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Friday, 23 December 2011

Okay...What is your secret?

I want to know. All you lovely bloggers out there, who day after day, share your photos of handmade gifts and pages and pages of hand baked goodness. How do you manage to get it all done? I am in awe of your talents, each and everyone of you. 
I have barely managed to clean and tidy, shop and wrap (of which there is still more to do). And before you view me as the typical woman who has to do everything I have to confess to you that I have a husband who likes to shop for, and cook the Christmas dinner, and just about every other meal we have over the holiday period.
I always have great plans which rarely come to fruition.

But do you know what?
It doesn't matter. We will be warm and well fed and together.
Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Maybe while husband is in the kitchen I can sneak off and finish this.

Monday, 12 December 2011

It's beginning to look......

........a lot like Christmas!
Or NOT in my house as I haven't even thought about the decorating yet.
I have, however, always wanted to make a Christmas quilt. Every year I have had that thought. Every year nothing happens.

That just might change this year because of this "Countdown to Christmas" Jelly Roll.
Now I am not one who usually buys much in the way of commercially printed fabric, but when I spotted this on offer I thought it might be just what I needed.

This is what I have so far.
The plan had been to make the light central bit be more random and undulating and I had it all worked out on paper. Trouble is I started cutting just as the family started coming in from work, college and school and before I realised I had cut them all to the exact same measurement. The strips that is, not the family.

Not a mistake, just a design opportunity, as someone I know says.
Whether this gets quilted this Christmas or next remains to be seen. At least I have begun!

There are a number of giveaways going on over at my Quilt Routes blog this week, if you would care to take a look.
Giveaway No 2. Some fabric packs.
Giveaway No 3. More fabric.

Thursday, 8 December 2011


 Here are the rest of the Rusty Love swaps. First this wonderful book made by Cath.

 And some lovely pictures by Grace and Michelle. Sorry, none of them blog so it's down to me to share!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Rusty Love

This is what I recieved from my swap partner yesterday. An ingenious rusty chain of love!

With hanging hearts....

and lots of beading. I love it. Thank you Pam. I know you are reading this.

Unexpectedly I was also given this made by Cath whose work I have previously shown here, but given by the group because they know I have had a tough year.
Thank you so much girls. I am overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness.

It reminds me of this heart that I was given earlier in the year by different friends, at a particularly sad time. 

It was made by one dear friend and instigated by another one. There is a lot of love going on in this post today. For those friends around me and for you my blogging friends who take the time to read my missives.
More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

I seem to have been.......

............AWOL from my blogs for a while, for no other reason than life getting in the way as usual.
It is all good though. I have a kitchen again and can now concentrate on getting things ready for Christmas.

Yesterday I spent the days with my Rusty Love Girls. We first met when doing City and Guilds, in embroidery (them) and quilting (me). I enjoyed it so much that I stayed on and did Machine Embroidery after I had finished the Patchwork and Quilting.
We have always kept in touch, meeting up every now and then to stitch, chat and eat! It was only recently that I decided we needed to set a challenge for each other, each time making something to give to one of the other members of the group.
The title of the first challenge was Rusty Love and somehow that name has attached itself to the group permanently.

Above is the piece that I made for my interpretation of the theme. It might not seem immediately apparent how it fits into the title, but it is a place that the recipient knows and it is of a place that we both love. I have spent lots of holidays there as we used to have our little boat moored on that inlet, and her and her husband are now fortunate to have a holiday home there.

I also did a"Rusty Heart" for everyone.

More form the Rusty Love Girls next time when I show you what I received, but before I go I thought I would share a couple of photos I took in Bath on Sunday. We went to visit the Christmas Market but couldn't resist stopping off to look at what is probably one of the most famous streets in Great Britain. It looks like it should be a stately home or museum but it is a real street with ordinary people living there.

It was getting dark and the moon was out.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Afternoon Delight!

I finally had a chance this morning to catch up with my Art Quilt group Serge Ahead this morning. I was able to get some shots of their Turkish Delight pieces, and I wanted to share them here.

We were all given a piece of fabric to include in the work, the batik, that is used in the flowers in the piece below.

I think it is interesting to see the connection in the designs, and the use of that piece of fabric has meant that they all link in the choice of colour, which will be nice if they are ever exhibited.
The ladies in this group have had a few successful exhibitions before they asked me to join them, and there are plans for another in the future.

Sorry for the bad quality of the photos, but I was in a rush to get back home for the delivery of  kitchen tiles. (We are on the home stretch!)

Thanks for visiting

Friday, 4 November 2011

And then there were three..


