Saturday, October 25, 2014

WIP :: Moroccan Tile Quilt

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
Earlier this week I put some time into the Moroccan Tile quilt top. It's almost done. And then I just need to find some backing fabric. And binding. I'm thinking this Britten fabric from IKEA would make a fun contrast. Hopefully my local store has it in stock.

And of course quilt it. I'll probably machine quilt this one. Which is a bit daunting. I've only ever machine quilted small quilts.

If you have any recommendations for what thread to use, I'd love to hear it!

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
Do you wear shoes when using your sewing machine? I find it really awkward. Like I can't 'feel' the machine properly..

Moroccan Tile quilt - wip
I am so happy with how the colours have turned out together. You just never know for sure. I think the solid aqua colour binds all the different blues and greens together very well. But because quite a few of the prints have little pops of red, pink or magenta it prevents the overall effect from being too same-y or dull.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - October 24

Random things that are blue

The Color Thesaurus. If you love colour, you're going to love this. {via}

Some letters that didn't make it into the English Alphabet (the current form anyway). Including how the ampersand got its name!

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars.

19 Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. I'm quite partial to the Australien colour. :-)

On Owning It: I Am An Artist by Lisa Congdon.

Look at all these velvet ribbons on Design*Sponge.

These Aviator Fairies by artist Samantha Bryan are just... magical. I love when artists invent a whole new world. {via}

Desire To Fly from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New project :: Seed stitch scarf

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I started a new knitting project! Another seed stitch project because I found out I really like the mindless of that stitch when I'm relaxing, watching TV or something.

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I am not usually a big fan of yellow colours, but I got this mustard colour nail polish and I am kinda obsessed with that colour right now. It seems such a perfect autumn colour. So that was the first colour I wanted for the scarf.

But because I don't want it to be too autumnal in the colours, I've paired it with two pink colours. Although they are quite close to each other, so they are a bit difficult to distinguish in the photos.

I had some dark blue, almost black, yarn left over from the Seed Stitch Wrap, so I'm using some of that for a bit of contrast here and there.

Other than that I don't really have a plan for the scarf. Wideish blocks with narrow stripes in between. Not even sure how long I will make it. I guess I'll just keep going until I think it's finished. ;-)

Mustard seed stitch scarf
I love the texture of seed stitch. So squishy. :-)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pretty purchases from Knitting & Stitching Show

Bought at the Knitting & Stitching Show
This is what I bought at the Knitting & Stitching show - I told you I was restrained. ;-)

A few pieces of Liberty from Alice Caroline that I already have a half baked plan for.

And half a metre of Liberty Lifestyle Dorothy in blue from Fabrics Galore. No plan for this. Other than I love that Dorothy fabric. I have a tiny stash of it in red and turquoise, so I'm glad to have some blue as well. Maybe I should do a wee project with all three together...

Bought at the Knitting & Stitching Show
And this fat quarter of indigo fabric from Changs. The white print is made with a soy paste used with a stencil. They had lots of different types of indigo textiles and I had a really hard time deciding which one to get. But in the end I picked this one because it looks a bit like embroidery stitches.

It's funny, now I'd had these fabrics sitting on my desk waiting to be photographed, I keep thinking how pretty they look together. Maybe I need to make some kind of indigo and Liberty project. Some day. ;-)
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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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