Monday, 26 January 2015

WIP and woodwork



The Boy is enjoying a bit of woodwork at the moment and needed ideas for what to make, so I suggested a shelf for my cotton reels not really expecting it to materialise.
Yesterday after a while in the shed, he came in with this. It's fab and I love it!
I am already planning the next shelf request.

I haven't had a lot of sewing time this week but have added a fair few rows to the Cosy blanket.

I have managed to cut out and sew together another baby quilt top too. This one is going to be bright and based on this elephant fabric, from Fabric rehab.




The request (from the Girl!) was for some bunting for big sister too.
I can't resist a bit of bunting making as it is quick and easy and very satisfying. I really don't need any more myself so it's nice to have an excuse to make some as a present for someone else. The quilt fabrics were just perfect.



More soon.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Plus Annabel


 
The plus quilt for Baby Annabel is now finished and soon to be wrapped and on it's way.
As I said, the fabric is a mixture of new and old with a fair few recycled shirts in there.
The quilt is backed with pale blue flannelette.



 
The edge is bound with bias strips cut from a stripy shirt.
 

 
And we even have some sunshine here today to get a picture but it's a bit parky to be out for long!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Cosy evenings by the fire

Sometimes life gets in the way of sewing a bit but I am hopefully back on track now and I have a lot of ideas buzzing around waiting to be made.

I have been looking at various 'cross' quilts for a while now, so when our friends had a baby before Christmas it was a perfect excuse to have a go at a quilt, to follow on from the cross cushion I made in the summer.
 I particularly like some of the quilts made by Ashley from Film in the Fridge. Her colour combinations are just lovely and she has made a number of 'plus quilts' both as smaller baby quilts and larger ones. Just feast your eyes on these beauties!

I set to work with just a fat quarter of elephants (not sure of the designer sorry!), a few bits from my stash and a bunch of recycled shirts, and this was the result..



I cut a stack of four and a half inch squares and just laid them out until I found a pattern I liked before sewing them up in rows. Easy peasy, just how I like it!
The quilting is also very simple straight lines forming tram lines on either side of each seam.
I just have the binding to do now.

Also keeping me going since Christmas has been my beautiful basket of Cosy Colours designed by Lucy from Attic 24..



The colours are simply scrumptious!
I am following her Cosy Stripe Blanket to the letter found here.



It is a brilliant design for tucking into on these cold evenings in front of the TV.
Long straight rows of double crochet that come together fairly quickly and allow for concentrating on the plot of silent witness at the same time!!



And the colours are so bright and cheerful.
I love it.