And on a more cheerful note, squee! Finished things! (That are gifts, as it happens.)
Reversible table runner
We have here a table runner for my aunt and uncle; they came down for a quick visit the other weekend and I managed to finally get some binding on it and give it to them.
Below are the quilts for my cousin’s little boy and girl, which I’ve had in various states of almost finished for ages. Finally I went on a binding spree and did them both when I had a quiet moment home alone. And the next time I take it into my head to edge a quilt with black fabric, bind it with more black fabric and hand-finish the binding with black thread, I would like to have some sense slapped into me, please! It’s basically impossible to do in anything other than natural light, and even then it’s a challenge. but it’s DONE!!!
These have all been finished for a few weeks now, but I had to wait for a dry, calm, sunny day to take them out and photograph them (not to mention needing to brush all the wadding lint off the Coin Stack, which I only managed today). At this time of year, in this part of Wales, such things are hard to come by! I’m so glad to have these done and I have a follow-up quilt laid out on the floor now for a little brother or sister (due at the start of April). It’s a straightforward Plus quilt so it should be quite quick to assemble – just a bunch of 5″ squares.
(I’ve filled in the gaps and shifted one or two things around, but that’s the gist of it.) With any luck, I might manage to have it done by the time baby #3 appears and be able to give all three kids their quilts at the same time.
Linking up with TGIFF for the first time! 🙂
Doing that WIP Wednesday Thing again! Does twice count as a habit?
I’ve been muddling along with quite a few different projects recently. Why is finishing things so hard? But actually, I am beginning to feel more on top of my current projects. Woo!
Continue reading A Billion WIPs
I’ve managed to get very little done recently. Partly because I’ve had nowhere to set up a sewing machine and partly because all my sewing machines seem to be in various stages of death. Mum’s Huskystar, which has been my principle machine for at least a year, got caught in a plumbing leak we had and was found sitting in a puddle of water. I took it to my trusty sewing machine repair man and he worked minor miracles to clean out the rust and get it working again (fortunately it’s a purely mechanical machine), but when I came to use it at Quilt Club I found that the tension seemed to be all over the place, it was not sounding completely right, and then a screw fell out while I was doing a bit of free-motion quilting on the border. Ack. And Toby’s quilt is now partially quilted but I think I’m going to have to rip it all out and start again because the back is a nightmare of loops. I’m going to take it back to Mr Knight to see if anything can be done to salvage it (again!). But that’s ok, I thought – I have my cheap-ass AEG machine that I bought in Germany! It’s been serviced and sorted after I accidentally nadgered it, let’s see how that works out. It won’t FMQ (can’t drop the feed dogs), but maybe I can make a start on piecing Jess’s quilt!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #24 – Frus. Tra. Tion.
As well as the quilts I made for Nia and Chloe, I also decided to make quilts as Christmas presents for another cousin’s little boy and girl (I have a lot of cousins…). Thanks to a bumper pack of charm squares from the Cotton Patch, I already have Toby’s quilt top pieced, it just needs quilting. Continue reading Creative Oozings #23 – More Baby Quilts
So it’s been a while, but I haven’t been completely idle! I’ve been away and then busy with work, but I have squeezed a few crafty things in here and there. Below is the little coin stack top I made:
I bought a big budget pack of charm squares and some marble charm squares and made this up quite quickly (for me!) It was originally going to be a quillow, but in the end I decided that it was fine as a regular quilt. I’m annoyed that my “coins” don’t line up exactly, but it’s quite fun anyway. I have some red starry fleece to back it with, I just need to get on and baste and quilt it. It’s a good size for a baby quilt at ~ 36″ by 48″, and people keep having babies at me at the moment so it seems a good idea to make up some appropriate quilts! I don’t really hold with gender stereotyping of colours, but this does feel more like a boy’s quilt than a girl’s quilt. Mind you, depends on the child!
Continue reading Creative Oozings #15 – Coin Stack, Heart Attack and Retail Therapy