Monday, 14 April 2014

Completing 'Le Jardin Quilt'

Now that everything has been unpacked and put into place, I am in a position to finish the beautiful free project designed by Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly Designs for the Girls Own Stitching Club called 'Le Jardin Quilt'. Before I left Switzerland I had finished the nine individual blocks and had put them to one side until I was in a position to work on them again.

All my beautiful Tilda fabrics are now available for me to pick out fabrics for the border, binding and backing. So many to choose from, which one shall I pick?

You may recall I finished the last block only a week or two before moving. Since then I have printed off the instructions for finishing off the quilt.

The next stage was piecing together the nine individual blocks into one central panel which, I had the chance to do this weekend.

Now I need to add the borders, make a 'quilt sandwich' with the batting and backing, quilt the layers together, trim it up and finally, add the binding and any embellishments to the quilt. It shouldn't take too long and I am looking forward to showing you the finished quilt!

Thursday, 10 April 2014


Look what has just arrived in the post to coincide with my sewing space being ready to use! 

The latest issue of Vignette.  I love this magazine produced by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House and, I have been waiting very patiently for my copy of issue 11, as I am excited to continue making Leanne's beautiful four-part quilt called 'Mrs Beasley's Sampler Quilt'.

I loved working on Block One, which consisted of piecing together mini blocks to make one larger block, adding some applique and then embroidering some delightful butterflies and flowers over the top.

I have sorted out the fabric pieces I carefully prepared for Block Two last time and I can't wait to get started!!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Two weeks later....

So here we are exactly two weeks since we took possession of our new house and I am almost finished with the unpacking.  My sewing area is looking quite nice although I am sure there will be some rearranging of ornaments and maybe small pieces of furniture both here and, throughout the house, until I am happy that it is as I want it.  Everything apart from a few very small bits and pieces has been unpacked and I am feeling quite pleased with how everything has fitted in.

This huge pile of cartons and packing paper is due to be collected on Wednesday.  Once it has gone I shall be able to give everywhere a good clean and I will start to feel more at home!

I am hoping to start some new projects very soon.  I have missed my sewing time and I can't wait to get started again!

Hopefully next time I will have a new needlework project to show you!!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

My first post from England!

Good morning!! This is my first post from a lovely sunny England! This is the new view I have from the top of the road when I walk the dogs to the park. 

It has been a very busy time but, we have been in our new home a week now and so far, so good!  There are still quite a few boxes here and there to unpack but, progress is being made!

Inevitably, I haven't had time for any stitching since I arrived as I have been too busy unpacking boxes!!

However, I did treat myself to a lovely new magazine to read in the evenings when I have unpacked enough boxes for the day!!  It is called 'Your Handmade Home' and is a very pretty magazine with lots of lovely ideas.  It is published by 'Immediate Media' who also publish a number of other lovely magazines.

I have also been reading my a few of my favourite blogs when I have the odd quiet moment and I found a really cute tutorial over at Sandra's lovely blog 'Cherry Heart'.

When I have finished unpacking my sewing area and have located my crochet hooks I think I am going to make a couple of bunnies!  Hopefully it will be in time for Easter!!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Little daisy pot holder!

This is a slightly melancholy post today as I am sharing with you my last project finished while living here in Switzerland.  By this time next week I will be in my new home in England.  I have mixed feelings about the move as we have been here in Switzerland a long time (18 years) so I am sad to go but, I am also looking forward to returning to England which, is where I am from originally. It feels like 'going home'!  We are also keeping a small home here in Switzerland so we'll be back to visit here on holiday! Yay!!

My last little project is a little daisy pot holder.  I used the same sketch that I used for my 'Daisy Days' wall hanging only this time I used only one daisy.

I embroidered the daisy onto a square of cream background fabric 3" x 3". Then I added strips of my favourite Tilda fabrics to the sides and then the top and bottom to make a 'Courthouse Steps' block.  I sandwiched this with some batting and backing.  Then I quilted it, trimmed it and added a narrow binding.  Lastly, I added a hanging loop.

This pot holder is already in the post to a very special friend of mine.  I hope she likes it!

It may be a little while until I am able to post again, so please bear with me. Thank you for visiting me!!

Au revoir Switzerland and hello England!!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Angel Hoop Art

Recently I was browsing through Pinterest when I saw a very sweet little angel embroidery which I really liked.  I immediately pinned it to my embroidery board but, the cute little image wouldn't leave my head and I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had embroidered a little angel of my own!

So I set about sketching a little angel.  Firstly in pencil and then I drew over the sketch in felt-tipped pen so that I could see the lines more clearly when I transferred the image to fabric. I traced the image onto my background fabric (using the window as a light source) and then spent a very enjoyable morning embroidering it.  This is how the embroidered angel finished up. She is a little different to the original sketch but I am very pleased with her.

Once the embroidery was finished I decided that I wanted to decorate the hoop so that it could be used as a frame.  Instead of using knitting yarn as I have done in the past, I used some paper ribbon that I had.  It is the sort of ribbon that you have to patiently untwist to get the full width of the paper.  I cut some lengths of ribbon and carefully unfolded them to their full width and then wound them onto the hoop.

I really like the effect the paper gives to the finished hoop.

I pressed my embroidery and trimmed up the fabric into a circle big enough to hem and gather it to the back of the inner hoop so that it looks neat and tidy on the back. 

This is how my Angel Hoop Art looked at this stage but, I needed something to hang it up with.

To finish it off and also provide a hanging loop, I added a further piece of unfolded paper ribbon which I tied round the screw adjustment at the top of the hoop.

I am very pleased with the finished project! A very satisfying morning's work!!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Daisy days!

I am feeling very happy with my latest 'finish'.  I was just doodling with pencil and paper the other day, sketching little flowery pictures, when I thought to myself that I could use some of them as simple embroidery designs.  I traced one of the patterns I had drawn onto some cream background fabric, pressed some interfacing to the back for extra strength and started experimenting with stitches and threads.

After several attempts, I opted to use just four basic stitches: chain stitch, running stitch, back stitch and colonial knots.  The thread I used for the flower petals was a variegated pink thread and it gives a lovely subtle change of colour to the petals which were stitched using chain stitch. The flower centres are colonial knots in an orangey-yellow thread and the box outlines are an outer line of backstitch and and inner line of running stitch all worked in green.

Once the embroidery was finished I played around with some fabric scraps until I came up with an arrangement of colours that I liked.  I added a small piece of green to the top and bottom of the embroidery panel and then added strips of fabric in a 'log cabin' style to each edge until I was happy with the size and shape.

I then sewed the front and back together, sandwiching some batting in between and adding a ribbon hanging loop, turned the whole thing the right way out and quilted it.  At this stage, I thought the little wall hanging my project had turned into, needed a little something extra so I raided my bead stash and added some beads to the bottom edge.  The weight of the beads also helps the wall hanging to hang flat.

Here is my finished wall hanging, which I have named 'Daisy Days'.  I am really pleased with how it has turned out!