Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just Having Fun with Pixlr

Last night I was playing around on my IPad and download Pixlr, made banners for my three blogs and then did this little collage.  Most of my pictures are on Picasa so had to make do with what was available.

I can see lots of fun pics that can be made with this app.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Morning With Bee Girls

Yesterday my Bee friends and I spent a lively morning at Adrianne's lovely home sharing summer happenings, sweet treats,  and of course our latest projects.

Carolyn's Strip Pieced Quilt
Carolyn once again wowed us with one of her scrap quilts.  She has the amazing gift of color selection.  Loved the way that a simple strip quilt is morphed into a stunning design.  Sorry ladies, no pattern, this is another Carolyn original.

      Showing off Adrienne's superb machine quilting
Adrianne showed off the vintage quilt that her 92 year old friend had made.  She struggled with some of the piecing but Adrienne's custom machine quilting always makes a showpiece of every quilt she does.  It was fun to look at the fabrics in this quilt as their was everything from heavy cotton hosiery 
to a piece that resembled a girdle.  

Carolyn brought some books and  magazines that she no longer wanted and I took home Rosemary Young's The Civil War Diary Quilt.  It is a bit more than I would tackle in a quilt but love reading the stories in the diaries written from 1861-1865.

Every quilt has a story,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Can't Take the Mountains Out of the Girl

You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl.  Hubby and I just returned from a trip to Northern California, a place where we lived for ten years and vacationed some twelve years before.  This is the scenic area between Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen along Hat Creek.
Mt Shasta, California
We flew into Reno, stayed the night and then drove to Burney for the first part of our trip.  As soon as you leave Susanville and start to climb in elevation and your surrounded by the majestic pine trees,  realize this is a place where you left part of your heart.

For the first few days we stayed in the mountain town of Burney, for the July 4th celebrations. Visited with friends, went to the parade, watched fireworks, tasted some of the local cuisine, and went to services at our former church on Sunday.  All the time seeing old friends, of course all you really need to do is to go to the local Safeway, the only grocery in town.  The joke has always been, you go to Safeway to pick up a few groceries and it is a two hour trip.

Checkers Giessner's Barn
Hat Creek, California

We drove out to my dear friend, Checkers G. to see her barn quilt.  Apparently Checker's children asked her what she wanted for her 90th birthday, she hurriedly ran to her bedroom and got a picture of a barn quilt.  To celebrate her 90th, this is her barn quilt, designed just for her.  Love the way the checker board is in the center of the star.
Fish Inn, Old Station, California 
After church on Sunday we drove to Old Station, population 51 and eleven miles from the north entrance of Mt Lassen.  We stayed at Fish Inn right along Upper Hat Creek for six more wonderful days and nights of  cool nights and warm days.  No air conditioning, just Mother Nature gentle breeze.  There were a couple of afternoons that it got a little warm but nothing we couldn't handle
Hubby did a little fly fishing in Hat Creek, dinner with our friends Ray and Joann, went to Rotary with Bud, met the people who bought our house.

My quilting group had a luncheon in my honor and we all had a chance to catch up on things since I moved seven and a half years ago.  The time went all too fast and I wish I had taken a group picture.   Fifteen were there and miss each and every one of them and the Wednesday afternoons we spent together.

Saturday morning we drove back to Reno to fly back home, all the way silent tears welled up in my eyes as I knew we were leaving this special place but I did take a little bit of the pines with me-------I put a pine cone in my carry-on baggage.

Many thanks to all our friends that made our trip so special.

Hugs and stitches,

Friday, February 28, 2014

Time for a Little Green

The winter holidays are over, now it is time to celebrate spring.  Mother Nature maybe delaying her start of spring here in Texas; our temps yesterday in the high 70's, this morning 27 degrees and going down.  The weatherman says this afternoon we will have freezing rain, with those temps I call it snow.  With one of the worst winters this country has experienced, I think we can all use a little spring in our homes.

I couldn't wait to get this table topper out and put it on my kitchen table.  Last year my dear friend Terry of Terry'sTreasures sent me this darling little mat.  Knowing that hubby was going through some health issues and I needed a little special hug, Terry sent me this topper.  Love the green ivy boarder on this mini, it just says spring to me no matter the temps outside.

In addition it was time to get out my own St. Patricks runner and to wish my my mother a St Patrick's Day Happy Birthday.  Wish I could once again give her a big hug.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hats in the Round, my way

A friend of mine sent me a message and wanted to know what pattern I used for my hats.  Me, the amateur crocheter who mostly makes things like scarves, baby blankets, Prayer Shawls, things that are flat. But I do make hats and started making preemie hats fifteen years ago, I suppose there was a pattern of some kind in the beginning but once I got the hang of those first hats I just winged it from there., so I was at a loss to name a pattern.  Someone asked me how I know what size to make, my response "if I crochet a hat to donate, they will find a head to fit." 

So Sherrill, this is for you and basically this is how I make ALL my hats and change sizes by using different size hooks and and yarns.   I crochet all my hats in the round .

Basic Hat Instructions - child size

Size J hook
Knitting Worsted yarn
Yarn marker
Yarn needle

Basic Hat

Chain 5, join to first chain to make a ring or use Magic Ring (my preferred method)

Row 1. 12 (dc) Double Crochet in the ring.  12 stitches.  Place marker on first dc. 

Row 2.  2 dc in each dc of the first row.  24 stitches.  Move marker to first dc of this row.

Row 3.   *1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in second stitch, repeat from * to end of  row. 36 stitches. Move marker to first stitch in row.

Row 4.  *1 dc in each of the first two stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch, repeat from * to end of row.  48 stitches.   Move marker to first stitch in row.  This forms the crown of your hat and determines how large the hat will be.  For a smaller hat you could omit Row 4.

Rows 5 to 13.  1 dc in each dc going around in a circle and each time as you come to the marker just move it up one row.  After a while you will feel comfortable with just leaving the marker in one stitch and you will be able eyeball the rows.

If  the hat seems to be about the right size, you can continue to finish off as follows.

Row 14. 15, 16 (sc) single crochet in each stitch of the previous row.

Finish off.  Cut about 4 or 5" tail and slip stitch to secure.  Weave in end with large yarn needle.
At the beginning stitches of the crown (the ring) pull the loose yarn tail to draw ring closed and weave in the end of yarn.

For a man's hat -----all the above rows plus add another increase row.

*1 dc in the first seven stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch. 56 stitches.  Repeat from * to finish row.
Add more rows of dc for extra size.  Finish off with 3 rows of sc stitches and finish.

Sometimes when making a hat for a girl or lady I will use a hdc half double crochet after forming the crown.

Try different yarns and size hooks.
Baby yarn ---- F hook
Sport yarn ---- G or H hook
Knitting worsted ---- J or K hook
Bulky yarn ---- K or L hook

The other pattern that I use a lot is the Ugly But Warm Hat, a similar hat but holding two yarns at once and a M hook.  I also make this one in the round.

Enjoy all the stitches of your life,

P.S.  Sherrill I tried to email you a couple weeks ago but emails keep coming back undelivered. Hope you see this post but remember I am an amateur and definitely don't write crochet patterns..
Hugs, Betty Lou


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