Annabelle’s Quilt.

Remember my post in January about learning new skills? Well, here is the first skill (i.e. free hand machine embroidery) in action for real (as opposed to the cute, but quite simple, little cards!)

This is a quilt I made for my friend Jane who had her baby Annabelle in December.

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I wanted to incorporate something that was personal to Jane and her husband Marcus which is where the birds come in. Jane and Marcus were married in September 2011 and they had a bird and heart theme to their wedding day (complete with heart and bird shaped cookies as favours that Jane – also a crafty one – made herself!). It’s the birds I am most pleased with on this quilt…

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that there is not an ounce on masculinity in this quilt! Jane is a  pretty girly person so I used subtle pastel pink and green floral and spotty fabrics for the colours, and edged the whole thing in super pretty lace binding (which is a very exciting new discovery for me!).

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However, knowing he is an enthusiast, just for Marcus I added the little scooter (sorry it wasn’t bright red Marcus like your actual scooter, but that wouldn’t have matched my colour scheme!)

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The layout of the patchwork is very similar to Ava’s quilt that I made around the same time as this, but with more subtle and fewer colours, and the centre panel is different, being personalised to the new mum and dad and their baby.

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I also, as I mentioned, wanted to try out my skills in free hand machine embroidery! It was a bit risky and, at first, I thought it was looking a bit messy but now I’m so pleased I did, as I think (if I say so myself!) it looks fab! I’m sure I will be featuring free hand a lot more in my work (hopefully seeing some improvements)…it is, after all, the ‘crack cocaine of the sewing world‘ according to Kirstie Allsopp!

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Jumping on the Great Baking band wagon.

I very rarely watch TV…in fact, I actually don’t even know how to turn it on (ask Pete…this is the honest truth!). However, I do make an exception for The Great British Bake Off (and even then I watch it on iplayer!) – it’s my weekly treat.

It seems, like sewing, that baking is yet another good ol’ tradition that has come back around in popularity and ‘trend’. I personally love baking…I just wish someone would give me a few more hours a day to be able to fit it in.

Anywho, I reckon because of this rise in baking (ha ha, rise, get it…oh dear!), I have been asked to make a number of aprons of late – both for adults as well as children…

A cute retro-style half pinny customised with name and age (there is a little 21 in the small heart…if you can see!)

The other apron I made for a fellow Dominique Bader bride – check out her wedding here – beeeeaaaauuuutiful!

Hannah contacted me to make an apron and oven gloves for her friend who loves baking…and sausage dogs (who doesn’t!).

(Note to self: must find a better way to photograph these aprons!)

And of course – the token children’s apron…everything’s cuter made in size mini…

Happy baking everyone! (Please save me some cake…)