Monday, 6 October 2014

Quilt Retreat

Just come back from a few days away at the West Manse Quilt Retreat in Cullen, Scotland

What a fabulous place, their aim is to give you quality quilting time and it certainly lives up to that

The rooms were beautiful with lots of little added touches, the food was fabulous there was nothing I didn't like.  Chris & Pete were fantastic hosts, nothing was too much trouble

After 3 days sewing I managed to complete a full quilt and piece together a second quilt top ready for quilting now I'm home.

The first one was made using a jelly roll, basic grey for moda, sweet serenade

The second one was done using a batik charm pack, plus border fabric

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Can't believe it's 6 months since I put anything on here, such a lot has happened in that time both good and bad
My Husband passed away, I've moved house, Daughters graduation and had second lot of surgery for my breast reconstruction so as you can imagine things have been fairly hectic. I've not felt up to crafting much although my crafting friends have been my lifeline and support through everything.
Anyway things have settled down and I'm getting back into doing things

Been scrapbooking again and these are the layouts I've completed over the last month

The first two were done at the Merly Impressions crop and the second two were done at our local scrapbook crop

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Embroidery Day at Woodhouse

Last Sunday I went on an Embroidery Day at Woodhouse Village Hall organised by Sue Copeman of Quorn Country Crafts.  

This was just for people with Pfaff Embroidery Machines.  

You could work on any project you wanted or Sue had done 3 projects that we could have a go at.

One of the projects was a tote bag with embroidered pockets as I have a few friends birthdays coming up thought this would make a nice present.

I had been to the shop the day before and purchased some fabric that I had seen and fallen in love with.  Its from the Basic Grey Sweet Serenade Collection for Moda.

This is the finished item I'm sure the recipient will like it as much as I do. 

Seedheads & Teasels

I attended a workshop at Quorn Country Crafts on 
Wednesday 12/02/14.  

It was titled Seed Heads and Teasels, feed dogs up!

We chose the fabric and made the background panel then using a small amount of brown fabric for the teasels attached with zig zag stitch and then had a wonderful time playing with the different stitches on the sewing machine to achieve the grasses and teasel stems etc

This is the finished wall hanging.  I must admit I'm very pleased and its now hanging in my conservatory.

Hanger purchased from Creative Grids

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Amy's Quilt

At long last I have finished Amy's quilt.  It was started a few years ago at a workshop taken at Quorn Country Crafts in Loughborough

The pattern is called Around the World, Amy went to the shop a few days before the workshop and chose the fabrics, however when I came to start the main fabric that she had chosen wouldn't work in the quilt as the pattern would have been lost when cut into small rectangles.  I therefore used this for the binding and to make a large cushion cover to go with the quilt.

The quilt top when finished went into my UFO box for quite a while and it was only when she knew she'd been accepted in to University last August that she said "Mum do you think I could have my quilt for Uni"

Feeling guilty as you do I found it out the box and set to with the quilting, wanting to do something other than straight lines I drew around a dinner plate starting in the centre and working out and got 49 circles over the whole quilt and have hand quilted them all. 

Binding on I finished sewing it at my quilting group last Thursday and must say I'm rather pleased.

Its on her bed waiting for the next weekend she comes home, I hope she likes the finished product.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Busy Time

What a busy time it is in the run up to Christmas, presents to buy and wrap, cards to write and post, food to plan etc etc,  how do we find time to finish sewing the items planned as presents.

Just managed to finish this little trio that I've made for my friend for Christmas who I am seeing tomorrow.

Its from a pattern purchased from Daisy Chain Designs  Its a little draw string basket with needle case and pin cushion (I've done my own version of the pin cushion as I ran out of time).

I used fabric from the Downton Abbey range - The Dowager Collection.

The Hexagons were done in the traditional English patchwork tradition over papers then appliqued onto the main fabric.


Saturday, 30 November 2013

3D Christmas Tree

No posts for ages then two in one day !

Last night I went to a workshop at BarjanB Crafts in Newbold Verdon

It was to create a canvas, it is the first time I have done one of these and I really enjoyed getting messy

We ripped up pieces of paper and using mod podge attached them to the canvas adding a layer of mod podge on the top, once the glue was dry we  added some colour with acrylic paint in red and green and using bubble wrap and white paint gave it a bit of texture.  We then added some red and green metallic paint to the edges. 

Next step was to add a little text using rubber stamps and black ink.  The tree was done using pages from an old dictionary torn in to small strips and then screwed into small pieces attaching them to the canvas with mod podge glue.

The trunk or pot was added with but using a scrap of patterned paper.  Once the glue was dry we painted the tree with twinkling H20's and added stickles and glitter finishing off with some bling to look like baubles.

The pictures around the edge were stamped onto tissue paper torn around and then attached to the canvas again with the mod podge glue.

I think its turned out really well.  Thanks to Maggie & Barry for a lovely evening