Sunday, 15 January 2017

2017 Wk 2 - Mostly a quilt

This has been a bit of a 15 minutes of fun project: doing a little bit of work whenever I get a bit of time, but today I managed a few hours and got it close to being finished.

I was given the fabrics as a small jelly roll for Christmas. I took out a few strips of the off white, and added the navy. I cut the width of fabric strips - some into 1/3 and 2/3 and some in half. I joined them all together in a single strip 16m long, then took the two ends and started joining them lengthwise, and again and again ... I seem to remember these were called 1600 foot quilt tops, but my jelly roll was probably half that.

Pretty eh?

Just need to finish the finding

In other news, this Star Wars man and lady, complete with light sabers were made for me at Sunday School this morning



Saturday, 14 January 2017

2017 Wk 2 - mostly Kids Crafts

We hosted a Kids' Crafty Church this afternon, and girls from 4 lovely families joined us. We had girls knitting, sewing and playing with pipe cleaners.

Daisy's loom knitting grew from this to this in just an hour - not bad for a 9 year old!!!!

While her sisters stitched these


Jess also had a go at loom knitting - a bigger loom takes longer to grow but she's doing great!

Georgia tried the knitting but went back to sewing - some lovely blanket stitch there


And little Isla had great fun with pipe cleaners - with a bit of help from Grandad


And in other news . . . look what I've been asked to rehome!


I just have to make sense of the instruction book!


Sunday, 8 January 2017

2017 Wk 1 - More Kantha & Machine Embroidery

At Friday's class on Kantha I stitched a section of fabric too.  I did the centre circle at the class, and did the other circles as we watched 6 (yes! SIX!) episodes on Game of Thrones series 5 on TV last night

 And today I have made both samples pieces into zippy poches

While I was stitching them I had the embroidery machine going too.  Girlfriends and I have a weekend away every autumn: (and occasionally in the spring too) and I have been making patches to go on backpacks for all the girls.  By the look of the sample sheet I've been doing this for many years!!!

So here are the ones for the most recent trip.  We went to Krakow and did go to Auschwitz but I know some of the girls would not want to be reminded of that, so I used the fact that we had also seen the annual Dachshund Parade while we were there.   These were fun to design:  I really like the stand alone version (top) but it will be difficult to sew onto the bags without the stitches being very obvious, so I have changed it to patches

Saturday, 7 January 2017

2017 - Wk 1 - mostly Kantha

Christmas new year seem to be months ago rather than one week ago!  Yesterday was the first 2017 Fun With Fabric session at Chertsey Museum.  We looked at Kantha stitching, and had a play!

This was my sample

And these were the other examples I gave the ladies

Didn't take them long to get the idea!!!!  I'm really looking forward to seeing these next month!

And Ann brought back her felt Christmas decorations from last month - how cute are these?

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Project Planning

I don't know when I'll next get time to sew, but I need to be ready!

This project needs more fabric (will hopefully be sorted on Friday)


And this project has been tidied up, and needs backing (will hopefully be sorted on Thursday)


I was also quite sure I'd blogged about my first pyrography attempt, but if I did the internet has eaten in, so here it is

The bunting flags are only about an inch wide, but it's not too shabby!!!!


Monday, 2 January 2017

Back to work tomorrow

The holiday is over and I'm back to work in 12 hours, so the sewing room has been put away for a while :-(

I did manage to assemble and quilt my warm triangles quilt


And I've stitched down the binding on the white zigzag quilt


Now I can plan and shop for the next projects!!!!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Today I have been adding to ...

I'm still making the most of the last few work-free days!! We've been watching the Harry Potter movies on the TV for the last week or so, and I've been hand sewing, so my hexi rainbow now looks like this


And I've added all my stash of selvedge edges to each other and to the denim quilt: it's now getting big enough to be finished soon, but I'm not sure what to do next!


