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Thursday 30 May 2013

Some Kind of Wonderful...

..is the name of a book by Anni Downs which I had seen mentioned on several blogs. I liked the work that I saw which had been produced using the book and although it is totaly not my usual sort of thing! I sent for a copy.
And I am very pleased that I did. There are some really lovely ideas in the book which will be great starting points for projects. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and Anni's embroidery designs are quirky and original.
These two items caught my eye and as I needed some handwork to take with me to UK last April they seemed and ideal project.

Sewing bag with matching pin cushion.

The bag is about 7" x 9" and 3" deep. The little sqaure patches are 1". I enjoyed doing some embroidery again and hand piecing is always relaxing. It is the first time that I have constructed a bag like this so it was good to learn.

I do wish that I had padded the handles and a little quilting on the gusset would have been good. I did machine quilt the sides of the bag to the lining as I felt it needed it to be firmer.

Having completed these two projects I spent some time tidying away the leftover scraps of fabric from my Mystery Quilt. Some of them were cut into squares for my Scrap Therapy collection, others machined together into 4 1/2" blocks to add to my collection for a Super Scrappy Quilt.

We are having a really horrible cold, wet spring here - this afternoon we have had  torrential rain although it is brightening now. Maybe we shall see the sun tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by.


Wednesday 22 May 2013

Another Mystery - solved!

Clues 5 and 6 are now finished and I have my quilt top complete.

Fortunately it has been dry today so I was able to spread this outside to photograph - it is quite a large quilt.

The photographs do not really do the colours justice but I am mostly pleased with my choices and I do like the design.

The outer border was a close run thing though!

Putting this away now for quilting next winter - lots of other projects to complete and lots of new ones in my head!

Thank you for dropping by.

Lin xx

Saturday 11 May 2013

Another Mystery - Clue 4 and Bourdeilles!

This clue took quite a while to complete and now the end is in sight. Do wish I had some more of the light bamboo fabric.

Family visiting, so dodging the showers, we went out for a drive this morning. Bourdeilles is about 15 minutes from here and on the river Dronne - the same river that we overlook. 
The Chateau dates from the 13th century and the small attractive town overlooking the river is worth a visit.

Thank you for stopping by - the mystery will soon be revealed!