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One happy baby quilt

It's finished and given to my friend, who's second baby is due any day now…

After much deliberation, I bound it with a strong teal Moda Solids colour, picking out the shade from the yellow floral triangles. The half square triangles are randomly arranged, but every so often I allowed two of the same fabric to meet, forming a longer hit of the pattern.

As you can see, my stippling FM quilting is getting better (just as well as the Wedding Quilt will really push me – talking of which, I've finished the top!)

I've been toying with how to label my quilts for some time, ever since I missed out on the London MQG trip to Lu Summer's studio where they screen-printed their own lables (me green? not much!). So as a stop gap, until I design something I am happy with, I found these cutsey labels on a recent trip to Dorking. Iron-on - easy peasy.

As mentioned in a previous post, the backing was donated by the recipent of this quilt (an old duvet cover), and she loved that I'd 'upcycled' it to use for her baby's quilt. And so, on to the next (friends over the road have just had their first baby, and having been to 'baby workship' today, sans gift, I really must get cracking!).


Brotherly love (and fluff)

Tonight, I got myself kitted out… 

Hardly the prettiest things in the world!

With a deadline of Friday fast approaching (why do I always leave things to the last minute), I really needed to crack on with my HST Baby Quilt.

Perhaps I shouldn't have worn an 'I'm going to attract every thread and piece of fluff' black dress for the occasion, as when I called time for tonight (about half way through), I looked down and saw the state of my frock…

Loving the colour-matched gloves-to-cardi combo! Anyway, back to the job in hand. I'm using a stippling pattern on my little Brother sewing machine, which I've had for 12+ years. It's fair to say that we've had a bit of a love-hate relationship – I don't thing it's forgiven me for trying to sew a badge on to a policeman friend's bullet-proof vest, after which, I had to take it to be the sewing-machine fixer. Currently though, we seem to be getting on ok, and tonight, I made good progress. Tomorrow I must finish quilting, then bind on Wednesday – deadline, schmedline I say!


Half star triangles baby quilt

It's another wet day (at least it was dry for the Queen's concert yesterday, although her river pagent ended up a little soggy). So having got the lawn mower out of the shef only to get rained on straightaway, I decided to spoil myself with an hour or two sewing.

My friend is having baby number 2 mid July, and as I made something for baby number 1 (a white crochet shawl… well I say I made, my Mam did really, as crochet and I aren't quite made for each other, even though I come from a family of crochet-ers), I need to get cracking with a quilt

When in Wales recently, I cut out a stack of HSTs using yellows, duck eggs and white, using the following from my stash. 

The top fan fabric and the cute yellow gingham came from Tricolette, while the middle floral, was one I bought on our recent Copenhagen trip.

And so the square cutting marathon began. I decided to cut three-and-a-half inch squares, allowing quarter of an inch seam allowance. The quilt will be 8HSTs across by 10 HSTs down, so I needed to cut 80 squares.

Emma gave me an old duvet cover from Cologne & Cotton to cut up for patchwork, which is in the duck egg colourway. I thought I would use that for the backing - the perfect welcome for her new baby. I'm not sure on the binding yet - maybe white or perhaps that stronger teal shade from the floral fabric.

So with three rows completed, I've had the luxury of leaving all set up for tomorrow as I'm off all week! Here's to lots more quilting time… I'm also hoping to pop into John Lewis on Oxford Street as our LMQG Modern Quilting Minis go on display mid week – how exciting!