We managed two sessions during the school summer holidays and now the end is in sight!
Nine pieced squares have been completed and fabric selected for the grid and backing (with Sid’s approval).
Marta helped by colouring in the design.
The pieces were laid out on the floor to achieve the best balance of colours – I am not certain that Sebastian and Marta’s contribution was constructive at the end of the day!
What a joy, one of the Granny Quilt creators has three sons who are with new babies due in 2017. Granny Pat is knitting a blanket for one, one baby will share his sister’s quilt and, for the baby that arrived in July, Granny Jackie is making something special starting with the fabric cut from the curtains which were shortened for the baby’s bedroom (see June post).
The design session took place in August – a novel method of double-sided strips will be used – which we hope will be reasonably speedy to complete!
Of course, there were Hot Cross Buns at the Easter workshop – and delicious, home-made lemon biscuits.
Participants were learning to knit (thank you ‘Associate Expert Tutor’ Pat), cutting-out a blouse (Duke of Edinburgh project), making progress on the Marta quilt and creating a pom-pom Easter chick.
(Not surprisingly, Sid decided to find somewhere quiet to snooze and did not carry out his usual pattern layout inspection.)
The exotic bird fabric used to make this simple bedcover was purchased by my grandmother to make curtains and chair covers for the main bedroom when she moved into our house in 1946. The fabric is very robust and one pair of curtains is still in use.
Sid is most appreciative!
For several months, two grandmothers, regularly joined me at a Friday afternoon Sew-in-Company workshop to create the two sides of a delightful quilt for their first granddaughter.
‘Thank you so much for my lovely mat (which mum has only just unpacked!) It’s great for playing with my toys on while mum gets ready in the mornings and for watching Pinocchio on with dad before bath time – I love it!’
Grannies Caroline, Jackie and ‘Great-granny’ Pat loved making it too – with a little help from Sid!
Having made a lovely mat for new baby Sebastian, Dorota is now making a bed cover for her daughter Marta who is five. The design will feature, in the centre of each square, a piece of fushia or purple fabric from the legs of Marta’s favourite toddler dungarees (now converted to shorts for Sebastian).
Sebastian enjoyed helping to select some suitable additional fabrics!
Sebastian Helping 1
Sebastian Helping 2
Sebastian Helping 3
Begun when Dorota was pregnant, Sebastian’s quilt was completed shortly after his birth!
In 2014, a bride-to-be, her mother, father and three sisters spent a very jolly day creating a quilt for the newly-weds including some personal messages discretely embroidered on some of the panels.
Having perfected her technique making a cushion at a workshop, Rosie created quilt squares at home and returned for another session to join, pad and line her quilt as a wedding present for her brother.