Monday, 16 November 2009

First set of Christmas presents

It's been an awful month. Ear infection which became labyrinthitis which was quickly followed by swimmer's ear. What on earth is going on with my ears?!? I'm typing with my head on one side so that my ear drops can soak in and it's very odd.

Through all the illness I've managed to get a good start on my Christmas presents. Meet Quack Quack and Bunny, they're made from Tilda patterns in Tilda materials and I just love them. They are for the twins but they're not quite finished. Quack Quack needs a hat and they both need faces but it shouldn't take long to finish them up.

I've also almost finished a quilt for my father and step-mother. It's all pieced and layered up, I'm just trying to do the quilting but the ear problems mean I'm struggling with straight lines. Hopefully I'll be finished in a couple of days and you can have a look.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Quilt for Boyfriend's parents

Being off work meant that I was able to get a big chunk of the work done on Christmas and New Year presents. This is another quilt all complete and ready to be shipped out to its new owner. It's for the boyfriend's parents. They live in Oman and we're going out to visit them at New Year. It may seem like an impractical present for somebody who lives in a country where it can top 50 degrees C in the summer but they're moving back to England at the end of January so it will be practical as well.

I'll have to practice taking pictures of quilts because you can't really see the fabrics but you do get an idea of the overall pattern. Here's a close up which shows off the colours better as well as showing you a glimpse of the contrasting backing.

I used a variegated thread for the quilting which looks lovely on the back but, yet again, my photography skills aren't living up to the subject matter. Hmmm, I may have to rope big sister in for some photography lessons ....