Bags, Bowls and a Cushion!

It’s been a while since I blogged as I’ve been very busy enjoying life to the full. I’ve been sewing, but can’t show my work as they’re gifts and the recipients haven’t seen them yet.

All of my Patchwork and Quilting Pals have been very busy making bags. Some of us are using them to carry equipment to club, others have made them as gifts for friends or expected grandchildren.  These bags are designed with lots of pockets on the outside and a large open interior. Angela showed us how to make them and we have all found them very useful.

As I tend to tip things up in the car I used Velcro to secure one long pocket, so I could keep my rulers protected in one place. I added a zip to the other pocket, which means my clover mini iron will also be safe. Then I decided I needed to attach extra pockets on the inside as I cart along lots of paraphernalia and wanted to try to become a bit more organised.  It has made clearing up easier, as everything has its own place and I can see what is missing.

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Angela also helped us make beautiful fabric bowls. They were a bit fiddly, but worth the effort. I have popped mine away as its in Christmas fabric and the first thing I‘ve made for this year. I always have good intentions of making one Xmas thing a month, but it never materialises

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Look at the inside of our Easter and Christmas bowls. They are all reversible so can be turned inside out revealing the reverse fabric.

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A while ago I was shopping with Farris when he spotted this ‘nee-nor’ fabric as he calls it. It was on top of a bolt of his digger fabric and he kept saying “Digger Granny, nee-nor Granny”.  Well I couldn’t resist and made him a cushion for his second birthday. How time flies!

I covered the back zip with a flap made out of black and white fabric. Its the same fabric I used on his cot quilt.

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Well I hope you all have a happy Easter. Enjoy yourselves, happy sewing!    Linda

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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

 

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.