Ladies Wot Sew Workshop

Welcome :)

My Ladies Wot Sew’s group had an in house workshop making, of all things, pop up thread catchers. You’d think I would be fed up of making these but no I quite enjoy them – simple and useful and fairly quick too.

I found this Youtube tutorial which I think is a good one.

Of course we didn’t finish them on the day

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but here are three of them a week later,

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together with some needle cases we made a few weeks before. We’ve decided that we quite like all making the same things every once in a while so I anticipate more ‘group sewing items’ in the future :)

If anyone has any ideas of some little makes we can sew please share – all ideas are welcome.

Did I mention that I’ve joined a new Quilting group? Well after years of only stitching at home I am now a member of 3 groups and I’m enjoying the company very much.

My new quilt group had a social stitching day last week and as they make charity quilts throughout the year for the local baby unit I decided to spend my time making my first ever charity quilt.

This is it, although the first photo showed a sneak peek of it!

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As you can see the binding hasn’t been done yet and that’s because I want to machine attach the binding front and back and just need to find the time to read up about it and then do it!

But have a closer look…

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I finally, thanks to all your encouragement, plucked up the courage to fmq on a real quilt! It’s not perfect by any means and I can tell when I got tired and tense but it’s a start :)

Enjoy your sewing today :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Basket Case

Welcome :)

I’m still getting a little thrill every time I see my completed Daisy Chain quilt and I have to admit I’m probably spending a little longer than is necessary making my bed in the mornings just so I can look at it! After two years in the making I sort of hope this feeling will last a while :)

I’ve been sorting out the left over fabric from this quilt and I think that there may be just enough to squeeze a small quilt out of it if I’m creative with the fabric :) I’ve had a hankering to make a basket quilt for a little while now so that’s what I’ve decided to use the left overs for.

This is what I’ve done so far

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Little baskets prepped (using the starch method), glue basted onto the background and now ready to be stitched.

I’ll even get to perfect my sharp point appliqué skills I learnt from doing my Nautical baby quilt here.

The idea of this project will be to provide a hand sewing project to do when the need arises – car journeys, quiet evenings – you know the sort of thing. So not a speedy finish, but rather a leisurely journey (a bit like the original but hopefully not another two years before it’s finished!)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Friday Night Sew In for March

Hello and welcome :)

This Friday I linked up to Friday Night Sew In over at Wendy’s blog Sugarlane Designs, she usually suggests some naughty chocolatey treat for us to indulge in while we’re stitching away but I was good and resisted, mainly, it has to be said, because I wasn’t organised enough to make anything :)

I thought I’d have a final push with my friend’s cross stitch and I’m very pleased to announce that the outlining didn’t take as long as I thought it would resulting in me actually finishing it – whoop, whoop :)

So without further ado here it is.

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I love the way the sky has turned out, while I was stitching it the pale grey looked the same as the white but now you can see how it defines the clouds – all plump and cotton wool like :)

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I’m always amazed at the difference outlining makes, the flowers now look like flowers rather than ‘blobs’ of colour!

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and the cross seems 3 dimensional now.

20150316_083641I am happy with how it has turned out and I’m even more happy that it’s all done. I’m looking forward to giving it back to my friend for her to get framed.

If you’d like to see what others have been getting up to in the Friday Night Sew In then the list of participants can be found here.

On with the next WIP ;)

Until next time,

Chris x

Crayoning

Hello and welcome :) and a BIG welcome to the first day of Spring – yippee!

Last week at my monthly quilting group we took part in a mini workshop to make a quilted gift card.

We traced a simple design onto some background fabric, then using ordinary children’s wax crayons, coloured it in. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane as the last time I’d used wax crayons to colour was when my children were young!

The artists in the group were blending and shading their designs with great skill, the rest of us did our best ;) This was then ironed between sheets of absorbent paper which ‘sets’ the wax crayon and makes it permanent (apparently it’s washable once this is done – not that you’d want to wash a birthday card,right?).

Then the design was ironed onto some thin fusible batting and we were encouraged to embellish it with stitchery before mounting it onto card to turn it into a gift card.

