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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Quilting




I found this fab fabric in my local store, a colourful range from Moda. I just couldn't wait to start working with it! 


I decided to make a quilt, so after finding a pattern on the internet I set to work. I find sewing so relaxing and totally absorbing, you can switch off totally.
I bought 6 fat quarters to make this quilt and I didn't want to cut the fabric too much, as I loved all the patterns. To complete the quilt I bought some yardage of the blue and cream plus the orange border fabric.


Here is the completed quilt, it has a lovely contemporary feel to it, I haven't decided who I am giving it to yet but I know a few people have their eye on it!

This is the Moda fabric I used, and I am now working on another quilt for a wedding present using a few charm packs!
It is certainly the weather for picnics here so may be I will take my new quilt and have a wee picnic!!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Drying roses

Hello! I can't believe it has been so long since I posted! I do have a couple of good excuses!! I became a Granny, my daughter had a baby and my son got married so it has been a very busy but fun time! Both events went well and I thoroughly enjoyed the wedding and am really enjoying being a granny!
I thought I would share with you how to dry rose petals as I dried some for confetti for my son's wedding.
Above are some  beautiful cool water roses that I had in the house, so gently pull the petals from the head, separating from the stem.
                                                         

I then placed them onto a piece of kitchen roll and put into the airing cupboard or dark dry cupboard! I don't usually leave them intact like this, this was purely for a lovely pic!!
The tray on the left are the dried ones, whereas on the right are some I popped into the airing cupboard today! They will be dry in about a week it depends on the heat.
I hope you are all enjoying this spring it seems to be a spring filled with blossom, I hope that is a good sign!
                   Confetti action shot of bride and groom complete with dog!!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New Year, New Ideas!

 Hello! I hope 2017 is going well for you! In January I tidy, (I do tidy other times of the year but always feel in the mood in January!!) so while I was tidying my cupboard I found this little sample of nuno felt, I love the colours. The wool is from Treetops in Australia, Nancy who owns tree tops has an amazing eye for colour and puts together the most amazing colour combinations all inspired by nature.
I have recently acquired some embroidery threads from a friend, so I decided to put them to use! My sister embroiders but its not something I have really done a lot of and I certainly don't know if what I am doing is correct! But I had tremendous fun and to me that's the main thing and I will endeavour to learn the technique!!
I decided a simple pattern was probably best to start with, and it proved to be very relaxing, I chose similar colours to those which were in the piece of felt!
This is the wrong side and here you can see the piece of silk fabric on the back, which the wool is felted into! I quite like this side too! I am probably showing off as I think it pretty amazing to have it so neat! Lol!
I haven't decided if I will leave it like this or whether to add some tiny beads to it, what do you think? Its may be hard to tell from this photo,what would be the best option. However as an experimental piece I was very pleased and it has put me in the mood to do more of this type of work!