What next?


I’ve been adrift all day, now that I don’t have a couple of half finished quilts draped accusingly around the house. So time to start thinking about what next? A few ideas have been playing around in my head but they might need to wait a little longer as a couple of weeks ago we had an unexpected wedding in our family – my brother-in-law and sister-in-law got hitched courtesy of Elvis in Las Vegas without telling anybody! It seems a quilt would make a perfect wedding present.

I’m toying with:

  • Appliqued hearts
  • A take on ‘wedding ring’ – I wouldn’t attempt to do this design allover as I don’t think my quilting abilities are proficient enough to carry it off, I’d do just two interlocked rings as a central motif
  • Appliqued word(s) ‘Love me tender’? (again would probably be just one in the middle)
  • Also thinking about trying the ‘quilt-as-you-go’ method, mainly because I sruggled with the quilting on the last quilt I did and that was only single bed sized, plus I’d like to have a go at something other than straight line quilting and I’m just too nervous to try free motion on a full size quilt

I think I’ll sleep on it.


New Arrival


Welcome to the family Megan Katy, born today weighing in at 6lbs 6oz.

We can’t wait to meet our latest grandchild but unfortunately we’ll have to because the hospital she was born in is closed to visitors as a precaution against swine flu. Hopefully mum and baby will be discharged either tomorrow or Thursday and we’ll get to see her then.

This Little Monkey…


… loves to clown around!

I googled for an easy to make fabric flower to finish off this little feller, and I found the perfect tutorial on Pink Paper Peppermints It was really easy to do  and just what I was looking for.

So far during my frantic weekend of sewing I’ve finished off this monkey; the rest of the monkeys (there are 12 altogether) are just needing buttons sewing on for their eyes, and also I finished the binding on the cot quilt and washed it.

Loads more to do – I’m still optimistic at this point that I’ll get Brandon’s monkey quilt finished in time for the birth of his sister (baby is definitely arriving on Monday as mum is booked in for a C-section).

Original monkey quilt designed by Patchwork Pottery

New Project


This monkey marks the beginning of my next quilt. I decided I wanted to give my three year old grandson Brandon a quilt at the same time as his new baby sister gets hers. Which means I have to get my skates on as the baby is due in about 5 weeks or so!

The original design of the monkey quilt is by the incredibly talented Laurraine Yuyama of Patchwork Pottery. Unfortunately I don’t yet own a copy of the book “Quilts, BABY!” in which this quilt appears (it isn’t published in the UK till July), so I’m bungling my way through it using guesswork and the pictures that Laurraine has posted. I know this isn’t a patch (no pun intended!) on the original but all the same I’ve never done any applique before so I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. Only 11 more monkeys to go!!!

Back in the land of the living


I haven’t felt up to posting recently as I’ve been recuperating after an operation. But well on the mend now! One of the advantages of slacking on the sofa is that I got the opportunity to finish of my second quilt.

I made this using the pretty much the same techniques as the first one (diamond quilting and self-binding). It was intended for another grandchild I have on the way (expected in July) and from the start I was intending for it to be unisex. But I now have doubts and think that it’s ended up looking pretty boyish. I think it wasn’t too bad until I foolishly added a light blue pattern fabric as the backing (and the binding). What was I thinking?

Anyway as Sod’s law will have it I’ve since found out that the future arrival is a girl. So I’m thinking I’ll start over using more girly fabrics and put this one into storage until the next baby boy enters our lives. Anybody got any good tips for safely storing quilts?

New Arrival


Last night my daughter Jade gave birth to a little girl. Her name is Molly Ann and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I haven’t seen her yet but we are heading over for our first visit later this evening. I got to work on the finishing touches of her cot quilt; adding the label.

I followed the instructions for this part of the quilt from this excellent tutorial on Patchwork Pottery and I’m really pleased with the results.