Saturday, 5 July 2014

Knitting along

While reading Crazy Mom Quilt's post on her avocado socks I was reminded of two woollen items that I could share.  These had both been completed over a month ago, but I have neglected to complete my Ravelry pages or post about them here.

First up, a jersey for my daughter.

K is five now, and wears a uniform for school.  I am sad that she can no longer wear handknits daily and the motherly desire to keep your child warm and comfortable is certainly not solaced by polyester.  Luckily this 'Olinda' by Georgie Hallam (Tikki) has been a popular garment at weekends.

The beauty of 'Olinda' is in the lace pattern  being completely reversible.  This is a great feature for children's clothing - for many reasons!  The only tricky part is sewing on two buttons for each button hole, and I am really happy with the buttons I found at my local drapery.

The pants K is wearing are my favourite Oliver + S 'After School Pants' in a light weight denim.  A great sew!  I have made these pants before (here and here) and I have also been counting our O+S garments - this is number 86!

This jersey can be also seen at my Ravelry page here.

I also (finally) made a Queen Anne's Lace crochet scarf, using some multi-coloured wool.


I made this using the tutorial I found on Mrs Micawber's blog, where the starting scallop was improved upon.  Great tutorial - thank you for the pictures and awesome instructions - I highly recommend them!

My scarf, and information on the yarn used, can be seen on my Ravelry page here.

See you at Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Must finish something...

I've been busy with my WIPs.

Firstly some progress has been made with my 'Honeysweet Swirls'.  It took two weeks of waiting for the contrast brown, Kona 'Cappucino', to arrive, but the wait was worth it!

I still have to play with the layout - then it is sew together time.  My 'Jaybird Quilts' rulers have been great for this project, having used both the Hex'n'more and the Sidekick.  I plan to put a border of the brown around, followed by a binding of either red or using the scrappy pieces I have left over.

I have also worked on the crosses quilt I started a year ago and and now just need to add the borders.  The fabric is 'Flats' by Angela Yosten. and the pattern is from Camille Roskelley's first book 'Simplify'.  Love the colour mix!!

I think I'll quilt this in straight lines, to keep it simple.  What do you think?

I'm also making 'All in the Family' from the same book.  The fabric is 'Florence' by Denise Schmidt and although the individual fabrics don't 'wow' me, I LOVE how they work together, especially with the white.

This is quite a small quilt - and because of the way the colours work as they are - I'm not going to put a border on it.  I will bind it with a red, but I'm still deciding what to do with the blue and orange circles that touch in the middle... would you unpick and move one??  An overall quilting design has still not been decided upon either - maybe swirls??

Lots achieved... but lots more to do. I'm loving how I have a 'Patchwork Plus' group to meet up with on Mondays.  It's so motivating!

I am linking up with Lee/Lindsey at 'Freshly Pieced' for 'WIP Wednesday'.  Then I'm off to see what others have been working on!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Another WIP

I have plenty of other things to do, but there are also many ideas brewing and all those lovely fabrics calling!

Here is my latest start, a jelly roll quilt using 'Honeysweet' by Fig Tree and Co.  I've adapted a variety of patterns to get this layout and it's looking great!

I have made most of the half hexies and just waiting to get some Kona Cappuccino for the contrast triangles before I start sewing it all into a quilt top.  It's going together very quickly.

I used my Jaybird Quilts' 'Hex N More' to cut out the triangles.

Linking up with 'WIP Wednesday' at 'Freshly Pieced'.  Thanks Lee!!

Friday, 13 June 2014

In the Blue

Today I'm sharing a project I finished nearly two months ago - I've been enjoying it selfishly so it is time to share the love...

It is the 'Garden District' pillow/cushion from 'Pillow Pop' by Heather Bostic.  This pattern is by Casey Yoder ('Little Miss Shabby') and it is a stunner of a design.

I used a variety of blues for the curves and a linen blend as the background.  The design is cleverly pieced and almost appears like a double wedding ring block.  I'm so impressed with it that I think I might make a DWR in similar colours for our bed.  The squares were quilted in the ditch and then hand quilted using variegated perle cotton in curves.

The back using a strip of 'Madrona Road' and the same linen.  The edges have been bound.  I had never done this for a cushion before but it was exactly like binding a quilt.

