Wednesday, 31 March 2010

My first baby quilt

I just wanted to share my first baby quilt, and a great opportunity to get to grips with circles! Making a smaller quilt was very rewarding because it seemed to grow so fast!!

This quilt is for a little (boy) bundle of joy due to my friend Danielle in May (her first baby as well as my first baby quilt!!!). I am afraid that the weather is a bit dull outside which affects the picture quality.

I chose a layer cake with some charming childish patterns including animals like turtles, owls and snails. I used blues for a boy, and yellows and oranges to keep it cheerful.

I quilted straight lines 1/2 inch away from the seams and shadowing the circles. I have to say that I am impressed with the results. Each time I do a quilt I can see that I am improving which is a great start.

I chose a spotty fabric for the back because I think this will hide a multitude of sins once this starts getting used. But to avoid it getting boring I added a couple of the leftover circles for a bit of interest.

All I need now is to make a label and then wait patiently for the little bundle to arrive so I can deliver his gift! I need some more friends to breed so I can make another one!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Another button...

Yet another blog gap has occurred because I have been a busy little bee with my day job and my studies. But those long lonely nights alone in hotels has given me a chance o get some more beaded buttons completed for my collection.

This one is based on the Aztec god in the centre of the Aztec Calendar (often called Tlaloc). He is beaded with size 11 seed and delica beads in a metal button blank.

I will be teaching another Beaded Buttons course at Art & Stitch on Saturday 12th June in Peterborough and it will cover the techniques used in this button.
If you are interested in coming along, contact Art & Stitch in Peterborough and see you there!!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Another completed project!

Well I really am on fire so far this year!!! Yet another project done and dusted. This one is the pink girly quilt for the 3rd birthday of my niece Kiah.

The photo that I took whilst basting it was a bit yellow, but this one is truer to the real colours. I am very pleased with it and I think Kiah will love it.

Because I want her to use this quilt a lot - to wrap herself up in and to sit on as well as to have on her bed, I chose a fleece for the backing. And what a fleece!!! The colours and the design are perfect for my brother's little princess!

I chose to quilt simple straight lines in the end, because I want the result to be soft and pliable so I have gone 1/4 inch either side of the border pieced seams. You can see it better on the following picture.

I went with this lovely pink thread on the front and back and steered clear of the variegated threads I usually prefer. The reason for this was that I had been warned that fleece backings - especially ones as stretchy as this one - can cause your tension to go kooky and I didn't want the back thread showing through as spots. As it turned out, the fleece wasn't too difficult to handle but I am glad that I took that route anyway.

The only thing left is to make a label - and then it is done. and ready to go to it's new home in April. I just have to think of something appropriate to say because I hope Kiah will look back on this gift in years to come.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

update on Kiah's quilt

A few weeks ago I posted about the quilt that I am making for the 3rd birthday of my niece Kiah. She is a little orl - so pink is the thing!!!

Well here it is stretched out on the livingroom floor awaiting basting. Appologies for the colour but the light was terrible but I really needed to get it done!

I went to Art & Stitch yesterday to choose some delicate pink thread to quilt it. I still have to decide what pattern to use - because I want it to stay fairly flexible.

I hope to have it finished by the weekend as I have coursework due imminently and daytime work is hugely busy. Well... maybe by next weekend? Fingers crossed!!!