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…


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

I started off with a flower,


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


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

Then I had a go at a couple more items,


sequins and beads


Needle felted and beaded ladybird

And altogether…


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.


Not everyone finished but we weren’t far off!


This one is mine…


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


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.




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’?


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


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.


C8 ย Hani’s Crown – Foundation pieced.


J6 Granny Weaver – pieced.


K6 Ann’s Folly – Foundation pieced.


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

K8 twice

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



Happy St David’s Day

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Today is the day that Welsh people celebrate St David, the patron Saint of Wales. As I have a Welsh hubby it’s a day when daffodils are worn. Hubby wears a real one in his lapel and so I don’t feel left out I’ve made this one for me to wear,


Lucy from Attic 24 has a tutorial for this pretty daff – just here. I made mine using Anchor Pearl Cotton thread (the yellow is colour 301, the orange is shade 304 and the green is a mystery as I’ve lost the band!) and a 1.75mm hook so it’s only 4cm wide.

Dydd Gลตyl Dewi Hapus!

Until next time,

Chris x

Being Brave

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This year two of my quilting groups are making syringe driver bags for the local hospital and this week one group dedicated our monthly all day sewing session to making these bags.

If you want to read about these bags there’s a link to a site hereย which also gives instructions on how to make them although if you want to make some it might be a good idea to contact your local hospital just in case they like them to be a different size.

My understanding is that syringe drivers are used mainly in pain management. They administer a continuous dose of medication to the patient via a needle or cannula. The drivers are like boxes with syringes attached and patients need to have them near by.

They are also an ideal way of using up a bit of stash fabric. I seem to have quite a bit of lovely fabric which has been hanging around for far too long with no other project in mind and this week was its time to shine!


The hospital encourages folk to add a label with your name on which is a nice touch isn’t it?

It must be terrible to be in so much pain so making a few little bags to help people who are being very brave seems a small thing to do.


I had a little production line happening on the day and now have 12 waiting to be finished. Each one with a cheeky monkey on the inside – hopefully to make someone smile ๐Ÿ˜‰


I was on holiday last week so I had some time to devote to learning my way around my new sewing machine. It’s very different to use from my old one and I feel like I’m having to learn how to do easy things all over again. In fact at the moment I feel like a beginner on both machines as I have to keep adapting what I do depending on what I’m sewing on!

Here are a few photos of my attempts at fmq – be kind.


A wonky start, with tension issues and lots of reading of the instruction manual to discover how to put things right.



The trick was to change the foot plate (my old machine only has one ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and use a silicon slider mat.


This is called poppy petals and is a new one to me.

And finally an update of my amaryllis…


Won’t be long ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x


Cotton Reels

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After overcoming the disappointment of not winning the family flower growing competition (!) I’ve moved on to starting a new hand sewing project. I suppose this sounds a bit odd given that I’ve just got a brand new sewing machine but hand sewing is so necessary for long (or short) lunchtimes at work and for taking to sewing groups.

I’ve long admired the spool block and decided to english paper piece a few to make a table topper for my swanky new machine to sit upon.

I started by measuring the table and working out the best size of block to make. I want to use up some of my scraps so I went for small 3″ blocks – lots of scope for those tiny pieces of favourite fabric to be used up.

Then I printed out some 1″ squared paper from the Incompetech site here. (If you do this please measure the squares to make sure your printer prints them out square – otherwise you may get a wonky spool which sounds quite fun actually.)

I marked the various pattern pieces.


Then photocopied the sheet so I had lots of templates.

And I was ready to go…


Spools everywhere


Loving how this little block can use up really small scraps for the ‘cotton’ part of the spool.

This is me all organised for my lunchtimes (with sandwiches too!)


Until next time,

Chris x

Who’s going to win?

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These amaryllis’ were all planted on January 1st.

This one’s mine…


This is Daughter’s…


Not sure why the photos are a different size but anyway daughter’s and mine are pretty similar.

Son 1’s…


Son 2’s…


These two are looking very similar,

and finally my Dad’s …


Love the graphic and text Dad put on the photo. Of us all he is the better gardener but he does also live the furthest North of us all too, so perhaps that’s why his is lagging behind a bit.

So far it looks like a draw between Son 1 and Son 2.

This week will tell ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x