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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Chateau Hexagon

Another long term project finished at last, more then a year in making - Chateau Hexagon, which was originally a button BOM by Lynette Anderson .
I quilted this one partly by hand, but mostly by machine.

I am slowly taking over all the available wall space in our house 😀.
This is the "Lynette Anderson" wall, by the side of the stairs.
I think I am "done" with Lynette for now (in the nicest possible way, of course), there are so many other things to make!

Despite the cold, and rain, and hailstones, and the horrid cold I am nursing at the moment, there is spring in our garden.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

wool cushion

This WIP has been around for quite a while, but I finished it at last and made it into a cushion.

The embroidery is done in wool thread on wool felt. Most of the embroidery is done in a chain stitch, and some satin stitch.

The design comes from this book by  Karin Holmberg.

The postman brought a fabric parcel from Germany yesterday, 
from the nice ladies at Cotton & Color
(because what ever I am doing, I am always thinking about another project 😉).

As Vreni rightly pointed out in her comment, the shop (and webshop) is in fact in Switzerland, on the border with Germany; my parcels are always posted in Germany.
I like their website, it is very easy to use, the selection of fabrics very much up to date, the colours true, the service is prompt and efficient. And you can still buy only 25 cm length; I find that some web shops one has to buy half a meter min.  
They have a huge selection of fabrics (they claim more then 5,000!). With so many fabrics in one place, paying little extra postage seems quite justified, considering that I can end up paying more if buying from more then one supplier here in UK, as I rarely seem to find what I am looking for in one place. 

The weather forecast for the week ahead is not good, 
the sewing room is going to be the best place!

*** Just a quick note re Margaret's comment below - I have ordered from this website several times and never paid more then the cost of postage for a large letter, well below 5 Euros; no other cost is involved. 

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Quilters Patch quilt

Two more 12 in blocks done. 
The instructions by Edyta Sitar are very good; I find I really need to concentrate, mainly during cutting out, as each block has many pieces in various sizes. I haven't done this kind of patchwork for a while, applique seems so much easier 😧, but I am enjoying it.

"Delphiniums block"

"Cat block"

3 blocks completed so far



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Sunday, 5 March 2017

easy miniature quilts

First March Sunday is only half way through and we have had it all - sun, rain, hailstones....yes, it is a miserable Sunday in England.

The first long awaited blossom of new camellia in our garden is here at last,
all soggy;

and the first primula. 

Like every spring, it is all there, just waiting...........

You might remember that I have a young stitching friend, my granddaughter. 
She is working on her new project, a miniature quilt.

This is an interesting applique method, where you don't actually have to stitch the applique pieces to the background fabric individually (to her great pleasure - impatient youth 😀). 
She just arranged her fabric shapes on a background fabric and secured with a temporary fabric glue (using a glue stick), we "sandwiched" her project as usual (wadding and backing), overlaid the top with a piece of fine tulle (you could use very fine organza), and now she is ready to quilt, which she will be doing on her machine, using just straight lines all over.
 The tulle keeps the shapes secure, as long as you stitch over every shape at least once.

This is a method Julia Gahagan from Home Grown Textiles is using, making her miniature quilts.
You can see her YouTube video here.

                                                         I started hand quilting Chateau Hexagon,

                             and last night I returned to a rather forgotten wool embroidery project.

I hope you are having a better weather where ever you are!

© 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

new magazines

I very often go to bed very late, specially if I get into some stitching and get a "second wind" late in the evening and just want to "finish this bit".
It was past midnight last night; I looked out of the window - it was snowing, I mean SNOWING, heavily, and the snow was settling. It looked so pretty in the light of the street lamp opposite. But I was thinking - not now, not any more, I want SPRING!
The last day of February, as if the winter was saying "I am not done just yet!"
Thankfully, when I woke up in the morning, the sun was shining and most of the snow was gone, only tiny pockets remaining.

A couple of magazines arrived last week, both from "the other side of the pond".

Many of you already know "Art Quilting Studio" . Published twice a year, it is jam packed with creative ideas. Great inspirational magazine.

The second, "Quiltfolk" , is a new magazine and this is the first ever issue.

It is different from other quilting magazines - there are no adverts and no projects.
It is a bit pricey, but I like it.
Published quarterly in Oregon, it's aim is to share stories about quilters and quilting communities.
To quote from the introduction by the Editor in Chief:
"We wanted Quiltfolk to be a place where readers could find a reprieve from clutter and distraction, and could focus not on buying, but on sharing instead. We wanted it to be a magazine that served the interest of only one group of people: the Quiltfolk community."
"We wanted to create a keepsake quarterly, one that you could sit with, laugh with, be inspired by, and ultimately tuck away for reading on a rainy day."
The idea is to dedicate each issue to one area, in this first issue Oregon (home of the magazine), and visit individuals, shops and quilting groups. More then 160 pages of this magazine is packed with just that, plus a great photography. 

You could say "oh no, not another quilting magazine!" and you would be right, there are so many of them on the market. But this not just another quilting magazine; I really enjoyed browsing through it, without being interrupted by adverts and projects instructions. Don't get me wrong, I like those kind of magazines also, I have learnt a lot from them over the years. But it makes a nice change just to read - about "folk" who, like me, love the feel of fabrics, and their quilting journeys; about places I have never been to and are unlikely to visit.
I look forward to issue no 2.

I bought my magazines from Lawrence, Contented Cat's Magazine Man .

© 2017 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

snowdrops - what you didn't know (nor did I)

Our small town celebrated its first Snowdrop Festival last week. 
Organized by the local Horticultural Society, the preparations started last year; hundreds of snowdrop bulbs were planted by volunteers on the main roundabout on the approach to the town, and they are all showing their beauty now.
By next spring they will be more established and there will be even more of them.

Why? Because there is a little know connection to the town of Shepton Mallet:

The main part of the festival took part through the High Street, which was decorated with snowdrops in various forms and with stalls selling snowdrop plants; there were workshops for children making drawings and paper snowdrops. Many High Street shops took part too, decorating their windows with snowdrop displays.

I forgot to take my camera, so I borrowed some pictures from Creative Somerset blog and the Festival Facebook.


Do pop over to the blog  here and here, to see Helen's wonderful picture, mixed media artwork called "Dancing Snowdrops", displayed (picture above) in the window of One Craft Gallery in the High Street.

What else have I been up to this past week?

It has been a bad last few days as far as the weather was concerned, although our part of the world seemed to have the easiest time. Definitively time to hibernate.

Seville oranges, which had been in my fridge since January, needed to be processed, so time for marmalade.
My way of making an orange marmalade is very simple - cook the oranges, chop it all up and boil with sugar. 


Now we can look forward to that zingy freshness on the toast, with fresh coffee, sitting outside in our little garden, on a warm summer morning (yes, I am an optimist 😀).

Chateau Hexagon - I finished the gardens some time ago,

  and last night I finished the chateau also.
It is now waiting to be put together.

The Quilters Patch quilt - I made a start -
block no 1, the "Cosmos block".

Today is a really dull and wet day.
Good day to be in the kitchen and do some baking -  
this is one of my favourite biscuit recipes - Ottolenghi's white chocolate and cranberries.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday!

© 2017

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