They’re Multiplying!

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This little fella…

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Just couldn’t resist making another ๐Ÿ™‚

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Until next time,

Chris x

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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™‚

K1

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

 

Embellishing Wildlife

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A couple of years ago I got myself involved with a community art project, a group of us made felted poppies and leaves which were made into a blanket and commemorated a local heroine called Edith Cavell. The whole experience was great fun and a bit of a learning curve too as I’d not known very much about Edith at the time. (You can read about it on my old blogย here and here).

Last week I chanced upon a similar opportunity to get involved in an arty little something run by the same local artist, Charron Pugsley-Hill, aided and abetted by felter Eve Marshall. Charron is the artist in residence of my local country park and is planning on making a wall hanging depicting the wildlife found there.

This morning I turned up for a workshop and had fun needle felting and stitching together with five or six other folk.

In a previous session people had felted flowers, leaves and birds and today we were invited to embellish them however we wanted to.

This was the box of goodies we could choose from…

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and there was a lovely big choice of embellishments to dig into.

I started off with a flower,

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Then had a go at needle felting a caterpillar onto a leaf,

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I think he ended up looking more like a punk rocker worm!

Then I had a go at a couple more items,

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sequins and beads

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Needle felted and beaded ladybird

And altogether…

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I ran out of time after these. The final wall hanging will be revealed later on in the year so I’ll post about it then. It was lovely to have the opportunity to take part in this creative community event. Have any of you done something like this?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

One Hour Basket

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This week I took part in an ‘in-house’ workshop to make a 1 hour basket. The lady taking it (one of the members of our group) was rather tongue in cheek about the title of the workshop, which proved to be just as well as it took all of us considerably more than an hour to do a good job on it!

As with all workshops I’ve ever experienced everyone’s baskets turned out to be unique and individual. Different sizes and different ways to combine fabrics.

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Not everyone finished but we weren’t far off!

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This one is mine…

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I decided I wanted to make something for my knitting or crochet to go in and I’m hoping that this will be perfect.

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They aren’t difficult at all and if you’d like to have a go then Sweetpea Quilting ย have a freebie pattern which is very similar. Find it here.

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Cotton Reels Aplenty

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Technical problems have been plaguing my trusty laptop recently but my even trustier hubby has come to the rescue to sort it out so I hope you haven’t forgotten who I am!

I’ve been enjoying stitching away on my spool blocks during my lunch breaks and have finally got round to making them into a special table topper for my new machine to sit upon.

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I have loved making this, using up all those tiny scraps, the pity is that for a good proportion of the time it will be covered up by my sewing machine!

This is the first time I’ve used the walking foot on my new machine and I was very ropey to say the least (although, looking at the photos, it looks fine),ย anyway in reality it doesn’t hold up to close inspection but I keep telling myself how else am I going to improve if I don’t just ‘do it’?

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Hope you all have a good week end, and those of you who are Mums – enjoy Mothering Sunday tomorrow.

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Until next time,

Chris x

Slow Stitching

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Amaryllis 2017

Yes, it’s finally flowering and it was well worth the wait. Not the first to flower in the family competition by any means but bringing up the rear in a grand finale!

This week I decided to work a bit on my Dear Jane quilt – I seem to be stopping and starting quite a bit with this project now, so it was good to get on with it.

I had intended to do just two blocks as they’re so time consuming but have enjoyed it so much I carried on and got 4 completed with a couple of others all prepped and ready to go.

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C8 ย Hani’s Crown – Foundation pieced.

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J6 Granny Weaver – pieced.

K6

K6 Ann’s Folly – Foundation pieced.

K8

K8 Springbrook Park – Foundation pieced. This one was a familiar one as I’d already made it but I’d done it in the wrong fabric! So this was Springbrook Park mark II

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I think I’ve managed to make three in the wrong fabric now, they will all be sewn together and made into either the quilt label or a cushion. After all the time they take to make I’m not wasting any of them!

I’m still doing my EPP spool blocks – nearly enough to make something now ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x