Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Star #1

It worked and I quite enjoyed it!
Stars #2-#7 ready to sew.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

English Paper Piecing

I figure with all this time on the couch I should try things I don't usually have time for like English paper piecing. It is always something I have admired, but never thought I would try, but Instagram is full of beautiful paper piecing and I finally caved a while ago and bought some supplies from Busy Fingers Patchwork.
I bought the book Liesels Sechsecken Technik after seeing it here in this great post.

It felt so good to put a new pile of fabric together.
 So far so good and quite fun! Now for the hand sewing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pop Spots Shawl

The first time I saw the Pop Spots Shawl pattern I knew I had to make it.  I had wanted to try Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift for ages and my Mum loves blue and green so I just had to choose which blue and green. This was not easy, they have an amazing range of colours to choose from. In the end I went for celtic and admiral navy and I used eesit for the spots.
I was a bit worried about following the instructions to make the spots, but there is a tutorial on the Loop blog and one on YouTube and it really is quite easy.
I loved knitting this pattern and loved the finished shawl. It's not often I really want to knit something twice, but I'd love to make myself a yellow and cream version. More details on ravelry.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Paper Pieced Garden

I have a long list of things I want to sew and quilt when I can get back to my machine. Some paper piecing is near the top of that list!
I gave paper piecing a go last year. It is not a skill that comes naturally to me and I made lots of mistakes, but I really enjoyed and I loved the results.
 It has great instructions for how to paper piece at the start. Each step is explained and accompanied by clear photos. Most of the blocks are the same size so you can mix and match the blocks you want in a quilt. There are a couple of smaller sized one which you could easily add borders to make them the same  size as the larger ones.
The daffodils are just out in my garden so I would love to give the daffodil block a go in some modern fabrics.
The quilts in the book use applique as well as paper piecing. Templates for the applique are included at the back of the book and instructions are given for fusible machine applique.
Not all the blocks are flowers. There are all sorts of things you would find in a garden including a squirrel, birds and cherries.
I love this quilt with mushrooms and leaves.

I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to open the book wide enough and get it flat enough to copy the patterns, but there is a wide enough border around each pattern and I have pressed my book really flat without the spine cracking or falling apart so I don't think it will be a problem.
I'd love to make a sampler quilt that represented my garden and I think the blocks would be perfect to use for smaller projects like oven mitts or in a bag.

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Martingale free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Sock Knitter's Handbook

Such perfect timing, a box of wonderful books arrived from Martingale this week, so I have new books to read while I am on the couch.
As I don't have much craft to share with you at the moment I thought I would share my new books.
As I am doing quite a bit of knitting at the moment the first one I went for was The Sock Knitter's Handbook by Beth Parrott and Charlene Schurch. I knit my first sock after reading Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch and I often refer back to it.

This book has all the information about knitting socks in one place. There are descriptions about heels and clear instructions on how to knit them.
Types of toes and why you might want to use different ones. I love that there is information for toe up and toe down.
 I am not knitting socks at the moment, but I just started a pair of fingerless gloves so I just read up on different cast ons and cuffs.
 There is a great tips and hints section at the back and little stitch dictionary and size charts. I really love that it is spiral bound. I think I will be referring to this book a lot and it will be kept in my knitting bag rather than on the bookshelf.

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Martingale free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ripple Quilt in Homespun

I'm into my third week on the couch and I have 3 1/2 more weeks to go of putting no weight on my foot. Weeks of craft and TV might sound great in theory, but with a nearly 2 year old it's a bit of a nightmare. So I was a bit excited to get the latest Homespun in the mail yesterday and I sat on the verandah in the sun reading it while Olive played.
Inside is my quilt The Ripple Effect which I made from the loveliest Layer Cake from called Color Me Happy from Moda. I loved this line so much I made a dress from one of the prints.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

My Quilts Are Home!

My quilts from Strip Savvy are home!
The girls have been making piles of their favourites and choosing a new quilt for their bed.