Wednesday, 12 July 2017

New Craft Room

Well I'm having a new craft room, Hanni has moved out as I've mentioned before and her room is bigger than the one I'm currently in.  This one is being reverted back into a bedroom, I've had it for the last three years, it does feel a lot longer.  Her room is actually a bit bigger than mine, plus she has a dressing room.  David has planned it down to the last nut and bolt lol, he just keeps saying what about this and how about that etc, etc, etc.  So the plan of action is to strip the walls (I'm just having them painted) to find any lumps or bumps and sort them out.  Wall cupboards turned up on Saturday morning, dado trunking and LED strip light arrived Friday.  Carpet being delivered and fitted next Thursday, so the painting has to be finished for then.  

This is a link to my current craft room 
It looks all very clean and tidy, but it's nothing like that at the moment.  I have the addition of 'My Brother', he is currently living in front of the window so I don't have that much room any more, not to mention the fabric that I have squirreled away haha.

This is Hanni's room as it was being decorated when we did the house extension and looked like this when she moved out.
 My Brother will live in between the doors, so I will have plenty of sewing room.
This is the dressing room area with the floor to ceiling sliding wardrobes, soon to be my storage.
This is what it looks like at the moment
The red stuff on the floor above is the dado trunking which will be full of sockets for all my gadgets, it won't be red that is just a peel off cover. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Work in progress

This is what I've been up to today, I've been on My Brother, I've really missed this machine.  I'm doing some cushion covers for Hanni, she bought her house last October and after all the renovations she moved in March and has been waiting for cushions ever since.  I have started a couple of them before Christmas but everything had to stop because of my rubbish health.  This is a cat and will be for a cushion that will live in her bedroom, there will be two but this is the first.  I just thought I'd show my work in progress.  The design is from a set called Large Farm Animal Collection from Kreative Kiwi Embroidery and has to be sewn in two hoopings.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Quilt for Iyla my nephews baby

I made this quilt using my Accuquilt Go 2½" strip die, very quick, very easy.  I just cut some of the strips into squares, doubled the size for the rectangles then just sewed both of them together and made a strip to sit at the side of them, these where my blocks.  The size wasn't planned, I just thought when she is a little older and needs a duvet day she will need a quilt to a least to cover her lol.  Once I'd pieced all the blocks together I used a cotton wadding and the grey and white spot cotton fabric for the backing.  I did do a stitch in the ditch to quilt it but had an urge to randomly stitch lines across the quilt, so it ended up as a crazy paving effect.  The border was left over bits of fabric trimmed down before adding the binding. 
 I inserted a label I made on my embroidery machine with wash and dry instructions on the back.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Baby Bibs

Three bibs I made for my nephew haha, well for his baby of course.  I used Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery designs for these.  There are some really lovely designs for baby stuff on here.  This first one is the Rabbit
Second is the Owl
Then I did the Monkey, very cheeky lol.
They are all done in the hoop and really easy to do, the instructions are very clear and easy to follow, in fact once you made one that's it you can just get on and do the rest.  They look quite different depending on the fabric you use, take a look at the pictures below each main picture on the website.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Quilt for my mother-in-law

Another before Christmas project this time for my mother-in-law.  Last summer David and I were thinking of something to get for his mum for Christmas, what on earth do you get for someone who has nearly everything.  Well, I had a brainwave, she had had to have heart surgery, and with winter coming around I knew her legs would suffer a little from the cold.  I remember my dad having the same problem years ago when they took some veins out of his legs, so I knew she would be the same.  I thought a quilt would take the edge off.  

