Quilted cushion

Boy the weeks are flying by now I am back at work after maternity leave, I decided this week I really needed to make a concerted effort with sewing because my machine was gathering up some serious dust. So in stepped the patchwork cushion cover from love patchwork and quilting magazine, the pattern is by the very talented Ali from very Berry handmade.co.uk

Here is my effort

  

It is funny because if you follow me on Facebook you would have seen that I was not sure on the pink with the lime green but I ended up loving that colour combo but disliking the center panel, it just doesn’t seem to fit in with the other fabric. 

This cushion held some more firsts for me, my first lined cushion and my first bias binding. 

   
 

After not absolutely loving my fabric choices I decided to make some more cushions but with different fabric. 

  
These are similar in colour to the cushion I have just made but the prints are less busy so fingers crossed. 

  
My other choice I am not so confident in, I am dithering over the green. What do you think? What colour would you replace it with?

A finished Quilt or is it a blanket?

I have finally finished my oldest sons quilt! I may have started this when he was a toddler but he will start big school (primary school) in September! I am blaming time for how long this one took, has anyone else noticed how quickly time has been passing recently… In the last 2 years… ? I swear it is not my fault projects seem to take so long.

But here is my first ever finished quilt

On his bed already
On his bed already

Now technically this may not be a quilt as it has no wadding/batting and is not really quilted. It has a fleece back and the front is patchwork made from my sons baby clothes.

Now I am proud of this for several reasons:

1. It is my first ever FINISHED as in COMPLETED quilt!

2. It has appliqué on it in three different places and I can count on one hand how many times I have attempted appliqué.

Appliqué

Appliqué monstersApplique3. Because my son loved it.

A bit of everything

So what have I been up to? Quite a lot actually!

On the baking front, We (I do all my baking with my son, he picks out what we make) made these yummy strawberry cakes

Strawberry cupcakesStrawberry cupcakes

This was my first time using a piping bag and the outcome was well worth the extra washing up. Do you have a favourite cupcake recipe? If you do let me know we are always on the look out for reasons to bake cakes!

We also had mothers day where I got this gorgeous plant from my son

Mothers day plantAND we had a couple of nights away at Legoland, it was not planned we had all been unwell and this was the first time both my boys were unwell at the same time and it went on for about two weeks and it was all quite overwhelming really so we just felt we needed a break, there was many other reasons as well including the fact that I have to return to work soon boo hoo.

Legoland ride Now if you have no children you may want to stop reading now because I am going to be gushing about Legoland and if you do not have any children I could imagine it would be quite boring.

Well where do I start? Whilst expensive staying in the hotel was well worth it, my son was just blown away by everything, the pirate room which had pirate bunk beds (As a side note to parents the room was clean, we could not fault it) They left a mini treasure hunt for my son which was really fun for him to do as we unpacked and the hotel itself was just WOW all I kept thinking was if this had been around when I was a kid I would have been amazed and speechless which I rarely was by all accounts. Also again whilst expensive the food was very good and there was a lot of choice. My views may be slightly tainted as we was able to go Sunday to Tuesday whilst the schools were still in so the place was relatively quiet on the Monday the longest we queued for a ride was 5 minutes. Before I forget the hotel entertainment was just great as well my son had so much fun he didn’t want to leave. So Legoland gets a definite thumbs up.

Again I have been doing bits and bobs in sewing, I have a draw string bag to show off and an almost finished quilt top as well as some more patchwork blocks to show off so hopefully I will be back soon with an update and some pretty pictures.

Quilt block boot camp

At the start of the year I joined the Facebook group quilt block boot camp. Little did I know how much I would enjoy the challenge, patchwork is fast becoming my favourite thing to do.

Patchwork heart

Patchwork heart

I am always a little behind as I write this I have just finished last week’s and this weeks so I am all up to date until tomorrow when another one comes out.

Patchwork block

Cat patchwork block

My personal favourite so far
My personal favourite so far

I have been so behind on everything because both of my boys were quite unwell so much so I was falling apart a bit and started to feel sorry for myself and wondering how much more I could take but then I just gave myself a mental kick up the bottom because of course things could be a lot worse. I have a lovely husband who helps out around the house, two beautiful boys (if I do say so myself) and we are all usually pretty healthy. I am glad to say both boys are on the mend and my kick up the backside made me realise I have a lot to be appreciative of even when things are a bit chaotic!

Pinwheel

Patchwork block

Have a think about it, what are you grateful for?

Baby make

I have a friend who is pregnant and wanted to make something for the baby on the way but I was not sure what until I decided on burp cloths. With all the materials in I cracked on with it, I had looked up some tutorials but it is all quite straight forward so decided to make my own size/shape. The mother to be is very petite (read: Shortie) so I decided not to make them too big and also decided to make them rectangular, I had thought about a kidney bean sort of shape but the expectant mother does not live close by so decided to go with a safe option as I do not want it to be too big.

Without further a do here is what I ended up with I have only made two so far but wanted to get some other sort of cute fabric to mix it up a bit, which hopefully will happen this week…..

Burp clothBurp cloth

Now all I need to do is see how they wash up before I send them out to her, fingers crossed and wish me luck!

Sew Along

I had decided to follow a sew along this year, a patchwork one that would help me improve on my skills and learn new things and after a great amount of searching the net I settled on Pat Sloan’s sew along.

It is a mystery BOM (block of the month) and I have completed January!

Just look at this beauty, she may not be perfect but I was so pleased with it.

Pat Sloan block of the month

I learnt HST (Half square triangles) Which I had never attempted before and heard of a scant 1/4 inch seam for the very first time. I completed my block before hearing about this little tip unfortunately but hey I like the little block warts and all.

Not quite as pointy as I would like
Not quite as pointy as I would like

If you wanted to take part in a sew along I would say this is a good one to try, the instructions are very detailed and easy to follow I can only imagine how much work Pat put in to it.

The cherry on the icing (yes there is more!) comes in the form of her sew along facebook group, it is huge yet everyone is just so lovely which can be unfortunately so rare. Not only do you get lots of inspiration from every ones quilts you also get a sneak peek at sewing rooms, advice and very beautiful scenic views- boy there is a huge amount of snow in some places at the minute!

If you liked the sound of the sew along you can get more information Here.

Fabric, Fabric and more fabric

Well I may have gone a little crazy with buying fabric this month. I bought from four different online shops, yes you read that right FOUR! I would say I need help, send me to fabric rehab (There is a shop by that name by the way) but I don’t want to have to stop buying fabric it is just too much fun.

So without further a do….

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fabric

textile

I have more fabric but I seem to have lost the pictures! I will just have to get all the fabric out again tomorrow and take more, there is nothing like looking a fabric don’t you think?