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Saturday, 21 January 2023

Friday Night Sew In January

 Our first FNSI of the year - thank you Wendy for organising us. You can see who else took part here.

Earlier this week this lovely book arrived in my library.

I have had my eye on it for some time! I am a great fan of Jennifer's books - her Foolproof Crazy Quilting was my bible when I was learning to crazy quilt. Lots of lovely clear instructions and beautiful examples to inspire.

This new book is equally inspiring and beautifully laid out with different sections on stitches that can be used for stems, leaves, flowers, buds etc. All of which can be combined to make your own individual, whimsical flowers. There is also a section on combining fabrics to make backgrounds.

I had decided to put this book to one side for a while until I had cleared some other projects out of the way but I had no will power!! Consequently on Friday afternoon, out came my box of solar dyed fabrics and threads and I spent a happy few hours layering fabrics and starting to stitch the layers together. I had to force myself to put everything away at this point so that I have a portable project to take to my quilting group next week!

For once the colour reproduction seems to be good - but you can only just spot my stitching across the centre!

In the evening I worked on my Red Manor House quilting - really need to crack on with this if I am to finish before the summer!

Happy Stitching.


  1. It's so easy to get distracted when such a beautiful book arrives!

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing some pretty embroidered flowers dancing across your fabrics, Lin. The book looks fabulous!

  3. I don't know Jennifer but I have a feeling you will enjoy each and every single page of this book. Have fun! ;^)

  4. Funny how we cannot wait to start on a new project.

  5. That looks like a great book - I haven't heard of Jennifer, I'll have to look her up.. thanks for sharing! xx

  6. The book looks interesting and you have a nice start on your project. I look forward to watching this one progress.

  7. The book sounds lovely Lin, and very creative...it sounds like you can head off in all directions. You've made a lovely start (what's better than using fabric you have dyed yourself!) and I look forward to seeing your progress :-)

  8. The book looks really interesting, no wonder it was so hard to resist starting something

  9. Lots of interesting projects in the book and you;ve made a great start on your block.

  10. I just looked it up on the net... wonderful books by Jennifer Clouston... this is going to be a riot of flowers... I wish you lots of fun.
    It's always great to start a new project... and finish one too. I'm happy for you... and we're happy that we're watching. Delicious.
    Hug of Viola

  11. Gorgeous background. This will be such a fun project for you, I can tell already!

  12. Always exciting when inspired by an interesting book - lots of fun flowers in the future.


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