Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dortje Trousers

How cute are these! And you can see my EBNQRR quilt in the background. Should have ironed the trousers though...
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and they look even cuter on. Two more pairs made since.
From Sewing Clothes Kids Love.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sailing Boats

This sailing boat quilt was a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop, it came together beautifully, a relatively quick and easy pieced quilt and their kits are so generous I almost had enough left over fabric to make a second quilt!!! Certainly enough to make some cushions or something or a matching pillowcase if you felt like giving it a go.
It was made as a gift for my new nephew, born in the middle of April and has already travelled across the world to meet him even though I haven’t yet myself. I hope he enjoys rolling around on it in the coming months and years.

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Pram

Ok, this blog post was written a couple of years ago, I've no idea why it never got posted, the pram liners are still in use, although a lot less clean than they look in these pictures ;)...

We picked up a new pram a couple of weeks ago, the Baby Jogger City Select, and a very nice pram it is too.
I ‘whipped up’ some liners for it from some Alexander Henry home decor weight owl fabric I had stashed away to make a linen basket from which never happened. Just perfect. I just laid some woven interfacing in and cut it to shape to work out the pattern, it has a layer of quilt wadding in the middle and is backed with minky. Should help to keep the seats nice and clean for longer.
The blanket in the back seat is one of my very first quilting projects which featured right at the beginning of this blog and has been living in the old pram. Just need to make another one for the second seat now.
This is my favourite little guy.
I think I’m getting the hang of having two little people in my life, they are a delight playing together, and this pram is such fun because I can put them in facing each other and they keep each other amused for ages. I carried Hannah for the first 6 months but always planned to get a double pram as I knew Beth wouldn’t be quite ready to walk all the time, and now miss Hannah is getting heavier (much sooner than her sister did) so it’s nice being able to get around with both of them easily.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MMQG “Oh Beehave” Quilting Bee Quilt finished.

A fabulous collaborative “bee” by the ladies of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild, my block request was geometric shapes, squares, rectangles and triangles with a 6 inch centre block, then a brown and a scrappy border of varied width, and a scrap of the brown to be used in the centre and outer border for added interest.
The quilt has now whizzed back to the UK and is squatting at my parents place, last spotted on the back of the sofa when I spoke to my parents on skype.. My mum is planning on making some matching cushions, I think she is hoping it will stay ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

In the kitchen

This morning the girls and I whipped up a couple of aprons, and then of course we had to bake.
Not quite finished in this picture, I still need to topstitch them.
I used the free apron pattern at, but it looked so small when I printed it, I think the printer settings must have been wrong, and I wanted to add a sash at the waist so I slashed it through the middle, added the sash which ties at the back (rather than velcro which would have been a good idea but I didn’t have any to hand) and added a couple of inches to the length and a generous seam allowance all the way around.
The neck band has elastic so it stretches to go over the head easily. All the fabrics except the pink spot are Denyse Schmidt at Spotlight.  The girls didn’t take them off all day.
The scones were in June’s Good Taste magazine, you cut them out, then put a splodge of jam in the middle and fold them in half. We made them with wholemeal SR flour instead of white and they were delicious, all gone now of course.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Little Owls

I got an owl mobile kit from Craft Schmaft at last year’s Sew It Together and have been planning to put it together ever since…
Finally, it’s hanging above the change table for our newest addition…
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It’s super cute, and she loves it.
Some of the ladies at this years Sew It Together did a sock own workshop, so you might see more of these little chappies popping up in blogland. Sadly I couldn’t go this year :( but it certainly sounds like everyone who did had a wonderful time.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Handstitched Medallion Centre


I am doing the handstitched course at Stitched in Color, and this is the first week’s contribution to the class quilt. The Dogwood Blossom is reverse appliqued using a not so blind blind stitch. Next week is embroidery to fill on the white border.

I have chosen a limited palette of aquas, blues and teals with maybe a splash of orange to be added later. Loving it so far.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Luckiest Girl

See this little darling, look what she got, delivered by Kirsty when we had a bit of a sew in at the weekend (not that we actually sewed anything much). _DSC7932 _DSC7943 _DSC7952

It’s just beautiful, put together by a special group of friends, I’m kind of overwhelmed that a group of people, many of whom I have never even met, would go to all the effort of putting together such a beautiful quilt for me (well, for my lucky little girl really).

_DSC7892Big sister’s approve as well.

AJ put the quilt together and she has blogged about it here


Big thanks to AJ, Anna, Milly, Rachel, Joy, Emma, Becky, Shirley, Denni, Car and Carmel, and to Kirsty the delivery boy…

P.S. the building in the background, that’s where the July quilt expo is for anyone who’s heading this way.