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Lola loves… Learning how to quilt a baby blanket

Here’s my first foray into quilt-making! It’s obviously a beginners’ job but I’m still pretty pleased with it. I made it for my little god-daughter, who is still tiny so thankfully I didn’t have to make it any larger! Still, I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m already thinking ‘king-size double’.

So, here’s how I did it….

I chose medium-weight plain pink organic cotton to embroider on and chose iron-on designs from Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroideries and How-to (a book I reviewed here), it has a lot of cute baby designs like the crib, rattle and stork I used.

I divided the pink fabric into six sections giving plenty of room for seam allowance. (I recommend not cutting the fabric before embroidering because it may not fit in your embroidery hoop!) I then ironed on the designs and started to embroider over them using as much variation in stitch types as I could muster, plus a bit of applique.

 

 

Once I’d embroidered all the designs I made a card frame two centimetres thick as a template.

I laid this on the fabric and marked round the inside and outside with chalk to create a cutting line and sewing line with 2 centimetres seam allowance.

I then did the same with two pieces of red and white checked fabric and with four pieces of patchwork print fabric, which added to the patch effect. I arranged the squares how I wanted them, pinned a row in place and machine-sewed them one row at a time.

Then, I sewed the rows together, turned them over and ironed the seams down flat. I then had my top sheet. (I made a major boo-boo here and placed the milk bottle and moon up-side down. I think I must have been a bit over-excited because I didn’t notice until I’d finished. I tell myself it means some are facing baby and mummy!)

I backed the top sheet with a natural, antimicrobial soya-cotton blend quilt wadding (a little wobbly as you’ll see) and trimmed it with pink checked ribbon. Then it was done!

The blanket went down a treat and will hopefully be a nice momento for mum, dad and baba. Picking something small was greater for an introduction to quilting but I’d love to get really good at this. So, if anyone out there has any tips or tricks please let me know!

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Lola Loves… Rosie Music’s Shy Boy embroidery pattern

Yay! I love completing a project and am really happy that I’ve finished this Shy Boy embroidery pattern, which was designed by Rosie Music and is available at Sublime Stitching. The best bit is that I still have the matching ‘Shy Girl’ to complete (the ‘doing’ is just as fun as the ‘having done’).

I love this design – there’s something very quirky, modern and intriguing about it.

I tend to sew on my commute (though I do get a few stares) and this was a great commute project, which I completed in no time at all. All I used was simple back stitch, stem stitch and a few french knots.

 

 

In my haste to get it up on the wall, I decided not to iron it and convinced myself that the few wrinkles would drop out — so apologies for the slightly shabby state.

Next up I’ll try these Ryan Berkley designs (above) – I’m going for a ‘gallery’ wall of embroidered portraits. After that I’ll start on some ‘family portraits’ of the fella, myself and our cat.

I’ll also frame printed fabric in embroidery hoops and will start with this beauty by Melody Miller (Ruby Star Rising). Her fabric is gorgeous and I can’t wait to make a phone case and travel card wallet with the left overs!

 

 

 


Lola loves… A quick embroidered cardigan

Is there nothing craft can’t fix? Exhibit ‘A’ is this dull grey cardy with not much going for it. Mix a bit of craft magic and you’ve got a one off piece that’s suddenly got some balls.

This is another example of the Sublime Stitching patterns (which I reviewed here) put to good use. A great bonus is that it can be done in just one evening.

I gave the stretchy fabric extra strength by ironing Wonderweb onto the back of the area I wanted to stitch, this made sewing neat stitches much easier.

Once you’re done sewing you can also iron another layer over the first patch to seal any loose ends (Just make sure the patch of wonder web is larger than the first so that your iron doesn’t melt the glue as this can leave sticky, dirty marks on both the iron and the fabric.)

I think this looks great with colour-pop accessories that pick out the colours of the embroidery. My favourite way to wear it is with a yellow belt, yellow heels, a red ring, navy pencil skirt and a stripy top.


Lola loves… Sublime Stitching

Sublime Stitching: Cover

Sublime Stitching: Cover

Sublime Stitching:
Hundreds of Hip Embroideries and How-to
By jenny Hart (Chronicle Books)

Seeing as I heart Sublime Stitching so much and embroider quite a lot of their patterns, I thought it was about time I reviewed one of their books.

