Sunday, 15 February 2015

Crochet Morning

This week it was my turn to host a crochet morning for a few local mums. Now I'm not much of a crocheter really, but there was zero interest in a quilting morning and a get together with company, coffee, cake and crafty is a lovely way to spend a morning. Especially now my little one's at nursery 5 mornings a week and the house feels like a ghost ship. So, crochet morning it was.

So Monday morning I dropped in to the local wool shop and let my daughter pick out some yarn, and by Saturday night I had the finished article.

The company was good, the cake was pretty good and best of all, my little girl loves them.

Linking up to
Hug-a-Bit Quilts

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Quick Finish

I've had one of those moments where I've realised how far I've come in the last year on quilting.

My neighbour's had to go into hospital for surgery and is expecting to be in a few weeks. While I think the NHS is amazing and I'm incredibly grateful for the life saving work of the workers, there's no doubt that they are pretty dismal places to stay in, even for a few days.

I wanted to make something to make the place a bit less clinical for her, so grabbed some soft lilacs from my stash and in under a week have pressed, cut, sewn, basted, quilted and bound the quilt.

While a tumbler pattern and the quilting may be basic, I like the balance of the quilt, the corners meet beautifully and the quilting's got decent tension throughout, with only a few tiny puckers on the back. All of which would have been a real challenge this time last year and would have taken 3 or 4 times the time.

It's not life changing, it's never going to set the blogosphere alight, but it's a real pleasure to be able to take a small stack of fabric and make something for a really warm and friendly woman who's having tough time.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Here comes 2015

It's hit that part of the year I always struggle with - all the hectic lead up to Christmas and the warm fuzziness has gone, and now we've got to get back to normal and get through to spring. Added to this year by the loss of my great auntie Lucy at 91 and my husband's grandma, Edith at 88 over the holidays. Sad times.

Both women loved family occasions, and so despite the losses we carried on with enjoying time with family, near and far. But this years Christmas celebrations were interlaced with sadness and fond memories.

Surprisingly I did get some seasonal sewing was done on time for once,  Early December was a finish for Advent Calanders for the kids, and a table runner for my Sister-in-Law:

Then late December was a quilt for my niece that's taken over a year from start to end!

(I am super pleased with how the free motion quilting came out - check out the bubble quilting:

And since then a big fat nothing. Blergh. My daughter is now at nursery 5 mornings a week, so in theory I have 3 mornings to sort the house and let my creative juices run free. In fact I have 2 days working 3 days doing a double school run - 2 hours walking a day for me, 1 hour 30 for my 3 year old and 1 hour for my 5 year old. We're all a bit tired. And I'm really missing my girl. So maybe I'm not doing too badly.

Blogloving has come to the rescue today - Le Challenge for January is up, and this month's theme is Dots. Surely I can get something started, done and dusted by mid Feb?  Hopefuly it'll kickstart my crafting year.

Hunting through the last month's pictures for this has already cheered me up no end - Here are my lovely little ones, very proud of having decorated trees and iced cakes.

They're the best thing about any new year!
Le Challenge

Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday Makers:

It's not a fancy bit of sewing, but I wanted a quick make this week - I've got some advent calendars to make and needed something to protect the kitchen worktop so I can press all those fiddly pockets. 10 minutes later and, Hey presto, - a nice cheery fabric pressing mat

with a reverse that doubles a a design wall (for very teeny projects)

It's already been put to good use and a festive table runner for my sister in law...

and the first of those advent calendars for my little ones are well on their way

Linking up:

Hug-a-Bit Quilts

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Crocheted Baby Blanket

Started last winter, I finally got around to finishing of my crochet baby blanket last month. Lovely little Georgia arrived safe and sound on Bonfire Night and is doing well. So here's a snap of the finished article.

All the blocks are from Eatons 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afgans. A great book it you want to try out crochet and are totally new to it like me. They have a nice reminder of what the stitches are in the back, along with edgings and how to change yarn colour.

At the start I was relying on youtube videos for each stitch too, but by the end I had the confidence to try for a wavy edge with no pattern at all! It's a real learning journey of a blanket, so I won't worry too much about the blocks that came out a little too small of the massively uneven tension in places!

Hope it keeps some little toes and finger snug and warm through the winter.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Woodland Height Chart: A FMQ finish

The Finish

A month ago my mother in law asked how to free motion quilt on the machine she kindly got me last year. So I got out this cute height chart panel I'd picked up and long since hidden away. I'm so happy I did. The Husqvana Automatic I use is an old machine, but a lovely one. All those problems of bunching fabric, eyelash like loops on the back of the fabric and general difficulties in getting the lines of stitching where I wanted, were gone.

So, off I set, trying out lots of patterns I'd been admiring on pintrest blogloving. I did loops for the sky (hoping to add movement), a bark pattern for the tree and a bit of a sampler feel for the coloured blocks on the left.

I can't say the quilting is all that, but I'm really pleased to have finished it and got my first FMQ project under my belt.

The Creatures

The Free Motion Quilting

The Woodland Plants

Linking up to Fabric tuesday at quilt story and a late link to up to Finish it up Friday, as I really love this and want to share it!

Fresh Poppy Design

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

From this...

To this...

in the space of two weeks.

It's amazing what you can do when it's cold out and you're on an autumn caravan holiday on the Yorkshire coast!

Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching, at Kathy's Quilts, WIP Wednesday, at Freshly PiecedWow on Wednesday, at Esther's Blog and

Slow Sunday Stitching  WIPs on Wednesdays

(by the way, just found a great list of linky parties organised by day of the week. Check it out here if, like me, you want to share but don't know where)