My latest project for Popular Patchwork Magazine is published in the September 2013 issue...here are more photos to show the quilting...
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Sunday, 30 June 2013
At last I can share what I've been busy making lately! Along with my daughter, Jenny, I've been putting together a bag of baby goodies for my first grandbaby due in 5 weeks.
Yesterday we gave them to the mum-to-be at her baby shower.
This seems to be a relatively new thing in the UK - from the USA I think - well, my youngest is 25 and we didn't have them 25 years ago...well not around here anyway!
So...you can see the bag full of goodies above and now here are the gifts inside...
This is a fleece teddy that Jenny made for her new niece/nephew...so soft & cuddly!
And here's a close-up of his face...
Not to be outdone I also made a cuddly...
...this believe it or not is the 17th version of the Minkee Blankee pattern I've made over the years!
I know...I couldn't believe it either!!
And here's a close-up...
Of course I also included a quilt!
This was one I made for Popular Patchwork Magazine a couple of years ago called 'Bee My Honey Bee'
... and I've been saving it for this eventuality
Here's a little cream cardy...all the other knitting I've been doing have been for either a boy or girl as the yarn available is so gorgeous I didn't want to just knit plain colours. Some would be suitable for boy or girl but others wouldn't.
Lastly, this is a knitted blanket I made when I was expecting Andrew (the new baby's father) almost 30 years ago.
I thought it fitting that I handed it over for his baby
And here is everything all together...
...and here is the bag I put them in...
This was a plain bag I bought a while ago but wasn't sure how to embellish it!
I got inspiration just in time!
Now I've got a Boy Quilt to finish (Girl Quilt already done!)
and more pretty baby cardigans...
and a happy event due in just 5 weeks time!
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
...to my son and his lovely wife for yesterday!
Last year 9th June was the wettest day it could possibly have been but it still didn't spoil a beautiful wedding.
I got the idea for their 1st Wedding Anniversary card from a photo I had taken of Natalie's bouquet, still peppered with raindrops.
I printed the photo onto fabric, stitched the edges of the petals and sewed tiny glass beads where the raindrops are.
(If you right click on the photo and open in a new window you will be able to see a close-up!)
(If you right click on the photo and open in a new window you will be able to see a close-up!)
Now I'm working on lots of little goodies for the next exciting event in our lives :-)
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
I have been neglecting my blog lately - so much to do and so little time!
I've been on holiday to Anglesey...been making a beautiful Japanese quilt, baby quilts and knitting like mad for the new arrival due in August! I will post about all these very soon
In the meantime I'm offering 15% discount of all items in my Etsy shop...
until the end of June...
Just use the code
...why not pop by and grab a bargain
Monday, 6 May 2013
I've now opened a new Folksy Shop so my items are now available from two sources...but not duplicated.
This is the address of the Folksy shop...
...just until I can put a link on here.
In the meantime you can still use the Etsy logo to access my Etsy shop...
Thanks for looking
Saturday, 13 April 2013
...and here it is!
It's a Janome Decor Excel II
I was going to go for the machine they use in the programme 'Great British Sewing Bee' but it wasn't as sturdy and only had 5 feed dogs as opposed tho this one having 7 and the motor is not as powerful as this one.
So I brought it home, but what a shock after using my 6600 for 7 years and getting used to pressing buttons. It's a great little machine though and will take a bit of getting used to - I can have two projects on the go at the same time now when my other one gets back from repair!
So here's my first project made with it!
It sews like a dream...nice and quiet :-)
I worked out how to do free motion quilting too - unfortunately my darning foot won't fit...must be just for the 6600...so I just removed the foot attached to the machine and let the needle do the stitching on its own! It worked anyway :-)
...and here's a close-up
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Well, here it is!
I think I've done all the meshing I want to do now so it's on to the embellishing with beads and thread now.
I'm just wondering what to do about the raggedy edges...do I leave them, trim them so they're not as raggedy or completely trim to create straight edges?
I thought about using my rotary cutter to cut gentle curves down the sides...
what do you all think?
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
In between trying to decide on which 'spare' sewing machine to buy I added a few more threads to my Seascape.
