20 March 2017

None of the Above

Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to comment on my fabric choices for Dear Jane.  I decided to go to back to basics and look again at what attracted me to this quilt in the first place. I quickly decided that I really loved the warm antique looking feeling of it. I knew that as much as I loved some of my options on my previous post, they would not work for this quilt
http://emilyscupboard.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/my-love-affair-with-jane.html

Browsing a new book on colour selection for embroidery, I came across this picture


Who doesn't love chocolate covered marshmallows! One of my favourite quilts is this lap quilt I made several years ago, I loved the colours then and I still do





I also love this hand quilted one...




I think it is fair to say I like pink, brown and cream quilts :)  I have pulled all my pink and brown scraps


I have a big drawer full of ivory tone on tone and shirting scraps that I can mix in. I think I will use this warm cream for the sashing.  I have stitched a couple of blocks and I like the colours


I have a few more ready to stitch but I think this will work


16 March 2017

17 in 2017 - The Baby Cardigan

No. 11 on my 2017 list of UFOs is The baby Cardigan.  Strictly speaking it shouldn't really count as it's not my WIP !!! Just before she went on maternity leave, my embroidery teacher brought in a bag of yarn and a half finished baby cardigan; her mum had given up on the pattern and she didn't know anyone who could knit, I said I would take a look...

The yarn was a gorgeous eco baby cotton by Debbie Bliss and so soft


But the pattern, my goodness! It was a cute wrap style cardigan with rosebuds also by Debbie Bliss


The garment is tiny to fit a new born and each rosebud needs it's own bobbin of yarn or there would be lots of trailing yarn for little fingers to get caught in :( each row was taking about 30 minutes and I had to constantly check my tension.  We quickly decided that life was too short and I put everything back in the bag while I finished my surprise gift for her


Modelled by the gorgeous Ivy :)



The yarn was too lovely (and expensive!) to waste so we decided I would try and find a simpler pattern to use it.  I chose Playful Stripes by Alana Dakos 


What a joy it was to knit :) the finished garment is so wonderfully soft, and blocked beautifully


There was enough yarn for the second size so plenty of growing room!



I like the little details Alana has included, like the picot edging on the bottom and sleeve cuffs



I can't wait to see the gorgeous Ivy wearing it!