More Quilted Patchwork Christmas Ornaments

31 07 2009

A few days ago I posted these Christmas ornaments that I had finished. Since then, I have managed to finish off a couple more ornaments and thought I would post some pics here. Again, there are others in various states of completion!  This will be no doubt an ongoing project over the course of the year! I hope all their recipients appreciate the time and energy that have been going in to them!

Anyway, here’s the others that I finished.

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That old thing!

30 07 2009

I just got back to work from holidays, and I was chatting to a colleague, talking about what we did over the break. Both of us are crafty people, and she was telling me all about the blanket she had been making and was nearly finished. Then she asked me, “How’s your blanket going?”

Here’s where it gets embarassing… I had to ask her which blanket she meant! I really do have that many projects on the go! Then she clarified, and said the green one. It honestly took me a moment to work out which one that actually was! I started it perhaps 4 years ago, and it’s about 4 or 5 squares away from being finished. Too close to being finished to not bother.

But I just haven’t felt like knitting any more on it for ages and ages, and then I just sort of forgot about it, in the back of my linen cupboard in a bag.

Behind the wool stash in the darkest corner of the linen cupboard...

Behind the wool stash in the darkest corner of the linen cupboard...

... there lurks the bag that it is stored in!

... there lurks the bag that it is stored in!

Now that it’s been mentioned though, I might have to get it out and finish off the squares. I’ve only got a few to go… and I can’t even remember why I stopped in the first place!

Hmmm.... wonder what that could be?

Hmmm.... wonder what that could be?

See, the pile of squares is pretty big!

See, the pile of squares is pretty big!

I think I’ll take apart the bits I’ve sewn together too. I did that part before I learned to crochet… I think I’ll crochet around the edge of each square then join them so there is a bit of a border.

Three rows sewn together, more to sew in a pile

Three rows sewn together, more to sew in a pile

Of course, now that I’m back at work, I just have to find the time to do it all!

Close up... not sure if you can see the tumbling blocks pattern?

Close up... not sure if you can see the tumbling blocks pattern?





I want to make one of these!

28 07 2009

I have discovered a new ‘obsession.’ In the few posts I have on this blog, you will see that I have dabbled in just about every craft. I can’t find one that I can stick to – I love trying everything!

I can’t remember where I first saw anything about these, or why they popped into my head today, but I would love to try making a Temari. It’s a Japanese craft, and basically involves winding thread around a ball shape (either styrofoam or a handmade ball), then stitching a geometric pattern on to it. It appeals to my love of colour and my love of all things geometric and symmetrical.

Julie and Co. have a shop on Etsy that sells Temari, to give you an idea of what they are like.

Temari Kai seems to be the biggest resource of information on the net (in English anyway!). There’s lots of tips and tutorials, andplenty of patterns and galleries to ogle at!

See, how good do these look?

See, how good do these look?

Look at the detail... impressive.

Look at the detail... impressive.





Quilted Patchwork Christmas Ornaments

27 07 2009

I’m getting in a little early for Christmas, I know. I suppose I could put these down to “Christmas in July”, which technically was yesterday. But in fact, I’m just getting in early for the end of the year. Because I like to make these sort of hand made gifts, I have to start early to ensure they all get done without a mad dash at the finish! (In the approach to Christmas I know that work also gets crazy too).

Remember all that fabric I cut out a little while ago?

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Well, over the last week or so, I’ve been turning it into Quilted Patchword Christmas Ornaments. So far I have three that are 100% completed, and another few that are in various stages of construction. I also have more fabric I’ve cut into squares ready to go! By the end of the year I will need aproximately 30-40 of these babies! Last year I knitted littled stockings as Christmas ornaments from this pattern and they were very popular with my friends! As a family, we don’t actually give Christmas gifts, we decided there was too much consumerism and hype involved, so I really like making something small, handmade and pretty for friends and family.

Anyway, here’s a peak at the ornaments I have finished so far. Which colour combo’s do you like best?

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Baby converse!

26 07 2009

One of my friends who came to the original ‘Cake Decorating Day’ has since used the skills she learnt to make a couple of cakes for friends. She is currently making a cake for a friends baby shower and I went over the other day to help her make some of the decorations.

The request for the cake was to have decorations such as a bottle, footprints, booties and a dummy.  We managed to find a pattern for some little baby Mary-Janes that we used, and I made up a pattern for the baby converse from a picture we found.  They turned out pretty well, don’t you think?  My decorations were the pink ones, and my friends were the multi coloured ones.

The Mary-Janes I made

The Mary-Janes I made

Pink baby converse!

Pink baby converse!

Green baby converse!

Green baby converse!

The ingredients for some baby footprints and some small flowers

The ingredients for some baby footprints and some small flowers

Baby bottle!

Baby bottle!





Cutting fabric… and lots of it!

25 07 2009

I’ve been busy making Quilted Christmas Ornaments. The most boring part is cutting the squares of fabric, especially since I don’t have a rotary cutter or mat!

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This is just some of the fabric that I have to cut to use on this project! Just looking at all these pictures makes me think it’s worth the investment in a rotary cutter!

Which colour combinations do you like?





Cake decorating day

24 07 2009

A few months ago, I had some friends over for ‘Cake Decorating Day’.  The three friends that came are also fairly crafty people, but none of them had tried cake decorating before.  The idea was to get them over for a day during our holidays and teach them the basics of cake decorating. I wanted them to be able to walk away from the day with a couple of flowers and a finished cake.

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

We made cakes, but we also made a mess!

The day was really enjoyable. We ate lots, gossiped, made a mess and had a great time.  The agenda for the day was to make a rose, a lilly and to cover a cake. We did the flowers first so they could dry a little before we coloured them.

My students' roses

My students' roses

My friends didn’t like frilling the petals of the roses much, they found it quite difficult! However you can see from the picture that the least-frilled petals just create a different look for the flower; they don’t necessarily look ‘bad’.

My lilly

My lilly

The flowers were great to make – a few fairly simply shapes and some wire, but when they are coloured and put together they look quite impressive!

One of my friends' lilly

One of my friends' lilly

I’d had a few things ready for everyone on the day too. I had made some rose cones, so we could attach our petals to it when it was dried, and I had the cakes all made so that all we had to do was cover them. I’d bough the cake boards and icing and equipment too.

Another friends' lilly

Another friends' lilly

The cakes I’d made just in a small tuna tin (washed out, of course), which was a perfect size for to learn to cover. Not too big, so it wasn’t too difficult and didn’t use lots of icing, but not too small that it was too fiddly either.

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

My friends cakes... I was so proud of them!

The finished cakes my friends produced were really impressive! There were a few tears in the icing and a few lumps and bumps but for a days crash course they managed to pull off some great looking cakes!

I was really touched the following week too when my friends gave me a gift voucher for a beauty treatment as a thank you too! I got all my payment though by seeing them have a great day and accomplish something new!