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memory quilt with silk ties

April 3, 2014

I started photographing the quilt but then I was admiring the magnolia tree so much and the birth of Spring in my garden, I got distracted.

This is one of the scariest quilts I’ve made.  Not frightening itself, but the process definitely was.  It’s a comissioned quilt for a lady, made from her deceased father’s silk ties, shirts and her mother’s apron and tablecloth.  The pressure of making a quilt for someone else, I find slightly stressful anyway (what if she doesn’t like it!?), but add to that making the quilt from silk and meaningful material (which I can’t get more of)… scary!



Thankfully I found this excellent blog post about preparing silk ties for quilts, by Mamaka Mills.  I nervously chucked the ties into the wash and voila, they were clean and still perfect.  I even put the finished quilt into the wash (40 C) and dryer (light heat with frequent checks) and I’m glad I did because the dryer really finished off the lovely quilted look.  So it can be done… but I definitely wouldn’t do it often if I want to preserve it.


The front is made entirely from a white tablecloth, blue apron, two silk ties and two men’s shirts.  For the back I chose Liberty Tana Dawn Meadow because the colours were so complimentary and since it’s for a grandmother to use–  I liked the traditional and beautiful style of Liberty.  Binding in the same Liberty.


It’s 4′ x 3′, perfect for a couch lap quilt to keep warm reading a book. 


Hope she likes it…

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one Easter dress

April 1, 2014
 
Orla has an Easter dress.  Bailey will soon as well made from the same pink fabric shown here.  I love these colours, they just scream out “Easter” to me!  I still need to finish the hem but I’m really happy with this dress… it’s the same pattern I used for Orla’s Christmas dress (which was huge on her 4 months ago).  

I’ve been inspired again by The Great British Sewing Bee and I want to crank these little dresses out all day long! If only….

The pink pocket fabric is “Little Azalea” by Dena Designs (Bailey selected it for her Easter dress) and the mustard fabric is “Modern Folklore” by makower uk.  

One more little springy Easter dress to go…

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triangle QAL week 1

March 27, 2014
I am excited to start this triangle QAL, hosted by http://www.sassyquilter.com.  I’ve chosen my fabrics as shown here and will hopefully be able to keep up with the weekly progress.  I love these colours and I’m proud to say I selected them from different fabric packs and designers!  I usually play it safe and just buy a fabric pack made to go together, but this selection mixes 6 different fabric packs.  Yeah me!  I hope I can name them all– they were partially gifts from my last birthday (thank you Luckhurst family!)
  • “Petite Street” by Wendy Kendall
  • “Sew Stitchy” by Aneela Hoey (to whom I credit my quilting addiction!)
  • STOF “Pure Style”
  • “Nordika” by Jeni Baker
  • Me and My Sister designs (left over from bunting I made my nieces two years ago) 
  • Joel Dewberry “Modern Meadow”
I’m currently rushing to finish another commissioned quilt (getting there!!) so that definitely takes priority right now.

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baby boy London quilt

February 24, 2014

My best friend from childhood had her second baby boy in September.  I finally got round to finishing little Henry’s baby quilt in November to give it to him when I met him for the first time.  It’s a sweet little quilt and simple design. 

 The fabric is Makower UK and then supplemented with Kona solids.

 
I was horribly disappointed to see the fabric bled when I washed it.  You can see the red in the image above caused the surrounding white to go a bit pink. This has never happened before and I would never expect it to with quilting fabric. I know some people prewash, but I’ve never had a problem and I’ve made a lot of quilts. I was embarrased for this to happen on a gift. It’s one of a handful of the quilts I’ve made as a gift and I just can’t believe I’ve had to hand it over like this. I guess it adds to the ‘homemade’ appeal, but I still am so embarrassed. Not what I would expect.  
 
