Thursday, 31 July 2014

Works in Progress: Searching for hope...

Works in Progress: Searching for hope...

Read this blog post and wanted to pass it on. A beautiful ray of hope portrayed in this beautiful sunshine yellow Spiderweb Quilt.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Little patchwork bags for little girls

This afternoon I finished the second of two patchwork tote bags I promised to make for my granddaughter to give as party gifts to her little friends.

As both 4 year olds have short names I was able to applique them onto the front of their bag.

I always have a stash of 2.5" squares, fusible webbing and suitable pieces of fabric for linings and handles so everything was to hand to make the bags.

Here they are:

Little granddaughter was very pleased with them.  Nice and colourful and just right to hold a 4 year old's treasures.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Sewing with my daughter

Over the past few weeks I have had a few great sessions sewing with my daughter.
She has always enjoyed seeing the quilts, cushion and bags I have made but doesn't sew herself.  I was thrilled when she suddenly asked if we could make two cushions together as a "Thank you" gift to the Nursery where our little granddaughter has been a pupil for the past 18 months.  She will be going to "Big School" in September so my daughter wanted to mark that end of an era with a gift the future children at the Nursery could enjoy and came up with the idea of cushions that could be used in the Home Corner or the Reading Corner.

Caroline looked through my stash of fabrics and we came up with two ideas.
One featured a panel I had, a cute Daddy Bunny pushing his babies in a wheelbarrow. This became the centre of a log-cabin design.

Daddy Bunny cushion:

Then we made an Owl cushion based on a lovely Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie fabric
A piece of this became the centre of the design and we framed it with two borders.

And here they are, side by side:

Caroline handed them in to the Nursery staff on Monday and they were thrilled.  Our granddaughter was also delighted, especially with the idea that Mummy and Granny had made them.
Granny was also delighted that Caroline not only suggested the idea but that we did them together.  I even overcame my fear of putting in zips and added zips to the bottom of each cushion as I am sure they will have lots of washes!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Soy Amado Blocks catch up

June rushed past in a blur!  I was busy doing so many things that are not quilt-related but I did finish the last of 6 Soy Amado blocks I was making for Alison's project.

A couple of weeks ago I posted them to her.

Here they are:

I was very pleased with them all, nice and bright, which will hopefully add a cheerful note to a Mexican child's bed.

I was thrilled when I looked at Alison's blog yesterday (Little Island Quilts) and discovered she had sewn all 6 blocks into her quilt Soy Amado 47 which you can see on her blog and also on her Flickr page.  My four Star blocks have made the corners of the quilt and the other two appear in it too.

I have so enjoyed making the blocks and am full of admiration for all Alison's hard work in assembling all those random gifted blocks into marvellous quilts for such a worthy cause.

Hope to write another post soon to show other projects I have completed.  However, it is Wimbledon! And tennis takes priority at this time of the year!