22 May 2017

Snowflake Monday


I didn't realize until I researched Baby Blue Eyes flowers that Five Spots are in the same family. Unlike the Baby Blue Eyes seeds I have planted in the past, the Five Spot seeds I planted last year did grow, and they came back gangbusters this year. Yippee!

Today's flower was easy to design because it's based on the blue version I shared before Mother's Day. Again, I took liberties and created a six-petaled flower from a five-petal inspiration. However, I feel more justified with this week's pattern because I actually found three Six Spots in my garden last year, as well as one Four Spot.






I even made one in reverse, a purple flower with white spots, just for the fun of it.


For those who don't want to change thread colors 12 times on the third round, the pattern may be worked in solid white with spots added via a purple permanent marker or purple felt circles. And just like the Baby Blue Eyes pattern, this flower pattern may be worked with either five petals or six, whatever your pleasure.

Here's my vest progress so far:


Here are previous flower flakes in this series:

Amaryllis
Baby Blue Eyes
Blue Flax
Chamomile
Clematis
Daisy
Daffodil
Dahlia
Delphinium
Forget-Me-Not
Iris
Hoya
Lobelia
Love in a Mist
Mother's Day Snowflake (rose-like)
Pasqueflower
Picotee
Sixifrage
Spiderwort
Spring Star Flower
Windflower


You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes and/or flowers you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!


Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Six Spot Snowflake Motif Instructions

With white or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), ch 6, * 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made), ch 6; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in top of starting popcorn st. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: * Sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 5 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat.

Round 3: [1 sc in next ch 3 sp (over Round 2 sl st), ch 2, in 1st dc of petal work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, join purple or second color, 1 dc with second color in same dc (do not bind off white or first color; just carry unused thread across back of work catching in stitches as you go), 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, twist the two threads and with first color work 1 dc in same dc, in next dc work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in same ch 3 sp (over Round 2 sl st)] 6 times; bind off both colors. Weave in ends. End here if making flower only. If making snowflake, keep going.
NOTE: Try working the middle purple dc with a drop double crochet (drawing up a loop from the round below instead of in the next dc) for a touch of added punch.


Round 4: With green if making leaves and working from back of motif, 1 dc catching 2 threads at the base of any Round 2 petal, * ch 5, 1 dc catching 2 threads at base of next white petal; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 2, 1 tr in starting dc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. (If making leaves, bind off green here and work remainder of Rounds in white.).

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.


Six Spot Snowflake Instructions

With white or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), ch 6, * 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made), ch 6; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in top of starting popcorn st. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: * Sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 5 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat.

Round 3: [1 sc in next ch 3 sp (over Round 2 sl st), ch 2, in 1st dc of petal work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, join purple or second color, 1 dc with second color in same dc (do not bind off white or first color; just carry unused thread across back of work catching in stitches as you go), 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, twist the two threads and with first color work 1 dc in same dc, in next dc work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in same ch 3 sp (over Round 2 sl st)] 6 times; bind off both colors. Weave in ends.

Round 4: With green if making leaves and working from back of motif, 1 dc catching 2 threads at the base of any Round 2 petal, * ch 5, 1 dc catching 2 threads at base of next white petal; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 2, 1 tr in starting dc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. (If making leaves, bind off green here and work remainder of Rounds in white.).

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, [ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch] 2 times, working back down branch sl st in ch between 3/sl st picot and 4 sl st picot, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in ch between 4/sl st picot and 5 sl st picot, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, sl st in next ch after 5/sl st picos, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch 3 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

21 May 2017

Bird Crazy

She did this for three hours straight tonight, clear into the dusk. Does anyone know what she was doing or why???

19 May 2017

18 May 2017

Smorgasbord of Color


I made a New Year's resolution that I wouldn't start any new quilts until I finish 12 more WIPs. I've finished 8. And I cheated. I started -- and finished -- another quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop offered Kona's digitally printed color card panel as a 24-hour Flash Sale, and for $2.50 or whatever ridiculously low price it was, I couldn't resist. Big spender that I am, I ordered the panel and reserved two of the new Me and My Sister Frolic charm packs coming in August, meaning I spent more for shipping than I did for fabric.

I've been collecting pairs of Me and My Sister charm packs since Hi De Ho, and I may even have found three of the previous lines... One day these cute squares are going to make a terrific baby quilt. Maybe six or seven of them! But not until I finish at least four more WIPs. And how dare I throw competitor Bella Solids designer coordinating fat quarters in a blog post about Kona Solid colors?!?


Because unity is such a beautiful word and concept, that's why. We quilters know how to blend beautifully, don't we? Perhaps I could throw that in when I speak this Sunday at church, assigned topic: Unity. After all, I'm kicking it off with a collection of uncoordinated sock yarn leftovers crocheted together in one project that proves different yarns from different lands and sporting different colors can work together to become something beautiful...




My Kona panel arrived on a Friday. I made the quilt sandwich the following Tuesday night after work and straight-line quilted all the horizontal rows. On Wednesday night I finished all the vertical rows and binding. I deviated from my WIP list for only two nights and the price of a chilled herbal tea.

