Saturday, 21 February 2015

Two Cardigans

I LOVE Georgie Hallam (Tikki)'s patterns and have slowly been knitting up many of them.  I enjoy how each one has extended my knitting skills and produced a range of beautiful garments - all of which have been for either my daughter or one of her dolls!  (See here and here and of course a Milo or two).  Here are two more...

Last spring I knitted up a 'Girls Best Cardigan' in some gorgeous Shepherd merino 8ply in the most delicious pink.  A divine wool to knit with, and a jersey that the kiddo really loves!
These photos taken December 2014

The dress that K is wearing is Oliver + S's 'Family Reunion' dress in a gorgeous floral from the 'Good Life' range by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake.  This has been her go-to 'party' dress and has been well admired, with K automatically replying that 'mum made it'.

And some photos from today...

Over summer I made an 'Elizabeth' cardigan in some Moda Vera 'Sombre' organic cotton that I think was about 5ply (sport) weight.  After adjusting the needle size it made an awesome light cardigan that my girl has just started wearing!

This blue cardigan was on my 'Q1 Finish-Along' list as well... so a second finish... yippee!

Oh yes... I have a 10ply 'Bloom' that only needs blocking and tidying, as well as a series of dolls' clothes... will share those soon!

I'm linking up again to Crazy Mom Quilts for 'Finish It Up Friday'.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Scrumptious Squares

I finally finished something on my 'Q1 Finish-along' list!

This quilt was made using a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille's 'Scrumptious' and some Kona snow.  

I adapted the pattern 'Square One' from Camille Roskelley's book 'Simplify' which is made using charm squares and Honey Bun strips.  I worked out how to get the proportions the same and used almost every piece of my layer cake.  There was some nervous cutting... but I do love the result!

It finished at approximately 64" by 76" so it's a very good size for one layer cake.  I did swap out some of the white squares for some extra yardage, but the other plain colours that were in the mix really make the blocks work.

I quilted this using a design called 'Cherish' from Christina Cameli's new book 'Step by Step Free Motion Quilting' which I really recommend!  I had originally planned to stencil on another design by now know that the free-motion way is so much more 'me'.  I even made the quilting a lot more dense than originally intended because I was having so much fun.

The quilt is bound in the multi-coloured print of orange flower discs - seen in the centre of the above two picture.  The backing is a co-ordinating Bella solid I had purchased for another project, and turned out to be almost the exact amount needed!

I am absolutely thrilled with this quilt and it must be one of my all-time favourites!

I'm linking up again to Crazy Mom Quilts for 'Finish It Up Friday'.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A Marmalade Garden

Today I finished a wall hanging/quilt that wasn't on my list of 'must finishes' but I am very pleased to have it completed as I had started it back in March last year.

I have Lori Holt's fantastic book 'Quilty Fun' and was keen to have a go piecing some of her blocks.  I worked out that both the butterfly and flower (head) block could be made from a charm square, so I got out my hoarded 'Marmalade' charm pack.

I purchased some extra yardage of the Bonnie and Camille range to add more leaves, as well as some Kona 'peapod' for the stems and Kona 'snow' for the background.

Then I used my new design wall - made from a piece of flannel hung by map pins - to organise the pieces into a pleasing design.  I made 14 butterflies and 14 flowers (three of which had longer stems).

I did the quilting in a freehand stipple and love the effect of it!  I'm also super pleased with the red border and love how it works with the floral outer border.

Finished size: 52" (wide) by 48" (high) - 133cm x 122cm

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for 'Finish It Up Friday'.

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