Saturday, 14 April 2018

Adding background to the Lone Star



Here's another update to the state of affairs regarding the Lone Star blanket. I've added the background to one corner now, and this is what it currently looks like: a shooting star!



I'm now up to 190 diamonds: 150 in the star and 40 in the background. Only another 200 or so to go...



I've been working on it (off and on) for two months now and still not getting tired of it. However, I have bought some yarn for my next project:



I decided to not go with my favourite blues for once, but to pick a red/orange/yellow palette. I have an idea about what I want to do, just need to figure out how...

I'll leave you with a pic of our adorable Barney, taken just after he had had a bath:



:-)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Urchins



This morning I hopped on my bike and rode to Surfers Paradise to check out the Urchins.



The Urchins are two large crocheted sculptures, designed by Choi+Shine Architects and made by 80 Australian crocheters. They are part of the Festival 2018 that is currently held at the Gold Coast as part of the 21st Commonwealth Games.



I first heard about the Urchins when a crochet blogger that I follow, Snakewood and Grace, announced on her Facebook page that she had been asked to contribute to this project and shared the process of making parts of the Urchins. They are made of 3mm nylon cord - it's called extreme crochet!





The installation can be viewed in Appel Park in Surfers Paradise until Sunday 15 April.



I was very impressed and can recommend a visit if you are in the area!



Meanwhile my own crochet project, the Lone Star Blanket, is slowly growing:



I am crocheting a lot while watching the gymnastics at the Games - mostly on tv, but I also made two diamonds at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, where oldest son and I watched the men's qualifications and team final on Thursday:



(This was during the break between subdivision 1 and 2 - there was no arm room to crochet when the competition was on!)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Easter



How was your Easter weekend? Mine was perfect - my yarn arrived on Thursday, so I spent a lot of time crocheting diamonds, while listening to an audiobook or watching Netflix (got through series 1 of Victoria over the weekend!)



I made twenty-three background diamonds - only 157 to go! (or more if I want the blanket to be rectangular instad of square...)



It was wonderful to have a break after the hectic first term of the year, settling in our new home. We are very happy here on the Gold Coast but it has been exhausting; new jobs, new schools, new clubs, finding our way around, making new friends. Especially doing all that for the second time in just over a year...

However, we didn't just stay at home and relax - we decided to explore some of the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and went to Mount Tambourine on Sunday and to Springwood National Park on Monday. There we did the 4k hike to the bottom of the Purling Brook Falls - it was very muddy and slippery after all the rain we've had, but well worth the effort!



You can find some more pics on my photo blog.
My youngest son has taken possession of my old DSLR and brought it along as well. Love this photo my husband took of the two photographers in the family :-)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

150 diamonds



All the blue diamonds have been sewn on to the Lone Star - it now consists of 150 diamonds!
Here is a pic to give you an idea of the current size:



I love how it looks up close:



I had planned to make lots of white diamonds for the background, but realised I did not have enough of the white yarn to do that. I couldn't get any more balls of that particular yarn, so have ordered another brand, which I hope will be a good substitute.

While waiting for my order to arrive, I started playing with a hook and some of the purple yarn I used for the Physalis scarf. I quite like what I came up with - may make some more of these:



Luckily the Easter holidays have started for me - I'm planning to do a lot of crocheting over the next two weeks!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Update on the crocheted Lone Star



One week later and I have finished all 54 blue diamonds (and six white ones):



Now to sew them to the Lone Star. Today I puzzled until I had this lay-out, and took a picture for future reference.



I have a busy week coming up, with work (I've started a new job at the School of Medicine at Griffith Uiversity and am loving it!), medical appointments (nothing serious, but time-consuming), and kids' activities, but hope to find some time to work on it. I expect I'll be able to make some more white diamonds while waiting for kids and health practitioners...

Only two weeks to go until the Easter holidays - maybe I can finish this project then!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Diamonds



Not much to tell - I'm still making blue diamonds to add another round to the Lone Star. I have done 30 now, 24 more to go! On a very good day I make five or six, but usually only two or three, so it takes a while.
Still loving these blues - they really are my colours :-)



A while ago I ordered this book by Amanda Perkins:



I discovered her work on Ravelry a while ago and loved it, especially her Severn Sea blanket and Zigzag Crochet Blanket. In her book I read that she used to make patchwork quilts and art quilts, which may be what appeals to me in her work! The book includes 10 patterns but Amanda encourages the reader to create something unique with the block patterns she provides, rather than merely copying her blankets. It has useful chapters on colour, equipment and techniques, and is full of gorgeous colour photos. I'm finding it a great source of inspiration and can highly recommend it!

