Lucy’s Quilt

It’s been exactly one year since I made a baby patchwork quilt. Last September I made a quilt for my university friend Rachael’s new baby Stanley (see Stanley’s Quilt). This September, I made another for my other university friends Elena and Ozzy (real name Mark) who had their second daughter Lucy in August. Lucy is baby number four of five to add to the next generation of Team Hull Uni!

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The main mix of fabric was a bundle I bought at last year’s Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the shop I bought it from but it was a bundle of cream, teal and yellow fabric printed with various designs of sheep, chicks, bees and flowers. This fabric was just waiting for a baby girl to come along!

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As has become standard with my last few quilts, I decorate the centre panel with various designs that I think are fitting for baby. So, this time there were: bunnies (everyone loves bunnies); I wanted to add another bit of colour so I included a flower with colourful petals; [what has seem to have become my signature…just because I think they look pretty] swallows; and a colourful kite flown by a little hand-embroidered girl on the centre square, also displaying Lucy’s name, birth weight and date.

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Whilst I used almost the same patchwork design as Stanley’s quilt, what differed (other than the fabric) was instead of machine appliquéd designs with a uniform zig zag stitch, this time I used free-hand machine appliqué (similar to that in Annabelle’s quilt)…which I’m always a little scared of. I LOVE the look of this type of stitching – it’s like drawing with your sewing machine – but only if it goes well! If it doesn’t, it can end up a right old mess! Lucky for me, this time, I think I got away with it!

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Bloomin’ marvelous!

As mentioned in my previous post, my crafts at the minute are all about the babies.

I’ve always wanted to be able to make clothes, and am very jealous of people who can. I took a few courses a little while back but I think it’s one of those things that, for me, needs lots of time and practice (of which I seem to very quickly run out of!)

However, when my sister was pregnant, I asked for a baby clothes making book for my birthday with the intention of getting back into clothes making and creating a whole wardrobe for the arrival of my little niece or nephew.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) for my nephew Jacob (now over a year old), being born in the same year as my wedding…he would be still be toddling around in just his nappy if it wasn’t for good old M&S or Mothercare filling the hangers my intentions never did!

Anywho, when I did get around to finally dusting down the baby clothes book, this time it was for a friend’s little baby girl – which actually turned out for the best as some of the patterns for boys in said book were pretty hillarious. For little girls though, there were plenty of cute outfits…but which to choose?

I decided on a cute little tunic top and baby bloomers…

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Those bloomers look even cuter when your model is the very pretty lady herself…Seren.

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Maybe if I scale these bloomers up (a lot!) it could be a step on the way to getting back on the way to making clothes for myself….hmmm, or maybe I will just stick to the baby clothes for now!