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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crochet Rock Cozy

It seems that every now and then I need to find a nice quick project to rejuvenate.  Today was that kind of day.  I have seen rock cozies before, they do not serve much of a purpose, but they are very pretty.  You can actually purchase a rock covered in a crochet cozy!  I, however chose to follow a pattern from the Purl bee.

The rocks came out of my backyard, I was on my way to my son's football practice when the urge to crochet hit me.  I quickly ran in to the backyard and grabbed a couple rocks from beside the shed. 


I changed up the pattern a little so that the cover went around the whole rock.  I think they turned out really well.  I also think they are reminiscent of Pet Rocks that were so popular years ago!  What do you think?  Would you have some in your home?


Rock Fronts:


Rock Backs:





Monday, August 22, 2011

Quickie Dress Refashion

I came home today to my 2 year old daughter wearing her sisters dress.  The dress was a refashion that I made for her last year.


Cute on her, but on my 2 year old it becomes a maxi dress.  So, I figured she needed a dress of her own.

I had a shirt in my closet that I bought while I was pregnant.  My intention was to wear it post pregnancy.  The problem was that once the shirt finally fit I found out it was one of those shirts that no matter what weight I was, the shirt looked horrible.  Today it became a dress for my little girl.  I must say I love it on her!

I left the bottom hem alone.  The front of the shirt became the back of the dress.  I took in the sides, creating new armholes and shortened the straps.





Perfect!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Quilting

Today I will update you on a little of my life.  Outside of crafting, work is busy, football has started up (my oldest plays), I am the team manager, my DH is helping coach, and summer camps are on.  My daughter was in hockey camp last week and LOVED it.  She is almost positive she will play hockey this winter.  My younger boy had fun too.  It was his first time in anything without a parent or grandparent with him.  He is one year away from starting school.

In the crafting world I am working on a big project, for me.  I am making my first quilt.  If you read this post you saw that I was making something with Tula Pink's Prince Charming line.  I love the fabric.   I have pieced blankets, quilted baby blankets and doll blankets, but this is my first whole quilt experience.  It is a very time consuming hobby!  I cannot wait to be done, but am dreaming about other quilts at the same time, ha.  So, while I work on this I have done my best to put all other projects on hold, with the exception of the hexagon quilt that I sneek in now and then (you can see my progress bar on my sidebar).

I have the top pieced and about 1/4 of it quilted.  Here is a sneek peek:

I hope to be able to show you more soon!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hexagon Quilt


I have decided to share with you one of the very slow projects I am working on.  It is a project that I am really excited about, but I have no deadline because it will be for me.  I am making a Hexagon Charm quilt.  I was inspired by this website.  You can follow my progress on my project bar on the sidebar.

My 8 year old really likes to sew things by hand, so he has joined me and is attempting to make his own quilt.  I have chosen to use 1 inch hexagons, he is using 2 inch hexagons.  I expect I will be helping him complete his too, but what a treasure it would be if he can finish it!

The 1 inch hexagon quilt will have 1,173 hexagons and the 2 inch will have 297.  We have a long way to go!

Here is my progress so far:  

Cut, Ironed and Basted

Cut and Ironed
Cut
  Here is a picture of them together, with some of the fabrics I will need to create the quilt.  I am looking for all 1,000+ fabrics to be unique.  I think I should have about 400-500 after completing the below fabric, plus some fabric in my cupboards that I have not cut yet.  Also, I have two ladies that may be sending me some of their scraps.  One has said she is sending 100!  Woohoo!  So, if you have a lot of quilting cotton scraps and have been wondering what to do with them, you now have a recipient!  Each 1 inch hexie is made from a 2 1/2 inch square.
  Below is an idea of how they go together.  I have many more to complete before I start to sew them together because I need a more complete colour palette to get the layout correct.
  Here are the 3 my son has completed:

He is using 4 1/2 inch squares to make his hexies.

If you want to see some real inspiration check out this flickr album.

Links to my hexagon posts:
1. Hexagon Quilt
2. Hexagon Quilt - update
3. Hexagon Charm Quilt - 386
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