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Welcome :)

This week I had the opportunity to join a local artist, Charron Pugsley-Hill, as she worked on a collaborative project commemorating a local lady called Edith Cavell.

Edith Cavell (rhymes with gravel!) was a British nurse working in Brussels in World War I, and in October it will be 100 years since she was executed for her courageous work helping allied servicemen escape Brussels into neutral Holland.

She has a fascinating story and you can read more about her on Charron’s website – link here.

Charron wants 49 women – Edith Cavell was 49 when she died – to each make a poppy and leaf which she will then stitch together to make a Blanket of Poppies. This will be displayed in October and may even tour around some galleries. Which makes me 1 of the 49 women whose work will make up this piece of art – wow :)

I joined a small group of ladies to make our wet felted poppies and leaves. A lovely tutor called Eve was there to talk us through the process and we all had a brilliant time especially as the sun was shining and we were working outside.

First up was the leaf, we arranged the wool roving onto bubble wrap and mushed the fibres together using this little octopus thingy which is a massager but works brilliantly as a musher tool (the technical terms are all my own ;) )

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The leaf after the first stage of felting

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The start of the big poppy before felting started.

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and we were asked to make two identical small poppies too, these will be made into brooches, one for Charron to wear on a shawl and one for us to wear when we join her in October for the grand reveal!

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These are the two little poppies after being felted

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and here are all my creations after they’d dried out.

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all that creating took all morning and in the afternoon we were let loose with needle and thread, beads and ribbons to embellish our creations in whatever way we wanted to.

These are mine.

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I’ve brought one of my poppy brooches home ready for October (mustn’t lose it!) and I’m looking forward to seeing the completed blanket then too. I shall definitely post some pictures of it so you’ll get to see it too :)

In the meantime maybe it’s time to unearth my wool roving and have a go at some wet felting at home.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Shadow Play Workshop

Welcome :)

Now if you are a follower of mine you may have seen a very incomplete post on Sunday about this workshop – which hadn’t even happened at that time! I don’t know if you’re like me but at the beginning of the week I try to make a start on posts I will be posting – only a few words to act as prompts for later on, unfortunately I hit publish for this one and then had to hit delete straight afterwards!

Does that happen to anyone else? So, sorry about that, I don’t suppose it will be the last time ;)

The workshop I went to on Thursday was called 3D quilting but was really about creating the illusion of 3D by putting in simple shadows.

I still had a small amount of fabric left over from my Daisy Chain and Daisy Basket quilts so I thought I’d try to use it up by making a cushion (pillow) for my bedroom. So my cushion is very different from the workshop sample and to be honest at this stage in the game I do think the workshop original idea works better than what I’ve done.

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You can see the idea of the shadow however because my squares are smaller than the original the shadows are out of scale so a bit too chunky

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I also think the grey brings the colours ‘down’ too much :(

I’ve still got a couple of flowers to appliqué on top of it which I hope will lift it a little so that I can live with it! Oh dear that all sounds like doom and gloom! But at the end of the day that’s what learning is all about isn’t it – trial and error and learning from our mistakes.

Have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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The Daisy Basket

Welcome :)

I’ve spent my sewing time this week end finishing my Basket quilt which has now been renamed the Daisy Basket quilt as a nod to the original Daisy quilt whose leftovers it was made from!

Lots of photos to celebrate a finish :)

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Yoyos to hopefully disguise the fact that the setting triangles are a different dye lot to the rest of the back ground fabric.

Pretty mother of pearl heart buttons tied into place with Pearl Cotton.

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Labelled with more yoyos and buttons.

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I’ve now pulled my EPP quilt from the WIP pile and am looking forward to a bit of hand quilting in between wedding sewing :)

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I’m linking this post up to Esthers WiPs on Wednesdays.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Finally Finished

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Yesterday I finally got my act together and took the Altar cover and seasonal runner to Church, so here are a couple of photos to show those of you who are interested what they looks like in situ.

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So pleased these are finally finished.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Basket Quilt Update

Welcome :)

I’ve been working hard on completing the Altar cover and table runner for my Church and I’m pleased to say that it’s all finished however I haven’t had time to put it on the Altar yet. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time to do that some time this week and then I shall share some photos with you. It has been a weight off my shoulders to get it done so that I can concentrate on the secret wedding sewing again.

