Wow! It’s been just over a year since I wrote anything here. I knew I needed a break from the blog as I felt I was getting a bit stale…but I didn’t actually intend to leave for this long. Having said that, I know I am ready to return to blogging again. Although I am not any kind of brilliant writer, the process of getting words out of my head and onto the screen helps to keep my mind uncluttered. Continue reading
I think I mentioned in my last post that I have been making a lot of baby quilts lately. I think they are perfect, especially for the first baby, and it seems to be baby season amongst the people in my life right now. But that’s OK, as baby quilts can be relatively quick and easy to complete AND babies are just awesome!
I feel my Wednesday WIP posts only ever show such small amounts of progress because of the small amount of time I get to sew that I may no longer write them. It’s really feeling like more of a filler post, than being anything of substance…and that’s not the content I want my blog to comprise of. So this will be the last WIP Wednesday post. I will probably do progress posts in the future, but they won’t be set on a specific timeframe. I feel this is how it needs to work for me right now.
There have been a lot of baby quilts in my life lately! So many friends having babies, and it’s so lovely.
The hardest thing for this girl though, is in keeping the design simple so that it doesn’t take me months and months to get the quilt completed.
I was inspired by this quilt when it popped up in my Facebook feed one day. I thought it was such a simple, yet striking quilt for a little one and very easy to piece together. So I made it my mission to start collecting as much Kona as possible. Luckily my friend Sel from Mad Quilter’s Disease had completed an AMAAAAZING original quilt using 250+ Kona solids a couple of years ago (seriously, check it out here) so I knew she had lots of Kona in her stash that she would be happy to let me raid and pay for.
1. Secret Solids Project
This one took a back seat this past week.
1. Secret Solids Project
Woohoo! 1 (and almost 2) blocks done, 4 more to go! It feels so good to have made progress.
Wow, it’s the beginning of June! At the end of this month half of 2015 will have been done and dusted! I have to say I haven’t quite achieved all I had aimed for by this point in the year, but I am somehow OK with that. With every project I do complete I feel a great sense of achievement, and I know I have wandered off the path a little bit, but that’s OK.
This post is about one of those projects that wasn’t on the Must Make List, but I decided it needed to be finished so that some little person could enjoy him/her (and I have also since decided that Peanut will be the recipient as her birthday is coming up in less than 2 weeks!!).
I started this pattern (a free download pattern from Ravelry) just under 2 years ago. It was going to be a present for a friend’s little baby girl. I must have been in newborn baby haze (my little girl was about 4 weeks old at the time)…how did I think I was going to be able to devote time to crafting?? It’s only been in the last 6-7 months that I have come to learn what are the acceptable times in my girls day that I can devote to a little bit of sewing etc!!
I did manage to get a head and body done when I first started, and then these dismembered body parts lay stuffed (literally) in a bag under my desk waiting patiently to see the light of day. A couple of weeks I decided it was time to cross this WIP off the list.
Flopsy bunny (I named him/her after the precious toy bunny my great Aunt made for me when I was two…he is no longer with us, poor Flopsy) is made from an acrylic yarn from Spotlight (Moda Vera Magnum 8ply, I think, it was just in my stash and since starting it the bands have disappeared). I underestimated how much purple yarn I had left, hence Flopsy has white ears!
Flopsy is 20″ (51cm) long and filled with a siliconised polyester filling for toys from Lincraft. He/She is still quite cuddly despite being firmly stuffed! I decided to embroider the face on because it was going to be for a toddler, and I kept it very simple with the simple cross for the nose and no mouth.
I also learned a new stitch doing this bunny. The loop stitch is used to make the tail. I think it looks cute.
Finally, because I don’t think any animals should really be locked away inside all the time…here is Flopsy in the wild!
Flopsy is the third toy I have crocheted. I’m quite proud of him/her but I would love to hear what you think!
1. Secret Solids Project
Three blocks done, six more to go! Gosh this is taking too long!!
2. Heart Quilt
I’m pulling this one out to get it finished and gifted.
Backing needs to be pieced, then it’s onto quilting and binding.
3. All the Other Things ongoing but not being worked on…
Green Tea and Sweet Beans
Bee Hive Quilt blocks
Jelly Jam Quilt
Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Secret mini quilt.
As usual I will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!