27.4.13

Chevrons make my heart sing!

In my last post I mentioned that I'd been crafting a little.  I had been keen to make a chevron quilt but as I have about a hundred projects on the go, I wasn't really too keen to commit to another big project.  But I did really really want to have a go at a chevron patchwork.



When my sister in law was over she had bought a couple of big super squashy cushions, the pads of which she couldn't fit in her case, so she just took the covers with the intention of buying new cushion pads back in England.  She left the two super squashy cushions here with instructions for me to make some cushion covers for myself and use the cushion pads in them.  Ooo yes purlease! So I got my measuring tape out and did a few little calculations to find out how big to make the squares to fit the cushion.  Once I'd chosen my colour scheme I got snipping.

After a few hours of working out my technique I ended up with this....




So far there is only one but I do have plans for sister cushion in orange, grey and white.

I've got to say that I've still got the urge to make a chevron quilt, I just love the way the colours look with the white fabric.  I wish I'd had the courage to make Syd's quilt as a chevron, but I will just have to wait until I have a legitimate excuse to make another quilt.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my last post.
I tried to find the pattern on the net for the monkey hat I made but unfortunately it's no longer available.  I downloaded it a while ago and had saved it.  Sorry about that.
And the new job is nothing super exciting, it's an admin job.  Having had a while off work from ill health, it's just been lovely to get back to being part of a team, to be learning new skills and to have a routine.  I feel very fortunate to have found a job I really enjoy, especially have had such a big career change.

I hope all is well where you are

Jo x

 



20.4.13

Getting caught up in life

Well I say!  I've been gone a while!  I have thought almost every day about writing a post but haven't quite got round to it.  I've popped in to a few blogs every so often and have really missed keeping up on the blog grapevine.  So here I am, I'm back in blog town!  There is so much that has happened over the last couple of months that I hardly know where to begin..  Perhaps I'll give a brief overview... 

The last time I wrote I was cleaning the house ready for my parents and sister in law to arrive.  Well the house got cleaned, they came, we had a wonderful time and they left five weeks after arriving...  They bought me some lovely goodies from back home




 
I went to a festival just outside Byron Bay; I hired a camper van and drove there from Brisbane (having flown to Brisbane from Melbourne)At the last minute my Mom decided to join me - hoorah! a road trip with my Mom.  It rained a LOT but we had great fun and I got to tick off another of my thirty fabulous fun goals for 2013.


I got a new job and am loving it!   It's a change of career for me and I am really enjoying the challenges of learning new processes and meeting new people.

I've also got my craft on on a few occasions.....

I made a quilt for a new little babyI have never done free hand stitch writing before, but as his name was only short I had a go and it worked out really well.
 

 The parents didn't find out the gender of the baby so I thought this 'Gumnut Baby' fabric would be a good gender neutral colour scheme.



I also made him a little name bunting to go above his cot.




And I wrapped it up in brown paper with blue ric-rac ribbon



I have also been making a couple of hats for my youngest niece



I made this monkey hat from a free pattern and with the thick yarn I used, it only took me an hour or so to make.




I made this hat from the 'Tegan baby hat' free pattern I used here.  With the scarf I just cast on 30 stitches and knit stocking stitch, adding a slit in the scarf so that the one end can be slipped through.  I am going to line the scarf with some nie soft fabric because I think it's a bit too itchy for a little neck.  It reminds me of a shetland wool jumper I can remember being made to wear when I was little *shudder*.  I found that the Homepride Man's head is the perfect model for my niece's head size!




And over the summer I wore my Saltwater sandals at every opportunity!  I just love these shoes sooo much, so much in fact that I bought myself another pair in dark brown (I am wearing them as I type)

So there is a very brief run down of what I've been doing.  I have some other makes I am keen to share, so I will most definitely be back soon.

Happy Saturday!








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