Friday, December 23, 2011

11 shawls in 2011

Last year I completed the challenge on of making 10 shawls in 2011. I had a lot of yarn with me for many years and thought I could make shawls using only what I had. I did that and was very happy about it.
This year again it was 11 shawls in 2011. I had red machine knitting yarn lying with me for more than 20 years. I use to machine knit sweaters/cardigans for a school in my town. I did it for 3 years and then my machine started giving me trouble and I stopped doing the sweaters. I had ordered the yarn and it was sitting in my cupboard all these years. So I thought I would make all the shawls using that yarn. It is RED. It is very thin as it is used in multiple strands in the machine. So I did the same. I used 3 strands held together with crochet hook number I or 5.50mm and crocheted 11 shawls in 2011. I was not sure if I would complete them this year as I was busy with my daughter's wedding. But I did it. 
So here are all the 11 shawls with their names and pictures.
Most of the shawls are from the internet and the details are on on my project page.
                              All Shawl by Doris Chan


Royal Appearance

Flying Fans                                                                   
 Remember Me
 Fringe Fling
 Collared Shawl
 Bow Tie Pie
 Emily Shawl
 Simply Shawl
 Make It Bold

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I am also quilting.

I found quilting and piecing on the internet and went a little crazy trying the simple blocks. I like to do scrappy as I have not thrown any little piece of fabric for the last 35 years. With three daughters and a mother who sewed for them each little piece was stashed away. (lucky I have enough space to horde all this.) :)
My favourite quilting site is Bonnie Hunter is truly great, she has so many scrappy quilts done in such simple ways. She also has mystery quilts which I try to follow. But as yet have not made any. The other site I have often visited is and  for blocks it is  
Here are the early efforts. All these blocks have been done using help from various websites. None of these are my original patterns. But  the photographs are of the blocks I made and are my photographs.

Same star done in different ways.
House and the windmill
Fish. This is a great block. Arrange multi coloured fish blocks with blue printed blocks to make a beautiful "Fishes and the Sea" quilt
This one I did because I liked it and the way it was done.

Again something I liked.
X and O. Great block to use up scrap fabric as small as 1" strips
Close up of the block showing all the various fabrics used for the X's
The rail fence quilt. Needs binding to finish it. It is a toddler size quilt.
Close up
Various logcabin blocks
Spiral log cabin block

Scrappy mountain blocks. Easy and beautiful way of using scrap fabrics. The way this block is done is very different and easy. It is from Non directional print will looks better.