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samedi 18 août 2018

FNSI for August

Many thanks Wendy for inviting us to join you again for a stitchy evening - see what everyone was working on here

Friday was a cooler day for us and so much of my time was spent in the garden. But I found an hour in the afternoon to start basting some shapes for my new applique project.

Fiddly small pieces! This project deserves a post of it's own so watch this space.

After an early fish and chip supper sitting outside a local bar we came home to watch another exciting T20 Blast match. Of course I had some sewing on the go too. I have started work on a new crazy block and this is how it looked at the beginning of the evening.

And here it is after I had added some silk and organza ribbon embellishments.

Lots more to do as I plan to pack this with embroidery, but I am enjoying this very much.

Enjoy your weekend.

mardi 14 août 2018

EPP Tuesday

It's time to 'Piece Yourself Together' again with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches. Do take the time to link up if you have some EPP to share as we love to see what you are working on.

I have been working on my swap hexie flower cloth and have added the final round of blue flowers.

I just need to finish adding the yellow hexies around the last couple of sections and then I will need to work out what to fill in the gaps with and how I will finish the edge off.

Here are the swap hexies I have sent off this month.

These are for someone who has no colour preference, just asks for cream centres. So it was fun to go through my stash to see what took my fancy.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on.

vendredi 10 août 2018

After the storm!

After yet more hot weather we finally had a storm in the early hours of Thursday morning followed by a damp drizzly morning. Bliss. It's a sunny but cooler day today which is very welcome and this morning was distinctly chilly, just 10 degrees!
Well now, since my last post I have managed a few finishes so here are some photos. First up my applique which is now a nice new cushion cover.

I have turned my two little stitched squares into tissue sachets.

I have a 'red with a hint of maroon' RSC block for July

and an orange one for August

As I am home alone for a few days I am making good use of my time. First up, and now out of the way, was decorating the kitchen. That done I was able to get down to a project that has been waiting in the wings for just such an opportunity!

In 2010 Popular Patchwork had an article about a Super Scrappy Crazy quilt which gave me an idea for using up various samples and unwanted projects. So since then I have been collecting 4.5" squares to put together to make a super scrappy lap quilt and yesterday I got them out and started to play.

There are 289 squares here (although I am still making them and collecting ready for another quilt!) which will give me 17 x 17.

Here are some of them laid out and ready to sew.

Lots of lovely memories in amongst them - an early hexie project I was never happy with

some City and Guilds samples

a Hundertwasser experiment

playing with clamshells

and lots of scraps left over from projects

I decided that I would put it together in three section and one 17 x 6 section is already complete - heading off now to get on with the next one!

Have a great weekend.

samedi 4 août 2018

August FNwF

August already! Many thanks Cheryll for organising us once again for a great evening sewing.

Pop over to Cheryll's blog here to see what everyone was working on.

Well, it is HOT here! Yesterday it was 37 degrees outside so by mid day we were inside with hatches battened against the heat. Fortunately there was an exciting test match on TV to watch so straight after lunch I got on with hand stitching the little square I had stencilled at last months FNwF - you can read about it here I have added some simple quilting and a few beads to highlight the centre of the flowers.

My task this afternoon is to make this into a little tissue case.

Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon it was the lunch interval, so I was able to cut some border panels for a piece of applique, machine them in place and then frame up the piece ready to start quilting.

I was then able to watch the afternoons play happily quilting. I carried on into the evening and again after lunch today as I watched England win - what a great test! So here is how far I have got with my quilting.

The applique panel is 12" square. It is the second time I have used this design - you can see my first block here I am enjoying this applique and am looking forward to working on something more ambitious next time.
It is nice to be back home - thank you for your good wishes for my Father, he is home and doing well.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

samedi 21 juillet 2018

FNSI for July

Well here I am unexpectedly back in UK due to family illness as my father has been unwell. Fortunately he is well on the way to recovery and hopefully will be home soon.
So my afternoon was spent hospital visiting and we found that the hospital has a very lovely smoke free garden which it was a pleasure to sit in. These alliums were gorgeous.

So I just had a couple of hours in the evening to work on my new crochet project - Persian Tiles. It is a kit by Janie Crow
This is my second block and I now have two more rounds to work to finish it off. I need 16 of these.
I love the colours in this project.
I hope that this will post successfully and that my photos are not too blurry - I am working with a basic phone and tablet!
Hope everyone had a good Friday night and that you are enjoying your weekend

jeudi 12 juillet 2018

FNWF's - a very late July report!

Late afternoon last Wednesday (4th) a terrific storm came up our valley bringing with it very strong winds, hail plus some much needed rain. Here it is coming towards us.

The storm passed, we had a few blips of the power but for no length of time and when we went to bed later that night all was well. However, next morning, no internet and we have been without it until today (Thursday12th). First of all we were told it would be back the same day, then it would be back by 6pm Monday and then that it would be back by 6pm Friday. So at least it is a day earlier than the last prediction. You can imagine how many messages and blog posts are queued up waiting to be read!

Anyway, back to Friday. Before the internet went down I had watched a DMTV video entitled 'Stencilled Iris' which involved stencilling onto fabric with Markal (Shiva) paintsticks through freezer paper. It looked like a great technique so I decided that would be my project for the afternoon. I have a print block of an Imperial Pink flower that I made some years ago and knew that would make a perfect stencil. So I traced the design onto freezer paper and cut it out carefully so that I had both the negative and positive images intact. I used a small square of fabric to trial my design with the flower shape and ironed on the freezer paper shape.

I then used a gold paintstick on the freezer paper

and pulled the colour with my finger onto the fabric

The freezer paper lifts off easily to leave the negative of the flower shape

Magic! I love it. You can reuse the freezer paper shape as many times as you like until it runs out of stick (protect your iron with some non stick parchment!) I added an Antique White flower to my gold one.

I remembered that I had used the print block of this flower in my hand made sketchbook so decided to add a stencil to the book using a turquoise paintstick. I have also glued the used stencil onto another page in the book and they are both now waiting to be worked into.

On a larger piece of fabric I tried out my other freezer paper shape, again using gold.
And then that was it for my afternoon. Since then I decided that the larger piece of fabric would be enough to make a book wrap for my handmade sketchbook and so I continued stencilling onto it. It is now layered up and ready to embellish with stitch.
I have worked one each of the stencils into my current journal and played around with a gold pen.
I was able to find my original sketchbook pages which included photographs of the pinks which was very useful.
I must get some more seeds for these and grow them next year as they were such lively flowers - I nicknamed them 'dancing pinks' at the time.
I am off to catch up on some more emails and blog posts - more news from here over the weekend I hope.