I think a quilt makes a really great gift for a new-born baby and I have made quite a few for various niece’s and nephews. The latest one is for a beautiful baby girl who was born last week, Grace Addison, what lovely names for my newest niece!
The quilt I have made for Grace is quite large so that it fits her cot, the colours are to match the decor in her bedroom. The fabric I used is from the Gutermann Ring a Roses, French Cottage range.
I used quite large squares of fabric (25cm x 25cm) and I used a walking foot on my sewing machine to stitch in the ditch. We have got some fabulous new wadding in the shop, its beautifully soft and not too thick, I used some of our Klona plain fabric for the back and a very pretty spotty bias binding for the edges.
I started finishing the binding using pins but they kept pricking me! So I treated myself to a pack of Quilters Holding clips and they are great!
Here is the beautiful baby Grace in her first modeling role for Trixie Lixie!
I’ve been trying to decide what I might like to make for Valentines this year
It’s a tradition, of sorts, to make something, so I decided to have a look around. It’s pretty straight forward, these days, to find inspiration on places like Pinterest and Instagram. So I started pinning some of my favourites.
I’m not that sporty. Think of me as that old cat, dozing on the windowsill, but my eyes were opened by the new Vancouver collection of sewing patterns from Sewaholic. It’s not that I don’t like pictures with that much lycra, it’s just that I’ve hardly ever seen sewing patterns that are just made for it. It almost made me jump up out of my comfy armchair [well not quite].
Hang on, I’ve got a sporty daughter and several sporty nieces. I haven’t got any lycra or sports net, but I do have knit fabrics and I fancy the style of the Fraser Sweatshirt.
The loose fit of the Seymour Jacket caught my eye, that might just hide my six pack and I have some wild coloured outdoor fabrics that may very well suit the bill.
Ok I know I’m not exactly Jessica Ennis, but I might just give some of these a go.
It seems that I’ve had a bit of a run on making pillowcases for my friends. I love giving them as gifts, as they are so easy to make.
With these ones I made for my sister, I’ve used Gutermann fabrics with a touch of pom pom specialness. They go brilliantly with her seaside themed front room. This Gutermann collection has lots of subtle colours which would fit well in any environment.
My friend Fran loves cowboys and loves these pillows too. They are made using the Moda Fabrics Honky-Tonk range.
I can’t believe that Christmas is almost upon us already (we had our first Christmas card this morning)! So I thought I would share a few gift ideas with you that are available from www.trixielixie.co.uk. Gifts that you could make or just give as kits (or add to your own list for Santa)
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We have some gorgeous fat quarter packs in a huge range of fabrics, colour coordinated and ready for you to make into quilts etc. We also have some fab Christmas fabrics which are great for making stockings, pyjamas and decorations.
We also have a selection of jelly rolls, charm packs, sewing accessories and buttons, some of which we have put together in pretty tins and bags so that they can be given as gifts.
And we also have a great selection of sewing kits that you can use to make gifts for your friends and family, why not try making a gorgeous pair of knickers, a scarf or a purse. If you don’t have time to make up the kit yourself you can just give the kit as the gift.
I hope this will give everybody a bit of inspiration for Christmas, I love to give handmade gifts and if I can’t make them all myself I do like to buy handmade whenever I can.
April is always a busy month of birthdays for me, as I have said before, I think Tote bags make a great present. These ones have a bit more to offer than my usual book bag style, they are fully lined, with a gusset on the bottom and a very useful pocket inside.
One panel costs £6.75, you can make all sorts of things with it. The squares will make lovely little cushions or you could frame them, or cut them up to make cards. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! It is my niece Isobels 9th birthday tomorrow so I decided to use 2 panels and make her a quilt. It was so quick and easy to do!
It’s not quite single bed size as I only used 2 panels, I quite like the cute size of it, I used a plain red fabric for the back and red bias binding for the edges, It only took just under a metre of fabric and wadding.
I hand stitched one of the lovely labels to the back to complete the gorgeousness!
I think my niece is going to be delighted! I can’t wait to give it to her!!