Sunday, 19 January 2014

Very Useful Bags For Babies

Sarah's friends have been having babies! To welcome them into the world she has enlisted me to make them a VUBFB (Very Useful Bag For Baby). I've made many of these over the last couple of years, all different and unique.

This is a photograph of a bag in its final stages. You might recognise the patchwork pieces as leftovers from my Snowball quilt of the last post!

This is a bag for Mats. I really like the hot air balloon fabric and the different colour felt letters work perfectly.

And this is the most recent one, all ready to be posted. Hopefully May will find it useful too.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

A Snowball Quilt

When Calum's mum gave me a bag of fabric she saved from her friend's clear-out, I knew I had to use it to make her a quilt. She's not had a great year and so deserved a special gift this Christmas, something that showed that although we don't see her as often as we'd like we think of her and something that could keep her cosy in the colder evenings.

I have a huge board of quilt ideas and inspiration on my pinterest page  and had been wanting to try the snowball pattern for a while. I bought a few more fat quarters from the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace and was away. It took several weeks to cut out the hundreds (literally!) of small squares to make up the snowball corners, but once done the sewing was a breeze.

I hand quilted the layers together using an off-white pearl thread and the backing is a single piece of soft green fabric. The binding is a woollen green tartan.

I love the combination of greens and pinks and the mix of fabrics (quilting and dress), some are woollen, some stretchy and some shiny!