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samedi 16 juin 2018

Friday Night Sew In

It was great to join in with everyone for our FNSI for June. Thank you very much Wendy for hosting us - you can see everyone's work for the evening here

My first task was to quilt this Gardeners Journal panel. It was all machined together and the binding handstitched down so it was just the simple! task of choosing a thread and then quilting round.

I am pleased with the effect of the variegated perle thread that I chose and the panel was soon finished.
I have had a small square of hand dyed slubby silk on my desk for a while waiting to be embroidered for another tissue case. I decided to try out one of the designs in this pack of transfers that I was recently gifted - thank you Sue.
The pattern transferred really well. There is a fine, pencil like line which is easily hidden by the stitching so there is no need to wash it out.

By the end of the evening stitching was well underway.

I am keeping the stitching fairly traditional - just the centres to fill in now.

Hope you are having a good weekend - we are off to the airport later today to collect family who are here for a week. Not sure what they will make of the weather - it's a coolish 19 here today but promises to hit 30 by Wednesday! C'est la vie!

Have a great week

mardi 12 juin 2018

It's EPP Tuesday

I am linking up again with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches - a linky for all things English Paper Pieced. Do go and see what other people have been working on and link up yourself if you have some EPP to share.

I finished sewing down my tumbling blocks to their background and have now quilted and bagged the piece ready to turn into a book wrap.

I wanted to try out some King Tut quilting thread that I bought with my Hexathon quilt in mind - don't get excited, no chance of that happening for a while - and used it with some loopy wavy line quilting on the book flaps. I am pleased with it - the colours are nice and vibrant, although not so easy to see in my picture!

So now I just need to sew down the flaps and it will be all ready for use.

Here are my swap hexies for the month.

So on the EPP front that is it for me.

This Friday is FNSI, the link is here if you fancy joining in for a nice stitchy evening.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post - I tried to reply to most of the comments but some may have escaped me! Will Blogger ever sort this problem out or is this our blogging life of the future?
Hope you are having a good week

samedi 9 juin 2018

Friday Night with Friends

The beginning of another month - well we are a fair way through it already! - and so it's time to get together with friends for our virtual sew-in. Many thanks to Cheryll for hosting us again - you can see what everyone was working on here

Sadly no pretty pics from me as I was working on secret stitching!

However, I did find time to try out my new light pad and traced out this Gardeners Journal block.

Oh wow, bliss! No more sellotaping designs to the window to trace them out. Really pleased with my purchase and wish I had bought one before. It is so slim and light and tucks neatly under my desk. Perfect.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Friday stitching and that you have a great weekend.

samedi 2 juin 2018

Party time!

Great to be invited once again to the Party in the Chookshed!

Thank you Chooky for your invitation - I do hope that you are able to let your hair down and have a great weekend.

It has been a lovely day here - shhhh cos it can't last! So I have spent lots of time in the garden taking advantage in the lull in the rain. Hedges today - the rain weighs them down so you get soaked walking past.

However there was some time to sew after lunch as I caught up with the Archers and finished putting together these tumbling blocks. They are now pinned and ready to applique onto the background fabric.

A bit of time for some secret stitching too. This evenings task is to sew these tumblers down to the background.

In true party style we have feasted on paella and the wine has been flowing!

Wishing you all a great weekend.

vendredi 1 juin 2018

Chain Stitch 2

Thank you to everyone who commented on my previous post - I do hope that I have replied to everyone but if I missed anybody then I do apologise.
I hope that Blogger soon sort themselves out as it is annoyingly slow at the moment to reply to comments.

I have been busily chain stitching away since my last post and have finished my block. If you receive my blog by email and you did not receive my last post then you can read it here

Here is a list of the different chain stitch variations that I used
Chain stitch
Whipped chain stitch
Back stitched chain stitch
Twisted chain stitch
Broad chain stitch
Braided stitch
Knotted chain stitch
Half whipped chain stitch
Long armed chain stitch
Heavy chain stitch
Easy cable chain stitch
Triple chain stitch
Detached chain stitch (lazy daisy)
Detached twisted chain stitch
Detached slip chain stitch
Open chain stitch
Berry stitch
Three chain stitch
Petal stitch
Picot stitch
Detached wheatear stitch
French knot border stitch
That's 22 different chain stitches - and there are many more!
These are my two old faithful reference books

I have used my block to make this tissue case for my gift box.

So from a soggy Dordogne I hope you have sunny, stitchy weekend.

samedi 26 mai 2018

Chain Stitch

If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you will have seen several projects that I have worked using this piece of plastic.

It is one of a set of double sided rubbing blocks and my favourite by far. This was my first project using the block.

And I turned it into this little Bushkiri bag.

You can see it here with some more little bags I made using some of the other rubbing blocks.

And there is another one

There is a white version

I have used it as the wallpaper at the back of my blog.

And you can read about how I made this pink version here

So once again I am making a tissue case for my gift box and I never tire of this design. However this time I thought I would challenge myself into using as many different chain stitches as I can. Here is my square of fabric just as I was starting - I used a gold Markal paint stick to transfer the design.

So far I have used nine different chain stitches and am aiming to pack in quite a few more.

The greens in the fabric and the threads are not showing up as well as I would like in this picture - it's actually looking a lot brighter and I am very pleased with the look so far.

Hoping that this post reaches everyone - I understand that there are lots of problems with blogger at the moment.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

mardi 22 mai 2018

PYT Tuesday

It's great to have Anthea back - hope you feel better soon Anthea. To link up with all things EPP visit Anthea's blog here  If you have any EPP work on the go then do please link up - we are always looking for eye candy and new inspiration! Thank you Anthea for hosting us.

You may remember that towards the end of last year I started making 1" tumbling block hexies as my new RSC project.

After making 60 of these little hexies I decided that they were taking up too much of my time and so I put them safely away to await inspiration!

This week I decided that it was time that my 2018 sewing journal had a cover and remembered the tumbling blocks. So out they came and I started to play. I started off with these linking circles which I liked very much.

I was thinking that I could join them together and then applique them to a plain background which would look great but then I started filling in the gaps and liked the effect even better.

And so I have started sewing them together - this is as far as I have got.

My only other EPP project at the moment are my swap hexies - these are this months, winging their way to Australia.

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on.