August 12, 2014
Barbara: Working on a Small Scale
I'm still making lap/nap quilts. They're such a nice manageable size, 36-40x 50 inches, I don't feel overwhelmed nor committed to a lifelong project. This one was made of orphan blocks, and I think I did a good job composing this collection of leftovers into a semi-coherent whole. Like the previous nap quilts, this one was backed with flannel, which was turned to the front of the quilt to form the binding.
I decided to tackle some of my cotton yarn stash, mostly because a few balls usually fall out of their bag when I go into the Closet of Doom. This fun dishtowel was knit with a free pattern and two balls of kitchen cotton. Although the pattern is for size 5 needles, I used a size 7 so I'd get a bigger towel, since a I knew it would shrink. Before it was washed the towel measured 19.5 x 22, and it measured 18.5 x 20 after washing. I love the way the colors pooled.
Yes, I looked silly taking this picture while sitting on my kitchen floor. "What are you doing?" said Michael. "Don't ask," I replied.