Thursday, 27 February 2014

Chaos in the Kitchen !!

We are in the middle of the fitting of a new kitchen - which I have lusted after for a long time so I am trying to be laid back and keep calm while the whole house has been disrupted.  !!!
This has affected the amount of sewing but the end result will be worth it - I hope!!!!

Half way through the work !  

I have concentrated on machine embroidery when I have escaped to my sewing room and have finished the whimsical cottages ready to pierce on Saturday at my quilt group meeting. I am planning on using a Playtime charm square from Moda. 

I have also thrown together a jelly roll race quilt using up some left over strips and decided to make some appliqué sea creatures as it reminded me of the sea and beach. 

Then something new for me!! - dressmaking 
I have not made anything since my daughter was a little girl and I made her some lovely summer dresses but she is going to a wedding in June and we had ago at finding a dress pattern and material to try making a dress. 

She is pleased with it so far and I am also going to try and make a fascinator to match using free standing lace patterns on my embroidery machine. So this may herald the start of a new direction as she is keen for me to make some more summer dresses. 

So it's hopefully not long now before my new kitchen is finished and we can get back to normal. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Give away news


Following the GYB party  the winner of my give away is Lyn who blogs at linicat@large

Congratulations to    Lyn       and thanks to everyone who stopped by and left comments as it has  been a great opportunity to find even more great blogs to follow.

I am feeling a bit low as I have gone down with a heavy cold and don't feel up to much at the moment but can show some of my recent work.  I have started a couple of machine embroidery pieces- this is one of a set of whimsical cottages which I am making into a kiddy quilt using a  Moda 1930's Playtime charm pack.

This is going to be a wall hanging for my daughter for her newly decorated bedroom 

and this is a new small  string quilt which I found -and I liked the layout of the diagonal strips. 
It will be a nice size for  a charity quilt. 

My own success in a recent give away was the new DVD by Dianne Rusin Doran

It arrived yesterday and I have been playing around with Photoshop Elements and look forward to printing out some fabric to use as the basis for some postcards or embroidered art quilts. So keeping busy still hand quilting my Country Scrappy quilt and also trying to get my Oriental sampler finished at long last. !