Posted by: snoozerider | November 23, 2010

I do like to be beside the seaside…at sunset

sunset sea closeup

More fun with the embellisher 🙂

I made this fabric postcard for my mum. The background fabric is a scrap of denim. I needle punched wool rovings, scraps of different fabrics and yarns onto the background, then hand embroidered using running stitch, fly stitch, herringbone and crown stitch; and then there’s the beaded bling factor.

I am pretty pleased with it and I think mum liked it.

Posted by: snoozerider | November 19, 2010

Check Out the Ring!

No, I’m not talking about dodgy horror films…or worse still, royal wedding engagements ;-). Eagle eyed readers will notice a new thingy on my side bar. Yes, I am very honoured to have been asked by the wonderful Dordogne Quilter, Clare to join the Liberated Quilters webring. Go check out the other liberated quilters – there’s some great blogs featured 🙂

Posted by: snoozerider | November 15, 2010

A New Toy and a Proud Boy

Woohoo – I am the proud owner of an embellishing machine :-). It’s a Pfaff 350P – check it out. I’ve done a bit of experimenting with various materials, yarns, ribbons, scraps…and so far this is my favourite piece, felted from pieces of two scarves I bought from a charity shop (plus a teeny bit of chiffon), then hand stitched with chain stitch swirly bits:

woolly chain stitch close up
woolly chain stitch really close up

I think what I will love best about the embellisher is the opportunity to use all sorts of scraps and shiny bits…and making lovely textured surfaces to embroider on. Watch this space!

On the subject of proud, my eldest son, Gman, completed his first quilt project this week. He made a nine patch table runner for his bedroom drawers. He chose all the fabrics and pieced and quilted it himself. As you can see, he is very pleased with his efforts! And his mama is very proud 🙂

proud with quilt

Posted by: snoozerider | November 10, 2010

More Stitch Files

I’ve been adding to my collection of stitches learned…you can check them out in my Flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/towardsagoodlife/sets/72157625237157390/with/5163666791/

This is my most recent and most fun:

chain stitch close up

Posted by: snoozerider | November 4, 2010

Learning to Stitch – Cretan

Well, I’ve been carrying on trying out the new stitches in Sharon’s The Stitch Files. This time I have given Cretan Stitch a go and here’s the results of my experiments:

cretan stitch

I put off trying this stitch, thinking it looked difficult, but it has been my favourite so far, surpassing even the good ole blanket/buttonhole stitch.

I love the way it looks over the ricrac, though not sure how secure the ricrac would be…so maybe a few beads or sparkly things to hold in place would do the trick. Mmmmm…ricrac and beads and sparkly things 🙂

Posted by: snoozerider | October 29, 2010

Back in Black (and red)

Well, I finally got round to completing the flying geese borders for Gman’s red and black quilt. I am loving the way it looks so far but it’s not quite big enough yet, so not sure what to add to bring it up to size…any ideas?!? It is wide enough, but needs to be longer, so looking at adding top and bottom borders.

WIP - flying geese border added

Posted by: snoozerider | October 25, 2010

Aliens, Alveva and A Bit of Stitchin

This weekend, me and mum popped over to nearby Feltwell to check out the Alveva Quilters exhibition. It was held in a farm barn and was fffffffreezing but was a really special show. There was a range of different quilts on display, some hung from the beams which looked lovely, as well as a couple of trade stands. I didn’t spot any liberated or free pieced quilts but was delighted to see several stunning scrap quilts, as I much prefer scrappy to overly coordinated. And the home-made cakes were delicious 🙂

quilt show barn

inside barn

As far as my own projects go – I am up to 36 blocks quilted (out of 80) on my Jacob’s Ladder and have just started sewing hexies together for the first spike on my star. I have nearly finished the flying geese border for Gman’s red and black quilt.

Oh yes, and I have decided to try my hand at some embroidery. Sharon, over at Pintangle is running a series of “stitching files” and I have downloaded the first six with a view to putting together my own folder of stitching. I have made a start by making samples of buttonhole, herringbone and chevron stitches, as well as collecting examples of these to inspire me.

herringbone
buttonhole stitch
chevron stitch

Oh, and I made this alien mini-quilt for Waif from one of his drawings, using backstitch:

aliens

I know I have a very long way to go but am enjoying the process as well as being part of the Stitchin Fingers community, where there is lots of inspiration to be gleaned.

Posted by: snoozerider | October 11, 2010

A Sunny Afternoon

And I was able to complete the next “ring” of hexagons…

hexies on the garden chair

Posted by: snoozerider | September 24, 2010

Still here!

It’s been a busy few weeks and sewing has been on a bit of a back burner but I have been beavering away on hand quilting my Jacob’s Ladder quilt (30 blocks down, *only* 50 more to do :-)). Struggling a bit with sewing my hexagons because I really can’t see well enough in electric light to do these accurately enough, and chances during daylight hours to sew are few and far between!

After laying out my house blocks for Waif’s quilt it was looking like the village needed a couple more houses so I knocked these up:

too much caffeine house
jazz house

The first one is “too much caffeine house” and the second one is clearly inhabited by a jazz musician 😉

I think the gaps will be filled with trees, stars, and random bits and pieces. I found this tutorial on tree blocks, so think I will be giving that a go.

Posted by: snoozerider | September 13, 2010

Ring a Ring o Hexies

Another ring added:

hexagon with six rings

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