Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hot days ahead

So summer is finally starting to show itself...right before it hides away for a while again. We've had our air conditioner installed which is very handy since I'm nearly 32 weeks pregnant. But we still need to solve the 'still air' problem in the bedrooms at night. I can't stand the feeling of the oscillating fans on me and they're quite dangerous for little fingers/hands. So we thought we'd get a few of these:

Have any of you tried this one before? If so, what's your feedback?

Babushka Bliss

Babushka Bliss, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

A work friend requested babushka and shabby chic. I think I've captured that essence. She loves the progress pics so I must be on the right track. Now just to figure out how to quilt it. I'm thinking free motion meandering.

Also, how do you think I should construct the pillow case??

Monday, November 22, 2010

Clapotis - I'm knitting again!

So I've finally picked up the sticks and started knitting again. As I mentioned, this project has been on my to do list for some time. So I finally wound up my Wollmeise 100% in WD Gazpacho and cast on. Low and behold it only took just over 2 weeks to complete this project knitting in front of the tv at night. The colours are so hard to capture but needless to say, I love it.

Pattern: Clapotis
Needles: 3.75mm
Finished dimension: approx 170cm long x 30cm wide
Time to complete: 17 days

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Argh - Rainbow pain in the butt

This quilt has turned out to be the bane of my existence. That will teach me to use inferior quality sashing. This thing puckered up so many times that I don't think I can list it on Etsy. I'm thinking I'm going to have to hang on to it to gift instead. Boooo! What do you do with your quilts that pucker or have other 'imperfections'?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rainbow bright

Progress on Rainbow Bright. I've finally started quilting after the backing fabric and batting arrived this week. A bit of straight line quilting to keep things simple and soft.

Zoology and Guitars quilt

I finished. I'm loving the colours. I was a bit wary of using the blackish fabric but all the other colours help lighten things up. It's been washed and dried and nice and crinkly. I hand quilted this one in straight lines to keep things simple. It's very cute :)

Mathilda's Market

This morning I got some 'me' time and went alone to Mathilda's Market. I thought I'd go looking for xmas presents and also for our little one on the way. Wow, what gorgeous handmade things they had there. So much talent in one room. As usual, though, I didn't really walk away with much. I always get go a bit starry eyed and don't know where to begin. But I did, however, see these gorgeous little reusable nappies. I've never used them before but thought that since the newie will be arriving in late January, he could just lounge around in these at home.

Made by a lovely lady from Designer Bums. Very sweet in Oh Boy! Vehicles by David Walker.

Of course, there had to be a fabric stall there. So I walked away with these:

Rabbits and Racecars - Heather Ross for Kokka
Gorgeous canvas weight elephants (not sure who made it)
Far Far Away Princess and The Pea Blush - Heather Ross for Kokka

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Look what arrived for me at work today!

Monday, November 15, 2010

1st free motion quilting

This is the first time I've ever free motion quilted. It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with it. Especially with the tension factor. The first time I tried this I had beards all over the place. I'm glad I've overcome the 'fear' and just gave it a go. I hope the quilting police won't inspect this too closely. There are some sharp points and cross overs.
This quilt will be listed in my Etsy store soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dr Seuss and Cat in the Hat

So, this is what's playing on my mind lately. I bought these 2 bundles from Whipstitch and I've been daydreaming about which gorgeous quilt I'm going to make with them. I really love Oh Fransson's Wonky Canasta pattern and I think this quirky fabric would be perfect with it. I've just gotta go home and check out my Kona chart to find some matching/contrasting solids for the "sashing".

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I've missed having something portable to work on when I don't want to be slave to the machine. I've been meaning to make the Clapotis for probably years now and have had this yarn chosen for about 6 months. I'm making very fast progress on it. Just in time for our Aussie summer to hit! See it on Ravelry.