Found my muse at last!

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.)

Also ready to deliver is a sketchbook cover and pencil roll that another friend asked for as her brother had so admired the set I made her son earlier this year.

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…. 🙂 )

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About sheppeylass

Mum of 4, I live on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. I've always sewn but the quilting bug snagged me a couple of years ago and now, with the encouragement of my artist husband, I'm spreading my wings into textile art.
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4 Responses to Found my muse at last!

  1. Irene B says:

    Hi Fiona, You have been busy! The cotbed quilt is fabulous and I just love all the other things you’ve been busy making. Lovely that you have your muse back. Irene

  2. and DH has been watching Downtown too, all cuddled up on the sofa together.

  3. susan says:

    WOOO! (And Downton rocks. NEED TO SEE THIS WEEK’S!)

    Yay for getting things crossed off the list!

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