Love Patchwork & Quilting

You may or may not have read my about me page.  If you have you will know that ‘quilting’ is not on my learning curve list.  However that is all about to change.  Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine has created an itch which is not going to disappear anytime soon…

Now quilting is something which has never really appealed to me.  My Auntie creates beautiful patchwork and quilted items which make me drool in envy and awe at the meticulous perfection.

This is a project bag she made for me.  Where I go, my adorable little bag doth go too!

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I was looking for a magazine to take away with me on our seaside break.  None of the crochet magazines on the stand appealed to my tastes (I already had Simply Crochet stashed away at home) and so I decided to go with the eye-catching front cover of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

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Saturday afternoon I managed to grab an hour of me time, so while the rain hammered down and the wind whipped up a storm around us  I took up my magazine and sat snug and warm in our little caravan, with tea in hand and a blanket on my legs.

As someone with a hell of a lot to learn in the sewing department I have often felt intimidated and overwhelmed by quilting.  To me, it always looks intricate, confusing and complex – I have to confess that these are not words which sit well in the mind of a perfectionist (I can only imagine how many times the seam ripper will be out on this little adventure!)

Saying that, Love Patchwork got me interested.  It didn’t scare or frighten me.

It made me want to be bold with neon brights

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I didn’t shudder at the complexity of quilted cushions.  Instead I sat and pondered what colours and patterns I would incorporate into my rail fence cushion.

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It lead me to blogs which inspired, impressed and encouraged me to try something new (additions to my ‘inspiring blogs’ list coming very soon!)

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Towards the back of the magazine there is a section called ‘the guide’ this takes you through the basics and gives you everything you need to get started.  It is full of informative yet digestible snippets of information which don’t overwhelm or scare but instead coax and nurture us newcomers into giving this quilting game a dam good try.

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From front to back Love Patchwork & Quilting is an unexpected pleasure – Packed with ideas, inspirations, must-have-a-go projects, techniques and how-to’s which I immediately fell in love with.  Even Stan had a quick read…

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When I say this magazine created an itch I was not kidding.  As soon as I arrived back home I did this

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And the money I saved with the fab offer went towards the beginners quilting course I booked myself on.

They say a picture speaks a 1,000 words so I’m going to end todays post with this…

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Sarah x

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A Beautiful Crochet Collar

Hi all,

Today I thought I would share a little project with you.  Issue 8 of Simply Crochet featured a pattern written by the incredibly talented Emma Escott from the beautiful Lulu Loves blog.    At the time of receiving the magazine my crochet confidence was more than a little low, I drooled over the patterns but never attempted them.  Each month the magazine was avidly read from front to back then simply added to the ever-growing pile on my sewing table.

Then at the beginning of last month Jenny from Pompom in the Attic asked if I would help out with a few crochet items for a craft fair they are doing in November in Leeds.  With Christmas sneaking up on us at an alarming rate, the collar pattern immediately sprang to mind as something that would be a nice addition to any Christmas Party LBD.  So last week, while I was feeling brave, I went online to Black Sheep Wools (I adore this store) and ordered myself some super soft Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn in cream, flip flop and putty.

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And then, this weekend I bit the bullet and gave the pattern a go…

Oooh what a delight it was, why I was ever scared of it is beyond me.

The pattern is super easy to follow and uses mainly treble stitches (that’s double to US peeps) with just one row of half treble (US half double) to begin with.  Now, I do everything incredibly slowly but I managed to complete one collar in around 2 hours.

The instructions say to use a 4mm hook (G/6) which will give you a 19.5″ neckline measurement.  However, I crochet quite tightly and found that the first collar was a little small on this hook (14″ neckline measurement) so I went up to a 5mm (H/8) and the collar fitted perfectly.

And here we are, my very first collar…

(I will apologise now for some of the images being a little dark, as I’ve mentioned before, we are in the throws of extending and so have light-stealing clutter EVERYWHERE!)

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I chose to keep the colour of the yarn the same for my first attempt, the pattern does change for the final row.  However, I have done a colour change since and it is incredibly easy to do.

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I wish there was such thing as ‘touch-photography’ so you could feel how divinely soft this yarn is.

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These pictures are of the very first collar I made.  The colour used is putty.

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This is a WIP shot of the second collar I made.  Here I used the bigger 5mm hook and extra stitches.  The yarn used is cream

I learnt something with this beautiful pattern – That I shouldn’t be scared of trying new things, because sometimes we know more than we give ourselves credit for.

Thanks for dropping by,

Sarah and May

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