happenings..

Here is a little collection of photos from this month…

couch time

Couch time, tea and Game of Thrones book 3

Finished my Frenchy Bag (Amy Butler)

Experimented with recreating a fav eclair from a local bakery…was so good but a little big 🙂

Made the most amazing chocolate ice-cream to take to a friends for dessert!

(Recipe from sweet creams and sugar cones book)

Went strawberry picking for the first time this season! and yes they all got eaten!

Hanging out in the strawberry patch! + new hair cut 😉

Knitting up a storm on my first jumper!

Year of the finished project continues….Dasiy Chain quilt

Chain piecing while watching Thor 🙂

2 Swoon blocks have been joined by 3 more…only 4 to go!

bitten by the knitting bug…

I have officially been bitten by the knitting bug…

It’s almost as bad as fabric the way the stash starts to grow and expand…

Now a little something that you should know before I go on…I can be a bit of a perfectionist….(I can just see my mum rolling her eyes as she reads that line)

Usually if something doesn’t look right or I have made a mistake I will unpick or pull it to pieces and fix it.

When I was home visiting a while ago both Mum and Nan thought it was funny that I had never learnt to knit! So I go a few lessons and headed back to Adelaide with a new fascination. It was the basic skills of knit and purl and if I dropped a stitch I had no idea how to pick it up. I would just undo the whole thing and start again…after a lot of practice I managed to get the basics under control.

This year I decided that I wanted to learn to knit socks from the toe up…the first pattern that I chose was the first time I had ever come across a lace chart and from what I had read online I was intrigued by double-pointed needles, how hard could it be…..

It was a big thing for me to figure out how to do it and an even bigger thing for me to just keep knitting even when I noticed I had made a mistake in the pattern two rows back.

It was tough but I have learnt to embrace the imperfections that come along with learning a new skill. The side effect is I am now hooked on knitting socks!!

Work has been massively busy for me lately so I have found it more soothing to sit on the couch with a cuppa and knit in the evenings instead of being upstairs with my sewing machine.

Overall I am really happy with how they turned out and enjoyed making the second sock more as I had gotten used to the needles and the pattern.

Diagonal Lace Socks

Pattern: Diagonal Lace Socks (From Wendy Johnston’s book ‘Socks from the toe up’)

Yarn : Madelinetosh Sock in Black Velvet

On Ravelry here

EDIT  17 October 2012 : Okay so this post has been sitting as a draft for a little while…. I have now cast on and finished my second pair of socks and a few other things…

Charade socks

Pattern: Charade

Yarn: Skein Sock – Kaffir Lime

On Ravelry here

charade

These I didn’t enjoy as much as the first pair and they are a little tight around the ankle but I am hoping they will stretch.

I have also finished a shawl which I have sent my best friend Alissa for her birthday!

Marin Shawl

Pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock – Tern

On Ravelry here

Marin Shawl close up

I loved knitting this pattern! It was interesting and I learnt how to do cables!!! Who would have thought they were that easy!! I have been scared of them for EVER!  This is a pattern that I will knit again and it only took me about 2 weeks from start to finish.

And last but not least here are my broken seed socks that I am taking my time knitting. I love the colours and how they are turning out. The aim is to make them as long as possible!

Broken seed socks

Pattern: Broken seed socks

Yarn: Skein Top draw sock in Barley & Noro Silk Garden Sock

On Ravelry here

broken seed 1

Happy Friday!

xC

Busy busy busy…

Things have been a little quiet in blog land but boy have they been busy in real life!

I had a big push in July to finish two quilts to take back to NSW when I went for a recent trip home.

The first one was a baby quilt which came together really fast.

 Ruby Quilt

Pattern : Made it up as I went

Fabric: Vintage Modern

Binding: Ruby

I had a lot of fun with the bunting. I ironed some vliesofix on the back of a few charm squares and then cut out triangles. Once I was happy with the positioning I ironed them in place. With my FMQ foot on the Bernina I stitched twice around each triangle then moved to the next one creating the linked bunting.

