Sunday, December 27, 2015

Till's Quilt

Nephew Number 2 has now also turned 18 (... this starts to make me feel old). Like for nephew Number 1, I've made a large quilt as a birthday present. Nephew 2 wanted blue with batiks, so he got blue with batiks.
 I think the basic pattern is from a magazine (but I can't find it at the moment). I set the squares on point, though.
For the back I spelled his name in big letters, using scrappy fabric I've made using crazy mom quilts scrap vortex tutorial.
The i-dot. I went a bit crazy on the farbic selection. Basically I had no limit, so the result was pretty wild.
I did the quilting on my machine at home. On the background I quilted simple loop-de-loop, while on the batiks I made those 'orange peels'. All was done in free motion.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Menue

I've got the request to show this Christmas's menue (weird, I know)
Starters: We started out with a bit of rabbit pie I've made ahead. It's an older recipe, which we rediscoved a couple of years ago, and which I've been making for the last three years for Christmas.
 Main Course: The discussion on what to make for the main course starts in early November and the menue changes about five time before we finally settle on something. This year the winner was saddle of lamb with potato gratin, string beans and carottes.
 Dessert: This was prepared by my sister and is apple and puffy paste wrapped into a rose and backed in a muffin tin. Looks great and tastes even better.

Finally, nothing to eat, but a reminder on what Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Just a couple of little things I've finished last week.
Dekoration/name cards for the Christmas table. The letters are all the first letters of my family (well, at least the family that is here for the Christmas meal tomorrow). I've used up the scraps left over from the last table runner I did.
 One pair of plain socks using Regia's Pairfection yarn. Basically, pretty cool idea, as you get two complete runs of the color changes starting with a bright yellow bit of yarn as a marker. Personally, the shaft is a bit on the long side, though this is problably better if you knit the socks in larger sizes (this is a 39)
 Then, I cut up one of my old blue jeans and made some useful stuff from it. Using the pockets and bit of one leg I came up with this utensilo for my remote contols (there are two pockets, one on each side of the arm rest)
Last, but not least, a new pair of slippers. This is the third pair I've made following this pattern. The first two pairs are fairly worn out by now,so it was time for a new pair.
I still got one leg plus a few scraps left, so I'm thinking about some more stuff to do.

Merry Christmas to all and a Great New Year.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

The Force Awakens

Less than 2 weeks until the next part in the Star Wars saga is coming to the movies. I can hardly wait.
As the movie starts in winter time, and, well, because I found this (free) pattern, I've made Star Wars hats.
 I first made the gray on (with 'The Force Awakens'). I then had enough left over for a second hat, so I made one more with switched colors (with 'May the Force be with You')
Never 100% happy with working in intarsia, but after washing and a bit of blocking it's not too bad. For added warmth and to prevent snagging in the floats, I lined both hats.
They will both end up as small Christmas presents.