Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 24/100

Lots of little HST's (half square triangles) for this block, I was a little nervous but took my time and followed the pattern to the letter lol.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 23/100

This block looked harder than it was to sew, but I did make a mistake.  The four triangle corners are supposed to be bigger than I've done them.  I had to trim the HST's (half square triangles) before I added the red, I did it afterwards, result is a smaller red area.  Would you have actually known if I hadn't have told you haha.
The perspective is not quite right in this photo.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block - Inside Out

This is another one of Pat Sloan's Baby Lock blocks, there is a link from The Splendid Sampler website for this one.  Another one of those easier then I first thought blocks.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 22/100

Another paper piecing block, the thing I'm going to have to remember is to start and finish each sewing line with a back tack.  I had to revisit each line that ended on the outer side of the block as it start parting when I pressed it, tut.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 21/100

This blocks name is 'Sweet Candy' so I wanted the sweetie to stand out, I thought by making it a chocolate sweet you wouldn't be able to miss it lol.
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.

Monday, 13 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block - Rose Park

There was a link to the Baby Lock website for this block, so I've done this one as well and why not.  Here is the link if anyone wants it Rose Park pdf.  I do like the colours on this block, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I think I must be calming down a bit know, it's not as daunting as I thought right back at the beginning of this sewing 'journey'.
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.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 20/100

This one took a while, I haven't attempted hand embroidery since I was very young, I used to sew with my mum.  I wasn't very good but my mum was very patient with me, she was really good and knew all the stitches.  I wonder what she would have thought about me doing this haha.  I used my light box to transfer the image from the pattern and with the help of my Q Snap needlework frame got on with it.  I am quite pleased with it.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Wedding Card

So what do you do when you get up at stupid o'clock on a Saturday morning, why play on Facebook of course lol.  Then suddenly at 7:50 remember that Hanni is going to a wedding today and you said you would make her a card that you have had all week to make and forgot tut.  So here it is, I used the NitWit Collection - Dearly Beloved, for the background and the insert, beautiful collection.  The congratulations was cut of rainbow foil card, the die is from one of the Tattered Lace magazines.  The champagne glasses were also cut out of the rainbow foil and that die is from Die-namics.  I used some of the AB gems from Meiflower and the finish off I added some of the tiny Bling silver gems for the bubbles.

Friday, 10 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 19/100

I thought this one would have been a little more difficult than it actually was.  I was in two minds whether to correct the numbers on the tape measure but thought better of it and just went with the pattern.  I used two strands of embroidery thread to sew the back stitch for both the text and the tape measure.
I'm going to have to sort out the perspective it's not quite right, I'll have to try and take a better shot.  I will be trimming all the blocks at the end of the project.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 18/100

The shape of this block is all over the place, tut, it just seems to be leaning to the right.  Never mind I'm sure it will look something like OK by the time it's all sewn together.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Polo Shirts

Both David and Hanni are advanced drivers and they belong to the Mid Yorkshire Advanced Motorists group.  Recently the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) had gone through a bit of a re-branding and because both David and Hanni attended a car show on behalf of the group they needed some new shirts.  The re-branding is that new they hadn't been able to get their shirts in time.  So I had a go at using my PE Design 10 software for 'My Brother' machine and made the logo you can see in the picture.  These two first pictures are just the testing of the design and colours before they actually went onto a polo shirt.
In this picture the text is added to the shirts, I used tailors chalk to mark the middle of the hoop.
These are the finished shirts and the two amigos wearing them lol.
The car show went really well and they caught the sun.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Bonus Block - Earth Day

Earth day was on the 22nd April and that would have been my mum's birthday, I still miss her.  Anyway, moving on, this block starts out as the pinwheel, then you had to choose some blue and green fabric to represent the earth, cut into a circle for the middle of the block.  With the pattern there were a couple of circles with maps on them, the designer of the block Cheryl Arkinson and one of the ladies who is running The Splendid Sampler Pat Sloan live in America, so one of the maps showed that side of the world, the other is of Australia where the other lady running The Splendid Sampler comes from and her name is Jane Davidson.  I however live in neither of these parts of the world so went on Google and found a UK map, sized it to fit a 4" circle and printed it out.  I then used my light box to transfer the image onto some fusible webbing before attaching it to my green fabric.  As you can see I then ironed it onto some blue fabric before using a backstitch to form the outline of the UK, I didn't trim too near the stitching as there is too much detail, so left the edges raw.  Once finished I used my sewing machine to do the satin stitch around the circle.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 17/100

