Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I Think We're Ready.

 I'm spending all of my time in Melbourne now as the a baby countdown is on. We thought he might make an early appearance so it's been a rush for me to finish off all the baby sewing and knitting.
I made a simple minkee bassinet quilt and backed it with flannelette. The piece on the right is a waterproof fabric which I lined with toweling for use as a portable change mat. Foxes feature a lot as they have chosen a Woodlands theme for the nursery.
 I made 3 sets of bassinet sets consisting of fitted and flat sheets and had fun decorating the flat sheets with trim.
 I also made 3 sets of cot sheets with fitted and flat sheets as it was so much cheaper than buying and I could add special touches with trim. I still have to make a few sheets for the cot we have here and I need to do that while I still remember how. LOL . It's so much easier to make things in multiples as the first one is always the slowest.
 Another newborn knitted hat and jacket. He's a small baby so I have made newborn size as well as larger sizes.
 Another little cardigan in new born size. I should have made more in blue and I have one that I just need to finish off.
Now that I have finished most of the baby sewing- oh I just remembered I still have to applique a deer on a laundry hamper- I am busy painting cupboards to get my sewing room set up. I'm hoping to find things I packed away ages ago. It's a big job but it will be like Christmas as I reconnect with my treasures.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Latest Rescue.

 I bought this old treasure with the intention of restoring her. Someone had made an attempt at a rescue in the 1950s by machine stitching circles over all the worn circles, as well as machine stitching a new and wider binding over the original one.
 You can see one of the 'new circles' either side of one of the original circles. The circles are all pieced and not appliqued and it is nicely quilted in cream on the blocks, and in brown along the sashing.

 She is very worn, stained and tattered so I am looking forward to seeing how much I can improve her and bring her back to life.

There is a large number written twice on the backing so it looks like it originally came from an auction house. The backing is a light loosely woven fabric through from that era and the batting is carded cotton. I haven't had time yet to definitely date this quilt so I will give more info as I find it.
 I love working to restore these old quilts as you can learn so much about how quilters made them in eras past.
Hugs, Jan Mac

All Things Baby.

 I haven't been blogging as I have been in Melbourne and busy with all things baby. The baby shower went well and the cake was delicious.
 It was a busy and happy event with lots of family and friends stopping by. The Dr says that the baby might be early so I have been busy making cot sheet sets but forgot to take photos, Lol so will try to rectify that soon. Now I am making bassinet sheet sets and I'd better get a wriggle on as he could be here in a couple of weeks. There's lots of washing happening to prepare all the baby clothes for wearing and still lots of knitting happening. I have also been working in Melbourne at a home for younger people with Acquired Brain Injuries, and I have enjoyed the change in work.
 The new parents-to-be are very excited that their little man will soon be making his appearance and we are spending more time in Melbourne now apart from quick trips back to the farm to prepare the house for inspections. It appears we might be getting close to selling as we have 3 buyers who are interested and a couple of offers so far, so fingers crossed.
I don't have my computer here in Melbourne but luckily DH has just arrived and he has brought his down so I can add photos. I also dropped off 33 quilts for Peter Mac this week and they will be given out to patients needing a warm hug from a quilt. I also received 2 fabulous quilts from Ann G. in NSW and I will take photos and share ASAP.
Hugs, Jan Mac