I was rather taken with this curved patchwork block, the tutorial on Molly Flanders blog gives excellent instructions how to make it. I made the 12 inch block but it can easily be resized down to nine or six inches. This was my first attempt at straight line quilting a full sized quilt using a walking foot and half inch spacing. Probably my last attempt too, much slower than free motion quilting and not as interesting to do. I do like the overall effect though, it does give it a modern feel. The finished quilt is 72 x 84 inches.
The cheerful rooster fabric dictated the colour choices for this quilt. I made an oopsie down in the corner which was easily covered up by enlarging the rooster on the fabric via the scanner, then using the copy to make an applique rooster.
Hot Water Bottle Cover (29cm x 21.5cm approx.)
100g double knit (8 ply) wool main colour
Small amounts of contrasting wool for the moss stitch band and crochet flowers
4mm knitting needles
For one side: Cast on 31 stitches with main colour
- Using stocking stitch, (knit one row, purl the next row), increase one stitch each end of the next five rows (41 stitches)
- Continue in stocking stitch until cover measures 10 cm from the beginning.
- Join in contrast colour and knit this row. Now begin moss stitch for 5cm. Start the moss stitch knit 1, purl 1 to end of row. Next row also do knit 1, purl 1 so the stitches alternate with the row below and you form moss stitch.
- Join in the main wool again and stocking stitch until cover measures 26 cm.
- Cast off three stitches at the beginning of the next six rows (23 stitches)
- Knit 1, purl 1 rib for two rows
- Next row make eyelets for elastic by k1, *yarn round needle k1, repeat from * until end of row.
- Now continue rib for another 19 rows.
- Cast off in rib.
Make another side the same.
Sew on crochet flowers or embellish however you want.
Sew both sides together, thread elastic through the eyelets, fold empty hotty in three and push down into cover. Enjoy!
Time for a little girl’s two year old birthday cake. What could be more classic than a doll cake. Loved doing this :)
It’s good to try something different so this week the old ‘mon tricot’ stitches book came out and I tackled the harlequin crochet stitch. All I can say is thank goodness for people who put tutorials on youtube! After a few minutes of watching how to, I was able to decipher the instructions in the pattern and voila! Ready to go in a dolls pram…
The challenge I set myself with this quilt for the new wing of the Rest home, was to incorporate images that stimulate memory and represent our local area. Thus came about the old advertising logos, some of them local, and the road signs with South Waikato place names on them. Some of the residents gave me ideas for logos that they remembered from way back.
I enjoyed making this retro caravan cot quilt so much, each caravan was a little adventure. It also gave me a canvas to do lots of variety of machine quilting.