Sunday, 1 March 2015

Ready to start your "Cosy Blanket"?

"Gathering Supplies"

(Photo courtesy of Lucy @ Attic 24)

Yay ... it is Autumn!
Which means it time to start the Aussie version of the
"Cosy Blanket" Crochet Along here in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The lovely Lucy over at Attic 24 hosted this Crochet Along in the Northern Hemisphere's Autumn. Way to hot for us Aussie girls to be making a blanket! 
So lets do it now as our weather starts to think about cooling down.
Please note that this is by no way limited to Aussies, anyone can jump aboard at any time. It's just more fun knowing other like minded people are are Crocheting away on the same project at the same time.  Helps keep us all inspired.


Raid your stash or order in new.
Choose what ever suits you.


What colours are you going to play with?

If you are looking for a kit to duplicate Lucy's blanket your can find it HERE.
My orders usually arrive in a week :o)

Note:- They do appear to be out of stock of the kits at the moment due to a manufactures delay but you can go onto the website and select all but three (?) colours separately.  How do I know this? Because I am going to make mine slightly bigger and have been on the site this week to bolster my supplies ;o)


TIP:- If you are choosing your own colors and plan to repeat the colour pattern choose an odd number. That way your colors will alternate between the two patterns.

The pattern can be found HERE over on Lucy's Blog

I will post the links to each week on a Sunday starting in about a fortnight.
If you are playing along please don't feel any pressure to keep up.
This is meant to be fun, so work at your own pace.

If you are playing along and are willing to let me share your progress pictures here on my blog
and / or over on Instagram please leave me a comment below and I will give you my email address.
I would love to see what everyone is up to :o)

Hugs Sharon

"Background"
When Lucy first started showing pictures of this beautiful blanket last year I fell in love.
I wanted to make it to but it just was not practicable being we were fast approaching the Aussie Summer and our extreme temperatures.  So I contacted Lucy and asked her permission to run with the idea of doing the same thing here but in our Autumn and she graciously said yes.  So the links that I am providing here are to Lucy's original blog posts.  This CAL and pattern, colours etc are all Lucy's work/idea. Huge thank you Lucy for allowing me to share xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Little Random Makes this week

I found some cute ceramic Rhino's and Elephants in K Mart
 this week so I grabbed some, came home and made some pincushions.




I have also turned a couple of Orphan blocks into some Zipper Pouches


Oh and we had a Birthday in our house on Friday.
The cake request was "Chocolate Mud Cake with M&M's


One Happy 17 year old!
Still not sure where the last 17 years have gone and how
 that 9lb 5oz baby got to be over 6 foot tall!
Both Boys tower over me now and Keegan is not far away either. Yikes!

Until next time, hugs Sharon


Sunday, 8 February 2015

My New Mini

I recently joined a Mini Quilt Swap over on Instagram and this week 
I received my amazing mini. Let me share.


Isn't it just AMAZING.  
The curved piecing (curved piecing scares me!), the colours and the quilting.
I instantly fell in love.  This came all the way from Shannon in the US. 
Shannon's IG name is @piecefulkwilter f you are on Instagram.
Shannon also made me a fabric bowl. How cool are they.
Thank you Shannon xx

I had to rework my Mini Wall a little to help it fit.


It is my "Super Sized Mini" but like Shannon said in her card 
"You know us Americans - everything is so BIG"

My partner to send to was Sheila in Canada.
I chose to make her a La Passacaglia Rosette in one of her favourite
fabric ranges "Cotton and Steel".
The Rosette is all Hand pieced (EPP) and then appliqued onto the background
before adding some simple random straight line quilting.


Sheila also has a daughter named Lily so my Lily and I went shopping for extras.
We found a cute Mother and Baby Koala for Lily (Sheila's daughter) and also
packed in some Tim Tams, Violet Crumble, Cherry Ripe and some Vegemite.

I've also signed up for another fun little IG swap this week.

(Registrations are now closed).

When doing a swap on Instagram you then post an inspiration Mosaic for 
your partner to help give them an idea of what is catching your eye at the moment.
Here is the mosaic that I posted.


I am also playing in this Swap.


but I didn't have anything in my stash that I thought was suitable for my partner so 
I ordered a Layer Cake of the new range "Ambleside". It is so pretty.  


I am hoping to start working on my partners Hoop really soon :o)

I am playing in a couple of other IG swaps.
#rainbowminiswap (I'm in Team Blue)
#aussietulapinkswap
#fortheloveofbandcswap (I'm in team #blissblossoms)

As well as a Bonnie and Camille Birthday Swap and our first birthday is this month.

I had better get sewing as it looks like I'm going to be a bit busy :o)

hugs Sharon
















Saturday, 7 February 2015

Playing with something New

"Smitten"

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it.
The instructions are for hand piecing but it can also be Machine pieced but I am 
English Paper Piecing (Templates are in the pattern)


I am planning on using my Bonnie and Camille Scraps and stash for this one.



My first block was fun playing with stripes.






I think this next block is my favourite so far :o)


And a progress shot so far.








Friday, 6 February 2015

A little more on my "La Passacaglia"

Playing Again


I have been taking over the Dinning Table again for another fussy cutting session.


and have completed a filler block for the side


and another Rosette.


This time I have taken some photos of the fabric I have cut from as I get asked for this quite often.


The downside of this project.
What goes in, must come out.


Especially when you start to run out of papers.

Here is where I am up to at the moment.


I get asked a lot how I do this above picture.
Easy ........ handball it to the hubby :)
but in all seriousness, he uses Photoshop and every new Rosette is a new layer.
Hope this helps.

Hugs Sharon