Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sleepy blog

I just haven't been in that blogging "mood" lately. Frankly, I haven't really been in a crafty mood lately either (though I have managed to do a couple of things). Happily, the craftin' urge is rekindling. Thank goodness, because the holiday season is upon us, and I have lots to do!

So I still have those last 3 triangles to do for my Jane Stickle quilt. However, in lieu of working on them, I have been busily stitching blocks together. Here's another chunk:

chunk o' Jane, G-4 to J-6
It doesn't look wildly impressive, but this was probably about 5 evenings of work for me. Hand stitching may not be the speediest of methods, but I really enjoy doing it.

I have also had the urge lately both to do some charity work as well as use up some of my stash. This time, I'm working with flannels. I bought a bunch of'30s-style flannel prints some time ago... 2003, maybe? The original plan was to make a big ol' rag blanket. But I ended up making a couple of other rag blankets. And now I'm just kind of done with those. So, the flannel has just been sitting. Inspired by the amazingly productive and generous Evelyn, I decided to start by making a couple of swaddling blankets for Project Linus.

a pair of receiving blankets
Evelyn has a great tutorial on how to make them. I did mine a little differently. I cut them smaller (36" x 36") and then cut some curved corners (just because I felt like it). It was fun using a couple of the fancy stitches on my machine, too.

I've also been busily cutting squares from my flannel scraps. My plan is to create a couple of blankets with those, including a disappearing nine-patch. At this point, I'm not entirely sure when this will happen, but it is the plan. And, if nothing else, having a plan is a good start.


  1. Robin, I love your color choices on your DJ. I think that is the only way I'll ever complete my own is doing it in colors I love...though I do have a lot done in the civil war prints and all the fabric to finish it, I think I'm going to use your inspiration and try different colors.

    Yours are looking wonderful!!

  2. Your Dear Jane blocks look even better now that they are getting put together. What a treasure this is going to be.

    The blankets will be wonderful for some small child this winter.

  3. Way to keep chugging with the Dear Jane. It's going to be stunning when it all comes together.

  4. Your Jane is coming along great. I am glad you got the mojo back to finish her.

    Those baby blankets are adorable! I have a few pieces of flannel so I need to give those a try. Quick, easy and a great gift.

  5. I kind of had the feeling that putting them all together was going to take awhile. I am getting really excited about seeing the whole quilt top put together!