On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!
The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.
Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)! It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!
(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)
While Marta played in the snow and Patty penned Christmas cards (‘dreaming of a white Christmas‘), the three layers of the quilt were assembled – the wadding was hand-stitched to the seam allowances to keep it securely in place.
Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!
We enjoyed several sessions in September and October and the tricky process of joining the squares (all of which are slightly different sizes) has progressed well and message has been composed for the reverse.
At last, the quilt/baby mat (it is too thick for a baby’s cot) begun in August has been completed (see previous posts).
The ‘strip’ method was more complicated than anticipated (joining the padded tubes to slippy velours was a challenge) – but the result is charming!
What a joy, one of the Granny Quilt creators has three sons who have been blessed with new babies in 2017.
Granny Pat knitted 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 animal prints are new fabric from Dunelm (too cute to resist) but the rest were from the scrap box, including the remnants from my friend in Eastbourne and a pink ‘lamb’ print which dates back to the 1950s (originally bought by my mother to make curtains for her babies’ nursery).
The design session took place in August – a novel method of double-sided strips will be used – which was intended to be reasonably speedy to complete!
Following two afternoon sessions in October, the quilt is beginning to take shape!
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!
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