Bread or Thread

Good morning lovely people 🙂

Last week I went along to my monthly quilter’s group, it’s still quite new to me and I’m still getting to know people but I enjoyed meeting everyone again and I hope I’m starting to put names to faces – the good news is that all the group wear name badges so newcomers can quickly learn who everyone is which is really helpful.

This month we had a visitor in from a local quilt shop and she talked us through how to make a bread basket. She’d kindly made up kits for us so all we had to do was sew 🙂

This is my creation,

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and I was pleased with the way it turned out to say that it was ALL hand stitched! Definitely a case of 15 minutes by machine or 2 hours plus by hand!

If you want to make one for yourself then you can find instructions for something very similar at Blissful Sewing.

I wasn’t quite sure what I’d use it for as mine has cardboard inside it so it can’t be washed, I thought about it holding my paper napkins but it’s too small (I do quite like that idea and I may have to make another the correct size for them 🙂 ) Then I thought of the perfect job for it which is to collect all my little threads and snippets of fabric when I’m sewing – a thread basket!

I’m going to get on with my geese picture now, hopefully I shall have something to show you by Thursday 😉

Until next time,

Chris x

Snowdrops in May

It all started last week with a jokey comment while I was flicking through a magazine I’d been lent.

‘I’ll expect to see those paper snowdrops made by next week’ says my pal, and, do you know, I couldn’t resist having a go at making a couple during the week.

They’re made from florists wire, florists tape and crepe paper, a bit sticky and fiddly and definitely not what I’d normally make but hey it’s good to step outside your usual skill set every once in a while isn’t it?

I decided I’d try to ‘encourage’ my pal to make one too this week when she came to our Thursday sewing group, in fact we all had a go and this is what we made

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Now I’m wondering if these could be made from fabric? Something else to try this week!

Until next time,

Chris x

 

A Trio of Blessings

Last week I went to my monthly quilting group and a very nice lady, Linda Turner, did a Show and Tell session. Her work involves mixed media and I was really interested to see all the different techniques she used to create her pieces.

She used quite a bit of printing on fabric (from a computer as opposed to potato printing!) as well as painting  and stencilling to create her designs and I pondered to my friend that it was something I’d like to learn how to do.

Well, would you believe it but the next day when I was at the same friend’s home she had kindly sorted through her crafting supplies  and put out all the equipment I needed to have a go at stencilling with Markal Paintsticks, and sorted out some Bubble Jet Set 2000 so I could have a go at the two techniques I’d been talking about!

She showed me how to stencil using the  Paintsticks and this is what I did. SAM_4117

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Watch this space for my experiments to print on fabric! Here’s to kind friends – thanks A 🙂

Another kind blog friend sent me a little parcel the other day as a thank you for taking part in her Spring Blog Hop – see here for my post. These are the lovely goodies Angela from Pretty Little Things in a Box sent me, SAM_4122 In my Spring post I’d mentioned that my favourite flowers were bluebells and see what she’s made me – a hoop hanging of bluebells – sooo pretty. Thank you Angela 🙂

She’s just starting a sew-a-along on her blog which I’m very tempted to join in, why not go check it out.

And as if that wasn’t enough blessings from friends I had a visit from another pal at the weekend who brought me these lovely scented stocks which are filling my home with their delicious scent. SAM_4124 How lucky am I? Hope you are blessed this week with good things.

Until next time,

Chris x

Using up scraps

It’s my lovely daughter’s fault! She’s the one who started it!

When she last visited she got out my sewing machine and started using some of my fabric scraps to make cards for her friends. This is what she made.

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I love the sketchy quality of them so I thought I’d have a go too.

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The great thing about them is that because they represent a sketch it really enhances the design if the lines are a bit wobbly! What a great way to use up those tiny pieces of favourite fabrics – thanks for the idea daughter 🙂

Have a lovely week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

I’m linking this post up to Celtic Thistle Stitches for Fiona’s New to me in May post.

 

Daisy Days

Good morning 🙂

I’ve decided to have a bit of a push to get on with some of my bigger WIPs and the first project to receive a fresh burst of activity is my Daisy Chain quilt which I’ve just started quilting.

At first I couldn’t decide whether to machine or hand quilt it so I did a line of both types of stitching to help me make up my mind and have plumped to go for hand quilting.

It will take a lot longer but I really like the look of it 🙂

I’ve decided to quilt the middle section with a diagonal grid of lines and the hand stitching will be able to disguise the fact that the squares in the design are a bit skew whiff in places!

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You can see that I tend to work with a couple of needles on the go at the same time, I don’t suppose it makes the quilting happen faster but it makes me feel like it does!

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So far I’ve only done a few lines of sewing but the tips of my fingers are really sore, they need to toughen up again!

On another note I have not only finished my niece’s second cushion (see this post) but I’ve parcelled it up and sent it on its way too – how about that for efficiency 😉

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

Until next time,

Chris x