Posted on May 28, 2015 | 10 Comments
This is the last bit of show and tell from the baby collection.
As well as a quilt, I make each grand baby an embroidered woollen blanket.
This time I made one based on the nursery rhyme, Baa Baa Black Sheep.
The design comes from an early copy of Inspirations magazine.
The sheep are made using hundreds of french knots using a combination of 8 ply wool and embroidery floss.
And then all the little flowers are added using wool embroidery threads.
The fabric backing turns over to the front to form the border.
This one should be very warm and snugly.
Posted on May 25, 2015 | 16 Comments
It is so chilly here at the moment that I think these snowmen would feel very much at home.
This is a felt mat that is about 60 cm wide. (24 ins)
I made a few changes along the way. It is supposed to have tongues around the outside. That would make it too wide for the place I plan to use it, so I added ric-rac instead.
And one stage I had cut my finger and had it wrapped in a bandaid, but a spot of blood ended up on the felt. To cover that up I put snowflake buttons in several spots.
My next hiccup came when I had a lovely bunch of lillies in the house. A spot of pollen must have been on the bench when I put the mat down. This bright orange pollen will not come out at all. So, lots of star buttons were added next.
I attached the ric-rac with french knots.
So that’s another Christmas item done and dusted.
I am still catching up on UFOs and that is a great way to spend this week.
I hope you have great plans, too.
Posted on May 22, 2015 | 14 Comments
This one has been a long time coming. I think I have been working on this Jacobean embroidery for over two years. It was constantly being put aside for other priorities and only getting worked on in dribs and drabs.
I have finally managed to work on it for a month or so now and have finished the whole embroidery.
I will take it to be framed in a week or so, but sometimes it is easier to photograph without the glass.
Here are some more detailed pics.
Most of the threads are DMC. The pattern is from Daft Designs.
This is the centre.
And for those who are curious, the back does get very busy and messy, but it gives a good indication of the colours.
Finished size is about 25cm X 25cm.
It is so good to see this one finished. I think i will select some smaller projects for a while before jumping in to something like this again.
I hope you are planning a wonderful weekend.
Posted on May 19, 2015 | 14 Comments
When we were waiting for this last grand baby to arrive, I had the first quilt (from my last post) well under way and nearing completion. But I had the bug to also make a just in case quilt. I wanted to make one that was specifically for a little girl.
At that stage we had no idea whether the baby would be a boy or girl, so I thought I would take a chance, and if it was a boy then the quilt could go into storage. As it turned out we have a lovely little grand daughter, so she received two quilts.
It is made using Sherbert Pips.
I had bought fabrics from this range quite a few years ago and tucked them away for a rainy day.
I kept the quilting very simple with straight lines following the blocks. The red fabric in the border was also used to make up some extra blocks. I used straight line quilting through the border, too.
The backing used the gorgeous scarves design and was also used for the binding.
I do like the characters in this fabric. It is a gorgeous design from Aneela Hoey.
I am very pleased this quilt did not have to go into storage. It will be great to see it being used.
I do hope your week is going well.
Posted on May 15, 2015 | 14 Comments
This little quilt was completed a couple of months ago, but I had to wait for our gorgeous little grand daughter to arrive before I could show it here.
I was then delayed another two weeks because I became ill and wasn’t going to visit while I still had a chance of passing on my virus. It has been a long wait!!
We finally were able to spend time with them again yesterday.
Unfortunately I did not have good lighting for the photo, but you get the idea.
I set the blocks out so that they created a diamond shape in the centre of the quilt.
The blocks were simple. I used a 5 inch charm square in white then added triangles using the flip method – like flying geese.
I used a Nancy Halverston fabric range for the colours.
I did echo quilting around some of the stars and added some pebbles as well.
Lots of straight lines to echo the shapes.
I have used this backing before on a quilt. I think it works well with this one, too.
The binding is also from the same range.
So pleased to finally be able to pass the quilt on.
It has become bitterly cold here very quickly. Lots of rugging up in coats and hats. The gloves have even come out.
I have a weekend of sewing planned. I do hope you have a lovely weekend coming up, too.
Posted on May 2, 2015 | 17 Comments
We have been a little distracted these last few days due to the arrival of our gorgeous grand daughter. Mum, bub, dad and big brother all doing very well.
Love these little fingers.
We are lucky to now have two in the southern hemisphere and two in the northern hemisphere.
Big smiles everywhere here.
Posted on April 27, 2015 | 17 Comments
It’s cold! I am trying to adjust to the quick change around from being hot and wearing short sleeves, to swapping into sweaters and shoes. This is only in a matter of two weeks.
Time has been well spent finishing off a quilt top.
This is a Viv Robinson design. Lots of raw edge applique. I have to check every block to make sure I have not missed any detail, then plan the quilting. (Just found a reindeer with-out eyes!)
It uses lots of fabrics from a variety of ranges from Lynette Anderson – plus a couple of others.
So, lots of thinking to be done.
The next part of the post is for Shez and Fiona who wanted to know what shopping I had done at AQC.
The photos will explain all.
Here are some of the lovely projects from the book.
I need to increase my supply of wool for these applique projects. A good aim for the next few months!
Have a great week and keep dry and warm
Posted on April 16, 2015 | 13 Comments
I have been steadily working my way through the little set of ornaments designed by Lynette Anderson, called Sweet Christmas.
I have half of them done and wanted to see how they looked with their buttons.
(The buttons are not stitched on yet. I will do that when I sew the fabrics to the embroideries.)
I have purchased an additional set of buttons to make a second set. But I am getting ahead of myself as I still have to finish the first set.
I have a lovely day planned for Friday. I am heading off to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne with a couple of friends. Looking forward to a lot of inspiration from the quilts and the traders.
I hope you have some wonderful plans, too.
Posted on April 4, 2015 | 10 Comments
We are fortunate to have a four day weekend for Easter. This gives many people the chance to get away for one last holiday while the weather is still warm. Our choice is to stay home and be off the busy roads because we can go away at any time.
As a result, I like to have a little bit of fun decorating for the Easter season.
Each year I try to make something new to add to the collection. This year, of course, were the multiplying bunnies.
I have also included some special bunnies from last year made by Fiona and Keryn.
Some of the extra bunnies have been given away, but I took some pics before they disappeared.
I have also completed this lovely little stitchery. It now needs to be turned into a mini.
It is from Anni Downs’ book, The Simple life.
I have plans to sandwich and quilt a small quilt today. The garden is also calling and the sun is shining, so there is plenty to do.
I must remember to change the clock for the end of daylight saving tonight!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.
Posted on March 31, 2015 | 11 Comments
These pesky rabbits are at it again.
More have popped up since the last post. And they do look rather cute!
Of course there is always one funny bunny who doesn’t want their ears up straight!
These are a pattern from Rosalie Quinlan Designs. A quick and easy one to do for Easter.
A trip to The Patchwork Teahouse last week also resulted in adding to the rabbit population in this house.
I couldn’t resist this little Ella and Boo tin.
With all these rabbits around it is a good thing I am not on a farm where these fluffy little creatures are a big pest.
I will stick to the ones I have — and maybe a few made out of chocolate, too.