Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Jolly Chunky Bag!

My Jolly Chunky Bag, courtesy of Attic 24, is finished.   It came together quite quickly leaving me with quite a bit of wool left over so I will have to get thinking about what I can do with it.

The most difficult thing about it is getting a photo of the finished article so apologies for my efforts.

April Journal Quilt

Another Journal Quilt completed, this month's being inspired by the Hibiscus flowers that grew around the hotel in Maspalomas and just about everywhere else.

The flowers are formed using log cabin with half in red and half in green using fabrics I have dyed myself.   I've used two different sizes for the flowers, piecing the log cabin blocks together with pieces of the same green fabric.  I've used this idea before for a quilt I entered into the Festival of Quilts many years ago.  The judges comments included one that I hadn't done enough quilting and I admit in the early days of making quilts, the quilting was the thing I hated.   One focus for this year's Journal Quilts is the quilting and I am pushing myself to do more and to not be afraid of it.

This months quilt has dense quilting in a random grid arrangement around each of the flowers as well at lines of quilting on each of the flowers to reflect the veins on the petals.


Monday, 17 April 2017

A Mother's Day Gift

I was lucky enough to receive a hand crocheted blanket from my youngest daughter Karen for Mother's Day. She hasn't been crocheting for long but took to it like a duck to water and now always has several things on the go at once.

She used Attic24's CAL for the Moorland  blanket which I loved the first time I saw it so was very happy when she said she'd make it for me.

The photos do not really do it justice so I will have another go when I have more space (in the caravan at the moment).

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Blanket update

Another month finished on my Temperature Blanket!

I was excited when I got to a yellow row late in the month, indicating that we had a temperature over 17 deg C.  Ended up with this temperature for three days on the trot which was glorious for the time of year.

As you can see, it was back to green at the end of the month. 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Using Dorset Buttons

I've made some of the Dorset Buttons from the kit I bought last month and have used them as the starting point for a new piece of work.

I've signed up for Maggie Grey's Workshop on the Web and one of the workshops in the latest issue was by Isobel Moore.  Do check her work on her website - here   As the workshops are all available only for subscription I won't give any details, but it is a mixture of painted paper, fibres, fabrics, machine and hand stitching, plus any embellishments you wish to use.



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Crochet Takeover

As you may have gathered, I have rediscovered crochet and am currently in the process of making a temperature blanket.  As this is a year-long project I wanted something to do in the meantime so those lovely people from Wool Warehouse have sent me some goodies.  Okay, I did part with some money before they sent the parcel.

My plan is to make a bag following a pattern from Attic24's blog.   If you crochet too and have never visited this lovely blog I thoroughly recommend you to do so without delay.  You'll find it here - Attic24.

The bag I am going to do is the Jolly Chunky Bag (follow this link - Jolly Chunky Bag)

As I've dusted off my old crochet hooks, I thought they deserved a new place to live so last night I knocked up a roll to store the hooks along with a pair of scissors and sewing-up needles.  Now I know I will have the size hook I need when I am travelling in case I get diverted on to another new project.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Something different

I seem to have several things on the go at the moment what with Journal Quilts, Temperature Blanket and a patchwork project that is a gift for someone special so I don't really want to say too much about that at the moment.

But despite these I find myself sitting unoccupied some evenings and that is not something I enjoy!

A couple of weeks ago I was in Wimborne with my sister and we went into the Tourist Information shop just for a look and I came across a Dorset Button kit.  I had been thinking about having another go at Dorset Buttons for some time - well if you live in Dorset .........

I've finished one so as soon as I've done a few more I will post some photos.