Doing a Runner

Welcome :)

Every now and again I make something for my church and at the moment I’m embarking on a BIG project – not quite as big as the last project (see that here) – but big enough. We have some beautiful altar fronts for our church but they are all ancient old and becoming quite fragile.

I plan to make a plain cover for the Altar, I’m sure these things have special names but I don’t know them! And also a set of seasonal table runners which will be more decorative.

Church seasons have specific colours attached to them and the first runner I’m making will be used during Ordinary Time, the colour for which is green.

So far I’ve bought the fabric(always a good start!), made a mini mock up using ‘sacrificial fabric’ (I can’t believe I actually bought this fabric!).

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Looks as if it should be for a Harvest Supper ;)

I did start with curved piecing but switched to foundation piecing which incorporated a stabiliser to keep everything nice and smooth.

I then made the runner using a variety of greens – most of these were in my Church Stash – fabrics I’ve used in the past to make banners with so it should blend in with decorations the Church already has.

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I then did another mini mock up decorating it with metallic threads.

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liked it and did the same to the actual runner – BIG MISTAKE – this happened very soon afterwards…

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The actual table runner fabric developed a serious case of ‘The Pucker’ so it’s all been unpicked now and I’m pondering on the cross which will be stitched on.

Have a great week end everyone.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Comfort Cushions

Welcome :)

Many thanks for all your kind wishes, I’ve definitely left the worst of my cold behind and am starting to feel interested in what’s happening round and about again!

This week I’ve not been doing too much but I did start making some little heart shaped cushions (pillows) which are destined to go to the local hospital.

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This coming year my quilt group have decided to make these cushions for the hospital’s breast cancer unit. Apparently they are very useful for placing under your arm when you’re being treated for breast cancer.

I’ve made five cushions and five slip covers so far and I hope that five people will find them helpful in their treatment and recovery.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Laid Low

Welcome:)

Just a short post as I’m laid low with a cold.

These are a few shots of what’s looking splendid in my garden at the moment.

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Welsh poppies, these come up year after year and are usually yellow or orange, occasionally you get those which just can’t make up their mind so turn out yellange or orangow!
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House leeks – I love their spiky shape.
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More house leeks but covered in a cobweb like coat.
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Cranesbill geranium – love those veined petals.
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These beautiful roses aren’t in the garden – it’s a bit too early for them yet. No, these were given to me by a friend and are keeping me company in my sewing room.

And as if the postman knew I was feeling yuk this parcel has just arrived – all the way from Australia.

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I was lucky enough to win it from last months FNSI – thank you Wendy :) I look forward to sewing these when I’m feeling a bit brighter.

Hope you all have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Blouse re vamp

Welcome :)

Last week, while tidying my sewing room, I unearthed a pile of mending which I had conveniently forgotten about!

Who likes mending? Anyone?

Maybe you’re like me and have a mending pile which just sits getting bigger and bigger until you just have to do something with it! Well that something happened this week. Tee shirts got mended, trousers shortened, buttons sewn on and in the midst of it I came across a blouse I’d all but forgotten about.

I bought said blouse a couple of years ago. It was one of those crinkly blouses which hug your curves, and every time you wash it you’re supposed to twist it up and knot it to get the creases back.

Well the very first time I washed it the creases fell out even though it had been twisted and crunched and knotted to within an inch of its life and it became too big to wear (and I’m saying about 2 sizes too big). I think I must have buried it in my wardrobe in disgust and disappointment and at some point it got put optimistically into the mending pile.

After taking a bit of advice this is what it’s like now.

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I started by shortening the blouse by about 1 inch and used the spare fabric to make a cord. Then I sewed some little metal rings along the back darts and threaded the cord through the rings to pull in the blouse.

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So now I have my blouse back with an interesting detail on the back :)

On a completely different note,I thought you’d like to see what my local wood looks like at the moment…

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Absolutely beautiful – bluebells everywhere.

Until next time,

Chris x

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The Basket Quilt

Welcome :)

After showing you the yoyos I’ve been making I got the urge to work on my Basket quilt so rather than do what I probably should have been getting on with, it jumped the queue and moved to first position!

I’ve been working fairly slowly hand stitching the baskets down whenever I’ve had a few spare moments and now the yoyos are all done I’ve been stitching them onto the baskets to give me these blocks.

