I started this hexagon quilt in January 2011 when we had an unplanned extended holiday in Toowoomba with our family due to major floods and not able to drive home. Out of character for myself I didn’t bring enough projects to keep my hands busy for while we were away (I’ve learnt my lesson, always prepared with projects to keep me busy wherever we go). So armed with inspiration from pinterest and my sisters hexagon quilt, I raided my Mum’s fabric stash and started cutting, tacking and sewing together tiny ½” hexagons. These hexagonal shaped pieces of fabric have never been far away, alway got some ready to stitch in my handbag as you just never can tell when you have 5 minutes to fill (although they seem to be getting few and far between now with a busy baby to occupy those moments). So far I have made 40 hexagon flowers with a white border and 43 without, that’s a total of 2,297 individual ½” hexagons hand stitched together. I haven’t decided what size I’m going to make the finished quilt yet, at the moment I’m thinking a queen bed topper would be nice, but until then I’ll just keep making little hexagons.
I want to share with you today a cute little outfit that I’ve made for Olivia.The main floral fabric is an Amy Butler design which mum had wrapped a present for me in many years ago … it has been sitting in the drawer, patiently waiting for the perfect project. Finally I knew it would look gorgeous in a cute little dress for Olivia. While choosing the fabrics to use, I wanted to bring in the coral hexagon fabric for the neckline trim to add some depth, but that on its own just wasn’t enough so I tossed around some ideas and decided to add some prairie points along the border too. It was a challenge to get any photo’s of the hat actually on Olivia’s head as she thinks it makes a far better chew toy at this stage… Lets hope once she grows and it fits her a little better she might prefer to wear it on her head?!
Necklace from MikaelaBeth
I had this bag all cut out and had started sewing it together the day before Olivia arrived. Needless to say it took me a while to get back and finish it!
The pattern is from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches Book.
My latest sewing project has been to make these flannel baby wraps. They are super soft and snuggly, perfect for a new baby coming into this world at the start of a very cold winter.
I purchased some coordinating flannel fabric in lovely charcoal and cream tones, with a duck print thrown in as I have been known to be a little duck fan in the past.
Often the wraps for sale are around 1 meter square, but from what I have read and heard from others the more generous sized wraps work the best. As the fabric was 110cm wide I went a little longer and got 130cm of each piece. I then placed the front sides together of two coordinating prints and sewed around the edge, leaving a gap to turn them right sides out. I then pressed the seems and sewed another top stitch around the edge to keep it sitting flat and to give it a nice finishing touch.
These are now hanging patiently on the blanket ladder that my talented husband made for the baby room, waiting for the moment that they will be needed.