Crochet Bits and Pieces

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

At last!!

My apologies to all my blogger friends.. I have finally managed to access my blog with help from google.. It has been months since I have been able to do any more than just view the main page. I have been wanting to share what I have been making so here are a few pics of things I have made. Hope you like them..  :)

This is Pascalle.

A closer view   

This is Louis

Louis and friends    

This is the cow cushion I made for my oldest gd.

Amanda will love this cushion, she spent a lot of time with her other nan on the farm helping to bring the cows in for milking and raising the calves and I guess you could  call her a real 'cow girl' Lol.
No doubt Amanda will give her a name when she receives it. I only have to glue the mouth on and make a tail and she is finished. 
Last but not least, I would like to wish you all a Happy New year.. May 2014 be a good and prosperous new year for all.. 
Hugs from me
Tina xxx

Friday, July 5, 2013

Another Heart!

The larger heart to match the small hearts is now finished. I think it is quite sweet.. I am having a bit of a problem with curves at the top of the heart, they always seem to wrinkle even though I have clipped the curves and pressed them into shape.. Any ideas anyone??

This is the large cushion.
And this is the 3 hearts together.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

More shopping and little heart cushions!!

Just got home after 3 days up the north west coast in Burnie. On the way home I called into Cranberry Crafts in Ulverstone.. What a great shop!! Loads of goodies for sale and I couldn't resist buying a few things while I was there. I have been wanting a rotary cutting board for what seems like ages, or at least, since I knew they had made them anyway Lol.. and a few other things so I am showing them off today..

This is great for cutting out on..

Lionel the lizard pattern and packs of reduced fabric down from $17.95 to $9.00.

Also bought some pretty blue and white ric rac for use with my heart cushions.

This is a tooth fairy cushion with the little pocket.

I used a pretty green fabric for the backs..

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Signing in and mini quilt!

Not been on for a while so thought I should sign in and to show I haven't been entirely idle, here are a couple of small items I have made.. :)

This little quilt was fun to make. I bought the kit at 'Make On Longford', a craft shop in a small town about 15 minutes from where I live. Everything was supplied (except the sewing machine) Lol, and the pattern is quite simple. The button and little figure are made from some kind of modelling clay and although there were a few to choose from, I really liked this little man.

I made an early start for some Christmas decorations and made these pretty stars that can hang from the tree or anywhere you like. So that's it for now and I hope to be back soon..  Thanks for dropping by and 'God Bless'...   :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Unexpected Storm!!

What a shock!! Beautiful weather this morning while we were in town shopping. It was so warm we had the windows rolled down in the car. Boy am I glad we had returned  home when the storm front went through. I was checking my emails when I heard the sound of quite large rain drops on the roof and I walked to the window in time to see the hail start. The temperature dropped by 7 degrees and down it came. Amazing, I have never seen it like that here before, and especially at this time of year. Grabbed my camera and raced outside and here are some of the photo's I took..

This is our front garden.

The front path.

The rainbows after the storm.

The sky looks blue but in reality it nearly black.  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

TaDa!! Quilt finished!

This must be the quickest quilt I have ever made. Under two months from start to finish and I didn't try to rush it at all. Such an easy pattern and works up very quickly and I really enjoyed making it. I had it machine quilted by Leanne at Esme's and she did a really beautiful job with it and I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks Leanne!

Finishing the binding and a peak at the reverse fabric.

Very pleased with how it turned out.

Close up of the quilting pattern.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hats for the Homeless!

One of the grandsons (we have 5) visited us the other day and asked; Nanny would you be able to make some beanies for my school to give to the homeless? Well of course, I said yes, I can! So that is what I have been doing the last couple of nights. I have only made two so far and I have already passed on a beanie and some fingerless gloves for a lady, but there is another already on the go. How lovely to be asked to use my craft for something so worthwhile.. I have been considering doing something like this for some time but wasn't sure how to go about it so I was thrilled to be asked, especially by our grandson.

Two down...

Another started..
So... I will be sewing during the day and crocheting at night.. That will keep me busy Lol...  :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

More on the 10 minute blocks!

Stitched the blocks together and now I am thinking of making a quilt using the same method but using the Audra's Iris Garden 5 inch charms. I have two packs of these and they would make a much larger quilt than this piece I have already made as a sample.. It is amazing how when you stitch them together a secondary pattern emerges, like the four center squares which now have rounded edges

The colour in this photo really doesn't do it justice, it is much more vibrant than this..

These are the charm packs I am thinking of using but not sure if I will use white to highlight the cathedral windows or cream...

Couldn't resist these when I saw them.. I wanted plain fabric and they were so pretty I just had to buy some of each.  The little charm squares were in the lovely tin and were a gift from my friend Pat at Hooks & Books.  Blessings...  :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

10 Minute Blocks!

A few 10 minute blocks That I made today.. In actual fact, it was only 8 minutes but they do look good.. At least I think so Lol..

I used 5 inch charm squares and a 5 inch plain white square which I cut from yardage to make the centers. Then I cut a charm square into quarters for the centers.. A very quick and easy way to make cathedral windows..

Half Day Flying Geese Table Topper!

This table topper was made in only half a day. I used the 5 Minute Block tutorial on you tube which can be found HERE. It took me about half an hour to cut out the fabric and sew the initial blocks together as per the tutorial..  I actually did this yesterday but I didn't start putting them together until 1.30 today. I had the table topper finished by 4.30 this afternoon so, half a day all up. Before I stitched them together, I moved them around to see which pattern I liked the best. I finally decided on the flying geese pattern because it was the easiest... Not something I usually do..

 The blocks I made were 10 inches square and this would be really good if you wanted a large quilt. I didn't so I trimmed 2 3/4 inches off the end of the blocks. The full size blocks can be seen in my earlier post..'Been a busy girl'..
 These are the blocks before I trimmed off what I considered to be excess fabric.

Here it is ready for machine quilting. I like to quilt in the ditch on smaller pieces like this.

Quilting in the ditch..

Ready for the binding...

Top stitching the binding..

Here it is finished and on the table...  Looks lovely and fresh...  :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Been a busy girl!!

Although it is still difficult for me to crochet, I did manage to add the finishing touches to my tablet cover early this morning when I couldn't get back to sleep.. So here it is at last...
A few embelishments..

A beautiful rose the same colour...
Add to that, I delivered my quilt to Esme's for machine quilting. I usually do my own quilting, either by hand or sewing machine. This time I wanted something a bit special..

This is the quilt ready for quilting..

I also tried some 5 minute blocks this afternoon. Only two but you can get an idea of different patterns made with this very simple block.

This is the 5 minute block..

It's so easy to switch them around until you get the design you want..

Monday, April 1, 2013

Note of apology!

Just a little note of apology to my visitors and friends who expect to see more crochet than anything else. I have a balance problem at present and although I can sit and sew quite comfortably, I cannot crochet without getting dizzy and nauseous. So please, bear with me until I can get through this inconvenient complaint and get back into my crochet.. Thanks for your patience.. :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Another On the Way!

One quilt finished, another started.. Couldn't resist having a go at this one.. Love the colours in this jelly roll... Just had to add some nice cream homespun and it made all the difference.. Would surely love to hear some comments on this one. Hope I have the colours right??

Tomorrow I will be for sewing the squares together.

Is it as pretty as I think it is??  Or am I just kidding myself Lol..  :))

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ta Da!

I  finished  my small lap quilt today.. It measures 105 cm by 75cm. There are a few areas which could have been improved but I didn't see them until I had put it all together but all in all I am very pleased with the result so here it is..                                            Ta Da!!

I love how the colours come together.. So bright and fresh..