Pillowcase Dress

So many lovely people on the net sharing their tutorials, thank you! I used the ideas from two sites for this dress, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom’s ‘Polished Pillowcase Dress Pattern’ and Doc Stoc’s ‘Basic Pillowcase Dress for Anyone.”

Pillowcase Dress size 24 months

Pillowcase Dress size 24 months

Dotty crocheted blanket

There are lots of examples on the internet of patterns to make this ‘dotty crocheted block’. I modified one to suit and made it up in double knit wool and rainbow colours.

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Collaborative Art Quilt

I’ve just had the most fun over the last few weeks planning and making an art quilt with Yvonne, a friend from Rangiura. She paints and I quilt so together we experimented. We found an image on the internet then Yvonne painted the Waihou Blue Springs first as a paper mock up, then onto a batik whole cloth. She used acrylics and added in a fabric medium so the paint would stay supple enough to quilt when it dried. Heaps of layers had to go on as the cloth just sucked up the paint. When dry, the paint needed to be heat set with an iron then prepared for quilting with backing, wadding and the painted topper. Then I had crazy fun with the sewing machine. I found the metallic needle coped the best with the specialised threads so I stayed with it. Thanks to all those who post their quilting designs online so others can get ideas, Leah Day’s clover, permed fern, water and pebbles designs worked well for this project.

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Owl Quilt

There are lots of owls in crafts at the moment. I couldn’t resist piecing this owl quilt just to have a go at paper piecing again. My lines don’t match perfectly but it was fun anyway. This is a cot quilt made with ‘Hi-Fashion Fabrics, pattern #HFG-C1854′.

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Crazy Quilt Table Runner

Had a hankering to do some embroidery so the resulting doodling around ended up as a crazy quilt table runner.

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Birdie Cake

Our cutie pie grand-daughter had her first birthday last week and I was lucky enough to make her cake. There was a beautiful 3-layer cake on the net which got modified down to 1-layer.

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I’ve been wanting to applique a boat for some time to complete the wall hangings down one of the corridors at work. A resident drew me up a large 2 masted schooner and I’ve turned that into a wall hanging. The ocean was pieced using Karen Eckmeier’s idea of freeform and topstitched curves and the machine quilting is using some of Leah Day’s ideas.

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