Guess What?

Welcome :)

My poor sore needle damaged fingers are testament to how many hours I’ve spent recently working on my Daisy Chain quilt but I am VERY pleased to announce that it is now all finished :)

Two years ago at the Duxford Spring Show I bought the fabric and I’ve worked on it on and off (rather a lot of off for some reason!) since then. But no more! It was such a great feeling to put in the final few stitches. and although I love the ‘journey’ of making a quilt, my goodness, it feels good to finish this one.

So hold onto your hats ‘cos here are a few photos to celebrate.

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One finish down just a few more to go!

Until next time,

Chris x

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What a Bind

Welcome :)

I’ve just spent quite a few frustrating days trying to find some fabric to match another one I used for THE baby quilt.

I tried four shops, which is no mean feat in the area I live in as fabric shops are in short supply, with no luck.

The friend who gave me the fabric in the first place scoured her stash and came up with a few more small pieces but I still didn’t have enough to use for the binding and I really, really wanted to use this particular fabric.

I searched the internet for ways to make a little fabric go a long way and although I know the information must be out there I couldn’t find it.

Then I remembered another friend telling me of a method she’d heard about so I used it and, praise God, it worked :)

So for my benefit (in case I need to use this method again) and for anyone else who finds themselves in the same predicament this is how I did it.

What to do when you don’t have enough fabric to make binding in the normal way (and don’t want to go scrappy!)

1. Measure the perimeter of your quilt and add 6 inches – nothing new so far.

2. You will need to make sure you have enough of your fabric to cut strips of width 1 1/2 inches by the length you require (If you still don’t have enough consider a scrappy binding instead)

3. Sew the strips together and finger press the seams open.

4. You need to repeat the last two steps using another fabric. Make sure it can’t be seen through the ‘proper’ fabric – my fabric is a pale pink so I used a pale coloured calico (American muslin).

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5. Sew the two strips together along one long edge, if you can stagger the seams so much the better.

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6. Carefully press the strip in half lengthways, it’s best to get the seam on the edge of the binding.

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7. Now use it as normal by attaching it to the front of the quilt placing the ‘proper’ fabric face down on the front of the quilt.

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Ta dah

I hope that helps someone sometime. I did all this yesterday and funnily enough today I came across this book,

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I wonder if it has this method in it?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Announcing…

Welcome :)

A big congratulations to Jen of Norfolk who is the winner of my little give away, and a big thank you to everyone who entered.

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Remember you can always make a little needle case and thread catcher for yourselves -they’re not hard – promise :) (the link for the needle case is on this post and the link for the thread catcher is on this post).

Until next time,

Chris x

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The Shirt Off His Back 2

Welcome :)

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here

Part one to this little shirt tale is here!

Thank you for all your lovely comments about my shirty creation. I am a bit worried about what you’ll say about the final reveal as so many people commented on how nice the little pleats were – and I’ve changed them!

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As you can see I did a bit of stitching to make more of a feature of those pleats, some pleats are held back with a tiny cross stitch

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and others are held back with vintage mother  of pearl buttons which I found in my button tin (all 72 of them!)

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I love the softness of this mini quilt and although I know it wont last as long as one made of new fabric I do think it has a charm all of its own.

This is the second shirt quilt I’ve made, this is the other (see this post here.)

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I need to collect a few more shirts now so I can make a third!

Right! Now that that little project is done I need to get back to this one!

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Until next time,

Chris x

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The Shirt off His Back

Welcome :)

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here.

I really enjoy shopping in Charity shops (Thrift/ Op shops) and a while back I made a point of looking for some men’s cotton shirts. I managed to get a few and then put them in a drawer and forgot about them! Last week I came across them again and so this week I’ve spent my sewing time playing with them. I love the softness of old fabric and have enjoyed cutting them up and sewing them back together to make a little quilt.

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I’ve sewn in a few pleats.
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and sewn the squares together
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It’s ready for a border now

I’m loving the gentle colours and have an idea to do a bit of embroidery on it when it’s been quilted – watch this space!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Cross Cross Stitich

Hello and welcome :)

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here.

