Sunday, 15 September 2013

Another one I made earlier

When my mam died in March I decided to finish the comfort teddies and quilts she had started or was planning to make.

The teddies are all done. Well I thought they were, until I mentioned them to my sister. Have you given them any underwear? she asked. Er, no. Mam was very insistent that they all had knickers, she said. Do I get the knitting needles out and make some or leave them as they are? I don't think the little recipients of the teddies will mind them having no undies so I've decided not to bother.

I finally finished hand stitching the last of the three quilts that my mam was going to make for homeless families. I'll put the backing fabric on them when I can get back into my sewing room.

They're not very photogenic at the moment so instead here's a picture of a lap quilt I made at the beginning of the year.


It was made using two block patterns and some scrap fabric. The cream stripping came from old bed sheets.

I made my own bias binding by stitching pieces of scrap fabric together.


For the back of the quilt I wanted to use fleecing as I thought it would be warmer than fabric. As luck would have it I found a fleece blanket in IKEA for less than a fiver.

I've quite pleased with how it came out as it was the first quilt I've made. Maybe next I make a quilt though I won't do any machine stitching when I'm suffering from the flu !!!!

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

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32 comments:

  1. I hope that you are still recovering well from your operation. I am sure that your Mum would be very grateful that you finished the bears off and the children are definitely not going to notice. Hope you have a great week. x

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    1. We haven't had things that go 'bump in the night' so I'm guessing she likes them.... xx

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  2. Poor teddies, this cold weather they will be missing their knickers :-) I'm so impressed that you have finished off your Mum's creative endeavours. That is such a lovely tribute.

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    1. I'm beginning to feel a little guilty now !!! xx

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  3. Your mum was clearly an awesome woman, and I'm sure she'd be very proud of you for carrying on her projects. I wouldn't worry about the knickers - most kids take them off and lose them anyway! Hope you're doing well this week.

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  4. Your quilt looks lovely. I really like the idea of making your binding from scraps.

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  5. Teddies don't need undies! Its part of their charm :)

    Love the quilt, an amazing job for your first one! x

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  6. Gertie you are so talented in that you can quilt, knit and sew. I'm sure you Mom is looking down at you and seeing your wonderful accomplishments. I wish you the very best.

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  7. Teddies were never allowed clothes in our house (daughters' rules!) so I'm sure they can manage without undies :)

    The quilt looks great, I love the bias binding you made.

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  8. Well done for finishing up on you Moms projects. I am sure the recipients will only be too happy to receive their teddies knickers or no knickers! And the quilt is lovely. I like the idea of using scraps for the bias as well.

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  9. Your quilt is lovely and such a nice way to use up scraps. Lovely to have finished your mum's projects - a lovely feeling to have done this I am sure. Hope you have a good week.

    Jill, Christmas Pie Crafts

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  10. As long as the teddies don't complain about the cold, I think you can get away with not giving them any knickers. Looking forward to seeing how the 3 quilts you finished turned out.

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    1. So far they haven't complained so I might get away with it xx

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  11. You made me laugh, teddies with underwear. The quilt is beautiful and I'm sure it's going to get lots of use as the cold weather sets in.
    Ali x

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  12. Your quilt is lovely, such gorgeous colours. I love that you can make such beautiful things with recycled fabrics.
    Teddies with no knickers? Whatever next!

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    1. I did ask if my mam wanted them to have shoes on but I was told 'don't be silly.....' xx

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  13. Teddies with no knickers!!! I hope they don't get taken out on a windy day - it could be very embarrassing for the poor teddies :D

    Beautiful quilt - you would never guess it was your first one and how lovely to recycle all that material :) Good luck with finishing the rest of your mum's projects :)

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    1. Maybe that was what my mam was thinking..... xx

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  14. I absolutely love the colour and shape combinations in this quilt. Did you design it from scratch. x

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    1. I did. I just found two blocks that I liked then made as many different combinations from then as I could xx

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  15. I agree that teddies don't need undies :)
    I love the quilts and love the idea of wrapping myself in a quilt backed with fleece... mmm cosy :)

    Jan x

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    1. I've tested it and it is very cosy....xx

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  16. Great idea to make your own binding from scraps - it looks really good.

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