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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope all these things are useful, I’ve really enjoyed making them.
This week we all worked on our own projects. Launa finished her cushion. She finished the back neatly in an envelope style. This is the first time Launa has ever quilted, she worked carefully and her cushion is very good.
She also finished her cathedral windows pin cushion and bought it along to show us all.
Sheila bought in a picture of the seaside. She made a hanging sleeve to go on the back.
Linda made some kaleidoscope circles. They will be backed and made into table mats.
In June our meetings will change to the second Wednesday of every month and the fourth Monday. If you would like to join us for both days or just one each month, please contact us by email using the contact page. Those who are beginners, or experienced at quilting, are very welcome.
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.
Linda was working on a gorgeous teddy panel. She backed it with a brightly coloured fleece. The fleece was in a jigsaw design.
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.
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.
We all enjoyed our third meeting together yesterday! Work in progress was the order of the day and everyone was kept very busy. Its lovely to be able to work on large tables with space to spread our work out.
Two Bow Tie blocks
Diane is making large blocks for her sampler quilt. She has sewn two Bow Tie quilt blocks, which were beautifully pieced together.
Mandy’s table runner before binding
Mandy started to bind her table runner using the dark maroon material matching her small triangles. It was super to see that she had incorporated her three kaleidoscope patches she made at our last meeting.
Whilst Janet continued to hand quilt her beautiful baby quilt.
We are a new club and still have a couple of spaces if you would like to join us for a days quilting on a Wednesday, beginners or experienced quilters are welcome. For more details look at our Braintree Quilters page.
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?
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.
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.