Monday, February 19, 2018

Retro Baby Shawl 2017/2018

 I've been making these beautiful shawls for many years and they are much treasured by recipients. A number of people told me that their babies loved putting their fingers through the holes. The frilly/frothy effect on the outside of the shawl makes it especially attractive. My first one was made for my daughter 43 years ago. I also took great delight in making one for her first baby in 2005. It's an old Golden Hands pattern from the 70s which I still think has not been bettered as a very special heirloom baby gift.
The close-up above shows the delightful detail of the central flower. The shawl took me over a year to make because it was only worked when I had no hand sewing to do for my quilting. By the time you get to the outside rows it takes a few hours to get around each row so it needs patience towards the end. The materials for this shawl (3 ply white acrylic) were gathered from many secondhand stores by friends in Yarnspinners. Thanks everyone! I can't tell just by looking at it that it was made from a bunch of scraps. Acrylic yarn has its uses doesn't it? The shawl is very soft, very white and can be washed often in the washing machine. It's strong, resilient and stain resistant.

Mug Bags for Lena, Maria of Yarnspinners and Lis of Global Piecers. Feb 2018

 I always make mugbags for any new members of Yarnspinners. These belong to Lena and Maria who recently joined. I always enjoy doing these so that they match with the chosen mugs.

The bag above is the same style as the mugbags but will probably not be used to store a mug. It's for Lis in my Global Piecers Group. She lives in England and I met her on my wonderful shibori trip to Japan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas sewing Nov/Dec 2017

I belong to a small international group of quilters who exchange fabrics and blocks during the year. It's great fun getting a package from overseas every few months. This year we are exchanging some Xmas blocks and fabrics. I am turning my pretty blocks into Xmas presents for family and friends. I'm also finishing some of those dreaded UFOs that I started several years ago. See my halo? Here are some of the things I have sewn in the last couple of weeks.
I so enjoyed making the treeskirt for Suze I decided to make another:


I also made a bunch of table toppers some of which could also be used as placemats:





 Some children's placemats are part of the bundle:

.....and a Christmas table runner:

There's a set of placemats too!



As you can see I'm all in favour of loud colours for Christmas!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Suze's Treeskirt Dec 2017

Suze wanted a black and white treeskirt. I got her to choose the fabrics. She has a black Xmas tree with white decorations and her tastes are very minimalist. I was given a really nice pattern at the Mascot craft group that I go to. It's very simple and easy to make being composed of 18 wedges.. a bit like a gored skirt. The most complicated thing about it is the binding which has to be cut on the cross because the treeskirt is circular and the binding needs to be stretchy for the curves.

I liked the pattern so much I made another for a Christmas gift. Not finished yet.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Auntie Heather's Quilt: her 90th birthday present, October 2017

 Here is Auntie Heather's Quilt. She likes Autumn colours and is celebrating her 90th birthday, the matriarch of the clan. I've been working feverishly on it because her birthday was last Saturday. It won't be very late. It's a coverlet (two layers and no wadding) because she lives just outside Brisbane and there's not much call for warm things in the tropics.



Auntie Heather really loved her quilt!





Sunday, October 8, 2017

New York Mug Bag, 9 October 2017

I've made so many of these mug bags for gifts over the years and I always thoroughly enjoy doing them. I like to match the fabric to the mug carefully and make the lining of the bag pop. It's rarely that I can perfectly match a fabric with a mug and a person. I think this one does it. Found the mug in Vinnie's this morning, knew it would match the fabric beautifully and have a friend's daughter coming back to work from a holiday in New York soon. Each of the sides is fussy cut to show up the fabric print.The lining is a loud pink and white stripe. Hope you all saw that item on the news last week about mugs in workplace kitchens. So glad I always have a mug bag.