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.



  1. Wow - you go missing for a while and when you emerge - look at all the goodies! All just wonderful, but my oh my - the dresdan is just gorgeous.

  2. Wow what amazing projects, you really don't kid around when you take a 'break'! I love the hexie wall hanging!! =D

  3. You have been one busy lady! Very nice KF project. Interesting hexie wall hanging.

  4. HI Pauline... I am popping over from Cheryls.... love your projects... I have jsut started the fusion blanket so it was great to see yours... fabulous dresden quilt top...

  5. Such a lot of creating going on! Love the Dresden fan quilt. I'm sure it will raise a lot of money for the Leukemia Society - it's so pretty. All of your projects are lovely. I've been away, so not much sewing here, but I need to get back to it soon. All the best!

  6. wow! so many lovely things! Your hexies are lovely - I really like the holes :-D

  7. The hexie hanging is very pretty.

  8. Oh my, love the hexi hanging quilt. SWEET! Judith, Texas