Friday, 21 November 2014

Stitchery complete... but what should I use it for?

Hello! I am just popping in today to show you my progress on the little stitchery that I started recently.  I have finished all the stitching and I am now wondering what I should use it to make.

In the recent post where I showed it, all I had embroidered was a circle of flowers and leaves.

I used lazy daisy stitch to make the petals of the flowers with a colonial knot in the centre of each.  The stems were a simple running stitch and the leaves were also lazy daisy stitches.

Now, I have added a little appliqued butterfly to the centre which I finished with a tiny buttonhole stitch.  I added the antennae using back stitch with a colonial knot at each of the ends. When I had finished that stage, I wasn't sure that the stitchery looked quite finished, so I added in another circle of leaves and buds.

These were stitched using fern stitch and colonial knots.  At the bottom of this inner circle I added a little row of flowers which I created using detached fern stitches, colonial knots and a few lazy daisy leaves. 

Then to balance the look of these flowers in the circle of stitching I added three little cross stitches at the top.

I am quite happy with all the embroidery but, I am not sure what to use it for.... should I use it to decorate the front of a drawstring bag? Or a needle book? Or use it in the centre of a block and frame it? Lots of possibilities.  I think I may have to look through some of my many books to find inspiration. That's a nice prospect for the weekend!! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A slow start....

After a veritable flurry of stitching activity in September and October, I have to confess that November has had a very slow start!! This week, however, I have had a little more time in my sewing room and I am pleased to be able to show you some results.

Yay! I have finished the baby quilt I have been making for my friend's first grandchild.  I hope baby, mother and grandmother will like it.  

I used the pattern 'Road Trip Quilt' designed by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  I also used some of her latest fabric collection 'Oh Clementine' combined with fabrics that I have had for some little while.  I wanted the quilt to have a soft colour combination suitable for a baby but without too much pink or blue. It has turned out exactly as I had hoped, so I am very pleased.

I quilted it using a combination of straight and 'squiggly' lines approximately 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) apart.  Although it is very time-consuming, I love the texture that this quite dense quilting gives, it adds another dimension to the quilt.

All in all, although there has been a slow start to stitching projects in November, I am very pleased with this first finish of the month!!

Friday, 14 November 2014

A busy week!

It has been a busy week here this week.... I  don't really know exactly what I have been doing but just that the time has passed very quickly and, there doesn't seem to have been much time for creative projects!!

I did buy the latest issue of 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' when I was out and about the other day.  It has some lovely festive patterns inside and a very cute free gift of some Christmas tags to make.

Other than that, I don't  have much to show you...

My embroidery remains at the same stage although, I do have some ideas now what I am going to do with it next and I am hoping to get some more work done on it this weekend.

I have also started work on a baby quilt.  I don't know whether the baby is a boy or a girl, so I needed to choose colours that would work for either.  I am using some of the fabrics I recently bought from the 'Oh Clementine' collection by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew but, I have also mixed in some older fabrics that I already had too. I am also using one of Allison's quilt patterns called 'The Road Trip Quilt'.  It is coming together quite nicely so far.

Maybe I'll get some more of that done this weekend too (it would be nice to get it finished before the baby is born!!)

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 7 November 2014

A fun trip!

At the moment my sister is staying with me and yesterday we had a exciting trip to see the Hobbycraft Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. My eldest daughter also came with us and we had a great day out.

There was plenty for us to see... so many wonderful displays of all sorts of products... ribbons, buttons and fabrics for me to look at and card stock and stamps for my sister (who makes handmade cards) as well as lots of general craft items and Christmas stalls that we were all interested in looking at.

Of course, a day at a show like this wouldn't be complete without a few purchases along the way and, I was absolutely delighted to find some new Gail Pan patterns at one of the exhibits as well as some of her wonderful new fabrics 'Baskets in Bloom' which are distributed by Red Rooster Fabrics.

It was my favourite 'buy' of the day!! See the whole fabric range here.

I just couldn't resist the beautiful ribbons pictured at start of this post or the cute packets of buttons.  I can't wait to use them all in a project or two!!

Looking forward to another fun-filled day today! Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Starting a new project....

There is nothing I like better than starting a new project and, that is what I am hoping to do over the next few days.

Browsing through books, choosing fabrics and deciding on the pattern for a beautiful new quilt.

Making notes and sketching a new embroidery idea.

Embroidering the sketch and deciding what to do with it next.

Making notes and working on several projects at once with lots of ideas swirling round... so much fun!

Now I just have to find the time to fit in some more stitching!!

Until then.... 

Monday, 3 November 2014

A new issue of a lovely magazine....

Hello! Today I would like to share with you the latest edition of 'Your Handmade Home' magazine which I bought at the weekend.

It is a lovely magazine and this issue has lots of beautiful projects inside including a delicious yule log recipe from Mary Berry of 'Great British Bake Off' fame.

I love the little Christmas trees that appear on the front cover and, as I have discovered several of these cute little ceramic plant pots around the house, not being used, I thought I may fill them with some little fabric trees for Christmas!!

They look like a fun project for using up some scrap fabric.... I wonder how many I can make between now and Christmas?!!

Happy November and have a lovely week!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Some mug rugs in the post....

Today I have some very beautiful mug rugs to share with you which arrived in the post this morning. As you may be aware, I recently participated in a mug rug swap organised by The Quilting Gallery which started in September.  I made two mug rugs to send to my partner, Denise, and she made two to send to me and, they have just arrived!! They have travelled all the way from Oklahoma in the USA here to the UK.

Denise has done an absolutely brilliant job stitching the mug rugs and, I will treasure them!! They are beautiful colours which I love!

I particularly like all the little extra details Denise included such as the little red beads which look like apples on the trees, the extra butterflies and the sun.  I also like that Denise made labels for the back of the mug rugs... I didn't think to do that with the ones I sent... but, it means that I will always remember who lovingly stitched them for me.

I was also very lucky as Denise included some extras in the parcel with the mug rugs and I particularly love the pretty little purse that she made and sent which I will also treasure.

It has really been fun getting to know Denise and it will also be fun to keep in touch. I have really enjoyed participating in the swap and, I will definitely consider joining in with another one!

Happy Hallowe'en to you all and have a lovely weekend!!