Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cosy crochet along blanket

I spent a lovely day today with some friends at a crafting day at a hall about 15 minutes drive from where I live, so I thought I would take my Cosy Crochet-along blanket out for a bit of a photo shoot.
This rug was started a few months ago when Sharon at Lilabelle Lane announced she would be doing an Down Under Autumn Crochet A-Long (DUACAL) following Lucy @ Attic 24's great pattern for a Cosy Strpe Blanket.. 
I began with a selection of acrylic yarn in 15 colours as required for this blanket - most of these were from my stash and left over from when I made a few tissue box covers a couple of years ago..
And have spent many hours crocheting whilst watching TV of an evening - it is only treble crochet (singly then in clusters of 3 on the alternate row) so is quite easy to do.
I ended up doing about 75 rows of colour as I felt it was long enough and I was running out of yarn anyway!
Just love how bright and vibrant this blanket is. 
It is the first of June tomorrow which is officially the start of our winter here in Australia but apart from a few chilly days, it has been lovely weather here - now I just need it to cool down so I can wrap myself up in this cosy blanket. 
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Winter mug rug swap - part 1

I wasn't going to join any more swaps for a while but I when I saw the #wintermugrugswap on IG I signed up as it was a quick little swap just for us Aussies.
We were required to make a "mug rug" for our partner which is really just a little placemat/mini quilt.  
I decided to do another of the Fancy Foxes for my partner, using some Tula Pink fabrics.
 To send along with the mug rug, I included a few different tea bags and some yummy chocolate.
There is actually another side to this mug rug but I am only showing this side as it might give away to whom this is intended for - when my partner has received it I will show the rest:)
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Le Challenge - Wildwood tote

For the "wood" theme at Le Challenge, I have used some Cloud 9 Wildwood organic fabrics, by Elizabeth Olwen to make a Noodlehead Supertote.
I loved how these prints looked paired with denim, which is my favourite fabric to use in bags as it is sturdy and durable for bases the straps.
I used the Doily Flower Bag tutorial by Karen Meyers found on Sew Mama Sew to make a feature on the front pocket.
The patchwork for the back of the bag was made using a scrappy trip along block.
 And I just did echo quilting along the squares to form a grid pattern.
I added in a zip to the top of the front pocket and a slip pocket for the inside of the bag, along with a key fob tab so that I am not digging around the bottom of the bag to find my keys.
I downsized this tote to about 75% of the original pattern so it makes it a great size for a day-to-day bag.
Linking up with Le Challenge.
Le Challenge
And also with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with Adrianne @ On The Windy Side.
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Peacock Garden gifts

Last week, I used some new Peacock Garden prints, along with some Cloud 9 Koi Pennants Waving canvas to make a One Hour Basket and some matching slippers.

I used the tutorial at Kelbysews for the basket and I think I will be making quite a few more of these !
The slippers were quite fun to make in these pretty fabrics - there is a tutorial similar to what I made here at Needle and Ladle.
These Peacock Garden fabrics are designed by Jane Farnham for Camelot fabrics and are in lovely shades of mint and blue with nice little pops of lime and pink.
I think they would make quite a nice gift for Mother's Day, a birthday or even for a baby shower...
 Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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