This is the full view - I quilt like the wobbly edges and might end up keeping it that way when it's finished :-)
So, from the bottom upwards these are the close-ups. The 'pebbles' at the bottom will be stitched eventually.
As well as threads I used scrim and one of the threads had some sparkle in it too.
Getting closer to the top here...space-dyed fabric ribbon and more scrim and some variegated wool.
Now then...I'm not too sure about this. I might cover it with more scrim, or even remove it altogether I'm not sure yet.
And just for fun as I've no intention of turning the finished piece over (well not at the moment anyway!) ...here's what the back looks like... so far...
Monday, 8 April 2013
A couple of years ago I attended a workshop at the Festival of Quilts run by Gail Lawther. The workshop was for a Seascape wall hanging made from lots of different colours and types of fabrics and embellished with beads and thread.
During the workshop I got as far as arranging the fabrics and tacking them in place - it was only an hour long.
As with virtually all the workshops I've attended over the years I came home and put my half finished pieces away.
Since my Janome is awaiting hospital admission I decided to get my embellisher out and thought about needle-felting this instead of sewing it together.
The first photo above is the piece as I brought it home, untouched since.
Then I attacked it with the needles!
I added some wool on the 'beach' for pebbles which you can see above on the left, and also some slubby silk thread for foam on the sea.
And this is as far as I've got as I'm very conscious of the noise it makes!
And here is the whole piece so far...
There is still a very long way to go as I'm going to add threads and scrim and eventually beads to finish it off and it will be very different to Gail Lawther's original but hopefully just as lovely
My Janome 6600P is poorly :-(
She has been clunking for a couple of days but even after I cleaned and re-threaded she still clunked occasionally and then on Saturday she stopped!
First of all I got an
Then I found that depending on the position of the needle I also got
...and do you know I couldn't find out anywhere what it meant!
The manual just mentioned E1 and E5 - maybe it means E1 to E5 ...I don't know, but it says to contact the dealer.
So today I did and this is what I was told...
'It sounds like a fuse has gone on the A board...worse case scenario would be for a whole new board'.
So on Friday I will take her to the hospital and hope that it's not a case of
'worse case scenario' !
This has made me realise that I no longer 'need' a different machine.
I've decided I really do love this one after all and am used to its little foibles...we understand each other and to be honest I can't really justify spending £1500 to £2000 for a machine like the ones I've been looking at this weekend.
I could however do with a 'spare' so I'll keep my eye out for a 2nd hand smaller bog standard machine just to keep handy.
So what am I going to do for at least the next couple of weeks?
Read my next post to find out
Saturday, 6 April 2013
A few months ago I bought some gorgeous Robert Kaufman fabric with the intention of make a wall hanging. I changed my mind and now there is a lovely big quilt in progress!
It started off with 4 appliqued flowers in the centre which I then quilted using the quilt-as-you-go method.
My sewing machine loved quilting this so much that there were no thread breaks, no eyelashes on the back and was very well behaved throughout - for a change!!
I then had the idea to add log cabin blocks all around the centre panel - each 14" square. All these are now completed and quilted and I'm now in the process of hand sewing them together ready to attach.
Once this is done I have another idea for the border - diamond in square blocks but there's still a bit of maths to do with this before cutting commences!
The whole quilt will measure about 76" square when complete.
For those wondering about the Black & White & Red All Over quilt...
...well the blocks are now all sewn together and it's been put on one side while I decide on my next move.
I don't want to just add a plain border and quilt it, I want something more - maybe even diamond in a square as with the Japanese quilt.
But I don't want it too fussy!
Any suggestions gratefully considered!!
Thursday, 4 April 2013
A few years ago I went to an encaustic art workshop at our local Hobbycraft store. I enjoyed it, although I burned myself a few times and found it a bit messy (expensive too) so didn't take it further.
Today whilst looking for some silk fabric I came across all the pieces I had made - I'd forgotten I'd made so many...thought there were only a couple!
So I decided to cut them up and make them into greetings cards and I'm really pleased with the results.
So now they are all listed on Etsy...here's the link if you'd like to see them in all their glory
Oh...and there's free UK postage on all the encaustic art cards
Thanks for looking!