Oh Jane

Welcome 🙂

How lovely to have so many visitors to my little Blog hop entry, and how lovely to have so many comments – it’s really encouraging to know that others enjoy my little ramblings!

So the winner of my little Tilda giveaway is:

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Well done Gloria, please email me your address details and I’ll get the parcel in the post for you.

My Dear Jane seems to have been on the back burner  recently while I worked on my Cross and the Crown quilt but as that is now nearly finished (I’ve been doing bits of quilting in my lunch hour at work so it’s progressing nicely) I really need to get on with Jane again.

Here are a few blocks which I did a while ago but didn’t post about.

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A& Dad’s Plaids – pieced, appliqué and reverse appliqué, nice and straightforward.

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A9 Cabin Fever – foundation pieced, not quite so straightforward!

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B7 World Series – appliqué.

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B10 Jud’s Trophy – foundation pieced.

Hope you all have a great week end – here in the UK we have a Bank holiday on Monday and I’m planning a bit of decorating.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

Welcome 🙂

The sun is shining and I’m happy  to reveal that after a bit of a last minute panic I’ve sort of finished my make with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric ready for my Blog Hop day. ‘Sort of’ because the quilting isn’t finished but what can I say, work got in the way of creating!

Natalie from Stitch Craft Create generously sent me oodles of this fabric and I initially struggled with just what to make but the colours of this line are red white and blue and our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year so I decided to go patriotic.

A Union flag cushion was my first thought and then I heard about a book published about the Queen’s Christian faith.

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and this quilt block seemed very appropriate

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The Cross and the Crown

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a royalist but I do admire all the Queen has done for the country and how tirelessly she works, I mean how many 90 year olds do you know who work to the extent she does! So in honour of the Queen I give you the Cross and the Crown lap quilt.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself then the pattern is a freebie from MacCall’s Quilting and can be found here. I added a wider border and four churn dash cornerstone blocks to make it a bit bigger. Those churn dashes pick up the central design of the other blocks well don’t they?

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I’m not really a ‘red’ person but these reds are a lovely soft red, I think the one in the above photo is my favourite but it’s hard to choose because they’re all so nice!

My plan for it now is to do some hand quilting using red thread to highlight those crowns – watch this space 🙂

As Natalie was so generous with the fabric I’d like to offer some of the leftovers as a give away prize. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what you’d make with it – easy!

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I shall draw a name out of the hat on 26th May so you’ve got a bit of time to enter.

And for another chance to win some of the Tilda fabric go here to join in with Stitch Craft Create’s own give away.

There is one day left of this Blog Hop and tomorrow it’s the turn of Ali from Very Berry Handmade.

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Announcing…

Welcome 🙂

A big congratulations to Jen of Norfolk who is the winner of my little give away, and a big thank you to everyone who entered.

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Remember you can always make a little needle case and thread catcher for yourselves -they’re not hard – promise 🙂 (the link for the needle case is on this post and the link for the thread catcher is on this post).

Until next time,

Chris x

If you’d like to comment and/or ‘like’ this post, and I hope you do! – then just click on the post title and you will be taken to the comment page – look forward to hearing from you

Grow Your Blog

Good Morning and welcome to old friends and new 🙂

A big thank you to Vicki from 2 Bags Full  who has put together this Blog event so we can find new blogs and make new friends.

My name is Chris and I live here in UK City Crafter Land (otherwise known as Cambridgeshire in the UK). I love sewing and crochet but I also dabble in just about any other craft I get the opportunity to. However, I have to admit that sewing is my first love 🙂

I discovered blogs a couple of years ago now and I really enjoyed reading about what other crafters were making and designing. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge inspired me to start my own blog which essentially is a journal of the crafts I create but I’ve started sharing the love by writing a few tutorials of my own now (you get to my tutorial page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page or if you’re on a mobile device then click on ‘menu’ at the top and a list of options will appear).

Over time I’ve built up an online friendship with a few brilliant bloggers and it’s great to have fellow crafters on hand to chat to, especially when you need a bit of help and advice 😉

I love that we can all connect with one another no matter where we live – the internet is a wonderful thing!

Here are a few glimpses of the sort of thing I get up to…

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My EPP Honeycomb quilt which is on my list for finishing this year.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A bit of crochet cuteness - I do like to crochet!
A bit of crochet cuteness – I do like to crochet!
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success - this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success – this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through  a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt ;)
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt 😉

I hope that gives you a flavour of what I’m about and that you decide to visit again 🙂

To commemorate Vicki’s blog event I’d like to offer a little give away.

I made the needle keeper last week and wrote about it here, and I’ve made a super twisty pop up thread catcher to go with it. I made one of these a while ago (post here) and I’ve found it amazingly handy to have a mini pop up bin in my work basket.

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If you’d like a chance to win this needle keeper and thread catcher (and maybe a few extra goodies too) then all you need to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what your interests are (To get to my comments form just click on the post title and you’ll be taken straight there 🙂 ). I shall draw a name out of a hat on February 15th and email the winner, so please make sure I have your details.

Please do visit some of the other blogs participating in this years Grow Your Own Blog event, a list of them can be found here.

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED – SORRY!

Until next time,

Chris x

If you’d like to comment and/or ‘like’ this post, and I hope you do! – then just click on the post title and you will be taken to the comment page – look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Taking Over and a Give Away Winner

It’s been one of those weeks when my hobby has taken over the house (my family will probably be rolling their eyes and saying when isn’t it one of those weeks 🙂 )

Apart from my mini hexies I’ve made a big start on sewing a couple of Advent banners for my church. I’ve had the fabric for a while, I’d even cut it all out so it was ready to go but I just needed to wait until I was ‘ready’ – ever get that feeling?

The banner is patchwork using simple squares arranged into a pattern, so very straight forward to sew but it’s BIG!

It sort of goes without saying that my sewing room (dining room) was out of action to everyone while the sewing was happening, and the kitchen, where I have my ironing board set up, was a little bit disrupted.

But I also needed a large space to lay out all the pieces – so that was the hall out of action too and that meant that everyone had to press themselves against the wall and creep round the outside of the hall on tiptoes to try to avoid the fabric. Either that or take a running leap over it! It was a bit like a James Bond movie 🙂

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Does anyone else have any awkward (or annoying!) places where they lay out their quilts?

I have now finished one banner (just the front – not even thought about lining it yet) so guess what I’ll be putting my family through again next week 😀

 

Thank you to those people who entered my give away last week to win two of these hexie mats,

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Drum roll please…

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and the winner is…..

Wendy from Sugarlane Designs

congratulations 🙂 , please email me with your address and I will send the mats to you 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x