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samedi 3 novembre 2018

Friday Night with Friends

Many thanks Cheryll for inviting us to share the evening with you again - to find the links to everyone who took part go here


After a couple of grey, damp days we had a lovely sunny afternoon so spent some time in the garden cutting back and tidying - there is always something to do!

So in the evening I got down to some serious stitching and worked on this small piece of embroidery using hand dyed threads and shibori fabric.



The design comes from this lovely little book which is full of useful motifs and ideas for small gift projects.


Cheryll made a very smart heat pad for her kitchen - I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else was working on,

Have a great weekend.

vendredi 26 octobre 2018

The weebrawbags

My weebrawbags are finished! Well, they have been finished for a few days but I had to wait until this morning to get the cord as I had nothing suitable in my stash.


They are really deeply boxed which makes them super spacious inside as well as being able to see what you have stashed away. Also on the larger bag I was able to use a couple of the cutaway squares to make the tulips on the ends of the cords.


This one might become my everyday sewing bag as I adore the fabrics and have been saving them for something special for some time!


This is the smaller bag - again these batiks have been in my stash for a while but in this case the bag is going into my gift box.

Right, having got those out of my system (although I am sure I shall be making some more in the future) it's back to secret Christmas stitching!

The weather has finally turned and it is a grey damp day today with even colder temperatures and rain forecast for the weekend - sounds like plenty more sewing time!

Have a great weekend.

lundi 22 octobre 2018

Finally finished!

Back in 2015 a facebook group that I belong to organised a block of the month. I kept up with the blocks - you may have followed my progress here - and then I stalled. Earlier this year I decided to try the quilt as you go method on these blocks and I found this to be brilliant. The blocks got quilted in no time at all - far less daunting that having a whole quilt in front of you to quilt. The sashing and borders were soon added and then it got hot! And it stayed hot for most of the summer, so sitting with a quilt on my lap to finish off the quilting was not pleasant. However, to bring a long ramble to a close, quilting of the borders and sashing is finally finished and here is the ta dah moment!





Hand pieced and hand quilted - I did a fairly random wavy line through the sashing and a loopy one round the borders.
Nice to cross something off my UFO list.

samedi 20 octobre 2018

FNSI October

The weeks are whizzing by far too quickly! Many thanks Wendy for hosting our get together again - click on the link to see what everyone was working on.


I have had the pattern for a weebrawbag for a few weeks now and have been itching to make one.


The pattern is by Laura Cunningham and you can find her on Instagram @laura_zuckerkuss

So yesterday afternoon I got out my fabrics and started cutting. There are two sizes of bag so of course I decided to make one of each!


For the smaller bag I am using some delicious batiks that have been in my stash for a while. For the larger bag some pretty floral for the pocket and a bird print for the bag.

No time to start sewing as we were then off to visit a friend for a walk through her woods. The weather here is still amazing although chilly at night. So we are seeing clear blue skies every day. No sign yet of migrating cranes so winter is not too imminent!

During the evening I managed a little more quilting on my pink quilt.


A few more evenings should see this finished! At last.

Anyway, I am off to sew a bag or two - have a great weekend.

lundi 8 octobre 2018

FNwF, happy mail and other news


Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us to join her again last Friday. For one reason or another Friday was a stitchy non event for me - all I managed were a few bits of quilting on my Pink BOM which seems to be taking me ages to finish!



I received some happy mail last week - these gorgeous Island Batik fabrics which I won in a blog hop from Turid.

 
At the moment they are still too gorgeous to unwrap but I will soon find a project for them I am sure.
 
I finished off the little crazy quilting pincushion that I was making
 
 
and completed the crazy quilting I was working on for a competition - still no photo's allowed, sorry.

The patchwork girls came last week and started on their next block of the Mystery Quilt. This is what they are making.


A Log Cabin, log cabin! Now, I got the idea for this block from a blog but stupidly did not make a note of whose blog! So if you are reading this then please, please contact me so that I can credit you.

And finally, I have completed two more blocks for the RSC - September


and October


I am off to UK again this week but hope to be back in time for FNSI - so see you there.

mardi 25 septembre 2018

EPP Tuesday

It's been a while since I posted for Anthea's Piece Yourself Together.


Following on from FNSI I found some time to finish adding the yellow hexies to my tablecloth and now all the complete flowers and their borders are added.



Next up is to even up the edges and for that I suspect I shall need some more yellow fabric. So pleased to have got it to this stage though.

Don't forget to link up if you have any EPP to share - we love to see what you are doing. Many thanks Anthea for hosting.

samedi 22 septembre 2018

FNSI September

I see that my last post was FNSI for August! Since then I have had a couple of trips to UK to be with Mum and Dad who are both in hospital at the moment - rehab ward so hopefully not for long.

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting our get together.


We had a wet day yesterday - the first for a while - so I made an early start in the afternoon working on some crazy patchwork. Only a sneaky peek as it is for a competition!



Then in the evening I added the last few stitches to this Lilipopo Attitude Fairy


She is now ready to be made up into a bookmark for my gift box.

Then for some straightforward, not too much concentration sewing I pulled out my hexie tablecloth and added some more yellow hexagons.

 
After a misty start the sun is back with us and it is a beautiful afternoon. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.