Saturday, 15 March 2014

Paper Crafting

I have a lot of fabric scraps so last month I tried something new with them. 


Unsuprisingly everyone in my antenatal group has a baby celebrating their first birthday at the same time.  I was uninspired (& unimpressed by the cost) of what was on offer in the shops so made a batch of these too. Definitely time for a new needle when I finished.


I also did a little paper crafting for my own boy's birthday invitations and decorations!




Now all the birthday celebrations are over - it's time to get back to sewing.  I have at least another quilt to make before I go back to work in 7 weeks eek!!!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Adventures with Wool - No. 3


I'm browsing knitting patterns at the moment as I miss having something to do in front of the television in the evenings and I realised I had some more finishes from last year that I hadn't blogged this time of the woollen variety!


I made lots of these hats when I was pregnant so made another one in a bigger size for James in the autumn.




I also finally finished the crocheted ripple blanket.  The pattern is on Attic 24's blog.  I loved making this curled up on the sofa in the evenings in front of mindless television.  I'm really missing it and am tempted to make another one but this time big enough for me!



I'm making the most of making James model my woollen goodies before he is old enough to object!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Thomas' Quilt

My very good friend from work, Lauren, had a lovely little boy 3 weeks ago and today I got to meet him and hand over his quilt in person.


When I offered to make Lauren a quilt for the impending arrival I asked if she had nursery colours in mind.  She sent me this photo which I hope I matched well. Terrible weather this morning meant not very good photos!




In the middle of January I started with this selection of fabrics and finished hand stitching the binding down last night.



Fabric: Safari Soiree by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics, Kona Snow and Aqua Sketch
Pattern: Little Man from Camille's Simplify book



Linking up with:

Lily's Quilts































Friday, 17 January 2014

A stocking & a quilt

I mentioned in my last post that I hadn't done a lot of sewing towards the end of last year.  But I was absolutely determined to make a stocking for James' first Christmas.


I used Camille's Merry pattern and finished it the night before we left to go to Ireland for Christmas.



It seems to have been a success!


I also used the leftover fabric from Ben's Quilt to make a similar pram sized one for James' Christmas present.



Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 

and 


which this week is at That's Sew Julie

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Something new

Hello,


It's been a while!  I haven't sewn and therefore blogged in a long time.  2013 was quite a year for me. But there will be no apologies and no recaps of what was or wasn't done.  It's January - a time for new starts and looking forward.  So with that in mind I've started a new quilt for my best friend in work who just had a little baby boy last week.




Fabric is Safari Soiree by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics with some Aqua Sketch and Kona Snow.  I'm using the Little Man pattern from Camille's first book Simplify.


Right now this is what I am working on mostly in nap times and a little in the evenings.  I am trying to just focus on one machine sewing project at a time so for the next few weeks this is it!

Linking up with: 


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced




Monday, 23 September 2013

3 Random Things

1. Back when we were pregnant Sharon and I arranged a little baby goodies swap.  Well my lovely parcel arrived last week and I was very spoiled with lovely cloths, a flannel blanket, mini sewing kit and gorgeous pixie hat for James.

Swap goodies from A Prairie Sunrise

2. I made another 2 fabric baskets

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3. Summer is well and truly over and I've pulled out all my Christmas fabric to choose some to make a stocking for the baby boy using this lovely pattern from Camille. (And yes I just quickly pulled the duvet cover over all the random stuff on my bed to take this photo - keeping it real!)

Christmas Fabric




Saturday, 21 September 2013

Adventures with Wool

I started knitting at the end of last year when I was pregnant and last blogged my adventures with wool here

Since then I've finished the matinee jacket (and made James wear it at least 3 times before our heatwave!)

James' Matinee Jacket

I've also started a new hat for James

A new project - a baby hat!

and almost finished my crochet ripple blanket

Crochet blanket almost there!

But my biggest challenge was this little jumper

James' Jumper

I spent most of a week's holiday at my parents working on it when I had lots of babysitters (and so my Mum could help me with the neckband).  I proudly cast it off and with just the last few side seams to sew up, held it up to said cherub and very quickly realised there was no way it would go over his head.  It was thrown down in disgust and left behind with my Mum to wave some magic.  

James' Jumper Back

Which she most certainly did with the addition of these clever buttons.  And I couldn't resist a picture of the little man himself modelling it!

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