I liked doing the last stitchery so much, and it looks very pretty in my daughter’s room – I thought I’d do another! After rumaging through some magazine clippings I found this cute bird in a heart and thought it would match the last one, stiched it in the same threads and used the same fabric. Had to do a little retail therapy to by some more of Rosalie’s fabric and buy her latest book ‘Stich in Time’. So I’m sure there will be some more coming up!
It’s been a busy 2 weeks working and sewing. Last Friday I attended the Glenharrow Spring Stitch-in with Vikki and some other girlfriends, what a lovely day it was! Good company, great food and yummy stitcheries to do. I really enjoy doing the sticheries as a break from piecing and applique. Here are my finished projects from the day.
Firstly, ‘Your Way Home’ by Rosalie Quinlan – a cute stichery put over a small canvas, the fabric is from also from Rosalie’s new fabric range (not yet out) – this one is now hanging in my 3yo daughter’s room.
This is a little sewing bag ‘Precious Things’ by Leanne Beasley.
Of course while I was there, I just had to look at the patterns on offer and purchased yet another bag pattern – “Marie’s Roses Carry Bag” by Leanne Beasley. I adapted the pattern a little, by putting pockets on both sides of the bag (instead of only one side), used a different fabric for the inside, and put on a shoulder strap instead of carry handles. It’s a great size, 49cm (19″) x 36cm (14″). The fabrics I used on the outside pockets (roses) and the inside (spots) were of a heavier weight fabric which I think worked really well for a bag this size. I love it!
I’m off to the Quilts in the Barn (Wonga Park, Vic) tomorrow to meet up with my girlfriends to do our first swap of the dresden plate blocks …. of course in preparing these I just had to get some more fabrics – and here they are.
And what else have I been doing….. oh, 3 days of work, family stuff, sewing the above of course and a bit of gardening last weekend. I got my husband to make me some new garden beds for my strawberries – probably was I had to dig them all up first (and de-weed them), then plant them all again …. all 230+ of them! I originally started off with just 3 plants a few years ago and they just kept having babies (off shoots), they are the yummiest strawberries – Hokowase is the type. Mum and I swear by them, you can even eat them when they are just starting to colour up. Now I just need to get back out there and set up my netting.
Yes it’s Saturday, but I was up stitching all Friday afternoon and night (until 3am this morning)! Have been hooked on watching a new vampire series True Blood, so it’s been great just sitting and sewing. It’s been a fair bit of preparation work during the week, and Friday was my sewing day. Some girlfriends (see Vikki’s) I go away with each year to the Parsonage have a just set up a new swap – dresden plates. We each make our own block (mine’s 14″ ), then provide background squares, and a fabrics/s to use in them, with the others adding their touch (in your colourway). We therefore get to make a block for each person and then at our weekend away next May at the Parsonage we do the unvielling of all the blocks, and then we take them home to sew into a quilt. In previous years, we’ve done 6″ blocks with applique theme’s, a bag swap and last year a show bag of sewing goodies.
My block prefrence is for a 20 petal dresden (I’ll do the centre’s when I get all of the blocks back and decide on a fabric to suit all), but being the over-achiever or the person that just can’t stop at the one small task, I’m thinking I’ll make some blocks during this time and turn what would be a 9 block lapquilt into a queen size bed quilt, as I’ve still not managed to get one finished for my own bed yet. Now I’ve just worked out I’ll need to make about 36 blocks!!!! Think I’ll just keep cutting petals and then sew when the mood takes.
First there was fabric, then samples were made, and now the block kit swaps are made up too!
This week I also received my first parcel of the “It Takes Two” BOM. So again the preparation has started – I’ve never done paper piecing before, it seems easy enough, just more preparation!