So, I’ve been working on the quilt for Al and Lucy’s new baby. She is due on April 6th. I have the top pieced and the backing fabric purchased. Once I’ve done this blogpost, I’m going to tack the three layers together.
The idea for this pattern came from RetroMummy – but hers is much larger. But like hers, I plan to free-motion quilt it. It’ll be the first quilt I’ve done that to, but I think I can cope. Then I’m going to make a binding by chain piecing lots of the different fabrics in it together.
My plan was to try and get a quilt for a baby boy and a quilt for a baby girl stashed away so I always have one ready. But this one is spoken for, for Al and Lucy’s new baby. So I need to get straight on to another girl quilt once this one is finished. I bought a jelly roll of lots of these pretty pink and pastel fabrics, so I thought I’d try this pattern described on GreenStitch.
I’ve also been knitting – and going to a knitting group, KnitWits in Coventry. So far it’s proved very useful as I need lots of advice since I don’t really know what I’m doing. It’s also made me realise that what i really like to wear are the kinds of knitting that take an age to make – not big chunky lacy knits, but slow plain fabrics with lighter yarn and small needles. Also, I’ve decided to try knitting patterns that are meant to go with the yarn for a while, as I think that will be more successful. I’m going to start with these socks from Easy Knits:
I’ve also finished this cardigan for the new baby:
And been working on a cowl for me:
Keith’s waistcoat is still ongoing but I’m on the second front now. So on the home straight.
Often at this time of year, I like to make a craft plan for the year ahead – but I’m less sure this year than previous years. Still, here goes:
finish set of cross-stitch wall hangings – just Summer Solstice to do
new baby girl quilt
improve quilting skills generally
finish cord skirt for me
blouse muslin with fba for me
knit some fancy socks
knit me a cardigan
finish Keith’s waistcoat
knit me a lovely hat for next winter
Other ideas include knitting some fancy scarves inspired by Carol Klein, making a quilt for our bed (yeah, right), knitting gloves and more quilts. Well, we’ll see – watch this space!