Author Archives: rlbates

About rlbates

plastic surgeon who quilts, loves family, dog person, walks/jogs, a work-in-progress

Another Fidget Quilt

Just finished this fidget quilt.  It is machine pieced and mostly machine quilted.  I did have to do some hand quilting from the back to be sure the pocket areas stayed functional.  It measures approx 27 in X 29 in.  … Continue reading

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Mananita Magic

I finished this poncho/shawl this past weekend.  I started it at the beginning of the year.  The pattern is Mananita Magic by Meg Swansen in Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter’s Magazine.  The yarn is Shibui Knits Lunar.  It … Continue reading

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Herringbone Quilt

I made this quilt after seeing one made by my Facebook friend (Scott Murkin, a palliative care physician who makes and judges quilts!).  I drafted the pattern by looking at his quilt.  It’s a herringbone pattern.  The quilt is machine … Continue reading

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Fidget Quilt for a Friend with Alzheimer’s

The Christmas card from my college physics professor was the spark for this quilt for his wife.  I knew she had some dementia problems but now they have moved from their home in Alexandria, VA to North Carolina to be … Continue reading

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Blocks for Thomas Fire Relief Quilts

The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has organized the collection of quilt blocks (Perkiomen Valley block, 12.5 in square) for relief quilts of those affected by the Thomas Fire (link: http://www.venturamodernquiltguild.com/2017/12/11/thomas-fire-blocks/).  Here are seven I made over the extended Christmas weekend … Continue reading

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Two Knitted Hats

I finished these two hats recently.  The first one was knit using the pattern “Icehouse Hat” by Melissa LaBarr.  The darker yarn is a wool or wool blend from my scrap basket (unsure what it is).  The lighter yarn is … Continue reading

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Lizzie’s Neon Pink Sweater

I recently finished this sweater for my dog Lizzie.  It was knit using two patterns.  The main pattern was “Life is Ruff Knit Dog Sweater” by Red Heart Yarn.  That pattern is mostly plain so I used the cable pattern … Continue reading

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