I decided to make a baby quilt as my new project....till I realised that Christmas is around the corner and I haven't made one single thing with a Christmas theme. With this motivation, I came up with this little Christmas tree.
This is my first attempt to design a pattern. It was fun and easy and I like the way it looks. The size of the block is 15cmx18cm. Now, all I need to work out is how much fabric I need- and I have no idea about how to calculate it.
What to do with this? A couple of pillows, a table runner, a small wall hanging?
I will give it a go and make this block. If everything works well, I might even attempt to write a short tutorial :-)
Dear hubby returned home the other day and I immediately dragged him out to buy an iron. I- sorry he- chose this babe. It is a simple iron but very effective at opening creases. Also, it has a nice, pointy nose which easily irons your seams open. Love it!
It was one of my good friends' daughter's first birthday a couple of weeks ago, which I forgot. I bought her a series of Dr Seuss books as a gift when we went out to buy the iron. Last night, I remembered that I had some beautiful Dr Seuss fabric I bought last year just because I am a fan of him. It was waiting for a cute project to be used. Sooo, I whipped this cute tote bag up as a second gift.
I quilted the bag with a loopy pattern- not very visible in the photo.
It couldn't have been better than this. :)
And because my husband knows my love for quilting and anything related to quilting, he got me this as a gift!
This is a brand new magazine which is released in the UK. I have seen it on some American quilting blogs too. I looked for it here but wasn't able to find it. I think it takes looong for it to come to Down Under :)
Losing myself among the pages of this magazine at nights with a cup of tea is my new way of relaxing. I can't ask for more.
My iron bit the dust yesterday unexpectedly-and almost caused a fire! Now I have to wait until my hubby returns from oversees to buy a new iron- thank God he is coming tomorrow. Ask why? Because just last week he said that we needed a new iron and that he was going to choose it this time!!! Because he does all the ironing in this house-noot! Ok, he irons his shirts.
Since I don't like sewing without ironing my seams, I have to take a short break from quilting-a very short one.
In the mean time, check out my Circles quilt. I made this as a gift for a friend's daughter's first birthday a couple of months ago. The pattern is from the gorgeous Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. She has this pattern in her book "Growing Up Modern" as well; in the book it is Jack and Jill. I used the measurements on her blog for the circles due to the size of my scraps and the design in her book. I think I couldn't quite adjust the measurements of the borders, hence I ended up with half pieces on either sides. At least I am consistent LOL.
See the half red pieces on the sides? :)
I did free motion swirls in the circles and a basic meandering on the rest of the quilt.
A red binding finished off the quilt so well.
I had so much fun with making this quilt. You can make it as scrappy as you like or just stick to a few colour combinations. Either way, I am sure you will have fun along the way.