Camping in the USA quilt

Inspiration taken from this pin which I saw while on holiday in Summer. The appeal of this one was the simplicity – just strips and squares making up strips. Then I realised I could use the theme of the quilt as well, as I’d bought some charm square packs that would fit the camping/outdoors theme. Once I’d tracked down the two sets of charm squares (one little one larger) and went through my stash to find other fabrics which matched the theme. I finally got to use some Cowboys stuff I’d bought ages ago.

I made some of the strips wider and some of them narrower to give it some interest, then when it was big enough gave it a thin white sashing and a cheater quilt border since the pattern and colours seemed to match.

During the course of sewing it up I was wondering who it was for and then I realised – I have a friend who went on a one person camping trip through the States. My old nemesis Fraser. So once I had the quilt top together and knew it was for Fraser, I had the perfect donated vintage star wars sheet to use for the backing.

I didn’t do too much interesting with the hand quilting, I just followed the lines for the most part. I picked out a couple of foxes, hedgehogs and merit badge looking things in the various fabrics but it was straight forward handquilting.

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Baby quilt for workmate

I’ve made and facilitated quite a few of these baby quilts for testers 🙂

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Just the top of the quilt done.

Another quilt for a workmate’s baby. This one was a lot of fun. I did an alternate squares thing by sewing long strips together, cutting them and making four square patches. Then a nice fat strip of a fabric I wanted to feature. I ended up sewing it together so it was much too long and tall… so I screwed my courage to the sticking place and cut up the quilt, reassembling it so it was wider and less tall. It was exciting and scary, but I quite like how it came out.

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Assembled, quilted and binding done.

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A big bit of Ikea owls fabric for the backing.

Crafts of Christmas past

One neat thing about going home for Christmas is that my mother has still got all the silly little things I’ve made her in the past and I can revisit my old crafts (and see how much better I’ve got.)

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The little bear nativity set. Mostly hand stitched which meant they took ages… very pleased with how fuzzy Joseph bear is. It’s possible I only made two wise bears? The fleecy looking one is the shepherd bear of course. (90s.)

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Little owls. I made these a couple of years in a row and I believe a number of my friends may even still have their little owls. (00s)

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Little cats. I made these out of old t shirts and hand painted with fabric paint, hand embroidered faces. I made this ginger stripey one to look like Mum’s old cat Bilbo. (00s)

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I don’t think I made this angel to look like she was shrugging all the time, but there it is. I can’t recall where I got the pattern, probably from a craft book or a magazine. I’m still fond of her, all made of calico, even the hair, and some little roses on the front of her dress. The eyes are a little lopsided, but she still has a sweet expression. (Late 90s I think)

Cheery quilt and cat lap pet

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I had one of those days where I just wanted to make something. I don’t know what causes these days, but I’m thankful to have them and when I have the energy to actually follow up on the urge. So I grabbed a set of charm squares I had in my stash and just started cutting them and sewing them together at random. I loved how happy and warm the colours were so I added some fat strips of other fabrics out of my stash which seemed to complement the charm squares. Pinterest got me super into the white sashing so I added some nice thick strips of white, some left over bits of charm square for the corners and extra bits of strips for the border.

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Once it was together I added some cherry blossom inspired flowers appliqued to the white sashing and it really became pretty. I decided to give it to my workmate Aimee around this time, and to make it even more comforting Anna suggested I add a fuzzy cat so you could have it on your lap and pet the cat… instead of making it part of the quilt I made it like a plushie. Really happy how this came out, like a soft sculpture made with machine stitching and some hand embellishments.

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Baby quilt for old friends

Flashback craft… Sadly the only photo I seem to have of this one is it incomplete… but you get the idea 🙂

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I’ve known the mama of this baby since third form, so… 1993. I met the papa in university (around the 1999 – 2000 area) and I introduced them. When I heard they were expecting a baby I thought back to the sorts of colours I remember her liking and went from there.

The pattern is made up of pinwheel, double square and double pinwheel blocks, because apparently I was feeling the doubles. Particularly fond of the Where the Wild Things Are and expressive cat fabrics I used in the border. The back is made up of Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics.