Sewing ventures

Gingham and Chevron love

This last few weeks have been super busy with a loads of new patterns coming into ANC and we had our first market here in canberra. Can’t wait to get more interesting bags started.

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These bags are now available at my etsy, madeit, and facebook stores.. Get them now..

Have a crafty weekend..

PS: There are going to be some knitting updates soon.

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Sewing ventures

Quilting season

Last month I planned to take sewing to the next level. All this time I have been using linen or thick cotton as a fabric for my bags. The prints and colors available for those are pretty limited in comparison to the ones available for quilting. Whoa!! there is so much variety of print available for quilting it is pretty crazy.

For a few friends, with due dates in november I decided to venture into making baby quilts. I chose very easy freely available quilting patterns. and got started with what I always do, Chevrons.

My first baby girl quilts has three main fabrics, binding and backing in a fourth fabric.

Here is the tutorial and pattern for this quilt.

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My second quilt was for a baby boy and I chose a fat quarter pack from Lincraft and got matching backing and binding fabric.

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This is the quilt pattern I used for this quilt.

I have really enjoyed making quilts. But I quickly realize that there is so much to improve upon as not always the squares match up. Won’t stop me from making more of these beautiful bundles in all possible colors.

Have a great crafty weekend.

Sewing ventures

Chevron fall colors tote and pouch

If you follow my blog or know me personally, it wont take long for you to figure out the chevron is my absolute favorite pattern. Combined with the gorgeous fall colors, this has been such a fun fabric to work on.

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This bag is really great for grocery shopping, knitting projects, for the gym. It also comes with a small matching pouch for all those little items that we have in our bags we tend to lose.

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Check this bag out on my online store which ships worldwide.

Please go plastic free for grocery shopping this month. There are so many options out there.

Have a great crafty weekend everybody.

 

related (or unrelated) stories

Color selection tips and tricks

I dont think that I am very good at choosing colors for my blankets but I do spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect ones together be it stripes, hexagons to squares blankets. I usually badger my best friend or my husband into telling me which ones look good.

I also use sites like design-seeds (if you haven’t been to designs-seeds yet, I highly recommend it. I could spend hours looking at the colors) to get an idea of related colors that look good together. Of course, we don’t get yarn in all possible colors all the time so I compare these colors to yarn color cards. Most acrylic yarns have a good selection of colors and there are a number of ways you can visualize them before actually starting to crochet/knit.

  1. Color pencils – the good old color pencils to draw what you have in mind for this product and modify the hues to see what looks better.2.  Paint/photoshop – I use photoshop/paint most of the time to put the images of the yarn together and see which ones compliment each other.

3. Yarn pegs-  Attic24 has devised it awesome technique for color organization using Yarn pegs. Turns out I am super lazy and haven’t gotten around to making these yet.

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Although these let you see which colors go together you don’t really know what your blanket is going to look like if you were to randomize the colors. These are some of the websites I go to for visualization:

  1. Random stripe generator: for this, you just have to choose your colors and width of the stripe and you are set.

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2. Random Granny square generator : for this, you have to select the individual colors and the number of colors in each granny square.

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There are some places you can find complimentary colors and contrasting colors that go together but that hasn’t always worked out for me.

Finally here are some of the color combinations that are commonly used together especially in beddings and nursery (I dont think it is limited to babies, I LOVE BRIGHT COLORS too)

I usually go for a dominant color and use at least two shades to highlight it followed by a slight contrast. My go to colors are:

Green for shades of pink

Yellow for shades of blue.

There can be hundreds of these combinations. Try some out for yourself and see what you are comfortable with.

The following chart gives you a four color; five color, and ; six color combinations for a blanket.

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Here are some of the examples of these combinations I have used before:

  1. Purple, off-white and orange
  2. Blues/Aquas, off-white and yellow
  3. Pinks, white and green (I have used this combination a bunch of times)
  4. Pinks, white and blue

Hope you enjoy creating more colorful things. Have a great weekend.

 

Knitting projects

Knitted Chevron Miniblanket

This is one of the miniblankets I made in this new color combination. This reminds me of lemonade and summer.

If you follow me at all, you know I have used this pattern a number of times. I really love this easy pattern and have made it before in various colors. So here you go.

Pattern: Chevron baby blanket

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Materials:

Caron Simply soft white, lemonade, limelight, and Kelly Green.

US Size 7 circular knitting needle.

Finished dimensions: 16X19”

This blanket is now available on etsy.

Have a great weekend everyone.