I Am The Good Shepherd

Welcome 🙂

This week end has been my Church’s annual 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 these 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 🙂

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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 😉

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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

Welcome 🙂

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 😉 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

Welcome 🙂

A friend of my daughter has just had her first baby – a little girl – so I just had to make a baby quilt! 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

Welcome 🙂

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  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