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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Finished – Taupe Baby Quilt

I have finished the taupe baby quilt:

Taupe quilt 4

  Taupe quilt 2

It is backed with Minkee fabric – a very soft faux fur:

Taupe quilt 3

This will be lovely for a baby, but it meant that I had to make the quilt in a whole new way. Instead of layering the top with wadding and backing fabric, I just used the fur fabric, tacked it all well and then quilted the two layers together with a walking foot on my sewing machine. This is the first time I have used the walking foot, and I am quite pleased with the way it worked. (It was much easier to use than I had thought it would be and I must find another opportunity to practice using it.)

I hand stitched around the seams and stitched outline ducks in the centre squares – this was with blue thread, just through the top layer of fabric, to give a hand quilted effect.

Taupe quilt 1

The binding is the same blue as the ‘quilting’ thread.

Taupe Top

Snow days are great for sewing!

This is the quilt top nearly finished, with just the borders to sew on. Click on the photo to get a bigger version.

I am going to quilt it as usual with wadding and a backing, but then I am thinking of backing the whole quilt with lovely soft ‘Minky’ fabric.

Taupe Top

Baby Taupe

I am planning to make a quilt for a friend who is expecting a baby. I wanted to get away from ‘pink and blue’ baby fabrics, so I have pulled out some fabric in subtle brown, beige and cream colours:

Baby taupe colours

My friend who knows about these things (and is a grandma) tells me that these colours are very much ‘of the fashion’ for babywear, so I will work on using these for the new quilt.

I want to use a single English Wedding Ring block again, probably using 3 inch squares:

I will keep you posted on progress…

Epiphany Sunrise

Sunday 6 January is the Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the visit of the wise men to Jesus with their rich and symbolic gifts.

This was the sunrise that was happening as I got ready for church this morning.

One of the readings for today is from the book of Isaiah (60:1-3):

‘ Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.’

A New Year Quilt

Happy New Year!

Here is my first finished quilt of the year, made with the leftover fabric from the pink and green wedding quilt:

star quilt 005

It is a small quilt (27 inches by 33 inches) filledwith ‘Warm and Natural’ cotton wadding.

The backing is a piece of mottled pink fabric, and it is quilted all over with large cookie cutter stars. I have not been able to get a clear enough photo to  show you those, but it  works well – the front looks well quilted and the back has the pattern of stars, which pick up the star print in one of the pink fabrics  on the front.

Here is a close up:

star quilt 003

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