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Saturday 19 July 2014

FNSI and some bits and bobs!

Thank you Wendy for hosting FNSI again and for the super easy apple turnover recipe which I did not make but I will do!

Another afternoon and evening of sewing for me. The afternoon was spent sewing with a friend - very pleasant company. The promised rain and storm did not happen but it was very sticky indeed!

I was working on my latest crazy block and it is starting to fill up very nicely I feel. Lots of space for more though - I want to get a couple of butterflys in there next and a dragonfly too.

These little roses and rosebuds were very simple to do. Still some work to do on the seam treatment - I want to put little pearls in the centre of the yellow flowers.


Jenny of Elephantz shared a simple basket pattern with us this week - a way of using up oddments of bias cut fabric.

Her instructions are here.

Here is the one that I made. I love the simple button flower.

It is now sitting by my sewing machine holding a variety of tools and bits and bobs. It has taken the place of this little container

which has done the same job for the last 12 years! In 2002 a group of us went on a patchwork trip to Rotterdam and each of us was presented with one of these on arrival by our hostesses. OK, so I have changed the ribbon but otherwise it has held up very well. It has now been retired and holds some of my collection of needlework tools and ephemera.


And last but by no means least this little treasure arrived in the post today.

A beautiful field of poppies ATC from Jeannette - jennypennypoppy! A lovely mixture of hand and machine sewing. The tiny poppies were cut from organza using a soldering iron and are attached with french knots. Thank you very much Jeannette.

I hope you are all having a good weekend. The sun is just starting to come out here - another promised storm has not arrived and so I think I had better go and water my pots!


  1. Lindo bordado! Um dia, quando eu tiver muito tempo disponível para bordar quero fazer estes "quilts loucos" , acho lindo!
    Ohhhh, que postal mais lindo! Estas papoulas são tão delicadas!
    Gosto muito dos padrões da Jenny, são delicados e românticos e o blog dela é muito bem humorado.
    Um abraço para você e bom fim de semana!

    Gorgeous embroidered! One day, when I have much time to embroider they want to do "crazy quilts", think gorgeous!
    Ohhhh, that most beautiful post! These poppies are so delicate!
    I love the patterns of Jenny, are delicate and romantic, and her blog is very humorous.
    A hug for you and good weekend!

  2. Newsy post Lin, gorgeous crazy quilting and I've included your post to my latest post, good stuff!!

  3. your crazy patching work is so beautiful and full of detail.... and I loved looking at some of your treasures there.... great postcard... very cleverly done..

  4. your crazy blocks are so amazing Lin, your embroidery is so beautiful.
    Love the little row of yellow flowers along the seam and those rampbling roses are gorgeous.
    very pretty card from Jeannette.

  5. What amazing work, you have been very busy

  6. Just love what you've done with your crazy patchwork - those little roses are beautiful, did you use silk ribbon for them?
    I'm intrigued by your retired sewing 'caddy' I might just have to have a go at one of those!

  7. Your crazy block is amazing! All those embroideries just blows me away.

  8. Love the crazy patchwork block...beautiful embellishments! The basket from Jenny's tutorial is gorgeous and that fabric postcard looks amazing :-)


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