Making a quilt from baby size garments requires decisions at every stage.
I have found that if the garment has been cut with enough 'room' then I can usually get enough for an 8.5" square that I can use for background pieces for most of the blocks.
Sometimes I may want to use fabric from the arm or leg of a garment and in this case I find cutting 4.5" squares and making them into 4 patch blocks can provide background fabric with just a little more interest.
The top right hand block has a four patch background.
The whale block - top right was the front of a garment and had to be cut on an angle to make it work. Even then I will have to cover two of the corners with motifs to make it the size it needs to be.
The bottom left is from a newborn stretch and grow - a lovely outfit - I could not put all of the garment on the quilt so I selected a part which reflected what it was like.
These images are all from the creation process. I placed them on the design board as I proceeded but lots of changes still to be made to come to the final get together of all the pieces.
A sneaky peek at a project Linda and I have been working on lately.
We are making some community quilts and have revisited an old favourite Happy Blocks.
I did the cutting, Linda did the piecing and then I sewed the rows together.
The pattern suggests 48 blocks and I soon realised that we did not have enough variety in our stash for the I Spy centre pieces for that many blocks.
We put a call out to our Sweet Pea ladies and soon our I Spy stash was looking a whole lot brighter and better thanks to them.
Once we started putting the blocks up on a design board we decided that 30 blocks would probably be sufficient so I cut out enough for another 12 blocks and we now have 2 x 30 block quilt tops ready for machine quilting and binding.
These mountains to the south of us remain steadfast even though we may go for days and days with them being covered in cloud.
We are going from warmer to cooler at the moment, including the first dumping of snow on the mountains. Quite a few times recently, in the mornings, there has been mist rising from the Waikato River below us and with that and the low lying cloud over Lake Taupo, the mountains look like they are floating in the distance.
Even as I write the sky is changing all too quickly so it was nice to be able to capture the moment.
All the piecing (except for the yellow centres) is oversized so that the components can be trimmed back. This makes for better accuracy in the completed block and makes them look quite sharp, at least I think so.
The butterfly blocks are 9" square when complete.
The current swap (block pattern included in this link) is for the butterfly block if you are interested in participating. You would need to join the It Seams Unlimited group first to tag along.
Georjah is looking for swaps of a minimum of 4 blocks. This is a centralised swap with Georjah receiving and mailing all blocks so return postage needs to be considered if you live outside the USA.
I have decided to give it a go, so it will be interesting to see what comes back to me as a result of the swap.
They come to us to help maintain our property and in return we provide accommodation and meals.
Through this organisation we have met people from Japan, Switzerland, England, Austria, Germany, Sweden, USA, Canada and France. It has always proven to be an exercise greatly appreciated on both sides, if return visits are anything to go by.
At the end of this month we have two German girls coming who were with us a while back. They have travelled the South Island and on their return have requested to come back to us. We will gladly receive them. They, among others, have proved to be very willing workers at our place.
In appreciation of their time with us we like to send Wwoofers away with a small gift that won't take up too much room in their baggage but will provide a memory of their time in New Zealand.
We make them mug rugs - something to have their coffee or tea on with a snack.
We like to think that when they return to their home country and resume their work or study life they will use these and remember their experiences in New Zealand.