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That was an extremely unusual Easter all around, I think. A time when many people, regardless of belief, like to get together with family but this year couldn’t. We’ve barely left the house since the lockdown started, with much of our shopping being done by my brother-in-law and a very kind neighbour who works in Morrisons. As such, there was not a vast quantity of chocolate eggs floating around the house this year, but since commercial Easter eggs are typically a lot of packaging and not all that much chocolate, in recent years I’ve tried to make something for my family in addition to or instead of chocolate. Here are some of this year’s creations!

I’ve made my mum quite a few cushions, but I realised that I hadn’t given my sister one. Last year I enjoyed a really fun weekend trip away to Oxfordshire with the Quilt Group ladies and we did some classes atVillage Fabrics,其中一个是折叠拼凑的。我带了一些漂亮的蓝色和白色蜡染,我已经有很长一段时间了-我买了我的第一次旅行的棉被节!我知道我妹妹也很喜欢这些颜色。他们的工作非常好的折叠模式,我有很大的乐趣,挑剔的削减圆圈印刷的基石。该块完成在18 1/2英寸,完美的一个好尺寸的缓冲。再加上一点细节,我找到了我的sashiko用品,很快发现了为什么蜡染上的sashiko不被广泛推荐!但是我很喜欢在蓝调和黑色的衬托下,白色的针线看起来很清爽,所以我坚持了下来。

对于绗缝,我决定做一些非常简单的步行脚绗缝,以免分散注意力,清洁,优雅的外观,在蓝色和白色的棉花拼缝。靠垫的背面和包边是妈妈给我找的一些漂亮的鸟织品,很适合靠垫的风格。

对妈妈来说,我决定做一个新的桌面是件好事;我刚开始做被子的时候给她做了一个圣诞节用的,但有点季节性。一个春天/复活节的肯定要到了!为此,我用了五种不同的莫达·奥姆布雷彩色纸屑印花,它们来自我藏匿的一个半码的包裹——一种白色/奶油色作为背景,一种金色、一种紫色、一种粉色和一种绿色。因为我们的餐桌是圆的,我决定再做一个六边形的顶饰——而且我很喜欢缝等边三角形!我开始切割和拼凑,但不确定它们是如何结合在一起的,最后切割了更多的条带,得到了一个像样的三角形,然后把所有的东西都洒在我的设计墙上,四处移动,直到形成一个图案。它在一个下午就组装好了。

I decided to really go to town with the quilting on this piece, with an assortment of dense fillers and floral/leaf motifs. Although it’s not a big piece, it still took a good amount of time to get it quilted – it still takes me by surprise how mentally and physically intense this kind of quilting can be! And of course I had to try and do it as secretly as I could – not easy when you’re in lockdown with the person you want to gift something to! Still, I’m really pleased with how it all came out, especially the big flowers. And it looked great on out Easter Lunch table!

最后一件礼物是我给侄女尼娅做的。她需要一个袋子来装游泳,她喜欢美人鱼和贝壳,所以我用这些图案给她做了一个可爱的小手提袋。互联网提供了一个很好的扇贝壳,但我找不到一个美人鱼的姿势,我的照片,所以我不得不画自己的-和人形不是我最喜欢的东西画!我很高兴这一切在最后是如何结合在一起的-足够我可能不得不玩美人鱼设计多一点!

我在贝壳下面用了一个仿制的punto效果,使它变得非常蓬松和立体,周围填充了相当密集的paisley形状。

我特别骄傲的磁尾日益加快ning, the addition of some extra stabiliser really helps to keep the fin shape looking perky! Assembling all the disparate bits into a bag in the right order took a little bit of pondering and puzzling, but I picked my way carefully through it. To make it actually useful as a swim bag, it’s lined with some waterproof fabric left over from when I made a change mat for Nia before she was born! I am not sure when the local pools are likely to be open again, but I’m sure she’ll think of other things to carry in it until then.

I also made a quilted panel wall hanging for my little nephew Aled (who is too young for chocolate anyway, even without his dairy intolerance issues) and a cork fabric wash bag for my brother-in-law – and I failed to take photographs of either of them while they were still in my possession! I can certainly say that, for me, boredom over the last few weeks has NOT been an issue!