My friend's daughter came again for a couple of hours for some more sewing fun. When I last saw her, I gave her a little cross stitch to do, and this week, we made it into a little wall hanging.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012
It's been a funny sort of week, I was out most of two days, and then the days I was in, I just didn't feel motivated to do anything, Needles of every description failed to inspire me. All I could put it down to, was being physically tired.
In between the comings and goings, I did sort out some old magazines. Over the next couple of months, I shall be listing some of them on the destashing page of my blog. Just click on it, and if there is anything that catches you eye, please let me know. I shall be added books, kits, and supplies over the coming weeks, so keep checking back.
My sewing table was in need of a tidy, so I did get to the machine for a bit over a couple of days, I used up all my strips and have another five crumb blocks to add to my collection. This is definitely a project with no end, the crumbs just keep coming.
When there are enough blocks, I shall put them together in a quilt, but I think I need a few more.
I am hoping for a more productive week this week, I don't like feeling as if I don't want to do anything, especially, when there are lots of projects deep down inside I want to do.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Cheryl at Willowberry Designs is doing a Sew A Long this year with a French theme.
There's also a little twist, hence the two stitched pieces. One goes to make a gift, the other goes to make a project at the end. There were two colourways for this, but I've done mine both the same. They were the colours I preferred, and stitched with the threads I had.
Cheryl is also organising a swap throughout the year using the gifts that are made up. That should make for an exciting six months.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Despite my best endeavours, the red fabric scraps are not disappearing, in fact, they are multiplying. I thought a rainbow quilt of hexie flowers might be something to aim for at the end of the year, so here is my red offering.
I shall keep the same centre for all the flowers and then shall probably mount the flowers onto the same colour fabric. I shall have a look for some lovely background fabric and sashings. As I have twelve months, I have plenty of time to choose.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
A bit later getting to TAST this week, but better late than never.
and a line of closed feather stitch. This holds down a line of silk ribbon, interspersed with seed beads.
Monday, 23 January 2012
While looking for something else, I came across these, pages that should have gone in my fabric book
I thought there should have been more, but they weren't letting on the first time round I was looking for them. They kept well and truly hidden
Thankfully, it was just a simple task of sewing them into a double sided page
and add them to the book. Another line of stitching down the centre,
and it is all done. This time, definitely finished-I hope!
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
You wait ages for one to come, then two come at once! Just like my quilt finishes.
It's likely to be a few weeks before there is another finished quilt here. I need to pull out a top, and shop for the backing.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
If spring isn't outside, with stitching, you can always have it inside.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
It's been a long time, but eventually, I have a quilt finished. This top was made last year, for the red month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and although I had fully intended to finish before now, it's finished in this year's red month.
I got some red spotted fabric for the back, with a black strip top and bottom.
I have another quilt ready to be completed, just have to get it all sandwiched together and to the machine.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
A friend of mine had asked if I would mind helping her daughter to do some quilting. They'd bought the new magazine, The Art of Quilting, and hadn't been able to make sense of the instructions. Her daughter found it much easier to learn if she could see how to do it.
I was delighted to help and thought of ways to make it easier and more exciting for A, so she wouldn't be put off. I gave her the choice of my red and white charms squares that I'd received in a fabric swap, told her how many she needed, and left her to it. It didn't take long for her to choose which ones she wanted, and to put them in order. Then the fun began.
A had never used a machine before, but in no time, she had pieced the the top. We then made a sandwich with muslin as the backing, and after changing to the walking foot, she quilted the top.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Feeling a bit under the weather over the weekend meant I didn't want anything too complicated to do, or anything big. Small and easy was definitely the order of the day.
I ended up going through some old magazines I want to clear out, and came across these four designs.
They were supposed to be for bookmarks, but as I didn't have any of the card blanks for them, they were made into little cards instead.
They're only about four inches by two and a half, so are quite sweet, and the combination of cross stitch and long stitch, made them very quick to complete. Perfect for a lazy weekend.
Saturday, 14 January 2012
I collect all my threads from my various stitching and knitting projects, and keep them in a jar. I quite often use them for stuffing, but have thought, they could be used for something a bit more pleasing. I thought I'd try playing with water soluble fabric and see what happened.
The water soluble fabric arrived with no instructions, so it was definitely a try it and see project.
