Sunday, 26 March 2017

some sewing!

I made myself a waterfall cardigan ages ago and am only now getting around to blogging about it. I used the Harper jacket pattern from StyleArc.

It made up really quickly and fits me really well - yay! - but the edges were to be left raw or overlocked. I overlocked mine - even though I didn't really like the idea of having unfinished edges. (To me, overlocked edges are not finished edges - they are on the inside of a garment but not on the outside!)

The first time I wore it, sure enough, the overlocking got caught in something and I just knew I had to do something about that. So I did. I made some bias binding with a navy blue polycotton which was a pretty close match and attached that to the edges. Much better now!

Here's the blankie I made for Emily after she arrived.

Originally, I was going to embroider the "worth the wait" bit on a piece of fleece and back it with the heart fabric but I somehow managed to embroider it sideways! What a numpty!

I had a bit of a rethink and came up with the idea of cutting out the embroidery into a big heart and attaching that to the heart fabric. I then attached the pink fleece to the back and quilted it in hearts. I used a bright pink for the binding which is pretty close to the colour of the fleece - and the hearts on the heart fabric.

I actually think the re-do is much better than my original idea was. I'm soooo pleased with it and Debbie told me it was her favourite blankie as it really is true. Awwwww!

Of course, I had to make a very special label for this very special baby's very special blankie!

I've spent this last week making lots of pinnies (7) and bags (14) for the tartan bee shop - more of those in a later post - but I did make a new pinny for myself. This was a remnant which cost me all of £1 and I had the tapes already. Bargain - and pretty with it!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

meeting Emily

Debbie and baby Emily finally got home from the hospital on Tuesday so we went to visit them yesterday. I might be ever so slightly biased but Emily is gorgeous! Here she is asleep in her moses basket with a new blankie I made for her last weekend.

Cuddling with her mama.

Emily and her Grammie - my new name!

Emily and her Papa - Douglas's new name!

Emily with her Auntie Joanna - Tilly was not very sure at all about this wee thing that kept making funny noises.

Emily with her Grammie and Papa.

Emily with her daddy. I *love* this photo!!

The new family. Yes, Debbie has tears in her eyes - happy tears. Very happy tears!

And this one really made me giggle. I think Emily's going to fit right in with us! LOL

Friday, 10 March 2017

at last ... Emily

Our wee baby girl, Emily, finally put in an appearance this morning at 8.32am weighing in at 8lbs 12oz. Under the hat, her hair is dark (like her daddy's).

Mummy and Emily are both fine although Emily is in the baby care unit as she has a slight infection. Debbie is as well as can be expected after a l-o-n-g labour and an emergency c-section.

We're hoping to go and see them at the beginning of next week after they get home. In the meantime, thanks for all your best wishes and good thoughts. It's been a long couple of days for all of us!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

cutting 4½" squares

Our baby girl has still not shown her wee face. We're hoping for her to come this week ... but then we said that last week ... and the week before that! Soon. She will be here soon.

In other news, I decided that, if I was going to make a few disappearing 9 patch (D9P) quilts, then I'd need to cut more 4½" squares. So I went through my scrap boxes taking out any that I'd get 4½" squares from. This is that pile!

Then I went through my fat quarters pulling out ones that I thought would be good in D9P quilts. Here they are:

After many afternoons of cutting, I ended up with a huge (untidy) box of squares.

I decided that that wasn't good enough so I tidied them into colours.

There were more of some colours than others - red and blue are the highest piles with only about 6 squares in the tartans pile.

They're now all in boxes on my shelves and I've already made a blues D9P top with them.

Then this afternoon, I dived into the pink pile and chose some to make a pink D9P top. Having them in colour piles made choosing the squares so much quicker.

These will go into the tartan bee shop once I've quilted them to replace the ones that have sold recently. I wonder if I'll ever get bored of making these D9P quilts? I hope not - or at least not before I use up all those 4½ squares!!