Wednesday, 24 February 2016

50's Dress

A couple of weeks ago I was having a look at the vast array of beautiful machine embroidery designs on the Internet.  I love PayPal hahaha.  Anyway, I found this at Embroidery Library, it comes in different sizes so have a look around.  It was one of those 'saw this and thought of you' moments, so I got it for Suzan's birthday.  We don't normally do presents these days, just the card, but I knew she'd love this design as she's 50's mad lol.  The design is straight out of the hoop so I've not even removed the stabilizer on the back, but having told Suzan about it she said leave it on for now because she wants to sort out a frame herself, that makes it even easier for me.  I don't even have to press it lol.  I've sewn it onto some cream cotton fabric and on this photo the background look darker than it actually is.  I had to tell her I'd got the dress design because she was doing the same thing, having a look around and stumbled across it herself.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Memory Box Corners

I've been catching up with a few cards, Hanni saw this one I'd made for my friend Suzan and wanted some more making of the same theme.  So in the second picture you can see the different colours I used for the other cards.  I used random coloured card for the background, then using a piece of white card stock cut out the corner as shown in the picture.  I used the Memory Box - Distressed Addington Collage dies, I liked them so much I bought the Christmas ones as well.  I then used the Elizabeth Craft Design happy birthday die for the sentiment, as you can see I cut it out twice one in black to make it stand out a bit more.  Added some gems to the corners to finish off, quite a quick card really. 

Friday, 19 February 2016


I bought some lovely machine embroidery patterns from Planet Appliqué recently and I also got a couple of free alphabets and this is one of them, it's called Flower Garden Alphabet.  Hanni's friend had a birthday this week and I wanted to have a practice for a bigger embroidery piece I'm wanting to start, new threads I've not used before so wanted to make sure all will go as I want.  I was making this as a scrap piece and wasn't intending to make anything with it but it ended up as a wall hanger and it measures 12.5cm x 17.5cm (5"x7"ish) Hanni said her friend doesn't like pink so she chose the colours you see in the picture for her.  I left the cut away stabilizer in place until I'd cut out two pieces of mount board, I then trimmed the stabilizer so it fit the first piece of board, attaching it with some book binding glue. Then trimmed the cream fabric so it would wrap around the back of the board, adding the ribbon before attaching the second piece of mount board again with book binding glue.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Design happy birthday for the sentiment on the back of the board.  Was quite lucky really it fits into a C5 envelope, right better let it dry now.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Silver Base Cards

While looking for something in particular in my cupboard I found a pack of silver half fold front card blanks, some of those sets you put in a safe place and forget all about them lol.  Well, I thought using some of the images I have from Pink Petticoat would look all right on them.  I used various Spellbinder dies to cut out the images and finished them off with bits of glitter glue, gems and bows.  The images I had coloured in using my Photoshop Elements software and printed out onto some 180gsm card.  The picture is a little dark but the silver is really shiny and the photos looked rubbish lol.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Quilt Label

My daughter Hanni and myself were talking recently and she said she had no idea how to look after a quilt and asked if I'd put instructions on the label so she would never forget lol.  So we came up with this, nothing special but to the point.  It will be folded in half and sewn into the binding. 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Quilt update

Nearly there with this my first ever quilt.  In this picture I've just finished the quilting and I'm sewing around the outside, my hair looks really dark here.  It's now trimmed and ready for the binding.  I've made a label for the back of the quilt, I will post that tomorrow, not got time today.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sampler Fabric

My fabric has just arrived, lots of plain colours with a bit of a texture pattern.  I intend using the yellow for any background areas needed.  I had a look on the Facebook page and there has been some very nice fabrics chosen by some of the people on there.  The count is now 11,433 people waiting to start this project on Sunday, there's a real buzz about it.  I'll post pictures as I make the blocks, hopefully I'll have time to keep up.  Right off to get in touch with Suzan to see how she's got on choosing her fabric.

Monday, 8 February 2016

The Splendid Sampler

I am addicted to 'My Brother' and before you freak out I mean my sewing/embroidery machine.  I've nearly finished the quilting on my black and white quilt, then I've the binding to do to finish it off.  I've started doing the Leah Day Building Blocks Quilt, I've got all my 42 blocks pieced and pressed, I want to learn how to do free motion quilting.  I have chosen orange and black, this project is an in between other stuff quilt as there is so much FMQ to do.  I'll add photos as it grows.

Today I have signed up for a quilt along project which starts on Valentine's day.  I've phoned my friend Suzan and got her to do the same lol.  I've joined the Facebook page and already there are over 10 000 people from all over the world waiting for the fun to start.  If you're interested here is the info page with all the details (click on the picture):
If when you sign up you don't get your conformation email straight away check your junk email folder it may be in there.

Not sure what fabric to use yet so I'll probably decide as it happens, I'll post photos of each finished 6x6 block.  So as a new quilter I'll be learning lots of new techniques along the way, can't wait.  J