tiny bunting

by Nova on October 17, 2013

a homemade birthday card that has a bit more mileage after the event…

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I say mileage,  maybe a couple of yards or thereabouts…

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teeny tiny bunting (thanks for the inspiration mum!) – in a friends fav earthy & orange palette, the little flags  are about 2 1/2 ” from top to tip.

Made just like the big stuff  (plenty of tutorials out there in Google land) only tinier.

I used some vintage bias binding from the oppy to sew them all together then wrapped them around a diy cardboard cutout spool.



zumthor hat

by Nova on October 7, 2013

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I really  love the simple, square design of this  hat.

A quick, fun knit from a clever pattern (Zumthor Hat by Kirsten Johnstone) with a bit of something new to me on the technical knitting side  in the form of making the folded hem.

This one  is reversible too, though I like the stockinette (shown) stitch side best.

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The yarn is scrumptiously soft & was blissful to work with.

Forecast to be  33 degrees here today so will be putting this away for next winter ;)

Pattern notes, yarn & details over on Ravelry.


the miracle…

by Nova on September 28, 2013

of hand knit socks…

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finished just in time for summer!

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started way back when & then put away for a while so I could recover from  the trauma of attempting to turn heels while remembering to breathe at the same time.

what a journey & huge learning curve this little pair have been! phewy! BUT I bloomin’ well got there in the end & am chuffed to bits. The process of the make  finally clicked thanks to much  assistance,  unknitting  & encouragement from an ever patient friend.

Will I venture into sock knitting again? Sure, I actually really enjoyed the challenge & hand knit socks are a luxury I could get used to. Now I ‘get’ it hopefully the next pair will be a breeze!

Project notes over on Ravelry.Pattern from this book


ouch pouch

by Nova on September 23, 2013

another niece off on an adventure – this time to uni so a little present was called for to send her on her way – same theme, same pattern, different look – same same but different.

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An ‘ouch pouch’ inspired by all the other ouch pouches out there ready to fill with some hangover general first aid supplies.

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made with some red, white & blue  favs from the stash. So patriotic!

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said niece is studying to be a nurse so she should know what to do with this ;)



fly the flag quilt along: week 6

by Nova on September 20, 2013

Blimey, that 6 weeks flew by don’t ya think?!

& what  a very relaxed quilt a long it’s been. I’ve loved being a part of it & seeing the array of flag quilts popping up and everyone’s personal spin on the pattern.

Here’s a peek at various stages of some of the quilt-a- longers flags from the flickr group (with links to individual images & makers below)

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1. Fly the flag – quilted and ready for binding!, 2. Quilted, 3. Untitled, 4. bunting-a-go-go!, 5. Fly the flag, 6. week 3, added 3rd panel, 7. Fly the Flag Quilt – Aqua version peek-a-boo, 8. quilt top finished, 9. Untitled, 10. fly the flag quilt along : 5 : top is done., 11. Binding fly the flag quilt!, 12. Getting there slowly…

& here’s my finished flags too!

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thanks for quilting along with us it’s been fun!  Don’t forget to share your quilts with Shannon – she’ll be picking one lucky quilt-a-longer to send a little prize package to! Yay!


fly the flag quilt along – week 5!

by Nova on September 10, 2013

I love stitching down the binding of a quilt, the final step of the process & very satisfying.

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There are a few ways to bind your quilt and everyone has their favourite way I am sure. There are gazillion tutorials out there on how to bind every which way.

I bind my quilts with one continuous piece of binding, machine stitched to the front with  mitred corners, then flipped around and hand stitched down at the back. Here’s a tutorial by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for the method I use.

If you want to give machine binding a go  Shannon shows you how she binds her quilts (love the scrappy binding!) and  has added some links to a couple of other machine quilting tutorials as well.

I love rounded corners on a quilt too & if you fancy adding some curves to your quilt you’ll need to make some bias binding – there’s a   tutorial by Jennifer at That Girl… That Quilt for making bias binding and adding curved corners to your quilt.

Or you might decide not to bind it at all (you’ll need to decide if you’re doing this before you make your quilt sandwich though so if you’re keeping up to date with the quilt along & have already quilted you can save this method for another day!). To learn how to ‘bag’ your quilt, Rita of Red Pepper Quilts has a tutorial.

So get binding people, next week is show & tell of finished flag quilts  for a chance to win some Aunty Cookie goodies!

Keep an eye on the flickr group as completed  flaggy beauties begin to pop up!



fly the flag quilt along – week 4!

by Nova on September 3, 2013

The quilt as you go technique worked a treat!

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I went for relaxed quilted lines with the machine & had every intention of adding in some hand stitches. As much as I love a bit of hand stitching on most things it was all starting to  look a bit too much what with the colourful scrappy flags, ric rac & all so I took them out again.

How are you quilting yours? By hand or machine, quilt as you go? However you decide to quilt it just pin those flags out the road as you get to them, it makes life a whole lot easier.

If you’re a bit stuck for inspiration in the quilting department, here’s a few quilty ideas that I reckon would look super cute with the flags & might tickle your fancy…

Clouds – by hand or machine

Woodgrain – by hand or machine

Loops a la Denyse

Gorgeous swirly sky

zig zag around the flag shapes

got some more ideas? share below or in the flickr group

Lots of flaggy awesomeness has been appearing in the flickr group from our merry team of stitchers as the quilt along progresses. Can’t wait to see them as they get quilted & if you’re quilting along, don’t forget to keep adding  those special touches – there’s a prize at the end!


fly the flag quilt a long – week 3

by Nova on August 27, 2013

I’m going to be  taking a bit of a shortcut between weeks 3 & 4

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I’ve got my flags sewn onto the strips but after seeing that Tracey had quilted as she went I decided I wanted a piece of that too! So I’m going to quilt as you go in strips instead of piecing it all together then quilting it.

