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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Satisfying Sewing


We've had some good winter weather lately - here in Northland the weekend was mostly fine and mild but also a little dismal and 'grey' so I figured it was perfect for staying inside to get a few wee projects done. This felt very satisfying as they weren't big jobs and it seems that I've managed to achieve lots!
First up I made this 'whole cloth' quilt.... just some pretty fabric my dil found. She thought it would be nice with some minky on the back so of course I offered to put it together for her :-)
I included a layer of bamboo batting to give it a little body without adding too much bulk and quilted it with a very simple, large meander.
To make it even simpler, I brought the minky to the front and sewed it down with a 3-step zig-zag. No sweat!

Very simple meandering and very cute wee owls!

Another straight forward project was this pair of Happy Pants for a family member with a birthday.
Happy Pants as they are known in our family but aka as Pyjama pants.
Yaay we found some adult looking wincyette - sort of!
In my last post, I didn't share about all the crocheting I did in the car when we were away on our road trip. I had also made these little granny squares. Mum and I had a discussion about whether they were Granny Squares or Peggy Squares... With the help of google I discovered that Granny Squares are crocheted and Peggy Squares are knitted - but also that the naming of them as Peggy Squares is a New Zealand thing with an interesting story behind it. 
(If you are at all curious, here are some if the links I found; loosingsleepcountingsheep and miydiy.)
Anyway back to my squares... I've sewn them together —
— and made them into this hottie cover —
A pressie for a friend. Quite fitting I thought as she's a
winter lover :-)
The squares are on the back as well.
Alexandra MacKenzie is the designer of this hottie cover. It was another fun make, the pattern is here on Ravelry.
I've spent some time cutting out my next lot of rainbow scrap blocks and some stars I'm making and some hexies and so I think it's time for me to get sewing! Whew never a dull moment around here and what better way to spend my winter days!
Hope the season is treating you all well, thank you for visiting, 
happy creating,

30 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, lots of gorgeous makes going on there. I love that fabric on the quilt - the Owls are very popular at the moment & timeless I always think. What a great idea to bring the minky to the front. I love your Happy Pants. I was struggling to find some adult looking flannelette to line my hottie covers lately too. Your hottie is just beautiful, l LoVe it. I agree with you - winter days are great for creating.

Janet O. said...

The owl blanket is full of cuddly cuteness.
I like the name Happy Pants. : )
The last time I made an afghan (over a decade ago) it was crocheted Granny Squares. That is a very fun "hottie" cover. Is the name Hottie a New Zealand thing, too, or am I just uninformed?

Doreen Auger said...

Love the "Happy Pants"!!!!! I think I need to make at least 1 pair for ME!!!!!!!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your water bottle cover! so cute. How do you like the bamboo batting - I have not used it - does it shrink up a little or none? here is is summer and rain - shouldn't be more than a few days and then it will be too hot and sunny

Lesley said...

You have such great projects! Love the name Happy Pants for pjs...too cute! And the crocheted granny square cover is so perfect!

Chantal said...

You have been very busy indeed! So good to get all those finishes. I just love the hottie cover! So cute! Good job Raewyn!

Terry said...

Those owls are adorable! And that hottie cover is so pretty! :0)

Sew Quilt Designs said...

Your blanket is lovely and crochet is so neat...Love it all ! :)

Julie said...

Interesting story about granny squares and peggy squares.

Needled Mom said...

I love the minky backs with some batting inside. It has such a great feel to it.

I love your Granny Square project. That would be so toasty.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Very cute owlie quilt... Love the happy pants too. How cute is that hottie cover x

margaret said...

the minky back will be so cosy, not come across peggy squares before but you are a long way from the UK so maybe we do not have them here, Love the hottie cover

kiwikid said...

Love the blanket the owls are so cute and it will be wonderfully cuddly!! Happy pants look great too. Great use for your granny squares. Haven't heard of peggy squares for years!

Leeanne said...

Oh boy am I'm lucky! That cute as hottie cover is all mine and I LOVE it! Thank you so much Raewyn......Oh the baby's minkie quilt is cute too.

Susan said...

Perfect way to spend a winter weekend!

Sue said...

I know one winter loving person up your way, Leeanne so I am now wondering if she is the one getting the fabulous crocheted hotty cover. Certainly has got colder of late, but every day of winter is a day closer to summer!!!

Maria said...

Nice cuddley for the new babe..nice warm Happy a pants and what a lovely crocheted hottie cover...

Karen S said...

Great work wit the quilt. That will be so warm and snuggly.
Love the Happy Pants.
And the hot water bottle cover is fantastic.

Karen H said...

Love the hot water bottle cover!

Starr White said...

I love everything, but I am especially enamored of the happy pants :))) It's so flaming hot here. I just can't believe it's winter somewhere in the world!

Lara B. said...

Ooh, such a sweet baby quilt Raewyn! I've always wondered if you could use the Minky as a self binding.
Love those jammies and they sure will be happy pants. The hottie cover is wonderful - you took something very utilitarian and prettied it up so nicely!

Lin said...

Pretty owls on that fabric - minky is not a term I am familiar with? Gorgeous crochet on the hottie cover. xx

marina said...

great owl quilt.
so loving your hot water bottle cover. It looks fantastic.

Cisca Heiden van der said...

The owls are so sweet, and the Happy Pants looks great, but most of all I love the the hottie cover most! What a great idea. By the way, I also don't know what a minky is.
Love, Cisca

Rosemary Dickinson said...

What a cuddly and soft quilt!! Love it! Love the granny squares! I made an afghan years ago using that block! Love the jammies! Enjoy your winter! It's hot and humid here!!

Pine Valley Quilts said...

love love love the hot water bottle cover !! Gorgeous baby quilt too.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Gosh, I too love your hottie cover!

Wendy said...

Looks like lots of lovely things to occupy a winter weekend! I love the hottie cover, such a pretty pattern!

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh - the granny squares are so cute! And what a lovely hottie cover! I just love it.

Tania said...

Hi Raewyn, lovely stitching and crochet. Love the owls and the foxes!