New Socks!

I haven’t been making as many socks as I’d like lately, and like a lot of hobbies I’m in to, I tend to accumulate more yarn than I think I will be able to knit in a lifetime!  I have discovered that my problem seems to be Pinterest.  I spend more time collecting ideas of things to make than making things anymore.  But I have made it a point to limit my Pinterest searching and spend more time crafting.

These socks are from a pattern called Shelves Upon Shelves, which is a free Ravelry pattern.  Ravelry is another place that I spend a lot of time on.  If you knit or crochet, this place has tons of patterns, a lot of them free.  The yarn is Tofutsies, and it is a cotton blend for some nice cool summer socks.  Here are the socks:

Shelves Upon Shelves by Ronda Cassens






I am starting some socks for my mom next.  I had to stop after finishing one sock of a pair for me so that I could free up my needles for her pair, so hopefully I will be able to post those socks soon!

Baby Quilt!


Here is a baby quilt that I made for my sister-in-law.  Her son Tio was born in February, and I actually had the quilt done and ready to go well before the baby was born!  I just had to make the lable once I knew what his name was.

Pheobe by Ronda Cassens

The pattern is called Phoebe, and it came from the Fall 2009 issue of Easy Quilts. This is the second time I have made this pattern, and I love how simple and quick it is to put together!  I quilted it in the ditch, so that went fairly quickly as well.  The fabric line is called All Star 2 by Riley Blake.  I had the brown fabric already, and I knew that it would be perfect for the new baby because my in-laws were in Texas for a few years and were going for a western theme.   I also had a lot of fat quarters from this line, but it wasn’t enough to do this pattern.  And unfortunately, my local quilt shop no longer had any more of this fabric since it was retired, so I had to hunt for it online.  After some searching, I was able to order enough to make this quilt.  I don’t have a picture of the back, but it was pieced from all the fat quarters and scraps that I had left over from making the quilt, so I used up everthing I had from this line.   Yay!  I’m curious, does anyone else like to piece their backs?

Pheobe by Ronda Cassens

I will be going to a quilt retreat in April, so I should have some more time to do some sewing and quilting.  I can’t wait!

More Quilt Retreat Projects

I finally quilted and got binding on two more quilts that I made at the quilt retreat that I went to before Christmas.  This is the first quilt:

kylee's kite by Ronda Cassens

The name of the pattern is Kylee’s Kites, and the free original pattern is here:

The pattern takes a special ruler that I ended up ordering online, and it really helped to make nice, precise kites (that sounds pretty funny, especially if you say it out loud!).  I changed the pattern to have colored sashing with white squares and left out the borders, which I think made it much better.  I was going to do the really small version that was only 7 1/2″ square, but decided against it.  Instead, I decided that I would make this ridiculously small quilt with the leftover squares:

Ziggy by Ronda Cassens

I don’t know what possessed me to attempt this; the finished size of the half square triangles is 1/2″, so the whole thing is around 4″x 5″.  Here’s a 6″ ruler to give you an idea:

Ziggy by Ronda Cassens

I guess every now and then I like to see how small I can go, but then I usually end up scratching my head wondering what to do with such a tiny thing!  Maybe if I make enough tiny ones I will put together a collage in my craft room to make them look a little more substantial!

A quick fix for a pressing problem

I was getting ready to start a quilt this morning and the sad, sorry state of my little ironing board finally drove me to action.  I don’t know how long I’d had it, but the cover was in bad shape with stains and it had recently developed tears with the foam peeking through.  And then there was this annoying lump at one end.  So I did a quick search of the internet, found a tutorial, and went to my stash.  Of course, nothing struck me as the perfect fabric, and I thought, I need to go buy something.  Then reason took over.  I have a gazillion yards of fabric, I will make something work!  So I settled on a blue checked fabric and got started on the new cover.  That done, I took off the old cover to fix the annoying lump, which I thought was from the foam liner bunching up.  To my surprise it was a pile of what can only be described as sawdust.  Part of the particle board core had disintegrated, and when I set it upright to store it, all of the dust fell to the bottom, creating the lump.  After disposing of the sawdust, I put the original foam and cover back on.  Then I cut a piece of cotton batting to fit the top of the board to add extra padding and the new cover went over all that.   This is the final result:


Much better!  Now I could start my quilt!  Turns out the new cover does a much better job of gripping the fabric when I’m pressing, so not only does it look better (not to mention being lump free!), it also works better!  If your ironing board needs a makeover, here is the tutorial I used:




A partridge in a pear tree



Here is another tree of life pendant.  I love making these!  This variation was inspired by the tree of life in the fall 2014 issue of Wirework magazine.  Their tree had polymer clay birds and swirls, so I dug out some bird beads and went for a holiday theme.  I made the frame teardrop shaped to continue the pear theme and added yellow beads with little seed bead leaves for pears.  It turned out super cute!



Kid’s Jewelry

I’ve found that I can sell a lot of kid’s things for $1, so I always make sure I have plenty of $1 items on hand.  These bracelets and necklaces were made from two different kits that came in a mystery box of stuff.  They were meant to be all adult bracelets, but the beads didn’t strike me as being very adult looking.  So they sat around for a while until I got the idea that they would make great kid’s jewelry.  I added some white seed beads to the mix and got this set:

Girl's jewelry by Ronda Cassens

They should hopefully sell well!

Spooky Jewelry Tree

I sold jewelry at a festival a few weekends back and I wanted something to display my fall jewelry.  I had been making quite a few tree of life pendants since they are super neat and fun to make and I got the idea to make something similar but much bigger out of 12 gauge black wire.  Here is one of the pendants I made:

Tree of life by Ronda Cassens

Here is the jewelry tree I made using pretty much the same technique:

spooky wire tree by Ronda Cassens

It took two packages of 12 gauge wire, and I basically cut lengths of wire between 20 and 36 inches, folded each wire in half somewhere near the middle and twisted the wires together.  Then I twisted the branches together, and twisted those into even bigger branches, then into the trunk.  I left the bottom portion untwisted to form the roots, which I spread out to help it stand upright.  I then curled the ends.  It came out really neat and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Dumpling Pouch


I made this zippered pouch using leftover fabric from my Classmate Sewing kit.  The best part was that the scraps already had interfacing on them, so I just had to trace the pattern on and cut it out.  The pattern came from here:  The pattern requires quite a bit of hand-basting, but it didn’t take long to make.  I went ahead and made the smallest size even though the pattern said it would be better to make a bigger one first.  For the smaller size, you will want to make a lot of clips in the zipper fairly close together to get it to smooth around the curves well, and use lots of pins to hold things in place while you baste.  It is a super cute pouch that would make a nice gift.  Now I just have to figure out what to put in it!