13 August 2014

ATC Swap

Ali from Very Berry Handmade has announced the next round of the ATC Swap, and despite time being a bit tight around here, I couldn't NOT join in could I?  After all, I've always said how quick they are....... unless, of course,  you choose to cross stitch the whole thing!!  Even though it's only 3.5 x 2.5 inches, it's taking a looong time!

This round the theme is "Getting away from it all".  How about a trip to Africa

Just getting in the mood for holidays!!

09 August 2014

Summer sewing

I know you all think the weather here is hot and sunny all summer, but it's not.  We have quite a lot of storms through July and August, in between the hot bits.  Here's the weather for this week!
So whilst it's nice, I'm out sorting out tomatoes, courgettes (oh so many courgettes) Sweet corn, beans etc.etc. But I do manage to get some sewing done when it's raining.

Visitors were here from Australia last week, and I invoked the usual visitors rules - baste a quilt, earn your G & T!  I could tell Monica she wasn't thrilled about it (she's a sporty type in real life) but she got me over the worst of it.

Don't you think a quilt looks so neat and tidy when it's basted?  You may notice it's stitch basted, rather than pinned.  Possibly, just possibly, I may be going to hand quilt this one.  The hoop is on order.  I know lots of you hand quilt without a hoop, but I have arthritis in my hand, and what little hand quilting I've done, leaves me with quite a lot of pain.  Lets hope the hoop helps.

And in anticipation of the next visitors in September, I finished my baby boy quilt (which needs a name please)

I almost went with a plain white border instead of the piano keys, but I'm glad I stuck with the original plan.

So now I'm of to deal with several kilos of shallots which need pickling!
Then this afternoon I'm taxi-ing for the boys who are off to a beer festival, and I can relax over coffee with a friend.  Have a nice weekend everyone

04 August 2014

Pets on Quilts

It's time again for all pet owners to search through cute photos of their dogs and cats on their quilts.  If you own a pet, then you almost certainly have these photos because animals magically appear when there is a quilt about, especially in winter.  I always like to put up a pet photo for the Pets on Quilts linky party over at Lily Pad Quilting.
Here's my personal favourite from our cute collection this year, entered into the cats on quilts category:

Technically, Bryn is UNDER a quilt, but as he is also on one of my hand made pillows, I'm pretty sure it will count!

29 July 2014

Hand Made

The Big Stitch Swap

Last night I finished the last bit of hand sewing on my Big Stitch Swap, and it's ready to go out to my secret partner next week.

And here's a close up of the hand quilting, because you can't see it on the main photograph.
This is my first real project that is almost entirely hand made, and it's going to be very hard to give it up!

This is also my first finish for the Q3 FAL 
Finish Along 2014

27 July 2014

The Big Stitch Swap

Once upon a time, when I was new to the on-line blogging world, I would sign up to any swap that was going, just to be "in with the in-crowd".  Nowadays, I try to be a little more selective, as I always have so many other projects going on, and my list of "quilts I will make one day" gets longer as time goes by!  So I only sign up for things I really want to do, and for something I would really appreciate receiving in return.   So when Cindy and Sarah announced a swap that would involve hand sewing, I got in there quick.  I love having a hand sewn project to do.  I find it very relaxing in the evening, and even if we have visitors (which we do... lots through summer) I can sew and chat, and not feel rude about carrying on with my sewing.

The Big Stitch Swap

The rules are simple.  I have been assigned a secret partner, I know her likes/dislikes, and  I make something for her, anything, so long as hand stitching makes up a significant portion of the project.

My hand embroidery is not brilliant (I can't see well enough these days!) so I opted for a bit of EPP.   I've had this pattern for ages
Quilting: Triangle Tipped Squares EPP Pattern

I picked out a few fabrics I thought my partner would like
Played around with them
Stage 1 EPP

Stage 2 Applique
Stage 3 Hand quilting

Finals stage today is assembly.  It'll be finished then, ready for the posting date in early AUgust, long before the next set of visitors arrive!

There are lots of other beauties appearing in the Big Stitch  flickr group, so if you can bear to use flickr, pop over and have a look at some of them.