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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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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Presenting…

Hello and welcome 🙂

Saturday saw me, my hubby and a couple of friends installing the long awaited Church banners. We took a few hours first dismantling the existing grey screens and then covering them with the panels which have been made to be like fitted bed sheets so they simply hook over the corners of the panels.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe panels were then put back in order to create the ‘Big Picture’.

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The panels were gently tugged into place so the black lines lined up between the panels.

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Heartfelt thanks to everyone who generously volunteered their time and skills into making this idea a reality 🙂

It’s so good to be able to cross something off my to do list!

OK, next deadline is to get ready for the November craft stall.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Same old,same old

Welcome 🙂

This week has seen yet more progress on the banner project. Little by little all those little jobs are being accomplished.

Every now and again I’ve been doing a bit of hand sewing on the panel I’m doing (with a little help from my friends!) I’m sewing down black bias tubes to outline the cross, this is the second time they’ve been stitched down. First time I used my sewing machine, didn’t like it so unpicked it and started again!

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Yesterday a friend came round with her sewing machine and we spent a happy couple of hours sewing hems on all the panels I had in my home. Black on black is never easy to sew but we were lucky that it was an amazingly sunny afternoon so the light was as good as it could be 🙂

The next job for me is to find any chalk or water soluble pen markings on the panels and get rid of them.

What sewing are you doing now?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Banner mania

Welcome lovely people 🙂

Well the week end saw hubby and I deliver our youngest to University and come home to an empty nest. So far it’s been very strange not to have one of our offspring in the home, I keep wandering into their rooms and mooching about before I give myself a little shake and get on with life again!

I’ve been determined to keep myself busy and had promised myself to ‘break the back’ of the Church banners I’m helping to make.

Monday afternoon saw three of us Banner group members working hard to prepare a couple of panels ready for sewing by other members.

This is what we achieved…please forgive the quality of the photos 🙂

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The candles will be outlined with black bias tube to give it a more stained glass effect.
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This one is already stitched, so we just prepared and attached the lettering which is now ready for stitching down.
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Very blurred photo – sorry!
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Just like the ‘Service’ panel this one is mainly finished just needing the lettering stitched down.

Lots of the black lettering was prepared and tweaked and twiddled before sticking on.

Picture pieces were cut out and positioned and tweaked and twiddled too.

Lots of shifting pieces left, right, up, down, rotated clockwise and anti clockwise before we were satisfied.

On Tuesday afternoon I thought I’d be a whizz and sew some bias tube down using my machine but after doing it I decided I didn’t like it so spent a good hour unpicking it all and will redo it by hand – sometime!

Today – Wednesday – I have plans to do some more with a friend’s help.

I’m feeling really happy about the progress now and am looking forward to sitting back a bit while other members get busy stitching 🙂

Just a little reminder, if you want the chance to make the Travelling Bunny – see post here – then please make sure you write a comment on the end of that post. I shall choose a name out of a hat on Friday.

Until next time,

Chris x

I’m linking this up to Esther Aliu’s WIPs on Wednesdays.

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