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Look What I Made: Christmas Quilt

I don’t blog as often as I used to (does anyone these days?), but I still am drawn to documenting the things I make. It seems past generations, without nifty social media and the wonderful world-wide web, didn’t keep records of their creations like many of us do today. I have no record of the creations made by my late grandmother – the expert knitter – besides the few jumpers and cardigans that still remain, at the back of a cupboard. Jumpers and cardigans that would arrive to our door wrapped in brown paper with a blue Air Mail sticker and a green customs notice. (Who could resist peaking at the description of what was hidden inside!) I like looking back at things I’ve made, especially as many of them have new homes.

This past Christmas – my baby’s first – I made him a keepsake gift, a Christmas quilt. I was inspired in part by an Instagram post (there’s that nifty social media) by Kelle Hampton who decorates her children’s bedrooms for the season. Brilliant! I chose somewhat non-traditional colours, so it still fits with the rest of his (current) room décor. I did um and ah over using snow-themed fabrics because their ain’t no white Christmas in Australia. But I reasoned Santa comes from the North Pole and there is snow there, and Santa is Christmas! Dilemma solved.

Vital Stats:
Finished size – 126 x 104cm
Quilt top – Dashwood Studio Merry Little Christmas by Jane Farnham, and assorted Prima Homespun and Christmas fabrics from Spotlight
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – Nordic Holiday by Amanda Murphy
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Look What I Made: Giant Granny Squares Blanket

Yep, I made a baby! A pretty cute one too. And a blanket, a pretty big one at that. Three years in the making, off and on. Probably more off than on. Now it’s all done, just in time for…Summer.

Blankety Facts:
Size – about 275 x 230cm, big enough for a queen size bed
Squares – 72, each with 10 rounds, joined on-the-go
Border – Seven rounds of black yarn
Yarn – A mix of soft acrylics like Stylecraft DK and Panda Magnum Soft 8ply

Am I the only one who keeps a record of what they make? I have a list for crochet blankets and one for quilts.


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Look What I Made: Clementine Dress

Look what I made! A dress! With the Clementine Dress pattern by my uber-talented friend Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus (she sews, crochets, cross-stitches, bakes, has three children and among other talents works full time!). Clementine Dress This dress is a size four and the sweet vintage-inspired fabric is The Linen Cupboard by Emma Jean Jansen. It won’t be the last Clementine Dress I make, especially if this little bun in my oven is a baby girl!

Look What I Made: Corner-to-Corner Blue Blanket

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A warm and snuggly blanket made with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply. My cousin asked if I could make her a blanket a little while ago, with the only request the blanket be shades of blue. This one now lives in the United States, on a couch in a house by the sea.

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It would be great if I could remember where I wrote down the finished size of this one…It is definitely at least 120cm x 120cm…I think. It would be fantastic if I could remember which pattern source I used. I think it was a YouTube tutorial but this Red Heart pattern seems to be the same. The border is a row or two of  US single/UK double crochets, I had just enough yarn left for it.

It was hard letting this blanket go but that’s just all the more reason to make one of my own!

Look What I Made: Cowl Neck Poncho

PONCHO Here’s an end-of-the-day, no-makeup, poorly lit snapshot of my snazzy new winter poncho! This is 12-ply acrylic but very tempted to make a more sensibly-coloured poncho in a beautiful Bendigo Woollen Mills 10 ply yarn. This project was an excuse to use this grey, mustard and blue combination that I spied around the same time my good friend Alyce was shopping for yarn. She’s working on her first crochet blanket in the same style. This poncho will be my go-to for keeping warm in the house this winter…with perhaps a beanie to match. Tres chic!

For my own notes: cowl neck with 6mm hook and body with 5mm hook.

The pattern is by Simone Francis from Simply Crochet magazine, and can be purchased through Ravelry. Here’s another version by Lucy of Attic 24.

Look What I Made: Favourites Vintage Sheet Quilt

I saved some of my very favourite prints for this queen size quilt. I really love it! I let it come together without too much planning. I put the quilt top centre together and added a large border of white fabric. I then cut the border down to suit the backing sheet. There is only minimal quilting as I don’t really have the space to properly baste a queen size quilt. It all came together without too much trouble and can see it getting a lot of use in the years to come. vintage sheets quilt 3 vintage sheets quilt 1
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Vital Stats:
Finished size – 210 x 220cm
Quilt top – 42 9-inch squares of vintage cotton and poly/cotton sheets
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – One of my very favourite poly/cotton vintage sheets in a gorgeous green
Quilting – Horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Look What I Made: Blue, Green and Purple Vintage Sheet Quilt

It seemed only right to make a blue quilt after making a pink one. It appeared logical at the time, so let’s go with it. Who needs a reason to make another blanket? Certainly not I, as you may well have gathered by now.

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Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 90 x 90cm
Quilt top – 36 squares cut from vintage sheets, purchased from local thrift shops, Etsy and some swapped with fellow vintage sheet lover Thouraya
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A blue floral vintage sheet, given to me by Thouraya!
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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This one is just so soft, I love it!

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Look What I Made: Warm Granny Square

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In 2009 I learnt how to crochet and started this blanket, which was to sit on my couch. Fast forward six or so years, and 20-odd blankets later I finally went back and finished up this blanket. These colours suited the décor at the time, however these days, as much as I try to resist, I’m all about all of the colours all of the time. The blanket does in fact live on my couch, however the couch no longer lives with me. A lot has changed since 2009!

Look What I Made: Pink, Yellow and Orange Vintage Sheet Quilt

This wee quilt was made for J & E’s second baby, a little girl! Three years ago I made a crochet blanket for her big brother so I went for a quilt rather than crochet this time. Welcome to the world sweet baby J!

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Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 90 x 90cm
Quilt top – 36 squares cut from vintage sheets, purchased from local thrift shops, Etsy and some swapped with fellow vintage sheet lover Thouraya
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – A pink floral vintage sheet, purchased locally
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding 

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Look What I Made: The Linen Cupboard Quilt

Some fabric is just so pretty you need to chop it all up, whip up a quilt and just sit and look at it. This fabric range is inspired by retro floral linen, so of course I love it.
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Vital Stats:
Finished size – 150 x 150cm
Quilt top – 49 squares of The Linen Cupboard by Emma Jean Jansen
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – Some grey homespun from Spotlight and a dozen squares of the low-volume polka dot fabric in the range.
Quilting – Vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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