Back to the Drawing Board

Welcome 🙂

Thank you for all your suggestions about what project I could do during my lunch breaks while at work, so many tempting ideas.

However…

While I was at my Thursday Quilt group I mentioned that I’d finished my 52 Hexagon flowers and would have to wait until January for further instructions. One of the ladies said that she had been chatting to the person who set up the challenge and that the idea is that once we’ve made our hexie flowers we could then use them however we wanted. No further instructions would be issued.

So now that misconception has been cleared up I have to think about what to do with 52 hexie flowers!

So much choice, and of course the good news is that I can continue with this project in my lunch breaks (once I’ve decided on how to go forward with it of course!). The bad news is that you’ve all given me so many more gorgeous ideas I want to do now!

Jane is slowly being worked on and this is the latest batch of finishes.

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I4 Stability – EPP and appliqué.

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G2 Mohawk Trail – EPP

20160429_080047F3 Snowball – EPP. Very apt at the moment with the mixed bag of weather we’re having here. In one day we had sunshine, rain, hail, sleet, snow and wind!

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J5 John Jacob’s Windmill – EPP. Another weather related block!

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I10 Iris’ Medallion – EPP and appliqué. I cheated here as it should all have been pieced but a bit of appliqué seemed to be an easier option 😉

Exciting news for me is that this week I was contacted by Stitch, Craft, Create to ask if I’d be interested in taking part in a Blog Hop next month, with the offer of this bundle of Tilda ‘Candy Bloom’ fabric how could I refuse!

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Jane has now been put aside while I play with this stack of gorgeousness.

Have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

2016 Challenge – Whoops!

Welcome 🙂

Things have changed a bit in my little world recently and one of those changes is that I have returned to the workforce (but only part time). This has, of course, cut back on my sewing activities and I initially wondered about how I was going to get my sewing fix! I needn’t have worried because after years of working in a profession where a lunch break was a dream I now find myself in a job where you are expected and encouraged to go and have your break.

Now, the job is too far away from home to go back and sew but I can easily sit in my little office and do some hand sewing while I munch my lunch. So, you remember that challenge I signed myself up for? (Post here) The one where I was going to make a hexie flower every week for the 52 weeks of the year.

Well, yes, you guessed it…

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This is what a stack of 52 hexie flowers looks like! I guess I will have to wait until January to find out what the next step in the challenge is. In the meanwhile I need a small hand sewing project to keep me going through my lunch breaks – any ideas?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Mice Attack

Welcome 🙂

I think mice are endearing little creatures and I love seeing them outside in the garden but as far as I’m concerned that’s where they should stay – outside.

While I was preparing the house for Easter I went up into our attic to get down all my Easter decorations. I have a small collection of Tilda animals as well as beanbag hens and Springtime bunting, all of which help to make Easter special in our house.

You can probably guess what I’m going to say and yes you’re right. Mice had somehow got into our attic and been busy nibbling away at the decorations. These two Tilda softies were the first things I found which had been attacked.

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The frog was beyond saving – he was partially stuffed with rice and so had been munched away, the rabbit’s tunic was chewed but she was fine.

We set traps and caught 4 mice who were relocated to a nearby park. Hubby has searched the attic for any evidence of more mice but so far things are looking good.

Goodness knows how they managed to get into the attic but I do hope they’ve gone. It was upsetting to find quite a few homemade decorations with holes in them.

One which made me smile was this Christmas cushion with the angel pointing to the nibbled hole as if to say, ‘How dare you!’

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Looking on the bright side I will enjoy making rabbit a new outfit and maybe even replacing frog with another creature.

It’s not all doom and gloom in the house though, Dear Jane has been getting a bit of attention with these blocks now all done.

20160328_160418K9 Scout’s Honor – Foundation pieced.

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A2 One-Two Buckle My shoe – Foundation pieced.

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B6 Wild Goose Chase – foundation pieced and reverse appliqué. I used the method suggested by Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl and it worked like a charm – thank you Carla.

