Stars in my Eyes

Welcome :)

The weather has been stunning in my part of the UK  and I’ve spent a bit of time trying to tame my rather overgrown garden.

I’ve been spending an half hour here and an half hour there doing a bit of clearing and tidying and weeding and it’s making such a difference. Hubby has already taken a lot of waste to the household tip and I think there may be more to go soon!

Someone wisely said that the best thing to do was to start tidying up the patch of garden you can see from your window so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. And that’s exactly what I did and it spurred me on to do the bits I couldn’t see too!

In the evenings I’ve rediscovered my Honeycomb Stars EPP project and thought you may like to see my progress.

 

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As you can see the rows are being stitched together now, it’s all very slow going (a bit like the garden) but it’ll get there, and anyway there really isn’t any rush. Although I think folk in my sewing groups are getting fed up of seeing me doing it!

I’m going to take a little Bloggy break during August so I’ll see you all in September – hope you have a lovely month full of good things.

Until next time,

Chris x

The Rose Basket

Welcome :)

I’m pleased to say that The Rose Basket is now finished.

It’s only taken me HOURS to arrange and rearrange those pesky flowers only to eventually go with the first arrangement I did!

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I’m so happy with how it’s turned out.

Until next time,

Chris x

Ladies Wot Sew

Welcome :)

Last night my little sewing group met up to stitch and put the world to rights and it occurred to me that you might like to see the progress of the little quilt one of my friends is making. I blogged about her project here and last night this is what it looked like…

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I know, amazing isn’t it, her very first project – just the quilting to do. Way to go G!

My very first quilty project was supposed to be a sampler quilt but I gave up on it after making about 6 blocks. The reason? I’d made the mistake of choosing fabrics which I quite liked instead of fabrics which made me smile from the inside out!

What was your first project?

Until next time,

Chris x

Coming Up Roses

Good morning :)

As you can see I managed to squeeze in a few hours to sew and have finished my Rose Basket hanging – all except the roses that is! Does that just make it ‘The Basket’ wall hanging?!

This is what it looks like now.

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I’ve used the facing binding I wrote about here to finish the edges, I’m liking this method a lot for wall hangings.

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Do you like the little roses on the back? I made them last year and kept them for a rainy day. Well that rainy day is here and they are going to become my quilt label! I shall write on them with a permanent marker – cute huh?

I also stitched on hanging sleeves, I like to have two hanging sleeves on my bigger wall hangings so I have the option to hang it from a hook directly off the wooden dowel in the centre or from a wire attached to each end of the dowel rod.

My Hanging Sleeve Method for a Faced Quilt

I  made tubes of fabric to match the facing, turned them right sides out and positioned them equidistant from the centre and ends of the hanging – you do need to make sure that there is enough of the end of the dowel exposed to tie a wire to ( I often use fishing wire as it is very strong – but you wouldn’t want it to show as it’s not very pretty!)

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I stitched down the top edges of the sleeve about an inch below the hanging edge making sure I stitched into the back of the quilt as well as the facing, then put the dowel rod under the sleeve flaps and pinned the lower edge in place while the dowel rod was in position.

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Then I removed the rod and stitched the lower edge down.The hanging sleeve should look a bit baggy but doing it this way means that the wall hanging hangs straight and smooth.

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After extensive trawling of the internet for ideas I’ve even started making my 3D flowers – pink roses…

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all ready to arrange in the basket – this bit may take HOURS ;) and then I’ll get stitching – nearly there!

I’ve linked this post up to Esther Aliu’s WIPs on Wednesday post

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Samphire Quilter’s exhibition

Welcome :)

My lovely hubby took me on a jaunt to Kings Lynn in Norfolk on Saturday. Every year a great little quilt group put on an exhibition there and since I discovered it a couple of years ago I’ve made a point of going.

Usually it’s held in a church but this year it was in a sports hall, not so pretty but it did mean that there was a kitchen and the enterprising ladies of the Samphire Quilt group put on refreshments which were wonderful, in fact they were so wonderful that this is the photo I got of mine…

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I’d munched it all up before I even thought of taking a photograph of it!

