Monday, April 23, 2012
Tea and Toast
Time for another blog update. The star of the show being this beautiful pincushion which I received as a belated birthday present from my lovely friend Pat.
I understand this dainty china cup and matching plate is called a tea and toast set.
The pincushion design is from Blackbird Designs Christmas Garden.
It's a miracle this fine china made it all in one piece on the long journey from the USA to Spain. I would have been devastated if anything had been broken.
Pat really spoiled me as she also gave me the two latest Blackbird Designs books. A Schoolgirl's Work and For my Friend. I can't wait to start stitching something!
I've been doing some finishing and am happy to have finished the Stacy Nash Pears and Strawberries Sampler Sewing Bag.
It is stitched on 40ct linen using the recommended DMC threads. Fabrics are silk matka for the outer bag and checked homespun for the lining.
This little finish is a freebie from Patrick's Woods Designs and can be found here
Backing fabric is Pure by Sweetwater for Moda
Way back in 2008 (it doesn't seem that long ago but that is the date stitched on the piece) friend Sheila came over for the day. She'd stitched My Favorite Kitten Pinkeep by Primitive Betty's and she'd stitched it a second time for me.
We sewed our kittens up and then we spent a very messy time distressing them with walnut ink and stuffing them with sawdust.
I'm afraid I'm not into extreme prim and my poor kitty looked as though it had spent the night in a coal bucket! The sawdust wasn't a success either as it seemed to sink to the bottom so that the top of the kitty was very saggy.
Last week I decided to give my kitty a makeover. I took it apart, washed it and stuffed it again using a mix of toy stuffing and some soya beans to add a bit of weight. I think he looks a lot better now :)
I saw on this blog a SAL for a paper pieced pincushion. You just need to email Kris to request the pattern.
I don't think I could make a whole quilt using the English paper piecing technique but I did enjoy making this pincushion. It's a big sturdy pincushion and one I intend to use every day.
Friend Sheila came over last Wednesday and we went into Alicante to visit the quilt shop. The fabrics are very expensive and for that reason most of my fabric shopping is done online but it's nice to go to a shop to see and feel the fabrics every now and again.
Here's what I bought
I love the green fabric with the tiny sheep. A piece of blue homespun, two pieces of Sweetwater Hometown and one FQ of a sewing notions fabric.
I think that's about it for rhis time.
Just a reminder that if you are a noreply blogger I have no way of getting back to you if you ask me a question. New reader Barb asked me about the designs in my blog header but I had no way of replying.
Welcome to my new followers and, as always, a big thank you to my regulars and for the lovely comments that you leave.
Posted by Solstitches at 9:22 AM