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

 

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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

Naked No More

Welcome 🙂

Remember this little cutie?

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She had her tunic nibbled by mice and was for a brief time rather cold! As Wendy from The Crafter’s Apprentice said she was NAKED!

Here she is now after going shopping,

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A brand new hat decorated with one of my favourite mother of pearl buttons.

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And here she is modelling her new pantaloons and tunic.

So who spotted the little tulip she’s carrying?

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After showing one of my groups how to make tulips, one of my friends reduced the size of the pattern and made a tiny one. It was so cute I HAD to make one too! This uses a piece of fabric 1 1/2″ by 1″ and a cocktail stick, it was very fiddly to do but is just the perfect size for bunny.

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Here she is with both tulips!

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

 

Mai and Rhiannon

Here in the UK we’ve just had a Bank holiday weekend and we as a family, minus one 😦 , have had a mini trip to Germany to see friends. I took with me a little Tilda rabbit which I can show you now the recipient has had her pressie 🙂

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Mai the rabbit is an avid gardener – just like my friend 😉 She has a smock covered in watering cans and decorated in flower buttons, I wanted to find some gardening tools for her to carry but no luck so she went with a packet of seeds instead.

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I made her using an altered version of the Tilda pattern. The reason being that a while ago my daughter bought me some fabric (here) and I decided to make a Tilda inspired creature using it.

I wanted to make a cat and altered the pattern so it was cat like but when I’d half made it up I thought it was still too much like a rabbit so I started again and rather than abandon the pieces I turned it into Mai! She turned out really cute – what do you think?

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The main problem with the cat pattern were the feet so I had a major rethink and changed them so my cat – Rhiannon – now has paws.

She’s also got a long tail and cute ears (this is the third set of ears I made for her! It was becoming a family joke when I kept asking, ‘ Are these ears catty enough?’)

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Of course with ears like this you just can’t wear the usual Tilda hat so I created one specially for her, held on with elastic.

Does anyone out in Blogland know how much you have to alter a pattern before it becomes an original? Not that I’m thinking of selling the pattern but I do often see very similar designs marketed as originals and just wondered.

So what have you been getting up to this week?

Until next time,

Chris x