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Beautiful Blues Patchwork Quilt

2 Oct

I bought a gorgeous fabric bundle from Fabric Rehab ages ago with the intention of making a bed runner for my bed. The bundle consisted of 6 beautifully patterned cottons in lovely blues and floral prints. Straight away I chopped them up into squares and sewed together the top piece for my runner and that is how it stayed… Months later we got a very lovely,  but incredibly mucky puppy who likes to roll  and play around on our bed, so unless I wanted my runner to be covered in muddy paw prints and long golden hairs there wasn’t much point in making one!  This in mind I unpicked a few seams and changed the shape to create a rectangle suitable for a small quilt and I finally got round to finishing it!

I backed it with a lovely pale blue fine corduroy donated to me by a fellow crafty friend (thanks George!) and bound the edges with a dark blue satin bias. I had a few troubles with the corners and it is by no means perfect, but I am so pleased with the outcome!

 

The thick wadding I used and the corduroy give the blanket a nice cosy weight, perfect for those winter evenings.

I have since given it as a present to my mum for her newly decorated bedroom. It makes me happy to know it is in a happy home 🙂

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Welcome to the world!

8 Aug

Today I became an aunty for the second time. Congratulations to Andy’s brother Nick and his fiancée Penny!

Today baby James John Liam Wickham came into the world. To help welcome him I crocheted a cute little baby blue blanket. Lets hope he likes!

I started off by making several small granny squares, varying the colour pattern slightly on each one.

I then had the fun of picking the order to sew them together in (my favourite bit!) and away I went.

I decided to simply slip stitch the squares together using a crochet hook. This gives a very obvious ridged seam which I really like. I know there are neater less prominent ways of fixing them together, but I quite like the way it makes a feature of the back of the blanket.

I’m pleased with the finished blanket, I just hope that baby James is too x

 

Jubilee celebrations!

3 Jun

The Jubilee weekend is here! I hope you all have lots of lovely things planned over the 4 day weekend.

To help with the local celebrations I have been helping my friend Georgina Giles with a mammoth task; to help make 357 meters of celebration bunting to decorate Palmerston Road in Southsea. School children across Portsmouth have been  decorating flags with some wonderful designs that would adorn the lenght of Palmerston Road shopping centre. The flags were only delivered on Tuesday so it was a busy couple of days of sewing! Particularly for George as she did the gigantic strip of 200 meters that runs along the entire lenght of the street!

I enjoyed looking at all the flags I had to sew, children have such great imaginations. There were lots of drawings of the Queen and diamonds and lots of shiny crowns. Some however appeared to have nothing to do with the queen at all, in fact one had appeared to have drawn Chewbacca from Star Wars!

It was great to help out a friend and to be involved in a local project. Seeing it all hanging proudly in the sunshine gives you a great sense of pride, even if I only had a small part to play.

One person who should be VERY proud though is Miss Georgina Giles herself who helped organised the whole thing with Portsmouth City Council and made it come together beautifully! Well done George!x

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