Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blueberry Cheesecake triangle scarf

For my sister-in-laws birthday, I made her a triangle scarf similar to the one I made for my mother.
The pattern I used was the Desert Winds triangle scarf pattern by Jess Coppom.
This time I used one of the Caron Cake yarns in the Blueberry Cheesecake colourway.
I started this scarf on our way down to Newcastle a few months ago as it was a great project to take in the car.
I had just enough yarn to make this scarf and add a couple of fringes to the corners of the triangle.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Zip top tote bag

When we were travelling overseas, I needed a carry on bag so made the Zip top tote from Anna Grahams (@noodlehead) book "Handmade Style".
The main fabric for the bag is a Cloud 9 Koi "It's a Plus" canvas along with some of my favourite black denim.
I didn't have any leather available for the handles so also used the black denim to make the straps.
I constructed the bag a little differently than the original pattern, and made the other side of the bag into a pocket large enough to carry magazines.
Like all of Annas patterns, it was very easy to make and I made this bag in one afternoon of sewing.
This was a great bag to use as a carry-on as it also doubled as a tote to throw jackets and snacks in each day whilst we were travelling.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Passport wallet

We will soon be jetting off for our first overseas holiday, so before we left I wanted to make another passport wallet to hold our essentials.
Like in the previous travel wallet I made for my parents, I used the "Expedition" print from the Eclectic Elements range by Tim Holtz.
And again based the wallet on the "Two in One Zipper Pouch" pattern by Svetlana @ Sotak Handmade.
I made it a little larger to hold the passports and also added in a slip pocket for boarding passes and other travel documents.
The front of the wallet has some clues as to where were headed...
See you in a few weeks!!
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baby boy quilt

After making a few baby quilts recently, I was on the look-out for another quick pattern to use.
I found a pattern on pinterest, which uses the scrappy trip-along method of piecing.
The fabrics are a mix of grey, navy and orange prints similar to the "Bear Ridge " quilt.  
And then some crosshatch quilting through the blocks before binding in a bright orange to make a fun boys quilt.
This was such a simple quilt to sew and I will definitely be using this pattern again.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Elenna Mustard scarf

One of my workmates recently celebrated a birthday so I made her a scarf in a nice mustard colour that goes with just about everything.
The Elenna yarn is quite a bulky yarn and is an acrylic/cotton mix so is lovely and soft.
I didn't follow a pattern but just did rows of treble crochet until I ran out of yarn which was about 4 balls altogether.
One of the other ladies at work is also crocheting the birthday girl a matching beanie to go along with the scarf.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Aloe Vera pillow: Pantone Greenery challenge

After making the "Green Day" quilt for the Pantone Greenery challenge, I had a few leftover green squares so decided to make them into a matching pillow.
The pillow design is the Genny and Ruth block which is a pattern from Robert Kaufman.
I used some of the Kona cotton "Parrot" solid to make the HST for the points of the block, and also for the binding.
The pillow is quilted in a fairly dense crosshatch pattern which gives it such a lovely texture.
And it coordinates with the "Green Day" quilt perfectly!
Linking my "Aloe Vera" pillow (15" x 15")  with the Pantone challenge for 2017.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Green Day: Pantone greenery challenge quilt

Over the past few years I have participated in the Pantone colour of the year challenges, and this years colour "Greenery" is one of my favourites.
So when Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts and Sarah from No Hats In The House announced the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge, I already had decided to enter.
The quilt I chose to make was a "greenery" version of the "Boxes and Crosses" quilt from Emma Jean Jansens book "By The Bundle", but made fewer blocks so that the quilt finished at 51" x 69" .
I pulled lots of low volume /B&W prints all from my stash and added in some bright springy greens to make the blocks.
There are green prints from many of my favourite designers - Denyse Schmidt, Cotton and Steel, Lizzy House along with the spinning gums and kangaroos from Emma Jean Jansens Terra Australis range.
The blocks are all nine patches so there was lots of quick chain piecing to sew them together.
I quilted it with straight lines echoing the seams which is so simple yet so effective.  
And I bound the quilt in Kona "Parrot" which is a solid matching the Pantone "greenery" swatch.
The quilt is backed in Ikea Britten Nummers fabric which goes well with the black and white prints on the front.
Linking "Green Day" (51" x 69")  with the Pantone quilt challenge for 2017.