Oh My Good Grief, this one scared me, all those little pieces.  I took it nice and slow, made sure I read everything carefully.  I'm so pleased I didn't have to use my unpicker (seam ripper) once, but don't look too close haha it's staying as it is.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Customer Request

I had been asked if I could do something a little bit different, a customer of mine had seen a personalized hand embroidered card.  When she explained it to me she said it was two pieces of felt sewn together with the required message on one side and sewn around the edge with a back stitch.  The envelope was again hand sewn with a name and a faux stamp on it.  She brought me a pair of her sons old jeans and one of those name tab you sew in the school uniform when they go to primary school and asked if I could make something up.  We went through a bit of a message, giving me some idea what she would like.  I then got my head running all over the place and this is what I came up with.
I photographed the pocket first, measured everything then used my PE Design 10 software to position the text, using the pocket photo for the background.  I used a bit of scrap to sew it out before committing to the pocket, let's face it there were two pockets to go at, just in case the first one didn't work.  I used a cut away stabilizer and floated the pocket on the top as you can see in the picture I pinned it to within an inch of its life lol.
I let the machine do a trace first before letting it carry on.  I couldn't count the number of times I held my breath lol.  Anyway, not too shabby, though I say so myself.  I trimmed the stabilizer so it would just sit inside the orange pocket stitching then added some gingham fabric for the backing, I just machine sewed the edge of the pocket to attach it.  I measured the widest part of the pocket, added ¾", doubled the measurement then added the top flap plus a bit (I could always trim access off if necessary).  I cut the back off one of the legs on the jeans and cut out the required piece, I did the same with the gingham so I could line the envelope.  I folded length wise and marked the centre point, then after re-folding the pocket in the fabric found the side measurement I needed, then drew the sides of the flap onto the fabric, at this point I also found the position on what would be the front of the envelope for the name tab, attaching it by hand.  I didn't bother pinning the jean fabric and the backing fabric together I just sewed on the line I'd marked out, along the bottom and down the side leaving a 3" gap in one side so I could turn through.  I trimmed the points off before turning and ironing it flat. I sewed a line of stitching along the short straight edge then folded it into the envelope shape, starting at one folded end I edge stitched up the side, up and down the flap, then down the other side, back tacking at the openings to strengthen it.  To finish I added the snaps.
She was really pleased with the outcome, thank goodness, she does usually give me free rein to just do stuff lol.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Grandma Shirley's Birthday

Hanni wanted a card making for her Grandma Shirley's birthday this week so this is the card I made.  I used a mixture of things, the background paper has silver bits on, Shirley is a bit of a magpie, she loves anything shiny lol.  The sentiment is also from the same pack as the paper, it was a freebie with a magazine I got ages ago.  The white half cut shape under the sentiment is from a Spellbinder die, as are the leaves.  The flowers are made using some velum and a flower punch, I added some glitter before adding some silicone glue to the middle, I like the silicone as it keeps its shape when the seed beads are added.  The cup and saucer is from a stamp by Kanban, I've had them for ages, the set has other teatime bits and pieces.  I stamped onto some kraft card using a VersaMark ink pad then heat embossed using some white embossing powder.  I cut a little hole in the cup and added the tag which I stamped Grandma (from my Wordperfect stamps from Nina Crafts) on using Memento - Rich Cocoa ink and added some clear embossing powder.  I had problems taking this picture, every angle just had glare on it, never mind.  I finished off using some AB Gems from MeiFlower.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler 16/100

My points don't look to shabby on this block, thank goodness.  I didn't have to unpick once, which is a miracle lol.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Shirley's Birthday

My mother-in-laws birthday this week and she's a very flowery sort of person lol, in other words she likes flowers.  So for this card I used some images from the Kraftyhands CD Sowing the Seeds of Love.  The images are really nice, different seed packets and backgrounds, sentiments etc. In fact there's everything you need for a full complete card on this CD, I only added the pearls.