Monday, December 31, 2018

Zuma Swoon pillow

The Swoon block is one of my all-time favourites to sew and it was the first project I made from some of the new Tula Pink "Zuma" fabrics. 
This is the Swoon 16 block which finishes at 16" so it is a great size for a pillow.
The background fabric is a deep navy which I really love with the bright Zuma prints, and those amazing pops of neon.
I quilted it in a cross hatch pattern using a thread in a lovely shade of purplish-blue which is similar to the Tula Pink solid in Diva. 
This pillow will be the perfect match to the Anchors Aweigh quilt which I am making from the aquamarine colourway of the Zuma fabrics.
A special thank you to Deanne @fabricpixie who took some beautiful photos of this pillow for me! 
This was on my Q4 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lemongrass Chunky Double crochet cowl

One of my favourite books is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon and it has now been made into a TV series - it is set in Scotland and the main character Claire wears some beautiful knitwear.
I have a few balls of this Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in the Lemongrass colour and wanted to make an "Outlander" inspired cowl.
I found the perfect pattern for a Chunky Double crochet cowl at All about Ami and it was just right for this bulky yarn.
Can't wait to wear this cowl next winter!
This was on my Q4 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Norway Inifnity scarf

A friend of mine recently went to Norway and I wanted to make her a scarf to keep her warm whilst she was travelling.
I just did a corner to corner (C2C) crochet which shows off the lovely colours.
The Hue yarn is nice and soft to use and as it contains 30% wool makes quite a warm cowl.
This was on my Q4 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Natural Wonders quilt

My brother turned 50 recently so I decided to make him a quilt for his birthday as he is the only one from my family who doesn't have a quilt made by me yet! 
I used the Skipping Stones pattern by Cindi McCracken which is the same one that I used for my twin sons 18th birthdays a few years ago as I think it is a great quilt pattern for a guy!!
This time I used solids for the main part of the blocks with prints from numerous Parson Gray fabric ranges for the smaller squares through the middle of each block.
The name of the quilt came from the two main fabric ranges from Parson Gray that I used for the blocks - Curious Nature and Seven Wonders.
This quilt was longarm quilted at my LQS "Rainbow Patchwork" and Karen used the Fern Gully pantograph which is one of my favourites.
This quilt finished at about 66 x 66" which is a nice size for a bed or just as a lap quilt.
And it was even kitty approved :)
This was on my Q4 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Lilli Pilli Street quilt

The Plus Squared quilt is a pattern by Emily Dennis that I made last year for my nieces engagement and I have been wanting to make another quilt using the same pattern for us ever since.
I chose some gorgeous floral fabrics by a local Australian artist Jocelyn Proust which include Callistemon, Eucalyptus, Gum Blossom, Lilli pilli, Orange Blossom, Protea and Waratah designs. 
Charcoal is one of my favourite background colours as it really makes the bright fabrics stand out and I really liked it with the red for the block borders.
I made a few less blocks than the throw size of the Plus Squared quilt in the pattern so this quilt finishes at 54 x 66". 
The backing is a leaf print in black and white by another Aussie designer, Emma Jean Jansen.
I even had a little kitty "helper" when I was stitching the binding down.
The binding is a silvery colour which matched the some of the grey prints in the quilt.
We have a red couch and a black corner lounge so this is going to be our new throw quilt as it will match them both.
The quilt is named after the Lilli Pilli fabric (above) which is also the name of the street in north Queensland where we lived when I was about 7 years old.
This was on my Q4 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Goals for Q4 Finish-A-Long!

For this last quarter of 2018, I am rolling over some unfinished projects from last quarter as well as a few new projects...

1. Zuma block: I used this vibrant new Tula Pink fabric to make a Swoon 16 block which I plan to make into a pillow to go with the Zuma Anchor quilt (see #5).
2. Infinity scarf: another crochet corner-to-corner scarf for a friend using this lovely Hue yarn.
3. Plus Squared quilt: using the pattern by Emily Dennis with these beautiful Aussie native fabrics by Jocelyn Proust - I have already made some of these blocks.
4. Chunky Crochet Cowl - using Lionbrand Woolease Thick and Quick yarn in Lemongrass.
5. Anchors Aweigh quilt: this is a Tula Pink pattern that I have always wanted to make and now I can sew it with the new Zuma range of fabrics.
6. White crochet C2C blanket for a baby girl.
7. Skipping Stones Quilt: using the pattern by Cindi McCracken for a quilt for my brothers birthday later this year.
8. Acadia corner-to- corner (C2C) blanket: I have quite a few balls of this Heartland yarn so hope to make a nice throw blanket for the bed.

9. Oh Deer baby quilt: a remake of the navy and orange baby boy quilt I made last year using the scrappy tripalong method of piecing.
10. Tula Pink - Hurray for Hexies EPP quilt: I have sewn most of the hexies in sets so now need to join them all together....
 11. Star bright baby quilt : the top is made - just needs quilting and binding.
12. Flannel baby quilt: blocks are made but I still need to finish off the flannel baby quilt.
Linking up my Q4 list with the Finish-a-long team here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Minty baby blanket

A friend of mine is expecting her first baby but hasn't found out if she is having a boy or girl yet, so I decided to make her a baby blanket in a lovely mint green (which it seems is quite a tricky colour to photgraph!). 
I used my favourite crochet stitch, corner-to-corner (C2C) to do the blanket and I really like how it turned out.
I used a tutorial by Em's Fiber Arts to do a little border around the blanket which is just the right size for using in a car seat or pram.
This project was on my Q3 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Landscapes "Skyline" infinity scarf

A friend from Canada recently had twin boys (the quilts I made for them are here) but I wanted to make a special gift for the new mum also.
I have made a few of these infinity scarves lately and decided to make one for Jo as she will be able to wear it during the cold winters in Canada.
The pattern is a corner-to-corner crochet (C2C) which looks lovely with these variegated yarns.
This was on my Q3 FAL list for this year so linking up with the 2018 FAL team.