Friday, October 7, 2016

Crocodile Stitch / Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves (FREE PATTERN)

Voila! I have finished my very first-ever crochet pattern and am giving it away as a FREE PDF download via my WebbiegrrlWriter Ravelry account. In the middle of Hurricane #Matthew, I released it and in just 24 hours,  over 250 have dowloaded it! Wow, thank you!

If you have any questions or want to leave me feedback about this pattern, please leave me a comment on this blog post. Please remember to be kind when you do. This is my first-ever pattern and I am still learning how to write them.

I've been crocheting since I was a kid, though, so hopefully I've given a clear and complete explanation. I tried to take a LOT of photos to show rather than tell :)

For those who don't want to struggle with a pattern and just want to buy finished gloves, I am selling them in my Etsy store for $35 with Free Shipping in the USA! Order yours today.

Also, for those of you ambitious enough to try variations, I'll be updating this pattern to create a version with a different arm (not shell stitch). I'll probably sell that one, though, so that I can recoup some of the time and effort I've put into this whole process. If you're interested in the variations, please stay tuned or "favorite" my Etsy Store to be notified there of when a new item is added.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Help me Advertise!

I've created a flyer, not very fancy but better than nothing, and would love to have people print it out and post it at your church, your quilt group, anywhere you go where you think people might like to know where to buy quilted and crocheted items. My ETSY store is accessible worldwide, after all! :) Here's what the flyer looks like (click to enlarge):

If you'd like to download a JPG file from which to print this out yourself, please right-click here and select "Save As..." to save the file to your local disk, then print it as normal.

If you do decide to post this around for me, first of all, thank you! and may you be blessed for helping and secondly, please comment to let me know where you posted it (especially if you're not in the Fuquay Varina, NC local area).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dragon Scale gloves!

Yes, I saw that post circulating all over Facebook with the amazing "Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves" and I just had to try to make some of them myself. Just one problem: no pattern, no clue where to start one of my own.

Thanks to Rachel over at Muttix, for getting me started with a free pattern. I was still off to a disappointing start. My first attempt (using regular old worsted weight acrylic yarn) came out all chunky with the scales all bunched up.


I knew I was just misunderstanding something in her pattern and I saw a few typos but I had no clue what they should have been. Rachel's the only one (until now) offering a free pattern (on Ravelry and on her blog) so I was grateful for a starting point but I got so frustrated at the errors glaring at me. She was very helpful to everyone posting comments on her blog so I figured out a few mistakes (my own and in the pattern) from reading the other comments but... still was missing something.

So I started again, this time using some baby yarn thinking maybe it was just the weight of the yarn that was the problem, but no.

So I tried yet a third time and although I didn't abandon Rachel's pattern, I did make some small but dramatic changes and ...


It might just be a matter of pattern-writing style, too. I still think it's awesome that this gal shared a free pattern with the community on Ravelry. I'm just used to a different pattern-writing style.

For instance, she doesn't give a stitch count anywhere and my preference is for patterns that have a stitch count after every row/round so I can double-check that I haven't made a mistake (yet). Silly, I know but being this compulsive about details is how I get great results.

But I wasn't happy with the idea of having to use baby yarn, yuck! I mean I liked those gloves that were posted on Facebook (like at the top of this post) so I ripped out my heavier worsted weight yarn and started yet a third time.

This time, I recorded the changes in a comment on my own Facebook post (so I wouldn't forget what I'd done given I'd done it at bedtime!) and I think this latest version came out great.

I do plan to buy some of that yarn that fades from one color to another but it's so expensive and I have to use some of what I have on hand.

Plus I want to work out a pattern for a version that has a flat palm instead of having scales all the way around.

Then I want to create an actual pattern others can read (not just my scratched notes and Facebook comments to myself). Once I get it written up proper, I'll upload it to my Ravelry account as a free download so everyone can share in the love. Can't wait to add these to my Etsy Store--in a nice yarn, not this single-tone worsted weight. I fear I may want to go for a real wool or wool-like fingering weight ... what's that Michael's brand, Woolike. Yowza!! On sale for a $1.50 a skein?! Where is my credit card :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

He Is Risen Baby Quilt

I've finished this very special baby quilt. It was a special request by the nice lady who runs the Seeds of Faith preschool at my church, Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church (FVUMC). Lynne saw a picture of the original pattern (which was for a tiny little 11"x15" wall hanging) and said, "If you make that as a baby quilt, I'll buy it for a friend of mine!" so make it I did. 

