I usually like to use these Christmas holidays to get some time in my sewing room. And these holidays I’ve finished two quilts so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.
Both quilts are from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley and I haven’t bought a quilt book in ages but this one I bought when I was lucky enough to do a workshop when the lovely Camille came to Australia. This is the baby blocks pattern from the book.
I’m not that great with triangles and points so I’m not 100% happy with this quilt but I gave it a good go and it looks lovely all finished. It uses a charm square and white fabric and doesn’t take too long to put together. I’ll definitely make another one because it’s such a sweet baby quilt and just the right size. I think it would look great in navy and green for a boy.
I used Handmade by Bonnie & Camille, white quilters muslin for the white and on the back used another Bonnie & Camille fabric. And yep the binding too is Bonnie & Camille. I just love using their fabrics as they are bright and pretty and I love the colours so much. It was very sunny when we photographed these so you can see right through them but in normal light you can’t.
The second quilt is called Swell and also from Simply Retro. This one involved a lot of cutting, a lot! So I did the cutting in 2 sessions and put the blocks together whenever I got some time in my sewing room. Next time I’ll use a jelly roll but I loved picking some of my favourite fabrics from the stash. It’s a very simple 12 inch block and so much fun to put together. I just used 9 blocks to make this quilt but you can make more (in fact the pattern has more but I thought 9 was looking good for a baby quilt.
You then add a white border and then another border and it was a great excuse to use some new fabric I had from the Farm Fun range by Stacy Iest Hsu. It’s such a bright and fun floral and made the quilt so girly and pretty. Just how I like my quilts. I quilted this on one rainy day with breaks to change nappies, make snacks and check on little ones.
They were having a great time trashing the playroom and it didn’t take too long to quilt. The binding I did the next day and hand stitched to the back of the quilt in a few sessions.
For the back of the quilt I used a big floral design from Handmade by Bonnie & Camille which is in a mint green and suited the quilt perfectly. Because the quilt was so wide I had to cut 2 long pieces of fabric and sew them together for the back. The batting in both quilts is 100% cotton which I’ve been buying from Craft Depot at a good price.
And now my girls are asking me for pj shorts so I’ll be taking a break from quilts for a little while and whipping them up some pj shorts and hopefully getting back to some knitting. My 19 week scan is on friday and we’ll know if we are having a girl or boy. I’m saying girl because I’ve put on so much weight but time will tell. Either way I’m thrilled and looking forward to making a few little things in pink or blue.