What’s been on the needles

I knitted up this cabled number from ‘Thread and Ladle: Otto Day cardigan’ which is quite different. Looks better on than in this photo! The other three are really old 1980′s knitting patterns that look okay knitted up in more modern colours.

Otto Day Cardigan

Otto Day Cardigan

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Sirdar 241

Sirdar 241

Patons 1845 and Shepherd 2136 Booties

Patons 1845 and Shepherd 2136 Booties

Owl Cot Quilt

There’s something very nice about making cot quilts, they have fun subjects and they aren’t too big! Found lots of different shapes of owls when browsing the net and then appliqued them in bright colours. Hey presto, my take on an owl cot quilt.

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mouse in disguise

mouse in disguise

owl quilt

owl quilt

owl quilt

Pirate Ship Cake

Thank you Toushka Lee for the blog on ‘how to make a pirate ship.’ It was a hit with our 3 year old grandson, the tutorial was well described. The only addition was a fondant pirate (along with requisite parrot on his hat and blue teddy bear). The licorice rail was replaced with a fondant rail. Thanks again.

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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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