Friday, April 19, 2019

Green strings

In my neverending quest to turn scraps into useful things, I've had some fun making string-blocks out of scraps. 

It's really satisfying to turn a pile of this ...

... into a little something like this! 

Next up, this one will get some borders and become a baby quilt for a friend.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Aqua quilt-y pieces

The beginnings of quilt-making projects are always fun ...
Here are some pieces of the latest!

Progress is happening ... I've got a bunch of string-blocks made for the bigger blocks in this design.
Next up: I need to trim the string-blocks and cut out the white (background) pieces.

More pictures soon!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A long-time finish

This week, I finished crocheting an afghan that's been in progress for several years. It feels good to have it done!

I actually started it about 10 years ago. For some reason, I got about a quarter of the way done and then quit working on it. After putting it away for a few years, I rediscovered it last fall. (I mentioned it here.)

Progress was a little slow ... partly because every row is over 200 stitches long ... and partly because there are almost 200 rows ... and partly because I've had lots of other projects in the works. (Check back soon for pictures of those ones!)

Anyhow ... This one's done! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


One of the things I should do more often is write blog posts.

Sometimes, my dilemma is: Do I want nicely-polished, wordy posts occasionally, or do I want simple (Instagram-style) captioned pictures, more frequently?

Actually, there's probably room for both, so, here's my picture for today:

I just rediscovered an afghan I started (5 or 10) years ago. I'm finishing it! It's the perfect fall project!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

T-Shirt Yarn

In not-so-quilty news, I'm still occasionally making T-Shirt Yarn.

I usually either crochet with this fun, bulky yarn, or I sell it on eBay

Currently, I've got some T-Shirt Yarn, some Vintage Toys, and some Minecraft-Style Quilts for sale on eBay.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Quilt-y Kaleidoscopes and Mitered Corners!

I've been fascinated by quilt-y kaleidoscopes ever since I knew they existed.

ProsperityStuff Kaleidoscope Quilt on Clothesline

Octagons, hexagons, (more hexagons!), squares, you name it. (This post has pictures of a variety of  kaleidoscopes I've made.)

ProsperityStuff Hexagon Kaleidoscope Quilt

So, I have been interested to see some of the things Jinny Beyer has done with border prints in kaleidoscope-like designs. (Some of her free patterns are in the Free Patterns and Quilter's Block Library sections of her website.)

ProsperityStuff Square Kaleidoscope with Jinny Beyer fabric

Imagine my surprise when I found, at my favorite thrift store, a big bundle (5+ yards!) of Jinny Beyer fabric!

ProsperityStuff bought fabric called Monticello by Jinny Beyer

I had no idea what to do with it, but figured I would come up with something!
These designs are border prints, with a lot of symmetry built in, to make it easier/prettier to get geometric designs and mitered corners to work.

ProsperityStuff got fabric called Monticello by Jinny Beyer

Lately, most of my quilt backs have been pieced quilt backs. In some cases, the back is pretty detailed. Like a whole 'nother quilt. Because, really, I have enough fabric. I don't need to by more. So a lot of my currently-in-progress quilt "backs" look a lot like quilt tops.

Anyhoo ... Here's a quick look at my latest kaleidoscope-like quilt bits for a quilt "back".
Each of these squares was made of 4 matching triangles ... That way, the stripes make mitered corners. Very cool.

ProsperityStuff Kaleidoscope designs with Monticello fabric by Jinny Beyer

I'm also auditioning some of the fabric for borders on some coordinating stuff ...

ProsperityStuff border from Monticello fabric by Jinny Beyer

 I'm having fun! More details later!

Christmas in September?

It occurs to me that I haven't mentioned my Quilt-and-Felt Christmas Ornaments, at least not lately.

My Etsy shop has a variety of cute ornaments that I've made.

Maybe you're like me and you're trying to beat the last of the summer heat by looking forward to cool, crisp fall and winter ...

Possibly, you want to be reminded that Thanksgiving is less than three months away, and Christmas is only four months away!

Take a look at the Christmassy things in my Etsy shop!
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