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These are some things I've been working on.  I'm shopping my stash and using only what I have on hand. 

A little cowboy quilt top with the sheriff's badges for a baby whose grandpa was a long-time sheriff.

A little knitted baby sweater  - trying to learn new things.  It still needs buttons and blocked.

Another baby quilt - a disappearing 4-patch:

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 25, 2018 at 5:17pm

Thanks, Janet.  Those are kind of my colors, so it was an easy/fun one to work on.

Comment by Janet/MO on May 25, 2018 at 4:03pm

The "Sheriff's" quilt is adorable.  I love the Disappearing 4 Patch block - like it better than the Disappearing 9 Patch.  The sweater is cute too.  I also have trouble knitting with dpns, but one of these days I have made a vow to start using them more often so I can get used to them.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 25, 2018 at 1:53pm

Cat Lady, The fabric i have is mostly in small pieces.  The little boy cowboy fabric was one that I actually did have in yardage.  I also have some of my great aunt's stash.  She did quite a bit of applique, so most of what I have of hers is solids.  In fact, the blue, lavender and white pieces in the bottom quilt came from her stash.  Makes for great coordinating possibilities.

I just reorganized a little bit better last fall, so at least now I have a better idea where to look for coordinating pieces.  

Since my fabrics are mostly smaller pieces (1 yard or less), it is forcing me to be more creative - not my strong suit.  I have not been using patterns lately - just simple block ideas.  The stars for the top quilt came from a book of border ideas.  They are not made up of individual star blocks, but rather constructed in longer segments - if that makes sense.  I'm trying to use more resources like that - block books or border treatment books.  They tend to be helpful when having to go with more of a scrappy look.  Since there is nothing new under the sun, I don't think the quilts I'm making are "original" in any way, I just haven't followed a specifically written pattern.  I am, however, writing down the measurements and details as I go, so I can make it again if I want to.  Or at least have a record of what I did before.  If I'm going to the work of "figuring it out" for one quilt, I don't want to have to do it again for another one!  

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 25, 2018 at 11:09am

You must have a creative stash. Love the personalization of the first baby quilt.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 25, 2018 at 10:08am

Thanks all.

Peggy - if you look closely at the sleeve on the right side of the picture, you can see where I picked up the stitches off the waste yarn and started knitting.  My first time trying to handle DPNs and until I got used to them, I tended to knit a little too tightly.  You can tell where I finally got comfortable and was knitting with my usual tension.  I didn't have the same issue with the second sleeve.  

Tools make all the difference.  I didn't invest in a high quality set of DPNs because I didn't know if I'd use them much.  These will work, but I may have to sand them a little more and put a better finish on them.  (wood needles)  They wanted to snag my yarn.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 25, 2018 at 9:44am

Cute! I love the badges! the little sweater looks beautifully knitted. Well done!

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 25, 2018 at 8:30am

Your quilts are beautiful and you did a great job on the sweater.  I have been shopping from my stash as well. However there is always that one color you need for some projects that you don't have. So off to the store to buy more. Vicious circle. lol

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