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G10 Woven Meadow – Foundation pieced, this was pretty straight forward as nothing needed to match up!

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D5 Cathedral Window – EPP. I altered the pattern in the book for this one.

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G12 Gloriae – EPP and again I altered the pattern, dividing the large star into four so I could paper piece it easily.

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and finally,

H11 Piercing Rays – EPP.

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What have you been up to lately?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

More Jane

Welcome 🙂

Here are a few more of the dark blue blocks I’ve been working on;

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G7 Indianapolis – pieced and appliqué.

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M13 Lynette’s Diamond – pieced and appliqué

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L4 St. George’s Cross – pieced, a bit wonky but I’m sure it won’t be noticeable when all the blocks are sewn together!

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M1 Dogwood Days – foundation pieced and pieced.

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A13 Starlight-Starbright – EPP

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D2 Mouse in a Mirror – EPP

One thing I have discovered is that hand sewing these close weave batiks is tough going on my poor fingers! So much so that I’ve had to make myself another batch of leather thimbles to cope! (This post shows how I do it)

It’s also probably why my little scrap project of hexagon flowers has been having more attention than I thought it would!

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Sewing these is so much easier than the batiks! I’ve not only caught up with making one a week but I’m also ahead of the game with a couple of April’s flowers already made!

My Ladies Wot Sew group are going to try to make something for Christmas each month. Well, January came and went with no project but we did make a start this month with a Christmas card holder. Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches gave me the idea, thank you Fiona, and this is what I made.

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It still needs a long piece of wide ribbon sewing on the bottom of it so cards can be attached to it but you get the idea. These will replace a couple of tatty cardboard card holders which are past their best.

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I’m linking this up to Ho Ho Ho and on we Sew at Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner

Until next time,

Chris x

 

 

 

 

Jane Update

Welcome 🙂

I’m still enjoying working on my Dear Jane quilt – long may it last.

Since I last posted I have been trying to do a few trickier blocks and I’ve caught myself having ‘the self persuasion chat’ with myself. You know the one where you say, ‘If I do this hard block next then I can do this easier block afterwards as a reward.’

Please don’t tell me that it’s just me who has this conversation with myself!

Here are a few of the blocks I’ve been getting on with;

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K11 Columbine – foundation pieced and appliqué (the appliqué is the square in the centre of the block, I made a mistake when I made it up so the square is my attempt to make it look right!

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L10 Nan’s Naiad – foundation pieced. A tricky little block to say the least.

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M9 Fan Dance – Foundation pieced

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M5 Mother’s Point – pieced

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D8 Dee Dee’s Delight – appliqué

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E13 Moth in a Web – EPP

As you can see I’ve been concentrating on the dark blue blocks, I love the colours in this fabric.

I’ve also branched out and started something new. Some ladies in my Thursday Quilt group have challenged themselves to make a hexagon flower a week for the whole year and last week they asked me if I wanted to join them – well what could I say but yes, so Jane has been in competition with hexagons as I’m attempting to catch up all those weeks worth of flowers I’ve missed.

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I’m going to try to use up some of my scraps on this project, as long as I can get six hexagons out of the fabric then it has a good chance of being included!

It’s going to be lovely working with old favourites again 🙂

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So far I’ve made one flower but the others are all prepared so just need to be stitched together which is a good evening activity while I watch a bit of mindless TV!

The same quilt group have also voted 2016 to be the ‘Year of the Finish’ so we are all encouraged to declare one WiP a month and work on it throughout the month ready to show to the group the following month.

The hope is that we’ll finish something every month but we’re accepting progress as being a success too.

I chose an almost finished project for February as I still want to spend most of my sewing time with Jane. Here’s a little peep of the WiP I’m working on this month.

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I’ve linked this post up to Anthea’s ‘Piece Yourself Together’ at Hibiscus Stitches which is celebrating English Paper Piecing in her bi- monthly linky party.

Until next time,

Chris x