It’s June! Less than six months until Christmas. Yikes! The only way to stick to a commitment of giving handmade is to start early and keep things easy. And that’s where this book comes in handy. Sixth & Spring generously sent me a review copy of 50 Garter Stitch Gifts To Knit. I don’t often accept offers like this. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do it right.I said “yes” to this one because of the “quick & easy” part. I can make use of that. In fact, I managed to make a project from the book in between all the busyness! I chose the striped pillow and whipped up a 14″ version in deep Full O’ Sheep yarn. It just needs the companion chevron pillow for a complete pair.With 50 different garter stitch projects, you’re bound to find something for more than one person on your list. You may even want to make yourself something. Personally, I have my eye on the Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf.So if you’re trying to stay ahead of the game this year, consider making it easier on yourself and keep things simple.
Some months ago, Free Spirit asked for a bag pattern to go with Tula’s Elizabeth collection. We talked about size and style, as well as print combinations. If you’ve seen Elizabeth (which just shipped to stores this month), you’ll know that it has everything we’ve come to expect from such a talented artist. Free Spirit wanted this personality print to be featured.I wanted to design a bag that would hold a lot of stuff. You know, a whole project’s worth of stuff. For some reason, yarn projects were on my mind. Probably due to the Fall weather at the time. So I knew it needed some needle pockets–which also work great for scissors and miscellany.I made two and shipped them off to their home at Free Spirit. My prototype bag went to my mother for Christmas. Which left me without one of my own. So yesterday, I got out my Gregory’s Garden (Jane’s Spring 2014 collection) and got to work.Jane’s harlequin diamonds are a favorite of mine and they work beautifully on this bag, just as they do in every application. Naturally, I had to add some bugs for the lining–a little whimsy is always welcome.So…the bag measures 16″ x 5″ x 16″. The exterior pieces (front, back and sides) have fusible fleece. I used Thermolam because it provides just the right amount of body to the bag. The bottom and sides have heavyweight stabilizer, which helps it stay upright, more or less. There are also two interior side pockets and one interior pocket across the width of the bag. Plenty of room for your project and then a little more.The bag requires a small bit of finagling to get the side stabilizers situated before you fuse it. But since you leave the sides open to do it, you have easy access. I suppose you could leave those two pieces of stabilizers out altogether, but you wouldn’t have the same bag.
You can find the free pattern at the Make It Coats website. Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day is almost here. And no designer says “Valentine’s” better than Tanya Whelan. I designed a simple table mat (or wall hanging, if you prefer) for Free Spirit using Tanya’s Lulu Roses.Four easy applique blocks, some simple fussy cut sashing and there you have it! I even put together a bonus project to go with it. The Hanging Hearts use the leftover fabric from this table mat, along with additional yardage for the bow (which you could omit and use ribbon instead).You can find the free patterns here and here on the Make It Coats website. And you can win some free fabric here on the blog by commenting on this post!
Free Spirit has generously provided Lulu Roses yardage for a sweepstakes (aka giveaway). I will be choosing three winners by Random Number Generator. Here’s what each winner will receive:That stack has eight half yard pieces plus one quarter yard piece of the blue with red dots! That’s a total of 4 1/4 yards to each winner. Definitely enough for a quilt top.So….here’s the deal:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. I’d love to hear about your current project, but it’s not a requirement. Any comment will do as an entry.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, February 15, 2015 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winners will be selected by Random Number Generator.
- Winners will be notified by email and will have until February 22, 2015 to respond. If a winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who comments. So, to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading your comments.
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Winners have been chosen and notified.