Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Summer Sun??

Santa Sack from Melanie
I have recieved my Santa Sack from Melanie and it is beautiful!!  I can't wait to open the packages but have put the sack away for now(  I can squeeze the parcels every now and then!!)

I am surprised at how much I seem to have got done- I think its a sign of the bad weather that I have not felt guilty about spending time sewing. I have made quite a few gifts for Melanie for her Santa Sack but can't show them!!! And also knitted a short cotton summer top for my daughter.  

I've decided to show off my "Hexi Hanging" now my hanger has arrived- it looks great up in my sewing room.
I have also  just finished a chair cover using a method similar to the one being shared on the
Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.   It is for my camping chair and makes it so  comfortable and looks colourful when we are out with our caravan trying to find some of that stuff called sunshine!! It also doubles as a picnic mat as it just ties onto the chair. Its made from Kaffe Fassett and Westminster Fabrics I bought in Liberty's last year.

I have plans to do another one maybe in Liberty Tana Lawn squares or in soft brushed cotton as a baby blanket as it is an enjoyable way of combining quilting and crochet while I am on holiday.
There is another trip to London planned for the autumn after the Olympics are over to
see our son's new flat and also visit the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexander Palace- so more shopping !!! 

I have also used up some charm squares  to make some placemats for the caravan using a Scrappy 4 Patch tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co which Khris from Freebies for Crafters shared.  It is a great tutorial and makes wonderful 4 patch blocks. I had some lovely daffodil fabric which I used to make them reversible - they look very spring -like and will cheer us up even if the sun does not shine!!

My Dresden Fan is nearly finished - just needs quilting but might have to wait until I can find some approppriate backing material. I also plan to make the edges scalloped  which will be a first. I will be hunting  down some fabric while we are in Edinburgh later in August.  I've promised it to my Mum so that she can raffle it for the  Leukemia Care Charity.

My big project after the holiday period will be the very large embroidered quilt I have a commission for - it is 104" sqaure so will keep me busy this autumn. I have designed it using Quilt Pro 6 which I like although I know most people seem to prefer Electric Quilt. It will contain the new Candlewick and Candlewick Rose blocks from KennyKreations. They have a Celebration sale on at the moment so I was tempted to buy these as they are really lovely.

I also ran up a Machine Cover after seeing some in blogs - it covers my small Janome and has pockets to keep bits and pieces with the machine.

So lets hope we all see a bit more summer sun and can enjoy the Olympics over the next month.


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Forty Love!

I have nearly completed my latest EPP project as I have spent every afternoon and evening watching the tennis at Wimbledon. Last year we were lucky enough to win two tickets in the draw for Centre Court on semi-finals day and this was like a dream come true for me -this is me outside Centre Court.  I  played tennis  until my early 30's -until I had the children and have been a fan all my life.  To go to Wimbledon and see it live was so exciting so I met up with my son who lives and works in London  and we had a great day out. We had lovely hot weather - not like the rain this year. It is much smaller than it appears on TV and more compact but the atmosphere is fantastic.  I plan to try for tickets again next year so that we can go again. 
 On Henman Hill
Centre Court
So I  have had to be content with watching it on TV - but there has been superb coverage including two long matches until 11pm at night!! 

So lots of hand work and even some knitting. But a new toy is my lint brush which I have just got- I have had to buy a new a vacuum cleaner after only 15 months and I think it is due to all the threads which get wrapped around the sweeper brushes so this useful little gadget will pick up all the threads before I hoover the carpet.  It seems to be great so far!

I have been making a couple of things for the Santa Sack swop so can't show them yet but here are the EPP blocks completed so far.  Just the last one to finish- I think I will save it for the Andy Murray match tomorrow afternoon!

I think this might make a good quilt to send to Julie from Having Quilting Fun in Colorado for the appeal to help victims of the dreadful fires which have left people homeless in the USA. I need to get it finshed and sent off as soon as I can.  

Back to the tennis - love all!!!!