How to Back Loop and Front Loop Stitch 

I like to have hand work to do at night.  Since I have finished my baby afghans, I am ready to start another needlework project.   I have noticed that a few of you are joining Polly’s Stardust Melodies CAL @ Every Trick on the Hook.  I love all of the textures she is introducing, so I will definitely be joining in:)

I have a lot of purple yarn just lying around in my stash that I want to get rid of, so purple it is!  I think this afghan is the perfect project for all of these  lone skiens of yarn.  I may need to add more to these, but I don’t want them to match, so that makes it easy!  

The only tricky part of this square is learning the techniques of back loop only stitching BLO, and front loop double crochet FLDC in the previous row.  

Here is how to Back loop Stitch:

  • A regular stitchgoes under the v of a stitch, but a back loop stitch only uses the top part of the v.  I have pointed the arrow to the stitch on the top picture.
  • Place your needle in the center of the v and stitch as usual.  Easy!

By stitching this way, a line of stitches is left on the front.

Here is the Front Loop Double Crochet stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn around your needle and identify the front stitch that you will be going around.  The arrow in this picture shows the horizontal bar that was left from last rounds back loop stitch,
  2. Place your needle under and through this stitch 
  3. Wrap the thread around your needle.
  4. Work off as a normal double crochet.

Once you get the hang of it, it is so fun to crochet this way.  It adds texture and interest to the finished piece.  It also holds my interest longer.  

Am I the only one who tends to get the doldrums about midway through a project?  This CAL should help solve that problem by making it easy to finish one small afghan square at a time:) 

Here is my first small finished afghan –the Bequine square.  

I just love all of the texture and the directional pattern:). Don’t you?  It sure would be SWEET to have you join along!  

Long Time Gone – Log Cabin and Half Square Triangle Blocks

I have been having so much fun with this quilt along by Gnome Angel.  We are sewing the Jen Kingwell Long Time Quilt.  I like sewing  with these bright colors and fun blocks.  Her style just hits the mark with me!

 Last week I had fun cutting small strips and sewing them back together into diagonal log cabin blocks.

It is interesting how she used different widths of fabric to add interest and movement to the block.  I made four of these cute blocks:)


Next I sewed up about 100 half square triangles. I like to sew them a little larger than called for and trim them down to size.  That way they are always perfect!

Don’t they look pretty?

I sewed these little squares into three different blocks.  The first was just 5 rows of straight half square triangles all going the same direction.  Cute!

The next block had a larger square in the middle and the half squares arranged in different directions.

The final block was a type of trip around the world block.  This one was my favorite:)

I am looking forward to the rest of this quilt. It is so totally SWEET!!

Thank you for dropping by:)

Baby Blessing Set Done

I am expecting two grandsons in just a few weeks. One will be here at the end of this month and one will be here in June.  I have been busily crocheting and sewing away trying to get everything ready.  I can happily say that I am now done:).  Yea!!

I am very pleased with how the afghan turned out. (One family already has a blessing afghan) The cute little holes are just perfect for little fingers to poke through. 

I didn’t have a pattern.  I just alternated rows of  1 row dc and and 1 row 3dc in same st, skip 2 sc,repeat. It was very fast.  After the Tunisian blankets, I was happy for fast:)

I also tackled two boy blessing outfits.  Oh my, oh my, they turned out cute!    I searched online for a ready made outfit that I liked , but I couldn’t find one.  So I searched for patterns.  It took hours, but I finally found a vintage pattern that looked just right.  

It arrived in a tattered envelope, but the pattern was all intact, Butterick 5758.  I redesigned it a little by sewing the shorts and shirt together to eliminate gaps and bulk at the waist.   Isn’t it ADORABLE?!


I was going to make a matching bow tie, but it seemed to detract from the outfit.  I guess I’ll wait and ask the mother’s what they want.  

Sewing from a vintage pattern was a little tricky because the instructions were not as clear as modern patterns, but it was still a fun adventure:). I’m glad I did it..


I am so ready to meet these two SWEET little boys.  They have already stolen my heart, before I have even met them!  

