Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{WIP} Memory Quilt

I was showing a colleague some of  the quilts I have made in the past a few months back and didn't think much else of it til she approached me asking if I make quilts for others.

I have done a few in the past here, here, here, here and here. But this one is going to be different. It will be a memory quilt with photo blocks of the 13 grandchildren this lovely lady has.

I started drawing up a plan....and then sashed the photos.

Decided the photos were bigger than the picture that I had in my head and needed bigger fabric blocks to go with them. Re-drafted the blocks and fabrics cuts....bigger cuts means less of them right?

The photo on the top left has the squares attached to it...the others are just layout on the wall. I'm liking it so far and I quick text with a positive response means I'm on the right track!  Yeah! Now to get it done by the deadline!

Joining in with Little White Dove for the Aussie WIP link up! What have you been making this week?

Little White Dove

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{WIP} House Blocks

Swap-bot swap: Quilt House Block Swap - AUSTRALIA ONLY
I swap with Swap-bot!

Something a bit different for this Work in Progress post! 

Just to prove that I do still quilt....sometimes... in small doses!

These cute little houses are on the cutting mat for the block swap above. They'll be finished by Friday and in the mail.

Looking forward to seeing what I get back in the post

And I'm still working on the ripple....half way there!

Catch you next week!

Little White Dove

Friday, July 04, 2014

Maverick Stars

Ever been so involved in a  project that you can't think of anything else?

Nope me neither.....I so have Crafters ADD!

I went looking through a pile of fabric to find the material I know I have for making a knights outfit for Aden...and look what I found! 

An almost finished quilt top!

So what is a girl to do but sit down and finish off the last 4 blocks!

The tutorial for these blocks can be found here. Please don't look at the date!

Most of the blocks are together now....I'm stopping to rest my shoulder. But hopefully I can join the last few together tomorrow.... and find that knight fabric.....

I'm  counting it as progress in my 'Kick the Bucket 2014' challenge. You can read about it here

Lake's Ripple Blanket

This ripple blanket has been put on hold with the arrival of my new wool for a new ripple blanket!

 This wool is beautiful and so soft. I got started straight away. I like the dark colour (royal) to start with but the dark wool is trickier to find the stitches with. I got there in the end and I'm steaming along.

The colour choices are fabulous and I'm loving how it is coming together! 

Only 1 more colour to add before I can start the colours again.

So.... technically it is not Wednesday but Little White Dove left the link why not!

Little White Dove

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

These taste as yummy as they look!

There a number of versions floating around in Pinterest. I used this one here

I have quite a few more sweet treats to try...especially with an upcoming birthday to plan for! 

This is project number11 in my totally pinspired challenge. I'm still waaaaay behind. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

New quilt

I have the plan. I have the fabric. I have the pattern. I have the time. I have the motivation. Just waiting for the photos to come back from the printer...then I can get started!

I've not started a new quilt in a while....I do have plenty of half started ones though!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{WIP Wednesday} Starting over

A few weeks off  from the fun part of life while I got on with the boring part, but report cards (all 166 of them!) are done and out of the way and I'm counting down to a few weeks 'holiday'. Where I try and jam in as much as I can and actually to very little 'holidaying' at all!

To give my mind, eyes and hands a rest from the computer screen and keyboard, I'd often swap over to this. I'm growing rather fond of it.

If you've been observant when comparing my last few blog post you'll see that I have actually started it all over again. Not happy with the way the edges were turning out and realising that I hadn't been reading the pattern properly made me start over. I couldn't live with the mistakes. I know I'd be thinking about them every time  I looked at it.

Wanting a clean start I picked a new colour and started over but, with a few less repeats this time. When laying it on our bed it looked like too much was hanging over each side so I'd shortened it for the re-start.

I re-read the pattern, watched Little White Dove in action (althought hers is a slightly different stitch) and went for it.

I've just started colour number 7!

And opps ordered some more wool for a second ripple blanket for this little cutie!

Join me here! 
Little White Dove

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

{WIP Wednesday} The beginning of the end?

You might be getting a little bored of this 3 weeks in a row...but well that is all I have time for at the moment...a stolen few minutes here and there. 

I did promise you something different over the weekend....but well I'm not going to beat myself up about not getting to it. 4.5 hours getting Aden's toys, clothes, books and whole room back in order was a was getting to 'trash heap' levels.

So I've started adding a 3rd colour. A lovely red.

