Monday, 30 September 2013

Christmas Quilt.

Hello everyone!
Well the nights are drawing in now, so less time out of doors & more time in the quilt room!
You may remember that in my last blog I decided to make a Farmers Wife Quilt with a Christmas theme.
(I talk about the history of Farmers Wives Quilts, in my earlier posts).
Well I am pleased to say that it is now finished!
I took these photos before it was pressed, but you can see what I have done anyway.
So, this is the finished quilt!

I am quite pleased with the end result. Not perfect....(is it ever?!) But I think the colours go well together.
I decided to quilt round the main part of each block, to give a nice texture.
Can't see it really, but you get the idea.....
Toby doesn't seem very impressed though!
So that is finished ready for hanging up at Christmas time.
Next on the list are some Christmas buntings.
I bought some lovely fabric from Daisy Crafts in Bridlington when I was visiting, and she had some lovely buntings on display.
She very kindly allowed me to photograph them so I will be making them shortly. This lovely shop is well worth a visit if you ever are in the area.
A wide variety of gorgeous & funky fabrics, including my favourite Michael Miller designs.
Here are a couple of my favourite Michael Miller designs which I couldn't resist:
And this one.......

They are SO cute, I almost don't want to cut into them! A cushion would be nice perhaps.
So that's about it for now. I shall post some pics of the buntings when I have finished them.
Before I go, I thought you might like to see some Autumnal pictures from our garden.


And these stunning acorns from our walk on the local golf course:
Certainly looks like it is a bumper year for berries and nuts.
I was going to make some Rose Hip Syrup, but decided the berries were better left for the birds.
Thanks for reading. As usual, feel free to leave a comment!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Seascapes & Christmas!

Hello everyone. So sorry for not blogging for AGES!

Well what have I been up to these last few weeks? Well, I have been making a couple of 'top secret' Christmas pressies, which I can't tell you about yet, and my latest quilt, a wall hanging for my bathroom.
 It was inspired by a wall hanging by a friend of mine.It is made of strips of fabric and is given a 3D texture by adding embellishments and use of couching and hand embroidery.I also used free motion machine embroidery for the beach & sky.
The shells are about 60 years old, and were part of a necklace my mum had. When the elastic broke, she kept the shells in a box. As they had little holes drilled in them, they were ideal to sew on the "beach".You can also see the wool & sequins above the beach huts,
I also chain stitched below the boats with metallic thread.
Can't see it on the above piccie, but I have sewed silver waves on the top strip. Also sewed a thick ribbon/tape to give a bit of movement.

Well, what else have I been up to?

It is a tradition for me to make a Christmas quilt. I was really stuck for ideas this year, but then I hit on the idea of a Farmers Wife Quilt, using Christmas fabrics.
Up in the quilt room I went, & did a bit of rummaging through my Christmas fabric drawer:-

OOPS! I do get a bit messy!

So far I have made these:


Well that's all for now. Off to tidy my quilt room now!
Call back soon, and see what else I have been up to. x