Monday, February 27, 2012

A Trio of Baby Quilts

I have recently finished quilting a number of quilts which are going to be gifted to new-born babies.  I always find these little quilts rather special.

The three baby quilts I am sharing today have been made by my customers Hilary, Cath and Sharon.

Hilary has made a simple baby quilt, setting squares of beautiful fabric with white sashing. The quilt has been quilted with an all-over feather design which has given it a lovely texture.

The next photo shows the back of this quilt - I do love pieced backs!

The baby quilt made by Cath was her first effort at making a quilt and she has done a lovely job combining piecing and applique.

Cath's quilt has been custom quilted - swirls to go with the sea theme, straight lines in the borders, continuous curves in the sashing and blocks.

The central boat applique square has been quilted with the sun, clouds and water.

Sharon's quilt is a gorgeous quilt which is made almost entirely from the tiniest hand pieced hexagons.

This quilt has been quilted with continuous curves around each hexagon, a feathered heart border and some random hears inside some of the hexagons.

Each hexagon is just over 1 inch across - I do love the tiny hearts.

Hopefully by now, the babies for whom these quilts were made have safely arrived and have brought joy to both the recipients and the quilt makers.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Summer Knitting - Rock Island Shawl

The summer holidays have meant that not a lot of quilting has taken place at QOB.  During our time away, however, I did manage to get some lovely knitting done.  This year, I took the Brooklyn Tweed pattern Rock Island Shawl along on our camping holiday to knit while driving, beside the pool and in our campsite - very relaxing. 

The shawl is knitted with lace yarn and I used Madeline Tosh Lace in a gorgeous red called Vermillion bought from Eat Sleep Knit.  While I found the edging an endlessly long knit, the rest of the shawl, including the lace section in the body of the shawl knitted up remarkably easily and quickly.  By the end of the holiday I was thrilled to have finished this beautiful, featherweight shawl.

For more pictures and all the details check out my Ravelry page:

With the holidays now at an end, the kids back at school and everyone back at work, quilting has again commenced.  I will hopefully have some great quilts to show soon.  I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012 - my apologies for Happy New Year's wishes in February!