Secrets Revealed

Hello lovely people, welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day, full of good things.

We got up late (for those of you with little ones, one day you will get to lie in – promise!) , went to our church where we sang carols for the last time this year and then went home and ate lots of good food ๐Ÿ™‚ interspersed with a walk, a few silly games , lots of unwrapping of pressies and a bit of TV – good times ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that all the secret sewing presents have been opened I can start sharing with you what I made in the lead up to Christmas.

Now I did say I wasn’t going to make presents this year but I did succumb and make just a few.

This little Christmas ornament was for my daughter.

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A mini stitchery in a 4 inch hoop with a mother of pearl star ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m pleased to report that she liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your Boxing day.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Secret Santa

Hello and Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

On Thursday evening my little sewing group had time out from sewing and had a Christmas social instead, although we are usually a social bunch on a normal sewing evening come to think about it!

One of the ladies cooked us a beautiful meal (Thanks R ๐Ÿ™‚ )and we chatted and had a wonderful time.

We did a Christmas themed Secret Santa and as we are a sewing group it seemed appropriate that those who had the time would hand make their pressies.

Now I’m not sure that the person I gifted to has guessed that their pressie was from me so I suppose this post may well let the cat out of the bag! This is what I made.

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SAM_4793Three cheery snowmen to decorate a tree. I made sure I used sparkly felt, sparkly ribbon and sparkly buttons as the person it was for loves her sparkles ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like to have a go I shall put the pattern on my tutorial page.

Until next time,

Chris x

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It’s a New Day

Last week I hosted my little sewing group, ‘Ladies Wot Sew,’ and I spent the whole evening watching all my friends busying away with their projects.

There was doll making, blanket edging, tea cosy constructing, festive decoration designing going on around me and I sat and just enjoyed the company . My friends were happily crafting away and I was happily watching them wondering when I’d feel the urge to sew again.

However!

The weekend was another story, I looked around my sewing room and picked up my Christmas quilt pieces and thought shall I, shan’t I? and did ๐Ÿ™‚

Woohoo ladies I do believe the mojo is returning!

I took my time and pieced the strips together until I’d completed the top of one quilt, I then layered it up so it’s now ready to quilt.

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I always used to spray baste my quilts but more often than not these days I just pin using quilter’s safety pins. I find that as long as I use plenty of pins the quilt layers don’t shift around during quilting (although goodness knows how because I have a domestic sewing machine with a small throat so the quilt is shoved and stuffed and rolled and scrunched during the process!)

I’d like to try Pinmoors – has anyone tried them? What are they like? Easier or no difference?

I shall have to choose a quilting pattern to use and practise on some swatches – I’m still quite new to free motion quilting so like to first draw then sew a sample. I’m hoping that one day it will all become natural to me.

Here is the reason for the Christmas quilt…

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Last year I made these Christmas cushions using a free pattern by Australian Homespun magazine called A Long Time Ago in Bethlehem.

They really brightened up the Living room but something was missing! So the plan was to make two quilts to finish it all off – so much for plans! I might just get one quilt done for Christmas, we’ll see.

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Until next time,

Chris x

Felt an Acorn

Good Morning lovely people! Hubby and I have been enjoying going for a few walks recently and on one of them I collected a pocket full of acorn caps.

SAM_3474I had the idea of making an acorn garland to festoon my fireplace ย – this has got to be my last Autumn decoration for this year!

I had thought about crocheting some acorns but I have, in my stash, some lovely wool roving I was given a while ago, so I thought I’d use it and felt some acorns instead.

Now I am an absolute novice when it comes to felting so I just did what I thought looked right.

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and these are the result…

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So cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just some leaves to do and then thread them on some yarn and hang them up. So that’s one of my plans for the week ahead, what about you?

I’m linking this up to Celtic Thistle’s ‘New to me in November’, why not visit her blog and have a see what other people have been up to?

Have a lovely week.

Until next time,

Chris x

Autumn

I’m hard-pressed to say which season is my favourite but I do like Autumn. I suppose when I was a little girl it meant that my birthday was imminent but these days I love the colours and, for us Brits, that Autumnal ‘nip’ in the air which makes us unearth all our jumpers (although to be fair we don’t usually put them away ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

This wall hanging is part of my collection of seasonal decorations that I’m trying to build up so I can be like some of you wonderful bloggers who decorate your homes with the changing seasons.

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I actually made this last year – it was the first item in my ‘collection’, it was also my second attempt at foundation piecing so please excuse the wonky windows ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s from a free McCalls quilting pattern found hereย and yes I know it says ‘advanced skill level’ but I managed it OK, so don’t let that put you off ๐Ÿ™‚

I now have a hankering to make something else autumny – I think I shall go and have a rummage in my stash and wait for some inspiration to come ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time,

Chris x