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dimanche 18 juin 2017

CTTY


Many thanks to Anthea for hosting CTTY - she is showing some cute little buckets this month that will make great containers for gifts - see them and everyone else's work here.

One small make for me this month.


These little bags are super easy to make - I have made another for a swap but will not be revealing just yet! The tutorial by Bee In My Bonnet is here and easily adaptable both in size and design. I made use of this little Gail Pan stitchery but it could be all patchwork, a combination of patchwork and applique or just a larger stitchery. The choice is yours.

Happy stitching.

samedi 17 juin 2017

June's FNSI

Many thanks to Wendy for organising our FNSI again this month. You can what everyone did here.

It must be a couple of years now since Wendy sent me these lovely Heart of the Garden fabrics as a thank you for taking part in FNSI.



I loved them so much that I put them aside for 'that special project' as you do, and there they have stayed. Earlier this week I decided that it was high time that I did some more crazy patchwork and I got out the box that holds my equipment when I am working.


What a sad sight! Ah thought I, I will make a nice basket to hold all my equipment and immediately Wendy's fabric came to mind. Two of them are perfect for fussy cutting and so I scaled up this Pink Penguin pattern, used some new to me In-R-Form to stabilise and hey presto, one basket.


The In-R-Form has worked very well and has made for a very firm basket. Another time I will use a larger seam allowance especially around the rim but otherwise I am very pleased with the result.

The inside

The two large 'pockets' on either side are open at the bottom to make them easy to hold bulky things in place. The four end pockets are all closed at the bottom.

While I was making the basket I read this post by Barbara, she of The Flashing Scissors, which reminded me that I have been wanting to make one of those little twisty threadcatchers for some time. Perfect opportunity and so following Barbara's instructions here we have my version.




So thank you very much Wendy for those lovely fabrics.

Now to this months FNSI. A few days ago I put together this patchwork base for a frame purse.


So my first job for Friday was to pull out some threads, beads, ribbons etc to work with.

My new basket by coincidence matches perfectly with the tray I use for my bits.



After a happy hour rummaging I was ready to go.


Here is my progress so far.



The postman has just been with this lovely book which I have been waiting to read ever since Sharon announced she was writing one about two years ago!

So with the temperature set to soar over 30 degrees this afternoon I am about to sit down with some iced coffee and have a good read.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

mardi 13 juin 2017

EPP Tuesday


It was EPP Tuesday yesterday and I am a bit late linking up - sorry Anthea! You can see what Anthea and everyone else have done here.

I have been working hard on my Hexathon quilt and now have the main body complete - apart from adding the top right corner of course!


I am pleased with how it is looking. I have made a start on the border but decided it was time to put it away again for a while.

Appropriately I received a swap flower in the post yesterday - another to add to my turquoise and terracotta collection.


These are the flowers that I sent out for June.



I am also linking up with Heather at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday - again, sorry I am late Heather.


Don't forget that this week is FNSI - sign ups are here and I hope to see you there.

dimanche 4 juin 2017

Partying with Chookyblue in the Chookshed!

A wet Saturday meant that I had more time than usual to enjoy myself! And a nicely watered garden into the bargain although France is still on alert for a drought and hot summer. To catch up on all the fun in the Chookshed go here.

Here is what I was doing yesterday afternoon - my RSC blocks for June. Yellow. Yellow!!!! I went to what I though was my yellow/orange fabric box and what did I find - orange! Went through my scrap box too and all I could come up with that was a true yellow was this.


So in the end I went with some dull mustards which I think will work well with the other blocks that I have made.

My other mission was to make my swap hexie flowers for the month and these also got finished so I am well ahead on all my projects for the month.


I have also been working on my hexathon quilt and my CTTY project so have had a very profitable weekend. Hope yours was too.

samedi 3 juin 2017

Friday Night With Friends, a party and a finish!

Many thanks to Cheryl for inviting us around again. You can see what everyone got up to here
I spent some time working on my Hexathon quilt and now have the bottom edge straight and have started working up the side.


Meanwhile, it is party time in the Chookshed! and we are invitied.

Check out these posts here and here. Thank you for the invite Chookyblue - I shall be popping in from time to time.

And now to the Finish! Yes, Jacqueline's quilt is finished! It just needs a label and then I can post it off to her. A few pictures!!


The back which I pieced from all the leftovers




So whatever you are doing I hope you have a great weekend.

mardi 30 mai 2017

Scheepjes CAL 'Hygge' - it's a finish!

And it has been for at least the last week so I have no idea why I have not posted about it until now!!


Anyway, here it is in all it's glory.


These were the last two sections and you can also see the border and finished ends.


I am not overly enamoured with the double bobbles which make up the last section and wish that I had gone with my first instinct which was to reapeat the bobbles from the first section which are so striking. However, I am not going to worry about it and am very pleased overall with my finished shawl.




The last week of the instructions were how to line the shawl, but I have decided not to go for that as I feel that it is going to be very warm as it is. And I was careful about keeping my work neat on the back!

Linking up with Heather at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.

Enjoy your week.

mardi 23 mai 2017

Piecing myself together again!


I thought it was time to get my Hexathon quilt out again and have made good progress over the last couple of evenings.


All the Hexathon blocks are in place now so I need to add the rest of the plain hexagons to the middle and the half hexagons around the left and bottom edges to straighten everything up. The top right hand corner of the quilt will be plain.

In the post today were my Inchy Hexagon Swap hexies for the month which was very appropriate.


I am very pleased with my growing collection of turquoise and terracotta flowers.

I am linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches - if you are working on some EPP then why not show us all by linking up as well. It's easy!

It's been a lovely afternoon here and we are promised good weather for the rest of the week so we are off to the seaside tomorrow for the day!

I hope your week is going well.


samedi 20 mai 2017

FNSI and RSC for May

Many thanks to Wendy for inviting us to share our Friday night with her - you can see what everyone was working on here
I had a very productive afternoon and evening! First up I finished off my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. May is a green month!


So I am also linking up with Angela at soscrappy

Next up was to get my friend Jacquelines quilt layered up for quilting. You can see my first post about this quilt here. Since that photo was taken I have added the final border and pieced together the leftover fabrics to make the backing. Here it is, all pinned and ready to quilt.


And as promised, close ups of some of the blocks. This is her first quilt and she has done really well.





The fabrics are gorgeous - I especially love the one with the feathers.

It was nice to finish the evening with some hand sewing - secret stuff so only a glimpse!


So I hope you had a good Friday night and are enjoying the rest of your weekend.