Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Rainbows

 It seems so long ago now that lockdown started and here we nearly are again in the North East. Do you remember the first few weeks when rainbows appeared everywhere? We had a few in our living room window and in the porch. A symbol of hope and friendship during the most extraordinary times. We would take the kids out for a walk and they would look for the rainbows and point them out excitedly.

About that time, Kristy from Quiet Play released a pattern bundle which contained a foundation pieced rainbow. I didn't hesitate, and bought the pattern immediately.

I made it into a cushion with the beautiful Speckled fabric for the background and some fun weather fabric from Dashwood for the backing (I posted this to Facebook at the time and the back got more attention than the front - I'll forgive my non-quilty friends, but not my mother!)

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Dinosaurs

 This is one of those patterns that as soon as I saw it, I knew I would be making it, and I knew I would be making it more than once! Josh loves this pattern - he has been excited by every block and thrilled with the finished quilt. And pretty disappointed when he realised it wasn't for him.

The pattern is Dinosaurs by Elizabeth Hartman - her patterns are just the best - they are fun, stunning, perfect for all family members, incredibly well-written and a joy to make. Yes, they are at the more expensive end of the pattern spectrum, but I honestly believe they are worth every penny - so far I've used each pattern at least twice in various guises!

This quilt was gifted within an hour of it being finished to the newest addition in the family - Baby Rory. 

And Rory's big brother needed a Triceratops cushion to match so he didn't feel left out. 

The fabrics are all from my stash - mostly blenders, lots of solids. The background is Kona Juniper which is a lovely rich dark green. The backing is an Asda duvet cover which is just perfect!

And don't worry - Josh will be getting his own version - I'm planning to make him the full size version - but first I have another to make as a Christmas present!