Friday, 12 August 2022

Making hexies while the sun shines

 Back at the beginning of July I started a birthday project thinking I had given myself plenty of time to get everything completed for today, August 12th.   

In hindsight, (isn't hindsight a great thing), I should have started it earlier but, I sure many of you can relate to last minute gift making, as crafters we tend to do that to ourselves don't we?

The first task was to paint this little Ikea dolls cot and make a mattress for it, I got both of those jobs completed before the end of July and I was feeling very pleased with myself for being ahead of the game.

The mattress is reversible and I was pretty happy with how it came out

I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole of dolls cot bedding and that's when I made more work for myself, I decided that a little patchwork quilt would look lovely.

By the time I'd sorted and cut out fabric, ordered the hexie papers and attached the fabric to the papers It left me with just over a week to hand sew everything together.  

I've never attempted anything like this before and haven't hand sewn anything in years, but I really enjoyed the process of sewing all the little pieces together.  
Now, If you're a quilter reading this, please don't look too closely, technically I've probably gone about it all wrong and it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination,  but I think the end result is passable,

The binding was, well, a bind, again, first time binding anything, I managed, again, it's not perfect but then neither is my eyesight, lol.

Below is probably more true of the colours

You can't have a quilt without a pillow and a sheet, so I made those too, I also made a pillowcase for the pillow so it can be taken off to wash.

I think the end result is pretty cute, and best of all the recipient loves it.

I bet you've guessed who this is for haven't you? 

Yes, it's for my beautiful granddaughter Bonnie, she turned 5 today.

Here she is dressed for her birthday party, look at the gorgeous smile  💖

She had a rainbow themed party with all her school friends last Sunday, Joanne had booked an entertainer who was just brilliant and they all had a wonderful time.  Joanne also did a great job making the rainbow birthday cake.

As you can imagine not much in the way of other crafting has been going on I been pretty much sewing every single day, sometimes all day, for the last two weeks to get all that bedding done but tomorrow I shall pick my knitting up again, I have just one cuff to knit on my jumper! 
The heat wave is set to continue over the next two day and then rain and hopefully cooler temperatures for next week, thank goodness.   Like a lot of others peoples gardens ours is not fairing too well, everything is dry and faded and the grass is turning brown, it's not a good look, I much prefer the Spring and Autumn when everything looks fresh, lush and green.  The only thing this weather is good for is getting the washing dried super quick, although I do have an ironing mountain growing in the laundry room,  you could not pay me enough money to tackle that at the moment!



Lowcarb team member said...

Love what you've made and love the fabulous photographs from the party.
Happy Birthday wishes to your very special five year old grand-daughter :)

Our youngest grand-daughter keeps telling me she has been doing rain dances, but no rain yet! And yes, the gardens (and farmers) need rain badly.

Enjoy your weekend.

All the best Jan

Linda said...

Absolutely adorable. What a lucky little girl.

MartinaM said...

Oh what a cute doll bed and you made him a lovely mattress. And the pretty Hexi blanket, you did a great job on that, I like it when it's so colorful for the kids. I believe you that Bonnie was happy, such a special gift.
It's supposed to stay hot here until Monday, then cooler for a day and then hot again. I'm curious if we'll get some rain, nature needs it urgently,
enjoy your weekend with knitting, Martina

Poppypatchwork said...

Your bed is beautiful, a joy for any little girl to play with. I'm just finishing a hexagon project, so I truly understand the work necessary to produce such pretty items.

butterfly said...

Oh Maggie you made a great job of the bed set .
Takes me back I use to love making pillows with my old fabric .
I already have some ideas in my head for next year.
What a lovely little GD looks like she had a super time.
Enjoy your weekend .

Jo said...

Oh, what a beautiful gift, something I'm sure Bonnie will treasure. You may have taken on more than you thought at the start, and it may have taken much longer than expected, but it was so worth it. I bet it will be played with all the time, it's so pretty, perfect for a little girl and her dollies. Joanne did brilliant with the cake too, how lovely is that, you've obviously passed your cake-making skills on. I don't know where the time goes though, five already.

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

The little bed is totally adorable and i think your crafting skills look perfect.

Jackie said...

That gift is what little girls dream of. You did a wonderful job on the quilt. It looks perfect to me.

God bless.

Heritage Hall said...

Oh what a treasure gift your furnished bed is and so is Bonnie. JoAnne's cake is icing on top. What
happy memories you are all creating....

Vickie said...

Oh Maggie what a treasure you Maggie dear Bonnie! Such sweetness. What a fun party!

Winters End Rambler said...

What beautiful things you have made for your granddaughter. I hope she treasures them. x

Carol said...

What a darling gift you've created for little Bonnie, Maggie! That hexie quilt is exceptional and I know how long it takes. I started one for my grandson two years ago, got all the hexie flowers made (it was an "I-Spy" quilt), began to sew them together and truly lost interest. Anyway, I love all of your quilts, the bed, the little pillow--everything. Bonnie is one lucky little granddaughter ♥

Sandy said...

She is adorable and I'm sure she loved her special handmade gift. Well done! And right you are about us getting ourselves in a bind time wise when it comes to gifting our crafts.

Chris said...

An absolutely gorgeous bed and bedding for Bonnie's birthday, I can see her having hours of fun playing with it.. She looked so pretty in her rainbow dress.

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Carin said...

Happy belated birthday to your granddaughter.
You did an amazing job on the present. I really like that little hexie quilt you made !