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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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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