Bunting close up

As time was short and I wanted to take this quilt back with me when I visited I stuck with FMQ a stippling pattern and just quilted up to the edges on the triangle bunting.

The backing is from Vintage Modern and I am in love with it!

I had the little red and white scallop fabric in my stash and thought it would suit as binding and I love how it turned out!

backing and binding

The second quilt that I managed to finish I time for my visit home was a birthday gift for my auntie.

Pattern : Dream Big Camille Roskelly

Fabric: Kate Spain Terrain

Binding: Simply Colour V and Co

Backing: Green wideback print broken up by left over terrain and basic white.

Dream On

As long as I can remember my auntie has loved green and purple. Kate Spain’s fabric is just the perfect way to tie those two colours in with the bright and jewel tones.

This top took forever to put together but it was quite satisfying watching it grow. If you are going to make this top I recommend having the pieces set out in order somewhere out-of-the-way or at least some way to pack them up without losing the order. I had the pieces on my craft room floor for a few weeks and was constantly having to step around it. This did encourage me to work on it more often so it could get moved off the floor.

Over all I am pretty happy with the finished quilt. Initially I was worried that the green on the back was the wrong choice. Once it was broken up by the left over terrain and white I was satisfied that it wasnt too much.

Oh and I nearly forgot the binding! This mini jelly roll by V and Co was fantastic to use as I couldn’t pick one colour to use and it was already in my stash 🙂

binding

My Auntie absolutely loved the quilt and I think it will be well used in coming years.

Okay time to get off and finish a quilt that I am excited about but can’t show you yet!!

xC

Love this quilt!

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Pattern: Thimble Blossoms – Wild things
Fabric: Rural Jardin French General for Moda, Linen, Send in the crown – Michael Miller and Woven Quad Stripe – French General.

Woo hoo cross another project off the unfinished list!!!

I began this quilt not too long after I started quilting. It was the first pattern that I had ever ordered online after finding Camille Rosekelly of Simplify. It was a really easy and satisfying pattern to sew. Yet for some reason when I finished the quilt top, I folded it up neatly and put it on the shelf. It has taken me nearly 14 months to get this quilt top back out and finished. As it is ‘the year of the finished project’ this one was high on my list so I got searching for the perfect backing and binding fabrics.

The backing fabric is ‘Send in the Crowns’ by Michael Miller. I loved the little crowns and the colour matched in so well with the front fabric. The quilt has always been intended for use on our couch, as we currently have one quilt that can get a little squishy trying to share. Originally I was planning to back this quilt in red but as we now have red couches I decided to use the cream and blue to break it up a little more.

I started the free motion quilting on my old machine. I was planning on only quilting in the linen coloured sections. Once I had started I was not happy with the way it was turning out and just how difficult it was to try and get the quilt through the machine.

So out came the seam ripper and I spent a good couple of hours pulling out the quilting. Once that was done I went back and FMQ and all over pattern with my new sewing machine!!!! (look at the pretty!!!) So much easier and I am really happy with the result.

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Stripped binding had become a favourite of mine lately. This is the second quilt that I have finished with stripes. The Red Quad Stripe is actually a woven print from French General which I have never used before. It was interesting trying to bind with it as it was a little tougher to pull the needle through but overall I love the way it turned out! And I am really happy that this quilt is finished!

***Do a little happy dance***

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Now there is some debate out there that every quilt should have a label with is particular details. But to be honest I didn’t see the point in making a sewn on label for this one as it isn’t a gift and it will be used by us for many years to come. Instead in my online travels I found a roll of ‘made by me’ labels that I thought were really cute. I think they are intended as clothes labels but instead I stitched one into the binding on the back as a little tag! I love love love how it turned out!

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Into the wash the whole thing went and out to the line…..a few hours later a new quilt to curl up on the couch with! And a well earned coffee!

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Happy creating peeps!