Monday, 30 August 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Clare of http://aimetu-clare.blogspot.com/ arranged an exchange of stitching goodies. The idea was to go to an online shop, and send £5 of goodies to our partner.
Yesterday I received this little package in the post from Sew and So. I use this company a lot and was thinking I'd had everything I'd ordered from them earlier in the week, so it was a lovely surprise to find it was from Clare.
Thank you, Clare. I shall enjoy putting these to good use.
Block two is done and stitched and with plenty of time to spare before the next one is released. I've now stocked up on the red thread, so there shouldn't be any more delays in the stitching.
I like the way these blocks are quite simple to put together. Once all the pieces are cut, they come together quite quickly. I'm looking forward to next month.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
This time, I had a production line going making these baskets and made three altogether.
It was time to make some pretty baskets. I used a cotton twill fabric for the bases and underside of the handles.
Friday, 27 August 2010
When I received the pack of fabric that included some of these, DS1 claimed a couple. I did tell him he would be getting them, but not quite in the form he was expecting.
As I followed the tutorial for this one, it came out slightly smaller than the one for DS2. I am sure he will say it's because he is less smelly!
As he liked the dog fabric so much, I have used it for the lining. I have again used the black canvas for the base and handles.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
I quite enjoyed stitching these blocks. Being all one colour and mostly back stitch, makes for a relaxing way to spend a couple of evenings.
Even better, with the blocks already pieced, you don't have to worry about putting them together. I think I prefer this way of doing it.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
This time on Exchange Heaven, the exchange was floss tags. I received mine in the yesterday from Lorna.
I love it. but this side with the white stitching and beads is my favourite.
The dog took over the cat basket as his own when he arrived, so the liner has got pretty hairy and needed a wash. As it was being used so often, having another liner seemed a good idea. There was still loads of fabric left over from making his quilts, so he gets a matching liner for the basket.
Do you think he appreciates having matching bedding? Being the typical male, I don't think he cares as long as he has somewhere warm to sleep!
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
I finally had another go at making a fabric basket. I followed the tutorial but adapted it a bit as I was using this checker fabric. It was a fat quarter I had which I thought would be appropriate for a boy. For the base and the handles, I used some black canvas. This one is for DS2.
I am going to fill it with toiletries and then hopefully, it will stop them fighting over whose is whose in the bathroom.
Monday, 23 August 2010
I've spent another three or four mornings working on the postage stamp blocks, and have four more completed blocks to show for it. This is going to take some time.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Sorting through my pile of fabric, I found I had enough cotton to do the sashing and central border on the jelly roll quilt. After a little time trimming block and cutting sashes, I was ready to join it altogether.
Here it is on my bed, the only place big enough to spread it out.
Rumple seems to approve anyway.
Now I need to do some shopping, I need the fabric for the border and the backing. I'm hoping I can get it to do during the week.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Friday Night Sew In this week included a finish and a start.
I only had one heart left to do on this design, so I finished stitching this Heart of Hearts first. The sixth heart is ready and waiting to be started.
As the 20th of the month saw the release of the next block for the Raggedy Friends QAL, I thought it was high time to get the stitching done on the first block. I've traced both pieces and made a good start on the stitching.
Hope everyone else enjoyed last night, I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has accomplished.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Another heart is complete. That's four in total now.
If anyone would like the chart, I am happy to pass it on. It also includes the chart of the letter heart.
If anyone one is interested, please let me know, either by email or a comment on this post. If more than one person requests it, I'll put every one's name into a hat, and pick one out. They are stitched using DMC stranded linen, but it would be simple enough to substitute the threads.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
At least, I am until the next delivery comes.
The first one has rows of different coloured bobbles. I must say, crocheted bobbles are easier than knitted ones.
Another granny square,
and this was my favourite. It was quick and easy to do.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
I'm catching up quickly with these blocks, though I have a suspicion the next batch will arrive as soon as I get to the end.
Another plain block with embroidery
Two colour block
One thing about doing so many in one go, you remember the stitches without having to keep looking them up.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
I put together four signature blocks today. These are my first and it took some time to think about what represented the city in which I live.
Sheffield is world renowned for it's cutlery, so I had thought of using that on the centre, but silver and steel have been used. Then it came to me, a crucible was the perfect image. Whatever was used to make the cutlery, a crucible would be used to melt the metal.
DS2 told me I should put "Steel City" on the block, the name that is given to Sheffield, although in recent times, the steel industry has been hit hard.
The Crucible has another significance for Sheffield. It is the name of one of the theatres in the centre of the city. This theatre is the home of World Championship Snooker. The first visit DS1 had to Sheffield was to come and watch a snooker match.
These shall be off in the post as soon as possible
Monday, 16 August 2010
Another three squares are done
Apparently, this is supposed to be a man. I've done exactly as the pattern says, but it's more like a female to me, lol. It is quite fun doing embroidery on crochet.
This square reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.
And another plain square with cross stitch.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
In between doing other things, I am trying to catch up on the crochet squares. I had twelve waiting to be done.
Right from the start of this first one, I kept thinking something was wrong. Two thirds of the way through, I realised what the problem was. It was supposed to be done in double crochet, and I was doing treble! This makes quite a difference, so out it all came.
Second time around, and it looked like it should.
Thankfully, the next one was a simple one, another granny square, so it was quick to do.
Friday, 13 August 2010
This little fellow what fun and easy to do. It was just like drawing a shape and colouring in the pieces. Eventually, he will become a cushion, but for the time being he will go in the waiting pile.
He started a large, easy cross stitch cushion three years ago. Again it was large blocks of colour and when he sat down and actually did it, it was growing quickly. For some reason it has been lying neglected in the cupboard. Hopefully, he might get it out again, or maybe someone is going to have to go and rescue it.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
For better of for worse, I joined another QAL. I thought that the more I did, the more practise I got, I would get better at cutting and piecing,and it would all get easier and more accurate. Well, that's the plan anyway, time will tell if it works.
I decided on The Raggedy & Friends QAL that can be found at The Painted Quilt blogspot. The first block is pieced.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
All the patterns have been released now for the Jelly Roll QAL, so it was time to catch up and get the last two done.
and Number 12, then it was time to see what they all looked like together.
With a little help from my friend. She was climbing over my feet so I thought she would be safer on the bed
And finally, I think this will be the layout. Now to go and find something suitable for the border and the backing. For the binding I was thinking of cutting the remainder of the jelly roll into 4 1/2" strips and joining them. It would be one way to use them up, but I'm not sure if there will be enough when it's all put together. A project for another day I think.