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Elephants baby quilt

Another one on the go, this time for my friend in work, who's baby is due early January.

I fell for this cute elephant print called Bungle Jungle by Tim and Beck for Moda at Ray Stitch recently and decided to follow Julie of Jaybird Quilts' pattern in her new book, Skip the Borders, which I treated myself to along with Angela walter's new quilting book..

Rather than cut these lovely characters up into 8in x 3.5in bricks, I decided to use plains and smaller prints for these, and keep as big a width of elephant print as possible.

Here's my stash, all ready to go…

And here we are several cuts later (I popped Downton Abbey on and cut these out infront of the TV - bliss!)

With The Husband working today, I plan to at least sew the bricks into neat rows - I think this is going to look very cute indeed.


Traffic Jam Quilt for Jack

Somehow I did it! After a BUSY week in work, I finished my Traffic Jam Quilt just in time for baby Jack's christening on Sunday.

I was tempted to quilt a different pattern, but when time is tight, as this was, I decided to stick to what I know. I stippled all over, and I have to say I'm getting better. I'm also going to order Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walter and practice some alternative FM techniques. 

Here's the quilt finished. The colours are really fun and bright – I'm so pleased I raided my stash for the orange pinstripe backing and the herringbone binding, although as I was still hand-stitching this down at 11pm on Saturday evening, a plain might have been easier to focus on!

Jack's mummy and daddy loved the quilt and it was a lovely christening. Of course, having created a new WIP and finished it in the space of a week, I still won't have anything for the next show and tell of the LMQG…


A quilt in a day (well nearly)

It's a sunny Saturday today, and with the Husband having to work at the last minute, it was all systems go for me too. We've been invited to Baby-Jack-across-the-road's christening next weekend. Now I failed on making him a quilt for his arrival back in July so I decided that, if I chose something easy, I could make him a cot quilt.

So, still in my dressing gown, I raided my stash this morning and plumped for Caleb Gray's On the Road for Robert Kaufman in lime green, which I bought some time back from Clothkits. I then pulled out plains in duck egg, teal, yellow and orange, adding in white to keep things crisp.

When it came to size, I was limited by the number of sqaures I could cut from my hero fabric, so The On the Road squares are 8in, with the plain borders 2 1/4in. I made five with coloured borders and four with white. The gingham is Darla TW18 Green by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit and I decided to use this for the sashing. When it came to backing fabric, I used Punctuation by Sandy Klop for Moda, which I'd bought for the Baby Flags Quilt (yes I know, that means I'll have to go shopping to finish this for October's LMQG challenge!!). To make the quilt top less square, I added a strip top and bottom of an orange houndstooth, which I picked up at Tricolett, which has unfortunately closed down.

Anyway, with the top done (will show tomorrow), and the sandwich pinned and ready for quilting, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. Still a deadline of next Sunday means I'll have to keep the momentum going. I've named this cute quilt'Traffic Jam', as you can just imaging the cars, vans, lorries and buses all honking and tooting away as they go about their daily business.


LMQG & Liberty's new quilting fabrics

I'm sooo glad I made it to our September meeting of the LMQG, even though a lie-in after our trip to the Paralympics was tempting. We met at Liberty in London, to see how their new quilting collection, Bloomsbury Gardens, part of their Lifestyle Fabrics, made it from sketch to fabric bolt. It was amazing… seeing how designer Sholto Drumlanrig works (and what a dream job, with 100s, even 1000s of Liberty fabrics lurking in archives, waiting to inspire, be recoloured and rescaled to such glorious effect).

There are five different colour palettes and eleven prints to choose from. The collection was launched at the International Quilt Market in Kansas in May, but you can see the whole range here. Annie, over at The Village Haberdashery has gone for Colourway C to stock, with a fab fat quarter bundle available (something which Liberty would do well to stock, as they tend to only sell per m off the bolt, and I wanted a little taster of rather than a 1m length of one).

Anyway, back to our happy group. Here we are hanging on Sholto's every word (he even gave us a sneak preview of the next collection, due out early 2013, but mum's the word).

Can't wait to see how the collection is used over the coming months. Talking of challenges, next month's is to finish a WIP, so that we can hit 2013 with one quiling project less… mmmm what to go for: do I finish the Post-it Note Quilt or the Flag Baby Quilt? Will keep you posted


They loved it!

Emma and Matthew loved the quilt! It was such a beautiful wedding day, and they were so thrilled with my handiwork – Emma kept thanking the Husband, which made me think of his contribution. He kept me fed and watered while I hunched over my machine and made sure there was petrol in the car for the many trips to fabric shops needed over the last few months… sometimes it's these little things that make for a great team.