Saturday, May 27, 2017

Elenna Mustard scarf

One of my workmates recently celebrated a birthday so I made her a scarf in a nice mustard colour that goes with just about everything.
The Elenna yarn is quite a bulky yarn and is an acrylic/cotton mix so is lovely and soft.
I didn't follow a pattern but just did rows of treble crochet until I ran out of yarn which was about 4 balls altogether.
One of the other ladies at work is also crocheting the birthday girl a matching beanie to go along with the scarf.
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Aloe Vera pillow: Pantone Greenery challenge

After making the "Green Day" quilt for the Pantone Greenery challenge, I had a few leftover green squares so decided to make them into a matching pillow.
The pillow design is the Genny and Ruth block which is a pattern from Robert Kaufman.
I used some of the Kona cotton "Parrot" solid to make the HST for the points of the block, and also for the binding.
The pillow is quilted in a fairly dense crosshatch pattern which gives it such a lovely texture.
And it coordinates with the "Green Day" quilt perfectly!
Linking my "Aloe Vera" pillow (15" x 15")  with the Pantone challenge for 2017.
Kirsten.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Green Day: Pantone greenery challenge quilt

Over the past few years I have participated in the Pantone colour of the year challenges, and this years colour "Greenery" is one of my favourites.
So when Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts and Sarah from No Hats In The House announced the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge, I already had decided to enter.
The quilt I chose to make was a "greenery" version of the "Boxes and Crosses" quilt from Emma Jean Jansens book "By The Bundle", but made fewer blocks so that the quilt finished at 51" x 69" .
I pulled lots of low volume /B&W prints all from my stash and added in some bright springy greens to make the blocks.
There are green prints from many of my favourite designers - Denyse Schmidt, Cotton and Steel, Lizzy House along with the spinning gums and kangaroos from Emma Jean Jansens Terra Australis range.
The blocks are all nine patches so there was lots of quick chain piecing to sew them together.
I quilted it with straight lines echoing the seams which is so simple yet so effective.  
And I bound the quilt in Kona "Parrot" which is a solid matching the Pantone "greenery" swatch.
The quilt is backed in Ikea Britten Nummers fabric which goes well with the black and white prints on the front.
Linking "Green Day" (51" x 69")  with the Pantone quilt challenge for 2017.
Kirsten.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bouvardia triangle scarf

For Mothers Day I made my mum a new scarf using some lovely Bouvardia yarn.
The pattern I used was the Desert Winds triangle scarf pattern by Jess Coppon .
I love how the jewel-like colours flow from this variegated yarn.
And because the yarn is an acrylic/wool mix it is lovely and warm.
This was a very easy pattern to follow and I already have another scarf like this on the hook!
This was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Bear Ridge" quilt

Earlier this year, Jackie Gillies of Keep Safe quilts organised a Virtual Charity Sew-In where participants could sew blocks to donate for charity quilts.
For those who wanted to sew blocks using a pattern, the Genny and Ruth pattern was suggested as an option.
These blocks sew up to 20" square each so I made 4 of them to make a 40x40" quilt.
I used some fabrics from my stash in oranges, blues and greys and have named it "Bear Ridge" after one of the prints.
This quilt will be donated to Keepsafe quilts and hopefully bring a little cheer to a child.
This project was on my FAL Q2 list for this year so linking up with the 2017 FAL team.
Kirsten.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Q2 list for the Finish-A-Long

We will be away for a few weeks during this quarter but I have a few projects that I would still like to get done before we go...
1. First up is a baby quilt made for Keepsafe quilts using the Genny and Ruth blocks that I still need to quilt and bind.
2. I am joining in the Pantone colour of the year challenge as green is my favourite colour - I was able to get most of these green and low volume fabrics from my stash:)
3. And another smaller project using the same green fabrics along with some of the Kona solid in "Parrot" which is a good match to Pantones "Greenery"...
4. A one hour basket for a friends daughter who is having a baby boy - luckily for me she chose an elephant theme. 
5. Another baby boy quilt to be finished is one using the Trip Around the World method of piecing.
6. And I really need to make the Passport pouch for our trip!! 
7. It is now autumn here in Australia so I have quite a few crochet projects planned - first is to finish a gift for my mum for Mothers day using some lovely Bouvardia yarn.
8. And I bought a few colours of the Caron Cakes to make a Desert Winds scarf for my sister-in-law for her birthday which I started in the car on our way home from Newcastle.
9. And also crocheting another one to keep me warm on our trip away...
10. Along with a colourful beanie:)
11. And a nice soft simple scarf in this lovely mustard colour that goes with just about anything.
12. And maybe I will get the beach ripple blanket finished this time.
Linking up my Q2 FAL list with the 2017 FAL team here.
Kirsten.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ninja Stars quilt

One of the quilts I finished recently was the Plus Squared quilt by Emily Dennis which was a lovely quilt to make, so when I saw that Emily had put out a call for pattern testers for some new patterns I contacted her right away. 
Emily had a couple of patterns that she had been posting pics of on Instagram, one of which was the "Ninja Stars" quilt that I ended up testing.
I chose some of the new Cloud 9 Floral Deco fabrics along with a few coordinating solids with the tan background to make the baby size of the Ninja Stars quilt.
The Ninja Stars quilt is a jelly roll friendly pattern but can also be made from 2.5" strips or 2.5 square scraps, and comes in 2 sizes - crib and throw.
The blocks were quite straightforward to put together and I got most of the smaller size of the quilt top done in a full day of sewing.
I didnt think I would have enough time to finish the quilt due to work but then our town was sadly flooded after tropical cyclone Debbie came down the east coast, so I had a few "sew-days" until the water levels went back down.
The quilting was quite easy as I followed the seam lines down the quilt with my usual serpentine stitch.
And then I bound the quilt in the bright red solid which also went well with the backing.
This was a great pattern and I really want to make the non-scrappy version soon too!
Emily has more information about her Ninja Stars quilt on her blog (she used some gorgeous Tula Pink fabrics) along with her other new release "Sweet Summertime" which is a another beautiful quilt, and now has both patterns available for purchase from her "Quilty Love" shop.
Kirsten.