A year ago, with Thanksgiving approaching, I decided to make a decorative fused glass plate for my kitchen.
- Grapes: Transparent Glass full fused to make 1/2 inch pebbles.
- Corn: Varied pieces and colors of glass full fused to make small pebbles.
- Cornucopia (streaky tan) and Pumpkin (streaky orange) opaque pieces heat polished (1300º F) to smooth the edges, transparent amber fine frit between each piece prior to fusing the plate.
- Words: Photo Transfer Paper, Delphi Glass
- Light Contour Fused (1325º F) to create plate.
All went well until I placed the glass in a ceramic mold to slump it into a plate form.
Unknown to me, the contractor that was doing some work in our family room shut off the power to a few circuits. The power to my kiln was interrupted and when I returned from work and opened the kiln, my plate had cracked. Bummer!
Unfortunately, this meant that my plate was not ready for Thanksgiving last year.
So… back to cutting and heat fusing.
This time, all went well and I now have a plate to display for Thanksgiving this year.
To salvage the cracked glass, I broke it into smaller pieces, pot melted the pieces and made a beautiful melt plate.
Having received a large quantity of fabric from my sister, I needed to make room for storing this. Sorting through my current stash of fabric, I found a container of dyed fabrics that I had made when trying different dyeing techniques.
The ones left were a bit dull in color. No longer needing these, I decided to make another of the many quilts in my “Future Projects” folder on my computer. To brighten them up, I combined them with white fabric and use variegated thread for the quilting. It’s amazing how the white makes even drab fabrics look cheery.
This was a simple pattern that combined these 250 different swatches in long rows separated by white sashing, turned on point and set in asymmetrically. I really like how it turned out.
This summer, I received two large boxes of craft supplies from my sister. When the boxes arrived in the mail, I had so much fun sorting through the contents. Thanks Sis!
In the boxes there was yarn, started crochet projects and yards and yard of fabric! Some of the fabrics were precut into strips and squares, others were whole pieces of fabric. And, still others were already sewn sections.
After sorting through the boxes and finding storage spots the multitude of supplies, I decided to finish some of the projects that she had started.
In the box were three pieced quilt tops, each very similar, and some corresponding excess fabric. The pieced tops were comprised of sixteen blocks (set 4×4), each quilt measured 84″ x 84″.
Since my plan was to donate these quilts, I needed to rework them to a twin XL size. To accomplish this, each of the quilts needed to be longer. However, since the three quilts were each slightly different, I couldn’t just take four blocks off of one and add them to the end of a second quilt. I needed to take them apart and rearrange the blocks. In doing so, I decided to use a different fabric for the sashing between the blocks. Using a fabric with very little pattern helped to set off the blocks and make them more eye catching.
The first quilt included twenty identical blocks reset with the new sashing fabric.
The second quilt was similar. However, there were not enough matching blocks to make the quilt of only one block. So, the quilt was made alternating two different blocks.
Starting out with three quilts, each with 16 blocks, I had a total of 48 blocks to use. With 20 in each of the two quilts I had already completed, I only had 8 blocks left over for the final quilt. I did also have some yardage of matching fabrics. So, some creative block setting and use of the extra fabrics and I had a third quilt pieced. I really like this one!
After quilting and binding, I sure hope someone finds these a comfort on the cold winter nights that will be coming all too soon.
Several years ago, my mother made a lovely swirl scarf for me. The scarf was one that she made without using a written pattern. At the time, I asked her to describe the pattern. It’s fairly simple, just remember to relax to keep your yarn tension very loose.
Knit Swirl Scarf
Color A: Tan Worsted Weight Yarn, 100 yards
Color B: Variegated Worsted Weight Yarn, 50 yards
Color C: Fur style Yarn, 50 yards
US Size 9 circular knitting needle
US Size H crochet hook
Using color A, cast on 100 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across, keeping tension very loose.
Row 2: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (200 stitches).
Row 3: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (400 stitches).
Row 4: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (800 stitches).
Row 5: Knit two in each stitch, keeping tension very loose (1600 stitches).
Row 6: Attach color B and knit across (1600 stitches). Cast off all stitches.
Edging: Attach color C with slip stitch. Sc in each stitch along edges of the scarf. Weave in all yarn ends.
Yesterday, I decided to make a hat to match the scarf. The pattern I used was one I have had in my pattern collection for a while. However, I revised the pattern by removing two of the 5Shell rows in the white section of the pattern and completing the the final SC row with fur style yarn.
Pattern: Flowered Shells Hat
Designer: Melissa Frank
Together with the scarf, it makes a nice set.
Tonight is the Minnesota Dental Foundation annual fundraiser gala. The vision of the Minnesota Dental Foundation is to eliminate unmet oral health needs in Minnesota. The foundation supports the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Volunteered Dental Services, Give Kids and Smile, and many other programs.
The annual gala showcases the recent activities of the Foundation and highlights the organizations that benefit from the work of the Foundation.
I’m looking forward to spending a nice evening with many professional colleagues and some of my business partners.
One of the activities at the gala is a silent auction. You can preview the auction items at www.qtego.net/qlink/mndental.
Normally I do not purchase any items in the auction. At this point in life, I really don’t need more “stuff”. But, I do support the auction by donating items. This year, I donated two custom made items.
Fused glass serving plate with the MDF logo.
Stepping stone with MDF logo.
Hopefully these items will bring some nice bids. Looking forward to a nice evening!
What a difference a week makes!
Last Sunday, I was in Arizona visiting my parents. With a high temperature was 102 degrees, I was wearing a skort, sleeveless shirt and sandals.
Today, back in Minnesota, the temperature is 51 degrees. I am wearing a sleeveless shirt this week, it’s just accompanied by a sweater, slacks and warm socks.
My week off of work started by spending a few days with my parents. Having recently relocated to a new retirement community, I went to Arizona to see how they were doing. Glencroft Retirement has many nice features – fountains, library, exercise room, etc.
After spending a few days with my parents, I returned midweek to Minnesota.
The later part of my week was spent on fall yard projects. After picking apples, I spent countless hours making applesauce and dehydrated apple slices – 36 cups of apple chips and 39 pints of applesauce!
I also cleaned up some of my flower beds and planted about 400 bulbs for spring flowers. It will be nice to see how things grow!
I guess it’s back to work tomorrow 😒.