Welcome to my blog where I share my adventures of trying out different crafts, some with more success than others!

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.



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


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!)


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.



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.


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


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

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…


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.


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.


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.






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 :)


Well done Son!

Until next time,

Chris x

Rose Basket

Good Morning all :)

I have been busy quilting away at my woven basket wall hanging, trying not to feel guilty that I should really be quilting away at my Daisy Chain quilt instead!

It’s taken me much longer than I thought it would but happily all the quilting is now done, want to see?  :)


A bit of cross hatching – this has really made the basket pop out


and lines of quilting 1/2 inch apart.


Because I’m going to use 3 dimensional flowers in the basket I’ll do that last of all so the next stage is to bind the quilt. I’m going to use the ‘new to me’ finishing technique I used on my Gaggle of Geese wall hanging, the framed facing which I wrote about here.

I’m so glad I wrote a tutorial ‘cos I can remind myself of how I did it!

Until next time,

Chris x




The Banner

Welcome :)

Thought you might like to see just what this mega banner for my Church is going to cover (I wrote about it here).

At the moment this is what is up, and the grey panels are what the Banner Making Team need to cover.


Each of the grey squares making up this screen is a metre square!


…and there are two screens which are either apart as in this photo, or can be pushed together, so the design has to work both ways.

This week end my lovely hubby and I wrestled down one of the panels (and I DO mean wrestled – it was hard work!) to bring it home and funnily enough even though many, many people saw us dismantling the screens no one asked what we were doing! Just smiled as if it was normal and walked away!

So this week’s job has been to make a mock up cover of some sort for it. because of all the fittings on the back of the panel I’ve made something like a fitted bed sheet which seems to do the job.

Now that’s done we’ll be able to estimate how much fabric is needed and then that dreaded job of miserably trawling around all the local (and not so local) fabric shops to find just the right colours begins ;)

Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Chris x

I hasten to add that my hubby and I are fairly well known in the Church so hopefully no one thought we were stealing the panel – I’d like to think if a stranger was doing what we did they would be stopped, but you never know!

Posh Napkins

Deep breath, in and out, in and out.

That’s better!

It turns out that the good folk at WordPress know all about the frustration their ‘improvements’ are causing and there is another way to publish posts which has not yet been changed. So this post is here not because I’ve mastered the updated platform just that I’ve found a way round it!

At last and finally I’ve got around to making another of those cute bread baskets I made here.

I was going to make it a couple of weeks ago at the June FNSI but I was hugely distracted by my Gaggle of Geese ;)

My first basket is being used as a thread collector and is proving to be very useful indeed but I did want one to put my napkins in.

I also wanted it to be wipe clean and thanks to the lovely Lin of St Victor Quilts it is!
She suggested I use plastic inside this one and was so helpful in sharing her idea of using one of those super thin plastic cutting boards you can buy cheaply in supermarkets. Thin enough to cut up easily and flexible enough to wiggle into gaps.

I did my maths and worked out the dimensions the fabric and plastic needed to be – who says sewing isn’t academic! And I was away :)
Here is my creation…


Look at that gorgeous ribbon…my local market has a really good haberdashery stall which stocks all sorts of prettiness, needless to say they know my face ;)

Of course once I’d made one I realised that I just NEEDED another one for my dressing table. A small one to put my jewellery in at night. I had to hunt high and low in my scrappy stash drawer to find some of the left over fabric from when I made my dressing table mat YEARS ago, but I managed it ;)


I can already see this will be handy to take away with me on holiday because it’s flat pack!


Until next time,
Chris x


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