It feels appropriate to share these at this time. After all March is women’s history month and earlier this week was International Woman’s Day. These five quilted postcards honor women who persisted.
Harriet Tubman is a perfect example of a woman who persisted in the face of multiple difficulties. A wonderful example of a civil rights activist. Finished size is 6.5 in X 8 in.
Marie Curie, persisted in her pursuit to be educated in a male dominated science field, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. The quilted postcard is 8.5 in X 10.5 in.
Susan B. Anthony persisted in the struggle for women’s rights including the right to vote. We must persist as she did to gain equal pay, equal rights to education/work/etc. The quilted postcard is 8 in X 8.75 in.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to become a physician. As your quote shows, she had to persist in her struggle to do so. the struggles I had in medical school I am sure pale in comparison. The quilted postcard is 7.5 in X 10 in.
Gertrude Elion was a chemist. The postcard features a statement by Ms Elion: “Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.” The postcard is 7.5 X 9 in
The current political climate has inspired me to make several quilted postcards. The first one I made was this one. It features the Stature of Liberty with the American flag as the background with the words “nevertheless she persisted” written on it. It measures 6 in X 8 in.
My hope is that my country will not just persist but that my fellow countrymen/women (including myself) will somehow work together to make our country a better place. Welcoming immigrants (because we all are immigrants or descendants of immigrants). Improving healthcare coverage. Making sure those with preexisting conditions can obtain affordable insurance coverage. Reining in healthcare and prescription medication costs. Ensuring eligible voters have no barriers to prevent them from exercising their right to vote. Improving education. Making higher education and vocational job training is affordable. Improving safety in all facets of life — decreasing domestic violence, decreasing sexual assaults, decreasing violent crimes, decreasing accidental and purposeful gun deaths/injuries, decreasing suicides. Making sure we have good air and water.
I knit this blanket with no one in mind. It will be held in reserve for use as a gift for either a baby or an adult lap blanket. It was knit using the pattern Elven Pixie Baby Blanket by Tall Gal Knit. The yarn is Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly in colorway “candy pink.” It measures 37 in X 40 in.
I knit this cowl (or infinity scarf) at a friend’s request (a gift for her daughter). She wanted a hot pink color which I had some trouble finding. I ended up using Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in color #478 Neon Pink. The pattern is GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigle. I had to knit the scarf using two strands held together with size 10.5 needles. Finished measurements: 51 in circumference, 10 in wide.
I recently bought a Husqvarna Huskylock s21 serger. I’ve made three dog shirts (two from knit T-shirt fabric and one from an old flannel shirt) as part of learning to use the machine which is way more powerful, has more extra feet, and more stitches than the serger I had years ago (broke it making a bag for a niece, sewing through too many thicknesses). I attempted to draft my own patterns. This first one I drafted using an old Simplicity pattern #9520, dog patterns for large dogs like my old Labradors. It’s a little big.
The next two shirts I made using a pattern I drafted from a purchased shirt that fits Lizzie
I think I need to raise the neckline in the front about an inch and use a 15 in neck band rather than 16 in band.
This one I made using the flannel shirt. I choose to put the buttons along the back to facilitate putting it on Lizzie. I took the collar/band unit apart and resewed it. The collar was split in the middle with the once back collar sewn so that the button on the band ended up in the back. The front of the collar was sew so it sits at the front of Lizzie’s neck but at the back of the collar band.
The collar back was tapered from full width at the back to half width at the front of Lizzie’s neck. It could use a bit more ease so it doesn’t gap/pull but otherwise fits nicely.
This hat was knit using leftover yarn from prior projects. The pattern is Siksak by Hanna Leväniemi; I knit the band 2.75 in as I knew I wouldn’t have enough yarn for the 6 in the pattern states. I like how it turned out.
During the past year I knit several hats that were deliberately made for Knitting for Noggins or just weren’t gifted to friends/family. These are some I have not featured in prior posts like the Illilouette Hat. I sent them a total of nine hats this time. This first one was knit using the pattern Sirle by Suvi Simola. The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK in the color Lauraville.
I actually gave the larger of the two (a slouch version) in this next photo to a friend. The smaller one I donated. The pattern is Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm. The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color Heather.
This one was knit using the pattern Tombreck by Ysolda Teague. Unsure what yarn was used.
This one was made using left over yarns. The pattern is based on the Messy Bun Hat II by Isela Phelps but no opening was left at the top.