If you’re not familiar with Sublime Stitching, get Googling quick! The head honcho, Jenny Hart is an inspirational crafter and luckily for fans she produces a large range of iron-on embroidery designs so everyone can have a go.

When I  embroidering as a kid I was disappointed by the choice available. It was all fruit bowls and stuffy still lifes of flowers. Bore. Jenny’s motto is; ‘this ain’t your grandma’s embroidery’ and the phrase pretty much nails it. Jenny is one of the people who has modernised craft – embroidery in particular – and made it fun, accessible and meaningful to a new generation. (If that isn’t worth a Google search, what is?)

The Book:
Each sheet in this book has a number of designs (often larger or smaller versions of the same image so you can choose your size). Each sheet of images is protected by another page so the designs don’t transfer onto each other.

You simply cut out the image and iron on — but don’t take my word for it, the book has full instructions including lessons on a range of stitches such as feather, chain and satin. For the beginner, these instructions are great — they’re clear but not patronising and Jenny’s style of writing is always fun and welcoming.

The spiral binding makes it easy to use and there are useful pockets at the front and back to store the designs once you’ve cut them out  to use them. (The only annoyance is there are so many they won’t all fit).

Reading other reviews, some people were disappointed by what they thought was a lack of new designs. It’s true that Jenny has produced many similar books and if you already have one or two you’re likely to see familiar images, but in my view there is enough to keep me busy and happy for a long time.

If you do want something a bit different, try the individual kits sold on the Sublime Stitching webiste. I bought the wedding kit to embroider this ‘love blanket’ and they also do great designs by Ryan Berkley, The Black Apple and artist and skater, Michael Sieben. You can also chose from tattoo designs, robots, 50’s pin-up sirens, zombies or sugar skulls. (Argh, craft project overload!)

The designs in the book are varied but many fit into a theme: animals; flowers; children and babies; food; tea parties. My favourites however, are the tattoo style birds (which you will see a lot of on my blog) and the cocktails (how couldn’t they be!)

Here’s an example of the bird and a rose, which I sewed onto a babygrow. I’ve also sewn Jenny’s cat designs on other babygrows; the bird onto a fabric envelope and lots more designs onto an embroidered patchwork baby blanket, which I will post on soon!


Lola loves… Embroidered baby grows

There are so many cute presents you can buy for a baby or expectant parent, but they will never mean as much as something handmade and personal.

As you’ll see from my other posts, making baby items is so rewarding it becomes a little addictive; not only does it give you pleasure producing and giving something so cute, but it’s great to know they will be used and appreciated.

Embroidering is a cheap and relatively quick way to personalise anything from a towel to a jumper, or a bag to brooch. Here I have used Sublime Stitching’s embroidery patterns, which made the process even easier. I will talk more about Sublime Stitching in other posts as it’s a company I thoroughly recommend. The founder, Jenny Hart, creates extremely cute, modern designs that you iron on to fabric and embroider over. Great for those who are creative but a bit artistically challenged.

The kit you buy from Sublime Stitching will give you full instructions but it’s like any other iron on — simply prep your fabric by ironing it (the heat makes the ink take better). Then pop on your design face down and press the hot iron over making sure your design doesn’t slip.

Because the fabric of the baby grow is stretchy I first ironed some Wonderweb onto the back of the fabric to give it some support. I used a 6 inch diameter embroidery hoop and the usual embroidery threads in a range of colours and stitches.

Once I was done, I ironed on another layer of Wonderweb over the old patch. This secured all the threads and gave a neat, professional finish and meant baba’s tiny fingers would not get caught up in any loose threads.

  • A warning here! When ironing the second piece of Wonderweb make sure it is bigger and completely covers the first patch or the iron will melt the webbing that’s already there making dirty marks on your fabric and your iron.

The designs I’ve here are re-useable. I used them on a patchwork baby blanket and a blanket I embroidered as a wedding gift, so you will see them pop up a lot on this blog!

Freebie alert! You can get a free download of Sublime Stitching’s totes amaze retro tattoo patterns here from Mollie Makes craft magazine. Enjoy!


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