I have had one more quilt to make prior to Tuesday morning when Sweet Uncle Austen will be heading back to England, where it will be given as a Christmas gift.
There is so much wonderful eye candy to see with retro-game inspired quilts and having drooled over this one, this one, this one and this one - I started to think that perhaps it was a good idea to attempt it...in 2 days (?!!)
I scoured the internet for HOURS, literally HOURS to try and find a perfect screen shot of Mario that I could digitise in photoshop and having nearly given up all hope, I spotted this mario cart image.
The quilt is 40" x 54" and backed in a really soft and plush minky fabric. Each square is 2" and there are around 900 in this quilt! It took me about 14 hours to cut out and put together and then about 4 hours to quilt it, as the quilting is really small.
and a shot of the back of the quilt prior to quilting it:
I hope the recipient likes it!
There has been a fair bit of Christmas Quilting going on in this house over the last few weeks, so having finally got them finished and packed up in Mum and Dad's suitcases to head back to England, here is what we have been up to:
Gift No. 1: A Christmas gift for a Special Little Lady back home. I made this about 40" x 60" so it is perfect for snuggling on the sofa
The pattern is my own design, heavily inspired by wanting to showcase the beautiful set of fat quarters that I bought from Spool
I also added a special fabric from my stash - some Munki Mushrooms, to give it a whimsical touch.
It is backed in pink dotty minky to make it extra snuggly.
Gift No. 2: A Christmas Quilt for a special little man back home!
The binding still has to be hand stitched (which Mum has said she will kindly do because of my tight deadline with getting this done!)
Its backed in red minky fabric and the fat quarter set came from spool again (although they seem to have run out of this set now) I made my own pattern for this quilt.
Gift No. 3: A Baby Gift for a very special imminent arrival!
Made using the fabulously talented Oh Fransson's Baby Quilt pattern with wonderful step by step photo directions on how to piece this quilt, add a minky backing AND make one of her wonderful appliques!! This is a great pattern for any newby quilter!
Gift No. 4: Another gift for a very special imminent arrival!!
More traditional style baby quilt, using soft and snuggly flannels using a pattern from Elizabeth Keevil's book - Quick Quilts for Kids
and a cute minky heart backing....
Gift No. 5: Accessories to go with special baby quilts!
The Bunny was made using Wee Wonderful's free pattern here
Gift No. 6 Baby Quilt for a friend who has just has a beautiful baby girl
Using Alexander Henry's Noah's Ark fabric on the front...
and on the back!
and a cute little girly baby outfit to go with it:
Gift No. 7: A Quilt for a Birthday Girl, with a special birthday coming up!
Made using the pattern ‘Teachers Pet’ from Take 5 goes to Charm School Gift No. 8: More gifts! Made usingThe Triple Treat Pattern from Happy Hour Quilt Booklet My plans for this weekend are to enjoy the company of our new visitor from England, whilst also making another quilt as a Christmas Gift ready to send back with him on Tuesday....!
Gift No. 8: More gifts!
Made usingThe Triple Treat Pattern from Happy Hour Quilt Booklet
My plans for this weekend are to enjoy the company of our new visitor from England, whilst also making another quilt as a Christmas Gift ready to send back with him on Tuesday....!
Thats what my Nan used to say! and today, she was spot on...after waving goodbye to Nanny and Planky at the airport after a lovely visit, my little Mads had a tough time adjusting for bed tonight and tiredness and emotion got the better of her.
After talking it through with Mummy and Daddy and getting lots of kisses and cuddles, Maddy chose the fabric she wanted to make into a baby doll and gave Mummy a little night time project!
Maddy and Josh take a great interest everytime I make dolls and always ask 'Mummy, is that for me?' Well tonight my babe finally has her own baby doll made from the fabric she chose which is now laying next to her waiting to be discovered when she wakes up.
She has also chosen the fabric that I need to use when I make Joshy's baby doll tomorrow night!
There is a lot of quilting activity ongoing in the house - with the coming of Christmas and the arrival and imminent arrival of some very special babes.
Mum and I have been fabric shopping for all of the projects that need to be completed - my visions of Mum's presence whilst fabric shopping being a positive one and keeping me focused, has sadly not happened! and more often than not, a quick trip to the fabric store to buy an *essential* has turned into the evolution of another new project.
With Mums help I have finally managed to finish up a very special quilt that I have be working on all summer. Its completed, washed and ready to be packed to take back to its recipient in England:
Another quilt which is completed and ready to be given to its recipient is this a special baby quilt:
I have a feeling that this will not be the only baby quilt that this special babe will be getting from Tulsa!
Another project nearing completion is a Noahs Ark Baby Quilt - I have been hoarding this fabric forever and it feels good to finally get it sewn up!
All pieced and partially quilted, as a Christmas Gift, along with...
...another quilt cut and ready to be pieced for her brother....and...
Yet another quilt still in the works for another brother!
Yep, its going to be a busy weekend!
Sorry I have neglected you so, over the past few weeks, you see we have some special visitors over from England right now and we have been busy....
Busy heading out on a 9 hour road trip to San Antonio...
Busy taking in the sights of riverside, by boat...
Busy visiting Dolphin Cove at Sea World...
Busy watchng all the shows we could fit in....
Busy marvelling at the awesome Shamu....
and possibly the most special part of the trip, busy having dinner right next to Shamu and watching a little private show....
Yes, its been a very busy time...but we are back now and some major crafting is being done! (We will give you a sneak peak tomorrow - especially you Mrs. Kirsty!)