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!

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Braintree Quilters

We have had another fun and productive meeting.  Everyone worked on their own  project, with lots of happy chatter in between.  Everyone’s UFOs are very different and individual, leading to lots of oohs!  and aah!  Many of us are travelling to the Duxford show this week, all determined to see what is new.

Launa was busy learning to quilt her first cushion.

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Linda was working on a gorgeous teddy panel.  She backed it with a  brightly coloured  fleece.  The fleece was in a jigsaw design. photo (74)photo (75)

Grace was working on her tablecloth. She cut  and then sewed more blocks  so it gradually increased in size. Its a lovely pattern, shown off in such beautiful fabrics.   photo (71)  photo (73)

photo (70)Mandy was finishing her table runner, sewing the binding takes a long time to finish  neatly.

We had a visitor to our meeting who wanted to see what we make.  She is hoping to join us next week.  We still have a couple of places if you would like to quilt and sew in the company of like minded ladies.

CQJP 2013

CQJP 2013 January's Block

CQJP 2013 January’s Block

I have just finished my January CQJP challenge, yipee!  For those of you who don’t know CQJP stands for the “Crazy Quilt Journal Project” which is year long project promoting crazy quilting with embroidery.

Lots of decisions had to be made before I started this, what size, what colours, did I want a theme???   The suggestions were to make lap quilts or books with the twelve blocks. Well I decided on a lap quilt using blocks measuring 12″ square that tell the story of my year.  I started by labelling the block with January. As my life is changing I have added the words “Life is like a book, full of chapters” and hope to add a meaningful phrase each month. Please leave me a reply with your ideas that I could use.

My fabrics are ones that I have used in the last year and remind me of events or people: can you see the little ducks?  This is a slither of fabric left from the baby quilt I have just made for my grandchild expected in March.  The grey check gingham fabric I brought in Prague just before Christmas and the black swirly fabric from a stop at Southport when I was travelling between Blackpool and Liverpool. I think I will use these two fabrics in every block to help coordinate them.

My hand embroidery is fly stitch using a thick metallic thread.  Does anyone else find them difficult to use, when the metallic part splits as you sew?

Enjoy your day, sew and forget your troubles!

Braintree Quilters

Our new Quilting Group has got off to a flying start. We have nine members, but would like a few more. We worked on our kaleidoscopic blocks this week, led by Grace. The initial cutting of the fabric needed care and precision, but then the fun began. Circles were laid out for all to see before sewing commenced. Those of us who joined in finished at least three or four circles in the time.

Others worked on projects that they wanted to finish.

New baby sewing ideas

Wow! 2013, where have all the years since the Millennium disappeared to?

This month I am concentrating on making gifts for my daughter and son in law as they are expecting a  baby in March.  I am working on a baby quilt this week.

Tomorrow I am helping to start a new quilting group in my home town of Braintree, Essex. The hardest part was finding a suitable hall that had a free day twice a month.  We filled the places in three days, I’m delighted so many quilters are keen to join us. We are going to work together to fill the timetable for our first year, and have already pencilled in Christmas projects for our July sessions.  We are buzzing with ideas and just raring to go.

Have fun and enjoy your sewing this week.  Life is what you make it, so go and spread the joy.