Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Crazy Quilt Journal project for 2012 - a challenge

Over the last couple of years I have started to make various crazy quilt blocks, but some how get way laid and end up not finishing them. So this year me - Sue of Jewels and Finery Crafts is going to join the crazy quilt journal project for 2012.

Things I have attempted so far. A crazy quilt block like the vintage tie one above. Sewn together but remains unfinished.

And this one that has just a little decoration, but sadly relegated to the sewing box incomplete. I love the crazy quilting look. Maybe because the normal quilting and patchwork is a little too formal for my tastes. Adding colour and embellishing with beads, buttons, scraps of fabric and lace just appeals to me much more. For some great examples look here crazy quilting international blog

So this year I am going to join this journal and complete 11 blocks - one each month. I intent to post the finished piece on here. Now I haven't sewn for a long time now. Kids, work and then a couple of years with hands that wouldn't work. (They still don't work very well, but I have adjusted the way I do things that can allow me to get more done). Has meant I have done very little craft wise for a while.

So this is the Christmas 2011 crazy quilt block just started. What have I learnt so far - check your measurements before cutting the backing material template. This 6" x 6" block is a little squiffy because I didn't!! Think I will do 8" x 8" ones from now on as well. This is a little small for sewing the end projects into a reasonable sized quilt.

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012

Friday, 4 November 2011

Out of print knitting patterns

Jewels and Finery Craft are slowly adding the vast inventory collected of out of print knitting patterns.
At the moment we are concentrating on the vintage knitting patterns for women.
The knitting patterns that we source are from the 1920s up to present day and all are out of print, being previously used. They are all the original and we do not sell any photocopies or copied material. The out of print knitting patterns are genuine and some are in very good condition. Others may have been well used with creases and a few coffee stains - but we look for the unusual or interesting garments to knit.

Here are just a few of our latest patterns added.

Two tone out of print knitting pattern for a women's suit. Published in 1984 - this pattern is actually dated. A skirt and sweater in a style that would look fashionable worn today. Produced by Patons Moorland.

A more modern out of print knitting pattern from recent years. Some great bags and belts to knit. this knitting patter is by Stylecraft, but we have ones from Patons, Vogue, Lister, Sirdar and many other companies.
1960s genuine Robin's vintage knitting pattern for three fabulous tops to knit. Same colour and style but with a different patterned finish. Love the hair styles of the models! Tops like these do not go out of fashion and are so cool for summer wear.Now stopping this blogging business to add some more patterns....