I’ve been rather quiet on the creative front recently, even with a couple of commissions to produce. Not sure why, maybe something to do with the change to autumnal weather or maybe just being tired! However this week, I decided enough was enough and got down to work…
On Thursday I finally finished the cotbed quilt – whoopee! A friend asked me to make this as a baby gift and gave me free rein, as always. I designed this and asked DH for help with the rocket, which I made as a separate unit using interfacing, thanks to the applique workshop I went to recently. I made the star blocks and then…nothing! I had nothing but hassle in trying to sandwich the layers together then trouble with the tension on the machine and then I ran out of thread! Oops…but a friend came to the rescue with a new spool so I set to again after ordering a replacement for her. I felt so guilty about the time this quilt has taken that after I added the binding by machine, I made a bag to carry it in or use as a cushion! All ready to deliver on Monday. 🙂 (It’s 48″ square and freemotion quilted with stars all over, including over the friendship star blocks.)
DD2 will be rounding off half-term with a trip to the cinema with her friends on Monday then trick-or-treating in Faversham and staying over night with one of the girls. So I made her friend’s mum a thank-you present:
This journal cover was made following instructions in “Simple Quilts and Sewing from the editors of Quilt” and was very straight forward. So much so that I have made another today and have another all cut out and ready to sew! I won’t be able to show those though as they are destined for Christmas presents. 🙂
I’m also determined to get another block made for the Underground Railroad so that I will have something portable for hand quilting while out with little one. I may even manage to do some more unpicking of the machine quilting on Birthday Butterflies while watching The Quilt Show later…or even Downton Abbey! I hadn’t watched this series at all then as DD1 is enjoying it with a friend and series 1 is currently available to view on BT Vision, I thought I’d try it the other day. Series 1 is now viewed and I’m almost up to date with series 2! ITV has managed to “do” costume drama very well this time. 🙂
Oh and here’s the bookmark I made as a thank you for Gabi, who saved the day with a spool of YLI!
PS I’m very happy to report that after delivering these orders today, I’ve come home with more! (Now, does anyone have any HELPFUL tips as to where I can find the time to make them…. 🙂 )