Thursday, July 02, 2015

ST quilt bee - July 2015 for Jane

Jane chose great granny squares for us to make this month for a quilt for the charity - Siblings Together. However it was down to me to do the drawing first. The diagram above is just random colours.

I dipped into my box of 2.5" strips which doesn't seem to grow any smaller. And I chose the turquoise spot which is from a riley Blake backing as it was on my table. Less now to put away. Jane has asked us to leave the blocks untrimmed so that it easier for her to make all of our blocks the same size, which is always a challenge with bee quilts.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Friendship star baby quilt

I am very lucky to have trusting customer quilts who hand their quilts over to mutual friends ( thanks Jane) to give to me, in the anticipation that I'll choose a suitable pattern and thread and get it back to them. This is a delightful little quilt for Judy's friend's grandchild. Unfortunately the expected girl turned out to be a boy, so it's back to the drawing board.

Pantograph is elegant stars

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ALYoF - Flora Supply case

My goal for June was to make the Flora Supply case by Clover & Violet. The binding I order was the perfect colour but the wrong width - my mistake. I found other bindings in my stash that were either too small, too big or the wrong colour. I requested that my DH pick up some binding from my LQS in aqua or mauve. He did well.
Using folded elastic was new to me and my lines of stitching aren't very straight, but I'll do better next time. All of the fabrics are by Alison Glass from her Sun prints and Ex Libris collections.

I'm not sure how I'll use this case yet but I am very pleased with how it turned out.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays - week 9 - fresh pears and feed and seed blocks

Oops it's already Monday and not Friday. My blocks were done but other things got in the way. I must make a son next week's blocks so it doesn't happen again.

I'm loving this fresh pears block which once again uses fabric from I Want Her Stash club. The May and June delivery should arrive next week and I've seen June's fabrics which are lush.

I went a little wrong with this block and the green fabric should be where the white is. Too late, it's not being changed, so this is my variation.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday stash - birthday edition

It is Lizzie's 17th birthday today. I did spoil her with one big present wrapped in minions paper. There is one smaller present to come - thank you Claire for being the intermediary.

And for those who'd like to know what colour I bought for Lizzie - it's crystal blue.

And just to prove I'm  a sucker for pretty packaging - don't you love the tin and the pouch. Here are some skin care stash purchases.

Firstly is the Liz Earle anniversary versions of cleanse & polish. You will see that the cap is missing from one and it is already in the bath room to be alternated with my regular cleanse and polish and another product. I am working through the miscellaneous beauty products this year and I just have one cleanser to finish and one large  moisturiser and some small Olay samples. However I have loads of body lotion to also use up. I'm tackling it one bottle at a time.
And then in the potty pouch is a trio of Murad products to try. I had already put them in my carry on luggage to take on forthcoming trips, I'll be interested to see how the products feel.

And this was my most exciting purchase of the week from Fondant Fibre. I am impatiently waiting for my cable needles to arrive. I bought completely the wrong size so they have been returned for exchange. I have also bought a pattern to go along with a YouTube video to knit toe up. It is printed out and ready to put in my planner for safe keeping.
The colourway is Dook Dook Dook. I should Google the name to see if it has a story. And I'm back. Hmm I wish now I hadn't Google the name. however it is a beautiful colour.

As well as the yarn, I was sent a cute stitch marker along with a coupon code for when I next order. I am following the shop on Instagram as they occasionally have limited edition kits and yarn.

I also received a mini skein called London Calling. How apt. It's thicker wool so I must check what weight it is.

I have been thinking about buying the yarn for the border of my cosy blanket which is moving along and I have about ten stripes until I have finished the body of the throw. I was resisting buying it online as I know I will buy extra to get free postage. Jan told me on Wednesday that a local shop had new stock so I bought it on the way home from our quilt group along with some DPNs from a local charity shop and a size gauge.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ex Libris by Alison Glass

My target for this month was to make the Clover & Violet Flora supply case. The pattern was released on Monday (with 50% off) so I quickly bought and downloaded the pattern. I then printed it as a booklet and it can be stapled, hole punched and added to my A5 planner.

On Monday, I also ordered the supplies I needed for the pattern which includes a zip, fold over elastic, medium weight interfacing and a few other bits. I am still waiting for them, so I have been crocheting my cosy blanket and watching Youtube videos on knitting. They are addictive and Little Bobbins podcast gave me a few ideas to make whilst waiting for supplies. the first was an open wide zippered pouch. google is my friend and I soon found Noodlehead's free tutorial. I then cut and paste it into Word and also printed it as a booklet.

I chose Ex libris again to co-ordinate with my as yet unfinished Flora supply case. I couldn't find any suitable zippers in my stash so I bought one when making a stop at Rondels Farm shop yesterday. They had only one zip in stock which was a blue 14" zip which fortunately was okay for my purpose. However next time I'll buy a longer zip and add some iron interfacing to give the bag more body.

Then inspired by Little Bobbins, I made a cover for DPNs also using ex Libris. I'm sure you can see a theme here. Yarnie Nana also featured this on her podcast and gave a demonstration of how they worked which helped me in the design of my cover. You store your needles in the cover and the sock dangles down through the poppers. I will need to buy some more poppers as I only have grey and white, but white worked for this.

With the remainder of the panel left over from the needle cover, I made a small needle case. No snap closure or ribbon which I find I never use.
No delivery of supplies has arrived this morning, so I'll have to be patient and wait until tomorrow. I have however received 100 glow stick bracelets which I will deliver to the WI office this afternoon.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday stash - sock yarn edition

My wish to knit socks started with the purchase of a knitting book when we were in Melton Mowbray of all places which was near to Matthew's sixth form college - Welbeck. Last year I visited Loop with friends and thought more about socks. If I bought some yarn then, it hasn't surfaced.

Last weekend in London, we visited Westfield at Stratford and bought this skein in John Lewis.

When I got home, I popped down to the Harbour Gallery and bought some DPNs and a skein of this lovely turquoise. I tried the DPNs but I don't think they're for me, so I am going to try the magic loop technique. So I returned the DPNs and bought another skein, this time in a denim colour. I've since found out that I need to wind the skein into a ball before starting a project.

I also bought some cute stitch markers. I had found some jump rings which would do the job, but these were too darned cute. I have been in touch with the owner of the wool shop about learning to knit socks so I am hoping to start very soon.

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