This is mine…

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It was a very relaxing little project to do and has already been gifted to my lovely sister for her birthday.

Has anyone else had a go at using wax crayons on fabric? Are they really permanent, and can they be washed?

I’m linking up to Wendy’s Friday Night Sew In, if you’d like to join in visit this post here and sign in :)

Until next time,

Chris x

Kiwi

Hello and welcome :)

I’ve already shared with you (once or twice!) that this year my niece (the one who lives in New Zealand) is having a baby and you’ve already seen the nautical themed baby quilt I made for the little one but I was doing a bit of searching on the internet, as you do, and came across this beyond brilliant pattern:

a crocheted kiwi!! How cute and how very appropriate for a new NZ baby. So of course I had to have a go :)

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Baby is a girl hence the pink ;)

and I even remembered to pop one of these inside

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so it squeaks! Anyone know what noise a real Kiwi makes?

The pattern is a freebie and can be found on Nathalie’s blog Gnat on the Windshield. Thank you Nathalie.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing all Mums out there a very Happy Mother’s day

and especially my lovely Mum :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Cross Update

Welcome :)

I try very hard to reply to everyone who comments on my posts, it’s so lovely to get feedback that it’s the least I can do :) however some of you may have either not got a reply or even got more than one from my last post, so if that’s you I humbly apologise. Outlook has been having ‘a moment’ or rather, several ‘moments’. Every time I sent an email it would shut down and then, I think, send the emails anyway. And I would log back on and resend the emails so ….sorry :)

Back to sewing.

I thought you might like to have a progress report on the Cross stitch picture I’m finishing off for a friend. The original post about it is here.

The picture has an Easter theme and someone suggested that it would be nice if I could give it back to my friend at Easter which I thought was a lovely idea.

So I’ve been working like crazy to finish it but these things do take time especially as I like to work on multiple projects at any one time. I’m sure a lot of us are like that aren’t we? How many projects are you actively working on right now?

So far the cross stitch has gone from this,

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to this,

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and now to this,

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The actual cross stitch is about a couple of hours away from being done, which will leave the outlining left to do. I always find that that takes much longer than you think it will but it also makes such a difference to the picture – so you can’t skimp on it!

How many weeks is it until Easter (help!!)

 

Snail update! Son 1 has had a trip to Plymouth and found all the snails he needs for his research – just thought you’d like to know :)

Until next time,

Chris x

I’m linking this up to Esther’s WOW post which can be found here.

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Yachts ahoy

Hello and welcome :)

Did anyone notice that I stopped posting about the baby quilt I was making back in January?

I decided to keep its progress to myself until my niece had seen it. Well it was posted off a fortnight ago and my niece has let me know that she’s received it so it’s safe to show it to you!

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Each of those little flags has an i-spy underneath it – bees, butterflies, apples and flowers for when baby is older to play.
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I kept the quilting simple so the quilt is soft and cuddly.

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and, of course, a label to finish it off.

I feel as if I’m on a roll this year as this is my third finished quilt – whoop whoop!

Until next time,

Chris x

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The Journey – Deo Gloria

Welcome :)

Today I had a little trip out to Peterborough Cathedral to see a textile art exhibition called The Journey. It’s so rare to see any textile art being exhibited so as soon as I learnt about this one I was keen to go and see it. It was based on the Stations of the Cross, here are ‘hundreds’ of photos of it!!

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The exhibition lighting didn’t photograph well but I hope you can still see enough to work out the textile techniques used to create these pieces. 

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Most of the panels had printed scenes on them which were sparingly embellished with embroidery – very effective I thought. 
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I liked the naive stitching on this piece and the stones held in place with thread.

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I particularly liked the artist’s interpretation of sin being forgiven. 

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Chenille!

OK photo shoot over ;)

I thought the artist did a good job in her interpretation and it was very good to see textile art having such a high profile in the Cathedral. Great seeing all those quilting techniques used in different ways too :) I think I may need to have a dabble in the textile art world myself now ;)

Until next time,

Chris x

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