Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Sort of Scrappy

I'm a member of the Yahoo group BQL, and there is a challenge to make the Scrappy Trip Around The World quilt. I was inspired by Jackie who has already started

Having received a small red Christmassy jelly roll for Christmas I thought I'd join in and make a Christmassy version: I've cut all my Christmassy fabrics into 2.5 inch strips, but haven't yet started sewing them

I have done *some* sewing though:

The selvedge edge quilt has been started, but now I need another 160 inches of 5 inch strips, so it will be a while before it gets finished.
The lovely Fiona from Celtic Thistle blog [sorry no idea how to make a hyperlink here] has offered me some and I have graciously accepted - if anyone else has any needing a good home I'm happy to swap for scraps, FQs, machine embroidery, chocolates... Pretty much anything!!!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Scraps of Selvedge

So I finally tidied my room so I could get in, and then I couldn't think what to sew! I'd found a half made Christmassy basket so I finished that

But then what?  I thought about starting a scrappy Round the World (yes I know I'm ages behind the rest of you) but then I remembered an idea I'd had in the middle of the night

I have been collecting selvedge edges for ages, and have 20 or so 5" squares plus lots of extras

I made one panel 10x20, and two strips 5x20 and two more 5x30, then I made 4 fan shaped 5x5 blocks.

There is lots of trimming to do, but I think this layout shows quite well how it will look

The plan is then another border of purple, and then one more of selvedges, but that will take 160 x 5 inches plus four more corners, and I certainly don't have that many more strips at the moment, so this is definitely a long term project (but not a UFO!!!!)

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Christmas Crossstitch

I keep putting off the essential tidying of my sewing room, so I can't do any machine sewing!  Instead I have been hand sewing and eating chocolates in front of the TV! 

I've been alternating between hexies and crossstitch, and thought I'd show you the Christmas crossstitch today.  When it came out of the loft with the Christmas decorations it looked like this 

Now it has progressed to this 

So room 3 is finished and room 4 has been started - I might finish this before the turn of the century!!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas Cache

I was very spoilt this Christmas:

Lots of sewing and fabricy goodies from the girls

And from some lovely mums at school,


And felted robins from Jackie

I just haven't managed to get near the sewing machine for four days: I think I need to do some tidying!

Hope you had a good one


Monday, 23 December 2013

Madly Making!

Having lost yesterday I've had a fair bit of catching up to do today!

Final embroidery for customers completed 

Final embroidery for husband's Christmas pressie completed 

And four more scarves almost completed, for M-i-l and S-i-l and two nieces:

Now, (10:30pm) I'm off to Tescos for food shopping, I really hope no one else has had the same idea, or has chosen to abandon the idea due to the naff weather.  At least I have a car, unlike poor Lisa who had to walk home in the rain

Don't know when I'll be back either making or blogging so I hope you all have a lovely Christmas xxx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Lousy Lurgy

Working with children always carrys the threat of catching their germs , but apart from a cough and the sniffles I'd been ok until last night , but now I'm putting the Christmas quilt to good use 

Luckily the lurgy held off until after Kids Crafty Church: I'd arranged this Christmas alternative to our usual monthly Crafty Church and had NO idea how many would come. 

Anyway, I'm delighted to say that 18 was the absolutely perfect number!

They started diving into the bought kits

But then, I'm delighted to say, started to use the resources and their imagination 

The lovely afternoon far outweighed the horrible night!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Feel Good Friday

School finished for the year on Friday, at lunch time, and I left (with a lovely haul of goodies) and went to Chertsey Museum. The Fun With Fabric ladies showed off their fab button necklaces 

And each made a Fat Quarter bag

Lovely afternoon 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Super Soft Seasonal Scarves

Tomorrow is the last day at school, and I suddenly realised I hadn't made anything for the 4 colleagues I spend most of my time with.

So I cut strips of fabric 8 inches x width of fabric from Christmassy fabric and some velvet, and some pashminas that could be sacrificed.

