Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chairs makeover in happy colours

Chairs makeover - before
We have four chairs for our dining table - although two of them perform double duty in the studio and by my computer desk. 4 years ago we recovered 3 of them in this flower print fabric. The fourth one some how never got recovered. All four of them had started to look kinda shabby and for a while I had been on the look out for something to replace the covers with.

When I got my fabric stash back a little while ago, I found I had enough of four different brightly coloured fabrics to cover a chair each. I thought that Tony would probably think it was too crazy to do the chairs in all different colours. But don't you know it, not half an hour later he suggested that very thing!

Of course, because he said it out loud first, he claims it's his idea. But we know the truth, right? ;-)

Anyway, I figured, it's now or never, so we spent the afternoon recovering the chairs. And this is the result:

Chairs makeover - after
What do you think? Pretty happy, right? I love the result!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Not so fast Moroccan Tile quilt

Moroccan Tile Quilt - pattern by Amy Smart
I started this quilt in one of the workshops at the Fat Quarterly Retreat earlier this year. The pattern is by Amy Smart (she also taught the workshop) and it's called Moroccan Tile. It is from Amy's book called Fabulously Fast Quilts*.

Either I am really, really slow or the book's title is wildly misleading, because now it's October and I'm still working on this quilt top. Let's go with the misleading book title, then it's not my slowness that's to blame for this taking so long. ;-)

Atleast I have made all the individual blocks now, although somehow they are smaller than they are supposed to be. Not sure how that happened. I guess the quilt will just be a bit smaller than planned.

I just have to get through one of my very least favourite steps, trimming the blocks, and then I can start sewing together the bigger picture. I'm really looking forward to finishing this because I love the combination of the fabrics and I can't wait to see the finished result.

Do you ever find yourself with blocks that have turned out smaller than the pattern says they should be? Or is that just me? ;-)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

DS hexie quilt

DS hexie quilt
Good morning. This post is brought to you by 'wide awake at 4 in the morning for no good reason despite only having four hours of sleep.' Oy. You can imagine Tony's surprise when I got up with him at 5 this morning. ;-)

Anyway, yesterday I thought I'd take a little stock of how many hexies I have made for my DS hexagon quilt. And then I had to take some pictures of course, because those hexies are so pretty.

DS hexie quilt
Pretty, right? I love how well they all play together although they are from different DS collections.

I have around 160 hexies which of course is nowhere near enough for a quilt, so I guess I'll be hexy-ing along for the foreseeable future. Not that I mind.

DS hexie quilt
I am nowhere near ready to start putting it together, but I am thinking about it. Last year, when I had only just started this project, I thought I might do hexagon flowers like this and put those together. But I think I've scrapped that idea.

I want something that feels more random. Maybe I'll pick a handful of the fabrics to use as flower centres, but have all the 'petals' be different.

Well, that decision is a out in the future somewhere...

DS hexie quilt

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn morning walk

Autumn walk
I went for walk this morning, in the sunshine! After almost two weeks of constant rain that was a pleasant change. The leaves have just started turning, so there was plenty of green around still...

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk
Gorgeous leaves...

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk
A couple of dos ran over to me, but then completely ignored me. Too busy laying with their ball.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day out :: Knitting & Stitching Show

Knitting & Stitching Show - Ally Pally 2014
Last Wednesday I went to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. I met up with Laura and we had a lovely day wandering the halls, oohing and ahhing over all the pretty things.

For starters, the Knitted Pergola just inside the doors. Very cool.

Knitting & Stitching Show - Ally Pally 2014
Much of the show is all about the shopping! A few stands had veritable mountains of yarn like this one.

We stopped by the Pompom mag stand. It's a very pretty magazine about knitting - if I were properly into knitting I think I might have picked a copy or two.

Knitting & Stitching Show - Ally Pally 2014
Top of my list of stands to visit was Alice Caroline who sell gorgeous Liberty prints. So.much.pretty. I may have left a few pounds behind in exchange for some of that pretty fabric.

I was quite restrained at the show, I didn't go crazy with purchases. I'll take a couple of pictures when the weather cooperates with some kind of not-gloomy weather.

Knitting & Stitching Show - Ally Pally 2014
This knitted jacket was absolutely amazing. I don't know if you can tell, but it is inspired by the Hobbit and it had lots of cool details. Like, in the middle picture, do you see Gollum peeping out?

The knitted Smaug, on the right, was so cool, with so many details and gems knitted into it. Gorgeous. And Denise Salway, aka The Knitting Witch, the lady behind it, was so nice.

In this album on Flickr you can see some better photos of the jacket. And do check out the rest of her Flickr stream, there is a lot of detail and humour(!) in her work. For example, this Kim Kardashian butt! Which could be possibly NSFW if your work place have a very strict policy regarding knitted behinds. ;-)

Knitting & Stitching Show - Ally Pally 2014
Another artist who blew us away is Caren Garfen. At first we were drawn in by the teeny tiny stitching - see the photo on the right. You can't even tell in the photo that those are stitches, they are so fine.

But then we had a look at the installation and Caren told us a bit about it. Basically it is a kitchen where all the elements are screen printed and/or stitched with illustrations and words related to dieting and body image. It was a very interesting and thought provoking combination of "women's work" and the issues many women have with their bodies and self worth.

You can read an interview with Caren here.

There was another artist who I can't stop thinking about - although I didn't take any pictures of her work. Mary Flynn.

The work she was showing is called Sea Banners. The bright colours of the banners drew us in at first. Mary told us about how the banners are made of all kinds of textiles she had collected on the beaches of the Isle of Wight. It was really fascinating to see how so much textile also rolls around in the sea. Never thought about that - plastic, sure, but not textiles.

Do pop over and check out the photos of the Sea Banners.

It can feel like shows like the Knitting & Show is all about the shopping, but there is also a lot of artists to explore. And that is my favourite thing about it. Sure, it's great to look at fabric and thread in person before buying, but most of it you can buy online without too much trouble.

Seeing these artists that you may not otherwise come across, that is just so inspiring. Seeing all these different points of view and ways of expressing them.

Did you go to the K&S show? What was your favourite thing?

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