Friday, November 9, 2007

Square Eyes!

Three of my friends have all decided to have their babies within a week of each other, so I've had to frantically rush around trying to make quilts for all of them (yes I know I could have started earlier, but I work better under pressure!).

I knew I couldn't do my normal Churn Dash or pinwheel block design because it would have taken too long, so I resigned myself to just piecing together a bunch of 6.5" squares, most of which I'd already cut out.

And do you know what? I LOVE THIS DESIGN. Each quilt took me just 2 days to put together from start to finish. 2 days! A quilt top for me normally takes a week! And that's not including binding! Plus, I really love the proportions of the 4x5 square placement, and it shows off the different fabrics so nicely. Like most of my creations, I've tried to make each quilt a mix of new and vintage fabrics. Love it love it love it!

The top one is for a boy and the bottom one for a girl. They're both backed with recycled fabric (doona covers I found at the Salvo's) and quilted stitch-in-the-ditch. I can't wait to make more!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Twin Quilts for Twin Nieces!

About three weeks ago, I decided to make twin quilts for my two nieces who were going to be arriving today from Japan for a visit. So I started cutting out pieces and thinking about the type of design that I wanted to make.

Then when I had 10 days to go, I realised there was no way I was going to make it in time. My heart sank, and I went to plan B - making them each a pair of fishermans' pants instead, like the ones I made my daughter back in May. I went out and bought some lovely soft denim, and started work.

However, I couldn't for the life of me remember how I made the first pair! (Note to self: make tutorial as soon as you can, so you remember how to make the damn thing!) So I spent (wasted) an entire day of potential sewing time doing more swearing and unpicking than creating.

At the end of the day, I thought, "Fuck it, I'm going to make the quilts after all."

By now I had ONE WEEK to make two little girl quilts. And it took 10 years off my life, but I finished them at 10am today with 2 hours to spare! And it was totally worth it!

Here's Gina's quilt:



And here's Leyla's quilt:



I am in LOVE with the Churn Dash block, and this was my first attempt at free motion quilting. Here's a close-up:



I also free-motion quilted a label for each girl with their name on the back (it's a little hard to see, sorry about that):





So after a million thread breakages during the quilting, one needle breakage, several basting-pin stabbings and scrapes (nobody told me quilting was an extreme sport!) I am now truly spent. And totally ready for the next project!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flannel quilt made out of leftovers



I had heaps of flannelette left over from making baby sleeping bags for one of the girls in my mothers' group, and I didn't know what to do with it. I asked her if she wanted it back, and she replied, "No, just keep it and make something with it."

So I did! I made her this lap quilt in a log cabin style, which turned out way better than I thought, except that I made a big mess of the binding because the flannel was way too stretchy around the edges. Still, it's very soft and snuggly! And a great way to use up a couple of metres of flannelette that would otherwise have been chucked out. She's popping around on Thursday to drop something off so I'll surprise her with it then. I hope she likes it!

Evening Star Quilt for a new baby girl...



May I first just say that this was my first attempt at an Evening Star block and quite possibly my last!

Overall the quilt turned out pretty much how I'd imagined, but my gosh I made what is quite possibly the worst mess of my pointwork in any of my quilts so far. Just look at all those blunt triangles! Arrgghh! Luckily the recipient (well, the recipient's mother) is a craft fan and she won't mind at all.

I'm dropping in to meet the new baby tomorrow afternoon and will present it to her then. Fingers crossed she also won't mind the horrendous bunching up of the fabric on the back of the quilt either... ;)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Mei Tai a year on!

I am so chuffed, my other half pulled this out of the cupboard this morning and decided to take our daughter for a walk in it instead of the pram. She said it was so much more comfortable than the Baby Bjorn! And Hannah is nearly 1 year old and 9kgs!

I'm definitely going to make more. Just as soon as I've finished my quilt. And the bag I have to make for a friend. And the other quilt for Maria's new baby. And... and... LOL.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Baby fishermans pants!


2007-05-10_hannahfishpants, originally uploaded by onechan.

I made some fishermans pants for Hannah! I used some denim for the main part of the pants and a gorgeous red and white gingham left over from Rebecca's bag for the trim. Pretty cute!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tote made with vintage fabric


2007-04-24_childtote1, originally uploaded by onechan.

I made this tote for my swap partner in the States. She created some gorgeous things for Hannah with her stunning needlework. It's been great doing business with you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cowboy Tote


2007-04-17_cowboytote1, originally uploaded by onechan.

My mate Rebecca commissioned me to make her this fantastic tote made from the most gorgeous vintage cowboy fabric! I trimmed it with a red gingham. Love it!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ryan's quilt

This is the quilt I made for my friend who sadly lost her baby very late in the pregnancy last year. It was a little boy and they named him Ryan - hence "Ryan's quilt".

It was really hard as a friend to see her and her husband go through something so awful without really being able to do much except phone them every now and then to see how they were going, so I really wanted to make something for them just to let them know that I really cared.

I didn't really plan the design - it just happened organically. I thought initially I'd make a log cabin, but I really love the simplicity and elegance of pinwheels; and I'm not usually a fan of gender-specific colours, but the baby blue just seemed appropriate in this case.

After I'd pieced it together, I decided to embroider some labels which I've shown below in the photos. Not being much of a needleworker, I had some trouble with the lettering as you can see! But I'm really, really, really pleased with how it turned out, and it's only my third quilt ever!

It measures approximately 33" square - so kind of a lap quilt. I don't mind if she just sticks it in the cupboard and pulls it out every now and then - it's just a little something to commemorate their little man that they lost. I shed many tears over this project!!!

I'm seeing her tomorrow for lunch and I'm going to give it to her then. She knows I'm making her something but she doesn't know what it is yet! I hope she likes it! Let me know what you all think!