Totally Tipster- How to Organize a Button Box

Hello!  It’s a Totally Tipster day around my house today.  I have been making blessing outfits for my grand babies, and came to the button part of the pattern.   Oh no, ugh! —  this is always such a chore because my button box looks like this:

Come on, I know that most of yours look very similar to this as well:).  Now, I like the look of a button jar or the feel of running buttons through my fingers, but this is not a decorative button box.  It is supposed to be a working button box.

I dug around looking for matching small white buttons for about 30 minutes, and finally said, “Enough already!! It’s time to fix this!”I took out a package of large safety pins that I had in a drawer and got to work.

I divided the buttons by color and then started pinning button sets on pins.   It really didn’t take that long, and they look so pretty!

Not every button had a matching set, so I left those  alone in the box for single button projects.   

I just love LOVE LOVE how easy it is to find buttons now!  Pick a colored pin and off I go:)!  SWEET!!

I hope this Totally Tipster Tip helps some of you get your button collection under control too.  Please feel free to leave  me a comment if you do:)!

Until tomorrow–


 

Scrap Happy Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

It is the 15th of the month which means it is time to link up with Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia on her  Scrap Happy Link up party:).   I really would not get anything done on this quilt if it weren’t for this party.  Thank you again Kate!  She is so nice

This month I sewed a few of my pieced blocks together.  I gathered my strip triangles and my crazy pieced winged triangles and took a deep breath to get started.

I laid the quilt out and started placing the pieces into octagonal shapes.  I started sewing, taking care to leave the final edge of the seams open so I could get the angles to make squares.  Yes, it was and is tricky!

Even with my careful planning, I managed to sew a striped piece to the wrong wing and sewed it all together without noticing.  Ugh!

I had to take out my good friend, Triagan, the seam ripper, and un-sew that whole section.  Oh well,  these things do happen.  Sewing, un-sewing, it’s all part of the process:). 

Here is another pretty octagon that I laid out and then pinned together in hopes of not getting lost this time.

Whew!  It worked better that way:).  I am so excited to see this quilt come together.  It is definitely scrappy happy:)  Look at that uber scrappy star between the octagons–AMAZING !

The pattern can be found in the book Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty.  It definitely isn’t for a beginner quilter, it is tricky to be sure. But I think it is worth the time and effort. I love the kaleidoscopic effect of all of these little scraps:)

I hope your day is SWEET with creative projects!  Thank you for stopping by:) 

Until tomorrow,


 If you have a moment or two, you might want to go check out what the other Scrap Happy participants are sewing together.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

I don’t usually like to post on Sundays, but today my heart is filled with so much love and happiness that I just want to share some of it with you, my online friends.

I hope your home is filled with kind words of love and loud shouts of children’s playing voices.   I hope you get slightly burnt toast, hand drawn cards from school, and paper flowers.

I hope you think on the memories of your own dear mother and forgive hers and your faults, and focus on her tender care of you.  I hope she is still around so you can give her a tender hug filled with love and gratitude.

I hope your beautiful children call you, or better yet, come by and fill your home with grandchildren crawling or running around and getting into everything.  I hope your home is filled with the music of love permeating all around you.

The words of this song have been playing through my mind all morning.  I hope you don’t mind if I share them with you–

“I see my mother kneeling with our family each day

I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray

Her pleas to the Father quiet all my fears

And I am thankful- LOVE is spoken here.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

Fantastic Bake Along — Double Dipped Fried Chicken!  

Good Saturday Morning!!  I have anxiously been looking forward to this day to see how everyone’s Fried Chicken turned out:). Oh-yea!!

My family was very very happy with the meal.   It takes a little bit of time, but it is SO WORTH IT.  I took out the fryer at 4:30 and we were eating at 6:30.

I made a salad and biscuits to finish off the meal.  I usually make a crusty topped apple pie to go along, but I did just get off of a cruise and thought I had better not. Lol:)

This is a fairly easy recipe.  You can check it out here.  Give it a try,  I know you will love it!!

Here is the list of those who are joining in this months BAL.  Let’s head over and check out how their chicken turned out:)