Got to love a granny stitch, even better when it helps increase my adventures into making more crochet clothing! 

This granny stitch project caught my eye straight away when I saw issue 30 of Simply Crochet magazine.  I really like the granny stitch, especially its versatility and the great effect it produces when it is used.  I have been looking for another clothing make to attempt since my last success with my crochet bobble jumper, and knew this would be perfect.  What made this even better was that I had the perfect wool for making it – a lovely coral colour. 

This is going to be a gift for someone very special, I’m not going to mention names incase they read this before they receive it! I couldn’t believe my luck with this make – Both the pattern and the wool colour are just perfect for them I couldn’t have picked better, just look at the pattern, how could you not like the effect! 

I like this one so much I think I might do one for myself, I will add it to the list!!

I have a feeling my colour choice may have altered the final appearance of what was meant to be a cute crochet unicorn…..I think I have inadvertently created a unicorn pig!

I saw this pattern in Simply Crochet magazine issue 18.  This was quite a while ago and as a result it has been on my to do list for a long time – too long! Unfortunately I have had too many other makes that have sneaked ahead of it, but not anymore, now it is time to make this very cute little amigurumi cuddly toy! 

I know the general consensus for the colour of a unicorn is white, but as I was rummaging through my wool to find my white I came across this speckled pink that I love and I just had to use it, who says a unicorn cannot be pink? I always think of unikitty from the Lego movie when I think of unicorns and she is both pink  and white!  I picked a light orange for the horn, and for the hail and tail chose: red, dark blue, cream, yellow, and bright green. 
I got this made up over two evenings, I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it came together.  


This was even after I had made a mistake by sewing an arm too far round the back of the body and managing to cut through the body rather than the thread that was attaching the arm to the body when trying to remove it to attach into the right place, so I had to remake the body! I was very annoyed at myself after that but cheered up slightly by the fact it hadn’t taken me too long to get back on track – if it had been the head I had to redo it may have been a different story! 

So so cute!! My only concern is with my choice of wool colour, I love the colour but am starting to wonder now I’ve been looking at it for a while whether it looks ok or if it actually looks like a Unicorn piggy with long hair!  Although let’s be honest a unicorn pig with long hair would be pretty interesting to see, and there’s a unikitty so why not a unipiggy! 
I think I may make a few more of these in different colours! 

After a bit of a wobble on its road to completion, my quilted table topper is finished and was definitely worth the upset! 

I finally managed to bring myself to get out my table topper and get to unpicking the horrible quilting I had damaged it with the last time! I hate unpicking especially when it seems to be never ending! Luckily it didn’t take as long to unpick as I had expected, although it is not the way I would like to normally spend an evening! 

Now that I had all three layers separated, I got back to re-finishing it, I took out the hexagon tulip pattern back piece and replaced it with a plain purple fabric which I also used on the front.  Now I had a new back piece I pinned this, the middle batting and the front piece together, I think I used more pins than I have ever done before and that is saying something! There was no way this fabric was going to move and cause alignment problems on the back after the last disaster! 
To quilt I did the same pattern that I had done previously and quilted a foots width away around the edge of the hexagons in the second and last rounds and quilted down the seams of the Middle hexagon and second hexagon round.  I wasn’t too sure how well the quilting pattern would come out, but I think it looks pretty great (best to be honest!)! I love the effect on the back – it looks like honeycomb! So pleased! It was definitely a relief getting a good quilting pattern finished with my worries after the last attempt on this! 


Once I had three quilting part finished it was time to focus on binding the edges of the topper, I had a few thoughts on how to do this and couldn’t quite decide whether any would look good enough or if they would work successfully! Then I saw a brilliant idea on for a hexagon border edge rather than a binding strip and knew it would be perfect for what I was wanting.  In this method you need to make a round of hexagons the same size in number as the final round of the front piece (using paper piercing as previously).  Next you need to sew them all together to make the round, mine were already attached together as I just used the outer ring from the previous backing piece, so all I had to do was remove them from the inner rounds.  This meant I was re-using some of the previous back piece so it wouldn’t go to waste, and saved me a bit of time as I didn’t have to sew them all together! 

