Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!
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!
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.
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!
Begun when Dorota was pregnant, Sebastian’s quilt was completed shortly after his birth!