Saturday, July 28, 2012

Inspired by blue

Picked these up yesterday at Karen's , two lovely dusty blue repro's and the yummy blue wool, just right for some little boy booties (no that doesn't mean we're having a boy)
So I've been making prototype for a pattern for the booties

They look a little like grandpa slippers in the check flannel! And another Union Jack in my new blue repro.

Aussie, aussie, aussie!

Ahh the Olympics, the only time my TV stays on all day, so while watching the replay of the opening ceremony  ( no I didn't get up at 5.30am to watch live)  I thought I'd make some Union Jack mug rugs. They were very quick and easy so I thought I'd try a tutorial, how to, vague instructions of how I went about it.

 Start with a background, Cut a blue 4.5"x 6.5" piece, a piece of batting slightly larger and a piece of backing larger again. Lay them all on top of each other as they will be when it is finished.
Tear some strips of fabric: cream a strip 1"wide and a strip 1.5"wide and I've used pink but red is the traditional choice one strip 1"wide and one strip 0.5"wide.
Lay the  1"cream strips diagonally across your flag and top with the 0.5"wide pink strips.
OK picture is sideways but you get the idea. Top stitch down the cross, a quarter inch in from the edge of the pink strips.
Add the 1.5"cream strip across the flag and the 1"pink strip on top. Stitch these down then add the final strip from top to bottom.
Trim back to 6.5"x 4.5".
Sideways again. Add binding I cut mine 2"wide because I wanted it a little narrower because it's only a little mat.

Then it's time to put the kettle on!

Oi oi oi


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Granny Square Quilt

I've been seeing these granny square quilts all over the internet lately and I loooove them. So I finally got some inspiration for a baby quilt when I found this version by Lori Holt at bee in my bonnet , it has an extra round of squares and is just what I was looking for and quick and easy pattern that I can make in nice bright colours for our new addition and hopefully finish it before it arrives!
Each of these blocks will be 12"finished so I'm thinking 9 blocks should make a big enough play mat for a new baby.
Oh I forgot to mention I finally finished my Brookes column of leaves scarf, this was it when I first started way back months ago it's now 6'long and ready to wear. Yippee!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Some sewing again!

Nice to do some sewing again. I converted this shirt into a maternity shirt seeing as everything is getting a little short around the middle.
From this
Yep the weathermans old work shhirt (he says it shrunk) to

and the back
it looks better on, well at least it looks like it should when it's on. The idea is from a great tutorial here: I'm really happy with how it turned out and best of all it fits!
And now for some knitting

I even managed to knit booties! and yes the colours err towards a boy that's not for any reason in particular I really don't know what we are having.
Enjoy your weekend