I changed the color scheme a little bit because I'm a fan of rainbows and sunrises (and I had to work with what fabric I had on hand).

Also I decided not to quilt over the crucifix but left it outlined to make it stand out more. Same for the Scripture lettering.

He is Risen Baby Quilt (30" x 42")

Hopefully, Lynne will be the one who gets this when it's sold as part of the FVUMC Fall Festival missions fundraiser quilt sale. That's right, this particular one won't be sold for me to make money but I have it listed in my Etsy store priced at $110.00. If you'd like a baby quilt similar to this one (exact fabrics will be dependent upon availability at the store when I go shopping for your quilt order), please visit my Etsy store to special request your own!

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This quilt was made from 100% cotton fabric with a 100% cotton flannel backer and batting (because the church's quilt group provided me with 100% cotton batting to use). I tend to prefer 100% polyester fiberfill batting for baby quilts since I find the polyester fiberfill stands up against time and use more heartily. I can customize the colors according to your preferences. I just liked the "sunrise" effect of these pastels. 

All my quilts are stitched sturdily enough that they may be machine-washed. I recommend a warm/cold wash using any kind of laundry detergent or fabric softener that you like. I don't tend to use fabric softener, myself as it leaves a residue on fabric (makes towels not absorb and quilts that go into baby's mouth not necessarily the kind of chemical coating I'd recommend putting there). 

The quilt should be machine-dried on low or medium heat to fluff it up but you can air dry it if you like (or don't have a dryer). To air dry, just hang it over a shower rod or best of all, outside in the sun on a clothesline if your home actually still has one of those! :) It might take 2-3 hours, depending on ambient temperature and humidity, to get fully dry.

Here's a closer-up view of the one I finished. Just click on the photos on this page to zoom in. I can put whatever Scripture quote you'd like or just put the words "He is Risen" if you prefer. Click the "special order" link on my Etsy store to request yours today.

He is Risen Baby Quilt (30" x 42")

Table Runners & small items

Here are some of the table runners I've done for the FVUMC Fall Festival missions fundraiser quilt sale. All of these items will either be sold by FVUMC to raise money for their missions or were given away as gifts. If you'd like something you see on this blog post, just visit my ETSY store or click here to sign up on Facebook and be automatically reminded.

Go Fly A Kite wall hanging ($30)
On average, these table runners all measure about 12-14" wide by 35-42" long. I can make one to a custom size if you have a specific credenza or table on which you want to display your special holiday topper. These are all Christmas-themed but I can do other holidays or themes, too.

Helping Hands Table Runner ($25)

Christmas Presents Table Runner ($25)

Sparkling Pines Table Runner (simple quilting - $30)

Sparkling Pines Table Runner (hand-stitched stipple quilting - $50)

I've also done an Easter pattern table runner as a gift for a friend - you can have one, too! This was my first-ever machine applique job.

Calvary at Sunrise Table Runner ($35)
For the same friend, I made two cat toy / blankets, one for each of her two cats. The first one is a blanket to hang over the back of the easy for the cats to play with the dangling strings. The cat who likes this one is a b/w just like in the pattern. I can make a cat blanket like this with any simple "cat style" pattern on it so if you have a photograph from which to work, email it to me. No guarantees it'll exactly match your cat's photo but I sure can try!

Pricing on the "Climbing the Wall" cat blanket would depend on the complexity of the pattern for your cat's markings. The simpler, the cheaper. This very simple pattern called "Spot's Blankie" measured about 24" square and would cost about $35-40 to reproduce. I would not do a pattern that would cost more than $50 to make (I would simply tell you the applique work is too complex to duplicate the cat exactly and suggest simplifying it using the "less is more" rule of cartooning).

This blankie can be washed in the washing machine but eventually, the tail will start to come off and the strings will fray (some of these are frayed just from the cats playing with them). Hand-washing is suggested for that reason. The blankie is made from 100% polyester fleece and 100% cotton fabrics.

Spot's Blankie ($40)

The second blanket I made this friend was to stuff into a basket for her other cat to curl up in. He's a large cat, so I made little pillows for the sides of the basket. He loves to sleep in his basket and miraculously, Spot doesn't compete for it so they each have their own little blankie.

