Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chatelaine Free BOW Sampler Quilt- Block 24

This weeks block is the classic Log Cabin.  I had a request from the lovely Susie to include this block in our quilts and I was happy to oblige. This is one of the most loved and recognised quilt blocks and it made an appearance in America in the 1860's, during the Civil War. Traditionally one half of the block is made with dark fabrics and the other half with light fabrics, all surrounding the centre red square which symbolises the hearth of the home.
There is so much to love about this little block; its quick, its simple and its effective. The only thing better than a Log Cabin block is, well, four of them:
This week, for something a little fun, I'm giving you two options of the one block and you can chose which version you would like to include in your sampler quilt.
The free pattern comes with instructions for both blocks, so you can either chose the quick and easy block or if you feel up for a challenge, the four patch Log Cabin. Both blocks will finish at 6", so it all depends on which one you prefer.
Whichever variation you chose, this block will look lovely in our quilts and of course you can opt to do both and skip another block as we go along.......its all up to you :)
To download this weeks free block pattern, just visit HERE.
And remember, if you do have any requests for certain blocks you would like to see, let me know and I'm happy to include them.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sophie's Universe Parts 4 and 5

I have been plowing through the next two parts of my Sophie blanket. Its growing quite quickly and I'm loving it more and more with every row I add. Part Four was about squaring up the centre circle:
There was a lot of work in this section and I learned quite a few new techniques (I also unravelled a few bits, a few times) but all the work was worth it. I love all the textures of this blanket and so far I'm very happy with the colours I've chosen.
Part Five was fun to work on; lots more of those pretty scalloped petals, with the addition of those gorgeous rows of little tulips.
I can't wait to add the next section and over the next few parts the centre square will be set on point as the smaller corners increase and the longer corners decrease.
Back to the hook :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 23

This weeks lovely block is April Tulips. There are quite a few tulip blocks to choose from and for this particular variation, I couldn't find any history to share with you but it is a pretty block and I wanted to include it in our sampler quilts.
Its super quick and very easy to piece and I'm looking forward to seeing the colour combinations you choose for your own blocks.
To download this weeks block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sophie's Universe Parts 1,2,3

On Good Friday, while I was helping my mum frame up a new tapestry for her to start work on, we got to discussing future projects and I showed her some pictures of the Sophie's Universe CAL blanket that I had been admiring for weeks.  One of the things I love about my mum, is that she is such an "enabler" and we talked about colours, sorted through the wool stash and later that night, due to mum's insistance, I succumbed to the temptation and began my own Sophie Journey:
This was Part One and the free CAL patterns for this blanket are brilliant. The instructions are well written and include photos with plenty of links to other tutorials, if you need any extra help.  In these first few rounds I learnt a few new techniques and felt very encouraged to move on to Part Two:
Part Two was easier than it looked and the pattern gives you a stitch count per row, so its easy to see if your making a mistake and fix it before moving on.
I decided to keep this blanket quite scrappy in my colour choices. It will be a great project to use up some of the left over wool from previous projects or wool I have brought and never used and so far I'm loving this mix of colours.
So this is where I am up to right now; Part Three is complete and I'm ready to move on and begin to square it all up in Part Four. Every time I look at a section, I think it looks hard but if you work on it row by row, its not as daunting as it looks.
This will be a slow work in progress, as I have Maddis "Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme" blanket to work on as well (thats almost at the half way point), but I'm looking forward to watching it grow. I'm also looking forward to developing my crocheting skills, so this is like a sampler quilt for me and I'm loving every minute.
If your looking for a new crochet project and would like to join in on your own Sophie Journey, all the links are HERE.
I hope you have all been enjoying a safe and Happy Easter :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 22

This weeks lovely block is called Double Star. I have mentioned previously, that I love pretty star blocks and this one is no exception. I adore how the stars are snugly nestled together and with my colour placement, it looks like a lovely stack of overlaying stars.
Have a play around with your colour placement on this one. I'll be interested to see your interpretations of this block :)
You will be working with smaller pieces, so it is a little fiddly but once all the units are complete, its quite quick to put together.
To download this weeks block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Lilies

One of our favorite recipes to bake and eat during Easter are Easter Lilies. In fact, we don't always wait till Easter to eat these; they also make a great Sunday afternoon snack:
These beautiful soft cakes are rolled into lilies and generously filled with jam and whipped cream and trust me, they are hard to resist. They could also be filled with jelly, if you prefer but we love ours filled with blackberry jam.
This is my great grandmothers recipe and its quick and easy to make but make sure you cook the cakes in batches so you have time to roll and secure them into shape, while they are still warm.
Its a great recipe to have on hand for when unexpected visitors pop in over the Easter period or you just feel like something special while your relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea.
To grab the recipe for these Easter Lilies, either right click and save the image above or you can download the PDF recipe, HERE.
I hope you enjoy them ;)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme Blanket

Earlier this week, I started working on a new crocheted blanket. This one is for Maddi, who wanted a blanket crocheted in stripes, like my Cosy CAL or Cohen's Coastal Ripple. We had a look at a few different patterns and this is the one she fell in love with:
This is a free pattern called Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme (pattern can be found HERE). The pattern is for a throw size but I added some more stitches to the width and I will add more rows to the length, to make it a generous single bed size.
She chose just a few of her favorite shades of purple and we teamed them with a soft off white and so far it is looking lovely and she is very happy.
I love how the scallops and cross stitches combine; they almost look like little love hearts. The pattern took me a little while to get the hang of but now its growing slowly and lots of fun to crochet.
At this stage, its still quite portable and I can crochet in the car, whilst waiting at school etc. but before long it will be big enough to snuggle under as I work. The nights are getting colder so I'm looking forward to it growing and keeping me warm and toasty.
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