Posts tagged Sewing
Deluxe Tri-Fold Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Tutorial

This tri-fold case is designed to hold a set of interchangeable circular needles—the needle tips and cables as well as DPNs and fixed circulars plus a large zippered pocket in the back to hold loose accessories and tools that might otherwise get lost. I am not brave enough to use DPNs myself and only have one 5” set. The two side panels are 6” wide so they hold mine perfectly fine. But those of you with the longer DPNs (like 7”) might want to increase the overall width. An easier option would be to sew narrow pockets in the center panel for longer DPNs. Overall, this has been designed to suit the needles and tools I have, so I highly suggest you read the document thoroughly first to see if want to make any changes or modifications.

View, download or print the directions here.

Picnic Quilt

Back in December, I had an urge to complete one of the many started-by-never-finished projects tucked in the nooks and crannies of my studio. This picnic quilt fit the bill. I had made most of the string blocks a couple years ago with the intention of making a full size string quilt but then I found a stack of squares I cut (another half-baked quilt idea) so I made up enough of each to complete a square grid. There is no method to the design layout or color scheme. It’s literally just a collection of home décor scraps, whatever piece fits wherever. I’ll admit, it’s a bit busy for my taste—-normally, I’d throw in some solid color (most likely gray) to break it up. But I was determined to use what I had on hand. And finish something.

The original intention was to use it as a picnic or floor quilt, something to sit on. But while I was hand stitching the binding, the quilt draped over me quite nicely and kept me warm on a chilly evening. So it may be used as a lap quilt instead. There is no batting—-the home decor fabric provides enough weight. On the bottom, I added triangles of fabric to the corners. I’ve seen this done a lot of picnic and beach quilts. If you put some rocks or sand them, the weight will prevent the wind from lifting the corners.