Presenting…

Hello and welcome 🙂

Saturday saw me, my hubby and a couple of friends installing the long awaited Church banners. We took a few hours first dismantling the existing grey screens and then covering them with the panels which have been made to be like fitted bed sheets so they simply hook over the corners of the panels.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe panels were then put back in order to create the ‘Big Picture’.

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The panels were gently tugged into place so the black lines lined up between the panels.

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Heartfelt thanks to everyone who generously volunteered their time and skills into making this idea a reality 🙂

It’s so good to be able to cross something off my to do list!

OK, next deadline is to get ready for the November craft stall.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Same old,same old

Welcome 🙂

This week has seen yet more progress on the banner project. Little by little all those little jobs are being accomplished.

Every now and again I’ve been doing a bit of hand sewing on the panel I’m doing (with a little help from my friends!) I’m sewing down black bias tubes to outline the cross, this is the second time they’ve been stitched down. First time I used my sewing machine, didn’t like it so unpicked it and started again!

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Yesterday a friend came round with her sewing machine and we spent a happy couple of hours sewing hems on all the panels I had in my home. Black on black is never easy to sew but we were lucky that it was an amazingly sunny afternoon so the light was as good as it could be 🙂

The next job for me is to find any chalk or water soluble pen markings on the panels and get rid of them.

What sewing are you doing now?

Until next time,

Chris x

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Banner mania

Welcome lovely people 🙂

Well the week end saw hubby and I deliver our youngest to University and come home to an empty nest. So far it’s been very strange not to have one of our offspring in the home, I keep wandering into their rooms and mooching about before I give myself a little shake and get on with life again!

I’ve been determined to keep myself busy and had promised myself to ‘break the back’ of the Church banners I’m helping to make.

Monday afternoon saw three of us Banner group members working hard to prepare a couple of panels ready for sewing by other members.

This is what we achieved…please forgive the quality of the photos 🙂

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The candles will be outlined with black bias tube to give it a more stained glass effect.
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This one is already stitched, so we just prepared and attached the lettering which is now ready for stitching down.
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Very blurred photo – sorry!
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Just like the ‘Service’ panel this one is mainly finished just needing the lettering stitched down.

Lots of the black lettering was prepared and tweaked and twiddled before sticking on.

Picture pieces were cut out and positioned and tweaked and twiddled too.

Lots of shifting pieces left, right, up, down, rotated clockwise and anti clockwise before we were satisfied.

On Tuesday afternoon I thought I’d be a whizz and sew some bias tube down using my machine but after doing it I decided I didn’t like it so spent a good hour unpicking it all and will redo it by hand – sometime!

Today – Wednesday – I have plans to do some more with a friend’s help.

I’m feeling really happy about the progress now and am looking forward to sitting back a bit while other members get busy stitching 🙂

Just a little reminder, if you want the chance to make the Travelling Bunny – see post here – then please make sure you write a comment on the end of that post. I shall choose a name out of a hat on Friday.

Until next time,

Chris x

I’m linking this up to Esther Aliu’s WIPs on Wednesdays.

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September’s arrived

Do you know that funny feeling you get when you’ve been away and then have to get back into the swing of things again? Well I’m feeling a bit like that as I type away today, as if I don’t really know what I’m doing! So please accept my apologies if this doesn’t make much sense, it’s just me getting used to it all again 🙂

August came and went surprisingly quickly, we had sad times at a family funeral, and happy times going on day trips with family we don’t get to see very often. I did a lot of gardening – our garden has got to the stage where it needs a hack back to get it in order, it’s still not there yet but Autumn is the season for serious pruning so I’m ready to go!

And of course I did some sewing (did you expect anything else from me?)

Most of the sewing I did was for my Church – the Church banner project (read about it here) which has taken HOURS and HOURS, days and days and is still no where near done. My Sewing/Dining room is festooned with half completed fabric panels.

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But it is slowly coming together now and a few of the panels have been given to others to work on and for that I am grateful.

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During any car trips I’ve been working on my EPP project, as it’s grown in size it’s been getting more and more difficult to handle and the bits of thread it has shed over everything has been a bit of a talking point. I’ve been trying to get everyone to believe that when they find a loose thread it’s lucky – a bit like the rhyme

‘See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!’

But I’m not sure they’re buying into that theory 😉

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I had fun removing most of the papers,

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and now it looks like this…

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As you can see I’m at the putting borders on stage BUT I seem to have made a mistake along one side and not left enough seam allowance on. I’m having a ponder on how to avoid losing those star points without having to undo anything- any ideas please?

Do you like the new look blog? I spent a few happy hours playing and came up with this. From what I can see the only thing I don’t like is that it’s not clear as to how to comment and like posts. and as I love getting comments I’m going to have to get round that somehow.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Emmanuel Banner

Welcome 🙂

I’ve been busy working on the banner for my church which has moved from being an idea to being a work in progress and I’m so pleased to see it start to come together.

Last Friday my friend and I had a trip out to a not so local fabric shop in Leicester. It’s always fun visiting this particular shop as it has a lot of choice, but it’s even more fun when you’re on a mission and spending someone else’s money!! Actually that isn’t strictly true as I definitely agonise more when spending other people’s dosh in case they don’t like what I buy – can anyone else relate to that?

Happily after much umming and arrghing we were able to get 95% of all that we needed, I’ve had to order one fabric (sadly that means I shall have to go back in a couple of weeks to pick it up 😉 ) and anything else I shall have to source from elsewhere.

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As you can see we aren’t using subtle colours!

I’ve decided to make the hardest panel first, just because it means the worse is over and done with! Not really! The design for the whole screen flows from this one so it makes sense to do it first and then refer to it along the way.

After much thinking about how I was going to do it I suddenly remembered a method called stained glass patchwork which I was taught a few years ago which would be ideal. I researched the method on the internet just to refresh myself on it and came across a great tutorial on you tube here.

So for those of you who are interested in the process this is what I’ve done so far.

1. I drew an accurate diagram of the design ( I used the back of an old roll of wall paper and taped two strips together so it was big enough – I’m nothing if not resourceful!). When I was sure it was right I marked the lines in black biro.

2. I lay a piece of calico over the pattern and traced the design on to it using pencil – this won’t be seen so it doesn’t matter what you use.

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3. Now I could have cut up the original pattern for this part but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that so I traced the separate parts of the design on to tracing paper (actually I used baking parchment because that’s what I had 🙂 ) All the pieces have been labelled with numbers which correspond to the same pieces on the original pattern (it’s important to keep organised so that you don’t lose your way later on).

4. I used the BACK of this tracing paper pattern to make patterns on bondaweb (you need to reverse your images).

5. I ironed the bondaweb onto the back of the appropriate coloured fabric and cut the pieces out. I happily admit here that I tried it out on a small piece first just to make sure I’d reversed the image correctly!

6. Then removed the bondaweb backing paper and lay the fabric in the corresponding shape on the cailco.

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When I was happy I took a deep breath, said a prayer and ironed it in place.

7. Now I haven’t done this step yet as I still need to buy either black fabric and make some bias binding or buy some ready made bias binding. But next I shall position the bias binding along all the fabric junctions and stitch it down.

Et Voilà, the front of panel one will be done 🙂 only another 15 to go 🙂

OK after all that I need to sit down with a glass of something chilled.

Until next time,

Chris x