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

 

Some finishes!

At long last I can reveal some finishes!

Loud drumroll please… I have actually finished the playmat for my grandson Farris and given it to him a few days before his first birthday. I made it, in more ways than one!

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I’ve been adventurous and tried some free motion quilting around some of the countries where I needed extra quilting to ensure the wadding doesn’t move when the mat is washed.  It was fun to free motion quilt on something a bit bigger than a mug rug.

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Then I finished my table runner for Easter. I don’t usually make things in such light colours for my dining room and it made a real change to work with some of my favourite colours.

IMG_0642When I originally put my Easter table runner on the dining room table I felt it needed something in the middle. Unlike at Christmas I didn’t want to put a candle there, so have displayed some of the clay work my daughter made many years ago.  It brings back happy memories looking at it and it’s great to have it out again.

Today at my quilting class I enjoyed sewing the bag my sister in law and brother in law gave me in kit form for Christmas. The bottom of the bag is quilted and it is finished with a turn down cuff at the top.

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We were all intrigued to see how the pattern went together as it was quite different to any we had used before. I am really pleased with it and love all the pockets inside. It seems quite sturdy to carry my things around in.

I always like presses like this where you can learn new techniques and make some thing useful.

IMG_0645Well that’s my total sewing pile for most of March and the beginning of April.  I need to go back and work on my individual quilt blocks again now.

Keep sewing and relaxing!

Linda