Out of Africa

I finished the baby quilt I started hand quilting 2 weeks ago, just in time, baby is due on Wednesday!
This one is a little boy.

This room theme is “Out of Africa” and I managed to find the perfect panel for a quilt and receiving blanket with African animal prints on.

I add a border on to the panel to make it a little bigger and hand quilted it with big stitches using a nr 5 quilting needle and Valdani, nr 12 perle cotton thread.

I also purchased a container of 72 x 9m of perle coloured thread from the House of Embroidery and used it to make a personalised label for the back of the quilt. For someone who doesn’t enjoy embroidery I think it come out pretty well.

I have been crocheting many borders on to receiving blankets and I found they make quick and easy personalised gifts. I have being experimenting with different kind of yarns and I found that Sirdar “Calico” double knitting works the best as when you wash the blanket it dries in the same time as the flannel receiving blanket. I found that the Rowan, handknit cotton and my absolute favorite yarn Sirdar Snuggly baby bamboo, takes longer to dry.

I was hoping that the making of baby items will be over, for now! But I have I feeling it’s not! The baby sock knitting bug has bitten me hard!

Happy crafting.

73 thoughts on “Out of Africa

  1. Your crafts are stunning, consider me a follower! My baby is due in three weeks and I would love to find something like that! x



  2. Hi Nikki, thanks for the like! Hand quilting and crochet look like such precise craft and also require so much patience so wow…I am totally impressed by the attention to detail and stamina too! Look forward to seeing more.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog Nikki! Love your work! Am a very amateur knitter and wish I had the skill (and patience) to make some of the stuff on your blog. Very inspiring though! 🙂

  4. Wow this is really wonderful! I cant imagine how you hand quilted that in 2 weeks! I think I might need more like 2 years :D! Do you have any posts on how to start off with Quilting? I have been wanting to try my hand at it for a long time now…

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