The batting is comprised of narrow leftovers from several quilts I've finished in the last 12 months, literally just placed side by side on the fabric with 505 spray. I didn't even bother to sew the batting pieces together because this will be a wall quilt. The baby pink backing is leftover (and stained) from Girls Camp bandanas about four years ago. I wound up with three extra colors when I made the bandanas.




The extra yellow and green became the top and backing for a ticker tape quilt project I ended up giving to a lifelong quilting friend (thereby taking it off my WIP list!!!), and the pink, stained because I took it to camp to make more bandanas just in case we had extra girls we didn't know about in advance, will never show as it hangs against the wall. Ha!


The most awesome aspect of this new wall quilt is I'll never have to guess at coordinating Kona colors again. Such as the scrappy Baby Jane I want to make to use up my green batik leftovers. I bought the color Sage based on computer screen appearance to use as a background fabric when Celadon appears to be a little closer to what I had auditioned in my head.




Now I can match my Spoonflower panels (or just about anything else) to just the right hue when I'm in need of a solid. That should make some of my remaining WIP projects a little easier to finish!








Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

16 May 2017

Amaryllis by Morning


I tried my hand at pollinating my white picotee amaryllis again this year.




We thought we were going to have twins!






Alas, one half of the plant withered and died, just as all the red amaryllis blossoms had done a couple of months ago.


I'd planted 24 from last year's haul of about 200 seeds. None sprouted. I kept the rest of the seeds in the fridge, then planted 20 more earlier this year. None came up. I'd learned after planting them I should have done so right after they dried last year.

I sorted through the remainder, planted the four with lumps in the center (designating a viable seed) and discarded the rest. Seed pods had begun forming again on the white picotee, which was late in blooming this year. I didn't give up hope. Even if the four newly planted seeds stayed buried and offered no green, I might still have another chance this year. I just have to patiently wait for new seeds...

One of this year's seed pods is maturing!




Then, I discovered two tiny little shoots from the refrigerated seeds! Two of the four seeds from last year have sprouted after spending a year on ice!!! Perhaps we're going to have twins after all...





15 May 2017

Snowflake Monday


Researching the meaning of the word Heisspitz proved such a chore, I almost decided against using it as a snowflake name. Finally, instead of looking for the history of the naming of the mountain, I tried translating it, which didn't work, then just looking for the meaning.

Heisspitz is shallow, well-drained soil. Like in my garden...


So let's do a colorful flake to symbolize what my garden will look like in a couple of weeks.

The Heisspitz towers 13,262 feet in the Weminuche Wilderness, keeping watch over the Durango-Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad as it travels along the Animas River. I'm positive I have a photo of it, but I can't find it, darn it! I'm going to have to snap another shot as we pedal from Durango to Ridgway on Day Four of Ride the Rockies.


You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!


Finished Size: 4.5ochet thread in 1, 2 or 3 coordinating colors, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Heisspitz Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, remove hook from loop and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert hook back through loop of 4th dc and pull through ch loop (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 10, 5 dc in ring, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 10 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of of trtr directly below, * ch 6, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Change colors here if using 2 or 3 colors.

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round. Change colors here if using 2 or 3 colors.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of tr directly below, * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], V-stitch in next ch 3 sp, 5 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 2, sl st in top of last dc worked (picot made), 5 dc in same ch 5 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 5 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.


Alternate Round 4: Over post of tr directly below work [1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr], * sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 5 tip work [2 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, (ch 3), 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr; repeat from * around 5 times, ending (ch 3) on final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

13 May 2017

Heart Strings


I got my first book review ever! Pat Hatt reviewed Heart Strings on his serious blog yesterday! Check it out here!

12 May 2017

Friday Funny

This one's for you, Mom!

11 May 2017

No White Spring Dreams


Two more projects have been moved off my WIP list!

I can't believe I've had Dreaming of a Lavender Christmas and Blue Christmas on my WIP list since winter 2014. Wow, that's a long, long time ago! Back when I finished the final block of Leaf Me Alone, which is still waiting to be quilted...


With the new open toe presser foot for our department store sewing machine, I'm able to navigate a little easier while free-motion quilting. These two panels are not perfect, but they look better than Peacock Blues, and I'm actually anxious to free-motion quilt more so I can (hopefully) get better at drawing with a domestic sewing machine.

First I did the blue one...




The backing is my least-favorite snowflake fabric.

And then I did the purple one...




The back is the leftovers of a Christmas skirt and reversible vest I made so many years ago, I don't even remember when.


Each quilt, my efforts to manipulate the layers inside the narrow neck of the Brother sewing machine get a little less shaky. I'm even beginning to remember to make sure the needles is down before adjusting the quilt. I can't tell you how many jumps I had in Peacock Blues because the weight of the quilt would pull the fabric right out from under the needle each time I forgot to stop with the needle down.




The borders were done with straight stitching on my good, old, reliable Viking Husqvarna.








As luck would have it, we got snow right after I finished these two quilts. We made the best of a cold, soggy garden by escaping the metro in favor of snowy fields in the mountains. The Lizard snapped a couple of photos of me with the quilts.





Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.
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