Monday, February 6, 2012

A little crafty history.

As usual, I have a ton of projects in various stages of completion here that I have yet to take pictures of. So I thought I might start by looking at what I've done so far. I guess it's kind of a cheat, since I already have pictures, but I also think its kind of fun to see the improvements.

First quilt

This is the first quilt I ever made. It was a gift for my best friend's daughter when she was born, and I think it turned out pretty well. Like most people who quilt, this first one was made before I discovered designer fabrics, from flannels and quilting fabrics from Joann's. The backing was a solid piece of fleece, which made the quilt heavy and warm, but kind of a pain to actually quilt. It got a ton of use, mainly as a play mat.

Liz's quilt

I know the quilt in this picture isn't finished, but this is my first designer fabric quilt. I used a layer cake of Rural Jardin from French General, and it was a Christmas present for my french-country-loving sister-in-law. This is a pattern from the book "Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts" and I can only claim sheer ignorance in trying a triangle pattern as my second quilt. I'm afraid there were many, MANY errors, but none glaring and she seemed to like it. In fact, it started her quilting, too!

Jack's blanket

And here is my first knitting project. Kind of ambitious to go straight to a blanket, but it actually was a very good place to start. An entire blanket entirely in garter stitch is fabulous for working out your tension and I learned color change as well. This was for my son when he was 3 months old and he still sleeps under it. The pattern is the Super Easy Baby Blanket by Purl Soho, and while I drooled over their yarn choice of Alchemy Temple, I ended up finding the perfect colors and washability in Spud and Chloe Sweater.

Well, there you go. my 3 major firsts. I've got lots more for show and tell, but hopefully I'll get some newer pictures in here soon!


  1. That blanket was your first knitting project? It's gorgeous. Your stitches! They're so even! I knit a scarf first, and it looked gnarly. In a bad way. Clearly you're a natural...

    1. Thanks! Although I'm sure it has more to do with my Type A/ocd than any kind of natural talent :)