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mardi 8 août 2017

Piecing Myself Together!

Many thanks to Anthea for hosting our linky again - great to have you back. Pop over to Anthea's blog to see how her lovely scrappy quilt is coming along and to check out the other link ups.

First of all I have my swap hexies for August - again these are all winging their way to Australia. Well they will be soon - went to the PO this morning and for some reason it was closed so will have to try later in the week. Anyway, here they are.


I love that black, white and aqua combo! The aqua is a little darker in real life.

I have not had much time to work on my Hexathon quilt but I have added a few border blocks to my collection.


I have been a bit distracted by the DMTV stitchalong which now looks like this.



I have just added some quilting around the printed hexies for now but need to add a different stitch before the next part comes out on Thursday. Regular readers of my blog will have read all about this piece in my last blog post but if you are visiting for EPP Tuesday then you might like to go back to that post here to find out what it is all about.

Well that's it from me for today. Hope you are having a good week and lots of time to sew.

samedi 5 août 2017

Friday Night with Friends

Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us round again even though she could not be there herself. I am sure everyone enjoyed her hospitality - click here to see what everyone was working on.

I have been following the DMTV Summer Stitchalong for the last few weeks making a book cover. The first couple of weeks involved choosing a book - I am making a cover for my sewing journal - a colour scheme and then some fabrics. We were encouraged to choose a photograph and then pick five colours from that photograph to work with. Here is my selection.


Next we had to pick a shape - triangles, squares, hexagons for instance and make a shape to add to the background of our book cover. Here is mine before I sewed them together and stitched them down. Of course I chose hexies!


So that was the stage I was at by yesterday afternoon. The next stage was to add some single shapes which I did adding in some half inch hexies too.


The final stage was to add some printed hexagons and I did this with a piece of compressed sponge which I cut to a 3/4" hexagon and used with some gold acrylic paint.



As you can see it is now layered up and ready for the next stage which is stitch/quilting. And there I left it.

My next project for the evening was to layer up a couple of mug rugs which I have been working on and add some quilting.


So these are now ready to be trimmed and have their edges turned over - a little job for this evening I think.

All together a very satisfying FNwF - I hope everyone else enjoyed it too.

mardi 25 juillet 2017

Christmas in July!

This is the first time I have done a 'Christmas in July' swap so it was exciting to open my parcel this morning. I swapped with Sue in Australia and we had arranged to open our parcels at the same time so at 7.30 this morning for me and 3.30 in the afternoon for Sue we linked up on Messenger.

Here are the lovely gifts I received from Sue. First of all they were all packed in this neat little bag.


Sue and I belong to the same hexie swap group so she knows that I like hexies.


Something French! and some cute charms.


Some crazy.


And this embroidered panel which will make a great wall hanging.


So here is what I sent to Sue. Sue very kindly sent me the photograph as I totally forgot to take any before I wrapped the parcel!
The stitchery is a Lynette Anderson Design. In the bottom right corner you can just see a stack of mini charm squares - I cut one from each of the Christmas fabrics in my stash. They are big enough to make hexies with or any scrappy project.

Well, Happy Christmas in July everyone!

samedi 22 juillet 2017

Friday Night Sew In - and I nearly missed out!


After spending a little while yesterday afternoon finishing off the embellishing of this piece


I spent some time in the garden. When I came back indoors I thought I would catch up with a few blogs while I had some coffee and that is when I realised that it was the third Friday - FNSI! And to think I had nearly missed out. So I raced over to Wendy's place here to see if I was in time to sign up - which I was. I see now that I was not the only one late on parade as two people signed up after me. Anyway, you can use that link to go and catch up with what everyone was working on last night. Many thanks Wendy for hosting us again.

So it was lovely to spend the evening with friends working on my next crazy project and this is how far I got.


I sewed the lace down first of all and then realised that it made quite a strong diagonal line so decided to add the curved line using chain feather stitch to soften it up a bit and lead the eye round the block. There was just time to add the spiders web and that was my evening over.

So that was my FNSI - hope everyone had a good one and I shall be catching up with a few blogs soon. Have a great weekend.

mardi 18 juillet 2017

Christmas Through The Year Linkup

Many thanks to Anthea for setting up the Linky especially as she is unwell at the moment. You need to look here to see what gifts people are working on.

Nothing very exciting for you to look at from me though I am afraid! It's all secret stitching. However, just a glimpse is allowed.

Looking at his eyes in this picture I can see that they may need modifying! Looks a bit scary - like something from Dr Who.

We had a day out to the coast yesterday - sorry no pics! but we did stop in the small town of Cozes for a drink as we made our way to friends inland and found this beautiful covered market place.



Some of those upright posts date from the 15th century although most of what you see now is from the 18th century. It is still in use for the Wednesday market.

Hope you are having a good week.

vendredi 14 juillet 2017

More crazy happening here

When I decided to get on with some new crazy projects last weekend I thought it would be good to use up some of my hand dyed fabrics. So I hauled two carriers bags of fabric from the wardrobe and tipped them onto the dining table planning to pull out some fabrics to use. Well, what a mess! Some fabrics were rolled in bundles of colour, some were just screwed up and shoved in, some were in smaller poly bags. At this point I decided to make some order out of my fabrics.
Now, I didn't take a picture of the mess I started out with but this is what I ended up with.

Not ironed but at least all in their colours and vaguely flattened out. I plan to get some more plastic shoe boxes to store these in.

I also ended up with this pile of scraps which is destined to become improv log cabins


and a box of bits that really were not worth keeping and which I have binned.

So now it was easy to pick out some fabrics for a few new projects. Two pinky purple ones -


this one is ready to be made up into a lavender door hangar -


and this will be a frame purse.

