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Violet floral style quilt

floral block with suffolk puff features
floral block with suffolk puff features

As any parent knows, its a thrill to be told that a  new grandchild was on the way.  My son and daughter-in-law has all the scans and knew they were expacting a little girl to make their family complete with a toddler son.  They even decided on her name before she was born.   The name Violet was loved by the mum but was also the name of the baby’s great-great Grandmother.  The middle name of Brooke was a family name as my dad, the baby’s great grandfather’s middle name.  He was so pleased to hear that his latest great grandchild would bear his middle name which had been passed down through several genrations.   It was just a shame he finally lost his couragous battle with cancer and he didn’t live to see her and give her a last cuddle.  Of course a new little girl named Violet Brooke had to have a violet and mauve quilt.

I designed the  quilt  using the quilting software #EQ7  which to be honest I am still getting to grips with.  Although the colour scheme was mostly picked during a flash sale of #KonaSolids from @PlushAddict they complimented the floral design.     The sixteen blocks were complex to put together with obtuse angles.  Which meant that  each had to be trimmed and straigtended into a square to put together in sets of four.  However, when the blocks were set into  four larger square blocks, there was a  distinct mis-alignment on the centre square.

What was initially an error turned out to be a design feature.  the quilting of the large green sections to resemble leaves was just crying out to get a Suffolk Puff hand sewn into the centres as flowers.

The addition of the embroidered name and a range of quilting stitches means that it was finally completed in time for a family get together to welcome Violet into the world and fabric.

Scraps of fabric can give more than a quilt

A Baby quilt is more then just a few scraps of fabric sewn together.  the design and thought processes which carefully place each strip of colour and pattern can make a difference from one quilt and another. This cot sized baby quilt was commissioned by a neighbour for her new born long awaited grandson.  The customer wanted something unusual that others would not provide for a baby that had everything.  The commissioned brief was just a quilt with his name on and the design was left up to me.

I used the @ModaFabrics #Jellyroll #BlueberryCrumbCake. a wonderful range of blues, browns and whites.  I chose the light colour range for this quilt and a simple log cabin style block.  Once the four large blocks were completed I twisted and turned them until this pattern emerged, then the borders added.

jelly roll leftovers!
jelly roll leftovers!

Once the patchwork was done, it was time for layering and quilting.  Here I had fun and chose a range of different stitch options on my #Janome 12000 machine.

This baby quilt was ordered with love, stiched with fun and happiness and  given for snuggles nd cuddles.

Its not very often I succumb to creating  quilt for order but this one was fun and the beautiful subtle tones of the fabric made it all coordinate beautifully,

How to make a Cloth Pocket Nappy

My daughters have always used cloth reusable nappies on my grand children.  They have stroked the soft fluffy nappies, and stalked for the most sought after designs.  I never knew there was such a thing as designer diapers as the say across the pond.  But I suppose celebrities have started a trade in unique custom baby bums.  No longer are nappies the plain white square of terry towelling with intricate folding techniques for when my children were babies.

As they ‘encouraged’ me to buy the babies the fancy fleecy nappies I thought that they can’t been too hard to make.  So I cut round one and had a go!   It was actually easier than I expected, so if you can use a sewing machine and want to design your own nappies, then have a go.  After all, whats the worst that can happen, we know what goes in them when they are used.

The basic Pocket Nappy consists of three.basic layers.

  • A fleece or fancy fabric outer layer
  • A PUL layer (the waterproof part)
  • The soft micro fleece inside (next to babies skin)
    1.  Cut out all three layers to the basic shape – I will try to get a copy of the pattern loaded up here for you to download.
    2. Next you have to make the ‘pocket’ where the absorbent filler goes.  I used a simple rectangle of the same micro fleece inner and drew a straight line.  I stitched  all around the line with a quarter-inch space from the line.  Next snip up the line and into the corners of the rectangle.  What you are making is the same as an insert zip or pocket.IMGP0219
    3. Turn the spare fabric through the slot you have just cut and turn to the back and topstitch around the opening as shown below.IMGP0220
    4. Next I pinned the PUL Layer and External fabric around the legs and edges ready to stitch. Make sure you do not pin in the centre of the fabric as the pins will go through the polyurethane fabric layer so the nappy will leak.IMGP0221
    5. I had bought some fold over elastic which is a bit like ordinary elastic but is prefolded like Bias binding. I carefully matched the fold of the elastic with the edges of the nappy and slightly stretched the elastic around the leg area.  As I stitched I made sure I caught in both top and bottom of the fold over elastic and it encased the layers of fleece.IMGP0223

 

    1. That done all that was left to do was to stitch on the velcro or aplix (softer velcro) to create the fastenings.IMGP0224

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  1. Voila!  one unique custom nappy.  I had embroidered a pirate and a customised name on the one I made but you could add frills or fancy fabrics

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Go on, have a go. Wrap you baby in hand-made customised nappies and safe the environment from disposable nappies!