Lily of the Valley

Welcome πŸ™‚

After much procrastinating I have finally and at long last completed my wall hanging. This is the third of a series of three I’ve done, each one featuring a different 3 dimensional flower. Lily of the Valley reminds me of my paternal Grandma, I have a hazy childhood memory of a little vase of lily of the valley being on her sideboard.

So this is for Grandma Constance.

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I’ve had a request for a tutorial on how to make the little flowers. They are a little fiddly so be prepared to be patient with yourself! Here we go…

  1. I used a rectangle of Β fabric 2″ by 1 1/4″(that’s one and a quarter inch NOT eleven!)

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2. Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, and hand sew a 1/4″ seam using running stitch. Make a knot at the top of the seam but don’t cut the thread.

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3. Using the same thread sew a running stitch all around the top edge about 1/4″ in from the edge.

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4. Pull up the stitches to create a gather and tie off the thread.

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5. Turn the flower the right way round leaving all the raw edges inside.

6. Fold up the remaining raw edge inside the flower to give you the size of flower you want (at least 1/4″)

and sew a running stitch along the hem. At this point you can put a bit of wadding inside the flower to help it keep its shape, or not – it’s up to you πŸ˜‰ . Pull these stitches up to make a gathered edge then tie off the thread.

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7. Sew onto your background with the seam of the flower against the fabric.

Et voila, a pretty little lily of the valley flower, or make it in blue and it can be a bluebell.

Yippee, that’s another one of my WIPs done πŸ™‚

I already know what my next one has GOT to be as it has to be completed by November in time for Remembrance Sunday, luckily this one is a group effort for Church so it’ll get done with a little help from my friends.

Until next time,

Chris x

Two Bees or not Two Bees

Welcome πŸ™‚

This week has been a week with little sewing going on again so I thought I’d share a project I finished just before the summer.

A while ago one of my quilting friends showed me a framed picture of hexie flowers that she had made for her cloakroom. I loved her picture and set about making one for my ‘littlest room’ too.

I started by making these little 3/4″ hexies with a bee themed project in mind. The sewing part happened quite quickly.

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Then I started looking for some little bee buttons to go on it but couldn’t find just what I was after so I thought I’d bee ( πŸ™‚ ) creative and have a go at making some out of Fimo.

As you can see, some fat Bumble bees were the outcome πŸ™‚

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I even remembered to put holes in them before they were baked.

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Whilst I was away I found a box frame in a Charity shop which I have painted up and mounted the honeycomb in.

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Those bees never made it to the cloakroom but have ended up in our dining room instead πŸ˜‰

On a completely different note, I work in an office with a lady whose Golden Retriever had a litter of 10 puppies at the start of the summer. I went to see them on Monday and they are beautiful. Thought you might like to see them too…

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Until next time,

Chris x

 

UFO Indian Summer

Welcome πŸ™‚

After a slow sewing time over the summer I’m gradually getting back into my sewing room.

I’ve started on a couple of Christmas presents which I must remember to photograph so I can share them with you in 4 months time (!) but apart from that I’ve been trying to finish off some UFOs.

The first one was just a simple little ‘turn up the hem job’ on an Altar frontal. It had been sitting in the ‘to do’ pile since Easter waiting for me to be inspired to get it done! It literally only took 15 minutes to do – now it’s waiting for me to take it back to Church where it belongs – hope it won’t take me another 4 months to do that πŸ˜‰

Something I can show you is my progress on my last of a series of three flower wall hangings.

I mentioned this one in a blog post here and it is finally getting some attention.

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I’ve finished quilting it and put a facing on it – I was so glad I’d blogged about the process of doing facings when I made the first wall hanging of this series as I definitely needed to read up about how I did it. The tutorial is from my old blog and can be found here.

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I embroidered the flower stems Β on today at my quilting group and am ready to sew on the little 3D flowers.

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What are you working on?

Until next time,

Chris x

The Wanderer Returns

Welcome πŸ™‚

Goodness it seems like I’ve been away a long time!

I’m pleased to report that my Bra bag was much used and very useful on my holiday. We had a 3 centre holiday starting off in Cornwall where hubby was involved in a play at the amazingΒ Minack Theatre, an open air theatre built into a cliff – well worth a visit if you’re in the area, then we crossed the Channel into Brittany for a few days, travelling into Normandy for a few more days before heading back home. All in all the weather was very kind to us and we had a super fun time.

On the way to the ferry at Le Havre we stopped off at a bustling little place called Pont-L’Eveque and had Β a jolly little wander around. I came across this brilliant shop

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There’s an article about it here. It was an old fashioned type of shop full of household goods. I could have spent a lot of time and money in there! As it happens I did buy this gorgeous shaped basket which probably has some traditional use but I thought it would be great to put a little sewing project in.

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Very little sewing got done on holiday even though I went very well prepared with some of my Dear Jane blocks all layered up and ready to hand quilt (I’m going to use the quilt as you go method for DJ). I managed to quilt about 9 blocks then had second thoughts about hand quilting them as they were so hard going on my poor fingers – so many layers to quilt through.

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Much as I love the look of hand quilting I’m not sure I can tackle all the blocks in this way. I shall quilt a couple of blocks using my machine and then decide.

Since getting back I’ve been busy gardening – taming the beast that the garden turns into when it’s left on its own for too long! I don’t grow much veg but the courgettes (zucchini) had turned into marrows, the tomatoes are on overdrive and the French beans, after a slow start, are cropping like there’s no tomorrow.

The only thing I’ve sewn is another bag which I made from some oil cloth I had left over from a tablecloth.

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the fabric is by designer Sophie Allport – those bunnies are cute πŸ™‚

I hope your summer has been fun and productive.

Until next time,

Chris x