attendance and monitoring the hallway seemed to take extra time today!

The glass gems for these two Ice Drops are slightly larger than the 3/4" gems that I love. I have a hard time just disposing of pretty glass gems, so I adapt instead! Can you see the adaptation? There are 7 rings instead of 6. I much prefer the 6, but sometimes change is necessary!


Monday, November 16, 2020

One snowflake and four Ice Drops

I just realized I hadn't blogged since Thursday. I guess I was having too much fun tatting! This is Snowflake #4 from Robin Perfetti's new book, Four Dozen Tatted Snowflakes. I love this design!

I've also been busy tatting Doodle Ice Drops.

I still have thread by my chair, so I haven't gone into my stash to look for new colors.

Today, I finished off the ball of red. There was a tiny bit left, and I managed to tat a little five petal motif with it. I had to finger tat the last ring.

There's a little bit of green left. It will be interesting to see how many Ice Drops I manage to make. I think there's enough for two more. I could be wrong!


Thursday, November 12, 2020


Mom and I had a busy afternoon, but I still managed to finish another cross. This is Maria from Tatted Bookmarks ~ cross-shaped by Lene Bjorn. The thread is size 40 Lizbeth #9602, Golden Honey. This is one of the Limited Series threads. It looks good enough to eat!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Seeing red


I felt like tatting with red today. Red is Mom's favorite color! This is the tatted bookmark pattern found on the back of the Moonlit shuttle package. It can also be found on the Handy Hands web site. My first thought was to put this in one of the plastic bookmark sleeves that I purchased last year. The tassel would go on the sleeve rather than on the tatting. Then I realized I would have to remember where I safely stored those bookmark sleeves.

Instead of spending time searching, I added the tassel!

I felt the need to tat another Doodle Ice Drop. All in all, I think I had a pretty productive tatting day!