Monday, 28 October 2013

A Noteworthy Kaleidoscope Quilt

I love the Noteworthy line from Sweetwater - like everything they make,  it has a lovely tone to the colour scheme and the designs are cute but not too cute.  It's quite neutral too with a good mix of "boy" and "girl" colours, so when we learnt that I was pregnant and decided not to find out the gender, Noteworthy seemed perfect.

Having decided that I really liked this line and wanted to make a baby blanket,  I started to look for a pattern.  As soon as I saw the Kaleidoscope pattern in Issue 12 of Fat Quarterly,  I knew that it was perfect - nice and easy,  the perfect size and  charm pack friendly,  so that I could use the full range.

This came together quite quickly,  despite having to trim lots of HSTs. I had some help from Mum with the pressing,  but she refused to take any responsibility for cutting!

The backing is a large piece from the same line, as is the binding. Basting this at 38 weeks pregnant proved to be absolutely impossible,  so I asked Emily to do it for me,  and she managed an incredibly quick turnaround.

A quick bit of swirly quilting later with some help from Instagram people and it was pretty much done,  bar a quick label. And with the quilt finished,  it's owner could arrive - and he's been keeping us very busy ever since!

Linking up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Baby Quilt category

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The New Boss has arrived

Our household has been taken over by the arrival of our new, very beautiful little tyrant,  Master O, and that's before he's even got over the threshold!

He made a swifty exit via the sunroof in the wee small hours of Saturday morning, so we won't be home for a few days yet. Looking forward to showing you his first  ever quilt when we get home though.

PS - thanks for all the IG love :D

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A Productive September

October already, and this is shaping up to be a busy month for us! Before I get too busy with baby, here's what I did in September - it's amazing what you can do if you only have to do two day's work in a month!

First, these were the very, very delayed items from the FQR swap (which I forgot that I'd joined!) which I sent to the very patient Kelly, Tammy and Heather at the beginning of the month. In these little snap frames was a mirror from Ceri and Nikki's stall at FQR (or was it Liz's? My memory is shot!), along with a shiny 5p for good luck.

A new skill for this month was learning to make a lampshade at a lovely local shop, Love 13. It was great to see the shape emerging,  although I really don't have the patience to be as careful as is required to get a perfect results.  The fabric is Flock by Thomas Knauer - so there are birds flying in the sky! - and the crumbs inside are from the white chocolate and raspberry torte which I was scoffing...

I also made a little covered canvas for the nursery after Hubs brought me home a present which he thought I'd love - a new staple gun (he was right!)

Storage is an issue at the minute,  so I made two Divided Baskets using Noodlehead's excellent pattern. One is quite subdued in tone and is now living next to our sofa, holding the TV remote and various crafty bits, and awaiting nappy changing gear. I made a *slight* mistake whilst cutting out,  so obviously I needed to make another and get it right this time!  As you can probably tell,  this one is designed for use on the baby's changing unit, hence the woodland fabric (again!)

I also made some baskets using this tutorial - two of the biggest and one of the medium sized baskets. These will eventually hang in the nursery for all those bits and bobs that we seem to accumulate, as soon as we can decide on where they should go.

And whilst I was on a roll, I made these doorstops for the bedrooms.


Guess which room this woodland inspired door stop is for????
I also tried to keep up with other commitments whilst I can,  hence the cushion from my last post, which was picked up on Aurifil's FB page (cue geeky dance time...)

Linking up to Lily's Quilts, and realising that I should really post more often rather than saving up all these bits til the end of the month.

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