Saturday, 9 August 2014

Oranges and Lemons

 Hello and greetings to you all.
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I have my eldest daughter home with me for a couple of weeks.
She is a teacher in Exeter, Devon which is a long way from
North Norfolk so I look forward to the school holidays
when she comes home for a while.

While she has been home I have managed to get 
my quilt from this terms Patchwork group finished
and it has gone off to her best friend from school 
who has just had a beautiful baby girl.

I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I 
started, I just thought I would go for something really bright 
and summery after having used quite muted colours on the 
others I have made.

The colours are a bit in your face aren't they.

When it came to putting it together I decided plain white squares
in the middle didn't look right.

I tried a trapunto pattern but that didn't go with the style
of the quilt and
 has ended up as a cushion

 Then my friend Lynn and I came up with a solution
that I love.

She has done a workshop in screen printing and has all the
equipment, so, I found myself a design and off to Lynn s I went.
We had a great day matching colours and trying 
different things.

Once it was all put together with my screen printed squares
I was really pleased with it and was pleased when 
it was so wonderfully received by it's new owner.

All my children love making and crafting things
and eldest daughter ( K) has been given a wonderful old 
Frister and Rosman sewing machine from her Aunt.

So I bought her a copy of " love at first stitch"
by Tilly, one of the contestants from the 1st series of 
the GB Sewing Bee. It comes with a pattern pack which you trace from
so I got some tracing paper as well.

Now K loves vintage style clothing and amongst the
stash of vintage fabrics I inherited from my Mother-in-Law
was this pretty cotton print which she has had her eye on.

So yesterday, with Mum around for advice if needed ( the zip 
caused a few choice words), off she went  to my sewing room.

 With the hem finished this morning, she has gone off
to the beach at Cromer feeling very pleased with herself,
in her new skirt.

And so my little one didn't feel left out
I made the draped top out of the

It takes just a metre of fabric and was so quick and easy as 
there is no fitting etc to do.
She was thrilled with it but it is definitely not for someone with
a larger bust as, although it fitted me, it didn't fall right.

So that is what I have been up over the last week or so.
K is here for a few more days yet so there may be some more
sewing done before she goes back.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and speak soon.



  1. Looks like you are having a great time with the girls! I have the Tilly book but haven't made anything from it as yet.


  2. Some great makes! Love the vintage skirt. Leah xxx

    1. What a brilliant idea to screen print squares to add to your gorgeous quilt! 'Tis lovely! Cute skirt and, love, love the fabrics!

  3. Love your quilt - what a great effort and I hope the recipient will take care of it as the precious heirloom that it is. I started a quilt for my niece when she was born - she was 19 on her birthday in April - but I could never hand it over to my sister because a) she would have boil-washed it and b) she would have given it to a charity shop when she was finished with it! So now I'm going to finish it - nope not quite there yet! - and give it to my new Grandaughter! Lovely for you to have the girls at home. The new skirt is fab and really suits her and I love the new top for the little'un too. Well done, Mumxxx

  4. The quilt is very lovely and such a good idea to use the screen printing. I love the skirt and top that have been made too.

  5. Looks like you are having great fun at your house at the moment - can I come and play too........?
    Julie xxxxxxx

  6. Such industry, and isn't it lovely when they take an interest in a hobby you love. Great makes all round. X

  7. Gorgeous quilt - not too in your face at all. I like a bit of bright zingyness (is that a word?!) for summer. I like your blue dress with the shoulder detail - did you make that too? xCathy

  8. Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
    Thank you for all your hard work in making the challenge so successful, it's a shame that the challenge is ending but I can totally understand your reasons and wish you all the best.
    Sue xx Obat aborsi