Memories of Grandad

Welcome 🙂

Back in December I started making these little flowers and I thought you might like to see what I eventually did with them.

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They reminded me of chrysanthemums which in turn reminded me of my Grandad who used to grow them in his garden. I have lovely memories of playing in his garden and seeing all the huge flowers tied up to sturdy supports.

So this is what I made,

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A bunch of Chrysanthemums in autumnal colours all jostling for space in a plant pot,

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with a cheeky little snail hoping for some lunch!

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Eagle eyed long term followers might recognise something rather familiar about this wall hanging as I made one similar to it a little while ago.

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I have plans to make a third one too, I’m pretty sure what flower I shall be doing – one that reminds me of my Grandma, but haven’t decided on the type of container it’ll be in.

What reminds you of your Grand parents?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

 

Christmas Cards

Welcome 🙂

Christmas is a-coming and I’ve actually got round to doing something about it!

For many years now I’ve loved receiving cards which are photographs of someone’s creations and this year I decided to have a go at making one for myself.

After a bit of designing, and sewing I made this…

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…and I then had a photograph of it printed onto card stock using an online company who do this sort of thing.

So far, I’ve had a few nice comments from people who have received them which is very encouraging 🙂

Does anyone else make their own cards like this?

Hope you all have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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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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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