Thursday, March 17, 2016

baby sewing

snuggler

While I was still pregnant I made some small things for our little boy, which I'd like to share here. First, I made a snuggler. I had made one for V. as well and it wasn't looking very good anymore because we actually used it quite a lot and I thought it would be nice to have a new one and that two couldn't hurt. Well, it turned out we didn't really use it that much with L., but I don't mind, it was fun making it and combining these cute fabrics!

snuggler

Then I made this little hooded suit, which has been seeing a lot of use and looks really cute on! Yay! :-)

hooded baby jumpsuit

Those bears are just so cute! I made V. a hoodie and trouser set a while ago and luckily had some fabric left over!

hooded baby jumpsuit

So snuggly! :-) This was actually surprisingly quick and easy to sew! I might have to make another one for next winter ... Let's see ... and now we'll think about spring and summer first!!!

hooded baby jumpsuit

Then of course I had to make some Quick Change Trousers (from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings)! The first one is lined with flannell:

quick change trousers

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The second one might be my favourite:

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And then, on a whim, I made this quick and easy blanket after stumbling on this post and just not being able to resist making one myself. I started off with these fabrics:

fabric pull for blanket

Then I added these:

fabric pull for blanket

And this is the result (I had to substitute the bottom right print with the green text print I ended up using in the middle because my piece of fabric was too small, but I really like the text print in this mix, so I guess it was lucky this way!)

receiving blanket

receiving blanket

receiving blanket

And that flannell is the perfect backing, so glad I could use it for this project! It's one of my very favourite fabrics!

receiving blanket

receiving blanket

And that's it. Not too bad, I think! ;-) :-)

Monday, March 7, 2016

a little quilt made a big trip

... and arrived at our home for L. to snuggle with!

a quilt for L. from Bonjour Quilts

Kirsty sent such a lovely and generous gift all the way from Australia! The quilt is really stunning, I love the colours and prints and the geometric pattern. So happy and dynamic, perfect for a little boy! :-)

a quilt for L. from Bonjour Quilts

a quilt for L. from Bonjour Quilts

She also sent me this. It was quite an emotional moment seeing that little jacket again in real life. Who would have thought back then that my own little baby would be wearing it one day?! :-) There also might have been some chocolate ... Ahem! Thank you again so, so much Kirsty!!! You'll be happy to hear that the quilt has since been spit up on and washed! :-D

a quilt for L. from Bonjour Quilts


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

two finished quilts

There has been some sewing going on around here, and I've been able to finish some long-term projects! First, I finished V.'s quilt:

Little girl's quilt

Little girl's quilt

So, above are pics of the front and back of the quilt on her new bed. The pics are not the best, but I thought I'll write about it now, because it could be a while before I get any better pics. It's been quite dark around here, recently. As you can see, I used two leftover strips from the front and three different cuts of Briar Rose fabric to make the back. I'm really happy with how the quilt turned out! I love the colours and the back is just as pretty as the front! Also, the colours go really well with the rug in V.'s room!

Little girl's quilt

For the binding I used a print from Color Me Retro, that I also used in the front. I cut it across the length of the fabric as opposed to the width as to get more variety in the fabric's pattern.

Little girl's quilt

Little girl's quilt

Little girl's quilt

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!

The other quilt I finished is the block-of-the-month quilt from Jeni Baker's blog In Color Order from some years ago. Again, not the best pictures ... I had the top finished and lingering in my closet since before V. was born and encouraged by Kirsty (and her gorgeous quilts) I finally decided to have it professionally long-arm quilted. The quilter suggested that since it's a lap sized quilt it would be fun to back it with fleece, so we did! I'm really happy with the quilting and the fleece back is so soft and warm. V. loves it! The next bigger kid quilt I'll make will probably get the same treatment! And it was such a relief not to have to quilt this one myself. I think this quilting pattern pulls the quilt top together much better than anything that I could have managed, even if circumstances allowed for longer quilting session!

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!

For the binding I chose this light green print by Anna Maria Horner (I think it's from the Loulouthi collection ...). When I was making the quilt I had a chocolate brown print in mind for the binding, but now I decided something with less contrast would be much nicer. Fortunately I had the perfect print in my stash! I sewed on the binding completely by machine, also encouraged by Kirsty's posts. I think it was the right solution for this quilt that will hopefully see some heavy use and is also relatively thick because of the fleece backing. I could still do with some practice with this technique, but I think the binding looks good enough and also it was so fun to have it finished quite quickly! Yay!