Luckily, here’s a tutorial I made earlier for that very technique if you fancy doing that too.


taking stock

by Nova on August 24, 2013

started this, got distracted, saved it in drafts & then  promptly forgot I’d started it. oopsi

just filled in the gaps so it’s  a weird time lapse version of the list.

Playing along with Pip (from a few weeks ago! nothing like a late bloomer!)

Making : lists
Cooking : bread
Drinking : tea
Reading: Is it Just Me? (by Miranda Hart)
Wanting:  a walk in pantry
Looking:  for my tupperware citrus peeler. I think it went into the compost
Playing: Jake Bugg
Wasting: gingernut biccies in the bottom of my teacup.
Sewing: flags
Wishing: on a star
Enjoying:  sunny winter days
Waiting: for my tax cheque
Liking: gingernut biccies dunked in tea (as opposed to drowned in it)
Wondering: what I will spend my tax $ on.
Loving: My friend Fi’s salted caramel sauce a little too much.
Hoping: for more craft time soon
Marvelling: at clever knitters.
Needing: more tea.
Smelling: hand cream
Wearing: ugg boots
Following: The White Queen series on the beeb.
Noticing: the weeds growing
Knowing: I should be weeding
Thinking: about springtime.
Bookmarking: pinning…
Opening: emails
Giggling: at Miranda Hart
Feeling: warm & toasty

…did you or will you play along? It’s never too late you know ;)

Hope you’re having a happy weekend.


a random  happy picture from the archives  to remind me that with spring looming, I need to be a busy bee in the veggie patch too – yippee :)

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fly the flag quilt along – week 2

by Nova on August 20, 2013

It’s flag making time!

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First up  a couple of flag making tips…

Cut your template out of something sturdy, you have a lot of flags to cut. Use cardboard or some plastic. I used some clear template plastic, it helps if you are making fussy cut flags.  I drew around the template with a permanent marker pen so it was easy to spot on the cutting table, what with it being  clear & all.

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Snip your tip & trim your ears. A little trim to the pointy end of your fag before you turn it right way out helps with the whole turning process. Once you’ve turned it & pressed it, trim those little ears off so you have a nice straight top to your flag.

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Use something pointy but not sharp to push the point out (a bamboo knitting needle worked a treat for me) , you can ease it out with a pin a bit too from the right side.

I have lots of flaggy ideas & inspiration whirling around the grey matter & that’s why I  love patterns just like this one. You have options, from the keeping it simple & letting your yummy fabrics do the talking to adding a bit of fancy.

Not all the ideas  whirling around made the cut into this quilt, because even for this lover of the eclectic & scrappy, sometimes more is not more, but you might like one or two or more  of them so here goes with a list of ideas for fancying up your flags:

Applique  – even within this fancying up there are lots of fancy ideas – machine or hand applique shapes or letters,  spell out a name or greeting or ‘time for bed’ ! Felt letters would be cute sewn on with blanket stitch.  Applique on the underside of the flags for a peek-a-boo effect, or save some applique for your fabric panels under the flag a bit like this cushion I made  a while ago.

Texture – I love using an array of fabric textures in a quilt, it adds interest & makes it all the more tactile I reckon. Don’t pick fabrics that are too thick (like denim or home dec) for your flags though as turning the pointy end will be a bit tricky. Some fabric ideas that spring to mind could be voile, flannel, lawn, quilting cotton of course, I used a couple of linen blends & these worked just fine too.

Embellish - ribbons, ric-rac (this is what I added!), buttons, lacy bits, beads, sparkles … you get the drift.

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Add your embellishment before you sew the 2 sides of the flag together eg

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A row of bobbles would be great running along the top of your rows of flags.

Fussy Cut - pick out those cute features in a fabric (this is where the clear template comes in handy).

Upcycle – this kind of comes under the texture heading too I guess. I am a big fan of the op shop (charity shop/thrift store) & vintage fabrics in general. Do you love the fabric in that Nanna blouse but wouldn’t wear it in a million years? Think quilts!  Once you’re in that mindset there’s a whole world of fabrics to explore – Vintage sheets, souvenir tea towels, cut bits from embroidered doilies.  What about the dress you wore to death but can’t bear to part with?  Chop chop & pop it in a quilt.  Men’s stripey shirts would make fabulous flags don’t you think? As much as I love a trip to the fabric shop there is gold to be found at op shops, boot fairs, garage sales & even in your own wardrobe.

Embroider – if you love to get busy with needle & thread then stitch pictures, words, letters, arrows, hearts, feathers….. Use a flag as your label (that’s what I did!) & no I didn’t grow a new husband, all the nieces & nephews call Andy  ‘Pandy’ ;)

Do your stitches before you sew your 2 flag pieces together & also I recommend cutting just a square piece of fabric &  doing the embroidery first, then cut out your flag – embroidered stitches draw the fabric in a little so your flag would end up marginally smaller & maybe a little warped  & also because a square fits in your embroidery hoop so much better than a triangle.

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Themed –  Theme your flags to tell a story –  fussy cut fairytale flags or monster flags, or space flags & your quilt becomes a storytime adventure. Make your flags into an eye-spy game or a memory game with fussy cuts under the flags. Colour themed (love the Ombre background) would be marvellous or rainbow striped even. If you love a holiday quilt then what better one than a flag quilt! Theme it up for halloween, christmas or whatever holiday you fancy.

Find some more flag ideas over at Shannons place & in the flickr group.

Got some ideas? Share them here or over there or in the group.

Let’s make some flags!

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