Friday, 6 March 2015

March Snow Happy Heart Block

Yesterday was 5th March and therefore the release date for the next Snow Happy Heart Pattern designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.  I have been looking forward to the next pattern as I am so enjoying creating quilt blocks around these cute little heart designs.

I printed off the pattern from Anne's website and then set about making my March block based around that design.

I followed the pattern exactly to make the applique to decorate the heart.

Then, as I have done in the previous blocks, I appliqued the decorated heart to some cream background fabric.

This month, the pattern has a snowman and a cute little lamb in it, which is just perfect for Spring. 

I wanted to reflect this in the block I made so, as well as adding some borders to the heart background, I also added a sprinkle of Spring flowers in the border.

I also embroidered a few flowers on the background of the appliqued section of the block as well as the name of the month which, I had also done on the previous blocks.  

I am really pleased with my March block and, I couldn't resist adding it to the two previous blocks. Here are the first three blocks which, will make up the first row of my quilt.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Spring is in the air!

Although there has been a very cold wind blowing, we have had a lot of lovely sunny spells over the past week (there have also been some heavy showers but I am trying to ignore them!) and, it really feels like Spring is in the air!! 

So, when I saw that Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly Designs was giving away a cute little embroidery pattern to celebrate the Spring, I just couldn't resist it! (Even though I have quite a number of other projects waiting for my attention!)

I downloaded the pattern and printed it out, transferred the design to my background fabric, chose some embroidery threads and started stitching.

It was a fun little pattern and didn't take too long to complete.  Once  I had finished, I made it the centre square of an 8" block.

To the block I added some borders and then I stretched it over an 8" canvas board and stapled it into place on the back.  Now my Spring embroidery is ready to hang!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Some pretty handmade gifts....

One of the things I enjoy above all about writing this blog is all the other wonderful bloggers that I have met along the way. Earlier this year one of my blogger friends, Leanne of 'Lizzie the Quilter', asked me if I would like to participate in a little swap with her.

We share a love of Tilda fabrics and agreed to make each other something using them. It was such fun choosing the right project to make to send to Leanne. It is always exciting to be working on a 'secret' project!! I posted off my parcel on the agreed date and kept my fingers crossed that Leanne would like what I had made. Then, last week, a package arrived for me all the way from Tasmania filled with some beautiful handmade gifts that Leanne had made and sent for me.

There was a beautiful pincushion which I immediately put beside my sewing machine.  It looks right at home there and I love the dresden plate design!!

Leanne had also made some pretty little lavender sachets shaped like gift tags and decorated with the most exquisite buttons. They smell beautiful!!

Then, last but most definitely not least, a wonderful little quilt with a cute teacup design in the centre.  I have it on my kitchen counter top at the moment where I can admire it!  Thank you Leanne I am delighted with my gifts!!  Leanne also included some sachets of Australian tea and some chocolate but I am afraid I don't have any photographs to show you as I have already consumed them.... delicious!! 

Friday, 27 February 2015

CQJP Challenge: Finished February Block

Hello! Today I would like to share with you my finished block for the CQJP Challenge 2015. The challenge is run by the wonderful Kathy Shaw and I am having a great deal of fun designing, piecing and then embellishing the blocks.  

My base block for February was a dresden plate design which I made using scraps from the same Tilda fabrics as I used for January's block. The above photograph shows you how it looked the last time I posted about it.

Since that post, I have finished the embellishment of the block.  I have also completed an online Basic Crazy Quilt Class, which is also run by Kathy Shaw.  It is a fabulous class and I learned so much. You can read my post about the block I finished for that class here.  It has meant that I have approached the embellishment of my February CQJP Challenge block differently from the first block I made in January.

This time I have included some silk ribbon embroidery and a lot more beading than for the last block.

I have really enjoyed making it and I am looking forward to getting started on March's block. I am also looking forward to a new online course with Kathy, as registration for the Intermediate Crazy Quilt Class has just started over on Kathy's blog.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Gail Pan Patterns: Second Show and Tell

Today it is time to link up with Martina at Sunshine Quilting for the second project in the latest Gail Pan sew-a-long she is hosting.

I have been having so much fun participating in the sew-a-long and I was really excited to get started on my second project which is a Gail Pan pattern that appeared in Homespun magazine some while ago.  

I loved it when I first saw it and I have had it on my list of 'projects to make' for a long time.  I am delighted to have finally finished it.

Rather than use hand-turned applique, I used quick fuse applique and finished the raw edges with a hand stitched blanket stitch.  I machine quilted in the ditch around the appliqued panels and also outlined some of the applique shapes.  Here is a look at the back of the quilt where it is easier to see the quilting.

For my next project I think I am going to make a sweet little needlecase that features in an older book of Gail's called 'Baskets in Bloom'.  I can't wait to get started.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made too, so I am off to Martina's to have a peep! 

Monday, 23 February 2015

A long train journey....

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I had a great weekend visiting my son in Liverpool (where he is at university) for his birthday.  We had a lovely visit.  It was fun to look round Liverpool (despite some very wet, cold and windy weather!) and to have a nice meal out as a birthday celebration as well as some cake and sparkling wine!!

I travelled by train to get to Liverpool and it is a long ride from where we live, so it gave me the opportunity to do some reading.  I bought two new magazines especially for the occasion!  The first was the latest issue of 'Homemaker' magazine which is published by Aceville Publications and which, I really enjoy reading. The second was 'Pretty Patches' which is published by Tailor Made Publishing.  It has some really cute projects inside to make.

Browsing through both magazines made the journey much more pleasant and, I am looking forward to reading them in more detail in the coming days.  I expect I will find a project or two which I will want to make from them!!  An all round great weekend!! 

Friday, 20 February 2015

BCQC Finished Block

Today I would like to share with you my finished block from the Basic Crazy Quilt Class I have been taking online.  This wonderful class is run by Kathy Shaw and is full of wonderful instruction and guidance on various crazy quilt techniques.  I would highly recommend it!!  I have had so much fun making my block and have learned so much along the way.

The basic pieced block is shown in the photograph above and, I have shared with you what the block looked like along the way here and here

This is how the finished block looks.  I am very pleased with it!  I had so much fun learning how to stitch all the basic embroidery stitches as well as all the lovely silk ribbon embroidery flowers.  These included irises....


and in adding the finishing touches,  I even had some fun embroidering little butterflies.....

and, my favourite, a cute little hedgehog....

I can't wait to put the techniques that I have learned into practice in other projects.  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!