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mardi 22 août 2017

EPP Tuesday again!

And I see that it is now two weeks since my last post - how did that happen?
Anyway, I am here again now and after a couple of weeks of dodgy weather we are back into a canicule (heatwave). Temperatures are set to be 30+ all this week!

So back to business as I have a few things to show you.

First of all thank you to Anthea for hosting our link up - you can go to Anthea's blog here to see what everyone is working on.

First up is my DMTV Stitchalong bookwrap which has now reached this stage.

I have added lots of green seeding to the green areas.

The last stage before I make it up is to add some beads.

I have finished making all the blocks for the border of my Hexathon quilt.

I now need to lay everything out and work out their positions.

In the post today I received some lovely swap hexies.

These are from Wendy of Sugarlane Designs - even her card matches in well with the hexies! Thank you Wendy.

So that is all I have for EPP Tuesday, now on to other things.

I have started crocheting squares. Wot me, crocheting Granny squares! Whatever next! Well, I had a lovely bag of wool and cotton left over from my Hygge shawl and I was wondering what to do with them when along came Sharm from Country Fragrance with a CAL for a Flower Garden blanket and I couldn't resist having a go. At the moment I am just aiming to make the flower blocks as I don't know how far my supplies will go. Here are my first blocks.

They grey border is my wool yarn, the colours are all cottons. It does not show up too well in my photo but the centre petals are raised. It's a nice simple pattern.

Finally, in case you have not heard, the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade is returning next month.

For more information see here.

So that is all my news for now. We have a small person here with her parents taking up a lot of my time at the moment so I am mostly catching up with small hand stitching projects. Plus we have a plumbing crisis today! - it never rains but it pours. Hope you are having a great week.

mardi 8 août 2017

Piecing Myself Together!

Many thanks to Anthea for hosting our linky again - great to have you back. Pop over to Anthea's blog to see how her lovely scrappy quilt is coming along and to check out the other link ups.

First of all I have my swap hexies for August - again these are all winging their way to Australia. Well they will be soon - went to the PO this morning and for some reason it was closed so will have to try later in the week. Anyway, here they are.

I love that black, white and aqua combo! The aqua is a little darker in real life.

I have not had much time to work on my Hexathon quilt but I have added a few border blocks to my collection.

I have been a bit distracted by the DMTV stitchalong which now looks like this.

I have just added some quilting around the printed hexies for now but need to add a different stitch before the next part comes out on Thursday. Regular readers of my blog will have read all about this piece in my last blog post but if you are visiting for EPP Tuesday then you might like to go back to that post here to find out what it is all about.

Well that's it from me for today. Hope you are having a good week and lots of time to sew.

samedi 5 août 2017

Friday Night with Friends

Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us round again even though she could not be there herself. I am sure everyone enjoyed her hospitality - click here to see what everyone was working on.

I have been following the DMTV Summer Stitchalong for the last few weeks making a book cover. The first couple of weeks involved choosing a book - I am making a cover for my sewing journal - a colour scheme and then some fabrics. We were encouraged to choose a photograph and then pick five colours from that photograph to work with. Here is my selection.

Next we had to pick a shape - triangles, squares, hexagons for instance and make a shape to add to the background of our book cover. Here is mine before I sewed them together and stitched them down. Of course I chose hexies!

So that was the stage I was at by yesterday afternoon. The next stage was to add some single shapes which I did adding in some half inch hexies too.

The final stage was to add some printed hexagons and I did this with a piece of compressed sponge which I cut to a 3/4" hexagon and used with some gold acrylic paint.

As you can see it is now layered up and ready for the next stage which is stitch/quilting. And there I left it.

My next project for the evening was to layer up a couple of mug rugs which I have been working on and add some quilting.

So these are now ready to be trimmed and have their edges turned over - a little job for this evening I think.

All together a very satisfying FNwF - I hope everyone else enjoyed it too.

mardi 25 juillet 2017

Christmas in July!

This is the first time I have done a 'Christmas in July' swap so it was exciting to open my parcel this morning. I swapped with Sue in Australia and we had arranged to open our parcels at the same time so at 7.30 this morning for me and 3.30 in the afternoon for Sue we linked up on Messenger.

Here are the lovely gifts I received from Sue. First of all they were all packed in this neat little bag.

Sue and I belong to the same hexie swap group so she knows that I like hexies.

Something French! and some cute charms.

Some crazy.

And this embroidered panel which will make a great wall hanging.

So here is what I sent to Sue. Sue very kindly sent me the photograph as I totally forgot to take any before I wrapped the parcel!
The stitchery is a Lynette Anderson Design. In the bottom right corner you can just see a stack of mini charm squares - I cut one from each of the Christmas fabrics in my stash. They are big enough to make hexies with or any scrappy project.

Well, Happy Christmas in July everyone!

samedi 22 juillet 2017

Friday Night Sew In - and I nearly missed out!

After spending a little while yesterday afternoon finishing off the embellishing of this piece

I spent some time in the garden. When I came back indoors I thought I would catch up with a few blogs while I had some coffee and that is when I realised that it was the third Friday - FNSI! And to think I had nearly missed out. So I raced over to Wendy's place here to see if I was in time to sign up - which I was. I see now that I was not the only one late on parade as two people signed up after me. Anyway, you can use that link to go and catch up with what everyone was working on last night. Many thanks Wendy for hosting us again.

So it was lovely to spend the evening with friends working on my next crazy project and this is how far I got.

I sewed the lace down first of all and then realised that it made quite a strong diagonal line so decided to add the curved line using chain feather stitch to soften it up a bit and lead the eye round the block. There was just time to add the spiders web and that was my evening over.

So that was my FNSI - hope everyone had a good one and I shall be catching up with a few blogs soon. Have a great weekend.

mardi 18 juillet 2017

Christmas Through The Year Linkup

Many thanks to Anthea for setting up the Linky especially as she is unwell at the moment. You need to look here to see what gifts people are working on.

Nothing very exciting for you to look at from me though I am afraid! It's all secret stitching. However, just a glimpse is allowed.

Looking at his eyes in this picture I can see that they may need modifying! Looks a bit scary - like something from Dr Who.

We had a day out to the coast yesterday - sorry no pics! but we did stop in the small town of Cozes for a drink as we made our way to friends inland and found this beautiful covered market place.

Some of those upright posts date from the 15th century although most of what you see now is from the 18th century. It is still in use for the Wednesday market.

Hope you are having a good week.

vendredi 14 juillet 2017

More crazy happening here

When I decided to get on with some new crazy projects last weekend I thought it would be good to use up some of my hand dyed fabrics. So I hauled two carriers bags of fabric from the wardrobe and tipped them onto the dining table planning to pull out some fabrics to use. Well, what a mess! Some fabrics were rolled in bundles of colour, some were just screwed up and shoved in, some were in smaller poly bags. At this point I decided to make some order out of my fabrics.
Now, I didn't take a picture of the mess I started out with but this is what I ended up with.

Not ironed but at least all in their colours and vaguely flattened out. I plan to get some more plastic shoe boxes to store these in.

I also ended up with this pile of scraps which is destined to become improv log cabins

and a box of bits that really were not worth keeping and which I have binned.

So now it was easy to pick out some fabrics for a few new projects. Two pinky purple ones -

this one is ready to be made up into a lavender door hangar -

and this will be a frame purse.

I also have two green versions ready to start embellishing.

Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully time to sew.