Friday 31 July 2009

Let's get together & feel alright!

Found something to make your Friday feel good! This link will explain:
Watch out for the boys from the Congo on their city balcony - too cool!
And this one just makes me want to dance (yep, around the kitchen, all by myself!):
More links here. Have a very happy Friday. Peace sisters!!

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Welcome my friend

A little project, finished at last.

This is a needle case designed by Rosalie Quinlan called 'Welcome Friend'. The pattern is available here. There is also a very cute project caddy included in the pattern.

I used a little of my precious Amy Butler 'Midwest Modern' fabric to make this up.

After weeks of no stitching, it is nice to have something finished!

Thursday 23 July 2009

What is that Mother of mine up to now?

I am back to my computer after weeks of travelling around. Spent some nice time catching up with Mum & her quilting. She has been working on this cute little cot quilt for one of my nieces.
It is made from Anna Griffin's 'Mackenzie' fabrics. We pinned it ready for quilting late last night.
We struck some trouble when we realised we hadn't purchased enough backing fabric. But with a little creative improvisation (& a whole lot of inspiration from here and here) we cut up every tiny scrap of left over fabric from the quilt top & pieced the back!
I really love it! And there is something very satisfying about using every last smidgeon of fabric in a project. I will post some better photos when Mum finishes the quilting. No pressure Mum!
So, I'm back to my poor neglected little blog. Now to get back to my sewing machine! Love to you and yours, Bloom x

Monday 6 July 2009


I dusted off some beautiful old bamboo knitting needles recently to make myself a soft, winter white scarf.
The pattern is called 'Lacy Waves Scarf' and is free from The Running Yarn. You can find it here. It is a very simple but pretty design. I knitted mine with a cotton bamboo blend yarn, so it is nice & soft and not at all 'scratchy'. It seems somehow appropriate to be blogging about knitting today. Sadly, my Grandma passed away last week at the grand old age of 89. She was an avid knitter. She taught my Mum, who in turn taught me. Perhaps my perfectionist tendencies started way back with her - she was forever unpulling her knitting as it was 'never quite right', too tight, too loose, too wavy! I'm sure for every stitch she knitted she must have unpulled ten. So I will think of her now whenever I wrap this scarf snugly around my neck. And yes, I did unpull it at one point!!
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