Monday, 30 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 15/100

This one I found quite hard, you have to sew onto the printed out pattern, it's called Foundation Paper Piecing.  Your fabric is on the underside of the paper and you have to piece everything in order.  I made a little mistake on the orange fabric there is a little gap and I didn't see it until I pressed the block, I thought I'd actually just caught it, but no.  Anyway, it's staying, I'll add a bit of glue to seal it lol.
It looks worse because the the perspective is not quite right.  I will be trimming all the blocks at the end of the project.

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 14/100

I actually enjoyed doing this one, I used the fusible webbing and a single strand of thread for the blanket stitch.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 13/100

I knew it, this one had me in a bit of a panic lol.  A little all over the place but it's staying like that.  Do you know I have a new love of my unpicker (seam ripper) haha.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 12/100

Checkerboard, this was easier than I thought it would be, a bit fiddly but not too bad.  At first I thought OMGG (Oh My Good Grief, just in case you were wondering) sewing all those little squares will be a nightmare.  But, it's all good stuff, just following the pattern.  I love how complicated looking blocks are so much easier when it's been broken down and you're shown how to assemble it.  I'm really enjoying learning all these new techniques.
The photo makes this block look a little weird, but it's not really that bad, the perspective is not quite right.  I will be trimming all the blocks at the end of the project.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block - Easter Bunnies

Another appliqué block, this time with two Easter bunnies.  There is some text on the pattern but I didn't want to add it to this block, so kept it quite plain.  I used a single strand for the blanket stitch on all the pieces for this block.  I like to sit and watch TV on an evening, these days I seem to have some sewing on the go for most of them lol.

Monday, 16 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 11/100

This block has a hand sewn what is supposed to look like doily in the middle, I've used two strands of thread and followed the instructions on the print out sheet.  The doily section is done in a chain stitch, the thread around the edge is a back stitch and the crochet hook is done in a long stitch, my hook was starting to wonder a little so I didn't do the exact same as the pattern I just left mine as a straight up and down instead of the traditional crochet hook shape.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 10/100

OK things seem to be going well, but I'm not going to be lulled into a false sense of security, who knows what's just around the corner lol.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block - Just for You

I thought I'd do a bonus block and this one is just a bit of appliqué but I did add the face to the middle of the flower.  It's one of the smiley faces I send to Hanni when we are texting lol.  This block is all hand sewn, I used just one strand of embroidery thread for the flower, doing a blanket stitch, but used two strands for the backstitch on the face.  If you are interested in having a go here's the website with all the details, to date there are well over 30,000 people all over the world doing this sew along.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 9/100

WOW a shop, I thought it would be really hard to do this block, but following the patterns and making sure I read everything properly does actually make a difference.  I used my light box to add the text using an air erasable pen, hand sewing it with a single strand of thread.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 8/100

Some of my points are not quite on but I can live with it, I'm not entering any competitions or anything lol.  Still need to catch up but, it's not a race and I can live with that too.
The photo makes this block look a little weird, but it's not really that bad, the perspective is not quite right.  I will be trimming all the blocks at the end of the project.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Carpet Bag for Hanni's Birthday

I wanted to make something for Hanni to open on the day of her birthday, bunging a couple of pounds in an envelope isn't the same as opening a prezzie.  So I made this, it's the Debbie Shore Poppins Bag, I've just had a look on the website for the pattern and it seems it comes only in the kit, I can't see the pattern for the bag on its own, never mind.
One of Hanni's favourite colours is royal blue so I had to put that on the inside.
I got all of the hardware and the frame from Bag Clasps Ltd, loads of different bits and pieces to choose from and well worth a visit.  I was actually making this bag as Hanni was passing my sewing machine and she didn't have a clue what it was lol.  Over the years we have found that hiding something from her is to hide it in plain view haha, she will never see it.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hannelore's Birthday

My little girl has another birthday this week, what's going on, she's not 26 she's still a mouthy three year old kid.  Well I suppose in Hanni's case nothing ever changes she's still as mouthy today and I wouldn't change a thing about her.  I'm so proud of her I could burst lol, well maybe not but I think you get what I mean.

This is the card I made this year, the stamps are from Chocolate Baroque, I've had them for ages and ages, I think they aren't made any more, but there are some beautiful stamps available over on the website.  These are actually rubber stamps and anyone who knows me knows I don't do rubber, but these I couldn't resist.  The sentiment banner is from a couple of sets of stamps I had made over at Nina Crafts they were called Word Perfect 1 and 2, these were on general sale but are now discontinued, they do however have some really nice word stamps and alphabets so worth a look on there as well.  I was very surprised what I found in my stamp stash when I went for a root round lol.  I used some of the Distress Inks on a piece of white card, the colours were Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet and Spiced Marmalade, I just blended the ink all over an A4 piece of card.  I then used some VersaFine - Onyx Black to stamp the hearts and the squares before heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  I didn't have a plan in my head so just went with it and this is how it ended up.  I used kraft card for the base, used foam pads to attach the heart and squares (I like to also use a little bit of glue stick on the foam pads, just to give an extra bit of stick onto the kraft card).  The base of the heart is stuck flat with foam pads at the top, the banner has a foam pad in the middle and the ends are glued flat.  I used my Memento - Tuxedo Black pen to add the stitch detail and to finish off I added three gems.  I also used one of the hearts on the insert, I really should have taken the photo before I'd written in it, so it's not shown, I also used one of the squares on the inside left side of the card.

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler 7/100

Not a sewing machine in sight for this block.  The original pattern shows what looks like a little boy under the quilt but it reminded me of Hanni (my daughter) so I made the hair a little longer.  When she was little she had and still has a teddy call Biscuit and a rabbit called Benny Bunny.  I used my light box to draw the outlines using an air erasable pen, I used two strands of thread for the back stitch and did a bit of filling in for the thicker lines.  For the detail on the quilt I used a single strand of thread.  The bottom section of the border on the pattern only has two crosses/kisses, but ever since Hanni was a very little person we have used the xxlolxx so I thought I'd put that on this block instead.  The meaning is two kisses from me 'xx' lots of love from both of us 'lol' and two kisses from David 'xx', a bit daft but hey, that's our thing haha.