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Plastic surgeon who quilts and blogs about both

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  • Lizzie's Heart Sweater
    on Dec 16, 2016 in dogs knitting sweater
    This is the second sweater I've knit for our dog Lizzie.  It was knit using the pattern Cables and Hearts Dog Coatby Paton.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sportweight in the color blue heather.  ...
  • Scrappy Baby Quilt
    on Dec 9, 2016 in child friends quilt scrappy
    This scrappy baby quilt was made for my medical school roommate who's first grandchild (a boy) was recently born.  It is machine pieced and quilted. It measures 42 in square.  This area of the quilt has angles, words, a motorcycle, a b...
  • Shirts for my dog Lizzie
    on Dec 2, 2016 in dogs sewing sweater
    I drafted a pattern for a pullover shirt for my dog Lizzie.  I used these notes as a reference which are quite helpful.Here's my first one using an old T-shirt with the words "dog rule" on the front. Lizzie approves.I did a bit of tweaking...
  • Baby Blanket
    on Sep 2, 2016 in baby knitting lace
    I knit this baby blanket for a great-niece.  It was knit using the pattern Alex's Blanketby Aurorakni.  The yarn is Baby Bee Baby Mine! in two shades of pink.  It measures 28 in X 32 in.  ...
  • Child's Crazy Quilt
    on Aug 26, 2016 in child quilt scrappy
    I recently finished this child's crazy quilt. It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 37 in X 45 in.  The front has areas of interest that I hope any child would find interesting.   In this section there are dots, chec...
  • Office Chair Recovered
    on Aug 12, 2016 in remodel sewing
    I recovered the office chair I use in my sewing room.  I used the directions from this youtube video.  I am really please with how it turned out.
  • Sewing Room Remodel Done
    on Aug 5, 2016 in quilting sewing
    The remodel of my sewing room is mostly done.  There are small things that still need to be done -- like recovering the chair, hanging pictures, etc -- but the floor it done, the walls are painted, the shelves are up, new blinds in place, and th...
  • Illilouette Hat
    on Jul 29, 2016 in hat hats knitting
    I love the way this hat turned out.  It is a slouch hat knit using pattern Illilouette Hatby Jenna Swanson.  The yarn is Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Heathers in burgundy.  The first photo is prior to blocking.  The second shows the...
  • Sewing Room Remodel In Progress
    on Jul 22, 2016 in dogs family sewing
    My sewing room has been long overdue for some remodeling.  The carpet and paint as you can see from these first two photos were old and dirty from living with dogs (got to love them) and time.  Besides it never seemed to be a good time to c...
  • Sample Stitch Shawl Finished
    on Jul 8, 2016 in knitting lace shawl
    Blocking really made this shawl!  It was knit using the pattern is  Stitch Sampler Shawlby On This Day Designs.  The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK, the shade is Lauraville.  The finished shawl measures approx 20 in X 76...
  • Heart Block Top for Pulse Orlando Victims
    on Jul 1, 2016 in Charity quilt
    This quilt top was pieced to donate to the Pulse Orlando Victim via the Orland Modern Quilt Guild.  The information to participate in this endeavor can be found here and here.  This pieced top measures 56.5 in X 67.5 in.  I'll be sendi...
  • Sample Stitch Shawl -- WIP
    on Jun 24, 2016 in knitting lace shawl
    My sewing room is barely in a usable state at this time as I have packed much of it up in anticipation of redoing the floor, getting new paint, and perhaps new storage.  All that is too happen after we finish the remodel of the guest bathroom.&n...
  • Western Hills Blanket
    on Jun 10, 2016 in afghan knitting
    My sister recently brought me a carry-on size suitcase full of yarn from Arizona she had found at the Goodwill store (as if I need any more).  I decided to use some of it to knit an afghan.  The pattern I'm using is Western Hills - The Bl...
  • Baronial Slipper Socks
    on Jun 3, 2016 in knitting
    I recently finished these two pairs of slippers using the pattern Simpliworsted Baronial Slipper Socks by Nigel Pottle. The yarn isHiKoo by skacel Simpliworsted, one in taupe (64 Totally Taupe) and the other in brown (35 Turkish Coffee). They will mo...
  • Hour Glass Child Quilt
    on May 27, 2016 in child friends quilt
    I finished this quilt for a friend of mine who started piecing it for her first grandchild several years ago.  I finished piecing it by machine mostly.  I had to hand sew some of the corners so all the points would match better.  It is...
  • Blue Windows Small Quilt
    on May 20, 2016 in ALQS art quilt small quilt
    This is another small quilt I recently finished.  It measures 16 in square.  It is hand and machine pieced; machine quilted.  I intend to swap it as part of the ALQS round 10. This one hopefully shows some of the quilting.
  • Toes in the Water Small Quilt
    on May 13, 2016 in art quilt small quilt
    I took the photo of my toes in water a few years back during a vacation to the gulf shores.  I printed it onto fabric and made this small quilt.  It  measures 16 in square. It is machine pieced.  While I machine quilted along the...
  • Triangle to Rectangle Shawl
    on Apr 29, 2016 in knitting lace shawl
    I knit this shawl using the pattern A Beginner's Triangle by Amy Detjen.  The yarn is Cascade Yarns Kid Seta Noir.  I didn’t want it to be a triangle but love the pattern of the lace. When the width got to be approx 18 in I stopped the i...
  • Mini Mocha Lace Scarf
    on Apr 15, 2016 in knitting scarf
    This lace scarf was knit using the pattern Mini Mochi Easy Lace Scarfby Melanie Lewis.  The yarn is Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi.  It is a simple pattern that produces a lovely scarf.  This scarf measures approx 10 in X 78 in. The f...
  • Colors, Dark to Light, Quilt
    on Apr 8, 2016 in quilt small quilt
    This small quilt, approx 34.5 in x 38.5 in, was made using 5 in squares from a fabric sample pack.  Same color squares were sew together with 0.5 in white strips (1 in with seam allowance).  The rows were sew together with 1 in white strips...
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