Back into lockdown, so no golf and plenty of sewing. I made some mug rugs as birthday gifts for friends.
|Mug rugs from The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks|
|Patchsmith Patterns Rainbow mug rugs |
As our monthly quilting group have not had a meeting since the beginning of March, we (the Committee) thought it would be nice to set some challenges to keep our members engaged as a group. I love making Christmas decorations and wrote some patterns for a few. I did get a bit carried away with sampling them, here are the results. I have written patterns for all but two of them. Ideas came from looking at pictures on Pinterest. I have a few more ideas for next year, if needed.
I have also crocheted these baskets from a book with lots of lovely Christmas projects, it is called Christmas Stitchery by Jenny Chippendale and Kate Thorp. I have made lots of projects from this book, I don't think there is anything in this book I wouldn't want to make. The book appears to have been published in 1990, which is possibly how long I have had it.
I have put several layers of wadding, a piece of beige felt and a Christmas present topper with added beads and frosted felt balls in each basket. I have made three of each and they will look lovely hanging on the tree. I also used a hot glue gun for the first time on this project.
While on the subject of Christmas. A friend gave me a Gail Lawther pattern as a present a couple of years ago. I have looked at it several times and never got around to making it up until now. I really enjoyed making this, it was a lot of sewing for the bias binding, but it went really well.
|Bethlehem (25 inches square)|
One of my friends had to clear her Mum's sewing room recently and asked me if I would like a box of pink fabric, some of which had been cut into squares. I said 'Yes please' even though pink is a colour I am not keen on. I like a challenge and working out of your comfort zone can be exactly that. This is the result, largely pink with a bit of beige (not a keen colour either). I am very pleased with the result and will be backing it with a pink and cream fleece with hearts on it, a very pretty quilt.