Leopard Print Baby Bag

I made one of these bags for myself as a quilter’s carry all, and my friend wanted one for her baby-to-be.  She likes leopard print and wanted plush fabric inside – which I found, also leopard print shower curtain to line the outside pockets in case the baby bottles leak.


Large Triangle Quilt

So named because some of the triangles are larger than others, and because it is a large quilt – 56” X 72”

This started as a ‘use up the leftovers’ from my last triangle quilt; I saw this pattern in a quilt magazine (from quiltylove.com) and thought I would extend my triangle knowledge.  So I started, but part way through cutting approximately 200 triangles of the 2 sizes it became obvious I didn’t  have enough material.  I wanted to keep to the same sort – a mixture of brushed cotton and wool – and the colour scheme – predominantly brown and grey.  I sourced some off Ebay and continued.  Then I Still didn’t have enough so sourced some more off Ebay.  Naturally I ordered more than I needed!.  So then I needed some backing and had decided I wanted to use fleece – avoiding the need for wadding – and wanted light grey to fit with the colour scheme.  Yes I sourced some off Ebay!.  And yes, I ordered way more than I needed!.

I just managed to get in through my sewing machine to quilt – each side of the triangle lines. 

The colour scheme fits my kind neighbour’s house and it has now gone to it’s new home.

Summer Rucksack

This saga started with a gift from my cousin of the butterfly braid – so pretty.  I wanted to put it on something where it would be a real feature.  I had the white broderie anglais material from a bolster cushion that I dismantled and the other was left over from a valance I made for a friend.  Eventually I found a pattern at my sewing group for a backpack – which I thought would do well for summer (what’s that?) walks.

Of course I wanted to change the pattern:  the flaps for the cord replaced studs (at the advice of a friend), and I wanted a closure flap.  This meant changing how the opening was closed and the carrying cord now needed another flap.  Then there was my first venture into toggles.

I am so relieved it’s finished; now waiting for some summer to use it.



Pink Plush Bunny for a Baby

I fell for this pattern in a quilting magazine, and fortunately a friend of mine is have a baby girl this year.  So I got to make it.  The bunny ears are supposed to stand up, but I forgot the interfacing!  It was my first experience with sewing plush fabric – not my favourite; it moves when being pinned, and is impossible to undo stitches!

Christmas Knitted Wreath

Not quite finished for the start of 12 days of Christmas, but there’s still a few days left to enjoy it – although it was hung up unfinished.    This is one of Sue Stratford’s creations (https://www.suestratford.co.uk/), and is supposed to have 12 mini knitted ‘additions’.  Maybe it will for next year.



Christmas Decorations

I spent quite a lot of the summer making these variety of Christmas Decorations for hanging on the tree, now delivered and hanging (I hope).   I know some of these are not traditional Christmas themes, but I liked them.  I made many more stuffed Christmas these hangings but didn’t photograph them.


Apple Core Quilt

Finally a shape that is NOT square or rectangular!  I saw the Apple Core pattern in a magazine and my sewing tutor had a die so I thought I’d have a go.  The Cores are much smaller than the magazine pattern – approximately 6” by 7”.  I’m glad I ran out of fabric and couldn’t make the centre any bigger – approximately 35.5” by 27.5”.  While sewing the individual Apple Cores together was not ‘difficult’ is was time consuming – needing a lot of pins.

I have been on a ‘sewing curves’ course and used the tips – shorten your sewing stitch length, use lots of pins and sew slowly. Sewing the rows together needed lots and lots of pins (a whole box for each row) and took a while.  I appliqued the centre onto the side sashing to bring the finished quilt up to 39” by 42.5” and avoid needing bias cut binding.  Quilted each side of the curved seams – not very accurately in places!

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