Friday, May 23, 2014

Working on my good intentions

In the past I have written about blogging more often and I had such good intentions this year of doing just that but as with all my good intentions they seem to elude me.  So, here we are almost half way through the year and I have nothing really to show for it.  Can someone please tell me where this year has gone.  :-)  I seem to have been suffering a loss of mojo for a while now however, I have made a few things this year but haven't blogged about them and I thought I would tell you about my most recent make.

When my daughter informed us that she was expecting her first baby she asked me to make her not one but two quilts.  Now quilting is something I did in a past life and haven't done in quite some time.   Anyhoo, I agreed.  The conversation went something like this; I want pale yellow, pale pink, pale blue, pale green, pale purple and pale orange - read a pallet of those baby pastel colours used years ago when I was having children.  I want triangles.  Do you want any borders?  No! maybe just a little one.  Do you have any particular pattern in mind?  No just triangles.  OK.

Now, thats pretty restricting but at the same time quite liberal and very vague.  Bearing in mind that she has never taken much interest in my quilts and doesn't sew herself I could tell she obviously had something in mind.  This could definitely turn out to be somewhat of a hit and miss situation.

Deciding on a design and shopping for fabric proved to be a difficult task.  I mean, really, what shape triangle do I use; somehow I feel half square triangles are what she has in mind.  And how do I get all those colours to work together.  Have you any idea how hard it is these days to find the colours requested?  Well, let me tell you - it's hard!  Let's just say I think I know every patchwork shop within a one hour radius from here. :-)  Suffice to say, I finally had enough fabrics to make this work.

Sorry but morning sun is very harsh and does nothing for the pretty colours I used
I quilted it diagonally in the ditch and then cross hatched.  I also found a really cute gender neutral Winnie the Pooh fabric for the backing which worked well for a baby.  For the binding I used two fabrics at random lengths joined diagonally.  I'm really happy with the end result.

When I gave the quilt to my daughter I asked "Is this what you wanted?"  Her answer "Yes, exactly!"
I was so pleased to be able to achieve what she had in mind having so little information to work with.  Definitely a hit!

Hopefully I will catch up and post about some of the other things I have actually made this year soon.  Good intentions and all that, you know!

On a final note let me introduce you to my new little grandson, Lincoln.

Mum and baby (21 hours old)

Till next time...


  1. Congratulatios on your new grandson!! The quilt is gorgeous!

  2. Congratulations!on the quilt and grandson !

  3. Congratulations on the new bundle of joy. WoW.. you did a phenomenal job... love it.


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