Look What I Made: Rainbow Quilt

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It’s crazy to think of how much has changed for me since I started collecting squares of fabric with the idea of making a rainbow quilt back in 2011. Perhaps I should make a prediction now about what the next three years will hold for me, just to see how wrong I am! One thing remains the same, I love fabric and yarn rainbows!

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Vital Stats:

Finished quilt number seven
Finished size – 130cm x 105cm
Quilt top – 180 squares from my stash, with a couple from my friend Leonie
Batting – 100% cotton
Backing – One piece of aqua fabric – “Bijoux” a Stonehill Collection by Donna Wilder for Fabric Traditions 2012 (It was an extremely tight squeeze to get the backing to fit the quilt, but thankfully it worked out!)
Quilting –  Two vertical lines parallel to each vertical seam
Binding – 1/4 inch double fold cross-grain hand sewn binding

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Look What I Made: Hodge Podge No. 2

Once upon a time, a redheaded girl named Katie tried to make an ugly crochet blanket. She used up all of her scrap yarn, in a very random order, paying no mind to colour clashes or matches. She found it quite fun, a welcome break from the toil and trouble of choosing yarn of colours that blend or pop or match. The blanket grew and grew, until one day it was 160cm wide. Katie weaved in all of the loose ends and declared the ugly blanket to be done! “I will call the it The Hodge Podge!” she said, because of the marvellous mixture of pinks and blues and yellows and greens. The only thing was, it turned out that the blanket wasn’t so ugly. It was full of colours, a lot of some colours and a little of others. It was big and warm and cosy and comforting and that redheaded girl slept under it all winter long.

Although she was so happy with her crazy kaleidoscope blanket, she said to herself “One is not enough!”. So Katie got to work and created… The Hodge Podge No. 2!

Crochet granny square blanket

Vital Stats:

Started – June 2013
Finished – July 2014
Pattern – Basic granny square with one chain between each cluster, and two chains on each corner.
Size – 140cm x 140cm
Yarn – Random, mostly 8ply soft acrylic
Hook size – 4mm
Border – One row of US single crochet/UK double crochet

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Crochet granny square blanket
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The Hodge Podge (bottom) and The Hodge Podge No. 2 (top).

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Look What I Made: Summer Song Quilt

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I’m not sure when I started this quilt, probably not long after I finished the first quilt I ever made. I thought it was about time it was added to the done pile. The quilt top fabric is Summer Song by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake. For the first quilt I made with this fabric I used the pink blossom fabric for the binding. This time I made binding from the same orange fabric I used for the backing. Summer Song is still my favourite fabric range of all time! I also used it to make a needle book for my Nanna last year. I have some left, not sure what to make with it. Suggestions?

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Quilty Facts:
Size – 104cm x 78cm
Squares –  108. Arranged in an alternating light and dark pattern.
Quilt top – Summer Song by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake (2010 range)
Backing – orange spots from Spotlight (no marking on selvedge)
Binding – Hand sewn cross-grain binding
Batting – 100% cotton

(I just noticed the Hodge Podge No.2 blanket
makes an appearance in this shot below! )
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Look What I Made: Chevron Baby Blankets

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Vital Stats:
Started – Purple – April 2014 Pink – May 2014
Finished –  Purple – May 2014 Pink – May 2014
Pattern – Chevron 2.0 by Babylove Brand
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply in black and 23 assorted 8ply coloured yarns
Hook size – 5mm
Finished size –  Both approx. 78cm x 72cm
Details – Random stripes from my stash (with a little donation of yellow from Thouraya – Thank you!)
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Look What I Made: Black Granny Stripe Blanket

 

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Somehow I ended up with six or seven skeins of black yarn, not sure how or why. In an effort to clear out my yarn stash a little I started a granny stripe blanket, and finished it less than 10 days later. Once I started I couldn’t stop, and it was fun to finish each black stripe so I could pick the next colour. Each of the 23 colours are from my stash, mostly Stylecraft Special 8ply and Panda Magnum Soft 8ply. It’s a soft, mid-weight blanket and I quite like it!

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Vital Stats:
Started – June 2014
Finished –  June 2014
Pattern – Granny stripe by Lucy from Attic 24
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply in black and 23 assorted 8ply coloured yarns
Hook size – 5mm
Finished size –  Approx. 120cm x 120cm
Details – Two rows of 23 colours, separated by two rows of black. Three rows of black on each end. Border is a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet and one row of US half double crochet/UK half treble.

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Look What I Made: Grey Granny Stripe Blanket

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Available to purchase in my Etsy Store

Vital Stats:
Started – February 2014
Finished –  April 2014
Pattern – Granny stripe by Lucy from Attic 24
Yarn – Seven colours of 8ply acrylic yarn
Hook size – 4mm
Finished size –  Approx. 98cm x 78cm
Details – Random stripes made of one, two or three rows of each colour. Border is a row of US single crochet/UK double crochet and one row of US half double crochet/UK half treble.

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Look What I Made: Granny Square Blanket

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Vital Stats:

Started – August 2010
Finished –  June 2013
Inspired by – Carina’s granny square blanket
Yarn – Shepherd Colour 4 Me 100% wool in every colour I could get in 2010
Hook size – 4mm
Finished size – 155cm x 100cm
Details – 70 squares with six rounds each. (Five colour, one cream) Joined on-the-go. Border of four rows in cream.
Belongs to – Me!

 

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Look What I Made: Rainbow Ripple Blanket

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This blanket was finished a while ago. Last May actually. It’s the same yarn as my rainbow granny stripe blanket. Looking at it now, I think it could probably use a border (I know my friend Maria will agree!).

Vital Stats:
Finished size – 105cm x 90cm
Hook size – 4mm
27 stripes, each three rows wide
Yarn – Nine colours, Stylecraft Special Double Knit and Panda Magnum Soft 8ply
Pattern – Neat ripple by Lucy from Attic24

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Me and my nan, May 2013

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Look What I Made: Baby Granny Square Blanket

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This baby-size (pram-size really) granny square blanket is another I can cross off my to-do list. The coloured yarn is Stylecraft Special Double Knit, left over from my granny stripe and ripple blankets. The cream is Panda Magnum Soft 8ply which I think gives the blanket a warm vintage feel. I think I made all of the granny squares in 2012 but took my time weaving in the ends and adding the border. Happy to add this one to the “done” pile!

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Vital Stats:
Finished size – 60cm x 54cm
Yarn – Panda Magnum Soft and Stylecraft Special DK
80 granny squares, joined on-the-go. Two rounds of colour, one of cream.
Border is four rows of cream.

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Look What I Made: Ripple Baby Blanket

Back in November I made a pledge to finish all of the UFOs (unfinished objects) in my stash before starting any new crochet projects. This is the second half-finished venture I can cross off my list, finally.

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Why did this blanket take so long to finish? I started it Feb 14, 2010. Finished it Jan 10, 2014. Granted, it did sit in a box, half-finished, for quite a few of the months (years?) between the start and finish dates. And, I did make, um, about a dozen other blankets in that time.

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The yarn was lovely to work with, although it is the finest I’ve used. It’s a 4ply merino with a recommendation of a 3.25mm hook. I have almost a skein of each eight colours left, any suggestions on what to use it for?

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Vital stats:
Finished size – 92cm x 82cm
Hook size – 3mm
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Merino 4ply in eight colours purchased from Lincraft
Pattern –  Based on Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern.
56 rows, planned out eight rows at a time to ensure each colour was used equally.
Two borders, the first to straighten the curved edges.

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UFOs to be finished:
* baby granny-square blanket
* baby wool ripple blanket
* hodge podge #2
* African flowers cushion
* large granny square
* neon chevron cushion

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