Sunday, 20 October 2013

Becca's birthday card

I love a handmade card, and as you'll probably know from my past posts I'm a big fan of the "bunting" card - it's fairly simple but very effective.  I got a lovely one from my friend Claire and have copied it many times since. Here I've used a strong background against the bunting, and used pen to create a shadow effect.

It's so simple it doesn't warrant a tutorial, I would only say this - the bunting triangles will be smaller than you first think!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Farmer's Wife Quilt...

I've been getting restless with quilts. I have never been the most patient of people, and making quilts with one continuous pattern is getting a little bit dull. I've looked into various basic block combinations but not felt enough "pull". Then, I discovered this book....

The Farmer's Wife Weekly magazine ran a competition in 1922 for the letters answering the question "would you let your daughter marry a farmer?". There were various cash prizes for the best letters. Over 7000 people wrote in, and the best letters have inspired a block which makes up the pattern on the quilt. I'm going to attempt this as I liked the idea of picking and choosing on a large project, and will be using a limited colour palette (hello, dark reds and yellows!). I'm fully expecting this to take me years.

Can't wait!

Friday, 4 October 2013

More bibs, and booties too!

I've made some little dribble bibs for baby Joshua, there were 5 but I realised as I was ironing them that the one with little teddy bears had them wearing red and white stripy jumpers! Nooo! So there's only 4 going to him at the moment.

The lovely little blue booties were made by my mum (who is the fastest knitter I know).  So cute! I was tempted to keep them for myself, but I couldn't deprive a tiny baby of footwear..... :)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013