Spent the first May holiday in the garden and making bunting for two important occasions:
– the Friends of Rock Road Library Plant Sale:
– the special birthday of my Writtle College RHS tutor – perhaps the bunting will be feature at her weekend celebration event in Beth Chatto’s garden:
Congratulations to Dorota who, on April Fool’s Day, completed the handstitching of the binding around the edge of Marta’s quilt!
Work on the quilt began in 2016 – the result is stunning and well worth waiting for.
Next project – a full-size quilt for Sebastian?
Two delightful dresses for Edwina’s grandaughters made from new remnants and recycled charity finds – note the excellent choice of buttons and zips!
March 1st seemed like a good day to plan a project using a donation from Eastbourne of a large bag of beautiful silk ties.
The plan is to make two gowns – but there is competition for the prettiest ties!
None of the configurations that I’ve tried quite work – but inserting some dark strips is an improvement.
Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
The outputs of this very chilly busy day were:
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– a recovered stool;
– and 50 bespoke lavender bag wedding favours.
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!