Ship Prototype Pillow
I had an ambitious quilt in mind (see below), and needed to practice making a ship for it. I found the pattern for this 12x12 block online, and busted one out late one night using some scrap fabric. It sat around for a few months, and then inspiration struck again. I spent another late night and some more scrap fabric turning it into a pillow for the couch. I think it adds a nice touch of color and whimsy.
Sly's Ship Quilt
I made this quilt for Sly's bed. It's a twin size, which makes it the largest quilt I've made yet. I wanted something he could grow with. It matches his blue-colored ship-themed bedroom quite well. The whole thing took me a little over a year to complete.
I'm so thankful for my weekly quilting group that I'm part of. It holds me accountable and ensures that I have planned out-of-the-house time to make a tiny bit of progress on my quilting each week. If I were trying to get any quilting done on my own at home, it would just never happen. I'd always find something more important, or at least more enticing (I'm looking at you, Facebook) to work on instead.
I took the pattern I'd used for the smaller ship block and did the calculations to enlarge it to fit the larger size of this quilt. The outer edges are alternating squares and a block called a "friendship star" - each of them is made up of nine separate pieces. It took a long time to finish them all!
I've always knit a blanket ("blankie" in our family) for each of my kids while I'm pregnant with them. We start wrapping our babies in their blankets almost as soon as they are born, and they quickly come to develop a rather strong attachment to them - which I'm totally fine with. In fact....I may still have my own baby blankie(s) stashed away in the linen closet for an occasional covert snuggle :-)
|I never bother to block my knitting, which is why the edges are all wonky here|
The pattern I used is this one, which you should be able to view if you are a member of Ravelry. My favorite yarn to use is Knitpicks Comfy Worsted Yarn. It's inexpensive, washable, and very soft.
I do my knitting almost exclusively in the evenings while watching a movie with my husband or while discussing a book with my Catholic Moms book group (we're reading Kristin Lavrandatter right now! SO good!). It's a good multi-tasking activity. In fact, I don't think I would ever make the time to knit unless I could do it while also being involved in something else....it's kind of boring, to be honest.
And if you happen to have children who also get attached to their blankets - or a daughter named Flora! - this is a pretty cute book to check out. It's about a baby bunny who's supposed to go to bed, but can't find her blanket.