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.
The latest commission is now complete, just ready to add a little surprise gift and pack it up for posting. This baby change bag was commissioned by a loving Grandma who cant wait for the new baby to come along. Mum had requested a grey bag, I am not sure whether it is to match a transport solution or to fit with a professional lifestyle. Grandma had requested something floral and girly with embroidery. Mum is planning on using washable cloth nappies but is unsure whether baby wearing would be a priority or an option. Therefore the change bag was designed with the following features.
After searching for the right fabric chose this smart grey pinstripe which was soft enough to drape for the pleated design but very practical. The two large external pockets can hold bottles or other items. The soft concealed zippered security pocket on the rear can keep items safe such as mums purse or cards. This bag has a single long soft handle, soft enough to wear next to baby and long enough tomwear cross the body and go over buggy.
Inside the bag has floral cotton lining with two large expandable pockets for cloth nappies, enough space for several changes of clothes and a smaller pocket for essentials. The dedicated Mobile phone pocket is located close to the top at the side so it is easy to find when you get a call. Specific locating tags are incorporated to attach keys, the carabiner makes it easy to store baby dummies or favorite teether toy.
The top cover of the bag is embroidered with small daisy and rosebud flowers and fastens with a magnetic clasp.
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.
People say it is the thought that counts when giving a gift. While many of us try and give expensive wedding or birthday gifts; sometimes its the practical element rather then the expensive element which makes the gift precious to the receiver.
I had made a gift of a simple bath towel with a little dinosaur hanger and a name for the boys in the family. George, Logan, even Harry and Jack all received one as a little gift. But I nevr got round to creating one for Daisy! her mummy said everytime her brother George used his personalised towel, her lip came out and she was not happy that she didnt have one. So as a dutiful Grandma, I found a design suitable for Daisy and made her this towel hanger. Its very girly and I think quite a few ‘big’ girls would like one of these as well.
The following towels were embroidered as a wedding gift as a his and hers set. I love the little royalty crowns. I just hope that the happy couple will like them as much as a practical rather than expensive gift.