Thursday, August 22, 2019

Spectacular Savanna quilt

This time last year we were on Safari so when I saw Elizabeth Hartmans "Spectacular Savanna" pattern, I knew that I wanted to make it as a reminder of our amazing African adventure.
I dug into my stash of Timeless Treasures "sketch" style fabrics to use as the feature print for each animal which was mainly for the ears.
And I also modified the original pattern slightly to make the quilt wider (90 x 73") so it goes across the bed.
Being so large, I had this long-arm quilted at my LQS Rainbow Patchwork in the Exotic Vine design which I think was just perfect for this quilt.
We were fortunate to actually see all of these animals whilst on Safari but the elephant was definitely my favourite. 
The backing is the Leaf in grey from Ellas backings which I also used in the Lion pillow for my mum. 
And most importantly, the quilt was kitty approved by Peach!
This was on my Q3 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

"Aslan" pillow

My mums birthday is in August and her starsign is Leo so I thought the Lion from the Spectacular Savanna quilt by Elizabeth Hartman would make a great gift for her.
The Spectacular Savanna pattern provides not only the main quilt pattern but lots of other options, including ideas for pillows or smaller quilts.
Elizabeth Hartman has used Essex linens in her pattern so although most of this lion is quilting cotton, I used some linen in flax for his nose and ears.
I quilted this pillow with a cross-hatch design which gives it is nice texture.
And the back of the pillow is the gum leaf print from one of Emma Jean Jansens wide-quilt backings which was left over from my "Fabled" quilt.
This was on my Q3 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Finish-a-long list for Q3

It is still winter here in Australia so quite a few crochet projects on my Q3 list along with some quilts:)
1. Spectacular Savanna quilt: quilt top has been sent off to the quilters so will just need to do the binding on this one.
2. Wildrose backpack:  Using some cotton in a lovely denim blue for this great pattern by AllaboutAmi
3. Swiss quilt: I am digging into my Bonnie & Camille stash to remake a quilt I made for a gift last year.
4. Heartland crochet blanket: I have used a couple of the balls of yarn but have quite a few to go...
5. Aslan pillow: Another project from the Spectacular Savanna pattern is a lion pillow for my mum's birthday as she is a Leo.
6. Wildrose crochet market bag: All about Ami has another wonderful bag pattern and I am using some pretty Caron Cotton cakes in the Blushing Melon colourway.
7. Madagascar baby quilt: using a few of the animals from the Spectacular Savanna quilt (Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the giraffe & Gloria the hippo).
8. Charcoal C2C crochet blanket: another baby blanket this time in a gender neutral deep grey.
9. Tula Pink Hurray for Hexies quilt: most of the hexagons are now sewn together...
10. Dragonfly scarf: using the Dragonfly bandana cowl pattern by Maria Bittner (Pattern Paradise) on Ravelry.
Linking up my Q3 FAL 2019 list with the 2019 FAL team here.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Pearly white baby crochet blanket

Another baby blanket I have had on my hook is a pearly white one which is so soft and snuggly.
Once again I did a simple corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet which worked up well in this yarn.
The texture of this crochet is lovely no matter what side of the blanket you look at.
To finish, I did a simple border of 4 rows of single crochet around the edge.
It is hard to photograph but this yarn has little flecks of colour through it - lemon yellow, peach and pale pink which are so pretty!
This blanket finished at 30"/75 cm square so is a nice size for a newborn or pram/stroller.
This was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team here.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bonnie & Camille Gypsy Wife quilt

The Gypsy Wife quilt has been on my "to-do" list for some time now and I have finally finished mine!
I loved the Bonnie and Camille version of the quilt which was made by @jennfortuna (twinfibers) a few years ago so dug into my B&C stash for the fabrics.
There have been a few Gypsy Wife "quilt-alongs" over the years and I was extremely grateful for the resources from all of them, especially the fabulous strip cutting guide by Hydeeannsews.
I decided to quilt it myself using the serpentine stitch as I could easily follow along the seams of the strips.
We had a perfect warm and sunny winters day recently so I was able to take some photos at a local sunflower farm.
The back of the quilt is one of my favourites also - the Britten Nummers quilt from Ikea which I thought was quite appropriate for the numbers of blocks required for this quilt:)
Many thanks to @scrappyviolet and @stitchedincolor for hosting this amazing QAL. It was wonderful to see so many beautiful quilts made!
This was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team here.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

"Nessie" baby quilt

A baby quilt I have wanted to make for a while is the Nessie quilt by Elizabeth Hartman.
 It is a free pattern over on the Robert Kaufman site here.
I quilted this one myself using the Serpentine stitch on my sewing machine - really quick and easy to do and it gives such great texture!
The back is pieced from a few large fabric pieces and I couldn't resist using a very special Tula Pink print from her new Pinkerville range.
 There are a few different creatures in the "Blind Faith" print including a unicorn, swan and of course a lovely Loch Ness Monster. 
This project was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team here.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Pastel crochet baby blanket

A friend of mine is due to have her baby girl very soon and I wanted to make a gift for her so after finding this lovely pastel yarn, decided on a baby blanket.
I did the corner-to-corner pattern again as it is quick and easy to do once you get started.
This yarn is so lovely and soft and the colours are really pretty.
When the colours come through in these variegated yarns they look so nice - and there is a bonus of no ends to weave in!
Then just a simple single crochet around the edge.
There was enough yarn remaining for a baby bonnet which was very kindly made by @gatheredcreations.
This was on my Q2 FAL 2019 list so linking up with the 2019 FAL team here.