I've also finished (and filled) version 2 of the Block Bag


The sewing room looks as if a bomb exploded in there, but I'm sweeping it all to the side to give myself a bit of sewing space: tidying can wait until there isn't enough time to sew

I know some of the world is already in next year: we are going to friends soon to celebrate. I wish you all all the very best for 2017! A friend at church sent me this and I think it's worth sharing (thank you Nomi)

Boarding on Flight 2017 has been announced......Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2016 in your luggage....The BAD and SAD moments, if still in your possession, must be thrown away in the garbage bins before departure.......The flight will be 12 months long. So, loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.

The stop-overs will be :







Refueling will be at




The following menu is offered and will be served during the flight.......

✅ Cocktail of Friendship,

✅ Supreme of Health,

✅ Grating of Prosperity,

✅ Bowl of Excellent News

✅ Salad of Success,

✅ Cake of Happiness,

All accompanied by bursts of laughter...

But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent will make the flight seem longer.

Wishing you and your family 👪 an enjoyable trip on board flight 2017..... May you and your family be blessed with an awesome year ahead

Happy new year to all


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

At last a sewing day!

A happy day today: I finished sewing triangles onto grey squares, and speed dated the blocks.


I also got them clipped in place, so I can start sewing the strips together.

AND I started on my plain and spotty rainbow fabrics - the ones I got from the girls' boyfriends for my birthday.

However, I think I need more blocks ... so I shall just *have* to go shopping for more fabric: I hope HobbyCraft still have it in stock


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Pinterest Problem

I wanted to try the Pinterest inspired melted crayons onto a framed canvas art!

Well to be honest, I wanted to try it years ago, so the crayons have been glued and waiting for at least two years. I don't own a hairdryer or paint stripper and kept forgetting to ask the family if I could borrow one. Today they took matters into their own hands and put the prepared canvas into the oven.

Fortunately- the canvas turned out fab!


Unfortunately the crayons also melted onto the oven floor and sides!

Fortunately the baking tray caught most of it

Unfortunately I'm going to need to get someone in to clean the rest!


Fortunately tomorrow should be more successful - I'm sewing! One stack of blocks to finish and speed date, one UFO to move along, and one quilt that exists in my head but needs cutting and stitching

(Edit: I glued the crayons onto a canvas - the Pinterest ones are usually shown with a hot air blower of some type to melt the crayons, but the oven worked really well (apart from the dribbles). We had the oven on very low (I've got gas: we had it on S which is below gas mark 1) and watched through the window, stopping when we liked what we had. The wax stopped melting almost as soon as we turned the heat off or took the canvas out. We had to help one green bit - it had run into the blue and didn't want to run straight down- a toothpick helped to pull a bit of green down and guide the next dribble! If you look on Pinterest there are lots of variations - some have a piece of plastic or resist over part of the pic so it keeps an area clear. )

Monday, 26 December 2016

Hope you had a good one!

I am having a fab Christmas! Just about to start day 3, but thought I'd share a quick pic of all the crafty goodies I got over the last few days

Four (!) bundles of fabric, buttons, threads (thank you Avril) and wonder clips, a useful dish (thank you Plum, sorry, the chocs didn't want to be photographed, you can guess where they hid), a heat resistant mug rug (thank you Jackie) and a pyrography set. I'm a very happy bunny!!!

Hope you are well and happy, and that yours was great too xxx


Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Crafts

It's been a choice of crafting or blogging- and the crafting has won! Picture heavy round up follows:

A zippy pencil case for the daughter of a work colleague (in progress so you can see both sides, then finished)


And Zippy pouches for the receptionists in my serviced office

The Crafty Church Community Crochet project (#1) was finished and delivered - to a very delighted Mrs C

And sticking with the crochet theme . . . Lisas's blanket has been progressing and is looking amazing


Thank you to all friends who visit here - real and virtual - I love each and every one of you - and wish you all the very best for the season and for the new year

**Merry Christmas**

And All the best for