I've looked back through my previous blog posts, and I can't believe it's been so long since I worked on this blanket. The last mention was four months ago. I think I need to put this to the top of the list so it can get finished.
These squares had already been prepped with blanket stitch, so I could get straight on and crochet the borders.
After an afternoon of crochet, four more blocks to add to my completed squares.
All being well, it won't be another four months before any progress is made on this blanket.
Looking back and seeing this post made me chuckle. This is from 21st December 2012 and I was already talking about the long gap between working on this project. It seems there was a lot of procrastination in this blanket. Since it's been finished, it has a permanent place on the back of my settee and is often used to keep me warm. Do you have many projects that seems to take an age to finish?
One thing about making things for the boys is that I can experiment and they don't mind. The grey yarn is just going on forever and at Jonathan's request, I made socks.
I only had 5mm dpns (double pointed needles) so that's what I used. It means the socks have quite an open, loose feel about them, but they're perfect for wearing inside his work boots with another pair of socks. I will invest in some 4mm dpns to get a tighter feel.
While I was knitting them, I started wondering what it would be like if I doubled the yarn and made another pair. That's what I'm doing now, so I'll show you those as soon as they're done.
It's been a busy week here and I've got a new schedule to get used to. I've taken on some extra work and trying to work a new routine that works and is most efficient is taking a little time. I'm sure it will get easier next week. Add to that, I've been waiting for supplies and I had to take some time out for one of the boys, so it's been a fairly quiet week on the making front. That should get better over the weekend and I'll have an exciting project to share with you next week.
Now it's time for a trip back in time.
This is one project I'd completely forgotten I'd done. I don't know why as I'd always wanted to do a batik quilt.
This quilt quilt has been many years in the making. The original batik fabric arrived when I first thought of quilting, probably about ten years ago. My plans didn't quite go as I'd wanted, so the fabric stayed wrapped for many more years.
Last year, I finally took the fabric out and then wondered what to do with it. Eventually, I got a quilt top put together, a square within a square. The top next went into the finishing pile, which I've been steadily working my way through this year.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got to visit the one and only quilt shop in Sheffield. It was fantastic to actually see and feel fabric before buying. The lady I served was really helpful, so I'll definitely be going back.
With two and a half metres of backing fabric bought, I was finally ready to get
this quilt finished. Or so I thought! I had run out of batting, so I had to
order online, and it arrived Friday.
As you saw from the photo yesterday, I eventually had everything I needed to get quilting.
The morning was spent putting the layers together, quilting and trimming. The binding was sewn on, and in the afternoon, I hand sewed the binding to the back. I am so pleased with the finish, it was worth the long wait.
Considering, this quilt was made from a pack of fat quarters, it's a decent sized quilt, crib size, or a very generous lap quilt.
Now, I have to pick out the next top and get my shopping list written.
I couldn't let the remaining fabric from the dress go to waste and I didn't want to put it back on the shelf. The idea is to clear the shelves. There was just enough to make a loose fitting top. Ideally, I'd have liked it a bit longer, but I did use up every bit of what I had available. The only off cuts were from cutting the side and sleeve shaping.
When I consider where I was a couple of years ago when it came to dress making, I'm so happy to feel less daunted to just give it a go. As with everything, it's practice that makes perfect, and the more we do something, the more comfortable we feel about doing it. I'm still thinking about the trousers, but I have started planning another quilt.
Create With Loopy
Before I'd even finished Jonathan's jumper, Daniel put in a request for a sleeveless jumper in grey or brown. I still had loads of the grey leftover after finishing Jonathan's so I took the executive decision that Daniel was having grey. As it happens, it's the same pattern as I did for Jonathan minus the sleeves. Nothing like keeping it simple!
I must say, he does scrub up well and it does suit him. He's quite happy to have another one made as I've still got four balls of this yarn leftover. He is going to have to wait as Jonathan straightaway asked for socks. As I've not made socks for a while, socks it's going to be. I'm hoping the first pair will get finished this weekend.
Jumpers and Cardigans
One thing about going through old blog posts is that it brings back so many memories. Some are happy memories of things made and the people they were for, sometimes it's a little sad. This post is from November 2012. The comments in bold are my thoughts and comments from today.
