I Am The Good Shepherd

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This week end has been my Church’s annualย Flower Festival and, just like last year, a group of us sewers (or sewists to use a term I heard this week to make us sound less like yucky plumbing!) were invited to create a display.

Our theme was ‘I am The Good Shepherd’ and here is what we came up with – prepare yourself for a photo extravaganza!

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Our group’s display was less of a flower arrangement and more of a flowery mead complete with a river of daisies running through it to provide a setting for The Good Shepherd.

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Our shepherd was adapted from a pattern one of the group had for a Japanese lady, I just made the figure taller and broader and it seemed to work, and that sheep is a big version of theseย little ones which, together with a few others, were hidden throughout the church for visitors to spot. It was lovely to hear people suddenly exclaiming, ‘There’s one!’ as they walked around ๐Ÿ™‚

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I finished all the clothes off with a simple running stitch, the shepherds crook was made from one of those wire coat hangers and a bamboo skewer all covered in florist’s tape. It was attached to the figure’s hand with a couple of stitches and pushed into a disguised piece of blu-tack on the window sill so it didn’t move.

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The ‘River of daisies’. We made all the flowers from felt which was a new thing for all of us.

Can you see the ivy in the background? Well, years ago I did a spot of sugar icing and that wired leaf technique was something I learned from that – I knew it would come in handy sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Little Forget-me-nots, using that sugar icing technique again.

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A little pansy, daisies and what’s supposed to be cosmos, I loved doing those, I think the centres look great and are very easy to do when you know how.

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Anemones providing a splash of colour.

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The Bible verse was written on stones to illustrate our display.

And here’s a little look at a few of the real flower displays done by our very talented flower arrangers.

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If you got through all these photographs – well done!

Until next time,

Chris x

 

It’s a Bit Fishy

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Son 1 has just celebrated his last birthday as a single man!

I usually crochet a fishy little something but I’ve run out of things to make, I really need to trawl through the internet to find some more ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is what I made for him instead.

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and a view of the back…

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It’s a freebie pattern from Lyn Brown and can be found here.

Hope you (and he) likes it.

Until next time,

Chris x

Baby Time

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A friend of my daughter has just had her first baby – a little girl – so I just had to make a baby quilt!ย Winnie the Pooh is the theme of the nursery and I was lucky enough to be able to find some suitable fabric.

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I’m hoping the grey on the quilt will blend in well with the grey Winnie the Pooh wallpaper in the nursery.

20170531_163626This is intended to be a ‘one theme’ i-spy quilt so Mum and Dad will be able to play with baby as she grows up, you know the sort of thing – how many Tiggers are there? Who’s to the left of/ right of/ above/below…? Point to something that’s red/blue/pink.

I love the idea of i-spy quilts so I do hope this one will be loved and enjoyed.

I also got carried away and made a little cardigan as well, I don’t often knit but there’s just something gorgeous about seeing a baby in a hand knitted cardi or jumper isn’t there?

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I’m linking this post to Esther’s WiPs on Wednesdays.

Until next time,

Chris x

Dear Jane

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Here is my Dear Jane progress for last month. After wondering where to find the names of the triangular blocks, I discovered that they were in the most obvious place – Brenda Papadackis’ (writer of the DJ book) website called simply Dear Jane.

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LS 13 ย Water Melon – a bit of foundation piecing and a bit of applique.

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BR10 Nicholas’ Diamond – all foundation pieced.

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TR11 Phoenix – Mostly foundation pieced, the exception is that little diamond at the top which is appliqued on.

Happily last month’s selection were OK to piece but I know there are more complex ones on their way!

Until next time,

Chris x

Cushy Life

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I seem to have fallen into cushion (pillow) making mode recently. It’s a nice way to try out a patchwork design without having to go the whole hog and make a quilt. Long ago I made a cushion using Hawaiian quilting (here and here) and it has rested on one of my dining chairs ever since, I thought it looked lonely so I’ve made another.

This one has the well known orange peel design on it which was all over the internet a couple of years ago.

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I’ve used the same cream base fabric as the Hawaiian cushion and the same blue tones so although they are different designs they still work together.

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All hand quilted using Hobbs poly-down so the quilting pops out to create texture.

..and the obligatory view of the back ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My next cushion is moving on apace. Remember at the start of last year I took part in a challenge to make an English Paper Pieced hexie flower a week? Well, I made the flowers but didn’t do anything with them so here are some of them being put to good use in cushion number three.20170526_081214

I will need to make three more cushions and am pondering on what designs and techniques to use.

Enjoy your week.

