Friday, March 27, 2009

Knitting Fabric Strips - A Cabana Bag

If you have followed my blog, then you know that I recently completed a rag rug by crocheting strips of upcycled fabrics. After that project, I began crocheting baskets too. My latest crafting adventure is making a knit bag with strips of fabric. I hadn't knit in many years, bu tit brings back fond childhood memories. My cousin, who lived across the street from my grandmother taught me how to knit after school. It is fun to pick up a pair of knitting needles again. After the knit sections are complete, I will sew a liner and handles. Check back in to see the completed project!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Centerpiece Basket - Easter Colors

Easter is just around the corner. I could not resist working with this bright colored Easter fabric to crochet a fabric basket. This one is listed in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Giggleberries is having a Giveaway!

My friend Giggleberries is hosting a giveaway for this adorable Jolly Jungle Bunting. Click HERE for more details!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Winter Thaw & Puddle Splashing

Now that my son is running around everywhere, I am experiencing the little things in life that I had not thought amusing since my own childhood. Except, now I am experiencing the fun and excitement through his eyes. Recently, the weather has hit the high 30's and low 40's during the day here which has started the winter thaw. Lots of melting snow has created puddles everywhere! My little guy loves nothing more than splashing in a puddle. The bigger the puddles the better! I can't wait until spring when we start seeing worms on the paved driveway .. that should be interesting!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lovely Floral Rag Basket

My latest craft obsession is making rag baskets, quilts, rugs, etc. This is the first rag basket made by crocheting fabric strips together for sale in my Artfire Shop. Lovely slate blue and mauve flowers decorate this lovely floral basket. This basket measures 7 inches across the base, 8 inches across the top, and stands 2.5 inches high. Click HERE to visit my Artfire Shop.

Monday, March 2, 2009

My First Rag Quilt!

The photo above is the quilt before washing in the machine to wear the rag edges. I will post a picture of the finished quilt when I get a chance. But for now, I hope that you enjoy the work in progress. You can see that one side has the raggedy edges and the back side has nicely sewn seams.

I had some 10 inch squares of fabric in sweet baby designs that I could not decide what to make with. So, they were the perfect fabrics to make my first rag quilt. I started this project only a couple days ago and finished today! I am hooked! I love the look and it is so easy to assemble. For a great tutorial of how you too can make your own rag quilt, visit: Jen Yu's web page. Her directions are very easy. Even a novice sewer can complete this project! I decided to quilt lots of different designs in each block instead of quilting x's.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Rag Rug - Finally Finished!!

I started this project in August. First I made the fabric yarn using the slit method for joining the strips. I found that this method was least noticeable. Next, I started a long chain for the center of the oval shaped rug. It did turn out a bit longer than I had expected - but not by too much. The colors were picked, not by me, to represent water lilies. I hope that everyone has enjoyed seeing my progress on this project - I know that I enjoy going back through my blog and viewing the previous posts.To get a sense of the rug's size, it is shown on a full size quilt in the photo below.

Now I am hooked on rag items - I have already started a rag quilt and crocheted a couple of rag baskets!