A busy time…

Hello,

Although I haven’t blogged for a while I have been busy sewing.  I finally finished my wallhanging of the monthly crazy quilting journal project. It took me a while as I kept getting sidetracked on other bits and pieces. It will be a super reminder of my first year of retirement.

IMG_0797During the summer months I busily prepared some gifts to mark the arrival of my new grandchild. My daughter decided that they would wait to see what sex the baby was until the birth. This meant I prepared 2 sets of things, one in pink and the other in blue. Joseph was born in late October and here are the pictures of his cuddly.  I used some minky with dimples on the back which is cuddly and soft.

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I made another set of toy holders with rings on the top, as Farris is expert at opening velcro and could throw his toys out of the double buggy!

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Then I decided to make a set of bags using Peter Rabbit fabric.  They were fun and quick to make.  Hopefully they will be very useful.IMG_0855 IMG_0860

IMG_0858Oops, this laundry bag is a bit creased as I forgot to photograph it, so waited until it was unwrapped!

When I’m sewing I like a bit of variety, so have also been working on 12″ blocks for my maroon and cream king size quilt and a Christmassy hidden star design for a lap quilt. Neither will be finished this year as with the arrival of Joseph I’m working hard to make him a cot quilt and Farris can’t be left out, so he will have a cot bed quilt covered in his favourite diggers with a cosy fleece backing. Hopefully these will both be finished before Christmas. All this will keep me amused over the next few weeks.

Well I hope you have a fun weekend and keep sewing!

Linda

 

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Starting Another Group

I have had soooo many enquiries about quilting and sewing that I decided to start another sewing group this coming Monday.  We are going to be called Patchwork and Quilting Pals and look like we are nearly full at our first meeting!   WOW, sewing is popular now.

I am kept so busy that I often only get time to sew on my dedicated club days and my ‘to sew list‘ is ever increasing!  I did manage to finish one  potential quilt top by turning it into hanging pockets so I can store all my rulers safely.  I’ve been working on it for over three years, so was glad to see something useful made with it.  No photos at present as it needs securing to the wall properly.

My next project is to quilt the playmat for Farris, something that has been on the list for months.  I hope to get it started at least before he is a year old at the end of the month. I wonder where the year has gone and adore spending time with him.

Have a fun time, Linda

The next four….

Well the next four blocks for the CQJP 2013 have finally been sewn.  These blocks have been in the thought pipeline for ages and as usual I have just finished them by the deadline.  I spent Monday sewing them together, in a frenzy, whilst at Braintree Quilt Club. They continue to record my year, as you can see.

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Every May I remember the May Day celebrations at primary school. No doubt time blurs the memories, but the sight of the first bluebell always takes me back to gathering bluebells to take to school, along with an afternoon of maypole dancing.

This year I spent a wonderful afternoon with a friend wandering through a wood that was carpeted in masses of bluebells. The wind was softly whispering through the trees and the smell was soooo delicate and fragrant.

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June means holidays…

We spent a week of lazy sun filled days, with sangria evenings in Majorca.

Next we went to Brighton, so I just had to include the GROOVY material, along with the union jacks.  I bought the seaside fabric in the North Lanes – yes, I was planning this block!
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July saw us in Rutland.  We had a lovely time at Rutland Water wandering along the paths. It was soooo hot!  I just had to include the first mate fabric as I made Farris a couple of dribble bibs in it.

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Well, August is the time we quilters love with the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.  I cut and sewed the peachy 8″ block at the Sizzix stand.  I love my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and am saving hard for more dies!

My September block is going to be sewn around friendship.  My fellow quilters at Braintree Quilt Club are all giving me some fabric to sew into the block. They are choosing the colours they like and work with. Watch this space to see what it looks like!

I hope you have enjoyed  looking at the next four blocks.

Have a fun bank holiday!

Toddler seats!

My latest sewing project was a toddler seat.  My sister asked me to make a seat that would secure a wriggly child to a chair during dinner.  I designed one for my own children, which seems like a lifetime ago, and was able to use it to make another pattern. Modern chair backs are much taller than my dining chairs, so I had fun altering the pattern to make it fit.  Keep an eye out and I will post a piccy when it is in use!

Have a peep at my new project page and see what I have been making.  Hope you like it all.  Have fun, happy sewing

Travel chair seat for a toddler - front view

Travel chair seat for a toddler – front view

Rear view of toddler seat

Rear view of toddler seat

Patchwork and Quilting

Wow, what a day! I’m missing my machine as it’s in for a much needed service.  So I thought I’d update some of the photos on my blog.  I’ve added a gallery of some of my patchwork and quilts to the About Me page.

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Table runner

Wow, what a difference when these are the same block!

Wow, what a difference when you choose  different fabrics.  These are the same block!

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I hope you enjoy looking at the rest of my piccys!

Happy quilting and sewing.

Quilting for Farris

I have had a wonderful few weeks sewing lots of quilts and things for Farris.  I can now show them on my blog, the colour of them would have given away his sex before he was born!

I made him a cot quilt using traditional Peter Rabbit fabrics.  It was great fun designing my own pattern and using fabrics that Sarah helped to choose.  My label gives the date, March 2013. You will see I am called Granny Linda.   The wadding is woollen, so it is lightweight and warm.

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I also made another quilt that is wadded with cotton.  I fell in love with the fabric, especially the ducks on the back.  This is also cot sized, with my label on the back.

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My third quilt is for his buggy.  It is the size of a stroller blanket and backed with soft fleece.  The quilted pattern is called ‘Around the World’.  The quilt has a little bag to carry it in, made to my own design and in matching fabrics.  The bag  can be closed with velcro.

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Then when I had finished the quilts I decided to have some more fun making two pacifier/dummy holders and a toy holder for the buggy.  I used the Peter Rabbit fabrics that I had left over.

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I hope all these things are useful, I’ve really enjoyed making them.

 

 

My baby snugglers!

I’ve not blogged recently about all the baby things I’ve made, as I have spent soooo much time at my machines.  I’m only going to show my snuggler infant swaddlers, as I cannot post piccys of my quilts yet,  because the colours will help you to guess the sex of my long awaited grandchild! I love the bright coloured stripes on the inside of the snuggler with the little animals.

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I am truly thrilled with the finish of these snugglers that I made in flannel using Lotta Jansdotter’s pattern. There are only two pattern pieces and they fitted together really easily, even adding the Velcro was a cinch. It is a free download you can find here – http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/lotta_snuggler_pattern.pdf I also borrowed her book from the library entitled, Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers, and used the patterns in the back of it.

Before I made the snugglers I decided to wash and tumble the flannel to avoid shrinkage when the snuggler was washed.   I hope the snuggler comforts my grandchild and I am really looking forward to swaddling the little one in a cosy warm snuggler soon!