But here is what I have learnt this week.....always always always triple check your pattern! It took me until row 8 to go back and look again at the tutorial I'm following for this blanket and what did I find...I've been doing the ends wrong the WHOLE time.

I was going to frog it (again) but well.... I want this finished not perfect. I can handle one end being a little wonky. I'll just make sure that end is at the bottom of the bed!

I'm still not sure I've got it 100% right....opinions welcome....but I'm going to push on. I have a 4 hour round trip on the train tomorrow so I'm packing the next ball of wool in my bags in the hopes that the crochet will keep me from falling asleep on the trip into the city and back.

Have you been crafting this week? Join in posting your WIP with Little White Dove. Click on the link below to find her linky party! 

Little White Dove

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

{WIP Wednesday} Frogging

Little White Dove

Jumping in again with The Little White Dove (click on the image above to find her) for a WIP Wednesday post! 

I showed this to my online crocheting experts through the week... I knew it didn't look right. And after a few visuals I realised the only way to 'fix' it was to undo it all. 

4 and a bit rows....back to just 1....

I probably could have saved the last bit and wasn't paying enough attention when I was frogging it (new lingo...does it sound like I know what I'm talking about??) and so pulled out more than I really needed to but....I'm enjoying the process so much that after winding all the wool back up, I started again. 

Apparently it is back on track. Hoping I can keep it that way and you will see some more progress next week. The weekend is looking clear of commitments so hopefully I can get some crafting done on some long overdue projects as well!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

With a little help from my friends....

What a fabulous place to be. And what made it even better was the beyond fabulous people that were waiting for me when I got there....extra baggage and all.

We were welcomed with open arms to this island getaway for a weekend of relaxing, chatting, eating and just a little bit of crafting.

No Mum I won't get wet!
I can't say enough thanks to my crafting friends who showed love, acceptance and true friendship.
And of course enabling.....after a number of colour shuffles and umming and aring  the rainbow of wool was decided upon.

And then after some more food, laughter and strolling along the beach. I decided to get crafting....well sort of. I got the basics from Kitten and then mulled over it for a while and a while more....
A brithday party, some family time and then it was time to get serious.
I watched this YouTube clip a number of times and read over this blog post a hundred times and then finally I could see some success!

15 mins here and there is all I can manage at the moment, with other busy life stuff. But I am so very much enjoying it....ripping out stitches and all!

I've joined in a Work-In-Progress Wednesday for Aussie Bloggers. Join me...I'd love to see what you've been making!

Little White Dove

Friday, April 11, 2014

{Pinterest} Print making with shaving cream

Be warned....this is a lot of fun....and just a little bit messy!

I've done this before and have even bought some special inks/dyes a few (maybe 5 craft fairs ago) but seeing it again in Pinterest reminded me about how lovely the prints can be.... and messy holiday fun for the boy? Why not!

There are more detailed instructions here and here....but basically you just squirt a whole lot of shaving cream (a couple of bucks from the cheap shop) into a tray.

Add a few drops of food colouring and give it a mix. We used a wooden skewer.

I'd recommend an eye dropper or pipette or something similar if your little one wants to add the colour themselves.....We didn't have much yellow left in the bottle after Mr 4-and-a-half wanted a go at adding the colour. 

Lay the paper over the shaving cream and gentle push down for 10 seconds or so and then slowly peel it off. 

Let it sit for a minute or so while you make some more prints off the same pattern, or add some more colouring or mix it around a bit more. 

Using anything flat, even the side of your hand if you want to get messy too, scrap away the layer of foam. I used a flat bladed butter knife from the kitchen. I also wiped the foam back into the tray to be used again. Actually very little of the foam is used and you can keep using it over and over again. I did notice that towards the end that the foam didn't stick the the paper as well as it was drying out on the top layer, but giving it a mix around helped. 

It only took a few minutes for Aden to ask to mix it with his hands rather the the skewer.  Of course I said yes! He loved it! 
He ended up with shaving cream to his elbows and the food colouring has stained his hands a little, but look at the joy on his face! 

I suggest the wearing of old clothes as the food colouring can stain. And yes I also recommend that you check that your son has shirt on the right way before you start taking photos of him! 

The writing was fun. Just using the end of a skewer and dipping it back and forth in the colouring I was able to write Aden's name in the foam, mirror writing of course so that it is the right way round when you make a print of it. 

I'll show you in a few days what we plan to turn these into!

Number 10 in my list of Pins that I'm actually doing. Join in here if you want!