Friday, 19 August 2011

Twin quilts !

Well my sewing marathon was brilliant - I can certainly see where all my time goes. When it was just me to see to I had so much time to play with fabric. I lived on salads and did the absolute minimum of housework and sewed until whatever time I wanted. I was really glad to see my boys home but it was fun. Wouldn't like it too often though - lol !
Anyway the upshot was I got most of the twin quilts pieced and in the days after I did the applique names panels - then onto quilting and binding. Here is Cherry's quilt.

And here is Pepper's
Unusual names I know - seems to be the thing with the younger parents. I have seen photos and they are beautiful little girls.
A little close-up of the fabrics and the black polka dot stuff hat I added to tone down the brightness. When DD Jess said she wanted bright and colourful I took her at her word - lol !

And look at this stripey fabric I used for binding - it is an older fabric and I just knew it would come in handy at some point.

As an added bonus I had overcut the brick shaped pieces and had enough to use ( along with some kitty fabric ) to make 2 quilts for Project Linus. These are finished too.

Now they're done the relief is brilliant. Jess attended the baby's christening but none of the gifts were opened at the time. However later on the baby's Mum sent Jess a lovely text to thank her for the gifts and to ask where on earth she had gotten those beautiful quilts as they were just amazing. She said her husband was speechless when he saw them - so of course that made it all worthwhile. Jess is apparently going to "pay" me for making them but not seen any cash yet - lol ! All fabric was from stash so I have just said I will give her them at cost price - haha. She would fall in a heap if I charged her what they're really worth. She is a good girl and I was pleased to make them for her to give her friend so it's all good.
Anyway I have been doing all sorts of other bits and pieces but last night I was really tired and instead of my usual couple of hours handsewing I started flicking through some magazines. Saw a lovely quilt in one of them which got my brain whirling. It was called Wagon Wheels and as the name suggests involved circles - I love circley things - lol ! Well before I got myself in trouble by starting something else I went rootling in my various boxes and baskets and dug out a UFO. Started over 4 years ago I think. It is called Wheel of Fortune. I sent to US for templates from John Flynn and used a pack of fabric from eBay. Can't remember fabric name - tropical jungle or something. I made 1 block ( nearly ) and because the inner didn't fit the outer properly I lost interest and stuck the whole lot in a box and that's where it's been ever since. Here is the almost completed block
And I also had another 11 of these inner bits done but without the spikey bits added. I think the trouble was my seam allowance was too big and there was a lot of fullness to ease in and it doesn't look very good.

Spent a bit of time with my unpicker last night and going to see what I can do to this over the weekend. Will update you soon
have fun xxx

18 comments:

Vicki W said...

The kid quilts are so cute!

sewkalico said...

Great baby and Linus quilts! Well done on getting so much done.
I am very proud of you digging in your UFO's and not starting something new. Goodness knows I couldn't LOL.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful quilts, Ansdrea! Nice to see you posting again. :o) Love the wheel of fortune blocks and good job digging in the ufos, maybe I'll try that!

Teresa said...

The twins quilts are wonderful and I love the way you put their names on the quilts. That wagon wheel block is something else!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I just LOVE the twins quilts. The fabrics are so happy and cute! And I love the black polka dot fabric.

Ali Honey said...

You have been so busy while I was not looking. The quilts are all lovely. Did they catch any fish?

Ali Honey said...

You have been so busy while I was not looking. The quilts are all lovely. Did they catch any fish?

Marilyn Robertson said...

The bright quilts are wonderful! You have sure been quilting up a storm! I am looking forward to you Wheel Of Fortune block too. :)

Gail said...

So this is the UFO you were speaking of? Wow, what a project-making circles fit is tough, good luck. Can't wait to see it all finished. The Baby quilts are wonderful and sure to be cherished "blankies".

Jindi's Cottage said...

Well you certainly used your time productively! The twins' quilts are fantastic...I have some of that stripey fabric you've used as the binding, it is perfect binding...love the whirly twirly block...I have a project box with a similar (could be the same) block that wants to grow up and be a whole quilt one day...

Guðrún said...

The quilts for the twins are awesome, so bright and cheerful. You have been very productive, 4 quilts finished!

Val said...

I enjoyed my first visit to your blog I am a Welsh Quilter living in Australia I will drop in now and again for another lovely visit

Diolch
Val

vtquilter said...

Interesting names! Very cute quilts and sounds like they parents are very happy with them. Glad you got some quality quilting time to relax.
Love the wheel ones... could you just keep them as is and applique them down onto a background and add a little yo-yo to the center? Would be a pretty little wall hanging..... just a thought.

Floss said...

Fantastic Baby quilts, it great how they are the same bit different. The cat fabric is very cool. Glad that the loved them.

Cheryl said...

Cherry's & Pepper's quilts are wonderfully fun!! I never would have thought to incorporate name like that. Love it!! Well done.

Chris H said...

WOW is all I can say!
Awesome work Chick.

laurajane said...

Wow. Wow. Stunning stuff.xx

laurajane said...

Wow...stunning