The Daisy Basket

Welcome 🙂

I’ve spent my sewing time this week end finishing my Basket quilt which has now been renamed the Daisy Basket quilt as a nod to the original Daisy quilt whose leftovers it was made from!

Lots of photos to celebrate a finish 🙂

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Yoyos to hopefully disguise the fact that the setting triangles are a different dye lot to the rest of the back ground fabric.

Pretty mother of pearl heart buttons tied into place with Pearl Cotton.

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Labelled with more yoyos and buttons.

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I’ve now pulled my EPP quilt from the WIP pile and am looking forward to a bit of hand quilting in between wedding sewing 🙂

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I’m linking this post up to Esthers WiPs on Wednesdays.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Basket Quilt Update

Welcome 🙂

I’ve been working hard on completing the Altar cover and table runner for my Church and I’m pleased to say that it’s all finished however I haven’t had time to put it on the Altar yet. Hopefully I will carve out a bit of time to do that some time this week and then I shall share some photos with you. It has been a weight off my shoulders to get it done so that I can concentrate on the secret wedding sewing again.

I’m trying to spend some time each day on wedding preparations and I’m pleased to say that it’s all under control 🙂 but still plenty to do!

In the meantime I’ve been enjoying working on my Basket quilt.

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I had intended this project to be one of those slow going, take your time projects but it turned out to be a ‘can’t wait to get it started and may as well finish it’ projects instead!

I’m loving the pretty colours all over again with this quilt which has been made with the leftover fabrics from my Daisy Chain quilt. I’ve still got a few more scraps left and I’m wondering about seeing if I can squeeze a cushion cover out of them .

I’ve never been a fan of yoyos before but I think they work really well here. One reader said she thought they gave the design depth and as soon as I read her comment I thought ‘she’s right, they do!’

And as I ran out of background fabric and had to order some more I’m hoping the yoyos will do a good job at distracting the eye away from the fact that the setting and corner triangles are a slightly different colour than the rest of the background fabric!

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This project is close to being finished now, only the yoyos to sew on and quilt round, the binding and maybe a few buttons to stitch on. I love this feeling of anticipation when you’re close to the finish 🙂

I shall link this post up to Esther’s WOW post.

Until next time,

Chris x

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The Basket Quilt

Welcome 🙂

After showing you the yoyos I’ve been making I got the urge to work on my Basket quilt so rather than do what I probably should have been getting on with, it jumped the queue and moved to first position!

I’ve been working fairly slowly hand stitching the baskets down whenever I’ve had a few spare moments and now the yoyos are all done I’ve been stitching them onto the baskets to give me these blocks.

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Those mother of pearl buttons will eventually be stitched in the the centre of the yoyos, or that’s the plan at the moment but, as we all know, plans do have a habit of changing 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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Christmas Workshop

Welcome 🙂

Yesterday I went to a workshop at my new quilting group. I went prepared with fabric ready cut out and appliqué designs reversed, traced onto Bondaweb and ironed on my chosen fabrics.

Friends, I thought I’d be whizzing ahead with the project but those of you who are experienced workshop goers will probably smile and nod your heads when I say that I didn’t get very much done AT ALL!

It was all about sitting with lovely people and having a good chat and getting to know each other a little bit more 🙂

It also didn’t help that I’d reversed all the pattern images before tracing them onto Bondaweb and ironing it all down, when I went to iron them onto my background (please bear in mind that I hadn’t see the finished design – only the pattern pieces) my design was the wrong way round!

The pattern pieces had been reversed already!!

So I messed about a bit with altering the design so it still worked. Then set to with hand blanket stitching the design down.

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One of the ladies was using her machine to do her blanket stitch and I have to admit to feeling a bit of machine envy! My machine is a Bernina 1010 and I’ve had it for 26 years, it’s an absolute work horse and stitches beautifully and I wouldn’t want to part with it BUT over the last couple of years I’ve been making a mental note of all those features I would like if I ever got another machine.

Simple things really like a needle down facility, blanket stitch, running stitch, a larger throat for those large quilts.

I’d be interested to know – what sewing machine features do you love?

I have a feeling that I’d better start saving my pennies!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Sunny Day

Welcome 🙂

In between all the secret wedding sewing that’s happening here I’ve found a bit of time to work on my EPP quilt.

I used a tip that Karen of Faeries and Fibres shared and that was to quilt around the big shapes first to stabilise the quilt sandwich and then go back and fill in the smaller areas.

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As you can see I’ve done a big stitch round the hexagons. Boy was it hard to alter my stitch length! I guess we are all used to stitching the way we do that to suddenly change is tough, quite a bit of unpicking happened to start with as my stitches were too small for the effect I wanted, but I got there 😉

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I’m now working through all those stars, just going round them one by one. Funny when I made them I eagerly counted each one up to my target number of 126, now I’m eagerly counting down from 126!

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About half done now, but there’s no rush 🙂

The sun has been shining and as we are firmly into Spring here there’s a lot of seed sowing happening in the garden. This year I’m hoping to do more vegetable growing than before and although I don’t have a vast garden I do have a greenhouse and a small raised bed, both of which I plan to fill with goodies.

Happy days 🙂

I’m linking this post up to Esther Aliu’s Wips on Wednesdays post, why not check out what others have been getting up to.

Until next time,

Chris x

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