Monday, 23 September 2013

3 Random Things

1. Back when we were pregnant Sharon and I arranged a little baby goodies swap.  Well my lovely parcel arrived last week and I was very spoiled with lovely cloths, a flannel blanket, mini sewing kit and gorgeous pixie hat for James.

Swap goodies from A Prairie Sunrise

2. I made another 2 fabric baskets


3. Summer is well and truly over and I've pulled out all my Christmas fabric to choose some to make a stocking for the baby boy using this lovely pattern from Camille. (And yes I just quickly pulled the duvet cover over all the random stuff on my bed to take this photo - keeping it real!)

Christmas Fabric

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Adventures with Wool

I started knitting at the end of last year when I was pregnant and last blogged my adventures with wool here

Since then I've finished the matinee jacket (and made James wear it at least 3 times before our heatwave!)

James' Matinee Jacket

I've also started a new hat for James

A new project - a baby hat!

and almost finished my crochet ripple blanket

Crochet blanket almost there!

But my biggest challenge was this little jumper

James' Jumper

I spent most of a week's holiday at my parents working on it when I had lots of babysitters (and so my Mum could help me with the neckband).  I proudly cast it off and with just the last few side seams to sew up, held it up to said cherub and very quickly realised there was no way it would go over his head.  It was thrown down in disgust and left behind with my Mum to wave some magic.  

James' Jumper Back

Which she most certainly did with the addition of these clever buttons.  And I couldn't resist a picture of the little man himself modelling it!


Friday, 20 September 2013

Ben's Quilt

Remember this little stack of fabric?

Making fabric combinations - red & grey elephants.

Well I finally made it into a quilt hurrah! In fact I made it a month or so ago for friends who live nearby and had a little boy 3 months after James was born. The very first quilt I gave away was a little playmat I made for Ben's older brother Adam. (I'm rather embarrassed looking at it now but it's nice to see how far I've come with my quilting.

Ben's Quilt

Simple tumbers (cut using a template - I really need a Sissex!), backed in Ikea hippo print, quilted 1/4" in from the seams and a Bonnie & Camille spotty binding.

Ben's Quilt Back

This one was hard to give away - so just as well I have enough Tumblers left to make a little pram quilt for James.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 


which this week is at MissyMacCreations

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Erm now where was I?  Is there anyone still here?  It's been ages since I blogged anything but I have been doing a tiny bit of sewing over the past couple of months.  Now that I don't have a sewing room I find it easier to work on one main project at a time (with a little bit of cheating with different things at the weekend!)

Rachel's Quilt Blocks

My current Work in Progress is this huge quilt as you go quilt for my sister's 30th (she is 31 later this month . . . . . .)  I've got a little system in place where my machine is set up on the kitchen table and I can sew a few strips at a time when the baby boy naps.  I now have 21 out of 36 done and I've run out of wadding so can fully justify working on something else until I create some more wadding scraps!

Linking up for the first time in ages with 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced