Friday, 4 January 2013

Car seat quilt and a 2CV, made while I wait







It started when the generous and delightful Hadley sent me this lovely package of paper and fabric hexies she cut. I was going to wait until the baby had arrived to sit and do something with them but I'm impatient (clearly!) and couldn't resist jumping in.
I had originally thought of making a cushion but since we are getting prepared and got the baby car seat out of the attic, I decided a cute car seat quilt would be a nicer idea.
Huge thank you again Hadley!!



It took a while to decide on what pattern to make - I was going to go with flowers but then I decided I wanted something a little different (and more neutral) so I made rows of different lengths and sewed them together. I apologise that it's all crinkly but that's what happens when you hand quilt something and I have NO desire to do any ironing ;)





I added some other fabrics from my stash and think they blend well all together.
It was pieced using Aurifil 50wt and then appliqued on to some Kona Ash (from Fluffy Sheep Quilting) - I just stitched around the edges on my machine. I then hand quilted it using Anchor Perle around the hexies and down some of the rows.  I felt much more confident hand quilting after I read Susan's post - reassuring and helpful - thanks Susan!
The backing is a brushed cotton, which I think my cousin gave me - it's so soft and I love the gingham!


The binding was made of scraps of binding I'd used in other projects - love that, it's like it's ready made!
Because I stitched the hexies onto the background it looks a little 3D - I like that it makes the hexies stand out:



I also haven't shown you this little bag I made my mum for Christmas. She actually used to drive a green citroen 2CV and then she had a white one - so I knew she'd love this great little panel of fabric I got from the Festival of Quilts. It is made by Il était une fois, an adorable family business in France. I was with Nat and learnt a little more about them because she could talk the native language :)





I used the Summersville I embroidered on the back and happily she loved it!

Linking up:

over at Quokka Quilts this week, she has a few fab little finishes to share 
and has made me want a laundry basket trolley!!

Fresh Poppy Design


and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts



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23 comments:

  1. What beautiful makes. I like the EEP and how you put the hexies together. Di x

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  2. Even when you're expecting an imminent arrival you still make the most beautiful things! Love them!

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  3. Love the little Hexy quilt, and the crinklyness is perfect. I bought some cute prints from the same shop as the 2cv panel, but of some girlie panels, still in the stash so far, but they are so cute, would make a good quilt at some point- when i get the time! Well done, and I hope baby arrives soon, so you can stop pacing. : )

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  4. Aw, your welcome. Glad my wee bit of advice helped out, but sure you would have done brilliantly well without it too. Lovely hexies and I like the choice of making simple stripes with them. But could you stop making things? You are supposed to be practising deep breathing and the like.

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  5. Loving the hexie quilt, Lucy! Bébé will be styling for sure with that sweet quilt. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  6. Are you sure you are resting?!! Lovely makes! The car is so cute!

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  7. These are really cute projects!

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  8. My pleasure; beautiful makes xxx

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  9. Love the hexie cover, its great. And the 2cv is fantastic

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  10. Great use of the hexies, and love the wee pouch! BTW though, stop staring at our ass arses ;o)

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  11. Not wanting to iron it? I do not understand? I thought everyone loved ironing, after all, isn't sewing just extreme ironing?
    Well, everyone except me, that is- I really do not enjoy ironing one bit! but the sewing, now there you got me!
    Nice cosy car seat quilt for the wee one when they arrive!

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  12. Meh, ironing, schmironing!!! ;) I love the Summersville embroidery! Very pretty!

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  13. So adorable :D Wait. We're supposed to iron things? I even hear of some strange folks BLOCKING things. Insanity! ;D

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  14. Darling little Hexie project !

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  15. Brilliant car seat quilt! That would be such a handy sized quilt :o)

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  16. Lovely finishes! Now we all wait to see your babyquilt with the sweet model presetnting it.

    (I didn´t iron my very first quilt during sewing (4 yrs ago) at all. It consists of squares and 3 sawtooth stars and I think not one single point is matching, hehe. So it IS possible to sew without ironing.)

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  17. I love the collaborative effort in this project - it's so pretty for your little one...when they decide to show up!

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  18. I remember the 2 CV. I am keeping the banner I bought for when we have the actual coat to make a duvet cover! Love your projects!

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  19. The hexy quilt is gorgeous and I love the scrappy binding! The stitching on the purse is very cute. A nice splash of colour :)

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  20. Love the car seat quilt! Very nice and not too busy, either. Love the birds and trees fabric in it, and the spotty binding is so fun!

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  21. CATTERPILLERS, there are CATTERPILLARS on your quilt... Oh hang on, that's the hexies ;) it's perfect. How long now?

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  22. What a wonderful quilt! Love the colours.

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