Friday FOs or No

What a fun week it’s been! On Monday I got to quilting on my Great-niece’s quilt, Ripples, and I’m loving the design I decided to cover it with. 

Random circles here and there and Orange Peals.

Tuesday was my hair cut, so a 3 hour trip south. ScientistGirl’s best friend had a little one a few weeks ago, so SG asked me to drop some food off on my way back north. This is the quilt I made for B before he was born. 

After dropping off dinner I head north again, and this time I stopped in at Unraveled Quilt Store to pick up my signed copy of Quilt Sampler!!! Lisa’s shop is featured in this edition. 

Then Wednesday, WEDNESDAY!!! It was the best day!!! I was signed up to learn how to make rope placemats/bowls at Wabash Valley Fabrics. 

I have watched videos, I have a book on the subject, but it doesn’t compare to someone teaching you the process. I thought the class was only for a placemat, but we had the option of a mat or bowl. I love it!! I brought 4 shades of thread so I could change colors as I stitched, and I am so glad I did.

To start you coil up the beginning and secure it with some pins before you start sewing with a wide zigzag. Then you build out from the center, keeping the rope close, but not tightly pulled. As soon as you have the base size you want, you slide your hand under the outer edge and start to tilt the piece. As I did that I started to pull the rope a little more taut to build the wall. 

Once I got close to the end I stop stitching and then coiled the rope from the other end and made a small disk which I stitched to the edge for a cute finish.

And that’s how I spent my week!



Author: chrisknits

A knitter, sewist, quilter, mom, wife, and doodle lover!, but not necessarily in that order. Just ask my family, they'll tell you who comes first. Psst, it's the doodles!

39 thoughts on “Friday FOs or No”

  1. Sounds like a wonderful week! That bowl turned out so well – what a great class! Now you have a cool new technique 🙂 Also, love the quilting pattern you are using for the Ripples quilt – very cool!

  2. Hi Chris! So glad to hear you had a fabulous week. Your bowl is truly gorgeous. I just love the color threads you used. It really gives it dimension! I wonder the diameter? It looks like a very useful size – whatcha gonna put in it?! I can hear the wheels spinning from here about all the different rope projects you’ll make. Sue and I took a basket weaving class that ended up with several baskets and bowls similar to yours. We still use them! The sewing machine wasn’t used but I’m sure the principle was the same. Great job! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Hey Roseanne, It is holding “elegant dinner” napkins with ease right now, so that’s the size of the base. LOL, you know the larger size. I have done reed baskets too, I would love to get back into that, but will need a refresher course for that. Oh you know I got more rope bowls in me!!! Bwahahahahahaha!!!! > >

  3. Your bowl caught my attention as I have made a few this year for the first time, they are fun. I like that you chose to use different colored threads to stitch it.

  4. It’s a very good week! I love making the rope bowls–yours is beautiful! Glad you had a good time learning how to do it!

  5. Your quilting on the Ripples quilt really suits it. It is beautiful.

    The rope workshop would have been fun. Your finished bowl does not look at all like a workshop piece – it looks like you are an old hand at the technique! Gorgeous result.

    1. It really is easy to make a nice looking piece! The only tricky part is getting the angle for the sides. I am going to try for a more cylindrical bowl next time. Just a short one, but with straighter sides. Thanks > >

  6. What a great week you had! I love the bowls and have some clothesline ready for when the mood hits. I think I am doing a few fairs this summer so that will be an incentive!
    Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  7. Hi Chris, it sounds like you had a wonderful week. Your bowl is really lovely. The circles and orange peels look really great on the Ripples quilt. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.

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