Friday, September 15, 2017

ATC Friday

Two more swaps I took part in. This one used as a main element (at least 90 per cent of the card) paper from the inside of security envelopes. We were also allowed to use other elements found on envelopes - preprinted text, postmarks, stamps, etc. So technically, my cards are 100 percent swap requirements. I really liked the extra effect of the stamps, just gave it a little zing.

These are a bit more back to my roots - fabric cards with detail done in stitching. The theme for this swap was jack-o-lanterns, not surprisingly.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What's next...

Coming up soon in my sewing (assuming I have any time in the next few weeks) - looks like a sort out of the scrap basket and/or strip bag is in order. They're getting really full!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

And here's this week's progress - nearly finished!  Definitely going to be done in time for Hallowe'en, yay!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Slightly bigger scrappy top

...and I put this one together as well - a few more blocks to it, but basically the same as yesterday's. Again, it will need a border, but that's a concern for another time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Little scrappy top

Spent some time today putting together some scrappy blocks into a top. No border yet, but it's going in the pile...

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Pink Panther Top

I like this one a lot - The subdued neutral blocks in the centre work well with the Pink Panther themed border. I think it will appeal to an older child - might even get earmarked for Teenage Cancer Trust instead of Project Linus.

Friday, September 08, 2017

ATC Friday

A few more sets which I made for swaps over the recent summer holiday (I love having more time for art!).  These swaps had the theme of school houses (and the card had to be house shaped)

And "keep it neutral" - meaning you had to use largely neutral colours.

It's really interesting working with all neutral elements, because things which seem quite neutral on their own, like the stamps here, which are all browish, seem much more colorful when everything else is even more neutral!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

String 1 & String 2 (and String 3)

These are three smaller string tops - like the larger one I showed the other day. These, however, will get borders on them in the fullness of time. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

More progress this week - quite a bit of the house, cauldron and trees on the right hand side. Really going well with this - if I have keep it up, I might even have a little time to work on another partly finished Hallowe'en piece I have before the actual holiday. Then before I know it, it will be time for other seasonal stitching. You know what I mean!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood - with hearts

These blocks were made from a charm pack with Little Red Riding Hood themed fabric; the border is pink and yellow hearts.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Large String Top

I had a lot of string blocks - it's what I make when my string bag gets too full (usually). So I decided to put some together into a top. This one, at 6x6 blocks (the blocks are about 8"), doesn't really need a border, so it will go off to Linus without one. Some smaller tops, in progress, will eventually get borders.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Little top with Green Border

This one is quite a small top, but will suit a smaller child. These were some rather random blocks I had hanging out; sometimes it's quite challenging to use them!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Blue Roman Stripes with Number Border

This one has been sitting waiting for a border for a while, but after pairing up all those waiting tops the other day, I decided it was time to stitch some of those borders on. Here, I've used a border print with lots of numbers in it - it went well with the interior quilt top.

Friday, September 01, 2017

ATC Friday - PAT swap

This is a slightly different kind of swap - it's a Pick-a-Theme swap, which means that each player chooses their own theme and the others make cards specifically for them (rather than a general theme). I joined this swap in two different groups  - one group of people asking for Altered Playing cards (people request a specific suit and number, in order to build up a deck), and one for regular cards. The themes above were vintage woman or girl; woman on a postage stamp; American robin; Fish.  The cards I get back will all feature a postage stamp somewhere on the card.

And for this group, the themes were seahorses, jellyfish, snails in sunflowers (this card is sideways!) and shabby chic.  And the cards I get back will all feature a black bird.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Scrappy blocks with Egyptian print

Here are those blocks, assembled into a top. I'll now put them in the pile for bordering, though it may be a while before I find something suitable. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

I've finished off the middle and made a good start on the third section of this piece this week - definitely on track for a finish before Hallowe'en. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Extremely exciting sewing, part 2

This one was a bit more of a challenge than the curtains. Our local park has a little mini golf, which is run by the Friends, along with the cafe. The council originally fitted it out, but over the years, one of the flags has gone missing entirely (inluding the pole) and one has been chewed up by foxes (but still has the pole). We looked into replacing them, but you can only buy sets (e.g. 10-18) rather than single numbers, so I thought I'd have a go at a cheap replacement. 

The 13 is a bit weird, as I had to make up the platic fitting which goes inside the flag to keep it rigid - with the other flag, I was just able to reuse the one we had. 

But they do ok.  At the moment, 13 is resting on a bamboo garden pole, but we are ordering a new pole for it - those you CAN buy in single units.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Extremely exciting sewing, part 1

A couple of things are actually getting sewn in the past few days, though they aren't that exciting. The first, a set of curtains for under the counter in our local park non-profit cafe (I'm on the committee for the Friends of the Park). Just tidying away all the extra bits and pieces which live under the counter and are a bit messy.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Block Set Update

It's been a while since I did this, but with quite a bit of activity recently, thought it was about due. These are now all the block sets I have waiting - the birds and circular flying geese will stay with me anyway, so it's not really a problem that they are still waiting to be worked with. The others are getting a lot thinner on the ground - hoorah!  Perhaps it's time to make some new sets...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Matching up the borders

Despite what seems to me to be a relative lack of sewing in the past few months, I did have quite a good sized stack of tops which were ready to have borders added (for Project Linus) - so I took a few minutes to sort out some potential border fabrics for them. Here they are, matched up. I may decide that a few of them don't work when it comes to actually attaching the borders, but for the moment, they can go back in the box paired up and ready to roll...