135 The Many Brendas

So excited about my vintage pillowcases!

My quilt-in-progress, the collection of 1970’s pillowcases, and 6.5 inch squares is growing.

The beautiful quilt responsible for my 70’s fabric obsession, courtesy of redditor u/vinegaroonicorn

If you like quilts and don’t yet know about the eye-candy that is r/quilting, get thee to reddit.com.

In all their glory, behold the Placemats of Awesome! (Tutorial here.)

Stitch pattern based on the encoded word “rain”, by Naomi Parkhusrst.

Naomi Parkhurst makes stitch patterns from words. You can read about the Bunny Ears Yarn Over on her blog; and also support her work on Patreon.

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  1. 11.23.20
    Jane said:

    Thank you for your podcast. I so enjoy your thoughtfulness and the quality of your work. I enjoyed this episode so much I listened to it twice. I look forward to seeing your quilt come together.

  2. 12.8.20

    Brenda, so much to say. I’ve listened to every episode of “Cast On,” many more than once. Your return – whoopee! The evidence below, which refutes the dickhead comment: 1) Your voice is ideal for podcasts, low-ish and intimate. 2) You are smart. 3)
    You are funny. 3) You are articulate and enunciate well. 4) You do interesting stuff, knitting & all. I could go on. Many thanks from a former public broadcaster who appreciates production values and copyright scruples.

  3. 12.8.20
    Anne C. said:

    I’m so glad you’re back. The placemats are wonderful, but I have a question: did you use some sort of template for the leaf shape? As I listened, I could see how it would be relatively easy to outline an actual leaf, but now I see you repeated that motif in non-leaf areas–how so? (I have a sewing machine that’s over 70 yrs old, it goes forward and backward like a champ, but no fancy bells & whistles.) thanks!