If you'd like a "Basket Blankie" made for your cat to sleep on, just measure the interior size of the basket you have in mind (square ones work better than round baskets) and email me the dimensions.  The side pillows are stuffed with 100% polyester fiberfill stuffing but the bottom (where he sleeps) is a pillow form that can be removed allowing you to wash the blankie in the washing machine. The fabric is 100% polyester fleece.
Biggie's Basket Blankie (basket not included) ($40)
I haven't tried making any dog toys (yet) but if you want a blankie for your dog, I can probably adapt one of these ideas for your little one (in fact, the above pictured "Basket Blankie" would work for any small dog under 12 lbs in size and the side pillows mean he or she could drape their little head over the side to watch you the way dogs love to do.  Just email me at heirloominthemaking at gmail dot com and tell me the size of your doggie's basket (or other place you want to convert into a sleeping area with a custom blankie).

More small items to come! Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Puppies on Parade Baby Quilt

A Special Quilt for Babies

Shadow applique is my favorite method for making baby quilts not just because it's super easy and fun to construct, but also because I can get cartoon-like templates and end up with multiple textures. This means the quilt ends up having a tactile experience that keeps a baby interested in exploring it.

I can make almost any "picture" using shadow applique. For instance, the background image of this blog is of a "Secret Garden" style quilt I donated to Hibiscus House of Vero Beach, FL for Children in Crisis. I call it my "Ladybug Quilt" because I used a ladybug print for a lot of the templates underneath the sheer fabric. I also created a Scripture for this ministry quilt.

This style of construction is called shadow applique, where a shape is cut out and overlaid with a sheer fabric, without folding under a seam allowance, then the shape is attached to a ground fabric with stitches through all 3 layers (ground, template and sheer).

The best part for me is that this is constructed as "raw-edge" applique (I don't have to fold under the edges to make seam allowances!) This is a super fast and easy method of construction, despite the fact I hand-stitch everything (twice around each template! Once to attach and again to quilt!) Click on the photos on this blog to zoom in and take a closer look at this double stitching technique.

Puppies on Parade (WIP / July 2016)
Puppies on Parade had finished dimensions of about 40" square and will sell at the FVUMC (Fuquay Varina United Methodist Church) Fall Festival missions fundraiser quilt sale in October (Halloween weekend). All sales are on a first-come basis so get to the church early if you want to buy this quilt. They might have some on display as early as Friday that weekend.

If you miss your chance to buy this exact one, not to worry. I can easily do another one in similar colors or in a color scheme of your choice. Just visit my Etsy store and click the special request button to tell me what colors you'd like. You can also request something other than puppies (maybe kittens? Or other animals?) Simply request a quote from my Etsy store. The price from me (special requests do not cost extra unless the size or complexity increases) will be in the $100 to $150 range. This Puppies on Parade version is priced at $120 plus s/h.

I plan to do another pattern for donation to next year's FVUMC quilt sale in a theme of "Under the Sea" so follow this blog and/or "like" my Facebook page to see pictures of it as it happens.

UPDATE: I created the "Under the Sea" quilt for the church sale and made the templates a lot smaller than I did the puppies. I don't like as much as the puppies. What do you think?

My baby quilts are usually backed in 100% cotton flannel with sashing on the front in 100% cotton and the shadow applique squares are made with 100% cotton templates that are covered with a sheer fabric made of 100% polyester. The batting is 100% polyester fiberfill.

All my quilts are stitched sturdily enough that they may be machine-washed. I recommend a warm/cold wash using any kind of laundry detergent or fabric softener that you like. I don't tend to use fabric softener, myself as it leaves a residue on fabric (makes towels not absorb and quilts that go into baby's mouth not necessarily the kind of chemical coating I'd recommend putting there). 

The quilt should be machine-dried on low or medium heat to fluff it up but you can air dry it if you like (or don't have a dryer). To air dry, just hang it over a shower rod or best of all, outside in the sun on a clothesline if your home actually still has one of those! :) It might take 2-3 hours, depending on ambient temperature and humidity, to get fully dry.

Friday, July 29, 2016

About this blog...

An Heirloom in the Making will be an online window into the fabric arts (quilting, applique) and yarn arts (crochet, knitting) of Sarah R. Yoffa, a single woman launching a home-based business where you can reserve your own heirloom for her to make.

The online store will be created at and should launch around Labor Day (early September) of 2016. If you're on Facebook, there'll be a Facebook page, too, where posts from this blog will auto-post, so if you prefer to get your news on Facebook and not have to remember to come here to see new products "in the making" you should probably just "like" the Facebook Page. It's still in the making too (LOL) but I'll update this post once it's ready for you to "like."

Thanks for your interest! May you be blessed by your visit whether you buy anything from me or not.

Sarah R. Yoffa
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