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Busy Bird

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Can you believe that it’s the middle of May ALREADY?!! I love seeing all the growth in the garden at this time of year, our garden is definitely at its best in Spring and it explodes with colour before settling down a bit for the summer.

Hubby and I were on a walk a couple of weeks ago – taking a look at our local Bluebell wood when we spied this little butterfly cleverly disguised on some cow parsley.

20170501_113737Can you see it?Orange TipWe discovered later that it’s a fairly common butterfly called an Orange Tip – this is the female one which is a bit less showy than the male, and I’ve since seen the male version flying round the garden.

This little bird has been seen in the garden too recently!

20170511_17290820170511_17293720170511_17294320170511_172949A chunky fun loving bird with an mass of tail ‘feathers’ to flaunt ๐Ÿ™‚

I had fun making him last week when a friend taught me how.

Have a lovely week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Dear Jane

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I spent the day yesterday working on my Dear Jane and accomplished 4 blocks, I was delighted ๐Ÿ™‚

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K1 Crooked Creek – I remembered to mirror this one when I foundation pieced it.

K2

K2 Grandpa’s Chickens – a nice straightforward machine pieced block.

The next two are triangle blocks from the border, I think they have names but in the book they are referred to as Left side 10th from top and Top Row 8th from left. If anyone knows where I can find out what they are called please let me know.

Left side 10th from top

This one is made by foundation piecing and a bit of applique for that bottom section.

Top row 8th from left

and this one is all applique, reverse applique was suggested by DJ guru Anina from That Quilt ย (without whose blog I certainly wouldn’t have got as far as I have) but as mine is made with such a dark blue I thought that it would show through the white too much and so I did applique.

Four more done ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you tell I’m happy?!

Until next time,

Christine x

Happy St George’s Day

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter and are having a lovely St George’s Day.

I don’t usually even know when St George’s Day is but this year I thought I’d mark the occasion by wearing a special brooch (a bit like the St David’s brooch I made here).

The national flower of England is the Tudor rose and I discovered that there are very few crochet patterns ‘out there’ for making one. I eventually found just what I needed on Ravelry and was congratulating myself on my find when I realised I couldn’t find a link to the pattern! At that point I gave up looking and made up a pattern. See what you think,

 

Happy St Georges day

Over Easter Hubby and I went to Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, for a mini break.ย The LONG car journey there was not wasted as I took some hand stitching projects with me, as most of what I was working on are presents I can’t share them with you yet but here’s a glimpse of something which is for a display in Church.

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It’s a bit of a mystery object at the moment but hopefully all will become clear as the project progresses.

While we were in Cardiff I did quite a bit of wandering around and sight seeing. One of the highlights, for me, wasย visiting a gallery called Craft in the Bay which displayed local artist’s work.

Several artists had been invited to submit work on the theme of bowls and while they were all very creative and imaginative, the work of two artist’s particularly caught my eye.

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Bowls by Zoe Hillyard

These fabric bowls are made by taking a smashed pot and covering the broken pieces with fabric and stitching them together to make the bowl as whole as possible. If you look carefully you can see the joins with the occasional hole where the piece of pot is missing. Those lines on the inside are long stitches of thread giving the inside of the bowl a different look and texture to the outside.

Never in all my life of breaking things have I ever thought of doing this, I thought it was such an imaginative thing to do. So you know what I’ll be doing next time I drop a pot!

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Bowls by Paul Taylor

This artist used a flat slab of clay to fashion a bowl and embellished it with texture. I thought that this could be easily translated into a fabric bowl – ย two layers of fabric stiffened with interfacing to make a square, cut and stitched into a shallow bowl then texture and decoration added with anything your heart desires.

There are SOOOO many things I want to have a go at!!! I guess that’s why we all tend to have far too many UFO’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy your week.

Until next time,

Christine x

 

For My Sister

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This little stitchery wall hanging was made a while ago, in secret, for my sister’s birthday. As she has now been given it I can play show and tell.

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Do you like the wiggly twig it’s hung on? I have a contorted beech in my garden and its branches grow like this ย – well actually this one is one of the tree’s straighter branches.

I was going to embroider the berries on but my embroidery skills are distinctly rusty (if they were ever there at all actually!) so I did turn edge applique which was a bit tricky as they are tiny but easier than embroidering them – in my humble opinion!

I love everything about this simple stitchery, from the pretty design to the colours – it was hard to let it go!

20170316_08200620170316_081949The stitchery is called Tweet Home and is designed by Kathy Schmitz, she has kindly made it available for us to use just here.

Until next time,

Chris x