Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fabric postcard, Flying Dutchman

I took part in a little swap on the group BQLPC (Post Cards) with only 3 of us.
The theme was "Flying Dutchman", which I interpreted as the boat called that name. It was supposed to be a ghost embarcation, and feared by people on the sea.
The name also refers to the patchwork block called the Flying Geese, triangles in a line, in the middle of a rectangle.
And this is the result:

I regret the poor lighting, with winter the days are quite short, and the weather is terrible, lots of rain at the moment, and flooding not far from where we are. There is no risk for us as we are on a hill, but we feel sorry for the people who are affected.

I managed to go running this morning, but got wet from the rain while in the middle of nowhere. There were only fishermen around the lake where I was.
This is all on the theme of water isn't it!

Enjoy your sewing,


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

I am starting a mystery quilt, you can find the instructions on Bonnie Hunter's blog "Quiltville's Quilts and Snips" here for the fabric requirements, and here for Part 1.

The quilt when finished will be for DD3, who is modelling on the photo with my blocks for the first part. I have not finished the 192 4patches, but am on the right way. Over 120 are sewn and pressed already, and a lot of 2 squares are together.

My strips of grey with white and black.

On some strips, I used different fabrics.
 I followed the choice of colours suggested by Bonnie. I am not very adventurous on this one. Except I would not have taken the grey and bright colours, but I would like to have a modern quilt at the end.

 On this photo you can see my plain grey, and the white and black fabrics.

My printed instructions.

My 4patches are still attached, 10 together so I can count them quickly.

Have fun sewing, I am enjoying following somebody else's instructions.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lots of things have happened.
I went to Malvern Autumn Quit show, and bought more fabric! Super.

I'm doing some knitting, especially in the evening in front of the TV, when I'm too tired to sew. I taught myself to knit holding my thread in my left hand, so that I could be faster, and make more things.
So here is my latest production: a pair of socks for DD3.

 The thread was bought over a year ago, but things do happen eventually... It is"Bamboulene" by Cheval Blanc,  DK weight, 50% wool and 50% bamboo, knits with 3.5 mm size needles.
There was very little left at the end.
 I made them size 7/8 UK, with 4 times 12 stitches (48 stitches), short row heels and the leg measures 10.5cm before the heel.
I used this book to work out a pattern and it was very helpful.
You can find it here on Amazon (no affiliation).

Next I'm going to start a snood for DD3, it seems to be all the rage in the shops at the moment. Mine will be done in proper wool at least, blue and white.

Enjoy your sewing, or knitting.