Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Summer Sewing.






I am doing a fair bit of sewing but not so much blogging. Hopefully I will catch up eventually. I can hardly believe this but I have the next 2 WHOLE days to myself as DH and DS are going on a fishing trip up the coast. I have greatly encouraged this - purely in their interests of course - lol ! They are going to the beautiful island of Anglesey ( home to Prince William and Kate ). DD Jess will hardly be here as she is working lots of hours in her job so I have STACKS of time to sew. It is hot here just now so I will be firing up my fan and sewing like a madwoman - yeeha !!

It seems at the moment I have 10 million projects on the go but I am going to concentrate on something in particular. Jess is going to a christening at the end of August and has asked me to make a quilt as a gift - - - - for each baby - - - - - that's right - - twins !!!


I have never before made quilts for twins and so I thought the simplest thing is to make 2 the same but put their names on them ( btw - both are girls ) . I spent nearly four hours the other day cutting out 2.5 by 4.5 inch bricks in BRIGHT colours as requested by Jess.






I am calling them rainbow quilts and here's where I'm up to.....





I am adding 4 rows to each quilt at a time so as not to get too confused. I have drawn up a diagram ( very unlike me ) and following it as I sew. With a bit of luck I will get the main bits done over the next couple of days and then add names and applique. I have the perfect binding for these and am sure I will get them done in time.


I realised I haven't shown you another baby quilt that was recently completed. This quilt practically made itself as the half square tris were already made for something else ( which I changed my mind over half way through ) and so the pinwheel blocks went together really quickly. Once the top was done I searched my stash for backing and found a piece of baby blue fleece in just the right size. And once quilted I had a gander in my extra bit of binding tin and found a great big piece in a lovely matching blue - serendipity - lol !




Here it is - simple but sweet.





I am so over making baby quilts for a while - although 2 friends have recently become pregnant - and you know what that means ???



I leave you with a picture of some of the most important men in my life. My fantastic nephew Jamie just graduated and we are all very proud of him. Obviously thats him in the middle with my DH on the left and my Dear Dad on the right. Well done Jamie - all he needs to do now is find a job - which in todays situation here could prove a bit of a challenge - he is very keen to earn some money - lol !


One more sleep and my sewing marathon will begin.

Take carexx

16 comments:

Gail said...

Lucky you, having all that time to stitch! I enjoy it so much when my house is empty! You will be happy to see them come home though. Love the baby quilts, all three. I've only made three, no one is having babies!

claudia said...

I am just a tad jealous of your stitching time. I'm sorry...did I say a tad??? No, I am a lot jealous.
I hope you enjoy yourself. Have some good stitching fun for me too!
Love love love those twin baby quilt tops. The colors are scrumtuous! And that blue pinwheel I squealed over, it is so cute!

Isabella said...

Love that blue baby quilt , That is all I seem to be doing just now my grandchildren are having babies :)

sewkalico said...

Cute quilts! I would love unadulterated sewing time!! You lucky girl!!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh how lucky are you to have 2 full sewing days! I"ve been stealing a few mins here and there, but not doing much at at time. I"m so ready to get back to it! I LOVE those twin rainbow quilts! Those are AWESOME! They are going to be great!

Pam said...

You have been making a lot of baby quilts lately. They are nice to make because they go together so easily and are so appreciated!

Hope you are having a fun time sewing away!

Teresa said...

Nice quilts in the making - hope you enjoy your days to sew.

Guðrún said...

I am looking forward to see the finished quilts for the twins, the other one sure is sweet and simple!

Helen in the UK said...

Both the brights for the twins and the soft and gentle blues look wonderful. Isn't it great how much variety we can get as quilters :)

vtquilter said...

Nice to hear from you again! love that little sweet quilt and the twin ones are adorable. The babies will love them. Hope you enjoy your 'alone' time.

Chrissie said...

I love the baby quilt. My grand-daughter is being christened in October and I would love to make a mini quilt for her - just wish that I had all your lovely sewing time!

Shirley said...

Just checking in Andrea, I knew that I had been here before and seen what you get up to. Hope you have pressed that send button for Camelot. Well done on the baby quilts. Good luck to your nephew on the job hunt.

Floss said...

Of course the fishing time is in their best interest - LOL.
I love the bright baby quilts, I think these bring quilts and the blue one too, will have a longer life that really cutesy ones.

Chris H said...

Simple and Sweet indeed.
Have fun on your sewing marathon.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Hope your sewing marathon went to plan and you achieved great and wonderous things...loving the zig zag effect on the twins' quilts in the lovely bright fabrics...

Jeanne said...

Love your baby quilts, especially the rainbow quilt. Lots of babies here, too. :-)