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Hello and welcome :)

In between all the cooking, cleaning, decorating, shopping and present wrapping I seem to have been doing an inordinate amount of dithering!

I just can’t seem to make my mind up as to what to do when I get a spare 10 minutes! I sit in my sewing room and dither – shall I do this or this or maybe this? and I end up doing nothing!

So my friends I have nothing to show you and nothing to share, sorry :(

Instead of getting stressed about it I’ve decided to go with the flow and chill.

Here are a few things I’ve been dithering about making, just in case you’re still raring to go with your crafting!

A gorgeous Christmas pudding from PlanetJune

A clever fabric star tutorial by Sofie Legarth

and finally a great paper heart ornament by Reese Dixon

May your week be dither free :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Secret Santa

Hello and Welcome :)

On Thursday evening my little sewing group had time out from sewing and had a Christmas social instead, although we are usually a social bunch on a normal sewing evening come to think about it!

One of the ladies cooked us a beautiful meal (Thanks R :) )and we chatted and had a wonderful time.

We did a Christmas themed Secret Santa and as we are a sewing group it seemed appropriate that those who had the time would hand make their pressies.

Now I’m not sure that the person I gifted to has guessed that their pressie was from me so I suppose this post may well let the cat out of the bag! This is what I made.

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SAM_4793Three cheery snowmen to decorate a tree. I made sure I used sparkly felt, sparkly ribbon and sparkly buttons as the person it was for loves her sparkles :)

It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas :)

If you’d like to have a go I shall put the pattern on my tutorial page.

Until next time,

Chris x

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War of the Worlds

Hello lovely people, welcome :)

Hubby and I have just enjoyed a week end away, this is a fairly rare occurrence and all the more special for it.

Back in January we treated ourselves to tickets for the ‘final arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds’ at Leeds FD arena.

Now I’m not sure what I was expecting but I suppose I thought the audience would be made up by people of a similar age to me who remembered The War of the Worlds being released in 1978 but no, it seems that unbeknown to me it has gathered a cult following and the arena was chock a block full, all 13,500 seats, with folk from all age groups enjoying the spectacle.

I took a couple of photos of the set to show you…

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The music, singing and special effects were all outstanding.

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This alien pod appeared from the rafters and spewed out real flames!

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And here are my souvenirs of the trip, our tickets and tissue paper leaves which floated down on us during the song ‘Forever Autumn’.

Well worth going to see, if you get the chance :)

Now Leeds is a couple of hours drive away from where we live so you’ll be pleased to know that I took some stitching to do during the journey! But as it’s a pressie I can’t show it to you – yet :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Christmas goodies

Welcome :)

Christmas is fast approaching and although I decided back in January that I wouldn’t be making presents this year (I just about made everyone pressies last year so I decided to have a rest this year!) I had decided to make some decorations for the home.

As you know I held a craft stall in November and these are a few of the decorations I made to sell,

Angels – I made this one up myself

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Crib – a collaboration project with my Dad, he did the wood stuff and I did the other bits and pieces :)

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Robin – I’ve been making these for a few years now ( this tutorial by EfemeraInk looks good) and Penguin – just my own variation on the robin pattern.

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Wreath – ribbon weaving. The tutorial can be found here at KT Homs downloads

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Happily there are enough left over for me to use in my own home :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Caravan Holiday 2

Welcome :)

Way back last year I made a caravan pouch which was very popular in Pinterest land.

I often get visitors from there looking at that post so I thought I’d treat them to the pattern and a few basic instructions. It’s taken a while but it’s now posted on my Tutorials page.

Of course I had to make another pouch so I could remember how I did it and here it is…

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Hope you like it.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Getting ready for St Nicholas

Welcome lovely people :)

This week was my Ladies Wot Sew group and one of our lovely members brought a mini project for us all to have a go at – an elf boot :)

Apparently it is a tradition in Northern Germany for children to leave an elf boot outside their door the night of December 5th . St Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful during the last year. If they were not, they will have a tree branch (Rute) in their boots instead.

This is what we made…

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I shall put the pattern on my tutorials page in case any of you want to have a go at getting some sweeties from St Nicholas ;)

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Thanks J and P for teaching us and providing the materials for us to make this splendid boot :) I love my friends :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Ribbon Embroidery

Welcome lovely peeps :)

Despite not doing much embroidery I do like it, it’s one of those skills I’d like to develop – just not necessarily today ;)

At the moment I particularly like ribbon embroidery and lucky for me one of my bloggy pals – Lin from St Victor Quilts – is a bit of an expert at it. Go and have a little look at her blog and you’ll see some of her beautiful work.

Lin recommended a beginner’s book to get me started and this week I’ve given it a little go.

Now I know that for the best results you should use silk ribbon but I didn’t want to go to all that expense while I was learning so I used voile ribbon which at 15p a metre is much more affordable and I wont get too cross when I make mistakes!

Here are my humble efforts

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Ribbon stitch flowers in purple and blue

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Straight stitch and French knot flower in purple – it should be a rose but I’m not quite sure what happened!!

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Hmm, now what to make so that I can cover it with pretty flowers – that’s the question :)

I’m linking this up to Fiona’s ‘New to me in November’ post on her blog Celtic Thistle Stitches.

Until next time,

Chris x

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FNSI November

Welcome :)

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Last week I linked up for the Friday night Sew in over at Sugar Lane Designs. So this is what I got up to on Friday evening, and Saturday evening and, come to think about it, Sunday evening too :)

I dusted down my Daisy Chain quilt (yet again) and did a bit of hand quilting on it.

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If quilts had personalities this one would feel very insecure because it gets put aside more times than any other project I’ve done! Goodness knows why as I like it and I’d like it to be finished and on my bed especially with the cold evenings drawing in. Let’s see just how long this flurry of activity on it lasts shall we ;)

What do you do to keep motivated with projects?

Until next time,

Chris x

FMQ3

Welcome lovely people :)

My sewing machine is back from being serviced :) :) :) I missed it!

I was hoping that it would sew better and sound quieter but it doesn’t. Apart from the stitch length (which has definitely changed) everything else seems to be the same.

I suppose that means that my Bernina has stood the test of time and is as good now as it was when it was brand spanking new 26 years ago.

To welcome it back I did the next chapter from my fmq Craftsy class, I’d watched it while my machine was away and done all the designs on paper so I was ready to go. This was all about adding and removing lines (?)

Interlocking leaves, I experimented with a few different types, I can see this being useful in a border.

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you can also see some interlocking hearts underneath the leaves.

I also did an interlocking leaves meander design – this was quite straight forward except I kept finding myself in a closed space but I guess the ability to see ahead of yourself comes with practise.

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I really like this swirl flower design, it was fun to do and I think it looks very effective.

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and I also had another go at pebbles, loopy lines and stars and straight lines in the spaces between the new designs.

Still need to pluck up the courage to do something on a real quilt!

Until next time,

Chris x

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