Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Birthday presents

This weekend I haven't been able to get to my sewing machine because my daughter Lucy has been using it to make a quilt for her boyfriend's birthday. In fact she has also been busy knitting for his birthday as well. Having made the small quilts for Project Linus as part of her Queen's Guide award Lucy was inspired to try making a larger quilt and a birthday quilt seemed perfect. The frog fabric was already in my stash as was some of the green but she had to buy the rest.

Lucy has finished the top.

The photo doesn't show the frogs very well so here is a close up ( opps took the picture on the squiff)

The fabric for the back of the quilt is really fun so we bought a little more than we needed so we could use it on another project.
Elephants are a bit of a theme for this birthday as Lucy's boyfriend saw a pattern for a knitted elephant in Tracy Chapman's book Toys to Knit and asked her if she would make him one. By yesterday morning all the pieces had been knitted.
The body pieces were being sewn at the point the photo was taken. By yesterday evening Loulou the elephant was complete.
Lucy is really pleased with her hard work. This is the first big item she has knitted having only learnt to knit last year. Most of her knitting to date has been sample squares to learn new stitches so this was the first time following a pattern and using increase and decrease. 

Lucy has asked me if I will do the quilting for her as she has run out of time. So this afternoon I will be sorting out the quilt sandwich and will hopefully have it all completed by Thursday. 

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