Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Patchwork and Pebbles at Lepe (and a baby card too!)

Hello there! If you read last weeks post you know I have been making a couple blankets for a lovely friend who has just had a baby girl. Last week I showed you the smaller pram blanket and how to make the disappearing nine patch squares. This week I made the larger blanket and as it is the first time I have used a 'self binding' technique I thought I would show you how I did it.

After making the patchwork top, I laid it onto the fleece backing with front sides of each fabric facing outwards. Then working from the middle outwards I pinned the fabrics together (the more pins the better!)
Once both fabrics are pinned together it's back to the sewing machine. Always start in the middle and sew towards the edge so that you don't get puckers in the fabric. When you have sewn front the centre to each edge (so you have a cross in the middle) it should be secure enough to sew other lines.
Using a walking foot, I then sewed on top of the existing seams.
Sewing across the plain blocks gives the impression that these are patchwork pieced blocks also.

1) When finished 'quilting' the pieces together, trim the fleece backing so that an inch and a half overhangs the top fabric.
2) Fold the edge of the fleece to meet the edge of the top fabric.
3) Bring the folded fleece over to lie on the top fabric then pin in place (shown pinned vertically but it holds better if the pins are horizontal).
4) The corners are done the same way as a mitred edge but as the fleece is bulky it can look a bit messy until it is folded down and pinned.
5) Fold the edge of the fleece around the corner at 90 degrees (it will look awful, don't worry!)
6) Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the next length of fleece and that silly corner will be folded over inside the edge.
7) Doesn't look so bad now! Pin in place and work your way all around (and yay, no joining any binding!)

 Now just sew a nice zig zag stitch all the way around and voila! One super cute blanket!

After the snow last week we have had some nice warm weather so we headed out to Lepe Beach for some fun.

New Forest Pony enjoying the sunshine.
Pine cones (the warmth was opening some of them).
There were lots of people fishing.

Canada Geese.
 The girls had lots of fun exploring, finding pebbles and splashing.

I will leave you with a picture of the fabric printed card I made for my friend. As well as being personalised with all those special little details, it features lovely vintage images of a baby carriage, baby blocks and a sweet French label from a baby powder bottle.

Have a lovely week!
Love Amber x x x


  1. The patchwork blanket is beautiful, the perfect gift for a new baby girl. Stunning photos of the beach, delightful.

  2. Hi Amber the patchwork blanket is gorgeous it will become a beautiful keepsake. Your photos of Lepe are fantastic we used to go there when our daughter was young. Hugs Jackie

  3. Looks like you had a nice trip out, the quilt is gargeous.
    Clare x