Crochet Gifts

Welcome πŸ™‚

This week has been one of getting into the swing of the New Year. The decorations have been taken down and the house has had a clean. Years ago I read a book by Una Stubbs who said that Spring cleaning should be done in January and February when the weather isn’t so good and then when Spring comes you can go out and enjoy yourself, it always made perfect sense to me so I start each year with a clean then try to focus on each room in turn for a more thorough clean. Trouble is I tend to get distracted whenever I find sewing or crafting stuff!

I thought I’d show you my sons’ home made crochet gifts from Christmas. I LOVED making these and hope you’ll like them too.

Son 1 (the one interested in all things sea life) got his own little bit of a coral reef!

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I loved making this as I just made it up as I went along, adding more and more bits and pieces as I went. I started with some pictures of crocheted reefs and found a couple of tutorials to set me on the right path and then I just hooked away. Son 1 was very appreciative and even suggested that I make another one πŸ™‚

Son 2 got this cactus as his pressie, I loved making this too, it made me chuckle!

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The cactus was from a pattern from Zoe Creates here. The mini stetson was from a dolls pattern I found somewhere in the ether.

You may have seen from my last post that my daughter got a tiny little crocheted sheep to go with her nativity shepherds.

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She was made using perle embroidery thread and was extremely fiddly, so those shepherds have only got the one to look after – a very small flock indeed!

I think I’ve shared all my Christmas makes with you now πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed seeing them.Β  If you have time why not drop me a line in the comments section, it’s always nice to hear from you.

Right then, back to the cleaning…..or there is that sewing that needs to be done….

Until next time,

Chris x

 

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Present Giving

Welcome to 2018 at The Mulberry Mouse! I wish you all a very happy New Year full of joy and peace.

This post is a bit picture heavy because I thought I’d share some of those ‘secret’ and not so secret sewing projects which have been occupying my time for the last few months. So sit back and enjoy, and I hope you’ll take time afterwards to let me know what you think of them πŸ˜‰

The first project was not so secret as I decided that my flower folk needed to be rehoused and I invited some friends to choose their favourite figure. I had to make a couple of new figures to make sure there was choice.Β It was sad to see them go but it has given me an excuse to make some more so watch this space for new miniature dolls.

I made more figures for my daughter and her hubby. Last year I started making them a nativity set with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. This year was the turn of two shepherds, a sheep and an angel.

My sisters in law received a bouquet of tulips each in their favourite colours.

I made dozens of these last year, they make lovely presents.

My son and daughter in law got a Christmas wall hanging,

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I used those wiggly twigs again, it took a while to find a straightish one but I do like the look of them.

My sister and niece also got wall hangings, I used up the little bits of New Zealand fabric I had left after making my sister several other projects over the years.

I found those glass millefiori beads in my stash from way back when, I was so pleased to use them and I thought they were just right for the projects.

And finally, for this post anyway, towards the end of the year I got into making boxes and a couple of folk got given these, sturdy fabric covered boxes which just happen to be the exact right size to fit a certain brand of chocolates into πŸ˜‰

I was VERY careful to line up the houses and trees on the fabric so it all matched up, and was pleased with how they turned out. Hopefully these boxes will be used and enjoyed long after the chocolates have disappeared.

Well done to those of you who have made it this far! There is more to come but I’ll save it for another day.

Take care,

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

 

Quick and Easy

Welcome πŸ™‚

Today is the shortest day so from tomorrow, even if I can’t really tell, the days are getting longer and that makes me feel happy.

A short while ago at one of my quilt groups I made this sweet little Snowman wreath.

20171118_100953The wreath is just a polystyrene ring covered by knotting strips of fabric round – quick and easy. ( I used a fabric which has ‘two sides’ and the strips were cut with pinking shears so it doesn’t fray as much as it could).

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and Mr Snowman is just two pieces of felt stitched together and stuffed with a bit of toy stuffing and decorated however the mood takes you! Some people had top hats on their snowmen which looked good.

I’ve started working on my oldest UFO this week, it’s been sitting staring at me, with reproach, for at least SIX YEARS and maybe even longer. It feels good to be finally getting on with it. I’ll show it to you when it’s done which, fingers crossed, won’t be long πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x

Lucy Boston made me do it

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There seems to have been a flurry of interest over the Lucy Boston quilts this year around here. Quite a number of my quilty pals have started making her most well known quilt, Patchwork of the Crosses, and after resolving not to concentrate on anything but my Dear Jane quilt I succumbed and started making one too. Poor Jane – will she ever get finished?

I’m making a 9 block version and have enjoyed the fussy cutting involved although am slightly horrified at the amount of fabric which is wasted. However I clearly overcame my horror to produce these blocks…

 

I’m now slowly, slowly working on the borders and corner blocks. These should keep me busy over Christmas when only a bit of hand sewing will do πŸ˜‰

I hope all your preparations for Christmas are under control, I’m getting there but am finding way too many distractions! Son 2 is coming home tomorrow and I can’t wait πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Take care.

Until next time,

Chris x

Blog Break

Welcome all πŸ™‚

I think I should be welcoming myself back as well after a period of time when my blogging mojo just disappeared. I hadn’t really appreciated how long it had been until Lin from St Victor Quilts emailed me asking me if I was OK. Thank you Lin, I really appreciated your email and yes I’m fine.

