Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quilt Lovely

I rarely pre-order books, but as soon as I heard Jen Kingwell was writing a book I knew I needed it and pre-ordered it as soon as I could.
To sum Quilt Lovely up in one word - amazing! The patterns, the fabrics, the variety - everything about this book is amazing.
I think Daisy Do, the cover quilt, is on my list of quilts I need to make.
 I might not get to Daisy Do for a while and I know it will be a long term project so I am glad Jen included patterns for cushions as well as quilts. These two are my current favourites.
Clam Bake
 Wheel of Fortune
I'm still working way on my Steam Punk blocks and enjoying every moment of it, even appliqueing the circles. I never thought it would happen, but I might become one of those quilters that love hand piecing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Look 6301

I seem to have a little collection of knit wrap dress patterns. Ok I'll be honest, it's huge. It seems to have become my mission to find the perfect wrap dress pattern (and also the perfect button up shirt pattern which I'm working on again today).  Flicking through the pattern books in Spotlight the other day I discovered a pattern I had never seen before - New Look 6301. Could it be the perfect pattern?
I love how the pattern has 2 different skirts and different sleeve lengths. I do love a faux wrap - so much easier to wear when it's windy in winter. The gathers at the waist are flattering and the neck line is finished with a binding. The only alteration I made was to eliminate the elastic at the waist and lengthen the ties quite a bit. There are a few fitting tweaks I'll make next time I make it, but this pattern is ticking all the boxes. I highly recommend it!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Greyhaven Hat

Cooler weather + Netflix = The Greyhaven Hat
I didn't have quite the right colour yarn in the stash so I dyed a skein of worsted weight BFL. I am glad I bought a bit of this a few years ago, it is so soft and squishy.
It is a great pattern, easy to knit and makes the perfect slouchy beanie.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sewing with Knits

It is school holidays at the moment so my sewing time is a little limited, but I still need to make something to stay a little bit sane. Sewing with knits it the perfect solution as you can finish something in very little time.
First up is the Centrefield Raglan. I only had a little bit of this black and white fabric in the stash, perfect for the front of a raglan.
 I have a few Stylearc patterns I want to try, but I wanted to check the sizing before I ordered more. This is the Laura Dress. This is some left over from a dress I made a few years ago. I had to make a few minor adjustments, but I think I bought the right size.
 Just to be sure I made the Fiona Cardigan. This is a very comfortable cardigan. It is not tricky to make, but it does take a bit of fabric because of the wide band that goes all the way around it. I used some wool jersey I think I found on eBay.
 I could probably make a few adjustments to the fit in the back and it needs a good press, but I am happy with this and think I will search the stash to make another one.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

23 Steam Punk Blocks

Reasons I love making Steam Punk Blocks:
  • I'm using some of my favourite scraps
  • There really isn't any seam matching
  • My centres are pretty badly matched, but they are hidden by the circles

 I have made 23 so far - over half way.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Paper Pieced Home

The first thing I ever paper pieced was the asterix block by Penny Layman so I was a little bit excited when I heard she was writing a book on paper piecing. I was not disappointed!
It is not only filled with fantastic blocks, but there is a great instruction section at the front. Since I first made that asterix block I have done a bit of paper piecing and I absolutely love it, but it is not something that comes naturally to me so I read through all the instructions and it is full of clear diagrams and excellent tips and tricks.

By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99
I have some beautiful saucepans I inherited from my Grandmother so as soon as I saw the saucepan block I knew I had to make it.
 I was a little worried as there were so many tiny pieces and you have to make it in several sections, but after reading all the instructions this block went together perfectly.
I enjoyed making it so much I made another.
 The book is not only filled with fantastic blocks, but also has some great projects that use the blocks. These saucepans are set to become hot pads. My Mum has already dropped some not so subtle hints about wanting the blue one so yes Mum I'll get it to you soon!
I have plans to try a few more blocks from the book. The Paper Dress and Giraffe are at the top of the list.

You can see more more of Penny's amazing book on the following blogs.
3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kwik Sew 3527 and 2704

The onesies I made the twins from Kwik Sew 2704 are probably the most worn things I have ever made so I knew I would be making more as pyjamas for this winter.
I used the same pattern for Eva and Kwik Sew 3527 for Olive. The patterns are nearly the same, the only differences are the crotch piece in 3527 and the size of the zip.
Both are great patterns. I just need a trip to Spotlight to buy some more fleece and I'll be making a couple more.