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Saturday, 24 September 2022

FNSI September

 A busy day of shopping, fence painting and an early dinner out didn't leave much time to sew! However, having pinned down the final border of hexies for Wings I allowed myself a little treat - sewing down those hexies is not very exciting!


And I worked on this little butterfly for one corner of the border.


Many thanks Wendy for hosting - I have seen a few nice things that were worked on yesterday, you can go here to see for yourself!

Have a great week - we are off on our travels so I shall not be around, but will be back in time for Friday Night with Friends!

Monday, 19 September 2022

It's a Wrap!

 My little Churn Dash wall hanging is complete.


I have been wanting to make something churndashy for some time so thank you Chooky for spurring me on. I am very happy with how this has turned out especially those little rose buds.




All fabrics - apart from two hexies


Now I need to crack on with my second Churn Dash project and I need to add another Churn Dash around the outside.


Something for October I think.



Saturday, 3 September 2022

Friday Night WithFriends September

 Many thanks to Cheryll for another great Friday night - I have already seen lots of lovely things that have been worked on. Pop over to Cherylls place here to see who else took part. 

As it is the beginning of the month I was working on my RSC project. I am now working on my rainbow Dresdens for the corners of my quilt - one a month until December. I managed to get the first one made and in place yesterday.


Good use of my FNWFs I felt. Happy stitching. xx


Sunday, 28 August 2022

Churndashalong update

 Here we are, nearly at the end of another month, so it's time for a Churn Dash SAL update. And I am pleased to say that the top of my little mini quilt is complete.


I have appliqued some little rosebuds along the top border and am very pleased with how they are looking. I hadn't tried these before but they are very simple and very effective - the tricky bit was pressing the vine and leaves without squashing the buds!

Septembers task will be to get this quilted and to press on with my other churn dash project, the small tablecloth.

Thanks Chooky for organising the stitchalong, just the motivation I needed.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

FNSI - late on parade!

 Ooops, should have posted about FNSI yesterday but somehow ran out of time!

Many thanks to Wendy for organizing our evening and you can pop over to Wendy's blog here to see who else took part.

I had the afternoon to myself so decided to crack on with my Churndashalong wall hanging. I added the borders (by hand, couldn't be bothered to get the machine out) and then the row of hexies which I put together the other evening.


Very happy with how this is looking. I am imagining some applique along the top border. Looking forward to working on that next week.

After supper I cracked on with this sock and managed to finish the heel turn and gusset which need a bit of concentration. A bit of straight, mindless TV knitting to do now until I reach the toe.


This Zandra Rhodes design West Yorkshire Spinners yarn is lovely to knit with although I would have preferred less even stripes of colour.

Well that was my Friday - I think I have caught up with most peoples blogs but will just go and see now who I have missed!

Have a great week.


Saturday, 13 August 2022

RSC 22 August update

 And it is a ta-dah! moment as I have now completed all the dancing mini Dresdens/Hexadens around the border of my flimsy.


The final two Dresdens were added this week - the two brown ones up from bottom right.

Now for the next four months of the year I shall be working on some 5" rainbow Dresdens to go in each corner - one for each month which is very convenient and also means I shall have a completed flimsy by the end of the year ready to start again next year! Yes, I have plans.......

Anyway, papers and template on order from Sew & Quilt so I shall be all ready to start on September 1st.

I am linking up with Angela  for Scrap Happy Saturday

Have a great weekend

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Friday Night with Friends - August!

 That first Friday of the month has arrived very quickly again. Lovely to be sewing with friends and thank you Cheryll for getting us together. You can see what everyone was up to here 

First up I finished these two little Churn Dash blocks.


Then I thought I would crack on and add them to the first two and you can just see the result here - unpressed and in use as a table for basting my RSC Dresdens.


This months RSC colour is orange but I don't need orange, I need brown, hence little brown petals being basted. A good afternoon and evening's work I felt.

