Saturday, January 13, 2018

Palmyre Shawl

It probably won't get worn for six months, but it is finished!
Madlinetosh Pashmina is so nice to knit and perfect to be worn next to the skin.
I really enjoyed knitting this. Lots of stocking stitch at the start, which is perfect for tv watching, and then some interesting lace. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jagged Quilt

I have a free pattern for you to try!
I've been slowly working on an easy foundation pieced quilt. I drew it up in Electric Quilt a few weeks ago and then searched through my stash for scraps.
Each block can be made quite quickly so when I have a spare 15 minutes I make a block.
If you have ever wanted to try foundation paper piecing, but have though it looks a bit tricky, a pattern like this is a great way to start. I've added the template to Craftsy so all you need to do is print it out, grab some scraps and get sewing!

 I chose a palette of pinky/red and grey, but this pattern will work with any combination. Each block in mine is 5" x 10" which only just fits on an A4 page, so I sized it down slightly to 4 1/2" x 9" so each block can print comfortably on a page. Of course you can scale it to any size you want.
I'd love to see what you make with my pattern. Use the tag #jaggedquilt on Instagram. You can find me on there as katehendersonquilts.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

My Books Are Here!

A couple of my favourites from the book.
Shimmer - you can't go wrong with yellow and grey.
Sunrise - I loved making this, I'm slightly obsessed with foundation piecing at the moment. 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Red and Orange Daisy Quilt

Scrappy and Happy Quilts has started to ship!
To celebrate I thought I would make a mini version of the Pink Daisy quilt for a friend's new little girl. I used lots of red and orange scraps and a grey spotty background, so it is more like a beautiful summer zinnia. I loved making this as much as I loved making the original pink one in the book.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Star Wars Shirt and Style Arc Olivia

A little pre-Christmas sewing. 
The Storm Trooper shirt I made a few years ago is still worn a lot, so I though I'd make another one with this black and white Star Wars fabric I'd bought from Spotlight a while ago. Again it is the Colette Negroni pattern and it was finished just in time for Chris to wear to see the new movie. 

You can't go wrong with the Style Arc Olivia pattern. I've made a few before, so I knew I could whip a new one up one afternoon a few weeks ago and wear it our that night. I used some raton from Spotlight. I love this print so much I bought enough to make something else.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Delightful Desert Quilt

I've been wanting to make one of Elizabeth Hartman's amazing quilts for a while and a new baby was the perfect excuse to try the Delightful Desert Quilt!
I really thought it would take me ages to get a little quilt top, but I enjoyed the process so much that this was done in only a few days. There are many, many pieces in this quilt and there was not one error anywhere. This is really impressive. I'll have no hesitation in making anymore of her patterns (actually there is another one waiting in the pile on the cutting table).
I chose a palette of blues and greens and didn't plan which one went with which block. I cut one block at a time and just grabbed what looked good together. 
I can't wait to get time after Christmas to quilt this and start the next one!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oven Mitts

Some sewing for the end of year teacher presents. Bombazine came out with a great pattern, just at the right time. I used two fabrics (like the oven mitt pattern in Denyse Schmidt's first book) and added lining and binding around the top.
For these I followed the Bombazine instructions a little more and they definitely worked out better.