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Thrifty Knitting At Its Finest

Thrifty Knitting At Its Finest

Long, long ago I came across designer Mark Fast on a personal fashion blog (don’t know which one).  I am pretty much in love with his designs although I never intend to own one.  Check out his website though… it is great eye candy for knitters! Some of my favorites:...

Veggie Medley Frittata

Veggie Medley Frittata

Because “Medley” sounds so much better than “whatever crap is in your fridge.” I like a Frittata for a quick lunch and a great way to use up veggies.  Eggs seem to be in over-abundance right now- I just bought a dozen for $.69. Here’s the jist of how a...

Dented-Can Groceries

Dented-Can Groceries

Earlier this month I casually entered The Non-Consumer Advocate Food Stamp Challenge.  Katy has challenged her readers to keep their grocery budget to $101/person to mimic food assistance allowances in her home state of Oregon. One of my favorite ways to save on groceries is shopping at a dented-can store...

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part Three

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part Three

The weekend is soon over, but so is your quilt top!  Today we are sewing the blocks together for your Weekend Charmer. This quilt comes together very quickly because it is the same block rotated to create a bright pinwheel design. Sew the blocks together into 5- rows of 5...

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part Two

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part Two

Thanks for coming back for the second installment of my Weekend Charmer tutorial.  Today we are sewing the blocks together.  You can find the cutting instructions here. I will use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout. Let’s get started! Now that each component is ready we can assemble the blocks.  The...

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part One

Weekend Charmer Tutorial: Part One

Happy Friday! I am so happy that you are here for my not-a-quilt-along! I think I will call it a safari-supper tutorial instead.  Today is cutting, tomorrow is block assembly, and Sunday you can put it all together.  Let’s get started! Collect your materials: 50 charm squares (5″ squares) or...

Not-A-Quilt-Along

Not-A-Quilt-Along

Mom called this morning. Apparently, in the quilting arena of the blog-o-sphere,  “quilt along” implies that I am making a quilt with you. So, what I told you about yesterday cannot be a quilt-along because I am already finished with my top.  See?! It looks oh-so-cute waving out in the...

Five?

Five?

I am putting together a quicky quilt-along for this weekend. Quick for you, that is.  I am planning ahead because my control-freak self would never settle on a quilt pattern that was not tested first.  I’m very boring and un-spontaneous like that. So here’s the plan… Makes perfect sense, huh?...

Cabin

Cabin

Log Cabin Crochet Rug Tutorial This previous weekend I cut out a quilt and pieced a back for another quilt.  How are these two related?  I am using some of the scraps from the quilt that I cut out to crochet a rug for my mom to bribe her to...

Progress

Progress

Greetings from the CTLT at Iowa State University! I can’t believe that I am a SENIOR and this is the first time I have been here!  It is a wonderful world of computers both Mac and PC, laminators, binders, and every other technology source a future teacher could want or...