Thursday, 20 March 2014

Olivia's Ripple Blanket


A crochet finish!!

For this baby blanket I started with a foundation chain of 140 +3 and the end size is about 32 x 38".
I don't know how big crib blankets should be but I just kept going until it looked long enough.

(Neat Ripple Pattern from Attic24)


Wool is all Stylecraft Special DK in the colours above.

I probably have about 15-20g of each colour leftover and a tiny bit of the silver, so six balls were plenty to complete a blanket of this size.


I had planned to do a fancy shmancy border with scallops and different colours but after straightening the top and bottom and one round of edging in the silver I was really happy with how it looked and didn't want to risk spoiling it by doing more. As its just a small blanket I think the one row of trebles ties it all together nicely and makes it look definitely finished.


And now its finally ready to be shipped off to my beautiful new baby niece on the other side of the world and I'm a little sad to see it go. But its lovely to think that there will be a little baby putting it to good use, I hope that she'll be cosy and warm wrapped up in it.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week,


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Pink Pinwheel Quilt


I have a finished quilt!

I have loved making this quilt. It's been nice to try a more traditional style with proper blocks and sashing, which were both firsts for me, and the fact that it is pink and flowery just makes me happy! It has been so long since I finished a quilt that I had honestly forgotten how long it can take, and I was seriously flagging by the time I had got to the binding! But this one was bundled up and given to our friends and their beautiful baby girl on Sunday morning and all of the time spent felt like it had been worth it (plus I got loads of sleepy baby cuddles). Totally the motivation I needed to get finishing more WIPs.



I struggled for a while when deciding how to quilt it, I had originally started to quilt an outline for each block but it looked a little odd and harsh for such a sweet quilt so I went with a free motion doodle style quilting and think it looks cute and softens the solid lines a little.

Ahh, pink gingham binding and a hand-sewn label - love  ♥ ♥ 


I went with the contrasting sashing after remembering this quilt from Denyse Schmidt's book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration for. It's a lovely book, I got it the Christmas before last after eyeing up the orange peel quilt online but fell in love with this hand tied one as soon as I opened it up and have been obsessed with it ever since.


Here it is finished; as usual I had left sewing on the label until the last minute and we ended up having to leave in a rush so I didn't get a great picture, and it was a truly miserable grey day outside, but I'll never learn.

The pinwheels are made from two 5" squares sewn around the four edges and sliced on the diagonal through the middle, then set in another square. The blocks ended up being 7.5 inches each so with sashing and borders it finished at about 44 x 54 inches; perfect for baby and toddler snuggling.


Now time for bed, I have another overdue baby quilt to work on in the morning - I hope you have a super week


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Attempts at Crochet

It has literally taken years of perseverance to learn how to crochet but I've now just about got the hang of it (thanks entirely to my lovely friend Amy). I'd previously had varying degrees of success and I use the word 'success' lightly. Well, I'm at least now acquainted with the humble granny square and I have lots of plans for it.

Here are some of my most recent efforts, they're by no means perfect but I can't hold that against them.



I am so happy about my new found hobby. I'm imagining nights snuggled up in front of the fire, film on, tin of roses by my side, crocheting up a full sized blanket of two (should probably try to finish the 9 square cushion that I started first). My to-crochet pinterest list has been growing for ages and I'm determined to attempt some of it :D hurray!


Mmmm.... Wintery coziness 


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

EEP Diamonds and Hexagon Cushion



It's been sooo long! I finished this little cushion last week and managed to get some photographs this morning so I thought that now was as good a time as any to get back on the blogging horse. I was working on the paper piecing way back at the beginning of July (and some considerable time before that - I don't like to do too much hand sewing at a time). It was always meant to become a cushion but I liked it so much once I had finished the black quilting around the stars that I thought it deserved to be out among the world as a bag. It came close, handles and a lining and everything, but it just looked a bit odd, and a lot like a cushion. So that's what it is. 



 I used some of the Lizzy House Constellations prints and a couple of solids to make some bunting to go over the bed to brighten it up a bit. I really like that line but it's very non-matchy so I've struggled to use it until now.

I love everything pretty and flowery and pink but it's so nice to get back to sewing something boyish after so much girly-girl sewing lately.


 I've got lots of things to sew over the next couple of weeks so I should be checking back in with some new projects soon :)





Thursday, 18 July 2013

A new bag for summer

Hello! Just checking in.


I made a new Phoebe Bag in red polka dots, nice and bright for summer so my long loved green one has gone into retirement for a little while.


And have a new cushion in my shop. I love love this one, it was the first one that I made but I needed to tweak the binding a little so it wasn't finished before, and now it is :D


I will never get tired of that gorgeous teal!

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer
xxx

Monday, 8 July 2013

Some more paper piecing

I don't know where the line between interest and obsession is but I'm in some murky territory. I'm on to diamonds this week and back to something that isn't pastel and flowery. It feels good, horribly fickle, but good.


The fabric is from 'Curious Nature' by Parson Gray. I really like the whole collection, the prints and tones compliment each other rather than being too matchy-matchy - and it's fantastic for more manly projects.


I've been toting my little diamonds around in this cute basket. 
I plan to paint it and put in a lining, but its doing the job as it is for now :)


I hope you're having a lovely week,