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Look What I Made: Reversible Tote Bags

Bags are such fun little projects to sew, and my favourite way to use a little of my favourite fabrics. This pattern is one I’ve made seven or eight times.
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This gorgeous vintage floral was found by my friend Jess who promptly brought it home for me. Hurrah! Can’t wait to sew some more with it. The bag is loosely based on the pattern by Dana.

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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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Vintage Sheet Quilt No.1
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.5

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Look What I Made: Amigurumi Tim

What do you give to someone who wants and needs nothing? Give him himself, of course! This is my brother Tim. He lives in a faraway land making animations by day, and by night too. tim Pattern adapted from Tobias boy doll pattern by Smartapple Creations. The pattern is very detailed and easy to follow with pictures to help you out. I used a 3mm hook with 8ply acrylic yarns. For the hair I made an orange “cap”, sewed it on and then sewed yarn over top. This made sure there were no bald spots! Owly gives a great explanation for one option of amigurumi hair.

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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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Finished quilt number eleven
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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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.5

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I’m excited! My biggest quilt to date, just for me! I’ve been collecting vintage sheet fabric for a few years now as you may have noticed; however they are getting harder to find around Sydney, and more expensive too. I’m just taken with the pretty retro floral fabrics, I can’t get enough! Now I just need a cute cupboard with a glass front so I can admire my quilts while they aren’t in use. Where I will fit that cupboard is a mystery, but one day I will have room I’m sure.

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Finished quilt number twelve, the biggest one yet.

Vital Stats:
Finished size  – 200 x 215cm
Quilt top – 240 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 purple and 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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Vintage Sheet Quilt No.1
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.2
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3
Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4

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Look What I Made: Ripple Wedding Blanket

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Finished blanket 22 was made for Kimberly and Stewart who had a beautiful wedding back in May. The pattern is one of my favourites, Neat Ripple by Lucy from Attic24. Each ripple is almost a full skein of yarn; all besides the pale grey and purple are Panda Magnum Soft 8ply. I started the blanket in January and it ended up roughly 150cm x 150cm.

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Congratulations to the happy couple, and thank you for inviting us to share your special day!

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Look What I Made: Crochet Blankets

Five years of crochet, 20 blankets completed.

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Granny Stripe Blanket (Wedding present for Katherine and David)

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Rainbow Granny Stripe Blanket

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Ripple Blanket (Wedding present for Jessica and Eugene)

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Rainbow Baby Ripple Blanket (for Archie)

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Mulitcoloured Ripple Blanket

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Eight-Colour Granny Square Throw (for Nanna)

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Baby Blanket (for baby Kee)

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Rainbow Granny Square Blanket (for Amy)

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The Hodge Podge Large Granny Square Blanket (for me)

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Chevron Crochet Blanket (Wedding present for Michelle and Tim)

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Baby Granny Square Blanket

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Rainbow Ripple Blanket

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Ripple Baby Blanket

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White Woollen Granny Square Blanket (for me)

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Grey Granny Stripe Blanket

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Black Granny Stripe Blanket

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Chevron Baby Blankets x2

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White granny stripe crochet blanket

White Granny Stripe Blanket

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Look What I Made: White Granny Stripe Blanket

This blanket definitely took longer than 10 days. How an earth did I finish the black granny stripe blanket in 10 days? This one is a little wider and has three more colours than the black granny stripe. It’s warm and cosy, and bright and cheerful. I love the weight of Panda Magnum Soft 8ply, it feels heavier and thicker than Stylecraft DK but the two work well together. This granny stripe pattern by Lucy from Attic 24 creates nice dense stitches; the clusters of treble/double crochet stitches that make up the rows are closer together than your standard granny square.

White granny stripe crochet blanket Vital Stats:
Started – July 2014
Finished – December 2014
Pattern – Granny stripe by Lucy from Attic 24
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply in white and 30 assorted 8ply coloured yarns
Hook size – 5mm
Finished size –  Approx. 148cm x 160cm
Details – Two rows of 30 colours, separated by two rows of white. Four rows of white on each end. Border is a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet. (May add to this at some point.)

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White granny stripe crochet blanket

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Look What I Made: Amelie Cape

This weekend I finally found time to do a little sewing! My clever friend Thouraya from Amelie and Atticus has just released her very cute Amelie Cape pattern so I whipped up a wee cape. I chose the 1-3 years size and used the cape as an excuse to finally use some of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric in my stash. I paired it with some pink polka dots. See, when you buy fabric for no reason always it ends up coming in handy at some point. (Says every fabric hoarder, everywhere.)

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The cape is fully reversible and perfect for making Frozen princess capes for little Elsas and Annas. (For the record, Anna is my favourite. I think she’s the real star of the show. And she’s kinda a redhead.) I made the hooded option with a tie but I think I might try the collared version next. Pop over to the Amelie and Atticus store to purchase your pattern or visit the Amelie and Atticus blog to win yourself a copy.

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Look What I Made: Vintage Sheet Quilt No.3

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I’m in love. Again. They said it would happen again for me, and it has. I’m in love with this quilt. And all of the ones before it actually. I was surprised to realise this is my ninth finished quilt.

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Anyone who quilts has a few unfinished quilt tops in their stash, but we don’t like to speak too much about those. Especially when we are so in love with the new quilt on top of the pile.

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number nine
Finished size – 120cm x 94cm
Quilt top – 154 10.5cm 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 that I adore, 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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I’ve been thinking lately about why we make the things we do. I know I make things (bake, crochet, sew) because I like the process of making. I like the creativity of it. I like that I can make something to share or give. But I wonder why we are often drawn to making a particular type of thing. Whether it’s crochet or sewing, I’m drawn to blankets and toys. Why is that? Both my mother and grandmother knitted, however both made clothes and toys, I don’t remember either making blankets. Perhaps there is no real rhyme or reason behind it, but I have a sneaking suspicion there is. Something to ponder, perhaps.

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Vintage Sheets Quilt

This quilt has been added to the I-could-not-possibly-part-with-it pile. It’s a keeper this one!

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