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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,

Sometimes you need a bit of colour in your life

What do you do when you get news that you were not prepared for?  It is sometimes difficult to know what to do for the best when a loved one is given bad news.  We received news just like that at the start of 2014 and since thenI have thought long about what is important in life.

In my experience, it takes time to understand all the potential consequences and during that time, you can go through a range of emotions which cycle round including anger, sorrow, despair and finally resignation that whatever you are feeling it will not change the outcome one tiny bit.

Sometimes you just have to look at the positives in life. Remember the fun in the past and what joy is still available.  Once you reach the resignation and acceptance stage you can prepare for what is to come.

I have been thinking about a gift, a little something to show I my love.  What would be suitable without just being a gift for gift sake but be practical as well.  I decided on a lap quilt. one which could be used now and then kept for prosperity as a memory. I didn’t want a quilt which would take too long to make as time was a premium.

I came up with this design.  I know that purple is a favorite colour and have some fabrics already in my stash.  But I also going to incorporate some personal reclaimed fabrics and clothes.  Hopefully I can do the design justice and bring a bit of colour to life.  I have named the quilt a Purple Pansy as I think it looks like a pansy design the way the blocks provide a secondary pattern.

Purple Pansey Quilt design

 

UFO Finally finished

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I started this little fabric textured picture at a class in the Knitting and stitching show in Harrogate in November 2012. As I was cleaning out my sewing room I found the UFO (Un Finished Object) and decided to get it out of the drawer and finally show it off. It only needed the extra sand and beach elements adding and the sand dune grass adding. I also stitched the seaguls as a simple fly stitch into the sky. it only measures 6 x 8 inches once it has been mounted in the frame but it looks lovely in my beach themed downstairs loo.

Perhaps I should get round to looking for my other hidden UFO’s.