Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Cosy Crocheting!

Still lots of snow on the fields but we should be seeing some better weather over the next few days. Keeping warm by crocheting and using up my fabric stash. I do have some Moda fabrics on order from Gill who has a website at Forgetmenotfabrics.co.uk.  - I thought I deserved something a bit special as I have made such an inroad into my stash over the last few days!!!

I have definately been bitten by the crocheting bug though and have finished another buggy blanket for a friend for an  expected grandchild and also a lovely flower wall hanging from  Lucy's blog at Attic24.

My scrappy trip around the world is bound and finished and I am really pleased at how it has turned out.  A couple of people have commented on their blogs that when you first start making scrappy quilts they can appear ugly but you have to keep going and see  where they take you.  And I think they are right- I am particularly pleased now that it has been quilted all over with a swirly, loopy design. I think this will make a good play quilt for a friend for her visiting grandchildren.  I am tempted to start another one and make it bigger this time with  a more co-ordinated range of colours  - so less SCRAPPY!!! ha ha .....

I used  a pale green binding and it looks fresh with the backing  I just happened to have . 


But I have now started a String quilt to continue the theme of scrappy quilts.

Also made a lovely quilted bag I found on Marcia's blog at Crafty Sewing and Quilting which is just right for keeping my crocheting tidy.

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Frosty Finishes!

We are now experiencing some real winter weather so the best place is in my sewing room getting a few things finished off and even starting new  things!

                                                         My scrappy trip around the world
just needs quilting so joins the queue !

 Animals Baby Quilt

but this finished and ready to give to Thomas (aged 2)

I started a new quilt from the latest edition of Machine Embroidery & Textile Art which only arrived yeaterday - but it uses some embroidery patterns I have had for a while from Graceful  Embroidery called Campions. I couldn't resist cutting out the material and getting started on the embroidery as I have been wanting to use them for a while and this project really suits them.

so 2 blocks done so far.

From a very very cold and frosty North Yorkshire


Monday, 14 January 2013

Colourful Crochet and painted quilts

Colourful creations

I have become "hooked" on crochet after discovering Lucy's blog at Attic24  - she has some great tutorials and uses wonderful colour combinations. I finshed the first blanket and have now started a second- slightly different with some small granny squares in the centre.  I also intend making her crochet flower wall hanging.  If you don't crochet have a look at her blog as she makes it so easy to follow with great pictures. Its great when the weather is cold and snowy, snuggled up as your blanket grows.

She is also organising an event in September in Skipton called Yarndale - a wool festival  which is really close to me so I am hoping to get to it !!!

Also finished my Cala Lily following the Craftsy course  " Painting Pictorial Quilts".  I have been really impressed with this course and the methods used for on-line learning.  I am now ready to do the second project which is a mountain landcape. It really appeals as it combines my love of painting and quilting in one!!

(oops Picture reversed!!)

I am also trying to add to my scrappy Trip Around the World quilt which has taken off in blogland but have only managed 6 blocks so will post as soon as I get a few more done. Like everyone else it is so addicitive and a satisfying method for a pattern I did not think I would ever do!


Thursday, 3 January 2013

New Year - new starts

All visitors have gone and beds are changed and washing started BUT still time to escape to my sewing room to get some sewing done.  I finished off a little bag and crochet doll which I will be giving to a friend for her little grand- daughter who is 4 next week.

Inside the bag I have hidden the Granny square blanket which I think she will enjoy snuggling up in when she visits her Granny.

I also put together some animal blocks I embroidered before Xmas into a small quilt which again I will give to someone when finished.  The dark strips are purple not black ! 
Just need to get it quilted at quilt group on Saturday. 

Can't wait for my fabric paint thinner to arrive so that I can get on with painting my Cala lily. 
Looking forward to some great sew -alongs over the coming months.