Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Merry Christmas from Meribel

Having a wonderful time. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Embroidery and daffodils

After the storms of last week it is like spring around here.

DMC reindeer free pattern

The reindeer is a DMC free pattern and the hedgehog is from welovefrenchknots blog
Just trying to blog from itouch

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Beechnut Fairy Cross Stitch

flowerfairy 001
Here's a closer view of her, she's soooo cute....
flowerfairy 005

Having seen all the lovely Autumn inspired handmade items over at Stiched in Color - I was reminded of this that I made a few years ago. 

It now hangs on my mum & dad's wall and I think it took about 10 years on and off to complete!  I don't do as much cross stitch now as I find it time consuming and also a bit restrictive as I need to follow the pattern carefully.  I have several that still need finishing, including one from a charity shop that I have just seen is £79 new....so I might dig that one out of the cupboard.  I wonder how many part finished sewing projects are hidden away in other crafters houses, when they move on to a new craft?

Celebrate Color

Thursday, 3 November 2011

More Shabby Than Chic Union Jack

Shabby Chic Union Jack by Lily's Quilt

My first quilt finished and now on show at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  I previously blogged here about the making of it.  The pattern is over in the Moda Bake Shop and it is by Lynne of Lily's Quilts.

I decided to machine the binding and I was very happy it worked first time as I used this tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts.

As I used some donated scraps I do not know what fabric it is made from, except there is some French General Rouenneries in there, so if you want to play i spy, then please let me know what you can see.
Shabby Chic Union Jack Quilt


The pattern requires large pieces of newspaper to be covered in fabric and then stitched to the paper.  I thought this was a fantastic idea and I sacrificed my souvenir copy of the Royal Wedding as it was the largest paper I had.


Monday, 31 October 2011

Echino Patchwork Purse

I finished a few things over the weekend. This little clasp was provided free with Mollie Makes magazine. I used the tutorial on U-Handbag and replaced the fabric with this wonderful Echino Patchwork print that Nikki who blogs at Sew Quine very generously supplied when I won her birthday giveaway.
I also needed to finish this mug rug for a friend's birthday - 2 weeks ago! but I have never quilted or bound anything before - so this was my first attempt, no practice or tension check, I just got on with it and this was the result. I was trying to do "an apple for teacher" as she is a deputy head.  I think the front is Spring/Summer and the back Autumn/Winter.


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Embroidered Penguin Book Cover

Having read a post over on Lily's Quilts Blog about her Penguin Book quilt I remembered this book cover that I made a friend last Christmas. Karen is a very talented interior designer, who has a pasion for Penguin Books, and her Blog is full of artistic and colour inspiration. I didn't have a pattern I just made it up as I went along and as I didn't know how to print on fabric, I embroidered all the words and the little penguin.

Sorry to publish this twice but the pictures never seem to load......anyone know a blog on how to blog?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Shabby Chic Union Jack Quilt

Shabby Chic Union Jack by Lily's Quilt

When I saw the pattern for this quilt I thought it would be an easy option for my second quilt top - I say top as I haven't yet quilted the first one I made. The pattern is over in the Moda Bake Shop and it is by Lynne of Lily's Quilts. Don't be put off by the fact that you need 8 charm packs, as you only use half of each pack. I went for a more shabby version as I used some scraps donated to the quilt group I go to.
It is a very well written pattern and it involves sewing the overlapping scraps on to newspaper cut to the correct size. I liked this as the seam allowance didn't matter too much and where I had a few holes after I had peeled off the newspaper - I just covered them over with more scraps.
Here are some of the scraps sewn on the paper. All the edges are pinking sheard, wish I had a pinking blade for my cutter as it would have been a lot easier!

I love the colours and Mr ID says he would like one too as it reminds him of a flag made out of scraps during the war. This one is being given away to a very deserving lady who needs a little happiness in her life...and some hugs too. So I am now collecting red, white and blue scraps......it may be a while before I make the second one.

The pictures have been taken using an App called Instagram - makes them look "cool" quickly, but changes the colours.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Syko Tomte

This is a Tomte I made from a pattern in Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wickman. The book is a wonderfull collection of small, cute sewing projects for each of the seasons. Kajsa also has a fantastic blog over here ...........http://syko.typepad.com/
Tom Tomte loves his "Bliss" fabric scarf and his pocket looks a bit like the vintage quilt cover he is sat on!

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