Wonky stars! Who would have thought they were so hard? I kept getting them the wrong way round and with no points and etc., etc., etc.
My first attempt ended with a mutant wonky star which you can see below. My second attempt was more presentable but I felt bad about all those failed attempts and wasted pieces of fabric. So I pieced all the failed bits together plus some of my own scraps and made my swap partner a crazy block which I’m calling “This way madness lies”!
I hope she likes it.
Mr Tiggy decided it was high time he penned his own blog post and tried to mucscle in on the keyboard as you can see.
Unfortunately his spelling left a lot to be desired and so he was banished pretty swiftly. In the meantime his outdoor “brother” Mr Roscoe was pretending to be a sleeping tiger blending into the soft bed of Mondo Grass in the dappled sunlight streaming through the leaves of the Crab Apple tree. What a life!
The other day I received this pack of fabrics to make a wonky star block for Jessica. Such interesting fabrics. I’m having a hard time deciding how to use them. This will be the first time I’ve made a wonky star block I’d better go and look out my Gwen Marston Liberated Quiltmaking II book and get cracking!
I usually try to keep to quilting and handwork related subjects on my blog but I think the importance of this video cannot be understated. If you live in Australia I would urge you to write to the Minister for Health, The Honourable Nicola Roxon MP at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to ask her department to investigate bringing this technology to Australia.
The video is only 22 minutes long but really well worth watching. I’m sure you’ll learn something – I know I did.
It’s been a bit like that with my husband and me at the moment. He’s been working most weekends and late nights to help process all of the thousands of claims for assistance from the Queensland and Victoria flood, Queen;and and Northern Territory cyclone and Western Australian bushfire victims. So Sunday was a rare day we had together.
We headed into the city with a bit of a picnic and went to the the Botanical Gardens on Syndey Harbour. It was hard to find a quiet spot with Tropfest and the Open Air Cinema going on but we managed. Driving in the Botanical Gardens is lovely with all the old fig trees leaning over the road.
We even got to see the Rose Bay Sea plane taking off.All in all it was a really lovely Sunday afternoon.
I’ve had quite a few enquiries about to make and how to draft a pattern for klosjes. Here goes…
For those of you that have Electric Quilt you can search the block library for a block called Spools. This is a klosje block. You can then pick what size you want and print out your template or cutting instructions.
For those of you without EQ there are two ways to make klosjes that I’m aware of. The first uses 13 pieces and is made up of a nine patch where the corner blocks are made from two half square triangles like this.
You can draw this up in the finished size you want then cut out a square and triangle as templates and add 1/4″ for seam allowance when you draw round them on your fabric.
The second way, and the way I actually used, is made up of 5 pieces as shown below. Cut out the centre square and one of the other four pieces to use as templates and add 1/4″ seam allowance when you draw on your fabric.
How to sew the 13 piece klosje
To sew the 13 piece klosje first sew the half square triangles together so that you have four square blocks. Then sew the nine patch together by sewing in rows and then sewing the rows together.
How to sew the 5 piece klosje
To sew the 5 piece klosje first sew piece No:1 to the centre piece No:3. Then sew piece No:2 to the opposite side of the centre piece No:3. Then sew pieces 4 and 5 using Y seams at the junctions. I hope this helps you all. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them on this post.
I’ve had quite a few comments and emails asking about patterns for the Spiral Scarf. I’ve knitted this scarf before and I’m using a generic pattern where you work out for yourself how many stitches you want and then calculate the rest from there. However, for those of you who would like a pattern here are some links. The first ones are commercial patterns for sale – albeit only $4.65 and the others are freebies. The list contains both knitted and crocheted scarf patterns.
Spiral Scarf Patterns for sale:
Free Spiral Scarf Patterns
Interestingly some patterns have a few stitches and knit lots and lots of rows and some patterns have lots of stitches and knit just a few rows. I can’t speak crochet so I don’t get how those pattern work, sorry.
Anyway have fun with these.