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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.

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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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Vintage Sheet Quilts

Might be time to sew with some other type of fabric…but probably not.

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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!

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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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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
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Vintage Sheet Quilt No.4

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