Hi everyone, my door was going to be bare for halloween this year until I happened upon the above pattern which I purchased at the recent Waterloo County Quilters' Guild Show from a vendor there. The pattern is from babs n' jas designs by Barbara Haworth- Attard 'n' Judy Ann Sadler available here
I whipped this little wallhanging (door hanging in my case) on friday because I wanted to make something easy and fun and this fit the bill perfectly!
As you can see I added some outline stitches around the bats so they would show up on the black border and I added goggly eyes to add to the fun look of the bats.
Quilting does not always have to be large quilts, sometimes the sheer joy of making something pretty, uncomplicated and "finish able" is such a joy!
Have a Happy Halloween!🎃
I'm finally back to quilting but wanted to share one of my more recent convalescent crochet activities. My seasonally appropriate pumpkin "family". I love all holidays and changing my decor up a bit for the time of the year. These little pumpkins worked up very fast. It took me only an afternoon for the large one and another evening for the 2 small ones.
Credit is due! I saw the YouTube video for the large one and then kind of modified the pattern by adding less rows to make the smaller ones. The link for the YouTube video is here from Laura at HappyBerry Crochet, her actual website here with lots of tutorials
Never crocheted before and want to learn? Click on the link below:
FYI, the leaf and tendrils on my pumpkin family are my own creation. If you would like to know how I made them I am happy to share, feel free to contact me.
Happy Thanksgiving! It's time to get back on a healthy cooking and eating track!! I don't know about you, but I definitely over indulged on the weekend.
I know I'm completely out of order and not providing you with a quilting/stitchery related post but cooking is creative too right? Also this salad is just too delicious AND HEALTHY not to share!
I was actually trying to come up with a recipe that used my fresh parsley from the garden, my carrots and kale while still having a lunch salad that incorporates some protein and this is it! So good, it's worth making again and again. The salad dressing spices are subtle and surprising, Also, mmmmm raisins seemed weird at first but they so make this salad wonderful.
This is a great lunch box complete meal salad as well.
This is going to be one of my new family favourites! I hope you like it too!
Hi Everyone, yesterday I spoke about my basic toe up crochet socks I made for my daughter. I was remiss to say that they would not have been possible without taking a refresher class on Crochet!
I also found out recently that my oldest daughter (the one who got married in June) is expecting and so I realized that some crochet projects are needed!
I have not crocheted in years, I was hemmed in at home and not able to go to our local knit shop to gain a lesson, so I took a course by Kim Werker on www.craftsy.com Crochet Basics and Beyond.
It was a fantastic refresher and gave me the confidence to start some projects. The first part of her intro says "get hooked" and I am. I love to sew and quilt but it's refreshing to try something new :)
What I learned:
The basic chain stitch -Yes I needed a refresher!
The Magic Ring & Slip Stitch
Half Double Crochets
How to make a granny square
How to crochet in a circle
Basics of pattern reading and graphic patterns
I need to start a Crochet page on my blog- under more in the menu above!
Most importantly I can Crochet!
I highly recommend this class if you need a refresher and/or want to be confident enough to start crocheting. For $25.93 Canadian$ you cannot pay an instructor to show you what Kim Werker shows you.
You also have access to the class 24/7 once you register and can rewind or stop your class to review at your own pace. Believe me, my own pace is critical!
I will show you some photos of my crocheting practise below and in the next few days, I'll show you some of my projects.
Yes there are errors in my practise, but as they say "practise makes perfect" We shall see what the future brings.
Another resource on Craftsy that might interest you:
A FREE downloadable e guide "The Beginners Guide to Crochet" Click on the image below to download.
I don't think it matters what you stitch. If you like to stitch just do it, knit embroider, quilt, sew, crochet or whatever, you will be happier for it! My motto is "their should be no such thing as boredom, there is always so much you can do with a little bit of creativity"
Have a great Tuesday!🍁
Hi everyone, I decided my website needs a new look, same archived content and hopefully some great new stuff coming up. I think you will find it as easy to navigate as it was before but just a little fresher look!
I am so sorry you have not heard from me lately! I have been trying my best to relax my body and mind to heal this new ankle. I hope you can forgive me!
So I am now 9 weeks post surgery and I thought I would share with you what a "craft, sewing and creatively addicted" person does when they have a right leg out of commission! But first a little more about my journey. The first post after my surgery shows a silicone cast and a stirrup and then a week later I got my "fashionably purple" silicon cast and the stirrup again. See below:
5 weeks after my "fashionably purple" cast, I was the proud recipient of a "very sexy air cast". Of course I am trying to have a sense of humour about all of this! See my air cast below:
So as you can tell, it's been 9 loooooong weeks! I cannot use my right leg to sew, drive or go up the stairs to my studio!! So what to do? I will share some of my projects in the next few days.
#1 Project- Crocheted Toe Up Socks
My youngest daughter had a birthday in September and I knew that getting out to shop may be a challenge and so I decided on some hand made gifts.
I took a knitting course from a local knit shop and no offence to the teacher! I would have gotten an "F" for failure if I was marked. I did not succeed at knitted toe up socks.
Hence, I decided to challenge myself to make them in crochet. Although, they are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I was able to succeed at least at getting a crocheted pair made. So I am good with this and will perfect my sock making skills once I try this pattern again. The free pattern link is here from Patons Kroy Socks, it is a toe up pattern in crochet and if I can make them anyone can!
#2 Project - Hand Embroidered Pillow Cases
The first time I injured my ankle, I embroidered a table runner and really enjoyed it. Hand embroidery for me is enjoyable because 1) it involves using and choosing colour and 2) It's hand stitchery, which for me is a peaceful, happy pursuit!
In case you were wondering where the above design and pillow cases are from, I purchased a pre stamped kit of 2 pillow cases and an embroidery floss kit as well online from marymaxim.ca and the link to purchase them is here
I encourage you to check back often now, I am back
in action and planning on posting more projects and
I am ready, willing and enthusiastic to share where
my "creative addiction" has taken me while I have
Happy Monday and Welcome to October🎃 ☀️😊❤️
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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