Thursday, 29 September 2011

Basic patchwork quilt update.....

The patchwork piecing is finished, all pressed and ready to quilt. I have decide to quilt it on to fleece to give this little quilt a lovely cuddly feel!

I have been slightly distracted from my quilting as my superking patchwork quilt arrive back from Rosemary at Frome Valley Quilting this week. It looks great I can't stop looking at it. Ive cut the binding so it already to take on my holiday next week. I hope the weather stay like this, im keeping my fingers crossed!
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Sunday, 25 September 2011

What a busy weekend.....

On Saturday I taught my patchwork class at the Craft Den. We had great fun, here is Penny laying out her blocks with the lovely orange sashing.
Here is Sandra sewing her lovely Amy Butler fabric together. These are her finished blocks below.
These are Wendy's blocks below, looking great together!
Penny decided to layout her blocks out differently as she preferred all the same blocks together in a row.

Overall we had a very productive day, the patchwork blocks all finished and the sashing cut and ready to put the quilt top together. I can't wait to see them all finished  at the next class in October! On Sunday I visited a craft and textile show, Lynne from the Craft Den had a great stall full of fabric. I couldnt resist buying this little bundle!
I was so inspired that I came home and cut them up. I wanted to make a design that would be a great beginners quilt. Here is a sneek peek......

I added another fabric to make the design zing! Check back later this week to see the finished quilt!

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Anorther Starting Point from Shimelle....

I am well and truely back into my scrapbooking, here is another starting point from Shimelle. The photographs were taken on Isabel's 3rd birthday, she loved the new outfits. I've been told today that I got to get Father Christmas to get another one as she is quickly growing out of those.
I just want to say thanks to the lovely bloggers on WOWW as they helped me finish the page, I also got some great inspiration from the other participants in Shimelle's challenge so thank you again! Isnt the internet great!!!

As always Ive made two layouts as I always have too many photos!
The lovely paper is from the Daisy Bucket range, I've had it for sometime so its great to finally use it!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011


On my desk this week is another Starting Point from Shimelle its been there for a few days as I'm struggling to finish it off! I think my photos are too small, maybe I need just one larger picture...what do you think? I'm also struggling with my embellishments, what should I use? button, bows, or gems??
If you look back at my work desk you will see a bundle of fabric at the top right. I just love to buy new fabric, I have a plan for this lovely stack, I want to make an Oh' Fransson quilt, which is a very simple design to show of the bold fabric.
 My favourite piece is the owl fabric!
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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Starting point finished.....

I've finished Shimelle's Starting Point! I had great fun, it is so nice to be back scrapbooking. I have a huge pile of photos just waiting......
Look at the animals on this! During our holiday in Devon, we had said all week we were going to the Zoo, my little niece Isabel was so excited. She isn't on these shots as she was fast asleep in her pram! It was a rainy day but we didnt care, this is us in the dessert, it was boiling hot.
Now here are some nicer looking animals. I love giraffes, the colours, the print of their skin, so slender and tall! I think I will come back as a!
I've stamped a title and punched some jungle leaves!

A big thank you to Sarah who left comments on my last post, I used her idea for a title. It made me chuckle when I read it.


It was "A Zoo-pa Day Out"!
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011


The sewing has gone away this week, I feel I have neglected my scrapbooking. I have Shimelle to thank for this as she blogged a starting point, and I thought ....why not? It was the kick up the backside I! My other inspiration was the giraffe print ribbon that I purchase at the Papercraft Show in Harrogate at the weekend. Can you see the rest of my goodies in the top left hand corner, a lovely butterfly stamp, lots of scrummy buttons and they are sat in wooden house, just waiting for me to alter!
My challenge now, is how many photos can I fit on one page, I have over 40 pictures to choose from on a double page layout! I've made a start on the layout below, now to add the photos and embellishments.....
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Any ideas for a title? The photos are from my visit to Paignton Zoo whilst on holiday in Devon.  I just love the giraffes, they are my favourite. I have challenged my lovely friend Norma to create a page with the same starting point so watch this space!

Monday, 12 September 2011

I love patchwork....

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Just thinking about my next project, I just love patchwork! Cutting up the fabric and putting it all back together again! The last photo was a gift from a friend, I may make a few just in time for Christmas!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sewing therapy......

What a week! I had two pieces of bad news this week which I may blog about when I'm ready but for now I'm spending some time at home with my girls (above, playing in the garden). I was also in need of some sewing therapy, so I got out an old project I had on the go. It is a reversible quilt, this is a pile of the blocks with the reverse side showing.
This is the main side, pieced out of all my yellow/orange fabric scraps.

I love making reversible quilts as it is quilted as you go along, here is one I made a few years ago with some great fabric I bought in San Francisco. I just loved the melons with pinks and limes colours.
This is the reverse side, I collected fabric for a few years with, tea, coffee, cups and saucers on. So I have 2 quilts in one. I keep turning it over to suit whatever mood I'm in!
Here are a few closes up so you can see the fabric better.....

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