Friday, 2 March 2018

It's a star!



Look, it's a star now!
There are 96 diamonds in it and the diameter is about 1 metre.
I think I will add one more row of blue diamonds and then add a background made out of white diamonds.

I'm very much enjoying this project!

Monday, 26 February 2018

More progress



This is the current state of my crocheted Star - there are 78 diamonds in it now. It doesn't look much like a star at the moment, but that'll change soon...



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Progress



My crocheted Lone Star is progressing nicely - I've finished three rounds now, or 36 diamonds. A lot of them were made while watching the Winter Olympics. It's very hot here in Queensland at the moment and it's so refreshing to watch the ice and snow-based activities!



A few days ago this gorgeous personalised pouch arrived, made by Etsy seller Claire from MontclairMade. Perfect for storing the diamonds until I have enough for the next round!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Crochet Lone Star



If you have been following this blog for a while you will know that I love Lone Star quilts... so it will come as no surprise that I have decided to crochet a Lone Star blanket.



I am using the diamond shapes found in this free pattern to create a six-pointed star, and have once again chosen to go with my favourite palette of blues.
With these diamonds it's also possible to create a Tumbling Blocks or Baby Blocks design (another favourite - see the felted trivets I made in 2013). Maybe that'll be my next project...



I'll leave you with a photo of our sweet hippie dog, Barney:



;-)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Settling in



Today it's three weeks since we moved into our new house, and we are well and truly settling in. All the boxes are unpacked and the quilts are up on the walls and the beds.



 A visit to Ikea resulted in a beautiful new dining table and a set of chairs. My skinny men complained about the hard seats, so I promised to make some covers. In my stash I found this lovely fabric (from Ikea as well) that I used in 2015 to make a messenger bag. There was just enough for five covers.



Our living room has stone tiles on the floor, and although it is summer and really hot, I do get cold feet if I sit still for a while, so I whipped up a pair of crocheted slippers (free pattern found here).



While unpacking I found this patchwork cushion that I made on a quilting retreat in 2014. Seeing it next to the Sea Colours blanket I crocheted last year made me realise how similar they are!



Our new family member Barney continues to be a delight. Here is another pic of him - taken on the beach on Saturday.



Still thinking about a Barney quilt...

Friday, 26 January 2018

Pattern for Mondrian's Lone Star Quilt now available on Etsy and Craftsy



I'm happy to be able to tell you that the pattern for Mondrian's Lone Star Quilt is now available in my pattern stores on Etsy and Craftsy.
Personally I am a big fan of Mondrian's works in red, yellow and blue, but if primary colours are not your thing, this quilt would also look very good in sea colours (blues and greens) or in pinks and purples. The thin black lines add a stained glass effect.



Meanwhile, all the boxes are gone, the kids are back at school and I have started a new crochet project, so life is slowly returning to normal. Pics following soon!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The first posting of 2018



Happy New Year! After a lovely holiday in Canberra and Girraween (pics on my photo blog) we have touched down on the Gold Coast. Our possessions had been in boxes for almost two weeks and the quilts were a bit musty smelling, so I hung them out in the yard to freshen up:


My sewing room is ready for action, but I haven't had time to use it yet... However, today I have unpacked the last box, tomorrow the boxes will be picked up by the movers, and on Monday the boys go back to school, so I hope to start creating again soon! I did a little bit of crochet while we were camping, but not as much as I had hoped to do. I did read seven books though ;-).



I've found a yoga studio just around the corner from our new house and discovered that my Pineapple Bag is perfect for carrying my yoga mat!



And last but not least, after 11 years we finally have a pet! (until now we were never allowed to have one in our rental houses). This is Barney, an adorable 9-year-old part Long-haired Dachshund, part Blue Heeler, that we found at the local animal shelter and adopted.



We've all fallen completely in love with him, and he has taken possession of the Rainbow Floor Cushion:



Did anyone say dog portrait quilt?...