What I’m planning for 2017…

What I’m planning for 2017…

I have had an extremely productive year this year although I produced much more finished knittingprojects  than sewn ones (it’s a huge addiction now, I think about knitting ALL THE TIME!).

Next year no doubt I will knit about a million shawls and socks but I also want to make other planned things. Some of these are already started and been lingering, some for a long time, some of these have been planned (patterns bought even!) for a while, some of them for years.

 

 

 

In the early part of 2016 I took part in a quilt along, making foundation paper pieced blocks from the 1930s farmer’s wife book. It was fn but super time consuming, each blocjk taking at least two hours. After 10 blocks I gave up, but I do want to turn this into something. Maybe a scrappy patchy quilt along the lines of the crochet blankets below?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking of scrappy colourful blankets, the Gypsy Wife quilt pattern has been lingering in my stash for about 4 years. I LOVE the look of it but have never got further than reading the first few pages of the description. I really would like 2017 to be the year I make this! Maybe a quilt along with friends? Who’s in? I know Sam has this pattern and not made it yet. Fancy making it together in a quilting bee? Cake and tea?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been crocheting a blanket made from all different squares since about 2014. Since before I had a boyfriend basically ;-). I have a trunk full of patches but nowhere near enough yet for a blanket. I feel inspired by the pictures of these to make it scrappy and patchy AND finish it this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to crochet and knit some more kids ponchos. These are about 12 year old now! And I want to write the pattern down as these were just made up as I went along…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started knitting this as a jumper after coming back from Arisaig n the west coast of Scotland in summer 2015, then decided to turn it into a poncho. It’s knitted with 2 ply alpaca yarn and skinny needles so progress is s l o w but this year I WILL finish it. Below are some lovely fair isle inspirational photos. Maybe I will even knit another fair isle cardigan too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I WILL knit myself some fun and lovely fair isle socks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to make at least one more pair of Ginger jeans, as they are just such a good fit. Some more bras too as I haven’t finished ANY this year and I have enough fabric and elastic to make about 20!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very close to finishing the Sue Pinner Carousel blanket, just a few more pentagons and the final rows. January. Promise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m getting married in September and of course it’s going to be a handmade affair! I am making the dress, have started making a test of this 50s simplicity dress to see if it works. I also want to make a fabric/ yarn bouquet, all the bunting and poms poms and other decorations. Watch this space. I will try finalise everything in the summer holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having bought this funky shiffon cat fabric for next to nothing on the market I want to make a summery tunic dress with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have long wanted to make a spider’s web quilt and seeing the pattern for the quilt turn up on Instagram reminded me. I have tons of scraps I can use I haven’t made a quilt since spring of this year so this will be timely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the Swoon pattern for a few years now. 2017 will hopefully be the year I will make one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This coming year I also want to make a modern wedding ring quilt. I especially love the scrappy and fun grey one on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few months ago I learnt to macrame. Plant pot holders don’t really do it for me but I have seen some great wall hangings I would like to try my hand at.

 

 

 

 

Another quilt block I would love to try is the pineapple block. I do think it would test my patience severly to make a whole quilt out of it as it’s rather time consuming but maybe I will make a mini quilt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really would love to crochet a rainbow unicorn! Whether I ever will is debatable but you never know…

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least next year there will be another e17 art trail. The theme this time will be STEAM, how the arts and sciences interact. I have all kinds of plans for mathmatical crochet and quilting. This will no doubt occupy a lot of my thinking and time in the months, no really, realistically the weeks leading up to the Art Trail. Am excited already!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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A little quilt love

A little quilt love

I finished this quilt for an old work colleague. The first quilt I ever made was for her and she’s ordered two more since.

I experimented with pinwheels for this one as I’d always fancied a pinwheel quilt. I stuck to a limited blue and red colour scheme as per the brief. Probably the quickest quilt I have ever made. Hurrah for the summer holidays and not being interrupted for the school run and swimming lessons etc!

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Here’s a quilt I made last year. It lives on my sofa and gets taken on outings a lot, picnics and camping etc. Today I got up to find my middle son had slept on the sofa, covered in this quilt. It’s not quite big enough to cover his lanky frame anymore 😉

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All my quilts are available in my Etsy shop: Www.Etsy.Com/shop/handmadebycheeky

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Bespoke heirloom quilts, finished and delivered!

Bespoke heirloom quilts, finished and delivered!

These gorgeous quilts were delivered to their new owners, the twins Emmeline and Benedict, today. Mum was so happy with them she actually cried!

Order your own unique quilts here in my etsy shop: shop

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Bespoke hand stitched indigo quilt

Bespoke hand stitched indigo quilt

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A long time ago I was shown photos of a quilt made in India, sold for a shocking price by a well known interiors shop, and asked if I could make something like it but unique to the client. Of course I snapped up the commission and I’ve been working on it on and off ever since.

I’ve never had such bad luck with a project.

We bought this beautiful hand printed linen for the back and I sourced lots of indigo prints online. As always I washed all the fabrics first to make sure they were then colour fast and had done all their shrinking.

I decided to hand quilt it, using a thick cotton bedspread as wadding as this have the quilt a heavy bed spread like quality.

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After working on it for many hours I realised I didn’t like what I using instead if wadding. It was heavy but not comfy, bulky but not lofty. But I had put so much time in it ready. I carried on stitching.

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It needed washing after one of my cats used it for curling up on so without a thought I bunged it in the machine on a cool short wash. All the fabric had been pre washed so I did not expect what was about to happen. Something blue ran so badly all the gorgeous linen and all the white in the patterned fabric was patchy blue. I almost cried. Instead though I decided it was a sign to start again. I ripped ALL the stitches out, months of work. I separated the front and back and took out the offending middle. I washed all pieces in colour run remover twice to remove most of the blue wash.

Then I started again with a gorgeous cotton wadding.

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This time everything went according to plan. It still took a few months to hand quilt but I was so chuffed when it was done. It looked gorgeous. One last gentle wash cycle and then it could be handed over. No. Way. What happened here? I took the quilt out of the machine only to find it covered in tons of white “bobbles” like some cheap polycotton duvet cover. No. Way. Turns out the expensive cotton wadding had worked it’s way out through the quilt top. Many mang tedious hours of removing most by hand later and I was SO ready to send that quilt off to it’s new home! I love you but I cannot live with you. Sorry quilt. Off you go.

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Bespoke quilts

Bespoke quilts

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just a cheeky little quilt photoshoot in the spring garden this afternoon with some input from Jasper and Theo
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Inspired: London, a book chokka full of London handmade design

Inspired: London, a book chokka full of London handmade design

The amazing We Make London girls have done it again: they have published a who’s who of London designers working in the field of handmade crafts. And a jolly fabulous book it is too. And I am not just saying that because I’m in it!

Tonight then is press night, very exciting! Must pack some business cards : )
I will post some more as soon as I have a copy of the book in my paws

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