Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Quilt (Almost) Finish!!!

Hello there!
Today I have a big (almost) finish to share with you! Do you remember the geek quilt I started back here for my younger son? The plan was to have this finished for him for Christmas, but around Dec. 18 I had to give up & admit this was not going to happen. But now the top is finally finished!!!! I joined the 8" blocks with 2" black sashing strips, added a 2" black border, & then a 7" green outer border. And Taa-Dah!!!

Out of the thirty three blocks in this quilt I ended up using eighteen from the wonderful resource that is Fandom In Stitches. This left me fifteen to design myself... I would never have attempted this if it weren't for the free design software called Quilt Assistant that I found via the Fandom In Stitches website under their "Quilting Help" tab. Even so some of these blocks took me a while to get to a workable pattern, only one was finally abandoned as unworkable & the offspring was asked to pick an already written pattern from the site as a replacement! (If you're wondering, he had been after the three-headed Targaryen dragon from Game of Thrones - ugh!). I knew right from the start that I wanted to make the fifteen I have developed myself available for anyone who is interested in them via the Fandom In Stitches site, but I have also decided to add them on here under a new tab "Free Patterns" (see top of page). Three of them are available now, the Minecraft Creeper...
 ...and two from the Portal game, the Portal Man In....
 ...and the Companion Cube...
This last one is basically paper pieced with an applique heart in the center of the block and a wee bit of embroidery. (I also learnt a bit about fabric choice on this block, I think it would look a lot better with a plain contrasting fabric as the background but my son likes it like this so I left it as is.)
If you have any problems downloading them (or if you have any issues with the patterns themselves) please email me and I will do my best to help :-) I am working on writing the other twelve patterns up & converting them into pdfs for easy download... in my spare time lol ;-)
So this quilt is an Almost Finish as it still needs quilting & binding, but right now I'm waiting on the arrival of a big black sheet courtesy of ebay to use as backing so progress has stopped.
I have also been stitching a bit, here is this weeks progress on Spring Fairy...
Still really loving this! Progress should be a bit quicker now I'm past her fiddly hair (also I've been working on a secret stitch for hubbie for valentines, so not so many stitchy hours on fairy this week!). I also managed to fit in a bit more work on Popcorn...
Thank you for visiting me today, and for all your lovely comments on my last post - I really appreciate folks taking the time to write me! I hope to be back later in the week with some crochet to share with you, until then have a great week!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Stitchy progress & hooky finishes!

Hello hello!
How are you today? I have been very busy & have LOTS to show you so hopefully I will get a few posts up over the coming week. I had a lovely stitchy week last week & made loads of progress on Spring Fairy :-) I am SO enjoying stitching on her!!
There are a lot of confetti stitches in her hair (scattered groups of two or three stitches of a given color) and the way I deal with these on evenweave is to make the required stitches & then run the remaining thread length out of the way & bring it back up to lay on top of the fabric (these are the odd lengths of thread you can see in the photo above). Then when I am ready for that color again I pull it out to the back & thread it through the back of the stitches to the area I want to use it. Does that make sense? This method works well for me, I am not constantly starting & finishing off small lengths of thread & I don't end up frogging as much as when I try to count over more than five or six blocks on the evenweave (I'm sure those holes get smaller as the evening progresses!). Anyways this is almost the first page completed so I am well on track to have her done by Easter. I did manage to tear myself away from her for one day to work some stitches on my UFO... 
Like many Popcorn kits this is worked on 16 ct aida with one strand of floss & has a black & white chart (not my favorite kind!). There are LoTs of very similar browns & beiges in it, which is also a bit of a pain but I know will give a great result when it's finished. I started this kit back in September when we went to London for the week. I thought it would be an ideal small project to take away with me (I could never contemplate being hundreds of miles from something to stitch!) but in the end I only worked a few stitches in it while we were away. So few stitches actually that when I took it back out in January it took me about 15 minutes to decide which way was up! Progress is going to be a lot slower on this than on spring Fairy as I only plan on working on it one day a week but the aim here is to Finish It!!! (preferably before year's end) ;-)
So what else have I been up to????
Well I had a couple of finishes on long term crochet projects :-) The first one is an ami that has been hanging around here for AGES!!!! Meet Yoshi! 

I made him from a free pattern available here, but to be honest I had more than a few struggles with this pattern.In the end I attached his legs so that he could sit down & redesigned the saddle, basing it on images I found online. So after promising I would make her one for several years my daughter finally has her Yoshi :-)
My other crochet finish hasn't been quite so long on the hook. Do you remember back in September when I started my African Flower Square Blanket? Well I have been working on this little by little, most Sundays managing to get four squares done while watching the football. It has 63 squares in total and a border comprising of one round of sc, one round of dc, and one round of the little shells I used to edge my granny stripe blanket. It finished out at 47"x 36" which is just the perfect size to go over my lap on a chilly evening! 
Of course given our grey days right now it is pretty much impossible to accurately capture the rainbow colors in this with a camera! (But I think many of us are in the same boat & it gives you an idea...)
Thank you for visiting with me today, I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned :-) I hope to see you next week with some quilting news!!!