March 2007

March 25th, 2007 - For Soon to be Great Parents

Thank you all very much for the kind comments on my quilt. I was happy to hear that Paul and Kate liked it as well.

It has been a busy time for me with gift giving, thus the absence. So this week I will be posting the last of the gifts that I have been working on.

First, my great friend Janice is just about to become a Mom for the first time. I decided that her and her husband Perry deserved something special to mark the occasion.

The colours of their nursery are similar to this, although lighter. I thought a bright blanket would help to stimulate baby's imagination. Much like the blanket missbedora and I made for our friend Alison in September, this is made with Knit Picks Shine worsted. I made each individual square with a different pattern (some which don't show up well in this picture) and crocheted them all together. It is a time consuming process, but well worth it for the results I think.

I think she liked it. I also held a baby shower for Jan. I decided to do a spa style shower, so I had three stations set up. I had my massage therapist come and set up in my studio, so that all the attendees could get a short massage. Then, I had a station where I did manicures and hand rubs for everyone. And the final station was threading and makeup, done by a friend of a friend. I also set up a tea station in the kitchen, along with some little spa type foods. Everyone got to take home some nail polish, a relaxation CD (which were brought by my massage therapist*) and these:

I think everyone had quite a good time, and I would highly recommend this style of shower if you are looking for something different to do with a small group.

Best of luck Jan and Perry, you are going to make amazing parents. Enjoy your last few days of freedom! :)

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*if you live in the Aurora area and are looking for a great massage therapist, email me and I will give you AJ's contact information. She is the best.

March 2nd, 2007 - The Birth of a Quilt

I haven't been able to post about the quilt that I was working on, as it was a gift for a friend's wedding, and I know that he occasionally reads the blog. But last weekend it was gifted, so all is safe now.

I decided that since I have known this person for many years, and he has been a very good friend of mine, that I wanted to make him and his wife something special, rather than giving them an indoor grill or something. So I embarked on my first quilt experience.

I had all the necessary equipment from many years ago when I thought I would become a quilter, so all I needed was the fabric. One 50% off members sale at FabricLand later, I was off to cut strips

Since I was under a time crunch I decided to do a machine pieced quilt rather than by hand. My understanding from the quilters that were lining up at the members sale is that most quilts are now made on the machine.

Once all the long strips were cut out, it was time for the machine

I have a great love for my sewing machine, particularly now that it has it's own corner in my studio. It is one of the best presents I have ever received from my parents.

Once all the long strips were sewn together and pressed, it was a matter of cutting those strips into blocks.

Many, many blocks. Then, alternating the layout of each block, these were sewn together into strips.

(excuse the changing light - these were taken over the course of the day)

Then, all of these were sewn together to make the quilt top.

Borders were added....

And the top was quilted to the backing and a layer of flannel for the batting.

I trimmed all the egdes...

Folded over the border et voila!

A finished quilt! I didn't get a chance to take too many pictures of the finished quilt, as I was rushing off to the wedding, but I am hoping that Paul can take some more when he gets back from his honeymoon. I even made a little mini quilt for the card that gave the care instructions

I lucked out too - the colours of their wedding were chocolate brown and cream. I hope that means that they like them!

I know that TJ and I get a lot of use out of the old quilt that my grandma made, and I hope that Paul and Kate will too. Congratulations you two, I hope you have a very happy life together!

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