Thursday, 13 March 2014

Patchwork and Quilting Classes

Some exciting news! I'm going to be taking some evening classes in patchwork and quilting at the wonderful Kitschnbake cafe. The class is suitable for complete beginners, all you need is your own sewing machine and to be able to see a straight line with it, as easy as that. We will start by making some simple quilt blocks then move onto individual projects which can be pieced, basted, quilted and bound into lovely handmade masterpieces! If you are interested just get in touch. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

A Quilt For Joshua

My gorgeous little nephew Joshua arrived in January and I wanted to make him something special he could keep for years to come but I also wanted to make him something he could actually use. It was always going to be a quilt but I wasn't sure what colour scheme to go for - a nice mix of fabrics in paler shades or to go completely bold with it?!? 

I used a lot of my wonderful Maze and Vale fabrics by Leslie (who couldn't love them right?) and I mixed them with some new pieces I picked up on an Instagram de-stash sale. I tried to add lots of little details like these tabs, perfect for little hands to play with, the monkey pictured below has nice crunchy ears too, he should have had a squeaker in his belly but I forgot to put it in! This all meant the quilt could be laid on the floor and used as a play-mat too.  

I hand embroidered his name above the monkey and of course finished off the dungarees with a J. I must admit I really loved this quilt and was quite proud to hand it over to wee Joshua. I hope he will love it for years to come. 

I actually forgot to take photographs of the finished article for the blog so these are just some of my work in progress ones taken a while ago. 

And how cute is the wee man himself lying there on his quilt looking quite content. Proud Auntie alert!

Another Apology!

So it seems that I have yet again neglected the blog. It's not that I haven't done anything, but these days with limited time I tend to post photographs of what I'm up to on Instagram or Facebook and then am too flipping lazy to write a blog post about it too! I've also been without my camera for a few months now  and am a bit loathed to just keep posting lots of poorer quality photos from my phone on here, however that's what you are gonna get just now and until I get my camera back!

Here's a little picture of Sam in his quilt to brighten up this post for you and keep it vaguely interesting. Must try harder......