Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Mt first blocks are for Karen. She has taken hexies and bees as her theme, and asked for blocks in yellow and grey.
Her fabrics and blocks are really inspiring, and gorgeous!
She has asked for two blocks from each of us. I am going to paper piece some grey hexies for one of mine, but I had an idea for a machine embroidery for the other one so have done that first.
I really hope she likes it. It isn't paper pieced, but it certainly fits in with her yellow, grey, hexagons and bees theme!
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Sunday, 21 September 2014
I've been AWOL for the last few days, I do apologise, I went away for a girly weekend with friends: chats and laughs, food and drinks, shopping and culture, and a *lot* of walking!
Rainbows seemed to feature a lot, along with random pieces of wood
Climbing the stars to the top of this church hopefully used the calories from the scrummy ice cream!
The secret courtyards and balconies were gorgeous
We found some great sewing themed, and other fun items for sale:
And a wonderful needle and thread piece of art!
And to top it off, I worked with my own needle and thread, and finished another half dozen hexie flowers :-)
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Annoyingly they haven't all been trimmed to size, so it will be a while before I can sew this one and snuggle under it, but at least it's one stage closer to being done!
Monday, 15 September 2014
The tissue pouches were redone and delivered, and thanked for, and used, so I guess they are OK this time
And the Gothic initials have been received and approved and paid for, so I guess they were ok too
I also thought I'd share my pompom gadget from Festival of Quits - this sooooo beats flaffing around with card circles and a needle
And in other news, my crochet blanket is growing slowly :-)
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Thursday, 11 September 2014
There she was tested for stroke, aneurysm, brain pressure, and goodness knows what else, while being pumped full of pain killers and antibiotics just in case it was meningitis. By 3am on Wednesday morning everything else prooved negative, so they had to do a lumber puncture to check it wasnt meningitis: that happened mid afternoon, and we got the results yesterday evening - not meningitis, yippee!!!! Whatever the infection was it was sorted by all the drugs, so after she had spent 12 hours pretty much flat on her back after the LP she was allowed home this morning, and we both spent today catching up on some much needed sleep!
I didn't even have time to sort out any hand sewing as I dashed off to take her to A&E, so it was especially therapeutic to get back to the Triathalon Triangles and finish pressing them today
Monday, 8 September 2014
I cut a pile of charcoal hexies a while ago, but the colour didn't quite match the solid I had started to use, so they were just sitting there on the work bench feeling sorry for themselves.
I finally gave in and decided to use them: I pulled some yellow, and used the sizzix to cut some triangles:
Having cut, I started to sew, and then press (the only sort of triathlon that interests me: cut, sew, press). I liked the result, but wasn't convinced by just having two colours
So I cut a few other colours
And a few more!
These are being machine pieced (and nary a Y seam in sight!) so should stitch up quite quickly once I've worked out the maximum size I can make using the existing charcoal and lemon fabrics
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Next year is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta: it was signed on a island in the Thames, and the neighbouring borough of Runnymede has always claimed the fame, but the Thames has moved over the last 800 years, towards Runnymede. So any land previously in the Thames must now be the other side of the river - ie in Wraysbury, so the Wraysbury ladies are making a wall hanging to celebrate.
Shields (cross stitched) round the outside
And applique (slightly 3D) in the centre
Isn't it fab!
My job is to work out how best to attach the shields together (anyone got any ideas?) and to design a machine embroidery to represent this
this is the embroidery plan so far :
This is the start of the 'plonk' method (!) the edges will be hidden by the fusible bias
And this is the porthole method from a recent copy of Popular Patchwork, but again I think the height difference is too much.
Monday, 1 September 2014
The bag is based on Svetlana's drawstring bag: I just made it bigger for this one.
While it was stitching I had another play . . . I have a plan for a number of these bags, a few people could get them for Christmas!
Now I've reached the end of the school holidays (thank you all for your sympathy) and have to return to the day job which means far less fabric fun - I'll try and keep up with reading your blogs even if I don't get as much sewing and blogging done myself