I used the Kreative Kiwi Embroidery designs Redwork patterns, I know I didn't do them in red but stay with me on this lol.  The designs are called Garden Delight and Garden Delight 2, I thought they would be apt for her as she really does enjoy her garden.  One of the sets has nine designs and the other has ten so I had to repeat one of the designs to make this quilt, you may also notice that some of the blocks are stitched slightly darker than the other, this is the amount of times a line of stitching has been overstitched, the more lines the darker the line.  Each set was different so I alternated each design to balance it out a bit.  I used her favourite colour which is aqua, I also used white cotton fabric.
I matched the colour of the aqua fabric with the embroidery thread so if you have a look at the back of the quilt you will see I quilted in the hoop and just did the sashings once the blocks were finished.  I like to hand sew the sashings down to finish off as my lines of sewing on the machine look horrendous, I just can't get them to sew in a straight line, so less stress, just get out a needle and thread lol.
The label I did on my embroidery machine, I always put washing and drying instructions on the back, just so anyone I make for will know how to look after it.  

Friday, 23 June 2017

Cushion covers for my nephew

A couple of cushion covers made using the Kreative Kiwi Embroidery designs, in fact I bought extra fill cushion pads as well for these, nice and plump lol, I think they were a 20" cushion pad, they were made for my nephew and his partner for the arrival of his first baby.  I used the Jungle Animal Collection - Large Applique patterns, they are so cute, these cushion covers were made using the largest size and needed two hoopings.  As you can see I used grey and white spotty cotton fabric for the envelope cushion cover and for the giraffe and leopard I used a brushed cotton fabric, very touchy feely.  I did the animals on my embroidery machine then attached them onto the covers with a straight stitch just on the edge of the outline.  I really enjoyed making these and definitely want to use these animals again.
A few pictures showing the stitch out process.  As you sew them you actually tuck the body under the head and this connects them together, but because I was putting them onto the cushion fronts I did them separately so I could move the head about if needed.  If I had have done a smaller size I would have connected them before hand I think.  It actually didn't make that much difference in the end, it just felt like a good idea at the time.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


I'm back, well sort of, I've been quite poorly for the last six months and at the moment I'm only able to do stuff in short bursts, it's very easy to overdo it and David (hubby) is always in my ear about it lol.  I've had quite a bad case of Cellulitis, well bad for me maybe not as bad as some people get it.  I'd never actually heard of it until I'd got it, apparently one way it attacks is when your immune system is low which is probably what happened to me.  Just before Christmas I'd had that cold flu thing that was going round, twice and once I'd got rid of that I ended up with a throat infection.  That's when it got me.  I will spare you all the unsavoury details but it was more than painful and I've got really sensitive skin so that didn't help.  I had doctors coming out to see me, nurses coming every day and for a time they were here twice a day, they were fantastic all of them, they really looked after me, I can't thank them enough.  They knew I didn't want to go into hospital and did their best to help with that, I did have an overnighter when I had to have IV drips but I managed to get on the list for treatment at home so the nurses came to our house to give me the following daily IVs.  Even the people on the other end of the phone when we had to phone 111 because I'd had a very bad reaction to one of the courses of antibiotics I'd had to have.  It was about 11pm and I asked David to get me a doctor, I'd nearly collapsed, I never ever ask for a doctor so he and then Hanni (daughter) knew it was serious, they were both brilliant.  The 111 team were phoning us back until 4 o'clock in the morning making sure all was well.  As a result of that I couldn't even go to the downstairs cloakroom unaided, David and Hanni placed the dining room chairs strategically along the route so I could sit at each of them, at first with help then on my own just to go and pay a visit.  I couldn't even get upstairs to go to bed.

Anyway, I could go on and on and on for ages with it all, but I'm on the mend slowly, but it's happening.  I have muscle wastage so have to build that up again.  I now have to wear wraps on my legs so they don't swell up and for water retention, I have to check and moisturise my legs every day.  If I get poorly I have to check my legs.  This is now an everyday thing for ever and I will do it because I never want to go through all that again.  I just thank God I have a David and a Hanni, they are fantastic and have/are really looking after me, love them both very much, thank you, you two.