Once you have then sewn them all together you place this ring right sides facing with the front of the topper and slip stitch around the outer edge.
Then fold the hexagon border right side back out and round to the back of the topper and sew around the edges on that side, removing the paper templates as you go. Unfortunately as I had re-used the hexagons from the back piece I had previously they already had the paper pieces removed! This meant it took me a little longer go get each hexagon lined up and sewn, but luckily didn’t cause too major of a problem! 
For further details on the method and an excellent step by step check out the blog link, the quilt on the blog that they have used it on is lovely too!  It produces such a lovely effect, especially on the plain back of my topper along with the quilting, such a perfect solution to my problem! 
After all it’s problems I was doubting whether I would ever get this finished, but luckily I stuck with it and here it is in all its hexagon lovely-ness! 


From a quilting disaster to a quilting success, it’s amazing how one project can help to restore your confidence in your sewing!

After the quilted table top fiasco – which I still can’t bring myself to even look at let alone unpick l! I was reluctant to attempt to finish another quilting project incase that too turned into a disaster, however, I knew I had to get back on the quilting track before I put myself off doing it for good!, which would be silly as it was just one small hiccup (although at the time it seemed huge!).  After thinking for a bit I started to agree with the fact that you have to make mistakes every now and then as you wouldn’t learn how to fix your mistakes and get better otherwise! 
The project I took on to finish was the houses quilt I am making and have so far made the patchwork and appliqué front.  All I needed to do next was quilt it and bind the edges. 
For a backing fabric I choose a lovely Laura Ashley fabric I have had in my stash for a long time waiting for the perfect project for it! I thought the reds in the pattern were perfect to compliment the red on the front of the quilt and the white keeps the quilt looking nice and bright.  
Again with a mountain of pins I pinned the top, batting and bottom layers together and set about machine quilting them together.  I picked I nice bright red for the top thread and white thread the bottom, and decided to sew along the seams of each of the squares.  To do this I sewed along all the horizontal rows first, then did the vertical ones.  As a finishing touch to make the heart square stand out I also did a row of stitching a foots width away from the edge of the square.  


This time I made sure I checked the back early on and all was going fine, so I carried on and got it finished much quicker than I thought I would.  The next job was to bind the edges, I decided to use the technique I have used on my previous quilt makes whereby I use the backing fabric piece to form the binding rather than attaching a new piece of fabric.  
To do this I make sure the backing piece is bigger than the front and the batting, then you fold over the edge of the backing piece so it is in half and the edge of the backing piece will now be touching the edge of the front piece, and then fold it over again (it’s a bit like doing a hem!) so that it is lying on top of the front piece and pin, then continue this along the edges, folding at the corners and slip stitching the binding edge down as you go.


Instead of using pins as I normally do for binding I thought I would test out some binding clips I got with Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine, they are fantastic so much easier to use than pinning the binding I will be using these again for sure!


I was a bit nervous about how this quilt would turn out since it was the first time I had attempted to do a quilt fully using just the machine to sew it together and no paper piercing. Turns out it has worked out even better than I thought it would do, I really like the finished pattern as the houses look great and really stand out against the background.  Also I am really pleased that the quilting stitching has turned out really well on both the front and the back and although pretty basic with it just being down the seams it adds a nice detail to it and really finishes off the quilt, something which I was really worried about!.  All the fears generated by the last project are starting to fade away now! 
This is now all set ready for gifting at Christmas – long time away I know but I have quite a few more to make! 

When going unnecessarily complicated and not paying full attention when quilting backfires in a big way! 

