Sunday, June 29, 2014

A look back at June.

Hi everyone,

Here we are almost at the end of June so here's a round up of what I've been working on in the past few weeks.
I finally finished the small wall hanging I've been making from Lynette Andersons Country Cottage Quilting book. This is My Favourite Garden quilt which I started at the beginning of the year. I only worked on it at my weekly quilt group meetings so it has taken a while but it was an enjoyable project to work on.
You should be able to click on the picture for a better view if you wish.

All of the fabrics used are Lynette Anderson's Secret Garden. This is the one I used for the backing.

There is a hand painted button on each of the nine squares These were gifted to me by my friend Yvonne in Australia who does the most amazingly intricate work. Yvonne currently sells her buttons via her blog here but she is hoping to open an Etsy shop soon.

Here are a few of the blocks close up so you can see the detail

I think I showed this embroidery on my blog last year. It's now finished into a pillow using Cath Kidston fabrics.

The embroidery design was free on the Bustle and Sew website

back of the pillow

Cross stitch has taken a back seat to other crafts recently so the only thing I have to show this time are two of the Lizzie Kate Flip-its
that I stitched way back when but have only just finished into little pillows

both are backed with this little strawberry print fabric

I've done some knitting - cast on for a pair of socks

and finished a couple of dishcloths. Details on my Ravelry page here

It's hot, hot hot here now so I'll leave you with a picture of the beach.

I hope you have all had a great month.
Thanks as always for visiting my blog. Happy crafting!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Second Half

Hi everyone,
This is the second half of the post I started yesterday.
First up is cross stitch. This ornament is from the Prairie Schooler Just Hatched book #107 stitched with the recommended DMC threads.

back view

next is a Lizzie Kate design finished as a pillow. Design is from the first series of Flip its

a very small start on Sunflower Bell Pull - an oldie but goodie by The Drawn Thread

and an equally small start on The Red House Sampler by Brenda Keyes

now for some pretty gifts I have received. This teeny tiny mermaid swam all the way to Spain from France. To give you an idea of just how miniature this little pillow is I laid it on the post card it came with

it is stitched on impossibly high count linen and the mermaid tail is even done in specialty stitches!

next is a beautiful crazy patchwork needle book done in silk fabrics from my dear friend Caz in UK

back view

Thank you so much Caz I really love it.

I'm no quilter but I decided I would have a go at a lap quilt. I saw the pattern here and I thought it would be easy. It probably is but there are so many points and junctions to match up and some of it is on the bias so I'm just not finding it easy.
Anyway here are my 16 patch blocks done in two older lines by Three Sisters for Moda. One is Simplicity and the other is Aviary.

and here's how the X blocks are going to look

We were in UK at the beginning of May to visit family. My daughter and I came across a shop called Sally's Shabby Chic where the owner was rescuing old furniture from the dump and upcycling chairs, dressers etc and giving them a new lease of life.
I loved the chairs that she had painted white and covered in Cath Kidston fabrics.
Anyway, there were lots of vintage bits and pieces and I spied an old embroidery which I was admiring when the shop owner told me I could have it.
It is stitched on a good linen fabric. I think it is charming and plan on having it framed.

I don't buy many magazines these days but this one caught my eye

so I bought it because there were three projects in it that interested me.
One is this miniature quilt by Camille Roskelley which I have bought fabric for

there is also a Union Jack pillow pattern and this cute dog that I'd love to make but really, how many more projects do I need?

So I think that's just about it. Thanks for visiting my blog today and thank you for all the lovely comments received on my previous post.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Two for One

Hi everyone,
Well, there's rather a lot to show this time so I think I'm going to split this post into two.
Starting off with a skirt I made after seeing a sew-along on Daisy's blog and being inspired to do a bit of garment sewing.

The pattern is McCalls 3341 as used in the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee.
Of course by the time I bought my fabric (on a recent trip to UK) and got it sewn up everyone else had finished but I enjoyed it for all that.
I was so pleased with the skirt that I decided to tackle a dress next which is presently at the cutting out stage

The fabric is inside out - much nicer than it looks here.

I've done quite a bit of knitting and spinning.
Last time I showed some fibre I was spinning and here's the shawl (details on my Ravelry page) I knitted up from the spun yarn

and I've spun some merino silk fibre into this very soft and smooshy yarn. The colour is not showing up very well on my monitor. It's a kind of rich blackberry colour. I'm not sure what I'm going to knit with it yet.

Margaret asked to see a picture of my spinning wheel so here it is.
Isn't she pretty?

Now on to the knitting.............a pair of socks were finished a few weeks ago

and here's a very small start on the Entangled Vines cardigan I've started

So I think that's it for this knitting/sewing post. I'll be back tomorrow with the cross stitch.
Thanks as always for visiting :)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A few finishes for April

Hi everyone,
I didn't have any cross stitch content at all in my last blog post so I decided to bite the bullet and do some finishing so that I would have some to show this time.
I stitched the pieces for Blackbird Designs Tulip House Stitching Companion when the book A Stitcher's Journey first came out. Can it really have been 2011?
Because it involved painting and finishing a box I put it off but in the end it wasn't so bad.
Here is the top of the box. I used the recommended R & R linen and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.

Inside - it wasn't easy to get the pincushion to fit the compartment but I did the best I could and it looks no worse than the model in the book. The fabrics I used for the finishing are Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics.

I think you should be able to click on the pictures for a close up view if you wish.

The next finish is even older. Digging deep into the box I came up with this Lizzie Kate Flip-it design. I think there have been several Flip-it series but this was maybe the first. Anyway, I finished April and May into little pillows.
Here's April and I'll show May next time

I've been making a bag (of course) and this one is The Prairie Tote by Stephanie
at Loft Creations
. The pattern is a PDF download which is available in her Etsy shop and is very reasonably priced.
Fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Black Washed Denim and regular quilting fabric from the Hometown line by Sweetwater.

Back view is just slightly different as I was using a charm pack for the patchwork blocks.

It's a while since I've done any crochet so when I saw the crochet along here
I decided to have a go and I made two
I used Drops Paris yarn for this one

and assorted dishcloth cottons for this

The only other crafty thing I have to show you is the Blue Faced Leicester fibre I'm currently spinning. I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished yarn looks

Some baking has been done this week .............

bread rolls

and banana and walnut muffins

Finally, I thought you might like to see the pictures I took while I was out walking this afternoon

As always a big thank you for your continued visits to my blog. I'd like to try to post a bit more often so we'll see how it goes.