I also have two green versions ready to start embellishing.


Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully time to sew.

mardi 11 juillet 2017

It's 'Piece Yourself Together' time again

Many thanks to Anthea for organising the link - do go and see what everyone is making and link up yourself if you are working on some EPP. The link up is here

First up are my swap hexies for the month which are all winging their way to Australia this month.


And just look what arrived in the post for me yesterday!

Not only my swap hexies for this month but the most darling little key fob made from 1/4" hexies! Real live ones, in the flesh! They are so tiny, I just can't imagine how anyone can make them that small.

No actual EPP going on here other than that but I have received more supplies of grey fabric for my Hexathon quilt. So I have now pinned the pieced panel on to it ready to stitch down, and  I have cut away the excess fabric from the back. This means that I have freed up some fabric to use in the piecing of the borders. The papers are all cut from freezer paper so now I just need to get busy with the iron.


Lots more going on here but I shall leave that for another post.

I am also linking up with Heather's Needlework Tuesday here

Have a great week.

lundi 10 juillet 2017

Looking for Aunt Martha's Quilt

Just had to pop in and tell you about this fascinating  documentary 'Looking for Aunt Martha's Quilt'.
Beautifully made by the BBC it tells the story of a quilt made for Queen Victoria.
Weirdly, there is an out of date news broadcast in the middle but such are the idiosyncrasies of the BBC World Service!
Great listening for an hour while you sew and when you have listened to it click on the 'clip' below the main documentary for the pictures of Aunt Martha.

samedi 8 juillet 2017

Friday Night with Friends

Very hot here again after last weeks rain so I was able to start sewing in the afternoon whilst 'hiding' indoors!

Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us round again. Click on the link to see what everyone was working on.

First up for me were my swap hexies for July which hopefully are now on their way to Australia. No pics I am afraid - I am saving them for EPP Tuesday!

Having got those all packaged up and stamped my next job was my RSC blocks for July. Thank goodness this month was blue! I have masses of blue. So here are the blocks I made.


I am so pleased with how all these blocks are looking - maybe next month I will lay them out together.

So I am linking up with Angela at ScrapHappySaturday.

By this time it was the evening and so I got on with some secret stitching! So no pics. Sorry that there is such a dearth of pictures in this post!

Have a great weekend everyone.

mardi 27 juin 2017

EPP Tuesday and some crazyness

Thank you Anthea for hosting our link up again. Not a lot of EPP going on here. This is as far as I have got with my border for the Hexathon quilt.

There will be lots of units like this that will make up the border on two sides of the quilt. I am awaiting more supplies of the grey fabric from my favourite supplier Strawberry Fayre

You can see more EPP linkups on Anthea's blog here.

Meanwhile there has been some secret stitching going on - it involves red thread and a fat jolly person. I am saying no more!

Also I have been working on my small crazy project which you last saw looking like this.


Well, then it looked like this.


And now it looks like this!




A few details.




I am glad that I went with a stitched frame rather than glue. It took time and patience but I am really pleased with the finish. I have also learnt about placement of stitches having made up the bag - for instance that Fargo Rose is in a totally inappropriate place and the beading round the lace is lost as that is the base of the bag. But I treated it as a learning experience knowing that this one would be for me and am very happy with the result.


There is a storm a rumblin round as I write and some very welcome steady, heavy rain. Good to know that my water butts will be filling nicely.

I am also linking up with Heather's Needlework Tuesday - here

Enjoy your week.


dimanche 18 juin 2017

CTTY


Many thanks to Anthea for hosting CTTY - she is showing some cute little buckets this month that will make great containers for gifts - see them and everyone else's work here.

One small make for me this month.


These little bags are super easy to make - I have made another for a swap but will not be revealing just yet! The tutorial by Bee In My Bonnet is here and easily adaptable both in size and design. I made use of this little Gail Pan stitchery but it could be all patchwork, a combination of patchwork and applique or just a larger stitchery. The choice is yours.

Happy stitching.

samedi 17 juin 2017

June's FNSI

Many thanks to Wendy for organising our FNSI again this month. You can what everyone did here.

It must be a couple of years now since Wendy sent me these lovely Heart of the Garden fabrics as a thank you for taking part in FNSI.



I loved them so much that I put them aside for 'that special project' as you do, and there they have stayed. Earlier this week I decided that it was high time that I did some more crazy patchwork and I got out the box that holds my equipment when I am working.


What a sad sight! Ah thought I, I will make a nice basket to hold all my equipment and immediately Wendy's fabric came to mind. Two of them are perfect for fussy cutting and so I scaled up this Pink Penguin pattern, used some new to me In-R-Form to stabilise and hey presto, one basket.


The In-R-Form has worked very well and has made for a very firm basket. Another time I will use a larger seam allowance especially around the rim but otherwise I am very pleased with the result.

The inside

The two large 'pockets' on either side are open at the bottom to make them easy to hold bulky things in place. The four end pockets are all closed at the bottom.

While I was making the basket I read this post by Barbara, she of The Flashing Scissors, which reminded me that I have been wanting to make one of those little twisty threadcatchers for some time. Perfect opportunity and so following Barbara's instructions here we have my version.




So thank you very much Wendy for those lovely fabrics.

Now to this months FNSI. A few days ago I put together this patchwork base for a frame purse.


So my first job for Friday was to pull out some threads, beads, ribbons etc to work with.

My new basket by coincidence matches perfectly with the tray I use for my bits.



After a happy hour rummaging I was ready to go.


Here is my progress so far.



The postman has just been with this lovely book which I have been waiting to read ever since Sharon announced she was writing one about two years ago!

So with the temperature set to soar over 30 degrees this afternoon I am about to sit down with some iced coffee and have a good read.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.