Back to the Drawing Board

Welcome:)

Thank you for all your suggestions about what project I could do during my lunch breaks while at work, so many tempting ideas.

However…

While I was at my Thursday Quilt group I mentioned that I’d finished my 52 Hexagon flowers and would have to wait until January for further instructions. One of the ladies said that she had been chatting to the person who set up the challenge and that the idea is that once we’ve made our hexie flowers we could then use them however we wanted. No further instructions would be issued.

So now that misconception has been cleared up I have to think about what to do with 52 hexie flowers!

So much choice, and of course the good news is that I can continue with this project in my lunch breaks (once I’ve decided on how to go forward with it of course!). The bad news is that you’ve all given me so many more gorgeous ideas I want to do now!

Jane is slowly being worked on and this is the latest batch of finishes.

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I4 Stability – EPP and appliqué.

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G2 Mohawk Trail – EPP

20160429_080047F3 Snowball – EPP. Very apt at the moment with the mixed bag of weather we’re having here. In one day we had sunshine, rain, hail, sleet, snow and wind!

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J5 John Jacob’s Windmill – EPP. Another weather related block!

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I10 Iris’ Medallion – EPP and appliqué. I cheated here as it should all have been pieced but a bit of appliqué seemed to be an easier option😉

Exciting news for me is that this week I was contacted by Stitch, Craft, Create to ask if I’d be interested in taking part in a Blog Hop next month, with the offer of this bundle of Tilda ‘Candy Bloom’ fabric how could I refuse!

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Jane has now been put aside while I play with this stack of gorgeousness.

Have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

2016 Challenge – Whoops!

Welcome:)

Things have changed a bit in my little world recently and one of those changes is that I have returned to the workforce (but only part time). This has, of course, cut back on my sewing activities and I initially wondered about how I was going to get my sewing fix! I needn’t have worried because after years of working in a profession where a lunch break was a dream I now find myself in a job where you are expected and encouraged to go and have your break.

Now, the job is too far away from home to go back and sew but I can easily sit in my little office and do some hand sewing while I munch my lunch. So, you remember that challenge I signed myself up for? (Post here) The one where I was going to make a hexie flower every week for the 52 weeks of the year.

Well, yes, you guessed it…

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This is what a stack of 52 hexie flowers looks like! I guess I will have to wait until January to find out what the next step in the challenge is. In the meanwhile I need a small hand sewing project to keep me going through my lunch breaks – any ideas?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Naked No More

Welcome:)

Remember this little cutie?

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She had her tunic nibbled by mice and was for a brief time rather cold! As Wendy from The Crafter’s Apprentice said she was NAKED!

Here she is now after going shopping,

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A brand new hat decorated with one of my favourite mother of pearl buttons.

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And here she is modelling her new pantaloons and tunic.

So who spotted the little tulip she’s carrying?

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After showing one of my groups how to make tulips, one of my friends reduced the size of the pattern and made a tiny one. It was so cute I HAD to make one too! This uses a piece of fabric 1 1/2″ by 1″ and a cocktail stick, it was very fiddly to do but is just the perfect size for bunny.

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Here she is with both tulips!

Until next time,

Chris x

Fireweed Flower

Welcome:)

Fireweed is a plant and around these parts it’s known as rosebay willow herb, it is described as being a pioneer of the plant world, one of the first plants to colonise a patch of bare soil. A real tough but pretty plant.

It is also the name of a Dear Jane block which I have been struggling with for a couple of days. Not sure if it’s just me but I have found this block to be like the plant -tough but pretty!

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M3 Fireweed Flower – I started by foundation piecing, failed miserably, then started again this time English Paper Piecing and with a bit of reverse appliqué thrown into the mix (the white border was appliquéd on top of the central ‘flower’). I’m so happy that it is done.

I need to find an easy block to do next!

Until next time,

Chris x

Spring Tulips

Welcome:)

Pinterest, love it or loathe it you have to admit you can get some great inspiration from browsing the pins. While I was looking for a pattern for fabric tulips (so I could have a very long lasting bunch of flowers) I found a lovely idea for a bag charm.

Well my plain black handbag needed a bag charm to pretty it up so I got to work. The Pin didn’t have a pattern but there were plenty of other patterns for larger tulips so I just adjusted the size of the tulip and winged it:)

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The charm is 6″ long excluding the fitting and is made of 6 little tulips attached to pieces of cord (I used shoe laces).

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If you’d like to make one I used a piece of fabric 2″x 3″ for each tulip and this tutorial from The Flower Craft.

I made sure I sewed through the shoelaces so the tulips couldn’t be pulled off.

I made a pattern for the leaf from paper – it’s about 8″ long and 1 1/4″ wide at the widest part of the leaf (that’s without a seam allowance). You can see the shape of it here,20160329_163851

I just pinned the pattern on a double layer of fabric (right sides together) and stitched round the template leaving a 1 1/2″ gap on the long side for turning it the right way round (I used one of those very handy tube turner gadgets) I whip stitched up the opening and knotted it around the cord with a few stitches to hold it secure. Et Voila!

And, in case you’re wondering, I also made some big tulips,

because they were so nice I showed one of my sewing groups how to make them and we had a lovely time creating before putting them together to make a bright and colourful arrangement for this photo:)

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Until next time,

Chris x