I bought a book a number of years ago called ‘Quilt a Gift’ by Barri Sue Gaudet and there are lots of interesting things in for babies and toddlers.
I wanted to have a go at this fabric book, as it was all appliqued fabric and felt with some easy hand embroidery stitches. The pattern asked for interfacing, but I had some double sided fusible bosal from a past bag making project and thought it would work very well.
Last Christmas a good friend gifted me the book ‘Making Luna Lapin’ by Sarah Peel from the Coolcrafting shop in Kendal. It’s a beautiful book telling the story of a very kind, loveable, well dressed rabbit Luna Lapin. It includes a collection of patterns to make Luna, her brother Alfie and many outfits and accessories.
Luna is made from wool felt, a fabric I hadn’t used before. For the most part she is hand stitched. After practising over sewing on scrap felt to get the stitches evenly spaced, I found the process very relaxing. The thread just sinks into the felt. The trickiest part was her features but once done she took on her own personality.
Of course she needed a dress(can’t have her being cold or bare!) I used the same Liberty fabric as her ears and feet. The collar was very fiddly but I’m pleased with the result.
A rabbit needs somewhere to rest so next make was an armchair. It has a box cushion but Luna looks better without this in place and seems far more relaxed using it as a foot stool.
One day Luna may wish to go out to visit her friends (there are two more books) so she will need a coat and shoes…..and a pair of french knickers!
I have loved making Luna and feel I have well and truly fallen down a rabbit hole
You all will all recognize this situation, a loved relative who is going to be 65! What do you buy them, they have everything.
An idea strikes (she like to embroider) take her on a work shop to introduce quilting
So I booked 2 places on a work shop for quilting in Shrewsbury, at a fabric shop I had been in last week. My husband drove us down on both days – she enjoyed the days out but did not take to quilting I WAS HOOKED.!! That was 24 years ago. I have belonged to a number of groups which have folded most often due to loss of the place we met at.
Quilters always are friendly and helpful.
On that intoduction I made a quilt (I finished it at home) I still have said quit ‘Dresden Plate’, I will share the pattern at a later date.
I’ve started sewing again !!! haven’t done any for a couple of months, then I got an email from Barbara Kennedy (Wigan Linus) about a workshop day in Standish, at the Methodist Church. As I’m trying to get myself out a bit and start sewing again I decided to go, but only for the morning. I’ve never been to one before, but felt ready to meet a few people. There were about 12 of us, some of the people knew each other, but not many. Barbara had brought 3 or 4 big boxes of fabric and fleece for people who needed it. Everyone was doing their own thing. I started a squared Christmas quilt, I plan to finish it this week.
It felt strange sewing in a workshop again on my little machine, but it made me realise how much I was missing Standish !! any news about starting again.
Hope to see you soon
Linda G x
Having lost all enthusiasm for sewing since Christmas ,the urge to create prompted these 2 items .
- The Dresden plate clock using a couple of my husbands ties was inspired by Chris B a long time ago, thanks Chris.
- The Scandinavian stars which are folded with no stitching I found on You Tube.
Best wishes to all and hopefully we will be able to meet up before too long.A big thank you to Carolynne for keeping us all in touch.
From Liz C
You will be pleased to know that our regular fortnightly meetings will recommence on Thursday 30th September at 1:30pm. The first couple of meetings will be for a casual get together and we are very much looking forward to seeing you there.
There will be Covid measures in place for your safety and if any of you have any questions about returning, please do not hesitate to contact us.