Tuesday, 19 October 2010

That patchwork quilt

I mentioned last week I had assigned myself a creative project: patchwork quilt baby blanket for my friend's baby due in January. She has reluctantly agreed to take part in a joint baby shower at the beginning of December so that's my deadline.

She doesn't want to know the sex of the baby so I've gone for a mixture of blues, purples and reds which I think has a universal appeal. I particularly love the hexagon material I found on sale at John Lewis.

I'm pleased with the progress, and quite surprised how addictive it is, stitching hexagons together! I'm doing it the lazy way, using a cardboard template to cut out the pieces, and sewing them together without papers. Eventually, I'll need to iron it as flat as possible and work out how to do the quilting bit. Cross that bridge...

Friday, 15 October 2010

Here goes! My first post.

What better way to start my return to creativity than by visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace last week. A stunning location with equally stunning views over London.

Canary Wharf in the distance.

I've always wanted to try my hand at making a patchwork quilt and as an old friend of mine is having a baby in January, I thought a baby blanket would be a good starter project. I picked up these scraps plus some pretty sequins which I hope to put to good use on another project. I also got some wadding to make the quilt.

The day was one of the last sunny ones we'll have for a while, but helped to show off one of the best bits of Ally Pally. HUGE windows.

I've got a bit of a thing for buildings too. Particularly, old and beautiful ones. I've been told in the past to take more photos of people!