I found these two links to two very different looking burnt flowers: http://www.reesedixon.com/2009/03/organza-flowers.html and http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/burned-fabric-flowers . They are lovely - I think they will have to feature soon!
Finally finished this quilt for the best mother in law in the world. My friend is also making this for her sister in law (also called Jill), so this pattern is now officially known as "Jill's Quilt" :) It is a pattern from Allison Quilt Designs (allisonquiltdesigns.com) which we got online from an Australian fabric shop in Queensland (I can't remember which but will try and find the casing with the sticker on). The pattern was all of $6 or so (I think they also sell this as a kit) and then we got all the fabric online from fabricshack or similar. The quilt is a mix of Kaffe Fassett chevron strip with pink, purple and blue prints (again Kafffe) and is visually stunning. The matching of the stripes and the mix of the bold and busy fabrics makes this great to look at. The black border set off the fabrics nicely, looking crisp against all that noise; and also picked out some of the black bits in the fabrics too. I did backing and binding in black also and quilte
So there has been lots of finishing off recently. This one was in fact finished before the infinity scarf, I just got a bit excited and blogged that first...So we have a cane / bamboo rocking chair which is a bit harsh to sit on without some padding underneath you. Mum used to put a mexican fringed rug on it and used the fringes to tie the edges but the rug is now MIA and I needed something similar. Cue a class at Patchworks (Patrick Street) on quilt as you go or block by block. This is something I have wanted to do for ages - one of the most prohibitive bits of making quilts is the sheer cost of getting things professionally quilted. Am not saying their job isn't better than the one I would do or that it isn't worth it for projects which are special, I just can't afford to do it all the time sadly...I also wanted to try more machine quilting myself but it's kind of hard when all the quilts you make are at least large single bed size. Getting control over that am
So after many many double trebles (in UK terms) I have finished off the softest and snuggliest scarf/cowl thing for me! I used Sirdar Juicy DK which is bamboo and cotton (in Papaya). The pattern called for a smaller gauge wool (like a sock wool) but this worked perfectly, even with the same size hook. I love it. Even after (as usual) doing it wrong by deciding the pattern was wrong and the thing was too big and then realising / remembering that it gets looped over itself and having to unpick some and keep going I still love it and would make it again. It's Kim Miller's Infinity Scarf which can be downloaded from KnitPicks (though you need an American "shipping" address even for emailed patterns which is a stupid) or purchased through notsewcute on Etsy. I modified it ever so slightly and also didn't add the fringes - I think if it was black the fringes would be good but I love it just how it is.
So after the roaring success of ultimately-twirly-skirts , I realised I had some material left over from another project which would let me quick and easily make my friend's little girl one too. She is my little girl's BFF (though they are around four years old so "Forever" is until the end of the week...) and has been hanging out with us a bit recently. I figured some dual twirling was in order, with the results shown below: So amazingly worth the repeat project...