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.

 

 

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Braintree Quilters

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.

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 She also finished her cathedral windows pin cushion and bought it along to show us all.

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Sheila bought in a picture of the seaside.  She made a hanging sleeve to go on the back.

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Linda made some kaleidoscope circles. They will be backed and made into table mats.

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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.

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!

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.

Braintree Quilters

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.