Friday, August 31, 2012

A present for a new baby

I have always enjoyed making baby quilts. Knowing the smallest thing about the parents or the babe can give you great ideas to use for a quilt. In this case the quilt is a present for one of Suzi's close friends who is about to have her first child. This friend loves rainbows and I thought it would be great to do a chevron quilt in rainbow colours. THEN  I came across half a metre of rainbow stripes and a fat quarter of a different rainbow fabric. I used the stripe for the border and that really dressed up the chevrons. Rainbows suggest cloud and rain to me so I thought it would be sweet to do a cloud pillow (with rainbow legs of course). I stuffed the pillow very lightly, then I used the fat quarter to make a cushion in the shape of a rainbow. The rainbow hooks over the cloud in a really cute way. I definitely had fun with this one.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Change mat and holder

Just finished this change mat and holder for nappy and wipes. It's a gift. Whilst brown is not my fav colour this little lot coordinates well with bibs and burp cloths which were purchased as part of the gift.

Cat quilt

I know of an elderly cat who clearly needs one of my cat quilts. Well? Here it is! Trying out that easy way of doing the back and no binding. Being lazy in fact but it turned out OK. I have a stash of over thirty cat fabrics so I figure I need to use some of 'em up.

Little Treasures

Here's Craig hard at work cooking in one of his aprons. Hope he's making a batch of Jesus loaves. The raspberry ones are to die for. Ella has an apron too! So does Nick. Nick's good at coffee so he has the coffee guru apron.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Craig the pole dancer

I took the three new aprons (pictured in my last post, yesterday) to Little Treasures this morning. Craig put them on and paraded from the kitchen to the coffee shop swinging out each leg in turn. What a scream. He had the whole coffee shop laughing. Such a pleasure to go there because Craig always has some thing wonderful to say. He and Nick coped with Suzi, me, Suzi's friend Mel and three small restless children this morning with grace and cheerfulness (AND good food!). I didn't think to take a photo unfortunately (laughing too much) but will soon.

Aprons for Little Treasures

I'm sure you've all been as busy with work and family as I have. It's as much as I can do to post a few comments on Facebook at the moment. One of the projects keeping me busy is making aprons. Two friends have just started their dream coffee shop. It's called "Little Treasures" and is a gorgeous cafe/bookshop. Craig and Nick have been open for over a month now and they're pulling 12 hour days, seven days a week. I decided to make an apron for Craig to do his cooking in - as a little cafe warming present you understand. I made ONE apron. Oh dear! He needs at least seven and he loves them. I'm very prone to flattery and people liking my work (sucker).The waitress needs one too! For the past three weeks I've been sewing up these aprons. I have to admit I had a lot of fun doing them but I'm over aprons now. DEFINITELY! I used raw edged applique for all eight aprons and they are washing well. I lined them all. Craig likes this because when he cooks his Jesus loaves (another story) he spills stuff on the aprons and so when he wants a clean one he just turns the apron to the lining side. Hope you enjoy the piccys of some of them.

OK OK I'll tell about the Jesus loaves. The loaves are baby ones that Craig serves with soup (remembering it is winter here). The savoury ones have feta, dried tomato, and basil. The sweet ones have berries etc in them. They were SO delicious I said to  him that I bet that's what the loaves tasted like when they handed out the loaves and fishes after the sermon the mount. He looked at me blankly. I told him he was a heathen and ever since then we've called them Jesus loaves ( absolutely no disrespect intended). AND they are heavenly.