Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Coral Cotton Crochet throw

After making a few Ripple blankets in acrylic yarn, I really wanted to try one in cotton - so when I found some on clearance, I quickly grabbed all of the remaining balls of the variegated and plain coral 8 ply yarn.
As I had twice as much of the variegated yarn, I started by doing 2 rows of the coral solid, then 4 rows of the variegated yarn and repeated this sequence which was similar to what I had done when I made the Ocean Waves blanket.
My Makers Tote came in handy to hold my crochet supplies for this throw.
There were a few wintry nights spent crocheting whilst watching TV and having some kitty cuddles.

I have kept the ripple edge along the top and bottom of the throw (because I ran out of yarn!) and I really like how it looks.
This throw finished at about 125 x 140 cm and being cotton, it is very soft and snuggly.

This project was on my FAL Q3 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"Lion King" Caravan Tote

My first finish for the 3rd quarter of the Finish-A-Long is a present for my mother who celebrates a special birthday this year. 
The pattern I chose is the Caravan Tote by Noodlehead which Anna has also made in this gorgeous fabric.
As mum's star sign is Leo, I wanted to use some of the Cotton and Steel "August" fabric by Sarah Watts.
The Monarch Lion print is a lovely cotton/linen blended canvas fabric so it was perfect for the outside of the bag. 
I used a few of the other "August" prints for the lining along with some coordinating solids.
Although the zippered pocket is designed to keep crochet hooks/knitting needles, it is also handy for reading glasses, a mobile phone, and stationery items.
I have already made mum a Supertote using these "August" fabrics, but I don't think she will mind having another bag - you can never really have too many bags:)
And although Mum will be away for her actual birthday as she is currently on an Around the World cruise with my father, on her return I have a handmade gift all ready for her.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory
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This was on my FAL Q3 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

My Q3 Finish A-Long list

For the third quarter of the Finish-A-Long, I have a few different projects on my to-do list...
1. Cakewalk quilt - using a scrappy mix of Bonnie & Camille prints with a charcoal shot cotton for the background.
2. Caravan tote: For my mothers birthday present which I need to finish up in time for the special day...
3. Coral crochet blanket: it is still winter here and I am enjoying doing crochet of an evening.
4. Elephant Abstractions quilt: all of the 97 paper pieces are cut out and I have made a start on the first 3 pieces of the trunk - just 94 more to go now....
5. Coastal Ripples: this is a project carried over from the last quarter using up some leftover yarn from other blankets.
6. Patchwork Swoon: I love the colours in "Canyon" by Kate Spain so have begun to make a Patchwork Swoon quilt using the pattern by Thimbleblossoms.
7. Bella Plus quilt: I started another baby quilt using the Plus quilt pattern by Kelly @ Jeliquilts. This time I have some Lotta Jansdotter "Bella" fabrics with some coordinating orange prints and a light grey background.
8. Dwell houses runner: This is a Christmas in July project using some Scandinavian Christmas prints.
9. One of Kristy @ Quiet Plays patterns that I have wanted to make for a while is the cute Koala from the Zoo series.
10. Indie bag: This is a cute bag design from Amy @ During Quiet Time made from one of my favourite fabric ranges, Indie by Pat Bravo. This has been a WiP for some time as I have the hand stitching to do still...
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So there is my Top 10 list for the FAL Q3 list for this year. Linking up with the 2016 FAL team.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dwell mini frame

My niece is building a house so I thought I would make her a little frame for her new home.
I used the mini Dwell pattern by Thimbleblossoms to make one of the little house blocks using some scraps of fabric leftover from the larger Dwell blocks in my Spell it with Moda quilt.
And was then able to put it into a shadow box frame which gives it a lovely 3D effect.
Hoping my niece can find a place for this in her new home.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt and Nicky @ Mrs Sew and Sew.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Finish Along Q2 report

For the second quarter, I am pleased to report that I managed to get 11/13 of the projects on my Q2 list finished.
3. Spell it With Moda quilt: done!
4. Noodlehead Makers tote: done!
 9. Caravan tote: done!
10. Beachside Ripple Crochet rug: no further progress made so this will be going on my Q3 list...
12. Basic Grey "Blitzen" quilt - this was for a quilt I was pattern testing and the pattern is still yet to be released ....
 13. Bailey baby quilt: done!
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Linking up with the 2016 FAL which is being hosted by a great group of bloggers from all over the world this year!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

"Ocean waves" crochet ripple throw

My niece and her partner are in the process of building a house so I thought I would make them a crochet throw as a house warming gift.
I chose her favourite colour of Teal then added in a lighter shade of Sage then some white for contrast.
The crochet pattern is the Neat Ripple pattern by Lucy at Attic 24. 
For this throw I did 4 rows of each colour alternating with the Sage.
This was the perfect project to do on cold winter nights in my PJ's whilst watching TV.
There have been a few delays with their house-building but I have this ready for when the house is finally finished.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2016 FAL team.
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