I have recently redecorated my dining room, and have been wanting to make a new tablecloth centrepiece using the colours I now have in the room.  I decided on doing a quilted table topper using a hexagon pattern, as I thought it would be the best way to include all the fabrics and colours I was wanting.  I had plenty of fabric bits in my stash to use to make this so I got started straight away – I need to thin them out a bit as I can  hardly get the door of my fabric cupboard closed now! 
I decided to do one side using different shades and patterns of greens and purples, and stick to using just one fabric on the other.  This means I can change between each side depending on what I am wanting at that time.  The side with just one fabric will be completed using the same fabric which I used to back my owl cross stitch pillow with which also sits in this room, the green in the owl cross stitch pattern which matches the green in this purple tulip pattern and it also matches the greens which I will use on the more patterned side, meaning the table topper will match the room really well. 
This all sound nice and simple so far doesn’t it? That’s what I thought – and it was, until I made the decision to make both sides out of patchwork hexagons rather than just having a single piece of fabric at the back. Little did I know this decision was going to come back and cause me no end of trouble very soon and lead to a huge task of unpicking – the most happiness sapping task I think there is! 
Back to happier times and the starting of this table topper, I got all the hexagon paper templates cut out and fabric cut and sewn into them with no problems, and got on with sewing the hexagons together, with plain and patterned fabrics in purples and greens going together for one side and just the tulip fabric for the other, with rounds of hexagons going around a central hexagon.  
Now it was time to quilt the layers together, a task I had been really looking forward to – I think my excitement meant it was going to be doomed from the start! I placed the three layers together (top hexagon layer, batting, bottom hexagon layer) and put in enough pins to cause quite a risk of jabbing myself more than I would like! I spent a long time trying to match up the hexagons on the front and back pieces while pinning them so that the quilting would look ok on both sides.  I chose a darker colour for the top bobbin and a lighter beige for the bottom, and started to sew around the edge of a hexagon a foots width away from the edge.  It looked great from the front and in my excitement to get some more done I foolishly didn’t check the back before doing another 3 hexagons!  Then I thought – I really should check the back, why haven’t I sooner, I always do normally! And to my horror I could see the quilting stitching had not lined up correctly in the back at all! Just look at it – it’s truly shocking! 
A mild panic later, and almost giving up completely I decided to unpick and go back to pre-quilting and have a think about re-doing it so this problem doesn’t happen again.  Luckily I have found a great idea as a solution to this problem which I will share in my next update on this table topper, I am checking it is going to work first before sharing! If it still turns out to still be a disaster it may be the project that doesn’t get a finished post! In the meantime I am off to do some serious unpicking and find some plain fabric for the back – the hexagons will be gone! But don’t worry they are going to be reused on this project just in a slightly different way! 

From a disaster of running out of wool on one project bringing it to a grinding halt, to a success on another – hurray for Mike Wazowski you have made a bad day good! 

All was going nicely with my bobble jumper from issue 22 from Simply Crochet I mentioned in an earlier post, until I went for another ball of wool and to my horror there were no more left! I was sure I had bought the amount specified in the pattern so was a bit baffled as to why I had run out before finishing! So I dug out the wool label and checked it against that used in the original pattern and the problem came to light – the wool I was using did not have as much length on the ball as that used in the project. I really should have checked this before I started but I got a bit excited when I saw the wool I liked and got carried away buying it without checking!  Luckily the shop wasn’t too far away and I went and bought another 4 more balls – more than enough to finish it off, well I thought I had bought 4 more, again to my shock and horror I ran out of wool with only a few rows and a neck to do! I searched all over for the forth ball and finally checked my receipt to see how many I had got – in my hurried-ness to  get the wool and some other wool for another project I had only picked up three balls!! So that project has come to an abrupt end until I manage to get back to the shop and get the last ball!  On the positive side, it meant I could focus on another project I have been doing for a little while now and have been wanting to get finished – a Mike Wasowski from Monsters Inc.
I know a little one who isn’t just a bit fond of Mike Wazowski but absolutely obsessed! I decided I had to make him a crochet one and set about doing a pattern myself to make him.  As he basically only consists of a ball with arms and legs how hard can it be – well that’s what I thought! On a closer look at pictures of him he isn’t just a ball shaped monster, and those arms and legs have elbows and knee joints, not to mention the mouth and eye – with eye lid! So it was a little bit more complicated than I originally thought, and he had a lot more components than I had thought of to begin with! However, once I got going he came together quite easily it just took a while to get through all the separate bits to him especially with needling to do all the nails!, I think the mouth was the hardest part to get right.
I think he has come out really well, and I might venture into making him a baseball cap in the next few weeks!
I know someone will be over the moon when they see this! I can’t blame them, I was pretty excited when I finished it myself!
Pattern for Mike Wazowski;
I used 2 50g balls of wool in bright green, and leftovers of white, cream, black and blue/green.
Hook: 4.5mm
Mike wizoski

Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat around
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 3dc, repeat around
Round 6: 2dc into same stitch 4dc, repeat around
Round 7: 2dc into same stitch 5dc, repeat around
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch 6dc, repeat around
Round 9: 2dc into same stitch 7dc, repeat around
Round 10: 2dc into same stitch 8dc, repeat around
Round 11: 2dc into same stitch 9dc, repeat around
Round 12: 2dc into same stitch 10dc, repeat around
Round 13: 2dc into same stitch 11dc, repeat around
Round 14: 2dc into same stitch 12dc, repeat around
Round 15: 2dc into same stitch 13dc, repeat around
Round 16-30: dc around
Round 31: dc2tog 13dc, repeat around
Round 32: dc around
Round 33: dc2tog 12dc, repeat around
Round 34: dc around
Round 35: dc2tog 11dc, repeat around
Round 46: dc around
Round 47: dc2tog 5dc, repeat around until 4 stitches remain then; dc2tog 2dc
Round 48: dc2tog, 22dc, dc2tog twice, 23dc
Round 50: dc2tog 4dc, repeat around
Round 51: dc around
Round 52: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around
Round 53: dc around
Round 54: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around
Round 55: dc around
Round 56: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Round 57: dc around
Put in stuffing
Round 58: dc2tog, repeat around
Round 59: dc around
Round 60: dc2tog, repeat around
Legs – make two:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 3-21 dc around
Round 22: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 23-24: dc around
Round 25: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Stuff top part of leg
Round 26-44dc around
Stuff lower part of leg
Fasten off leaving long thread
Feet – make 2:
Make a magic ring ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch
Round 3: 2dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 2dc
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc
Round 6: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch, 5dc
Round 7-8: dc around
Round 9: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch, 7dc
Round 10: dc around
Round 11: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc
Round 12: dc around
Round 13: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch, 8dc
Round 14: dc around
Round 15: 8dc, these 8dc form the basis for the first toe
Round 16-21: working on the previous rows 8dc only, complete 6 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 22: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
Fasten off
Picture 1: 8dc forming the basis for the first toe.
Middle toe:
Fasten on in the next dc after the first toe, 4dc, turn then complete the next 4dc on the opposite side, making a round of 8dc for the Middle toe.
Rounds 1-9: working on the 8dc created for the middle toe only complete 9 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 10: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
Picture 2: starting the second toe.
Final toe:
Stuff the foot
Fasten on in the next dc after the Middle toe, 8dc, these 8dc form the basis for the last toe
Round 1-6: working on the previous rounds 8dv only complete 6 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 7: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
Arms – make 2:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 3-11: dc around
Round 12: dc2tog 3dc three times, dc
Round 13-22 : dc around
Round 23: dc2tog 2dc three times, dc
Round 24-25: dc around
Round 26: 2dc into same stitch 2dc three times, dc
Round 27-43: dc around
Put stuffing into arm
Round 44: 2dc into next stitch dc six times, dc
Round 45-50 dc around
Round 51: 2dc into next stitch 2dc six times, dc
Round 52: 6dc, these 6dc are the basis for the round for the thumb
Round 53-57: working in the previous rounds 6dc only complete 5 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into thumb
Round 58: dc2tog three times
Fasten off
Round 59: Fasten on in dc next to thumb, and complete two rounds of dc excluding the thumb
Picture 3: after two rounds of dc have been completed after the thumb.
Finger 1:
Round 1: 3dc, then turn and do 3dc into the opposite side making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 7 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 3: dc2tog three times
Finger 2:
Fasten on in dc next to previous finger,
Round 1:  3dc, then turn and do 3dc into the opposite side making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2-11: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 9 rounds of dc
Round 12: dc2tog three times
Stuff finger and Palm of hand
Fasten off
Finger 3:
Fasten on in dc next to previous finger
Round 1: 3dc, dc2tog, 2dc making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 7 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into finger
Round 3: dc2tog three times
Fasten off
Starting in black,
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into the same stitch, repeat around
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat around
Change to blue/green
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 3dc, repeat around
Round 6-7: dc around
Change to white
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch 4dc, repeat around
Round 9: 2dc into next stitch 2dc, repeat around
Round 10: 2dc into next stitch 3dc, repeat around
Fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching
Eye lid:
Row 1: dc across
Row 2-3: slip stitch into first two stitches dc across until last two stitches then leave last two stitches unworked
Fasten off
Fasten on at the first dc of the first row and complete a row of dc up and along the row and down the to the last dc in the first chain row
Fasten off leaving long tail for attaching
Starting in black
Round 1: dc into second chain from hook, then dc along row of foundation chain, then go back along the other side of the foundation chain
Row 1: turn and dc along 17dc
Row 2: turn, dc2tog twice, 8dc, dc2tog twice
Row 3: turn, dc2tog twice, 4dc, dc2tog twice
Row 4: turn, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog
Fasten off
Ch 40
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc 18
Row 3-5: turn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc 18
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
In white
Big teeth:
Make 4
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of row
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Small teeth:
Make 4
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of row
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Horns – make two:
In cream, make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: dc around
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc twice, dc
Round 4: 2dc into the same stitch 2dc twice, dc
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch 3dc twice, 2dc into same stitch dc
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Nails – make 14;
In cream, ch3
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog
To assemble:
Fasten off loose ends, leaving white wool for attaching.  Place a small amount of stuffing behind eye and sew into place onto the body
Picture 4: placing stuffing behind the eye.

