Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baby Jack

One of our good friends was pregnant with their third child. Now they are one of those inconsiderate type who did not want to find out before what sex the baby was.  I know people like the surprise, but for people making gifts, it is a bit inconvenient. 

My friend Vicky is also not the type of person to have a long drawn out labour either, she is one that can pop these babies out in a couple of minutes and lucky to get to the hospital at all.

As I like to give/make gifts as gender specific as possible, it did not leave me much time for a complicated present.

Baby Jack was born on 13/03/13, my predicted date, and he was 8 days overdue. As Vicky was only planning to stay in hospital a couple of hours I had to make something that was quick.

Do you remember this picture?

It was one of the pictures that I painted for Harry's nursery. I love this picture and wish that he could keep it in his room forever. OK maybe that is going a bit far.
When I was thinking about what quilt I could make for Jack, this picture popped into my head.
I blew up the picture using the photo copier until it was a couple of A3 sheets in size.  They were appliqued onto a solid piece of Kona Cotton.
I was a little concerned that the animals were a bit too lost on all the white, so I added a borded of fabric, the same as the elephant.
I again used my new found skill of free motion quilting and quilted inside the border with a random star pattern including a few 'Jacks' written in the quilting. 
The border, I added a second style of free motion quilting. I was unsure for the outer part of the quilt whether to keep it the same quilting as I had done inside the border, or whether to do  something different. I ended up going with a pebble pattern on the outside.   My goodness, pebble quilting takes so long and uses so many bobbins of thread. I dont think I will be doing that again any time soon.
For me, I was given a bit more time to complete the quilt as Vicky contracted Strep A from the hospital when she gave birth and ended up getting very very sick and needed a blood transfusion.  She spent 7 days in hospial on the high dependency unit.  Thankfully she and Jack are a lot better and she is out of hospital.  Not that I want any of my friends to get sick, but I underestimated how long the quilt would take to make, so I was grateful for the extra time to get it done before they arrived home.
I hope they like the quilt. I always worry when I gift anything that I have made.  Do you feel like that?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Stop to Smell the Geraniums

When I first saw the Geranium Dress a while back I knew it was a pattern that I had to buy. It looked very similar to the Oliver and S Bubble Dress, but it did not have the bubble skirt.  Another positive to it, was that it had quite a few different versions to it and one was perfect for me - no gathering. Oh how I hate gathering.

I have since made three Geranium dresses. The one that I am going to show you today is the last of the ones that I made.  It is View B, with a rounded neck.

The fabric is from Spotlight. It was on sale for only $6.00 a metre. I bought a couple of metres, but wish that I had bought more. It is a lovely soft cotton sateen.

The pattern, firstly it is a PDF. Do not let that put you off.  All the points on the pattern actually match (which is really nice) and it comes together really easily. The instructions are very clear and this dress is super quick and easy to make.

For Ella as she is very slim, I have made my usual alterations and made a 3T with 4T skirt length and it is a great fit.

It is a shame that Ella is at school now, as she only gets to wear her dresses on the weekend. If she wasn't I am sure her cupboard would have quite a few more versions of this dress in it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Heart and Soul

Do you remember this post . I started on a heart quilt for one of Ella's day care teachers.  I ended up getting all of the hearts sewn on, but didn't get any further than that.

I wanted to free motion quilt it all over, but as I have never done it before, I was a bit overwhelmed with it all and so put it to the side.

A couple of weeks when Mat was on nights I bit the bullet and started to quilt.  

I am quite uncoordinated and I am blaming it on being left handed. I have practiced stippling, but I can't seem to get it, so I made up this all over pattern which included loops and hearts.   To say that I love it is an understatement.

I am super proud of this quilt, more proud than I have been with any quilt that I have made.  I know it has to do with the free motion quilting, as I actually overcame one of my fears and it worked out.

Another reason I love this quilt so much is it has some of my favourite fabrics in it.  My favourite heart of all is the small liberty one.  This is the first (and only) liberty fabric that I have bought, but I love it so much that I want to buy many many yards of it.

The backing and the binding have a little story to it.  My friend Fiona gave me a pillow case a couple of years ago.  Her sister had burnt one of the pillow cases and so she gave me the other one for me to cut up and use.  Fiona was out shopping one day and saw a doona set the same as her pillow case. She got me a set and I have been keeping it to use for a quilt backing.

I am hoping that the teacher will love it.  I have since found out more of her story and can't believe that she has given all of her love to the kids when she is going through a marriage breakup and has had to return to work for the first time in many years in order to support herself and her two daughters.

Monday, March 11, 2013


I can't remember the amount of times I have made the Oliver and S Bubble Dress. Despite the numerous times I have made it, its still a favourite.  I have definitely gotten my monies worth out of this pattern.

I made two bubble dresses for Ella over Christmas.  She is still slim, so I left the bodice at a size 3T while lengthening the skirt to a size four.

I made the dress a couple of months ago now, but Ella must have grown a few inches as it is looking a little shorter than it was before.

The fabric is Laura Gunn Big Poppies.  I loved this fabric when it first came out and bought a couple of yards of it. I did not realise when I bought it that the flowers were so big and when it came I had no idea what to do with it, so it has been sitting in my stash waiting for something to come along. 

I love the scale of the flowers and being over-sized has really worked on the dress.

Next time I think I am going to have to lengthen the skirt to a size 5, maybe even a size 6.