Luckily, I don’t think Henry will mind.  Welcome to the world, beautiful little man.
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soul blossoms quilt

October 8, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

I love this quilt.  It’s the first commissioned quilt I’ve made and it’s a biggie– 2 meter squared.  The Soul Blossom fabric from Amy Butler is so dreamy, it makes me happy. 
I used my last day off before work to make the whole top (8-10 hours) having pre-cut the pieces already.  Then after going back to work I struggled to find the time but finally finished it off last week.
I quilted with straight lines randomly spaced and I used my lovely new Bernina (!!).  Complete with walking foot (never used it before) and the guide to space lines evenly– what a godsend!  This was my first whole project with the new Aurifil thread and I’m not disappointed.  I can’t wait for the next project and to eventually get into hand quilting with Aurifil. 
This quilt was a gift for a friend to give to her daughter as a house-warming.  She wanted to include some meaningful words and messages so I got them printed on Etsy onto lovely fabric labels and then framed the blocks on the back in them. She had 13 different phrases/words which worked really nicely.  She also wanted to include some owls, so there is a random strip on the back of Hooty Hoot by Riley Blake.
The best part was finishing the binding– as Autumn is on its way, I got cozy on the couch and worked on the binding for three nights, happily draped in meters of Soul Blossom.  So I know it’s a great couch quilt and will bring lots of warmth to Sophie and Sean.

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August 6, 2013

I made a trip to the nearest quality fabric shop last week and look at my fun purchases!  I absolutely adore the sheep.  I never heard of Stof fabrics until now– I love their stuff!  These sheep have to be on my top 5 fabric list of all time.  Possibly even number 1!  I am going to feature them in, what will be, my best quilt ever which hopefully I can start in the next few months.  I have big hexagon plans for these little lovable lambies.  Honestly, have you ever seen more adorable fabric!?
 
 
After my “lesson” at the retreat on fabric pairing taught by the lovely Kerry from verykerryberry (that’s me in her class at the retreat… studying the fabrics intensely), I decided to bravely choose some complimentary choices for my little sheep.  I have more fabric to buy for the quilt I’m planning, but these few half-meters are a great start.  (It’s a bit scary matching fabric!!  I’m not very good at it yet)
 
 
I also love the sweet pink fabric of little items and their descriptions.  So sweet!  I can see some fussy cutting coming up.

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Picnic quilt

July 29, 2013

This is such an ugly quilt. I’m not sure what I was thinking. I bought the prints from Kaffe Fasset Westminster Rowan Fabrics because the boldness would go well in our lounge. But then I let the jelly roll gather dust until last year when I paired it with Kona solids jelly roll leftovers. And this ugly quilt is the result.
I do love the back, but as Simon pointed out, it’s basically a solid piece of fabric.  I didn’t hate it to start and I even hand pieced it. But by the end (after it had a good 9 months in the work-in-progress queue) I hated it, so I did the minimum with quickly machine quilting in the ditch between rows. 
I just hate it. I’ll use it for picnics and hope that grass stains and food spills may improve it over time. Maybe sun bleaching will help.
Anyone else made a quilt they hate?
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smock pinafore dress

July 3, 2013

 
This dress came from a pattern I bought a year or two ago.  I love how sweet and flirty this smock is with the full skirt.  It’s not a true dress because it opens at the back and therefore it is in the least expensive bracket of just £16 ($25). 
 

The bow at the back is discrete and pretty.  It’s best worn with a top and leggings.  Bailey adore this dress because of the fullness of the skirt– she loves “poofy dresses” right now.

 
 
 
The bodice is lined but not the bottom.  This is the only dress that isn’t fully lined.  This beautiful dainty fabric is upcycled from vintage sheets!  But I have many other versions of this dress in other prints.  So far I only have this in size 2-3 years, but as it’s a tie-back, it’s very easily worn until 4 years I think.

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Sophie’s quilt

June 30, 2013
Baby quilts are so fun to make and this was especially fun because of the little girl’s name.  Little Sophie came into this world in March this year, right around the time I was working with “Sophie” fabric from Chez Moi for Moda.  Perfect match!

 

Big and small circles with fmq stippling quilting, all machine sewn.  Everything from the Sophie range (except the plain white).  

My favourite part is the inclusion of Sophie’s name in print from the fabric selvages.  On the front she has her name just once…

 

… and on the back, dividing the large white block, she has her name multiple times.

 

I love selvages anyway and always cut mine from fabric to work with later, but to be able to include them for a special reason like this is awesome.  What a beautiful name and luckily some beautiful fabric to pair with it!  

Welcome to the world, Sophie!!
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