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mardi 9 avril 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019


For some time now I have a hankering to work on some Dresdens but was not sure what to do. There is a plan in my head for a medallion quilt using a giant Dresden in the middle but that is not about to happen any time soon. But when I was looking for an RSC project for this year I realised that Dresdens would be a great use of some of my scraps.
So here are my first four blocks bringing me right up to date.



I found aqua to be a very elusive colour in my scrap box although it does not look too bad in this photograph. The yellow spot that I am using for the centre of all my Dresdens is much yellower than the picture shows though. I am aiming for 20 blocks - they will be 9" finished - so two years of RSC. Am feeling very pleased that all the grey blocks and centre circles are cut and ready to go.
Now I need a plan for the blocks I made last year and so far I am not feeling very inspired! No doubt something will come to me.

samedi 6 avril 2019

Friday Night with Friends


Many thanks to Cheryll for getting us all together again this week. You can see what everyone else got up to here

I managed to fit in a hours sewing yesterday afternoon - we have had cooler, damp weather here this week but Friday afternoon was warm and sunny so we spent most of it in the garden. However this is what I was up to in my sewing room.


The sampler quilt I have been working on along with my patchwork group has finally got to the border stage and I was very happy to be machining on the border strips yesterday afternoon.

I am so looking forward to showing you all the completed quilts as everyone has worked hard and made very individual versions. Hopefully next month.

I have been sewing my  1797 revisited quilt along with a facebook group and earlier this week I spotted a gorgeous pincushion on the site and just could not resist having a go. Yesterday evening I was busy sewing the patches together and this afternoon I made up my pincushion. Here is my version.


The hexies are 1 1/8" long and super cute.

My Easter wall hanging is now finished and ready to take with us on our Easter travels.



It is wet here again this afternoon so I am going to get on with my RSC project - more on that next time. Hope you are having a great weekend.


lundi 1 avril 2019

April!!!

After a couple of weeks of beautiful sunny weather we have woken up this morning to cloudy skies! Well, good things cant last forever and we could now do with the rain that is forecast for later in the week.

These beautiful fabrics were gifted to me a couple of years ago and they have been waiting in the cupboard for the right project to come along.


I decided last week that I needed some storage in the bedroom for my current book selection and these fabrics came to mind. So I whipped up a quick basket and am so pleased with how it has turned out.


I quilted the outer fabric to some Soft and Stable which has made it lovely and firm, then added the loose lining. It has a 7" base and stands 9" high so is a good size - it may get some baby sisters!

 
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Easter is just around the corner so I thought that it was high time that I finished off the Easter hanging that I started after last Easter! So out came my completed embroidery.
 


Looking at my design with fresh eyes I realised that the tulips looked very stark! So my first job was to add a few leaves.


Next to chose some border fabrics. I wanted to use the gorgeous blue floral fabric that I had lined my basket with as the outer border but what to use next to my embroidery? Having auditioned various fabrics in my stash I suddenly spotted these rolls of batiks and there was the perfect fabric.




So the borders are cut and ready to machine on when I have trimmed the embroidery.

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I have completed another round on my 1797 revisited piece


and basting of the pieces for the next round is under way.

Well I think that is enough for now - I shall be back soon with my RSC project for 2019.

samedi 16 mars 2019

Friday Night Sew In

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting our monthly get together.
I am in UK at the moment so have been reunited with the Persian Tiles Blanket that I started crocheting while I was here last summer.
On Friday evening I started a new tile and this is as far as I got


Good work for one evening and I was pleased with my progress.

mardi 12 mars 2019

Catching up

It's now a week since we returned home from Spain and March is starting to zip through already! So time for a catch up on what I have been doing.

The Pansy Scissor Keeper that I stitched in Spain is now complete - I forgot to pack any stuffing so it had to be completed when we arrived home.


This was a kit from Sue Hawkins Needleworks and as with all her kits the instructions were clear and easy to follow, plenty of thread and a gorgeous colour combination. Very happy with this.

While we were away I bought some yarn and started crocheting squares to combine into a blanket. I had lots of fun trawling the internet looking for free granny square patterns - some simple some more complicated. Most of them were written with US crochet instructions which it took me while to come to terms with! So here are all the blocks I made while away.


This project has now been stored away until our next trip. Ooops! Just noticed that my heart is upside down in the picture!

Since our return I have started a new cross stitch project - sorry, I don't seem to have any pictures - and been working on the next round, brown rose, of my 1797 revisited quilt.



This #weebrawbag was completed in January as a birthday gift which has now been gifted.


It is a while since I have made a postcard so I have really enjoyed designing and embroidering this card for a special friend. It just needs ends sewing in and then it can be posted on it's way.


It has been fascinating to watch how the garden has changed over the last week with so much early spring colour around now. So I will end with a few pictures from the garden.





samedi 16 février 2019

Friday Night Sew In time again

Joining up once again with Wendy and friends for our monthly sewing evening.


Since my last post I have gone as far as I can with my scissor keeper as I forgot to pack any stuffing!


So I bought some yarn for a new crochet project. I plan to make all different squares and then put them together to make a blanket. These are the squares I have completed so far


and this is the square I crocheted yesterday for FNSI.


I am returning to the shop next week sometime to see if they have the same yarn in a dark grey or black for putting the squares together. I have been trawling the internet looking for different squares to make and have learnt lots of interesting new techniques and had to come to grips with US crochet terminology!

Many thanks for getting us all together again Wendy - you can see what everyone else got up to here

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Earlier this week we visited Sorbas, a small town inland from us. The town itself is a typical Spanish hill town with narrow streets and a few little shops tucked away behind curtained doors. Our noses led us to the bakery!
However there is also a pottery there which we found very interesting. Do click on the link here to see a picture of one of the two rooms that were cram packed with pots in all shapes and sizes.
 
Needless to say we were tempted! Philip fell for the shape of this jug plus it's 'Pisces' decoration.
 
 
And I loved the colour of this bowl.
 
 
Sorbas is near Tabernas - we did not visit but it was the centre for filming spaghetti westerns back in the 60's as the desert scenery was perfect.
 

We also found a layby with this amazing view across to the coast.
 
 
We also visited Mojacar Pueblo this week. This is a very touristy hill town full of what Philip calls 'trinket' shops! However there are some pretty streets away from the shops and it too has an amzing view.
 
 



 
We finished our morning with a delicious 'fish and chip' lunch on the waterfront at Garrucha.
 
 
Well done if you made it this far! Hope everyone had a great FNSI.

vendredi 1 février 2019

Friday Night with Friends


Lovely to be joining up with friends around the world for the evening. We are in Spain again for our annual winter dose of vitamin D!

I have been working on the Pansy Scissor Keeper kit that I bought after Christmas.

This is how far I had got to.


Today I have finished the stitching and made the tassel and cord.


Now I need to make it up.

I feel so fortunate to be here in sunny Spain especially when I hear from friends with sub zero temperatures or flooding and family with snow and ice.

We have spent the last couple of weeks visiting favourite places up and down the coast from here, Philip has joined the local bowls club and we have been out birdwatching and seen a few treats.


The best place I know to sit for a coffee and tostada (toasted baguette with freshly grated tomato and lots of drizzled olive oil).


A lovely day for a paddle!


Nice things to collect from the beach.


There seem to be lots more flowers around this year.


Beautiful deserted beaches.


This is part of the complex we are staying in - sadly not warm enough to swim! But there are lots of lovely  shapes and patterns to play with for designs.




Definitely the best manhole cover I have seen in a long time.

Hope you made it through all those pictures and I look forward to seeing what everyone got up to this evening.