Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quilts and Baby Things

A couple of weeks ago, our local quilt guild hosted the AGM for the Ocean Waves Quilt Society. Over 100 quilters attended the event held at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. It was a day of camaraderie, meeting old friends and making new ones. A highlight of the day was the impromptu quilt show that was made possible as members from far and near brought in some of the quilts that they had completed over the winter. We had a horrendous winter outside but it was a perfect winter inside for quilting! Here is a look at what we saw that day...

Lots of inspiration! Today I am also sharing a few more baby things that went out West for the soon-to-be grandson. First up is a couple of portable polka dot change mats I made to coordinate with the diaper bag. I bought a couple of mats at a local department store and made the covers by adapting a free tutorial I found HERE. 

I changed the pattern a bit so the mat would fold up into a larger rectangle to reduce extra bulk since I used a home-decor fabric for the cover.

With a baby boy on the way, I couldn't resist making a few necktie bibs. I used flannel for the fronts and a terrycloth for the back with Velcro for closing. I googled "necktie bib tutorials" and adapted a few patterns to make mine.

Burp cloth tutorials are a dime a dozen, so I found a pattern I liked and made a few to start with more to come. I again used flannel for the front and terry for the back.

I had some flannel scraps remaining, so I made a flannel receiving blanket with a solid flannel for the back....

and wrapped it up with a little velcro clasp...

Finally, a couple of nursing covers, made using this pattern HERE. I love how the new mommie who designed the pattern added a little pocket because she needed one. You can see I have a new love affair with teals, aquas, and turquoise...hope new mommie does too!

So there you have it. Today I will be spending time with my Stars and Strips, a little quilt designed by Terry Atkinson that I am making for the shop. I bought the pattern and had cut the fabrics years ago, so it was like a gift to find it all ready in one of my totes just waiting for me!

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Stella, the Perfect Diaper Bag

Good morning from sunny Cape Breton. I want to say a special hello to Diane who I met in Atlantic Fabrics in New Glasgow the other day. Diane is a multi-talented quilter, seamstress, and knitter who reads my blog religiously and recognised me from my picture. The picture is several years old, but the short grey hair is a given! Diane came up and introduced herself to me, and I also met Kim, her quilt friend who works at the shop. So nice to meet you ladies and share in the love of quilting with you!

When I finished the three baby quilts for DD and DSIL's soon-to-be-born baby boy, I started on a diaper bag with the intention of filling it up with baby things. Today I'll share with you the making of the Stella diaper bag, designed by the fabulous mother-daughter team at Clover and Violet.These ladies design the niftiest things, and their bags have become a specialty! Stella was just the one I wanted to make, with the idea that it could be used for the new baby, or used for a trip to the gym for DD. In my mind, a bag for many reasons! 

I ordered the PDF pattern from their shop and those sweet generous ladies also included an extra free "Louisa" pattern with the order. That may have to be the bag I make for me. Thanks, gals, you are the best! 

I chose a blend of grey and white for the fabrics in a combination of chevrons and polka dots to complete this bag. I used primarily home decor fabrics I ordered from Fabric.com for the outside of the bag, and quilting cotton for the lining, ties, and trim. 

The chevron fabric was a perfect choice for quilting!

As you can see, I used two sizes of polka dots to compliment the bag, cotton twill for the facing, and quilting cotton for the ties and trim.

I especially love that the ties can make the bag bigger or smaller. 

Don't you think the bottom of the bag deserves to be seen again?

I didn't add the magnetic clasp for closing just because I remember the days of overfilled diaper bags and the need to keep filling.

The inside pocket was a perfect place to put my label.

DD loved the Stella bag and was very impressed that I could make more than just quilts...giggle...we quilters can make anything, right?

Next time I'll show you the little treasures I made to fill the bag. It's a great day for quilting!