Around 18 months ago I showed you this gnome that I had made using the foundation paper piecing method……just because.
It’s a twelve inch finished block that ended up in my Parts Department as I didn’t really know what to do with it after I made it. Ever get that feeling?
Anyway, the crafting group I joined a few weeks ago is committed to supporting Project Linus UK** and, although I can’t face piecing and quilting anything large at the moment, a small baby quilt measuring around 30 x 30 inches is eminently doable and will fit nicely under my machine for some rudimentary quilting (which is the only quilting I do).
So, the first step was to cut off those little black beads I’d used for his eyes, promptly lose them down the cracks in my floorboards, and replace them with my even more rudimentary embroidery.
Then, using my stash and scraps, I did a spotted border to reflect those spots on his top and red cornerstones to pick up the hat.
Also in my Parts Department, I had the remains of a batik charm pack and then cut the cornerstones from fabric left over from a quilt I made for my niece’s baby a couple of years ago.
I used a cream fabric with a slightly embossed design for the border and the same fabric I used for the cornerstones as a backing.
Then I marked the quilt top with a simple, diagonal cross hatch design ready for machine quilting.
I had a fat quarter of Provencal fabric in my stash which, with a few joins and a bit of luck, was just enough to make the binding.
To give credit where credit’s due, Miss Tialys the Younger joined a lot of the ¼ inch seams for me while I did the measuring and cutting and, because she’s learning, she probably took much more care than I do.
I hope the baby and his/her parents like this little quilt and it brightens up their days which might have had a traumatic start of one sort or another.
Next, I have a paper pieced dog’s face in the Parts Department which I might treat in a similar way to this but make it rectangular for a bassinet.
While Miss T. the Younger was in the swing of things we made some tote bags together so now she has her own hand made ‘bags for life’ to go shopping with and I have another two to add to my collection, We made them with box corners rather than the more simple shape as I find them much more useful for grocery shopping,
Again, I did all the measuring and cutting out but, hopefully, she’ll show an interest in doing that too eventually 🙄 Still, even if she doesn’t, it’s nice to spend time together doing something creative when she visits. Plus, yet more stash fabric gets used up in a useful way. Those first two fabrics are from Ikea I don’t know how many moons ago.
** from the Project Linus website:
“Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.”