First off, I’m still here, and still pregnant… 41 weeks along! I’ve been walking a couple of miles a day, eating pineapple in every form, taking raspberry leaf tablets, bouncing on an exercise ball, and I even ate curry three nights running, and still this baby is going nowhere… Even after I fell down the stairs yesterday (not a scheduled part of the labour inducing plan!)
So tomorrow morning I’ll be trying some reflexology to coax things along and on Monday I’m being admitted for an induction. I was so certain there would be some news by now that I even took my sewing machine in for a very long overdue service on Saturday, what a fatal mistake that was, I’m going stir crazy without it!
Still I did manage to finish a couple of things before I handed it over. Firstly the Sherbet Pips crib quilt, which is without a doubt my favourite quilt to date.
The style of quilting is more accidental than planned. For the first time I added some detail to the back of the quilt, but it didn’t precisely match with the front, so I needed a style of quilting that wouldn’t give that away… Accidental, but I love it!
For those curious about the pre-washing of the batting/wadding, it definitely seems to have made the end result less baggy/crinkly, although whether this is also partly a result of the intensive quilting I’m not sure, I will keep experimenting.
I also tried a non-quilting project, some newborn pants from a free pattern by Made By Rae. This pair were a bit of an experiment with leftover fabric, which is why the fabric doesn’t match precisely (apologies to perfectionists!) they are also shown without the elastic added to the waist, which I was waiting for in the post.
I’ll definitely be making more once I know how girlie or boyish I can go with my fabric choices. They are INCREDIBLY simple to make, so simple that even a sewer like me who likes to stick to nice two dimensional quilts couldn’t muck them up!
Hope you’ve also had a productive week, here’s hoping they’ll be baby news to share by next Wednesday!
Hello from Sunny Scotland and a Happy Due Day to me!
No sign of the baby arriving any time soon, so some quilting progress to report this week. Firstly the pink crib quilt which was an embryonic idea this time last week, is now finished.
I’ve tried a couple of new things with this quilt. Firstly it has a feature panel on the back, making it my first double sided quilt and secondly I have experimented with pre-washing the batting/wadding to lose the shrinkage before quilting. I’m not 100% sold on the crinkly look for all quilts, so it will be interesting to see what the difference in the finished result is.
This one should be completed by the end of today, just some trimming/straightening up to do and the binding to add! I can’t wait to get that polka dot fabric sewn on!
Please come back next week to see the result one way or another… You never know, maybe they’ll be a baby sleeping under it…
I’ve had a two week break from WIP Wednesday whilst we took time to see some of Scotland’s wonderful west coast. If you normally only join me for quilting posts, do have a quick look here and here to get a taster of the stunning scenery. I’ve lived in the UK for most of my life and really had no clue how beautiful it was.
On the quilting front, after a productive day yesterday, I have completed the snowball baby quilt that I was waiting for a name for. Our neighbour’s son Oscar was born on 27th July, whilst we were still on holiday.
Luckily my old work colleague Jenny (it’s her bottom left) came to visit, and discussing it by chance last night, it became clear she totally understood what photos I was aiming for. Not that that should be a surprise. Jenny has spent 4 years in two different countries working with me on all sorts of creative projects (she’s very tolerant!) so she knows how my mind works.