Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How exciting.....!

As you can see from this post heading, I am very excited to share the news with you that one of my quilts has appeared in print!

Can you recall this quilt that I made as part of the Gail Pan sew-a-long hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting?  It was made using a pattern that appeared in the Australian magazine Homespun which I subscribe to digitally.  I posted about it earlier in the year when I first finished it and, after seeing that post, one of the Editors of Homespun contacted me to see if I would be happy for it to appear on the Readers Page of the magazine. I agreed, sent off some photographs and here it is....

Homespun Magazine July 2015

This is a photograph of the page on my computer screen as I only have a digital copy to show you.  It is very exciting to see your name in a magazine!

Monday, 29 June 2015

CQJP Challenge 2015: Finished June Block

Hello! Today I would like to share with you my finished June block for the CQJP Challenge 2015.  The CQJP Challenge is hosted by Kathy Shaw and, showcases lots of beautiful blocks made each month by all the participants. If you are at all interested in crazy quilting, I highly recommend a visit to the blog to have a look. Just click on the link above or the button on the right hand side bar of my blog.

Here is my basic block for June when I first pieced it together.

Now it has been embellished this is what it looks like.

As well as embroidering all of the seams with different stitch combinations, I also embroidered some flowers in the different shapes of the block, including a couple of big daisies.

One of these was embroidered with threads and the other was a silk ribbon daisy with a centre made up of colonial knots.

I also tried out a new embroidery technique to stitch the leaves surrounding these little blanket stitch flowers and I was pleased with them. I also added some beads and sequins and as a finishing touch a watering can button!

As today is Monday, I am linking this post with Super Mom - No Cape! for her 12th stitchery link up.  Don't forget to pop across and see the other beautiful stitchery projects there.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Too busy for farm girl blocks....

Today should be a Farm Girl Friday day but, I haven't got any new farm girl blocks to show you! I have been busy working on other projects this week, so I am hoping that I will get caught up with the week nine Farm Girl Vintage blocks over the next week.  I have been telling myself that I am ahead of the SAL anyway as the week nine blocks haven't appeared on Lori's blog yet and that means I have all of this coming week to make them! 

So, what have I been working on this week instead? Well, I have signed up for two more Crazy Quilt Classes with Kathy Shaw.  The classes are sections of the Intermediate Crazy Quilt Class.  I have already completed section 101 which covers the design and construction of crazy quilt blocks. The two sections I am now participating in are 103 Embellishing with Threads and 107 Miniature Silk Ribbon Embroidery Flowers.

There is going to be a lot of stitching involved and I can't wait to get started!! So far this week I have just been preparing the base blocks for both sections and it has been fun!

I have also signed up for a new Craftsy class to try and improve my free motion quilting (FMQ) further.  If you have been following my blog for some time, you will know that I took an online class with Craftsy last year to work on my FMQ.  I made quite good progress but I would like to take it to the next level if that is possible.  The new class is with Christina Cameli and is called Free Motion Quilting Essentials

This week I have completed lesson one and I am pleased with my progress to date!  I will be keeping track of my progress in an online diary page which you can find on the right hand sidebar of this blog.  There are some photographs in there from last year's class, so I will be able to compare and see how I am getting on! Promise not to look too closely! 

Hope you all have a fun weekend with lots of stitching!! 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Gail Pan Patterns: June Link Up

Hello! Today it is time to share with you my June project for the 'Gail Pan Patterns Sew-a-long' hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting.

This month I took my project from a book published by Gail in 2009 called 'Baskets in Bloom'.  

The project is called 'Little Basket Blue'.  In the book Gail stitched the design in a variegated blue thread, added some borders and then framed it.

I also stitched the design in variegated thread but, as I didn't have a frame to hand, I just added some borders (using some of Gail's Basket in Bloom fabric) layered the top with some batting and backing and made it into a small wall hanging.

It is a very pretty design and the thread which, is one of my favourite Stef Francis' silk threads, really blends well with the fabric. 

I added a few little buttons too and I am pleased with the overall result.

Sadly, this is the last link up at Martina's for this sew-a-long, so do pop over and have a look at all the other beautiful projects.

However, the good news is that from next month Martina is hosting a new sew-a-long which will include any patchwork with stitchery pattern and which will be great fun to join in!  I am hoping to have some projects to share from time to time!  You are all free to join in too, if you would like to. Here is the button which takes you to where Martina has published details.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Stitchery Link Up - Le Jardin Quilt

Today it is time for another stitchery link up over at Super Mom - No Cape! This week, I would like to share with you a project which I stitched over nearly a year.  It is a beautiful quilt for which the embroidery patterns were designed and generously shared by Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly Designs.  

Here are some photographs of my finished quilt which I first posted about here

The patterns are still available for download on the Red Brolly blog if you are interested in making a quilt yourself. 

Closer photographs of each of my individual blocks, which were originally published by Bronwyn on a month by month basis, can be found here.

Why not pop across to visit Super Mom - No Cape! and see who else has linked up an embroidery project!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Farm Girl Friday: Week Eight!

Yes, Friday has come round again and that means it is time for the next Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  This week is week eight and the blocks are 'Farm Fresh Flower' and Farmhouse. The 'Farm Fresh Flower' block went together very easily and I like how it looks.

Farm Fresh Flower Block

The 'Farmhouse' block required more piecing but went together quite smoothly.  You do have to pay attention if you are using a directional fabric for the roof and/or the main house fabric to make sure everything is facing right direction where the triangles are added above the upstairs windows. Just double check before you cut off any excess fabric (ask me how I know!!)

Farmhouse Block

Do go and have a look at Lori's blog to see what she has done with these blocks this week and, don't forget the Farm Girl Vintage schedule of blogs to visit over at the Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber.  Today's bloggers are Spun Sugar Quilts and Grey Dogwood Studio.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Week seven blocks complete....

Just quickly popping in today to show you my finished blocks for week seven of the Farm Girl Vintage sew-a-long.  The blocks for this week were....

'Crops Block' and....

'Egg Basket Block'

They were great fun to piece and if you want some great extra ideas how to use the blocks pop across to Lori's blog. Now I am ready for week eight's blocks which, will be shared by Lori on Friday.