Monday, 29 September 2014

WIP - baby quilt update

Just a quick post to update you on the progress of the baby quilt.
I haven't quite finished the quilting yet and the binding that I had intended to use isn't quite long enough so I need to get some more or make some.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

I hate alterations!
Sometimes they can't be avoided though.
 I made a red linen dress some time ago now
and used the same combined pattern that I used for this dress.
The two patterns are from the Japanese pattern book "Stylish Dress Book" by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
 I combined the pattern pieces for dress I and dress S, because I wanted the V neck and sleeveless top with and ungathered skirt.
Unfortunately, whatever I did the second time was slightly different
and the dress never felt quite right.
 It was just too tight across the top and it sat in the cupboard.
The black one has been worn a lot this summer and I love it, so I decided that it was time to grasp the nettle and UNPICK the red bodice.
I managed to get another half meter of the linen and set to work.

I think it took twice as long as making the dress in the first place but it worked.

So now I can enjoy the last of this lovely warm weather in a red dress as well as the black one.

And also I can move on to the dark grey needle cord and royal blue linen that I bought yesterday without feeling guilty!

And this is what you get when you ask a thirteen year old boy to please include your feet on the photo of the dress!!!!

Sunday, 21 September 2014


A few years ago I made a baby quilt for someone
who has now asked me to make one for her to give to a friend.
I love making baby quilts because they are usually quite small quilts but fun to do.

I am making it very similar to the original quilt which was my own design but using some animal templates from another quilt pattern I bought a long time ago, by The Chook Shed.
I have based it on four nursery rhymes.
I'll show you some more as it comes together. 

I'm also still experimenting with crochet flowers and will update you on that this week.
I haven't had so much crochet time sitting by the side of sports pitches this week
 as the boy has broken his leg!