Like many of you I’ve been busy making ‘secret’ things which still can’t be revealed but I will make sure I take some photos of each item before the wrapping process happens πŸ˜‰

Back in October a dear friend got married. She has been a member of my ‘Ladies Wot Sew’ group from when it first started and so we got together and made her a wall hanging which was used as a Lectern frontal during the wedding. We didn’t leave her out of the sewing process, oh no! Everyone made at least one flower which seemed very appropriate as together we’ve been part of producing a couple of displays for our Church’s flower festival. We will miss our friend but wish her all the happiness in the world and hope she will visit when she can.

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When my vicar saw the frontal he was delighted to see what he thought was a new piece of textile ‘decoration’ for the Church and, I think, was a bit disappointed to discover that our friend was taking it with her. So I set to and made a second version so future couples can have it at their weddings.

The second of my ‘Show and Tells’ is a heart wall hanging cum lap quilt which I saw on Pinterest and liked. It’s taken me a long time to finish as it kept being put to one side but after my new daughter -in-law saw it and liked it I was motivated to finish it and give it to her for her birthday, which was this week.

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Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville’s Quips and Snips has started her 2017 Mystery quilt instructions, after taking part last year I was hugely tempted to join in this year too especially after seeing the beautiful colours she’s chosen for her version. But although I’ve completed last year’s design, it isn’t quilted yet and perhaps I should concentrate on doing that first. I’m saving all the instructions though. I’ll content myself with watching everyone else’s creations take shape.

These seem to be the only photos I took of it, another reason to get it quilted so I can show you πŸ™‚

Until I post again, take care.

Chris x

Like a Bat out of Hell

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Son 2 had his birthday this week and his little home made gift was this little fella…

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The pattern can be downloaded from here.

Does anyone know of a good source of free amigurumi patterns please, I’m running out of ideas and Christmas is a coming!

Until next time,

Chris x

And That was Summer :)

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What a LOVELY summer we’ve had, not necessarily weather wise although there have been some beautiful summer days along the way.

Son 1’s wedding was a joy, the weather behaved and everything went smoothly. Here are a couple of photos of the happy couple.

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Our new daughter in law is German and apparently it it a tradition that the bride and groom cut their way around a heart before the groom carries his bride through the heart shaped hole.

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This is an artistic shot of all the guests making a tunnel for the happy couple to walk through as they left the reception. Can you see all the bunting in the background πŸ™‚

It was the real highlight of our summer, closely followed by a lovely few days in the Lake District with Son 2, Daughter and her hubby where we stayed in an idyllic little cottage near Kendal.

Heads CottageNot much sewing has been done over the summer, a few Dear Jane blocks which haven’t been photographed yet and that’s about it – but now that September is here I have started making a few gifts for Christmas. The Santa I showed you in my last post is now finished and I’ve two other projects on the go with more needing to be started soon.

 

I will have to photograph my Dear Jane blocks so you can see them – it’s all triangles πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

 

 

 

Two Hearts

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The family wedding is no longer creeping closer it has moved on to a steady gallop. Next weekend the happy couple will be Mr and Mrs and we’re all really looking forward to celebrating with them.

This week I made them a little something to make them smile. I had a few bits of fabric left over from the mountain of bunting I made for them so I thought I’d use it up and make a table runner.

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As I was using scrips and scraps I knew I wouldn’t have enough fabric to make the binding using my usual method but luckily I remembered a tutorial for ‘Susie’s Magic Binding‘ which shows you how you can use two different fabrics for the binding and create the look of having a narrow flange.

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Now I hadn’t used this method before so I was pleased with how it worked out, the trickiest part was joining the binding together so the flange part looked continuous – it took a couple of goes but perseverance won the day!

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If you’re ever in a similar situation of not having enough fabric to make a binding this method is worth giving a go, or I did use another method a while ago but without the flange, it’s here on my old blog UK City Crafter.

On another note I’ve started a ‘C’ project, here’s a glimpse…

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Have a great week.

Until next time,

Chris x

Unpicking Galore

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Yet again not much of a sewing week but plenty of reverse sewing happening! I unearthed a project I started about 2 years ago where I had a bit of a frenzy of cutting up scraps into 2 and a 1/2″ squares and sewing them into 9 patches ready to make something with, however like so many of these ‘on a whim’ projects it got sidelined for something more interesting.

But it resurfaced this week and I didn’t like it! So I’ve spent a happy few hours carefully Β unpicking all the seams (during my lunchtimes mainly – me and my work desk were covered in little bits of thread πŸ˜‰ )

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Now I have piles of squares all sorted out into different fabrics ready to be made into something I do like when the fancy takes me πŸ™‚ It’s changed from something I didn’t want to think about into an opportunity to look forward to when I find the right pattern – that’s got to be worth a couple of hours unpicking, right?

Funny thing happened in the car this week with Son 1. I had glibly said that I’d do anything to help with the wedding, ‘Anything?’ he asked, ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘Even more bunting?’ says he. Now thinking that he was joking because all the bunting had been done I said,’ Of course,’ to which he pushed a tub of cut out hearts into my hand and smiled, the term ‘walked into that one’ sprang to mind πŸ˜‰

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At my monthly quilting group this week we made angels – little beaded angels held together with wire and safety pins. The language was far from angelic as we struggled making them but we were all pleased with the results.

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Not sure I’d make another but if you want to have a go there’s a similar thing hereΒ on Craftbits.

I hope you all have a good week end.

Until next time,

Chris x