It's been a while, but I hadn't forgotten the peacocks. I finally went shopping last week to get the fabric I needed to do the borders and binding.
I added a simple border and did some quilting. I quilted in the ditch around the centre, and then added two more lines around.
As you can see, I added triangles to the top corners so that it can be hung easily. The backing fabric was bought from Maggi, who dyes fabric and threads. (In the last year, Maggi lost her battle with cancer. Maggi was a very talented quilter and dyed beautiful fabrics and thread. She was very generous in her encouragement and support, for which I'll always be very grateful)
The original peacock pattern was adapted from a free design for filet crochet at About.com. All in all, I am quite pleased with how this has turned out, adding the borders transforms some simple stitching. (Knitting and crochet charts are easily converted to cross stitch and vice versa. When I did my socks with the cat and fish motifs, I used a cross stitch pattern maker to produce my knitting pattern. Skills from one craft are quite often transferred to another)
I'll be making the top today and working up the courage to have have a go at making some trousers. Don't hold your breath, it might be a little while
Changing Daniel's jumper into a backpack was definitely an interesting project to do. It was one of those projects where you stop and wonder if it was worth it. In the end, I loved it and would go through it all again.
I've made backpacks before, but making from new fabric, you have much more freedom as you're not limited to sizes. As it turned out, Daniel had wanted a small backpack, so he was doubly happy.
As I wanted the bag to be longer than it was wide, once I'd cut the top, I separated the back and front and flip it to the side. You can see the ribbing that was on the bottom running down the side of the back and front. The sleeves have been used for the straps and the top flap is taken from the top of the back.
To back the straps and line the inside, I've used a pair of trousers that I had in my fabric box. They had been Daniels, but he put the knee through falling over. These were smart trousers and patching wasn't an option. The whole knee was worn. It's like they've been waiting for this project. I just love the way they've worked for the inside.
The back pockets are now usable internal pockets, they just make me smile every time I see them. I was also able to use fabric from the trousers to form a tube for the cording closure at the top.
If Daniel hadn't liked the bag, I'd have been happy to have kept it for myself. He loves it and thinks I should make more. I've actually got a tartan dress in my fabric box, I just need to find the right jumper to felt!
In the not too distant future, I'm going to have to move websites which will mean transferring the important parts of the blog over to a new website. I couldn't believe it when we looked back that it's been four years since I started the blog here. In fact, it's been over eight years in total, time just flies when you're having fun.
Looking back over the blog, it's amazing how many memories it brings back, so I thought I'd share a few highlights along the way with Throwback Thursday.
It's A Start-28/11/2012
My boys love their jeans. The only way they stop wearing them is when they can no longer be repaired, and cannot be worn without being immodest. When they get to that stage, I prise them from their hands and chop them up.
I've been cutting the 61/2" squares from the jeans, with the idea of making a throw. In my mind, it had a masculine feel, and to keep in with the idea of their ragged jeans, I wanted the seams to be on the right side, and to fray with each wash.
It's been some time since I first started collecting the squares, so it was time to see how far they went.
As you can see, I've got four rows, and they're long enough to go floor to floor over my double bed. As it will eventually go over a settee, it needs to be big,
Pockets and seams have been included, and adds to the fun aspect of this throw. Unfortunately, I've almost come to the end of my stack of squares. I'll have to wait patiently for some more jeans to be made redundant.
This is quite likely to feature again over the coming months, but this throw is very well used, you can see a picture of it here.
Quilts from Recycled Fabric
We had a good laugh a couple of days ago at poor Daniel's expense. Early mornings don't really go with my boys, although the do get up when they need to, so for Daniel to be up at half six to find the jumper he has just put on is half the jumper it used to be was almost too much. His dad had very kindly washed it for him, but unfortunately, 100% lambswool and hot washes don't mix.
In the evening, we had another laugh. The jumper, held up by a strapping six foot lad, looked just like a toddler jumper in comparison. I jokingly said I could make it into a bag and Daniels said, 'actually....'
Apparently, Daniel wants a backpack made from the jumper. It will only be a small one as I can only work within what I have. I'm teaming it up with a pair of his trousers that he can no longer wear. They're smart trousers and he put a hole in the knee when he fell over one day. Think I'd better get back to the sewing machine.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.