The quilts on display were all lovely, but these are the ones I particularly liked

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The group had done a workshop on ‘The one block wonder’ and there were a few of these quilts about. This one used a butterfly fabric and I loved how the quilter had used fussy cutting to create such beautiful blocks.

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Last year this quilt won first prize (the post I wrote about it in is here) and this year the same quilt was in the exhibition again but this time it was all finished and looked fantastic.

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I loved this quilt and the story behind it – I met the lady who made it and she explained that she was making it for her daughter’s 18th birthday but didn’t finish it because she couldn’t figure out how to put the log cabin blocks together. Then recently she saw a design in a book and it inspired her to finish it.

Her daughter is now 34 and as soon as the exhibition is over she said that she was giving it to her – finally! 16 years a WIP! I haven’t been quilting that long so I can’t beat that record – what about you?

There was a lady demonstrating ‘proddy rug making’. She uses up all her small fabric scraps making these rugs. It looked very easy to do so maybe one day…

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This YouTube clip by Heather Ritchie gives you a flavour of how to do it, although the lady at the exhibition used tweezers instead of a prodder.

A big well done to the Samphire Quilters for another superb exhibition!

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Emmanuel Banner

Welcome :)

I’ve been busy working on the banner for my church which has moved from being an idea to being a work in progress and I’m so pleased to see it start to come together.

Last Friday my friend and I had a trip out to a not so local fabric shop in Leicester. It’s always fun visiting this particular shop as it has a lot of choice, but it’s even more fun when you’re on a mission and spending someone else’s money!! Actually that isn’t strictly true as I definitely agonise more when spending other people’s dosh in case they don’t like what I buy – can anyone else relate to that?

Happily after much umming and arrghing we were able to get 95% of all that we needed, I’ve had to order one fabric (sadly that means I shall have to go back in a couple of weeks to pick it up ;) ) and anything else I shall have to source from elsewhere.

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As you can see we aren’t using subtle colours!

I’ve decided to make the hardest panel first, just because it means the worse is over and done with! Not really! The design for the whole screen flows from this one so it makes sense to do it first and then refer to it along the way.

After much thinking about how I was going to do it I suddenly remembered a method called stained glass patchwork which I was taught a few years ago which would be ideal. I researched the method on the internet just to refresh myself on it and came across a great tutorial on you tube here.

So for those of you who are interested in the process this is what I’ve done so far.

1. I drew an accurate diagram of the design ( I used the back of an old roll of wall paper and taped two strips together so it was big enough – I’m nothing if not resourceful!). When I was sure it was right I marked the lines in black biro.

2. I lay a piece of calico over the pattern and traced the design on to it using pencil – this won’t be seen so it doesn’t matter what you use.

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3. Now I could have cut up the original pattern for this part but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that so I traced the separate parts of the design on to tracing paper (actually I used baking parchment because that’s what I had :) ) All the pieces have been labelled with numbers which correspond to the same pieces on the original pattern (it’s important to keep organised so that you don’t lose your way later on).

4. I used the BACK of this tracing paper pattern to make patterns on bondaweb (you need to reverse your images).

5. I ironed the bondaweb onto the back of the appropriate coloured fabric and cut the pieces out. I happily admit here that I tried it out on a small piece first just to make sure I’d reversed the image correctly!

6. Then removed the bondaweb backing paper and lay the fabric in the corresponding shape on the cailco.

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When I was happy I took a deep breath, said a prayer and ironed it in place.

7. Now I haven’t done this step yet as I still need to buy either black fabric and make some bias binding or buy some ready made bias binding. But next I shall position the bias binding along all the fabric junctions and stitch it down.

Et Voilà, the front of panel one will be done :) only another 15 to go :)

OK after all that I need to sit down with a glass of something chilled.

Until next time,

Chris x

Special Times

It was about this time last year when Daughter graduated, and this week it’s been the turn of Son 1 to graduate from Bangor University in North Wales.

The sun shone and My hubby and I were, as always, very proud parents :)

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Well done Son!

Until next time,

Chris x