Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

Welcome:)

The sun is shining and I’m happy  to reveal that after a bit of a last minute panic I’ve sort of finished my make with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric ready for my Blog Hop day. ‘Sort of’ because the quilting isn’t finished but what can I say, work got in the way of creating!

Natalie from Stitch Craft Create generously sent me oodles of this fabric and I initially struggled with just what to make but the colours of this line are red white and blue and our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year so I decided to go patriotic.

A Union flag cushion was my first thought and then I heard about a book published about the Queen’s Christian faith.

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and this quilt block seemed very appropriate

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The Cross and the Crown

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a royalist but I do admire all the Queen has done for the country and how tirelessly she works, I mean how many 90 year olds do you know who work to the extent she does! So in honour of the Queen I give you the Cross and the Crown lap quilt.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself then the pattern is a freebie from MacCall’s Quilting and can be found here. I added a wider border and four churn dash cornerstone blocks to make it a bit bigger. Those churn dashes pick up the central design of the other blocks well don’t they?

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I’m not really a ‘red’ person but these reds are a lovely soft red, I think the one in the above photo is my favourite but it’s hard to choose because they’re all so nice!

My plan for it now is to do some hand quilting using red thread to highlight those crowns – watch this space:)

As Natalie was so generous with the fabric I’d like to offer some of the leftovers as a give away prize. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what you’d make with it – easy!

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I shall draw a name out of the hat on 26th May so you’ve got a bit of time to enter.

And for another chance to win some of the Tilda fabric go here to join in with Stitch Craft Create’s own give away.

There is one day left of this Blog Hop and tomorrow it’s the turn of Ali from Very Berry Handmade.

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Blog Hop Week

Welcome:)

I’m taking part in the Stitch Craft Create blog hop this week where a few folk are making and creating with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric.

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Here’s the schedule if you’d like to visit.

Monday 16thStitch Craft Create

Tuesday 17thHelen Philips

Wednesday 18th – Stitching Pixie

Thursday 19th – UK City Crafter

Friday 20th – Very Berry Handmade

My day is on the 19th and I haven’t finished yet – yikes! I’d better get busy!

Until next time,

Chris x

 

A Feast for the Eyes

Welcome:)

The last week has been a joy! I’ve been out and about with friends visiting places with textile exhibitions. This post is filled with photos of the inspiration I found.

The first place I visited was The Hub in Sleaford – a gallery I’d heard of but hadn’t visited before. There was an exhibition by a local embroidery group and their work was beautiful.

Here are a small sample of pieces I particularly liked – apologies to the craftspeople who made them because I didn’t have a catalogue so don’t know who made them.

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I really like the muted colours in this one and the use of twigs to make it 3 dimensional.

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A bee keepers garment covered in bees. (Those spears in the background are all embroidered, not sure they’d be much use if you were under attack but they looked good!)

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Love that goldwork bumble bee.

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This knot garden was astonishing in its workmanship – there are such talented people out there!

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These hoop art pieces are charming, just look at those sheep.

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I saw this next piece at the Willoughby gallery.

It’s by Nicky Davies and is called Elements of Petals. I’d love to try this technique – does anyone know how it’s done?

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I went to a local show on Sunday and saw this stunning piece by Rachael King which is so delicate.

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And finally on Thursday I was at my monthly quilt group and the speaker was Moira Neal who designs greetings cards. She was very entertaining and showed us all the originals of her cards including this one which made me smile.

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Behind the scenes I’ve been stitching away for the Blog Hop I’m taking part in next week. I’m having a little give away too so I hope you’ll come back and take part.

Until next time,

Chris x

April WiPs

Welcome:)

Last month’s WiP was a crochet project which had been sitting around for rather longer than it should have been given how close it was to being finished.

Back in 2014 I made some mice, two of which remained unfinished – all the body parts were made, they just needed sewing together – and never got done.

It’s nice to have an incentive to do WiPs so I thought I could gift one of the mice to my little grand niece for her birthday. But as I’d already bought her a cute little bunny hat I thought she might like a rabbit toy to go with it. I googled rabbit ears (you’d be amazed at just how many patterns popped up – obviously popular) and set off crocheting some and so the mice became rabbits!

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One for little one year old Savannah and one to stay here.

Before one was posted off I couldn’t resist a silly synchronised bunny ears photoshoot!

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This one will go to my great niece ( that’s a spare skirt she’s got tucked under her arm)

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and this one will stay with me.

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I’ve decided not to tackle a WiP during May as I’ve got rather a lot on.

Until next time,

Chris x