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!

HST Block-of-the-month 2012 finished!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Becky and Betty plus a pencil case

Becky and Betty

Here are two more Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks I made. These will probably be the last I'll make for a couple of weeks, because now I'll have to wait for my book to arrive. After that let's see how much and how long I'm going to be able to keep up, because there will be a new member joining our family in December! :-)

farmer's wife 1930s, block #12 Becky

So this is my version of block #12 Becky. I rotary cut the pieces and the sewing was relatively straightforward, although again I had to unpick because I sewed some pieces together in the wrong order, even though I had them all laid out before me. Thinking before sewing is always a good thing ... I really like the combination of colours in this block on their own, but I'm not too sure I like my fabric choices for this particular block. Among all the Becky blocks I've seen I like the ones with a bit less contrast among the fabrics better than my own choice.

farmer's wife 1930s, block #14 Betty

And this is my version of block #14 Betty. I played it really safe with this one with two solids, a tiny print and a monochrome colour choice. I'm really happy with this one, altough maybe the bigger solid triangles could contrast a bit more from the smaller ones ...?  Anyway, I'm really having fun choosing fabrics for these blocks! It's nice to use up scraps, especially the reproduction style scraps which were gifted to me a long time ago, and sometimes interesting combinations come up by chance. Look at that lovely pile below! Makes me smile! :-)

scraps on the cutting table

Another little finish recently has been this little pencil case:

handmade style pencil case

The pattern is from the book Handmade Style by Anna Graham. I had that little stitching exercise sitting around without a purpose for a while and when I saw the pattern I knew that it would be perfect! It's a great pattern to use up for little quilted bits or similar, since there won't be any bulky seam allowances inside the pouch because of the construction method using bias binding.

handmade style pencil case

handmade style pencil case

For the lining I just had to use those cute panda bears! The colour is a perfect match with the coral embroidery thread and the pandas just make me smile every time I open the pouch. :-)

handmade style pencil case

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

two little Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks

I just couldn't help it, I had to join in, if only a little bit! There are two lovely sew-alongs for the book  The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt. One at verykerryberry and one at Gnome Angel. I decided to go with the latter since my book hasn't arrived yet (and apparently won't for another month ...) and I like that the QAL is working up from the simpler to the trickier blocks. Plus, the lovely Kirsty is taking part in that one, so that was reason enough! :-)

farmer's wife 1930s, block #16 Bonnie

First, I made block #16 Bonnie following the PDF instructions. I rotary cut my pieces and there was some re-cutting to make the blue stripey fabric go in the same direction in both rectangles. Also, I had to unpick and re-sew the pandas because I sewed them on the wrong way up the first time around. It really is advisable to lay out the blocks before sewing, especially since I'm planning to set them on point and it's more difficult for me to envision the layout otherwise.

farmer's wife 1930s, block #8 Aunt

The other block I made so far is #8 Aunt. The fabrics for this one just jumped out at me from my scrap box, so that was a no-brainer. I'm trying to stick with scraps for these blocks, it's such a fun way to use them up and those little pieces are perfect for some scrap sewing! Again, I rotary cut my pieces and since the fabrics are not directional I didn't have any trouble this time. I already have chosen the fabrics for the next two blocks, let's see when I get around to making them!

binding

I'm also slowly but surely attaching the binding on the quilt I made for V.! I'm so happy with how this is turning out! I hope to get it bound and finished soon, so I can take some pictures and share the quilt here! Happy sewing! :-)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

creative exercise mini quilt

a little creative exercise mini quilt

Hello! Finally, I'm showing you a little mini quilt I made during my patchwork course this spring! It was such a fun creative exercise, we all got the same fabric pieces to work with and could only use that fabric plus a white and/or pink solid. I decided not to overthink things and just got cutting and sewing and here is what I came up with.

a little creative exercise mini quilt

I decided to play with the graphic nature of the print and cut and stacked the stripes of the print. I really like this part of the mini and the quilting is a fun addition.

a little creative exercise mini quilt

a little creative exercise mini quilt

a little creative exercise mini quilt

When the top was finished I decided it needed a little something to break up the severe lines and added a little freehand quilting. I think the sentence "remember to dream" is a lovely one for creative endeavours!

a little creative exercise mini quilt

You can have a look at what everyone else came up with here! The post is in Finnish, but you can still look at the pictures! There is also a picture of the piece of fabric we got to work with. It's so fun to see the totally different projects everyone came up with using the same piece of fabric!