Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Lots of Mystery Knit-a-Longs are happening on Ravelry this month.  One that I participated in was from the Beginner's Knit-Along Group.  We worked on a dishcloth, and received a new clue every couple of days.  The first person to guess the image on the dishcloth, won six lovely stitchmarkers from QTWIQ. *

*As an aside, I actually won a set of these stitchmarkers in another contest on Ravelry,
you can see a picture of the ones I chose at the end of this post.

(If you are a knitter or crocheter you might QTWIQ's site interesting.  It is an ongoing calendar of "Alongs" on Ravelry.)

After finishing clue #4 on the dishcloth,  my work looked like this:

Would you believe someone guessed it at this point!

In fact, it was the first guess of the knit-a-long.

The image is a dolphin, which is a free pattern by Kelly Daniels of the One Crafty Mama blog.

The finished project looked like this:
Can you see the dolphin?

As promised earlier, here is a photo of the stitch markers I won in an earlier contest:

Aren't they cute!

Happy Crafting ♥

Monday, July 7, 2014

Adding Lettering to a Quilt

Yesterday, while adding a name to a baby quilt, I had the thought that others might like to see the process. Adding lettering is quick, fun, and easy.  Personalizing a quilt by including a name, initials, or a favorite quote can add an extra special touch. Here are the steps I use. 

You will need:
  • A printer and paper 
  • Small scraps of fabric from the quilt you are making
  • Scissors
  • Fusible of your choice.  This is the one I used.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
Print lettering in the size and font you want on your quilt

Cut away extra paper
Cut fusible to a size large enough for letter, but smaller than fabric piece

Iron fusible to wrong side of fabric with paper side up and fusible side toward fabric

Lay lettering right side down so that lettering will be in proper orientation on the quilt

Hold or pin paper so that it doesn't move, and cut out along edge of lettering

Peel away paper backing from fusible.  Starting at a corner may make it easier to do.

Make sure entire letter is covered with fusible
Place lettering on quilt as desired.  You might want to use a ruler to line up the edge

You can now stitch around each letter with a zigzag or satin stitch

I plan on doing an allover stippling quilting
and allow the quilting to secure the lettering.

I'll let you know how that turns out.

Happy Quilting ♥

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrate Summer

Look at the pictures my husband snapped today of a robin nesting in our front yard maple.

It has been a beautiful 4th of July weekend.

Monday, June 30, 2014

June on Totally Tutorials

It has been another crafty month on Totally Tutorials.  
Here are a few of the tutorials posted in the month of June.


Click on the photo collage to see more.
Happy Crafting ♥

Monday, June 16, 2014

Knitting/Crochet Project Bags - Some New Ones

My kimbuktu shop is starting to fill up with knitting/crochet project bags.  I am starting with Japanese Knot style bags, some with pockets and some without.

Who knows where it will go from here....