Thursday, 12 September 2019

September already!

This year seems to be whizzing by. It has been an eventful one both personally and creatively. My sister A  had a significant birthday this year, so I made her a pair of cushions in a beautiful silver Oakshott fabric. I used a grey variegated thread Gutterman Sulky Cotton 30 for the quilting. They were well received and go very well with her decor.

I have made several other birthday presents this year. I did not take photos of them all.
This was made for HT
, who likes blue and white ceramics, the poppies match her curtains

Debbie Shaw bag, made for my Beekeeper friend HW
I have two more birthday presents in progress.

I made two more Linus quilts, both from 10 inch blocks, a dress quilt and a T-shirt quilt. They are backed with fleece and fun to make.

One of the Quilting groups I belong to, ran a Sudoku project, which I took part in. It is not finished yet but here is the progress so far.

A lady trying to reduce her craft materials donated some Shishs mirrors to the group. A group member said it would be nice to have a tutorial on sewing Shisha. I set about making some samples. It is surprising how many ways there are to stitch them, I came across seven methods, but only demonstrated two. Here are the results;

What I liked about this demo, was the opportunity to use up some of the embellishments I find it hard to resist buying. Needless to say, I have not made a dent in them.

One more project from the Quilting group was making Fiddle or Fidget quilt for people with dementia. We donated four to a local care home. These are the two I made.

I attended a couple of workshops. One was with Linda Seward, we used Paula Doyle's Easy Stack methods. Paula designed these for use with large prints, the more colourful the better. I have two in progress, and you get some very interesting designs coming out of the fabrics. I do not have any pictures yet.

The other one was with Gillian Travis at the Fluffatorium in Dorking. That was on making felt flowers from wet felt and needle felting the finer details. I really enjoyed this. Having tried wet felting at home, Gillian's method was much simpler than the one I had used. Great results.

On the subject of flowers, I was having a clear out and came across this crewel work kit I bought several years ago, and thought it about time I had a go. I am very pleased with the result for a first atempt at this technique.

Another project involving felt was these cute woodland creatures. A friend had been given it by another friend, but it did not appeal to her so she passed it on to me. I loved it, a nice project for sitting in front of the telly with.

Lastly, my other sister and her husband celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Their daughters got lots of family members involved in making blocks to be made up into a quilt. It was a fabulous piece of work and a lovely memento of the occasion. Even family members who had not sewn before took part, you would be hard pressed to see that from the standard of work presented. Well done to everyone involved. This was my contribution.

Ruby Wedding Anniversary block for C & F

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

January 2019

Time to take a look at the projects undertaken since the last post and reflect on another year of crafting. I finished crocheting a Woodland blanket by Lucy at Attic24, I was very pleased with the finished result.

Attic24 CAL 2018

Although I thought of giving CAL's a rest this year, I could not resist the Sweet pea Posy blanket that Lucy has on offer for this year, so I am enjoying working on that. I have had a fairly productive crafting year, as usual, starting new projects rather than finishing UFO's. Since my last post I have made two more Linus quilts and a crocheted blanket. The T-shirt quilt was made up QAYG with different coloured fleeces, giving a patterned back. Looked good, but lots of work.

Linus quilts Orphan blocks and T-shirts
Linus Crochet blanket
I started a quilt using a Happy Chick block that was demonstrated at our quilting group. It only needs a binding to complete it. This was the top before quilting.

Happy Chick log cabin variation

Having bought a Julia Gahagan pattern at a Region 2 meeting, I thought I would make myself a little hanging. I love making these, I have done several so far and hope to do more as I have purchased several of her patterns at one of her workshops.

Little Italian Village
I made two of my friends table runners, again I have used this pattern several times to make gifts for friends. I have not yet made myself one, must rectify that this year. As you may notice the stars can twist anticlockwise or clockwise, they should be clockwise. This pattern is from Creative Grids - Scrap Crazy 6 inch template set.

Milky Way runner rainbow on black

Milky Way runner teal and grey on a white background
The quilting group I belong to (Quilters of Sutton) set a challenge of 'Buildings and Monuments', no bigger than A3 size. Having been to Yarndale - a yarn festival held in Skipton, I decided to use Skipton Castle as inspiration. I was particularly pleased with the free motion quilting across the sky. FMQ is not my favourite technique, but his was very neat. Perhaps I am finally getting to grips with it!
Skipton Castle, family motto over entrance
While at Yarndale I bought some lovely yarns, with which I made a couple of scarfs. They are hand dyed artisan yarns, and therefore expensive, so I like to make something special from them. The star lace was from a Dorling Kindersley crochet book and Northmoor Lock is a pattern from The Shawl Project: Book One by Joanne Scrace. I love The Crochet Project patterns, I have two books and a pattern, it is difficult to make just one they are addictive.

Star lace and Northmoor Lock
I also bought a book Cowling Around by Valerie Bracegirdle, again lovely patterns. Here is the one I have made so far.

Trellis cowl
Other shopping opportunities in Skipton came in the form of charity shops. They all seemed to have cones of yarn from the mills, so I bought a few to add to my stash.

Scarfs and shawls from my stash yarns
I did instructions for Christmas decorations for my quilting group and a WI workshop I was invited to give. These folded circle triangles are very versatile, quick to make and ripe for embellishment.

These have card and wadding inside, those below have wadding only

Christmas decorations made from folded circle triangles for QoS

Folded circle hanging
Folded triangle star hanging for WI
I finished the Dress quilt I was making in an earlier post. The friend I re-sized the block for, asked to buy it for her grand daughter. It is gratifying when some one likes your work so much they are happy to buy it. It went to a good home.

Dress quilt
I am currently working on a pair of cushions for my sister - hand quilted using Oakshott fabric in silver. I shall need to start a birthday present for a friend who has a birthday in February. I have also been trying needle felting. There is something therapeutic about stabbing away at a ball of fluff as it magically turns into a little robin.