I’m trying to spend some time each day on wedding preparations and I’m pleased to say that it’s all under control :) but still plenty to do!

In the meantime I’ve been enjoying working on my Basket quilt.

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I had intended this project to be one of those slow going, take your time projects but it turned out to be a ‘can’t wait to get it started and may as well finish it’ projects instead!

I’m loving the pretty colours all over again with this quilt which has been made with the leftover fabrics from my Daisy Chain quilt. I’ve still got a few more scraps left and I’m wondering about seeing if I can squeeze a cushion cover out of them .

I’ve never been a fan of yoyos before but I think they work really well here. One reader said she thought they gave the design depth and as soon as I read her comment I thought ‘she’s right, they do!’

And as I ran out of background fabric and had to order some more I’m hoping the yoyos will do a good job at distracting the eye away from the fact that the setting and corner triangles are a slightly different colour than the rest of the background fabric!

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This project is close to being finished now, only the yoyos to sew on and quilt round, the binding and maybe a few buttons to stitch on. I love this feeling of anticipation when you’re close to the finish :)

I shall link this post up to Esther’s WOW post.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Top Shells

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Son 1 had his birthday this week and following family tradition I made him a crochet amigurumi with a sea theme. This year I found a little lobster pattern and made this …

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Just look at those claws!

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This is a free pattern from Kara of Karabouts and can be found here.

As some of you will know Son 1 is doing research on Toothed Top Shell snails.

Toothed top shell snail (Monodonta labio)

So it seemed like kismet when I spied some fabric featuring shells which looked (well. to me anyway!) remarkably like Top Shells.

But what to make? Now Son 1 isn’t one for patchwork so I thought something useful like a pouch for his ‘stuff’.

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and inside it was lined with the snails

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and keeping those snails company…

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I’m happy to report that it was a success, Son 1 was quite astonished by the fabric :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Home Again

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Time flies by so fast these days, perhaps it always did but I can hardly believe that youngest son’s first year at uni has come to an end already!

Hubby and I went to pick him and his luggage up this week end. As he studies so far away we broke the journey there up with an overnight stay at a very nice hotel in Telford.

We made the most of the facilities, having a lovely swim in the pool (hubby made good use of the sauna and steam room), walked round the grounds and relaxed in the hotel lounge. We had a peruse of the menu and came across this,

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Sounds very nice I thought – but hold on a minute what’s pea crush?!

Now I know I don’t go to restaurants very often so may very well be out of touch with the latest foods but isn’t pea crush that good old fish and chip accompaniment mushy peas?

I’m not sure if mushy peas is a dish anywhere else than in the UK, but just in case you’re a bit puzzled let me explain.

Mushy peas is a very humble dish of soaked marrowfat peas simmered in water until they go ‘mushy’. It started appearing in Fish and Chip shops in the 1970s and quickly became a favourite. Somehow I missed the point where it was reinvented as a ‘posh’ dish!

We decided to give this treat a miss and went to a local pub instead :)

As I was on the road I haven’t done much sewing so I shall have to catch up this week! On the list is the altar cloth, I’d love to have that done by Friday, wish me luck :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Running towards the Finish

Welcome :)

This morning I’ve been at one of my Quilter’s groups, we were making the little heart shaped cushions which are destined to go to ladies (and men) suffering from breast cancer (see this post here).

I managed to finish all mine and helped form a mini production line stuffing and sewing up the cushion inners ready for the next stage – it’s such an efficient way to work but it does mean that you can get stuck doing the same thing for ages!. When I left there were 12 cushions all finished and quite a few more in various stages of production. Way to go ladies ;)

My ‘Church Project’ is coming on apace now. The background of the runner is all done and I’ve been busy drafting out a cross to appliqué onto it.

I love Celtic crosses and happily for me so does my Vicar. This is the design all drawn up to the right size.

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and these are the various stages the runner went through to get the cross stuck on! You can just see the chalk lines I drew on to help me position the bias tape.

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I have a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric which I pin into, when the bias is in the right place I iron it on using the tip of my iron.

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It always takes time to make sure the ‘unders and overs’ are right!

This is it now…

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I love how the cross ‘floats’ on the bold background.

It has now been given to another member of the Banner team to sew on while I get on with the altar cover. I’m planning on making the lining first just to make sure I’ve got my measurements right, I really don’t want to make a mess using expensive fabric.

Until next time,

Chris x

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