Thursday, March 5, 2015

Charlotte's Quilt

It all started with the news that my husband's cousin was expecting their first baby.  As I had made his other cousins a quilt for their babies I thought it was only fair that this new baby in the family have one of my quilts.  At this stage I didn't know if it was going to be a boy or girl. I started pretty early knowing my production rate is pretty slow.

I got my pattern inspiration from Jeni Baker's Nordika Polar Vortex Quilt.  As soon as I saw the tutorial I knew it would be perfect for a unisex baby quilt.

For my fabric inspiration I had seen some gorgeous solid packs that Randi from Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics had in her shop and thought they would do the job beautifully for a non-gender specific quilt.
The backing fabric is a wonderful Art Gallery print.

The wonderful Jeannette from The Quilting Platypus quilted it for me. The batting is cotton. The quilt finishes around 54 inches square.

I am very happy to report that it was very much appreciated.  The mum-to-be preferred the back and the dad-to-be liked the patchwork front. And as the blog post title gives away they had a beautiful baby girl.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Making Bags

Last Christmas I went on a bit of a bag making spree. This wonderful pattern from Michelle's Patterns inspired me to go a bit crazy.  The Grocery Bag pattern is a wonderful way to use up large pieces of fabric and showcase those big prints.  Best of all that lovely cotton can be washed and washed and washed if they get dirty.

The other tote bag is a free pattern from The Sassy Quilter called the Sassy Summer Tote.  I made the straps longer and also lined it.

The two bags with the spot fabric have a bit of a story behind them.  I have a friend at work who is a fabulous knitter.  Earlier in the year she had given me a scarf she knitted and two yards of beautiful linen spot fabric that she knew she wouldn't use. I wanted to make her something in return using the fabrics she had given me but I couldn't come up with a plan.  Its amazing what a impending deadline (she was going on leave for 3 months) can do for getting your butt into gear.  All of a sudden it came to me what to make. She loved her bags and was thrilled to have something made especially for her with fabrics she loved. I was very happy that she was pleased with what I had made her.  It can sometimes be daunting trying to guess what someone will like.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Table Runners

It seems when you don't blog for a while but still keep sewing you get fodder for your blog.  I am slowly trying to catch up on documenting things I have made.

Next up are two table runners I made for Christmas gifts last year.  I used a wonderful pattern from Sherri of A Quilting Life.

One is made from the Tapestry fabric range by Fig Tree and the other is made from the Scrumptious fabric range by Bonnie and Camille. I only bought the 2 1/2 inch square pre-cuts.  All other fabrics were from my stash.

I hadn't quilted in some time and it seems not all spray baste products are made equal.  How annoying is it when they just stop spraying even after ensuring the noozle is cleared after each use. Wasteful.  Thank goodness for safety pins.

Christmas gift production has sort of started but I feel a bit unsettled what I am going to make.  I think I know but I just need to knuckle down and make a sample or two so some decisions can be made. I am kind of annoying myself that I am being somewhat indecisive and quite a few things need to ready a couple of weeks before the big day. Please send some decisiveness my way.