This is my third project from 'Pillow Pop' and I have plans to work through the book with the sew-along on 'ThreadBias'.  Two of my other projects are here and here.

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for 'Finish it up Friday' again - see you there!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

More Buttercups

A while ago I made a simple Buttercup bag from Rae Hoekstra's free pattern (here).  I've used it heaps and love most things about it.  Recently I needed to make two bags as gifts so took out the Buttercup pattern and added about 1 1/2" depth to it.

I added the depth to both the outer (lower) panel and the lining.  It worked out fantastically and was the only change I needed to make.

Both bags are made from Essex linen/cotton.  The grey bag is lined with a DSQuilts print while the tan bag has a Lecien print.

They were quick and easy bags to make and I was excited about giving them away until I was told that another gift had been organised.

Never mind .... I now have two lovely bags in my gift-giving stash... always a handy thing.  I'm sure they won't stay unused for long!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Diamonds, Triangles and Hexagons

When our family was in Australia recently I was lucky enough to find a gorgeous little patchwork shop called 'The Patchwork Angel' near where we were staying on the Sunshine Coast.  I only say little because of what it looked like from the outside - inside was an amazing array of crafting delight!  I was also delighted that my husband let me find it!

Although the prices weren't that different to what we find in New Zealand (ie A$22/m for fabric - the exception being pre-cuts) the range of fabrics and notions was impressive!  I was delighted to purchase both a 'Sidekick Ruler' and 'Mini Hex N More' by Jaybird Quilts as well as some patterns to go with them.

I have used the mini to make the previously posted 'Sew Together' bag and had great fun making this 'Rock Candy' pattern with my new sidekick!  I have also made a 'Tasty Table Runner' last year using the usual 'Hex N More' ruler.

With this project I used a variety of V and Co fabrics ('Simply Color', 'Simply Style' and 'Color Me Happy') and Kona bleached white.  I love the print from 'Simply Color' that I chose for the binding.

Quilting it was fun - I used my walking foot and made orange peel style curves.  I possibly should have used clear thread rather than the Aurifil natural white?

I'm linking this up with 'Finish It Up Friday' at 'Crazy Mom Quilts'.

Also - I'm entering this in the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along hosted by Sew Sweetness.

I would love to hear about it if you have made something similar...  What Jaybird Quilts pattern should I try next?  I'm looking at the gorgeous work in the above pool and getting lots of inspiration!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Sew Together

I haven't posted any projects on this blog for a while - caught between that balance of enjoying life and talking about it.  Our little family has been on holiday, and come back to the biggest change in K's life - she's started school.  I'll share some uniform pics soon, and maybe some travel outfits, but first here is a project I've been working on.

Yes... I joined the throngs... and made a 'Sew Together Bag' by Sew Demented.

The fabric is from Aneela Hoey's 'Sew Stitchy' range that I have used before (here and here) and given both items away - this one is for me!  I love the subtle link to stitch craft that the fabric range has - although I must admit to making this too pink for my general liking.


The outside of the bag is made in hexagons and triangles using Jaybird Quilt's 'Mini Hex N More' ruler.  I had heaps of fun piecing this - the ruler is fantastic and because of it's size is easy to use.  It is the same as the smallest size available on the larger 'Hex N More' but I really preferred it for cutting smaller pieces.  The layout is a smaller version of the 'Candy Dish' pattern by the same designer.

I am again going to a craft group I used to enjoy (before Playcentre and other pre-school jobs) and believe that this bag will be fantastic for holding all my sewing notions!

I know many have made this bag but here are my notes for 'next time':
  • Use a stiffer interfacing for the pockets - I think mine was just a lightweight one.  I've started using different types interfacing and need to do some research on them.
  • Check that the sides match up when you pin in the second side of the outside zipper.  There are many parts to match and I forgot one.
  • Maybe make the outside piece slightly shorter (ie making the rectangle slightly shorter).  Even 1/4" off the piece would have made it slightly firmer.
  • Remember to use the Quilt Barn's 'Sew Along' found here
I'm linking up with Amanda Jean at 'Crazy Mom Quilts' for 'Finish It Up Friday'.
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