A long time….

Its been a long time since I last blogged.  I’ve been sew….. busy making pressies for folk and testing a handbag pattern!

I can now show you my latest creations…

The cushions are very bright as Kate asked for these colours. I used my Sizzix applecore die to cut this one out.

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I was lucky to be able to test a pattern for the Lombard Street Bag  for Chris of chriswdesigns.com.

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This was great fun and I can recommend her patterns. Here are some pictures of my bag which featured on her website.  The bag has multiple pockets on the outside, and a great iPad pouch on the back, just right for travelling with.

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It has a zip closure to keep all my bits secure.

Well that’s all for today, I’ll continue with my quilting and hope to finish my latest quilt quite soon.

Have a good day!  Linda

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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.

 

 

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!