A New Home For A Gnome

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.”

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on June 22, 2021 - 12:22

    The Gnome quilt has such humour and charm it is bound to cheer whoever is the lucky recipient. I can just imagine you and your daughter sewing together – how lovely.

    • #2 by tialys on June 22, 2021 - 14:38

      It was the perfect excuse to use the block and ingratiate myself with my new crafting group at the same time 😉

  2. #3 by claire93 on June 22, 2021 - 12:29

    that’s some lovely, bright sewing there, Lynn ^^
    Love how the gnome turned out and that he’s going to become someone’s snuggle quilt!

    • #4 by tialys on June 22, 2021 - 14:39

      I like to veer into bright colours from time to time – usually when it’s for somebody else.

      • #5 by claire93 on June 22, 2021 - 19:07

        I love bright colours. I also love busy prints ^^

      • #6 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:02

        I do too sometimes.

  3. #7 by Laurie Graves on June 22, 2021 - 13:44

    So very nice to work on projects with your daughter. That quilt is utterly adorable, and those bags are snappy. You will be the envy of shoppers in grocery stores.

    • #8 by tialys on June 22, 2021 - 14:40

      The bags have already proved very useful indeed.

  4. #9 by nanacathy2 on June 22, 2021 - 14:03

    I love the quilt-it counts as a scrap happy project for sure. How lovely to create with your daughter. Quite sure Mum and I would have squabbled! Shopping will be fun with nice bags.

    • #10 by tialys on June 22, 2021 - 14:41

      Squabble? The very idea!

  5. #11 by CurlsnSkirls on June 22, 2021 - 15:29

    Lovely bright colours for that gnome quilt, Lynn – I particularly like the pops of yellow. And the bags are terrific – so glad they’re proving useful! Always nice to work on projects with family members. 😉

    • #12 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:05

      Yes, although my patience is tested to the limit at times. I know now that my early career thoughts of being a teacher would definitely not have been a good move for me.

      • #13 by CurlsnSkirls on June 23, 2021 - 16:35

        Teaching students is very different from teaching your own child or a relative, particularly someone very close to you. (Bet everyone “shares” in your crafting group. 😉)

  6. #14 by magpiesue on June 22, 2021 - 17:51

    I love it! The quilt is darling, and I’m sure will be much appreciated. The bags are sophisticated, much more elegant than the freebies my guys use. (I can’t be bothered to make something as simple and useful as a tote bag!)

    • #15 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:04

      Sometimes I like a simple project just to get me back in the swing of things or to use up some stash fabric.

  7. #16 by Susan Nixon on June 23, 2021 - 00:16

    I see the parts department idea is international! I’d love to see how you organize yours. This is a darling baby quilt and is sure to give some smiles to those parents who receive it. How wonderful that Miss T. has become interested enough to sew some with you!

    • #17 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:00

      I have my blogging friends in the U.S. to thank for my Parts Department idea.

  8. #18 by katechiconi on June 23, 2021 - 01:19

    I remember that gnome! I’m so glad he’s going to a good and appreciative home, surrounded by riotous colour. I think the idea of using up paper pieced trial blocks as the central medallion of baby quilts is a great idea, and gives you a good excuse to break out into some more challenging sewing from time to time. And so great that you Miss T finally driving the sewing machine 🙂 How long till she can leave off the L plates, I wonder…

    • #19 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 12:00

      Quite a long time I imagine 😉

  9. #20 by kathyreeves on June 23, 2021 - 03:35

    So much fun sewing together! The bags look fabulous, and the gnome quilt is wonderful!

    • #21 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 11:58

      It’s nice to have company in the sewing room once in a while but I wouldn’t want to share it full time 😉

  10. #22 by DawnGillDesigns on June 23, 2021 - 08:19

    what a lovely project to support – the families will gain beauty from horror.

    • #23 by tialys on June 23, 2021 - 11:57

      These small quilts are just so much easier and faster to work on so I don’t mind giving them up at the end of it. Plus, I just think of the recipients and what they’ve had to go through.

  11. #24 by Emmely on June 23, 2021 - 09:53

    Great idea to use up unused blocks this way! That quilt is bound to make someone happy.

  12. #26 by cedar51 on June 24, 2021 - 07:10

    Everything looks awesome, and your “parts department” has a few less objects in it…

    • #27 by tialys on June 25, 2021 - 15:13

      Thank goodness – still quite a few ‘parts’ to use up though and I’m trying not to add to it.

  13. #28 by Lynda on July 1, 2021 - 15:19

    The Gnome is adorable and I look forward to seeing your dog’s face when it is done. Your work looks meticulous to my eyes. Regarding bags: I wish more people would do this here. We have them, but even the hubby forgets to use them and comes home with plastic. sigh… Your bags are beautiful! I am in process of cleaning my studio, which means I have found some fabrics and I wondered, “Why?” I know now just what to do with them! New bags for my new-to-me car. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

    • #29 by tialys on July 4, 2021 - 09:19

      I’m so happy to have been an inspiration to you and in a way that will be useful too. xx❤

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