Today we have been to the Taunton Flower Show and spent a few enjoyable hours wandering round the many stalls and tents. Lots of beautiful flowers and veg in the competition marquee and a small craft section. I am not going to bombard you with pictures as I only took 2, but I thought this needle book was gorgeous!


The embroidery on it was stunning. Unfortunately I didn't get a close up.

These two stumpwork items also caught my eye - lots of lovely work had gone into these.


Right, I am off to cook some dinner and then I shall be cracking on with those Dresdens. Have a good week.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

A Quilty Day Out

 Having recently joined a local quilt group - Apple County Quilters, we are in Somerset, famous for it's cider - I was quick to sign up for a day trip to Cowslip Workshops. Cowslip is an hour and a half down the road from Taunton, through Devon and into Cornwall. The 16 seater mini coach was very comfortable and the time passed quickly with lots of chatter, as you would expect!

The main reason for visiting Cowslip was for a quilt exhibition by Flowerpatch Quilters so on arrival that was my first port of call.


Cowslip Workshops is based on a farm and the exhibition was held in a large barn. This was a very 
welcoming sight as we entered the barn.



There was lots of beautiful work on display - here are a few of my favourites.







This quilt was a lovely blue which sadly has not come out in the photograph. But it was, I think, my favourite.






I loved these apples - they appeared to be padded and the quilting around the border is the names of different apple varieties.



A few general views - the flower displays were gorgeous and a brilliant addition to the exhibition.







My next visit was to the embroidery exhibition.



A welcoming room full of gorgeous treasures - goldwork, whitework, embellished felting, crewelwork, patchwork etc etc.

Also on site was a cafe serving delicious lunches, cakes - of course - cream teas and more. An extremely well stocked patchwork shop stacked floor to ceiling with fabrics and masses of books and patterns. An overflow shop with pottery, sale fabric and Christmas fabrics plus a lovely lady making memory bangles. Lots to see and beautiful planting outside all the buildings. Oh yes, and round the corner a vintage/reclamation shop full of lovely things.

And yes, I did shop! Some needles, those non slip things to put on the back of quilting rulers and having been pointed in the direction of a large collection of script fabric, a nice piece to add to my diminishing collection.



A jolly nice day out!

Monday, 25 July 2022

Churn Dashing Along in July

 I am really enjoying seeing all the variations of churn dashes that are being made - and so many!


I have made another of my 4.5" blocks and attached it to the first one with some sashing.


It is square - it's my photography that isn't!

I am very happy with how this churn inside a churn is looking


and I am planning another round to make this a small tablecloth size.

So that's my July SAL catch up. Thanks Chooky.

Saturday, 23 July 2022

Some new cushions

 Evenings I have been busy sewing together hexagons for my Wings border, and they are going together very nicely.


We decided this week that we needed a couple of extra cushions so I dug out these pieces of bargello canvas work.


They have been sitting in a suitcase for at least 30 years along with a length of brown velvet all ready to be made up. So yesterday afternoon out came the sewing machine and I made them up.


The smaller one was actually a curved piece that had been made for a rocking chair seat so I had to square it up as best I could. We already have four of these cushions which I made many many years ago and which show no sign of wear and tear so I thought a photo of all of them was in order.


Good to finally make those up and I wonder now why it took so long!

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Friday Night Sew In

 Good to be sewing with friends again on Friday - thank you Wendy for getting us together.

I started by finishing appliqueing these little purplish Dresdens to my RSC quilt


only two more of these to do then I can move on to the corner Dresdens.

Then I was able to start sewing together the hexagons for the final border of Wings


Good to get these underway and they go together pretty quickly.

I am off to see who else took part now, have a lovely weekend, its going to be a hot one here!

Friday, 8 July 2022

Wings and Pretty Things update

 Well, I couldnt wait to share this with you now that I have all the applique blocks in place!


Brilliant sunshine here today so I photographed this in a darkened room! As usual the pretty colours are not showing up so well but I can tell you that in real life it is looking gorgeous! And it all machined together like a dream, my extra careful cutting paid off.

Now I am working on lots more of those coffin hexies for the final border - could be a while!

Have a great weekend.