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Those mother of pearl buttons will eventually be stitched in the the centre of the yoyos, or that’s the plan at the moment but, as we all know, plans do have a habit of changing :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Christmas Workshop

Welcome :)

Yesterday I went to a workshop at my new quilting group. I went prepared with fabric ready cut out and appliqué designs reversed, traced onto Bondaweb and ironed on my chosen fabrics.

Friends, I thought I’d be whizzing ahead with the project but those of you who are experienced workshop goers will probably smile and nod your heads when I say that I didn’t get very much done AT ALL!

It was all about sitting with lovely people and having a good chat and getting to know each other a little bit more :)

It also didn’t help that I’d reversed all the pattern images before tracing them onto Bondaweb and ironing it all down, when I went to iron them onto my background (please bear in mind that I hadn’t see the finished design – only the pattern pieces) my design was the wrong way round!

The pattern pieces had been reversed already!!

So I messed about a bit with altering the design so it still worked. Then set to with hand blanket stitching the design down.

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One of the ladies was using her machine to do her blanket stitch and I have to admit to feeling a bit of machine envy! My machine is a Bernina 1010 and I’ve had it for 26 years, it’s an absolute work horse and stitches beautifully and I wouldn’t want to part with it BUT over the last couple of years I’ve been making a mental note of all those features I would like if I ever got another machine.

Simple things really like a needle down facility, blanket stitch, running stitch, a larger throat for those large quilts.

I’d be interested to know – what sewing machine features do you love?

I have a feeling that I’d better start saving my pennies!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Mini WiPs

Welcome :)

I seem to have slowed down a bit on the stitching front as the gardening weather has appeared :)

My greenhouse is full of seed trays. I’ve sown broccoli, french beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, butternut squash, cosmos and tagetes; all of which are starting to sprout.

My tomatoes are getting used to being in big pots after being transplanted and I’m looking at my fairly small veggie plot and wondering how I’m going to fit everything in!

In my sewing room I recently unearthed a couple of half done cross stitch kits which didn’t need too much doing to them so I’ve been working on those.

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this little blue tit is now ready to fly the nest and be gifted to someone.

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and this little dog is almost there :)

I’ve also been making yoyos, I recently bought myself a yoyo maker after years of just making them ‘freehand’ and I am pleasantly surprised at how much easier it is to make them now.

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these are destined for my Basket Quilt, a few more to go!

I’m linking this post up to Esther Aliu’s WiPs on Wednesday :)

Hope you have a good week.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Bag Lady

Hello and welcome to visitors and followers alike, it’s good to have you here :) The secret wedding sewing has slowed down a bit for now (I’m sure there will be plenty more to do soon :) ) so I’ve been getting on with my brand new project bag which I spoke about in my last post. 20150421_145432 As you can see it’s all finished and ready to fill up with a sewing project (does this mean that I can start something new so I can put it in my bag? Please!) Take a peak inside… 20150421_145332 All my brand new notions are already in there, colour coded for the bag! 20150421_145227 And can you see what’s in the centre? 20150421_145238 A turquoise mouse ;) Well I had to make one as so many of you told me to :) I would have liked to use a different coloured cord for the fastening but my trusty market store didn’t have much choice and round here we have little choice of shops to go to for sewing supplies so I had to make do. However I did make some fabric beads to pretty the cord up a bit. This was a first for me and I hadn’t realised they were so easy to do, and I think they finish it all off rather well, don’t you? 20150421_145304 20150421_145358 I’m linking this post up to Esther Aliu’s WiPs on Wednesdays, I know it’s not really a WiP any more but it’s good to celebrate our finishes too :)

Also linking up to Celtic Thistle Stitches New to me in April because of those cute fabric beads.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Friday Night Sew In – April

Hello and welcome :)

This post is linking up to Wendy’s blog Sugarlane Designs for

This week I’ve finally got round to making a project bag to keep all my new sewing notions together. It’s taken a while to decide which pattern to use!

I knew I wanted a bag with a flat base so that I can stand it up, but after that I didn’t really have a preference. I spent a few days wandering around the internet looking for inspiration ;)

There are so many lovely bags to choose from but I finally settled on a komebukuro bag or Japanese rice bag which I thought would go well with the origami hexagons I wanted to incorporate into the design.

I started by making four of the hexagons, I’m getting quite quick at these now!

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Decorated with beads just as before.

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I then appliquéd them onto the bag sides and I’m now quilting them with a bit of big stitch quilting using Pearl cotton thread so the stitches show up.

This is my progress so far

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I think it needs a bit more quilting and then I shall put the pieces together.

Watch this space!

Hope you have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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