I wonder if you have Mum like mine, when I was younger (quite a bit younger!) and still living at home I’d do a bit of sewing or knitting and sometimes get myself into a right pickle by getting it all wrong and then getting into a frustrated state about it! Mum would calmly unpick or unravel my mistakes and if I was lucky she’d even do a bit of the sewing or knitting so I was further on than I had been before :)

I’m sure that this ‘rescue service’ kept me crafting when I may otherwise have given up.

Well I was reminded about this when a lovely friend was getting seriously frustrated with a project and just needed to pass it on to someone to finish.

The project is cross stitch which I used to do years ago but have only dabbled in recently.

This is how it came to me…

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as you can see my friend had done a big part of it already.

This is it now after a few hours of work

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There’s no rush to finish it but I plan on doing a bit each week.

Do you have a special crafty person who has kept you from giving up?

Until next time,

Chris x

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New Fabric Alert

Hello and welcome :)

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here.

Just had to share a new fabric purchase with you.

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Perfect for tea towels to pretty up a kitchen :) and maybe a bit spare for a pot holder too :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Getting to the Point

Hello and welcome :)

Anyone visiting from ‘Grow Your Blog’ can find my post here.

I’ve been steadily working away on my baby quilt these past few days. I’ve stitched down the sails and glued on the other bits and pieces and then I stopped to think about how I could do a really good job with those tricky appliqué points on the yacht’s hull.

I googled for help (have I said before how much I love the internet?!) and watched a few Youtube videos, this video by Jan Patek is very clear about what to do and this is the one I followed.

Now I’m not saying that all my points are sharp but I do think they are better than they would have been if I hadn’t done a bit of research.

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I’ve machine appliquéd the yachts in place now and am ready to put the blocks together with some sashing.

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This is where it gets exciting!

What have you been up to this week?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Grow Your Blog

Good Morning and welcome to old friends and new :)

A big thank you to Vicki from 2 Bags Full  who has put together this Blog event so we can find new blogs and make new friends.

My name is Chris and I live here in UK City Crafter Land (otherwise known as Cambridgeshire in the UK). I love sewing and crochet but I also dabble in just about any other craft I get the opportunity to. However, I have to admit that sewing is my first love :)

I discovered blogs a couple of years ago now and I really enjoyed reading about what other crafters were making and designing. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge inspired me to start my own blog which essentially is a journal of the crafts I create but I’ve started sharing the love by writing a few tutorials of my own now (you get to my tutorial page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page or if you’re on a mobile device then click on ‘menu’ at the top and a list of options will appear).

Over time I’ve built up an online friendship with a few brilliant bloggers and it’s great to have fellow crafters on hand to chat to, especially when you need a bit of help and advice ;)

I love that we can all connect with one another no matter where we live – the internet is a wonderful thing!

Here are a few glimpses of the sort of thing I get up to…

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My EPP Honeycomb quilt which is on my list for finishing this year.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A bit of crochet cuteness - I do like to crochet!
A bit of crochet cuteness – I do like to crochet!
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success - this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success – this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through  a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt ;)
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt ;)

I hope that gives you a flavour of what I’m about and that you decide to visit again :)

To commemorate Vicki’s blog event I’d like to offer a little give away.

I made the needle keeper last week and wrote about it here, and I’ve made a super twisty pop up thread catcher to go with it. I made one of these a while ago (post here) and I’ve found it amazingly handy to have a mini pop up bin in my work basket.

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If you’d like a chance to win this needle keeper and thread catcher (and maybe a few extra goodies too) then all you need to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what your interests are (To get to my comments form just click on the post title and you’ll be taken straight there :) ). I shall draw a name out of a hat on February 15th and email the winner, so please make sure I have your details.

Please do visit some of the other blogs participating in this years Grow Your Own Blog event, a list of them can be found here.

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED – SORRY!

Until next time,

Chris x

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