Table topper from felted sweaters

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Last week I made this table topper or trivet. I cut the diamond shapes from woolen sweaters that I had felted in the washing machine and stitched them together using a small zig zag. This pattern is known among quilters as ‘baby blocks’ – very effective, isn’t it?

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Yesterday I made a smaller version that is now for sale in my Etsy shop. Here is a detail:

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The back is made from a piece of felt from another sweater:

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It would look great under a vase or a bowl – a perfect house-warming gift. It can also be used as a mouse pad.

I have a lot of felt left, so am going to try and make some more ‘trivets’ (strange word…). There are some more quilt blocks that I think would look very good in felt!

Take care,
Linda

After the fete

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Well, the school fete is over for this year… I was exhausted last night – we also had a gymnastics carnival and my youngest son’s 7th birthday this weekend – but it was fun. Surprisingly I sold t-shirt yarn, eyeglass cases, word art cards and Dutch Houses, but no pencil rolls! So I am in the process of adding the pencil rolls I showed here last week to my Etsy shop, where I have created a new Pencil Rolls section. The shop will be getting a bit of a make-over in the next few weeks, but I will write more about that later.

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Today was an unusually cold and wet day here in Brisbane, but spring has definitely sprung – look at that jacaranda on the other side of our street! Hurray, my favourite time of the year is here!

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Last but not least, some fun news: Blue Jacaranda is part of the Lily and Gus 2000 fan celebration! Do hop over to their website to enter the giveaway to win the fabulous prize pack in the photo above! (Lily and Gus is one of my favourite Etsy shops – it’s where I got an adorable whale for my youngest son)

Take care,
Linda

Supplies

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At the school fete on Sunday I won’t just be selling handmade items, but also some supplies, such as these charm packs of fabric squares for I Spy quilts…

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… and balls of seamless t-shirt yarn, made from op shop t-shirts.

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I made this small bowl for my business cards, and to show people what you can do with t-shirt yarn.

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And I’m in the process of setting up my stall in our hall. Looking forward to Sunday!

Take care,
Linda

On a roll

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My kids’ school, Wooloowin State School in Brisbane’s inner north, has its annual fete on Sunday 15 September (which coincidentally is also my youngest son’s 7th birthday). They asked if I would like to have a stall at the fete and of course I said yes! I have been busy making small items for the fete and am especially enjoying making pencil rolls.

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I went through my fairly extensive fabric stash looking for fabrics that would make a nice pencil roll and found quite a few!

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I have been making some more stuff for the fete – will show it in the next few days.

Take care,
Linda

Braided t-shirt yarn rug – continued

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Remember the rug I was making from braided t-shirt yarn? Well, it grew…

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and grew…

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… and turned into a bowl again! Very annoying.

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I started unpicking, but with a diameter of 84 cm (33 in) that takes a while, and it’s not the nicest job in the world… Feeling the need to do something constructive I decided to try and make a bowl:

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This time it was allowed to curl!

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And I made a small oval rug – easier to keep flat with those straight sides:

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I made it in sea colours (blue/green) for our caravan at the beach, but it looks good on the deck as well:

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And finally, another bowl for my desk at work:

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This might be the last t-shirt yarn project for a while as I am starting to get over it. Also, my sewing machine doesn’t like it very much…

Take care,
Linda