Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Round-Up

April hasn't been a very productive month for me quilting wise.

The weather here has been changeable, with it being very cold, sunny highlights, but not enough of them, and lots of rain.  Typical English weather you might say, so I should be used to it, but April is expected to be gradually warming up to Spring and it hasn't felt like that at all.  Today, though, the sun is shining and the forecast is for temperatures about 14-15 degrees C.  Anyhow, I have been spending time in the garden tidying it up after the winter season and getting ready for some summer bedding to go in.  I usually put that in about now, but I'm holding off for at least another couple of weeks this year to let the ground warm up a bit.

There are no actual  finishes for April but I have started a baby quilt, and I just need to finish quilting the border and apply the binding for that to be finished.

I've finished hand quilting my Five Star mini-quilt so that just needs binding.

At my W.I. craft group we have started making an exploding sewing box.  This is slow progress as I only work on it on Thursday afternoons.

Yesterday I prepared the pattern so I can make my granddaughter some little dresses for the summer.  I'm going to cut out and sew this one up today, ready for trying on for size tomorrow when she comes over after school.

I've also been busy doing alterations and repairs.  I've taken up two charity shop skirts, two pairs of trousers have been tapered and taken up for me and two pairs likewise for my daughter, one of my daughter's dresses has had a modesty panel inserted in the bodice and one of her tops has had the facings sewn down so they don't keep popping out.  I hate doing alterations, I'd rather make something from scratch, but needs must in the present economic climate.

Next month should see all of these projects completed, along with several other little dresses.  I want to make the last couple of blocks for my combined BOM quilt and get that sashed and bordered ready for hand quilting and I want to make a bag with the pattern I won in a giveaway over at Loft Creations.  It is this Caity Did bag by the very talented Stephanie Dunphy, and I have some gorgeous Amy Butler Soul Blossoms that I want to make it up in.

Looks like being a busy month.

Linking up to Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet over at Lily's Quilts.


  1. Love the grey and pink stars. Great colour combo

  2. I have always fancied making one of those sewing boxes - yours looks like it is well on the way.

  3. I'll be very excited to see your Caity Did Bag. I hope you send me a photo or let me know when it's posted. :o)

  4. That baby quilt is looking even prettier now that you have the borders on and have most of the quilting done.

  5. Love the baby quilt. My grandbabies would love it. Always wanted to make one of the sewing boxes but did not know how. Must be fun. Kathleen
    ps found you thur Lily's quilts