Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I mucked up my lace chart reading and did half the pattern wrong.  Rip, rip and three nights of knitting to undo tonight

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pastel Stars Quilt Finished

It's so hard to get a good pic of finished quilts!   I've spent time over three days trying to get a good pic of this one.  It's so pretty and fresh and I am pleased to say,  made entirely out of my stash.  Each one of these stars has been made from a fabric that I have treasured and I love the way that they have come together.

The finished quilt measures 45"  x 36" or 114 cm x 91 cm.  A good size for a baby.  To keep the fresh look, the backing is also white and I have quilted a wavy zig zag pattern on my sewing machine in a diamond grid, spaced 3" apart.  You can see it in more detail on earlier posts where I have used this quilt as a background. 

The binding is one of my favourite green dots and has been finished by hand.  7 hours of tiny stitches made by me.   If you are interested in this quilt it is $50 AUD plus post. Thanks SOLD!

I hope there will be a lot more scrap quilts made this year!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lacy Rib Socks in Dusk

It's a bit of a scary thought to see my big, blocklike feet up out in public.  I guess I am going to have to get used to it as I work through "Socks from the Toe Up" by Wendy D Johnson.  I just love this book!

The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in the colour Dusk.  Not a colour I would normally pick for myself but as I was going out of my comfort zone on these socks,  a good choice.  I tried some new techniques here and it's great to learn some new skills.   A new pair to cast on tonight.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Long Boards Shorts ~ Make it Perfect Pattern

Kane, and his guinea pig Pixie,  did a bit of posing for me on the weekend to show off this new pattern from Toni at Make it Perfect.  I tested the big version for boys 6 -10 for the Long Boards Shorts and made a size 9. 

I think they are pretty cute and I made them in a blue drill from Spotlight with contrasting lime green stitching.  Toni has some great pics up on her blog that shows the shorts in more detail, but Kane loved the big deep pockets and that they are easy to drag on with the soft ribbing waistband.   I love the casual look.  

Win a copy of the pattern by visiting this post at Make it Perfect.

Monday, March 12, 2012

At the quiltshow..

The kids and I made it to the "festival of quilts" this weekend in Ballarat.   Amazing!  Quilts from the 1970's really caught my eye and a beautiful log cabin quilt made in neutrals.  We went to visit Annie's vibrant stall, and catch up with Jodie,  and take a walk around the quilts with Nikki and her daughter and Kathryn and her son.

All I came home with was some sock wool.  My fabric diet seems to mean more yarn,  and I am working my way through this book in the evenings.  A pair of socks in my size is taking around a month to finish in short bursts and I am loving the process.

Just the binding to hand sew down on my pastel baby quilt too.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday Callum

Happy Birthday Callum!  So far every minute of being 11 has been fun.  A nice pose checking out his new watch.  Did you know it takes me 5 minutes and 4 seconds to get to the kids junior school?   What a great day and a fantastic age to be xx

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pretty pastel star quilt top..

In a weekend that was mostly taken up with assisting with the DIY home reno's (keeping the kids out of the way and clearing out stuff), this baby quilt was put together.

I'm very much a finisher, with such limited space at home, the dining table can't take too many projects.  I found these finished star blocks when I was tidying up that I made from some of my favourite scraps.  As soon as I found them I knew I had to get this quilt put together.

Fingers crossed it will be quilted this week and I manage to offer it up for sale.  I think a baby should really have the chance to sleep under this pretty one.


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