I have just finished making a playmat as a new baby gift, As I like a challenge, I choose to applique stars onto a fab green jersey, I was a bit apprehensive about quilting a stretchy fabric , but was amazed to find it quilted without any problem!
The stars were cut from stashed cotton fabrics as was the seersucker binding.
I used green jersey on both sides sandwiching fleece in between as batting , the result is a lovely soft and warm playmat .
The stars were tacked and then hand embellished with simple running stitches, when these were all done I added the jersey backing , ensuring the layers were flat took a bit of extra time .
Once it was all pinned securely, it was on to my Bernina and her walking foot to echo quilt the design.
The quilting was led by the design , I edge stitched a central star and then worked across to the next one until all stars were done I echo stitched the outline of the design, was fun to do and so pleased with the finished result.
Let me know what you think.
I thought I’d share my latest make , made as a gift for a friend’s new baby, I used an Alicia Paulson pattern available here Tiramisu Baby Blanket this is the second time I have made this pattern, the first time was a couple of years ago and I was quite new to crochet , so I struggled less this time round !
I used 4 50g balls of double knit , I went up to a 4.5 hook as I crochet a bit tight.
Is a lovely pattern with eyelets around the edges to thread a ribbon through and the easy care acrylic yarn will mean it is easy to wash and tumble dry.
My blanket ended up 55cm x 72cm which is a little smaller than the pattern but a good size for a pushchair or car seat, I am not sure I did the edging correctly but I think it looks pretty .
Have you made this blanket ?
Today I finished this cat softie as a gift for a new arrival
After a request for a gift for a new baby that had arrived in a cat loving family , I took a look on pintrest for some inspiration , sketched out a rough design and then drafted out a pattern .
I chose some coordinating cotton and felt oddments , using plain for the hands, back of the head and back legs and the print for the remainder.
Putting together was reasonably straight forward , I applied the felt pieces with zigzag and hand embroidered the eyes, mouth and whiskers then made up the head and body, arms and legs.
I attached the head to the body , the arms ,legs and tail and turned through , I had originally intended to stitch the base of the back and front together to close , however as I was stuffing , it occurred to me that it would be nice if she could sit up , so I drafted and cut a base and part stitched , leaving a gap to turn through , if I had considered the base earlier I would have left part of the side seam open for turning instead . Turning through is always a bit of a struggle once the arms and legs are attached !
However am pleased with how she turned out , when I make another, as well as making opening in side seam, I’ll add the seam allowance to my pattern as I was too lazy to do this and added ‘by eye’ when cutting , which is not to be recommended .
Do you have a suggestion for best place to turn softies through ? Let me know , would love to hear from you
I thought I’d share my quilted baby play mat, I made this over the Christmas break for a new arrival and thought I’d take some photos before I deliver it to the new Mum.
I have made several of these quilts as gifts in the past and they are always well received, however free motion quilting is not one of my favourite things but I love the way the finished result adds texture to the fabric.
As an compulsive and eclectic maker I have made a resolution to note down measurements as occasionally I am asked to make another of something and find myself having to work it all out again. See my method here Quilt tutorial
The finished quilt measures about 95cm (37.5″) square and is made from squares and sashes in cotton and wool blanketing for batting. This gives the finished quilt a lovely weight. In this quilt the blanketing was quite a dark pink , which shows through the white cotton, giving an overall pale pink colour .
For the free motion quilting I used a stencil, tracing the continuous pattern with a washable fabric pen . This takes quite a long time , I have found this works well for me as I can see the line to follow as I am machining, knowing where I am going next helps the flow of quilting and assists with getting an even stitch length.
Take a look at Leah Day for fab tips
My top tips for free motion quilting are:
- Practise, it’s so tempting to have quick go , decide your ready and then spend an evening unpicking uneven stitches.
- Slow needle, fast arms – choosing a regular pattern will help you get into rhythm.
- Start with a simple pattern, larger loops are easier to master.
- Begin with a small project ( a single bed quilt is too big) it’s hard to master new technique whilst simultaneously rotating layers of fabric and batting.
- Select the end needle down position, this will allow you to stop at any point to take a break , reposition your project, and relax your shoulders .
I enjoyed making the quilt and it’s a great way to use up those fabric pieces in your stash which are small but just too pretty to throw out.
What are your favourite tips for free motion quilting?