I haven't been crafting as you can see I've been a bit busy but I can show what I'd made just before Christmas, so over the next few days I'll post pictures.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Placemat

I made this Santa Placemat for a sew-a-long over at Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery, I really enjoyed making it and for joining in at the time you got a discount on the design, so that was a good thing to have because the design caught my eye, the section where it says Santa's Cookies is a pocket so you can place the cookies in there.  I only had one fat quarter set of Christmas fabrics so had to use them, I even used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine lol, at least I've made something Christmasy lol.  The design comes in four sizes, but if you look in the files you will notice that you also get a 150x150 size which is perfect for the 6x6 hoop.  Right back to making bibs.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Cat Cushion Cover

While having a look around the Urban Threads website I came across this cat design for my embroidery machine.  It was one of those that I needed to do and I had the purrfect excuse to do it. 
 My sister has a cat called Fudge and she is 20 years old, she's having a few issues at the moment, the cat not my sister lol.  I got her (sister not the cat 😁) to buy the cushion pad and I said I'd make the cushion cover.  The finished cushion needs a bit more plumping up but she can sort that out, it was going to live in her conservatory but has now got stuck in her room for a while lol.
I used two layers of cut away stabilizer and floated the Natural Seeded Klona cotton fabric on top because the design is so dense, I think there are around 93,500 stitches in the design.  I did have a few minor puckers but not as bad as it could have been.  I did do some practice stitch outs before hand, that is why I used two layers of stabilizer.  One of the practice stitch outs was with the fabric fully hooped but the pull was quite bad in the middle section, I have since bought a cohesive bandage to wrap around the middle of my hoop to give it extra grip, I have yet to try this.  I plan on using the practice cat on another project.  Glad she liked it anyway.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Blue bag for Hanni

I finished this the other bag for Hanni, I did finish the stitch out a little while ago but I needed to sew the lining on the inside, I'm really trying to catch up with stuff lol.  Here is the link to the last purple bag and I've added a few different photos for this one.
I really do like this design from Disorderly Threads

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


I have at long last taken my embroidery unit off 'My Brother', I do actually still have some more to do on it but I have that much sewing to do I thought I'd better get it started.  Just thought I'd show you the Swirly Placemats I've made using a lovely design from Kreative Kiwi Embroidery.
I started by doing the white and beige colours for a wooden centrepiece Hanni had brought me back from New Zealand, I needed something to make it stand out as it disappeared somewhat being wood on my wooden table.  I found this design and used the fabrics I've used in some blocks for two new cushion covers, these are currently waiting to be sewn together.  My sister came to visit and liked the placemat, saying she'd got a bowl on her table that she couldn't see properly and she needed to make it stand out, so would I do one for her in greens.  I don't have much in green fabric so ended up using a little stack of fat quarters I have.  She loved it thank goodness lol.  Hanni my daughter has just bought a house so she wanted one for the middle of her dining room table, she wanted oranges and yellows to match her kitchen, but wanted a splash of red as well as a bit of white, she was happy with hers as well.  So I have definitely had my monies worth out of this design and it's still half price at $5.  The instructions are very easy to follow, the mat is stitched out over five hooping stages and comes in two sizes.  5x7 hoop giving a 25cm x 25cm (10"x10") finished size or the 6x10 and 8x8 hoop giving a 31cm x31cm (12" x 12") finished sized.  
The centrepiece in this picture is made up of three koru spirals that can be separated and used as trivets or placemats.  The wood is rimu, which is a native softwood tree in New Zealand.  The centrepiece also has a Paua shell inlay in the shape of the two islands that make up New Zealand.  My machine embroidered mat does help make it stand out on my table.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Last of the photos for Rita S

OK, I keep forgetting to post the photos of our renovation, so Rita here they are lol.  We have now finished the front and dining room, the hallway is about 75% finished, just need to paint up the stairs and the top landing, BUT, our daughter Hanni has just bought a house so all decorating and further renovations have now moved over to her house lol.  Our last few bits are on hold now until after Christmas.  The following photos show the decor and when taken we were still moving things in.
That sofa and the chairs have done some mileage lol.  Thank goodness for the trolleys David made so we could wheel them all over the place lol.