Both of these have been finished for a little while, I just haven't gotten any pictures before now. And excuse the crappy pictures - it's like winter here today. There's been hail and rain so far this morning, and it's so dark. I even had to turn the heat on to warm my little bones a bit. Crazy - it's almost the end of May!
First up is the Christmas scrappy trips. This one is for Justine, I have another Christmas scrappy trips on the go but it's taking me forever. Maybe I lost my scrappy trips mojo a little bit? It's ages 'til Christmas so I'm good - it can wait a while. I'd also like to think I'll quilt my Christmas one myself...but we'll see about that. I need to have a practise and get my quilting skillz a bit better.
Justine and me pooled all of our Christmassy fabrics and fabrics that followed the same colour scheme and cut more than enough for the 2 quilts. The plan was that we'd both make one, but because I'm an excellent friend (ha!) I decided I'd make them both and surprise her. I cut the strips for both using the Sizzix big shot - which was a really awesome timesaver. I did it sat on the floor when I watched TV, and was pretty quickly surrounded by strips (which the cats thought were for them to play with. Hmm.)
I backed it with a sketch flannel (you can get that from Brenda or Justine) and Sarah quilted it for me (and did an awesome job). Note on flannels - I would probably pre-wash them, I didn't and I'm kind of worried about the colour bleed now, because that flannel is really pink, but I'm just going to hand this over to Justine and tell her to wash it on a cool wash with a ton of colour catchers. Heck, I did the hard work - it's her responsibility now, right? (That's it Katy - don't take responsibility if the colour runs).
Next up is another scrappy trips, but in voiles. This one feels like butter and it's backed in shannon cuddle (like minky) so it's soft and fluffy on one side and smooth and silky on the other. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it, and how much I want to back more quilts with cuddle cloth. Both kids have now requested their own snuggle quilts, so I should probably get on with that at some point soon.
Trudi quilted this one - her first time quilting cuddle and she said it was no problem at all. I was a little concerned the different textures from the voile and the soft minky like fluff would cause some tension issues with her quilting, but they didn't at all. It quilted up beautifully (we went for a safe stipple - just in case). I got my cuddle from Brenda. hahaha - that sounds funny. Fat Quarter Shop also have a few different ones (on sale)
So that's another couple of finishes for the year. Next start is the Impromptu quilt - which I'm really excited about. I cut my fabrics into 10" squares (becauseI'm using Liberty bloomsbury gardens) and I'm waiting for my solid to arrive. We start properly on June 1st - more details on this blogpost here.
Edited to add - I used sew simple cotton batting for the voile scrappy trip along. It's a lovely soft and light batting that is really reasonably priced and washes brilliantly. (I'm not sure what Sarah used on the Christmas one. It's a light, low loft or medium loft though - nice and thin and drapey)