Baby Blanket Cuteness

I just had to do a little post about this adorable little boy…my friend Betsy’s little guy…

Renley...too cute eh!

Renley…too cute eh!

He’s lounging on a blankie I quilted for him. Love the colour combo. He does too!…

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I love the fussy cutting of the animals on the front and the camping/vacation motif on the back. I hope he loves it for years to come!

Quick Baby Quilt

We actually had a quiet weekend, shocking! I feel like I’m coming down with the inevitable beginning of school cold so I was happy to chill out at home and sew.

I decided to start a new baby quilt project. I had a cheater panel from Birch Fabric and thought I could just do a quick square quilt. I cut out the squares of picture and then added in the stripes. I’ve had so much fun playing with stripes in my hexi project that I thought they would give this little number some visual appeal…

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I love the back because it reminds me of going on a summer holiday…oh the summer, I miss you! Just have to sew down the binding and it was a great day project.

Half Square Triangles

I promised lots of projects this week. Awhile ago I shared the half square triangle baby Christmas quilt that I was working on, check out that post here. The top had been sitting around for awhile, wanting to be finished…

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I didn’t think about the quilting too much but it ended up really pretty. It was a tricky one to quilt because the half square triangles create a lot of bulk at the seams. I’ll need to rethink the pressing direction if I do it again. I started with two lines on either side of a seam like I usually do and then decided to do some zigzags down each row. After I’d done a few it worked out that the zigzags were forming pretty diamonds. I kept going with that for the rest of the quilt…

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I chose some pretty blue Riley Blake dots for the binding. Doesn’t it look so cute all rolled up…

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Of course it had to get sewn on though…

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I’m just finishing off sewing the binding down but here it is. Looks a bit wrinkled but looks better in person…

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Mom Quilts

I promised some more quilts from mom. She’s really out done herself! I came home to a couple lovely examples of her skill an pretty fabric choice…

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There’s another I’d like to show but it’s a pressie so I can’t yet.

I have 3 more days of work until I’m done teaching in Canada for this school year. I’m looking forward to celebrating at the Knitter’s Frolic on Saturday. It’s put on by the Downtown Knit Collective at the Japanese Cultural Centre. I’ll be wearing the Boardwalk vest at the Needle Emporium booth. Hope you can come too!

Sewing Machine Horror

There was a lot of cursing yesterday afternoon as all of a sudden my stitches started to get jammed in the machine. I think the bobbin was somehow jumping a bit and the threads were getting caught in the mystery underbelly of the machine. I took the face plate off and tried to clean things up but it didn’t help. I was annoyed on many levels, mostly because I was keen to finish my Baby’s First Christmas quilt before I leave tomorrow for home. Now little pieces are lying in waiting anticipation for my return…

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I found a place nearby that repairs and services machines so lovely John’s job while I’m away is to drop it off and get it back safely by the time I get back.

I managed to get half of the quilt top done before it grinded (literally) to a halt…

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I got the idea for these blocks from the Fat Quarterly book “Shape Workshop for Quilters”. It’s been a popular book on blogs and I finally got around to buying it and trying a block. The book lays out different block ideas based on different techniques as well as giving some examples of how to put them together in a quilt top. I have just taken the wavy block idea that uses half square triangles. I’ve a sewed them together in groups of three and played with a print pattern that will be more apparent when it’s done. If I remember correctly this is Riley Blake fabric. I also want to put a nice boarder around the entire thing when it’s done but I’m making these things up as I go along!..

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I’m pleased with this design and once again love the creativity of quilting. I know it’s very obvious to long time quilters but it’s great to be able to take a simple block design and play with it to become your own. Knitters have this in the form of different stitch pattern swatch books but it just seems so much quicker for a quilter to play with design. I’m not abandoning my knitting roots of course but I am becoming more interested in quilting for sure!

New Quilt Design

I’m really happy with how my new baby quilt top has turned out. I’m actually quite proud of it too because I designed it myself. Well design is a fancy term for I just started piecing things together with no real plan. It features Alexander Henry Zoo fabrics and some by Jay-Cyn Designs…

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I constructed the centre blocks of six with the same process by which I construct my 9-patch squares. Then I sashed them together with different coloured fabric instead of one colour. I had a large piece of Jay-Cyn Designs grey birdie spokes by Birch Fabrics. I thought it would match in well but originally thought it would go on the back. I’m so glad I decided to use it on the front with some of the extra zoo fabric to sash. I love being able to just make something up because it happens to quickly, unlike with knitting.

Deja Vu

I worked today, actually I’m at a new school teaching year 5/6 on Thursdays and Fridays. I was happy to do this because it will still give me the flexibility to travel and sew. I can pick up other supply days as I want them. The only downside is I only have time for a bit of knitting tonight after I get my hair done!

I did finish another baby quilt yesterday though…

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I know what you are thinking; the front and back are remarkably similar! Well I did say that I had 4 baby quilts done in Aneela Hoey fabric. I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time. I think I’ve just had this fabric for awhile and just kept cutting squares. This one has full 9 patch blocks though and of course it’s still one of a kind because none of the fabrics are in exactly the same spots.

2 more to go!

Gogo Little Baby Quilt

I’ve been super motivated to get some quilting done since I’ve been back in the UK. Before Christmas I had finished four little baby quilts out of Aneela Hoey fabric. I had the tops and backs done and I just needed to sandwich them to finish the quilting. I finished the first one on Monday. It is inspired by a baby 9 patch quilt that I learned from Johanna Masko, quilt teacher in Toronto. I adapted her technique for cutting 9 patches and just kept cutting smaller until I got a 25 patch. I love the little squares. I may have been a bit lazy but I decided to pair it with large solid blocks of fabric. I wanted the cute fabric to have a chance to shine through too! I also tried to use up the fabric by creating a scrappy back. Check it out…

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I don’t know who it’s for yet but maybe I’ll have to start selling these creations soon!