I love quilts. I love the way they feel, I love the comfortable feeling of snuggling up in a quilt in the cool evening, I love the way each piece is thoughtfully placed and carefully stitched. The thing I don’t like about doing the quilting myself is the commitment it takes to actually finish the darn thing. I posted last time about a frustrating first effort in quilting and I think I’ve gotten over a few of the initial hurdles (i.e. figuring out how to put a border on). I have now sandwiched my batting between my backing fabric and my quilt front (with the ever patient help of my mother in law, Debbie, and a few thousand safety pins). I’m now on to bigger and better things: the actual ‘quilting’ part.
I decided to do both machine and hand quilting. I machine stitched around each of the squares and along the border – all in the ditch. Then I used a washable fabric marker to mark out large circles around each square with a 6-petal flower in the centre. I made my own stencils using my Cameo Silhouette. I’m not sure if I purchased the petal design or if it just came with my Silhouette library. When I saw it I thought it would be perfect. It’s a very simple design, and very easy to sew, but like I said, the commitment is a big one when you decide to hand-quilt. I’ve finished about a third of this quilt so it is hard to see the end in sight!
On other exciting news, I’ve decided to start a business selling patterns and some haberdashery for children’s garments and toys. I’m hoping for a July 1st launch of my website, www.sewsavvy.com. I’m thinking I might also start selling at the local baby and kids market here in Mackay. I’ve made a big order of patterns, books and supplies and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!! One of the products I’m most excited about at the moment is the Babyville Boutique Totally Trainers pattern. Audrey is not quite ready to potty train, but she has learned how to take her diaper off. Anytime you’re not looking she manages to rip her diaper off with one hand and run around excitedly, just daring you to chase her. I’m looking forward to making the trainers, because they will absorb more than plain underwear but be a bit more difficult to remove than disposable diapers. Hopefully it makes the transition to potty training just that little bit easier.
I’m currently working on a pattern of my own design – it’s a baby mobile made from felt hot air balloons. I’ve got four of the hot air balloons completed, and I just need to add some baskets and the hardware. I think they are adorable! There is a soon-to-be born baby I have in mind who will be the lucky owner of my prototype mobile, and who is (as of yet) the gender-neutral muse for this project.