Wednesday 26 March 2014

One baby quilt ready to go!

The first of my two baby quilts is now quilted as well as bound. 

I quilted diagonally both ways using the trusted wavy stitch, so much easier than a straight line as small mistakes are much less visible. 

The binding is from Robert Kaufman's Dr. Seuss line, so versatile for baby or kids quilts. 

One more Camelot block has been finished too, this is number 14

and here they are all together. Only two more to go.

Our little grand nephew has been born last week, so I better make sure his quilt gets finished soon too.

Vreni x

Sunday 16 March 2014

My crafty week in pictures

I have enjoyed a lot of sewing and crafting time this week. On Monday I finished the "Peak Hour" top. When I say finished, I mean I cut out all the vehicles and ironed them onto the background. Not one stitch has been made at this point.  The next step is to sandwich the quilt and then I will sew through all the layers around each shape a couple of times with a  free motion straight stitch to secure them.

On Tuesday and Thursday I worked on my Camelot blocks. Here are block 12 and 13, only three more to go.

On Wednesday I finished another baby quilt top. I will probably quilt this one first, as the baby has already been born and I'm eager to send it off to the proud new parents. 

And on Friday I got together with my good friend Heather - as we often do on  Fridays - to do a bit of box making. She wanted to show me her way of making a sewing box, something she's been experimenting with lately. You can read about it here. I used my  "Keep Calm" fabric and I'm really pleased how the box came together. 

To close the box tightly, I used a piece of elastic cord and two buttons, so nothing will fall out while transporting it to and from the quilt group/class.

There's a little cutting mat hidden in the lid as well as a piece of sand paper (which is very useful when drawing on fabric around templates). Then there are different compartments, one with a lid,  for all the sewing utensils. Clever, n'est-ce pas?

Of course the fabric lends itself perfectly for a small pin cushion and I also made a teeny tiny "flannel design board".

After all this crafting, the sewing room needed a good clean up, which I did yesterday.

And today I woke to this: rain, glorious rain. It has been so very dry here the last few month that one could almost hear nature sigh with relieve. 

By all accounts, an excellent week. I hope yours was equally great, whatever you did. 

Vreni x