Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quilt Show

Last weekend I attended the York Heritage Quilt Guild quilt show. I am a member of the guild and had three quilts hanging in the show. My friend Marg came with me and since neither one of us needed any more fabric or notions, we bypassed the vendors. There are quite a few photos which I shall post over the next few days and I hope you find some inspiration.

Just a little close-up.

Well, I guess that's it for today. I hope you found something interesting. I have more photos so come on back tomorrow.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Baby announcements

Have you checked out my profile lately? I am now the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren. The month of October saw the early birth of two little ones, a boy and a girl.

On October 8th my daughter Ayla and her husband David welcomed the birth of their son, Atticus Eliot Clarence. He was born prematurely but is doing very well and is now a whole pound more than his birth weight. I was in England at the time of his birth and got to see him almost every day for his first three weeks. 

Exactly three weeks later, on October 29th, little Wren Margaret was born to my son Eric and his fiance, Davina. She was due November 10th but arrived a tad early. I had returned from England just two days before. Here's a photo of me and my newest little granddaughter shortly after she came home from the hospital.

That makes four grandchildren born in this sesquicentennial year.
I shall certainly be kept busy sewing, quilting and knitting. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Short update

Marg and I are still quilting away. Now we're making a couple of wheelchair lap quilts. Quick to sew tops is what we're after. Since Marg has a 6 inch square ruler, we try to use it whenever we can.

Here's the first quilt we put together. We adapted Katie Blakesley's free pattern called "Star Bright." At first we were going to add a dark border but Marg came across this lime green fabric and we thought it was perfect. The next quilt we are putting together is in pink and purple.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More baby things

Continuing on with my busy busy sewing and knitting.

I forgot to take photos of the first set of change pads I made so here's the second set.

More burp cloths and another hat. The ice cream flannel was leftover pieces from pajamas I made for my two oldest grandchildren.

Soother clips. These take very little fabric. Fat quarters came in handy.

The second quilt I made. Same pattern as the first just a different colour combination.

It's been an absolute joy to create these items. I have more things to make but they shall be for Christmas.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Baby showers

With two new little ones on the way in the next couple of months, there has been a flurry of excitement and of course, to celebrate the impending births, baby showers have taken place. I haven't posted in a while because I have been busy sewing and knitting. Now that the celebrations have taken place and the new future mom's have received their gifts, I can show you something of what I have accomplished.

First off, a gift can't be given unless there is a card attached. I have always made a cross stitched card to go with the gift for a newborn grandchild. This particular design was found in a summer issue of the Cross Stitcher magazine. I came upon it just at the appropriate time - when I was searching for new baby cross stitch patterns. I had tried free patterns online but didn't really like any of them. 

Here's another one out of the same magazine. The library had some very nice cross stitch card pattern books too and I hope to be able to use some of them in the future.

 Several little hats were knitted. I love making them with variegated yarn. you never know how the pattern is going to end up. I have been asked by one of the future dads if there is a matching one for him. Perhaps when I have a bit more time I can whip one up in an adult size.

Another little hat sitting on a pile of burp cloths.

This pile of fabrics that I was auditioning became a baby quilt for the next one due next month.

The new, modern baby quilt.

And here's the label. My Kenmore has not been well and doesn't seem to be able to produce the letter stitches anymore so I have now started to embroider labels.

That's it for now. I'll post more later.