Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A finish

I don't have a huge amount to show today, after my recent flurry of quilty activity and my sewing lesson at the weekend I've pottered on with other projects.
My finish is a crochet project I've been working on for some time, just using up yarn in my stash.
It's not a huge piece. Just big enough for a pram or bassinet. 
 Big stripes in two shades of oatmeal, and a pretty shell edging.
It just needs a Loulee label and it is done.
I've made a start on another smaller and probably slow crochet project, they are easy to take along.
I just grab my basket and go.
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I've also been picking away at M'Lady, adding a few stitches each day, and hopefully quite a few more later today.
It was nice to work with the pink threads for a while after all those yellows and mustards.
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Time to do the domestics, meet a pal for a cuppa then sit and stitch the afternoon away.
What ever your plans, enjoy your day. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sewing Lessons

Yes, for me.
A long time ago, I used to do a wee bit of dress making, nothing too fancy, a few maternity items for myself, some pretty dresses for my daughter and even a wedding dress! 
Yesterday, with advice and support from both Debbie and Claire I got stuck in and made myself a shirt. It is the first time I have worked with knitted fabrics and also the first time I have used an over locker. 
I'm rather pleased with the outcome!
Might have to get my hands on my own over locker. Might be the first of many.
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Today is most definitely a stay at home and sew type of day. It's rather wet out there!
As you know I have many projects to chose from, but didn't decide yet, what to do?

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Two more finishes

My bitty rows quilt is just about done, I quilted it on my frame on Wednesday with a lose meander and included a few hearts in there too. The back does show some tension issues, but on the whole I'm really happy with it.
 
It just needs a hanging sleeve or tabs and it can take it's turn hanging in the hallway of our home.
Many of those bitty little scraps have memories of previous quilts.
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Do you remember a couple of posts ago I showed this piece? It wasn't square, but I couldn't find another piece of chocolate fabric.  Well eventually another piece came to the surface in the scrap bin and I was able to get a slightly too skinny wedge to add to the end.
 It is still not square! The above image in an illusion. LOL
But I'm happy with it. It makes a great mat for my sewing machine, which I push away and pull toward me all the time. 
My old machine was quite light and easy to move. The skyline is a bigger girl and takes a bit more effort to move, so a wee mat is just perfect. Now she slides easily back and forward.
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What to do next?
Watch this space.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Ready for quilting.

My bitty rows quilt is ready for quilting!
The pattern does actually call for two more rows, one of pinwheels and one of friendship stars, but I have opted not to make them. I like it just the way it is.
I did make a few changes. When I made up the heart row I could also see butterflies and angels wings made using the same blocks. So they were added. 
I love the way this one has turned out, the blue sashing unified it beautifully and the second wider border finishes it off perfectly.
I did purchase enough fabric to add another border, but I don't think it needs it. 
I just need to sort out a backing and this one will go onto my frame for quilting.
Sew, what am I sewing now?
I have a new start, but I'll save that for another day.
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My Spring Queen, or M'Lady, as I have taken to calling her, is progressing slowly.
 Here you see the folds in her gown. It will eventually become obvious that she is seated, with her knees to the right of this image and the differing shades are the folds in her gown.
I'm still working on page one of the chart, and  have a looooooong way to go.
This design is much larger than some of my more recent cross stitch pieces.
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My day off today. I have loads to do before I can play.
What ever you're doing today....
Have fun and sew.