Monthly Archives: November 2013

My favorite red accessory.

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If you are “wearing” this red accessory you will be the envy of all.

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This is my favorite red accessory.

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This ‘accessory’ wins in every car show.

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Have a look at my first attempt at crocheted earrings.

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This is one of my first attempts at making crocheted jewelry.  I purchased a kit from Mary Maxim, 2 separate one actually, to start learning how to make these pretty earrings.  I have not added beads to this pair because I am working so very hard at getting the crochet pattern down.  I am rather proud of them and I have worn them already.  I want to keep making this style and wearing them.  Now for the other  style that I have made.

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I am very proud of these too.  I even added the beads as the instructions indicated.  I did change the pattern a bit because I am liking these better but I did follow the instructions most of the time.  At least I thought so.  Obviously I do need more practice to get the crochet ‘stitches’ just right.  Do you see the other problem?  Here have a closer look.

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Do you see it?  Both of the earrings face the same way.  One is not opposite of the other.  Therefore when I wear them, because I do, I always have one earring that is backwards.  I followed the instructions on that part but I still came out backwards.  That is about right for me – follow the instructions and come out backwards.  I will definitely practice some more on this pattern.  I did get complimented on these from a lovely woman when I wore them into town a few days ago.  I didn’t show her how backwards on of them was I just made sure to keep the good one facing in her direction.  At least I do hope that I did.

Lap Quilts made from Bandanas.

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I want to share with you a creation that is my mother’s, Mary Gary.  She had the idea to make lap quilts out of bandanas.

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These are 5 of the numerous that she has made.  I must admit that I have the most because I took them.  They are most convenient to help to keep the chill of on a cold winter evening.

The gray and blue ones on the left in the picture are the oldest ones that I have in my collection.  The are approximately 20 years old.  Believe me they have been used.  The remaining 3 in the pictures are the newest less than 10 years old.  Mary wasn’t sure if the bandanas would last very long.  She has the first original bandana lap quilt that she made and it is more than  20 years old.  She uses the lap quilting method for quilting and joining the blocks together.

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All of the quilting on these quilts in hand stitched that Mary did by hand.  She always tries to get 4 to 8 stitches per 1 inch.  She debates exactly what counts as a stitch.  Here is her philosophy on hand stitching per inch.  When doing machine quilting the ‘bottom stitch’ is not really a stitch but rather the bobbin thread wrapping and securing the top ‘stitch’.  When doing the hand stitching the needle is drawn down and up through the quilt so that there is ‘stitching’ on both sides.  Where ever a stitch is not seen on the top there is a real stitch on the bottom.  Therefore she counts the stitch on the back of the quilt as one of the stitches per inch.  It is too bad that the judges in the quilt shows don’t see it that way.  I am not an unbiased observer in this situation but I do think that her hand quilting is marvelous.

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In this photo you can see the hand quilting.  Mary even made the biased binding.

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This is a view of the back side of the red bandana quilt.

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To make these bandana quilts, Mary has used the lap quilting method championed by Georgia Bonesteel.

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This is the latest bandana quilt that Mary has made.  It is a baby quilt and she did the quilting by machine.  She says that it is so much easier to do machine stitching on a block rather than an entire quilt.  This baby quilt is for sale in our shop.  Mary has told me of the next bandana lap quilt that she is working on and it is going to be great!