I used a strip and a half (so a length appx 8 x 60 inches) of a plain fabric and a Christmassy fabric, and stitched them along the long sides, right sides together, all but the end 3 inches of each edge

Then I turned the scarf right way round, and stitched the two ends of one fabric together


I then folded back two ends of the second fabric to where where they should meet, and pressed them


I stitch the ends of the second fabric together, and machine stitched the opening along one long side, finally closing  the final opening with hand sewing, and I now have four Christmassy, super soft, infinity scarves

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Crafts

I've finally got the decorations out of the loft and have dressed the tree. I also retrieved some other traditional items - my Christmas Crafts!

My sister-in-law gave me this cross stitch sometime in the nineties: given that I only cross stitch for part of December each year I'm not doing too badly

More recently, (just two years ago) Jackie sent me a tree to decorate and stuff. I decorated it with my niece in Australia, and she now has the completed tree, but I loved the idea, so I started making me one too
It's four tree shapes, first stitched RST at the two sides into pairs, then turned right way round and stitched down the middle. Stitch on decorations (mostly at the edges) then stuff and stitch the bottom closed
The third craft is a bit of a puzzle: I know I was inspired by Plum's Christmas wall hanging, but I'm not sure what I planned to do with them

There are plenty of snowflakes left over so I think some will go onto the fabric tree
More Christmas crafts to follow!

Monday, 16 December 2013

A Fluffy Finish

Hot on the heels of It's a Hoot, I can show you my Christmas quilt - finished and in danger of being adopted by the cats or stolen by the daughters!

I used a really soft chenille blanket for the back (yes it may be minkie, but at my school that was the name given to a girl's front bottom, so I really cant use the same word here!) and it is the world's cosiest patchwork

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Finally A Finish

It seems like a long time since I finished something,, so I'm pleased to show you It's
A Hoot finally finished

(and you can just see some of the oiled kitchen work surface, also finished, unlike the walls!)

Was it on the Christmas list?
Did it need to be finished?
Are there other things which DO need to be finished in the next ten days?

I'll leave you to guess the answers!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Customer Catchup

Sometimes I feel like making something new, sometimes I feel like working on a UFO, but other  times (albeit very rarely) I actually feel like doing something that I *ought* to do

So finally the last of seven cushions for a friend/customer has been completed

 And the ripped coat sleeve for a colleague . . .

. . . has been repaired

Now back to pretty stuff :-)

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Mystery Make revealed

Back in September the lovely Jen from Quilter in the Closet made herself a sewing machine mat that I drooled over.  A few emails back and forth later, Jen and I had proposed a little swap.  Sometime she would make me a machine mat, and I would make her an I pad cover.

We both knew this would be a long term swap: one that we could make when we wanted to rather than feeling we had to.  My package to her finally got posted in mid November, and I have heard from her that it arrived safe and sound.

I made her an iPad bag rather than a clutch type cover: I find with handles it's less likely to slip out of my fingers.  She suggested aqua, so I got some aqua solid, and added some machine embroidery on the front

And appliqued some English paper pieced hexies onto the back - all in calm, grownup aqua and grey

But I know that she has three young daughters, and there will be times when they want to use it, so I made the bag reversible, with some lovely bright girly I-spy fabrics on the inside

I did also get three aqua flannels, and I embroidered the girls' names on one each, but I don't seem to have a photo of them

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Patchwork Package

You may remember a week or so ago I was a guest at a virtual Baby Shower.  We all make gifts for the party as well as for Sarah and the bump (currently known as Bean)

I contributed two sets of scissor tags, which were won by Leanne, and they finally went winging their way to Canada today.

And today I received the gift I won.  I actually missed the announcement as to *what* I had won so it was very exciting when  Reene from Nellie's Niceties (love the alliteration, Reene) contacted me for my address and told me she was sending me some off-cuts of fabrics.

Packaged in a lovely cotton bag

were all these pieces of fabric!  Reene called them scraps, and, as she says, other people's scraps are more interesting than our own, but look what a packed goodie bag of yummy fabrics I got!

Some lovely chucks that will go with the rainbow charms for when I'm ready to start that idea that is lurking in my brain

And some selvedge edges (I already had 34 stitched 5" squares of selvedge edges , so am now closer to my goal)

Reene, thank you so much :-)