365 Days Handmade

Making life a better place, one day at a time


Day 307/365: New Project

Remember the tangled mess from my memory blanket class?

I decided to set that aside and start a proper blanket of mitered squares.  I went into the yarn stash and saw that I had this bundle of yarn that I’d purchased some time ago to make the granny stripe blanket designed by Lucy of Attic 24.


I thought, You know what?  I’m going to use these to make a colorful knitted blanket of patchwork squares, instead.

So I got started.


There are a few advantages to making a knitted afghan this way.  Each square goes by fairly quickly and the process involves decreases, so you’re not just knitting back and forth lengthwise and getting bored.  You can switch to a different color when you start a new square, so your eyes don’t get tired of looking at the same color yarn throughout the whole project.

There is one drawback that I can see, though.


There are a lot of loose ends to be woven in.



Day 299/365: Memory Blanket Class


This evening my good friend Pat and I attended a knitting class to learn how to make a modular blanket out of mitered squares.

Here is my first square that I finished in class:


Here is the instructor’s sample:


As you can see, it’s a great way to use up scrap yarn.  Also, the work in progress resembles a patchwork quilt, and I do love patchwork quilts.

I am already thinking of the design possibilities and feeling very excited about this new addition to my knitting repertoire.


Day 214/365: Set of 3 Quilted Placemats, Completed


We got back to Morro Bay this afternoon and I finished sewing the binding to the third placemat in the set of three that I’d been making for my cousin.

Here is a view of their backsides:



This was a fun little project and a good way to use up scrap fabric.  I’ve been enjoying the sewing and quilting process.  Now I’m thinking of sewing more napkins or making a quilted table runner.




Day 208/365: Quilted Patchwork Placemat #1, Completed

Remember the nine-patch blocks that I sewed last weekend, and the quilted placemat that was just waiting for me to hand-sew the binding in place?

So I finally got around to doing that.


Hooray! It’s done!


And it’s reversible!

I also spent some time today going through the fabric stash and slicing, pressing, and sewing together binding strips for the other two placemats that I am making for my cousin.  I plan to work on them a little at a time this week, so they should be done in a few days.

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Day 200/365: Nine-Patch Quilt Blocks

It rained last night and all morning.  Given California’s current drought, this was a big deal.  I stayed inside most of the day and sewed nine-patch quilt blocks.  It was very satisfying to go through the stacks of 4.5″ squares that I’d cut several months ago, play with combinations of colors and patterns, and piece together these colorful arrangements.  I’m thinking about making more placemats, maybe a couple of table runners, or even a small quilt.  In the meantime, aren’t they pretty?

bees and bugs



flower bouquet

flowers and asstd blues

yellow flowers