The Quilt – It’s finally finished

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After spending pretty much all day on the quilt, I’m pleased to say its finally finished. It’s not without mistakes and flaws but my theme for my kitchen is “Quaint and Quirky” and its definitely that. I’ve learnt a few lessons along the way such as take more time for meticulous measuring and sew from the middle down, turn and do the other half instead of sewing top to bottom in one straight line. I love this quilt and I can certainly say I’ll probably make another in the future but I will not be making the same mistakes again – quilting takes patience and time and next time I’ll build on these skills.

A patchwork bag Cath Kidston style

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Not sure how this little 2014 slipped out of the radar as I use it every day!!! Last Christmas (2013) my kids, knowing I wanted to make something patchwork as my New Years Resolution, bought me the Cath Kidston book Patch which had a free kit attached to make this bag (or it could’ve been made into a cushion cover). It was so easy to make and apart from the seams on the bag was all sewn by hand. I love it and I’m hoping to make more of the projects from the book.

I’m off on a short break to a lovely Northumberland hill farm tomorrow – I will try and blog every day and keep you up to date with my antics but the phone signal is very poor so if I don’t see you guys before I’ll be back blogging on Tuesday 😀

Work on my New Years Resolution has begun

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This new year I set myself a goal of making a patchwork quilt. Once again I scoured through my stash of magazines (did I mention I have a magazine addiction!!!) and I came across a, what seems a fairly easy, design called Disappearing Four Patch. So today I made a started – I’m pleased to say my 64 squares are now cut and ready to sew. Obviously the colours are not exactly the same but in true patchwork style I’ve used material I had in my stash. Apart from the cream for which I bought a double sheet for the bargain price of £4.99 – I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to buy off the roll for that price!

Simply Knitting

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Browsing around in the supermarket I spotted the Simply Knitting magazine. Now I’ve bought quite a few of the Simply Crochet issues, really enjoy them and I think I’ve made something from each issue I’ve bought. So I thought I’d give the knitting one a bash, after all there was some free 10mm needles on the front. The problem with having a gift on the front is you can’t browse the mag to see what’s inside – and the fact is there was bott all inside, well nothing I’d wanna make anyway!!! So that was a waste of £4.99!!! Suppose I got the free needles – technically they cost me £4.99 and the mag was free cause I doubt if I’ll use it.

On a better note I have completed my first square for my blanket. Was bigger than i anticipated and I ran out of white wool so i finished it off with a red stripe – don’t think it’ll matter too much as its gonna be a patchwork blanket 😀

A patchwork blanket of the knitted variety

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Not sure if anyone out there has seen the DFS advert with that gorgeous patchwork sofa. Well I’m in love with that sofa and so very much want it for my dining room. But alas, even in the sale, its out of my price bracket. So I have decided to knit myself a patchwork blanket/throw for a cheaper sofa in the hope it’ll make it a bit more quirky.

Now I’m not the best of knitters, my knowledge and skill are pretty basic. So my first square is pretty much the most basic of all – think its called garter stich – anyway its knit, knit, knit.

I will be watching plenty of YouTube videos in the coming weeks to expand my skills.

My first square has been started and here’s how it looks 🙂

Happy New Year – Happy New Blog!!

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This time last year I made a few New Year’s Resolutions – well not exactly resolutions more like goals I wanted to achieve.

1.  To learn to draw (or create something that didn’t look like a 4 year old had done it!!).  After working my way through my son’s Learn to Draw Book I’ve progressed from drawing a toilet roll tube to this – Job Done I think.

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2.  To create something patchwork – unfortunately no picture for this one but I created a fairly respectable cushion cover.

3.  To make a crocheted object.  When I was younger my mum taught me how to do the basic crochet stitches – no easy feat considering she’s right handed and I’m a leftie.  I saw this cute little fellow on the front of a magazine and had to give it a go.  With a lot of help from YouTube I managed to extend my crochet skills and create the gorgeous Lambikins.WP_000977

This year I would like to create something a little bigger in patchwork and I fancy giving card making a go.  Really I just want to expand my crafting skills and give a few things a go.

Creating a blog was also on my list of things to do in 2015, so here it is.

Any other lefties out there who have any hints and tips to make my craft journey any easier feel free to share.