I layered some of the threads etc, between two layers of the water soluble fabric and started stitching, using the darning quilt and FMQ in no particular pattern or order.
As there were no instructions, I soon found I had layered the threads too thickly in places, and rapidly went through my needles. In fact, by the end of the project, I'd broken five, a personal record.
Eventually, I decided I'd stitched enough and the fun began. I dissolved the fabric, and moulded the resulting fabric around a little pot, and allowed it to dry.
The pins you see are just hold folds in place until it dries completely.
The idea was to trim the edges to the height of the pot, but there is something about the raggedy edges that I like. This is still a work in progress. I think I'll trim the loose threads, maybe add some velvet ribbon, and possibly some beads. I have it on the mantel shelf so I can look and it and let it tell me what it wants.
This may not have gone exactly as planned, but it's something I shall try again. The threads will be spread thinner to make the stitching easier and more effective, and I shall try different forms, possibly platters. Who knows where it will go, all I know is, it's been fun.
Friday, 13 January 2012
I've always wanted to do Free Motion Quilting, but have always been scared to try it. Something about having to dictate the stitch length and direction seemed very scary, so this challenge seemed to be the perfect place to start.
The challenge for this month was to try a leaf shape. I watched the video and it seemed so easy, so I prepared my sandwich and took the plunge.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
This is one of my favourite stitches, so this weeks TAST was a real pleasure to do. I even remember some of the stitches from the last time round.
Here is barb stitch-two rows of buttonhole back to back, with the centre bar laced
Feather stitch, with beads added to the ends of the feathers
The whole piece is now being damp stretched and I'm eagerly waiting to see what the next stitch will be. More examples can be seen here- http://www.pintangle.com/journal/2012/1/10/take-a-stitch-tuesday-week-2.html
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Terry and I are doing a QAL of our own. Terry has wanted to do a House quilt for a very long time, and we decided to do one together. Terry found a pattern here and we got started. As I was already working with red, our first houses were going to be red.
Next month, we are doing orange houses, so I'm off to search to see what fabric I have.
Next month, we are doing orange houses, so I'm off to search to see what fabric I have.
Monday, 9 January 2012
I decided I'd join in with Take A Stitch Tuesday hosted by Sharon B again this year. I may not necessarily do each stitch each week, but I thought I'd do as many as I was comfortable with. I thought another white work piece would be the perfect canvas, so the first piece is made.
This time it's going to be silk, with ribbons, lace and beads
This week's stitch is fly stitch, so on one hexagon, I have a leaf
Here is a combination of fly stitch and bullion stitch. The bullion stitch is done is a very pale grey/white silk.
This is going to be a piece that grows throughout the year. Some of the stitches included may not necessarily be included in TAST, but one thing is for sure, I'll shall enjoy every minute of stitching.
Sunday, 8 January 2012
The Internet is a great source of inspiration and tutorials. Last week, I read a post here-http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2012/01/tool-time-tuesdayfabric-heart-bookmark.html, and thought these were perfect. They used up some more of my scraps and make ideal gifts.
Karen's tutorial is so easy to follow too, I had these four done in about an hour, in between sorting washing etc. Hopefully, there will be more of these throughout the year, another project in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
http://genna-crossstitchandcrochet.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunflower-pincushion-tutorial.html. There are plenty of pictures and clear instructions that make the whole process simple to follow.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
It was fun joining in with the rainbow scrap challenge last year, so I thought I'd do it again this year with a slightly different game plan. This year, I thought I'd do blocks of the different colours through the year, to get a rainbow quilt at the end.
The first colour this year is red, so I have six of these blocks
A string block
and three crumb blocks.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
I've not made a fabric book before, so I was so pleased that this went together so easily, I wouldn't mind making another one sometime.
I picked out a spare fat quarter I had. It was enough to do the inside, outside, and the tab
I made a bar for the tab to go under, using the needle weaving techniques learnt last year in Karen's class. Great to be able to use them in different situations.
The pages were joined together, then I stitched down the centre to fix them in place
The end result, is a book that has been labelled "cool" by one of the boys! That's what I call a result.
That's the end of the Stitched Sunday embroidery pages. I still have the hearts, and the Skill Builder Sampler series to catch up with, plus a couple of other projects to start for the year.