Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Another beautiful magazine

This morning I thought I would share with you another beautiful 'must have' magazine that I bought while I was in town shopping the other day.

It is the latest issue of 'Your Handmade Home' which is published by Immediate Media Co and it has some fabulous projects inside.... I love those little egg cosies on the front cover and the cupcake fabric pots and the hearts and just everything....!!

Luckily, it is another lovely sunny day here today so, I should have a moment or two in the garden later to sip a cup of coffee and enjoy looking through it!!

Enjoy your day whatever it brings!! x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Side-tracked again!

I know I said that I would be working on block two of my version of 'Mrs Beasley's sampler quilt' (designed by Leanne Beasley) this weekend but, I am afraid that I got side-tracked again.

I just couldn't resist the temptation to start another little embroidered block for framing.  The photographs of these two little patterns by Mountain Patchwork in the latest edition of Simply Vintage magazine were just too appealing!!

I sorted out some more scraps from my box of Tilda fabrics and cut out the strips for the Log Cabin block.

The strips and squares of fabric are really quite small, so I had to pay a lot of attention to get the seam allowances correct when I was sewing them together. 

I just took it slowly and carefully and I was happy with how it all came together.

The block is now all pieced together and I have transferred across the embroidery details. 

I followed the pattern as shown in the magazine except, I added one extra border to make the block to be framed slightly larger. It will also give me a little more fabric to hoop when I work on the embroidery.

I just have to complete the stitching.  It shouldn't take too long, so I should be able to show you the finished project later in the week.  Until then, I hope you have time to enjoy some stitching too!!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Gradually adding a few stitches....

After being side-tracked a couple of times by other projects such as, miniature crochet and pretty embroidered blocks, I have returned to stitching block two of the 'Mrs Beasley's Sampler Quilt' designed by Leanne Beasley and being published over four issues of her Vignette magazine.

I am getting nearer to finishing it and hopefully this weekend will manage to put the last touches to it.

I don't think that some of the letters being stitched in a different colour of thread is too noticeable. Looking forward now to the next issue of Vignette and the next block!

Thank you very much for visiting me and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A new stitching project....

Hello! This morning I am excited to share with you my latest stitchery project!! After having a good read of the new magazine, Simply Vintage, which I mentioned last time, I was inspired by one of the articles to get started on a new project! Actually, I was inspired by most of the articles but, this particular article I decided to do something about!!  The projects featured in the article were designed by Mountain Patchwork and, are two charming mini quilted and then framed patchwork blocks.  As I had also seen a Mountain Patchwork mini quilt when I was visiting a friend in the USA a few years ago and loved it then too, I couldn't resist having a look at the Mountain Patchwork website and found some more equally irresistible patterns there. 

Well, I immediately delved into my favourite Tilda fabric scraps and started to cut out some pieces.  I decided not to use the exact pattern from the magazine but to use a more simple nine-patch block as, I am not always very good at sewing small pieces together accurately.

I added a little appliqued heart to the centre, improvised the embroidery and, using the  nine-patch block set on point, which appears in another beautiful  Mountain Patchwork pattern called 'Garden Gate' and, which is available on the Mountain Patchwork website, made a mini quilt which is now almost ready to be framed. 

The simpler nine-patch block allowed me to use slightly larger pieces of fabric for this first project but, now that I have given it a try, I am going to make some more mini quilts using the patterns in the magazine too.

The look of the quilt is quite different from the Mountain Patchwork style because of the different fabrics I have used but I am really pleased with how it is looking.

I still have a few more stitches to finish off and then I will find a frame for it. Incidentally, Mountain Patchwork carry the perfect style of frame to use with this type of project in their online shop, so I will probably be ordering one (or three) from there!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Still no time for stitching.....

There has still been no time here for working on any stitching projects.  I have had some contractors in the house doing repairs and taking measurements which has disrupted things.  It is good to have the conservatory roof repaired though as it means that it shouldn't leak any more!!!

They also brought some new motors for the ceiling blinds in the room I use for my sewing which means that I shouldn't be so hot in there on sunny days, which is also a good thing!

Luckily, whilst I haven't been able to sew I have had plenty of reading material.  I had those lovely magazines that I shared with you in my last post and then this morning this beautiful magazine came through the letterbox.

I love 'Simply Vintage' magazine and when I saw that this next issue was out I just couldn't resist ordering it!!  Thank you Patchwork Chicks for getting it to me so quickly!!

I can already see from the projects on the cover that I am going to find something I want to make inside!!

Monday, 14 July 2014

New magazines....

Hello! I don't have any sewing or crochet projects to show you today as I haven't had much time for sewing or crochet this weekend! It was a busy but fun weekend as we travelled to see my Mum and Dad and joined other family members to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday.  It was lovely to see everyone, especially those that we only see now and again.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves which was really nice.

Mollie Makes Issue 41

As I have been busy, I haven't had the chance to show you these two lovely magazines which I bought recently. Actually, I haven't had time to read them yet either!!  Maybe this week...?  As I have had them sitting here a little while, I have to tell you they may not be the latest editions but, I can tell you they do have lots of fun creative projects in them!

Prima Makes Issue 3

It is a lovely sunny day here today and I hope you are enjoying some sunshine wherever you are too!!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

More miniature crochet...

Following on from my last post, it was of course impossible to stop at just the miniature crocheted turtles.  I also found a You Tube video tutorial at Happy Berry Crochet for a very tiny little mouse.

Here is one I have since made and, I think you will agree with me that he is rather cute (even if I do say so myself!)  But, I couldn't stop at just one....

I also thought I would give a miniature owl a try.

For the owl I used the same crochet pattern which I have used before which, I found on the Hopscotch Lane blog but, I scaled it down a little in size.  

So the last few evenings I have had fun making all these cute little critters and the crochet family has grown!

Crochet is a good thing to be doing right now as, all of my (grown) children are at home from university and the house is full so, it is not as easy to slide off to my sewing room as it is when I am here alone.  Sitting and chatting with them whilst crocheting miniature creatures is a nice way to spend some time!!  

Thank you for visiting me and I wish you a happy weekend!