Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Mix of running stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch and button hole stitch.
More card embellishments with cross stitches both for embellishment and for holding the shapes to the page.
I'm not sure that I'm happy with this page, and I have a feeling that it may need something extra to lift it. I just need to let it drift around my head until I have a lightbulb moment!
I still have several video lessons from my Karen Ruane course to watch so perhaps the right answer or an idea that will help me will be found in them!
Hope that you are enjoying some stitching time too!
Monday, 12 August 2019
I've been following an 8 week online course with Karen Ruane called 'Stitching Stories', and whilst my work is very different, as you'd expect, it's been seeded and drawn along by her suggestions and what she has been doing in two books.
This first page shows two cut outs with blanket stitch and running stitch around them, and three stitch emellished additions.
If I had my time (and a pristine book!) again I'd put the stitch orientation of those holding the beads vertical instead of horizontal.
A few more embellished shapes on the left. One of the best things that I learned was to think about how to attach items to the page so they were neat and relevent from the front, but workman like without being messy from the back.
Punched holes in the covering, with button hole stitch around them again, and beads over one of the background holes.
It isn't fast work - much slower than stitching through fabric - but it's a really enjoyable thing to do as a change.
More pages to be shown next week, I hope!
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
I decided to join in and cut some strips - a mix of grey and aqua prints.
Then two squares facing each other at ninety degrees to each other.
Then sewn around on all four sides.
From six 2.5" wof strips of four colours, I've ended up with a flimsy that is 50" x 30".
I need to decide whether to keep the top this size, add borders to it, or make more blocks.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Aah! That looks better!
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
This fitted the bill. Finishing at 6 1/2" square, it really is a small size to give big happiness. The bird house blocks (or perhaps kennels, as they look as though they are on grass rather than a branch due to my lack of thought!) are just 1 1/2" square, and didn't really make a dent in my 'miniature prints' mini stash!
Natural calico seemed a good fit for the sashing and border.
Jodie at Vintage RicRac. He's designed to be a sewing caddy - this side of the blanket is a needle book, the other side has a scissors holder. There were pins designed too, which I didn't make.
Another fun pattern, but not quite fast enough for me to suggest to my gal pals for a single evening of crafting activity!
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
I'm pleased that 1) she loved it and 2) I shall not have to sew slippery satin fabric again in the near future!
Most items passed on to DD2 or back into the school system, but the t-shirts which have seen sterling service for a number of years had another destiny.
The buttons were removed and put into the button tin.
A clutch of dusters / cloths to keep us clean have emerged!
Lovely and soft, and perfect for their new job!
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
I thought that it would be fun to round up three photos from the original cover, and then show my versions of the same part, made into handling samples.
This is the flower and pot (well, almost - I think that mine was actually based on one from another spot on the quilt!) that was on the original.
They are a flatter version of the shape that I used.
I've used a random medly of fabrics just like the original did, in order to keep it interesting.
It was fun to make the fairly simple pattern for the paper piecing.
The odd plant stems coming from the corners were really tricky to applique with the needleturn technique - those inner returns were awkward, and I think are likely to be the parts that will suffer most in the handling rough and tumble.
I added my initials to the pink circles, though, just like it looks as though the maker(s?) might have done on the original.
So, there you have it. My handling samples complete and ready for action!
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
I decided that I didn't want them to go back into my FQ stash, so I'd better make another quilt with them.
Then I chose an 8.5" square and set off sewing the strips around it until I either ran out of strips or reached the size that I wanted. Luckily for me they happened at about the same time. I've got a 60" square, and only had a few inches of strip left over.
I had to add a few inches of one fabric that I wasn't in the original pile, but it pretty much worked out OK without any more stash raiding.
This was so much fun to make that I'm tempted to pull out more FQs and start another one!
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
These were left over scraps from my big 365 project from a while ago, that had been sitting in a little caddy on my sewing table, begging to be used.
I realised that part of my reluctance was that I had these little fiddly scraps, and a few larger ones. Once I'd realised that I just needed to split the two different families apart, things were much easier!
I didn't want to try too much detailed quilting as there were so many thick bumps where the tiny patches were joined. This is the back, before the 12" square was made into a cushion cover.
All pretty varied, but again, made into a nine patch and sewn together to finish at 12" square.
I thought that my machine would take to quilting this with more detail, and it did.
I used a handy CD to draw around with spray away pen to give me the start lines for my feathers and bobbles, then I had fun with the small scale stipple in the central areas, and a loopy line around the edges.
Another mini that I've turned into a cushion cover.
More scraps 'busted' and a cleaner, clearer work surface.
If I could just come up with a good plan for using my old colour catchers I could make even more progress, but I haven't found exactly the right idea for using them yet! All suggestions welcome!
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
It was fun deciding on a layout for them all.
This 10" square mini quilt was the result of all those 1.5" squares. Lots of fun to make and quilt.
It is quilted at 1/8th" with a variegated thread. I'm not sure that the quilting really enhances the front.
I prefer the back! Of course, the binding is even more oversized that it would ideally have.... a learning point for future projects!
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
The quilt is made with the Meadowland pattern by Then Came June.
Lots of cutting and mixing of fabrics, followed by some sewing to make these large blocks, and the quilt top came together quickly. Four blocks square gives a 64" square quilt.
As I was making it specifically for Dose of Nature - a charity which promotes which promotes engaging with the natural world in order to promote good mental health - I wanted it to have some nature motifs on it.
I settled on these loose flowers in the neutral centres of each block
So, please go along and read about Dose of Nature - the work that they do and the evidence that they have for proposing that we all try and spend more time with the natural world. They have just moved to a base at Pensfold Field in Kew, which is a wonderful location.
I have to declare an interest, as one of the founding trustees is my wonderful SiL. I have her to thank for introducing me to Pensford Field, as I previously had no idea that it existed!
I wish everyone who is part of the charity all the best in their work.