Friday, July 7, 2017

Proposed finishes for Q3 Finish-a-long

My plans for this quarter include some blocks which were sewn back in January that are finally getting made into quilts.
1. Star Bright baby quilt - using the Star Bright pattern by Kate Blakesley @ Swim Bike quilt.
 2. Forever Friends plus quilt - using the Plus quilt by Kelly at Jeliquilts.
3. Melba Swoon - the first of two similar quilts made from the swoon blocks sewn earlier this year is already at the quilters so only the binding to still be made and sewn on.
4. Matilda swoon - also at the quilters, and the binding is ready for this one. 
5.Underwater quilt: fabrics are cut ready to sew ....
6.Legendary quilt: most supplies for this quilt were acquired whilst overseas recently so I am now ready to sew it all together.
7. Tula Pink Butterfly quilt: Joining in another sew-along hosted by Angie (Gnome Angel)and Nicole (Snips Snippets).
8. Beach Ripple crochet blanket: whilst it is still winter here I hope to be able to do some more crochet.
9.Cloud 9 Foxglove baby quilt: just sewing some simple strips for this quilt.
10. Swiss quilt: using some pretty minty/teal shades...
11. Crochet granny scarf: using a couple of the Cake Pop colour in the Caron Cakes yarn.
12. And finally, I decided to join in the 2017 Summer Trip around the world sew-along hosted by #myteaandbrie on IG. I am going to use some blue/green jelly roll strips and will add in more fabrics from my stash as needed.
Linking up my Q3 list with the 2017 FAL team here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quilt shopping in the USA

Whilst on holidays overseas recently, I managed to come across a couple of lovely quilt stores in two of the towns we stopped at.
The first one was Prickly Pear Quilts in Helena, Montana USA. Hubby actually spotted it whilst we were having lunch so I wandered in to have a look around - luckily there was a pub opposite for him to visit whilst I was at the quilt store:)
I was only able to make some small purchases due to luggage constraints - the Legendary pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, a green batik jelly roll for the trees with and a cute little zip pouch. 
The reason for choosing the Legendary pattern was that we had stopped at Harrison Hot Springs in British Colombia, Canada, a few days earlier and hubby had his photo taken with the local "Sasquatch". I had said at the time that when I got home I was going to make the Legendary quilt to remember our time away. Also, I have already made a few of Elizabeths patterns and know how good they all are!
The other quilt shop we found was The Rushin' Tailors Quilt Alaska in Skagway, Alaska.
The walls of this store were covered in beautiful quilts.
And lots of lovely fabrics also - many of them also Alaskan themed.
The quilts were just stunning - hubby had come into the store with me this time and even he commented on how amazing they were!
And they even had a fabulous Fancy Forest quilt up on the wall.
I only bought a few brownish batiks to use in the Legendary quilt to go along with another woodgrain type print for the trees.
It was so enjoyable to be able to visit these stores and to see some different fabrics and quilts to what we have here in Australia.
Now, with the addition of some Basic grey Grunge fabric and more batik for the backing, I have all of the supplies to make my very own Legendary quilt to remind us of our wonderful trip to Canada and the USA.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Narciso beanie

This beanie was finished in time for me to wear it whilst were on our recent cruise to Alaska.
And as it was made from 100% wool, it was very warm and cosy.
I used one of the medium sized looms (like the ones in the photo below) to make the beanie.
And there was enough yarn leftover to also make the fun pompom for the top of the beanie.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Blueberry kiwi Openwork scarf

The colours of the Caron Cakes yarns are really lovely and I couldn't resist making another scarf for winter. 
This is the Blueberry kiwi colourway of the Caron cakes yarn.
The pattern I used is the One Skein Openwork scarf from Joanns stores.
To finish it off I added in some fringing along the edges. 
I have really enjoyed being able to take these smaller crochet projects along whilst on car trips.
And the colours really remind me of the beautiful lakes near Banff in Canada.

This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Elephant basket

A friend of mine was expecting her first grand-baby and I wanted to make a gift for the baby shower.
I decided to make another one-hour basket using the pattern by Kelbysews. 
The nursery was being decorated in green so I chose some cute elephant drill for the fabric basket.
This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blueberry Cheesecake triangle scarf

For my sister-in-laws birthday, I made her a triangle scarf similar to the one I made for my mother.
The pattern I used was the Desert Winds triangle scarf pattern by Jess Coppom.
This time I used one of the Caron Cake yarns in the Blueberry Cheesecake colourway.
I started this scarf on our way down to Newcastle a few months ago as it was a great project to take in the car.
I had just enough yarn to make this scarf and add a couple of fringes to the corners of the triangle.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Zip top tote bag

When we were travelling overseas, I needed a carry on bag so made the Zip top tote from Anna Grahams (@noodlehead) book "Handmade Style".
The main fabric for the bag is a Cloud 9 Koi "It's a Plus" canvas along with some of my favourite black denim.
I didn't have any leather available for the handles so also used the black denim to make the straps.
I constructed the bag a little differently than the original pattern, and made the other side of the bag into a pocket large enough to carry magazines.
Like all of Annas patterns, it was very easy to make and I made this bag in one afternoon of sewing.
This was a great bag to use as a carry-on as it also doubled as a tote to throw jackets and snacks in each day whilst we were travelling.