Picture 6: sewing on the eye.
Fasten off all loose ends, leaving one for attaching.  Place around the edge of the top of the eye and sew to attach, then fold back the eyelid and see along the edge again to hold it back
Picture 7: placing the eyelid around the eye.

Picture 8: starting to see on the eyelid.
Picture 9: folding back the eyelid and sewing down.
Arms and legs:
Sew feet onto the base of the legs, and then sew into place at base of the body.  Sew arms onto the side of the body
Place stuffing into horn then Sew onto head
Sew into each finger and toe
Sew black part of the mouth onto the face with the longest edge at the top.
Then to sew the green area on; start with the wider section and place loosely along the bottom edge of the black mouth area and fold it in half so the folded edge is facing into the black mouth area creating a lip, then sew along the bottom edge of the green lip only, and then sew on the thinner green lip to along the top edge of the black mouth area.
Picture 10: sewing on the wider part of the lips to the bottom of the mouth.

Picture 11: placing the top lip along the top of the mouth ready for sewing.
Sew the 4 big teeth into the middle area of the mouth, 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom.  Then sew on the remaining 4 smaller teeth with one next to each of the bigger teeth so there is one on the top left and right and bottom left and right.

Update: my quilt is slowly coming together, another 4 more squares in the finished pile!

I have finally found a bit of time to put a few more patchwork squares together to go toward my quilt! I always find my quilting tends to be the unlucky craft which gets put to the wayside when I have a lot of crafts on, I’m not to really sure why this is as I love doing patch-working!  The one advantage of this is that although I am not actually making the patchwork squares I am constantly coming up with ideas in my head ready for when I get a chance to put a few together!  I think I already have more than enough ideas for this patchwork blanket, but that’s ok as any ones I don’t need for this blanket will be used in my Christmas quilting makes! 
The first square I did I got the idea from All People Quilt magazine after seeing a tweet by them for this log cabin pattern  I really liked the effect so decided to put one together myself using paper piercing using the picture in the tweet as inspiration.  I think the square is really effective considering it is really simple to make as it only uses long strips of fabric.  
When I bought the latest edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine one thing caught my eye on the cover straight away, a slightly different take on the log cabin pattern using a hexagon as the centre piece rather than a square like I had previously.   The patchwork in the magazine had been completed using machine stitching, but I decided to give the hexagon log cabin a go using paper piercing so it would be in the same style as all my other squares in the quilt.  I drew out a design using the magazine as a guide onto paper, cut out all the pieces and once I had tacked all the material to the paper templates I sewed them all together.
 It was quite a mission to make sure I got all the pieces in the right places but I got there eventually and the effort was definitely worth it! It looks great especially alongside its squares centre counterpart! I look forward to making more log cabin style quilts in the future! 
The patterns for the rest of these squares I came up with myself – I often find myself in a daydream of different patchwork ideas and it is great finally putting the ideas together in fabric! The first is a basic diagonal line pattern, so I just had to cut a square piece of paper into strips for the templates which was nice snd simple and they came together very quickly – although I learnt my lesson to make sure that I attach the fabric to the right side of the template so that when the piece is sewn together with the others it is the correct way around – I had to redo a few as I had sewn the fabric to the wrong side meaning the edges of the template were the wrong way around and so did not match up! 
The final square is slightly different and I took a basic square in the centre and put some fabric (3 different coloured pieces in total) diagonally over the corners to create a bit of texture as all the other squares are flat.  


This was much easier to do than I thought it was going to be at the start and I think looks really effective – especially when it is alongside the other finished squares.  
I now have 12 competed squares for my quilt – not too many more to go now until the challenge of putting them all together starts!