Thursday, 30 June 2016

Harry Potter

I have just been reminded about another quilt along that's happening soon. Soma at Whims and Fancies creates wonderful paper piecing patterns. If you haven't you seen her work you really should check out her website. I took part in the Doctor Who QAL a couple of years ago which was so fun and the blocks were great.

Starting towards the end of July is the Lego Harry Potter QAL and there is no doubt these blocks will be amazing too.

Go check it out. There's a chance to win some fabric too!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Beeutiful QAL

I happened across this on instagram last week and just loved them! I haven't done much embroidery for quite a while and was very drawn to the bees in these blocks! I think this is actually block 4 but I'm not always one for following along in order!

The blocks are being posted on the Moda Bake Shop and you can follow along on Sweet Little Stitches Instagram account too.

I have two more blocks drawn out and ready for stitching. Summer officially started here today with the last day of school, so this might be the perfect project for carrying around with me.

Linking up with The Needle and Thread.

Plus Quilt ** Finish **

I finally finished this one! I blogged about the construction of this one is here and just noticed that it has been sat basted and ready for quilting for nearly 9 months!! Oops. I could blame lack of quilting inspiration, but really I think life and new projects got in the way!

I chose to do some wavy line quilting in a kind of random grid like pattern, with randomly placed circles between the lines. 


The quilting took me forever, good job it was a relatively small quilt. But I love how it turned out.

I had to commandeer my middle child to help me take pictures. The smallest child was not tall enough, although she did try! They both complained it hurt their arms holding them at this angle. So I had to be real quick with my pictures!

And of course it was double sided to make the most of the left over fabric.

This was another one of my Finish-Along for this quarter (here).  I'm enjoying ticking these off!

2016 FAL

Pattern: Random pluses
Quilting: Free motion wavy lines and circles, by me
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt and Kona solids
Size: 44.5" x 59" 
Started: July 2015
Finished: June 21, 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Cardigan ** Finish **

I started this Old Romance cardigan back in August 2014! I am not a fast knitter and I have issues with my tension, so I usually stick to making scarves and hats. Much of what I knit ends up smaller than it should be. 

Last summer I had got to about 70% complete on this, I was finally knitting down the back to the length I wanted. But I tried it on and I really wasn't happy with the size. It was too short in the arms and too tight. I decided it would never be worn if it was too small and what was the point of continuing. So I ripped it all out back to the lace strips that make up the sleeves  (above picture) and started again! Complete madness. I moved up a needle size to get a large swatch and made the next size up. 

I persevered! I love the wool, the colour and the pattern so I made it a priority. Fortunately, it has been baseball season these past few months and I get so sit and knit while they play, bonus.

Now it's all blocked and ready to wear.

This one has been on my list of things to finish for quite a while now. And was certainly on my Finish-a-long Q2 list here. So pleased to tick another one off the list.

2016 FAL

Wool: Madelinetosh Merino Light in Charcoal and Duchess
Started: August 6, 2014
Finished: May 30, 2016
Pattern: Old Romance by Joji Locatelli