From the year of the coasters and cushions to the year of the quilts!

know it’s only been a few months since Christmas but I have so many makes I do for Christmas I have to start planning early!  I have been thinking about what to focus on this year as last year I seemed to focus on sets of crochet coasters and cross stitch cushions for people – I lost count of how many I ended up making!  While thinking about this over the last few months I have seen some really nice quilts both online and in magazines that have given me a lot of ideas to make some quilts, so many ideas in fact I have decided that most people’s made present this year will be some form of quilt! 

As a result this year will now be known as the year of the quilt for me! I am still finishing off a quilt for myself and would like to get most of it ready before starting any more but I can still plan out what I will be making for these gifts so I can start getting the fabric and other bits I need together – I already have quite a bit of fabric in my stash which I can use.  I am really looking forward to doing these quilts as they are going to be a bit different to what I have made previously.  
Now it’s time to get cracking and finish my own quilt off before I get distracted doing all these new ones!!

Squares and triangles are taking over the place, all good though – it’s all in the name of patchwork

As well as having a box starting to burst open full of granny squares wanting out, I am now starting to fill up my patchwork box with competed patchwork squares! However, the good thing is the sooner it fills up the sooner I can put the quilt together and get using it as it is needed very soon with all this cold weather!

I have been using some other shapes for these to keep all the squares different, I hope I don’t run out of ideas before I have enough squares made!

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Quilt update – slowly getting the pieces together

Since I am having an enforced break from my crochet blanket while i wait for some more wool, I have decided to get some of my patchwork squares started.

I haven’t got a planned pattern but I am going to put designs into a 20×20 cm Square which can then all be but together at the end when I have enough. I was just going to use mini squares and triangles, but I had a few ideas using some other shapes so have now also got mini triangles and a few other shapes are going to sneak their way in as I go along too!

I focus on each square one at a time, and decide what layout to do and what fabric to use before tacking the fabric to the templates and then hand sewing together. To make sure all the finished squares are the same size I lay the paper template out for the next square on top of a previously made square.

I have got a few squares made so far, and I am really happy with how they are coming out and how well all the colours are going together.

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The start of something big and cosy…

Now that Christmas has passed and all gifts have been passed over I now have time in which I can get back to making some things for myself! I have a ridiculously long list of things I want to get made already this year and I’m sure it will keep on growing – along with the list of makes to do for next Christmas!

I couldn’t quite decide on what to start first and managed to narrow it down to two things; a new quilt and a crochet blanket. I really couldn’t decide on which to start first between the two, so I have decided to do both!! I like to have a few projects on the go at once as it means I can alternate between them if I’m having problems and get annoyed with one of them! As the quilt will take the longest to make, I have started getting that together first.

After successfully finishing my last quilt I have been really excited to start my next. Ive been collecting fabrics together for a few months now and I think I finally have enough to do it all.

I have opted for blues, greens and beige, and whereas previously I used hexagon shapes this time I am going to use triangles and mini squares. I have cut out my templates for both of these, and now my next job is to start cutting out the fabric and tacking it to the templates so that I can start sewing it all together. I haven’t fully decided on how to lay it all out yet, I will get a few shapes cut out first and have a play around and see what I like the best!

I will keep you all posted on this – it may take me some time!!

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