Friday, 29 July 2016

Big wool, big scarf


I cannot remember how long ago I bought this gorgeous wool but I'm pretty sure I bought it in John Lewis on a trip to London.

It is Highland Alpaca - which is 50% alpaca and 50% new wool.  It is classified as super bulky and knits up really quick. When I took this project up again I had done a few rows of rib - that's all!   



I can't remember what it was going to be but I had an inkling it was meant to be a scarf to go with my Green Boden coat. I love this coat - the colour, the cord, the cut so I'm sure that was what I had intended to knit...

Anyway I thought this stuff is so bulky it wouldn't show up much of a pattern so I ended up doing moss stitch.  Which my good friend Helen thinks is a really boring stitch to do.  Normally I would agree but this stuff knits up so quickly I didn't get a chance to get bored!  And I love that chunky texture.



And here it is finished!  








 This is my thirteenth finish from my FAL list!   I'll be linking it up at the end of this quarter.  


Here is my original list.



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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Siblings Together Again

And here is the last one.

All the blocks are by the same person.  I'm struggling to work out who sent them to me but I think it was Anna - difficult to read the writing sorry.  Please contact me so I can thank you properly. 

She used batik fabrics and made some of my tile blocks and then some improv pieces.   I rather like how it works together.  I used the rare bit of batik in my stash to sash the blocks - this time I didn't want the sashing to shout and I think it works!



I'm linking this one up here:





Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party

And it is another finish from my FAL list - number twelve!   I'll be linking it up at the end of this quarter.  


Here is my original list.




Finish A Long 2016

Siblings Together - another one

Hot after the last quilt finish I realised I had got back into putting these QAYG quilts together.   I had two left to do.....


So of course I put another one together!  Sashed in purple because I thought it would bring it all together.



I'm linking it up here:





Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party

And it is another finish from my FAL list - number eleven!   I'll be linking it up at the end of this quarter.  


Here is my original list.




Finish A Long 2016

Siblings Together

I have made quite a few of the quilt as you go tiles quilts for Siblings Together, with lots of help from you lovely quilters.

Well just when I thought I had got to the end, more blocks arrived!

Unfortunately I was flagging a bit in energy levels by then and also had lots to do as a parent - you know there were exams and the end of term - so I didn't get around to finishing the last few quilts in the block drive.

Yesterday I got back into the swing of things and finished one of the three quilts I had left to put together - here are the blocks 


Here is the mistake I made - it does not always go to plan 


And here it is finished....


Better view here I think 



  

This quilt will join the others sitting in my dining room.  


 I will label them all up and then let Delma from Siblings Together know they are ready and she will come and pick them up from my house.   I'll be so glad to see them start on their journey to meet their new owners and it will be nice to free up some space - ready to start next year's campaign!

I'm linking this one up here:





Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party

And it is another finish from my FAL list - number ten!   I'll be linking it up at the end of this quarter.  


Here is my original list.




Finish A Long 2016

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Superman in a bag! Finish no 9

My eldest has always enjoyed dressing up.    Now in her twenties she still does!   The excuse being going to the London Film & Comic Con.

This weekend she is supergirl!

A while ago as I was writing up my FAL list I spotted this superman canvas fabric and thought I would offer to make her a bag. 




  And so I did!  Progress shots....


I love that little superman symbol I added to the lining.   What you cannot see is the superman in the flush zipped pocket...  The top right photo is the back of the bag.  The photos on the bottom row are on the front - flap down and flap up!   That superman really did get everywhere!  

This was my first time adding twist locks and it was very scary making those holes in the flap as if they didn't line up I am not sure I had the materials to make another flap.  The answer was making small holes until I was sure it would line up.  That part of the process may have taken the longest time.

It was also my first time making an adjustable strap but that was really easy. In fact I quite enjoyed using all the hardware and am now familiar with this pattern and may want to make another smaller version!  

The final article....



Made with help from Lisa Lam's Bag Making Bible and supplies from her shop u-handbag.

For my daughter the weekend could look like this....(should have moved those recycling bins)




Have a great time at LFCC!


And that is another finish from my FAL list - number nine!   I'll be linking it up at the end of this quarter.  


Here is my original list.



Finish A Long 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - my new sampler

Scraptastic Tuesday




I am looking forward to making a start on this quilt next month, which I have drawn up in EQ.  The blocks are 12" in size, and placed on point.



 
 I bought this grey patterned fabric (4.25 metres of Prisma Elements - Matte Zirconia) from The Village Haberdashery.  I will be using it for the setting triangles and alternate squares. 

The rest of the fabric will come from my scraps or stash.



Here is my quilt with my chosen fabric in place - EQ is quite clever that way! 





I will be sharing a tutorial for each block on #scraptasticuesdays and I'll be starting with this block: Kansas Star - I will need four of these for the quilt.







 

It is a nine patch block made up of snowball or square in a square units.  




I will be making nine of these units though the colour placement will vary to make the star pattern.



So why not join in next week and make some Kansas Star blocks along with me?  

Pyjamas!

I have been wanting to return to making clothes for a few years.

In my twenties I used to make clothes because it was fun, it was cheap and allowed you to make more of a variety of things.  Once I even made a dress in one day to wear that same evening!   I also made a dress as my going away outfit after my wedding.  I wouldn't say I was super skilled but I was fairly confident (perhaps wrongly so?)

I didn't really make clothes for my children but I did make lots of dressing up clothes.   They loved dressing up and I made lots of costumes for school plays when they were in Primary School.  A bit pressured ( all last minute stuff at Christmas time) but great fun.

So I have finally got the courage to give it a go again.

What better project to start with than a pair of pj pants?

I bought this pattern...




Teamed with these cute kitties in flannel which I bought from Plush Addicts - there was a discount!



I have made all the rookie mistakes in this return to garment sewing.   I didn't have my pattern to hand when ordering the fabric so I looked at another pattern and thought it would require about the same amount.   Wrong!   I only had enough for one and a half legs!   Not much use....

Fortunately I was able to get some more of the same fabric though my kids were trying to encourage me to have kitties on one leg and dogs on the other!

And here they are finished !  I used a scrap of Cotton+Steel as a trim - it's narrower than the pattern photo because I didn't have any more but long enough for my short legs!  

I didn't have a wide waistband elastic either so I used two lengths of a narrower elastic having divided the channel in two!  It feels nice and comfy.  Can't wait for some cooler weather to wear them at night ....





I'll be linking up this finish (no 8) to the Finish-A-Long at the end of the quarter.

Here is my original list.



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