Thursday, 28 August 2008

Ginger's quilt top is.....

...FINISHED!!! And the backing too (I am now waiting on the batting to arrive and I can put the whole thing together). I bought wool batting. I thought I'd give it a try, having only used cotton before. Any views on wool? Tips? I saw some alpaca, which got me all excited, but when I asked the shop the lady there said alpaca was a bit thick and she'd go for wool (I read into that as alpaca's a bit rubbish, don't be sucked in by the cute picture). Anyway, if you are in need of batting (and helpful advice) go to ASding's, they were really helpful (I shall use them now, rather than cotton patch, which are a bit slow on delivery, and not that helpful either for novices like myself)

This morning there was glorious sunshine, I should have taken pics then, but foolishly I left it until the sky went grey, and the rain started pootling down, so I apologise for the terrible quality...but you get the general idea, don'tcha?


This is the backing (which I think would make a rather lovely quilt in itself)....



And this is the finished quilt top...



Now I have to quilt it. I was thinking more along the lines of tying it and sewing some buttons on as well that I bought from Sarah's shop, which was suggested by Queen Lucy (I think I might just email you, Lucy, to get you to clarify what you meant...just in case what is in your head is marvellously superior to what is in mine) ANY HAND TYING TIPS WELCOME - hint hint!

Whilst I am on a quilt tip, Miss G (she had a fab party on Saturday, by the way, the weather was glorious, all of her friends brought swimming cozzies and we ran about in the garden all day long. It was brilliant!!!) has requested a minky backed quilt for herself. So, she's getting one for Christmas. I cut out the squares and sorted them out into rows, sewing them together is the next job.
Here they are, all stacked up and ready to go...



And with the left over squares I made two cushion covers, with pockets in (slightly wonky pockets, I wasn't concentrating on sewing, the oven was on and I was trying to cook dinner at the same time) for Christmas presents (oh, so organised). I might have to try and disguise the wonky pockets...or maybe just pretend they were supposed to be like that? If I fill them with treats it won't matter anyway. Kids are easily bought with sweets and cheap plastic toys...well, I am...




PLUS...I got into the cushion making lark and whipped up this one (using entirely scraps) for one of Ginger's friends who is having a birthday party next week. This time I did the pocket differently, and it's far better. Practise makes perfect, eh?




Trash's raiders of the box turned up last week, I can't find my pics....I'll do it next time (when I have found them hiding in some folder they shouldn't be in) I am a very useless Monkey. Hopefully it should have turned up at it's next home by now....