I don't know why I feel compelled to do these insets of three, but there we are, another set of flags for the Prayer Flag Project.


These are to hope that everyone gets the Sanctuary they need in life.
Done on hand painted fabric, embellished with bits of cut up quilt. More pictures here.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Final Day!! Blogtoberfest Day 31!

I did it! I posted every day in October! It is arguable that there was quantity rather than quality but it has certainly helped to kickstart my creativity after what has been a difficult summer.
Hell, it has been a difficult year, all things told. Not that I am complaining . I count my blessings. But anyone creative out there will know how it doesn't take much to get in the way of the Muse and the motivation.
So a big THANK YOU to tinnie girl for putting this on.

I didn't get everything that I planned finished but I can live with that if you can.

So carrying on from yesterday, here is a prayer flag made from that cut up quilt.


This flag is for Sanctuary. My home is slowly getting back to being my sanctuary.
I pray for Sanctuary to everyone out there that needs it.

This will be going up on the Prayer Flag blog as soon as I get a couple more done.

See you Soon!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Last but one, Blogtoberfest Day 30.

Back in May 2009 I started sone 'New Work', using up some red pieces. I didn't show it because I really wasn't happy with it. This is what it looks like now.

I have overpainted it with black and chopped it up.

I have a couple of ideas for these pieces, including some prayer flags.
This post explains how I did the faces. They were inspired by some statues of Rama and Sita that I bought in Bali.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

You're my favourite.

There are only three days left of Blogtoberfest, so I am not going to stop now, but what to blog about when instead of sewing I have been oggling all the quilts over at BQF.
I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the Quilt Festival.

The first one that caught my eye was this one by Chawne Kimber of completely cauchy.

Blogger's Quilt Festival Chawne Kimber

-for the bold scale of the design
-for the subtle shading of brown and blue, one of my favourite colour combinations
-for the ethos behind it's construction .. go and have a look if you want to know what that is and it is worth it because there are also instructions on how it was made.

Another of my favs is this one by Sabine...

- for the yummy colour and texture.

And finally this one because it sums up this time of year so perfectly.

Autumn Dyes

Friday, 28 October 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

 All week I had been planning to show a completely different quilt here today for the Bloggers Quilt Festival but as I began to post I realised that I have spent a large part of the past year physically and emotionally on the quilt you see here. So with an apology to regular visitors to this blog I figured it could have another outing.

I was asked to represent my region of The Quilters Guild of the British Isles in this years 'In the Spotlight' exhibition at the Festival of Quilts. The theme was The Romance of Words, and I included a poem in the piece. The poem and the emotional aspect of this it all be found here in my Whys and Wherefores post. I hope you can take the time to have a look.

In the construction of this quilt there was a lot of painting....

...and pebbling.....


.....and pebbling.....

But I got there in the end.....Phew!
I learnt so much doing this quilt!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like what you see and will call again.
I blog here, where I share my personal artistic stitching journey and over at Quilt Routes where I share tutorials on fabric painting, landscape quilting and anything else that takes me along the quilting path.


Thanks Amy!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

A finish.

Here are some moody shots of the little fabric book that I have put together from this.

The shots are "moody" because the photos are not really mine to share, but also because I am not convinced that I can really do shabby chic that well, which is what I was going for. It just goes to show that something that looks thrown together has actually had a lot of thought put into it, and that I should have given myself more time to do this. Never mind, the recipient is not a stitcher, and hopefully won't pass too critical an eye over it.

Another of my friends Grace, is a stitcher, and after seeing my Prayer Flag post look what I got in the mail this morning. In her words, "to add to my collection to to keep us all extra safe."
Thank you Grace. I am touched by your thoughtfulness.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Things I want to get finished........ Number Three,Four and Five

Progress has been made on Number One and Two, and I hope to show that tomorrow, but by the end of October I also want to finish these and this, and do some more of these.

Another shot from yesterdays walk.

What are you hoping to get finished?

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Things I want to get finished..... Number Two.

A very dear friend of mine has a big birthday this coming Thursday. About a year and a half ago she got married, second time for both of them and I have to say that it was one of the most moving weddings I have ever been to. On the day I collected lots of little pieces knowing that somewhere down the line I would put a little something together as a souvenir. I am going to make her a quilt, but I want her to help me plan it, so I am hoping to have this ready to give her on the day.
I plan to make a small fabric book like the one demonstrated in this DVD that I downloaded from Quilting Arts. I had better go and get on with it!

Before I go I wanted to show you the monster that was on the beach this morning!