Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday finish - hanging baskets

I first came across Odile Balleouil at L'Amour du Fil in Nantes. She is a French fabric designer and uses different fabric bases combined with lush, detailed patterns. Not my aesthetic. However, over the last few years, I've purchased a few fat quarters and a scrap bag with no idea of what they will become.

I spotted a free pattern was available here for hanging baskets which were a perfect project for our Guild's demo on Monday. I used ribbon for the hanging straps and instead of printing two copies of the pattern, I cut the fabric on the fold. 

They are quick to make and I can see 100s of uses for them including to contain a large easter egg. I had some scraps of a local print, left behind by my daughter, which I used for the lining of all three baskets.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

WIP Wednesday - tree quilt

Our group has made improv trees for a group quilt to be submitted for adjudication at the Jersey Eisteddfod this weekend. I originally made two blocks and then I realised I had made my blocks with Christmas fabrics so I made two further blocks. The instructions can be found on The Diary of a Quilter blog.

Kim put the blocks together and I was impressed how it looks cohesive despite many of the blocks not conforming to the colour inspiration provided.

I quilted the quilt using malachite by Urban Elementz. I also donated the wadding and a local shop, Rachel’s Textiles,  donated the backing fabric.

 The quilt is being donated for Jersey Trees for Life who are thrilled with the donation.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Monday make - sewjo banner

For our local retreat two weeks ago, I kitted up Sewjo by Happy Sew Lucky. I printed the foundation paper pattern onto specialist paper which is easier to tear and remove. I got some of the units pieced whilst at retreat but last week I decided I needed to have some stitchy time as my mind is occupied with the forthcoming Creative Arts Eisteddfod (more about that next week).

The sections with the most pieces were the lid and the top half of the Q. I can see why the pattern has an option to embroider the R and QD instead of piecing them. I quilted the piece with Glide in the colour Bone with a chevron pattern. I had to increase the size of the tabs and they could still be a little less snug. I am hoping that when my husband next visits his brother in the UK, he can get holes drilled into the knitting needle which is a 20mm needle from a local charity shop.

I am pleased with how it turned out and the choice of the strawberry fabric makes me smile. As children, when anti biotics were prescribed, you always hoped for the strawberry version and not the banana version.


Friday, February 16, 2024

Friday finish - Valentine’s Day

I was thrilled to finish Valentine’s Day Quaker by Primrose Cottage on Monday. I even managed to mount it on a backing board from the charity shop with a mat of a pink Bumbleberries by Lewis & Irene.


I have displayed the piece on the mantelpiece in our lounge along with a decoupaged LOVE with an old photo of our children, who love changing the letters around to spell VOLE. Apparently it never gets old for them.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

WIP Wednesday - Dancer

Dancer by Barbara Ana is my UFO challenge piece for February. Some of my chosen projects have been started in some small way. This was kitted up by I didn't even have all of the threads.

I have made some progress this week with a middle start and I have worked down to his jumper at the bottom and up to the houses below the cartouche at the top. The houses and keys are definitely part of Barbara Ana’s aesthetic. Next I will do the cartouche at the top and then work left to complete the ear. The darkness of the fabric means that I can’t work on it at my Wednesday morning group, but I a, focusing on it at home if the afternoon.

I am now up to date with customer quilts, and the last quilt for February was delivered yesterday.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Monday Make - Valentine’s Day Quaker


I have surprised myself and got this piece stitched in five days. I am not a quick cross stitcher. The pattern is Valentine's Day Quaker by Primrose Cottage which can now be purchased as a digital download here. I bought the pattern and two skeins of Priscilla's Peppermint from Peakside Needeworks. The pattern specified three skeins and I already owned on skein. However, I didn't even use two full skeins, despite some unpicking due to dodgy counting. 

I have been under the weather since last Wednesday so have been focused on this piece and getting customer quilts quilted. The last quilt of three is now ready for collection. I am a little disappointed that I haven't mounted the piece yet, but my husband has sanded the sentiment off this square board from a charity shop, ready for me to paint it. I think he's done a great job and it doesn't need dry brushing which was my plan, so I just need to finish this and two other Valentine projects in the next two days.

Friday, February 09, 2024

Friday finish - boxy clear pouch

This is a boxy clear pouch by Aneela Hoey which I made at our retreat last week, apart from hand sewing the binding on one side of each end. 

I chose rainbow fabrics for a Women's Institute team competition. One of our members is knitting a pair of rainbow socks and we also need to make a card and one more hand-crafted item, such as a crocheted scarf.

Fabric - Alison Glass and Quietplay
Vinyl and zipper pull - Sew Quirky mystery box
Zipper - Purple Stitches mystery bag

 The pattern worked very well but was designed with a fixed length zipper in mind and I used zippers by the yard. I made it work and the bag has come out well.