Sunday, 19 February 2017

2017 Wk 7 - mostly Crafty Church

We decided to offer a jewellery special Crafty Church on Saturday.  

Stephanie and Julie having a go at Infinity Button necklaces

I only got a blurred pic of their creations, but here are some from a previous session:

Janet had made a completed Crafty Church Crocheted Hug which has today been delivered - and I got an email from the lady who delivered it "I told her the blanket was from the church and was our way of wrapping her in love and prayers.  She was really greatly touched and overwhelmed. . . . I know when tears well up we have touched a heart. Crafty church is showing our caring hearts too.  "

And we have 16 squares towards our 3rd Crafty Church Hug!!!!

I got a chance to play and to spray baste a bonus quilt!  This used the excess from the Lotus Selvedge  quilt, and the two packs of charm squares from Amo: It really grew quickly!

Since then I have (shock horror) actually quilted it!

Free Motion Quilting at that!!!!

Not fab, but it's OK!!!

And I have another cunning plan!

Tara wore this fabulously simple poncho which she'd bought from a craft fair.  I borrowed it and got her to take a pic:

I also took a few how-it's-made and what-it-measures pics - and hopefully soon see you'll see a here-is-my-version pic too!

Friday, 17 February 2017

2017 Wk 7 - Mostly Selvedges

I have been collecting selvedge edges for a very long time (the first post about them was August 2011, and I already had a good collection.

I have been working on a kind of giant rectangular log cabin but whilst I had enough selvedges (thanks to all the kind donors, Plum especially) but I had run out of the 'lotus' fabric used with them.

I finally found the website, (not live but at least an email address) and then had to wait patiently for ages until it was back in stock . . .  but at last I have been able to finish the top for the Lotus Selvedge

Meanwhile the embroidery machine has been earning its keep stitching logos onto school uniform (43 so far this week) 

There is plenty more of the lotus fabric, and it looks perfect with these charm squares from Amo

I think I have a cunning plan

Friday, 10 February 2017

2017 Wk 6 - a super squishy

Amo recently posted about using dog fabrics to make quilts to raise money for a dog charity, and I sent her some pics to see if what I had was any good.

Before I had a chance to post the fabrics to her she sent me a box of fabrics in exchange. I have to say she has sent me about 10 times what I sent her, but she says it was very liberating to destash . . . Well I was delighted to facilitate - and I have spent much of today planning what to do with them!

Thank you Amo - I did finally get the dog fabric in the post today!

I managed a little bit of sewing during the week, while I was embroidering sweatshirts for the preschool the last few evenings - one more heart for my calendar quilt. This is June

To go with February, March, April and May


Not sure of colours for July or August though


Sunday, 5 February 2017

2017 Wk 5 - Jackie and Sewing

A day of frantic sewing!

We made fabric flowers



And a draw string bag


We took some time equestrian - And made some trays for husband's papers in the van


We made a sewing caddy with sections for threads and scissors and other useful stuff


We had a go at inventing zippy pouches with an internal zipped section


And we did some speed dating on my "boyfriend quilt" so it's now all arranged and pinned and ready to be stitched

Sadly the weekend has come to an end - Jackie is on a plane back to Ireland and we need to set another date to meet up


Saturday, 4 February 2017

2017 Wk 5 - Mostly Jackie & Shopping

Today we sewed and shopped and shopped and sewed!

We took a trip to Dorking - to The Quilt Room, Gillian Gladrags Fluffatorium, and Gorgeous Gertie's (if you've been to a Dorking you'll understand!)

We love the eclectic Gorgeous Gertie's and managed to buy a few things . . .


And a few more at Gillian Gladrags Fluffatorium: look at these fab colours!!!


Then home to admire all the purchases

And do some needle felted pictures


Friday, 3 February 2017

2017 Wk 5 - Mostly with Jackie

My lovely Jackie is here for the weekend - we've got lots of things planned!

She brought me some lovely goodies, we've done some making, and we've had an afternoon with the ladies at Chertsey Museum!

What shall I show you first? I think the show and tell from last month's Kantha stitching class can come first:


Aren't these amazing! We then went on to make string blocks but they don't look much now - wait for next month's S&T!

At home again our "making" wasn't quite as smooth - we are getting back into the habit of following instructions - always a bit of a challenge !

And saving the best until last -

A pod basket, pin cushion, lace and fab sewing pouch (plus a mug but that's already been used and is in the dishwasher!)



Happy Days!!!!


Sunday, 29 January 2017

2017 Wk 4 - Mostly Machine Embroidery (and crochet)

I haven't done any sewing this weekend: still recovering from the lurgy, and assorting picking up and putting away requirements, but I did manage to stitch out two customers' orders, and do some designing for Amo

First I'm sharing Lisa's finished crochet  blanket - isn't it fab!!!

A friend asked for luggage tags for her and her husband: easily done

And the Scouts wanted badges for the scouts, cubs, brownies and guides that delivered Christmas post in the lead to Christmas - another easy project

Amo send me a couple of logos to see if I could do anything with them.  The rainbow will be difficult to design and to stitch, so I've done that one as an applique in the hope she can find the right rainbow fabric.  She has an embroidery machine but not the software to create designs

Saturday, 21 January 2017

2017 Wk 3 - mostly pyrography

As well as my 'day job' I am also Clerk to the Parish Council and this week that has taken up much of my spare time, so no proper sewing this week.
I played with the pyrography kit- I've bought letters in addition to the shapes: they have a great result

I tried the rings on the bunting as the flags tend to twist a bit otherwise

I'm not sure I like the beads with the flags, but with just the rings the flags bunch up together. I'll work on it!
I did do some fabric related work . . . Some fun keyrings to identify stuff around the house

And I received a fab pair of fingerless gloves - thanks Jackie xxx

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