Saturday, August 12, 2017

A few bits and pieces

We had a trip down to Ikea yesterday to pick up a much needed mattress for one of the kids' beds; the closest Hobbycraft is right down the road, so I had a quick stop to stock up on paper flowers and a few other bits and pieces...

Friday, August 11, 2017

ATC Friday

In some ways, these are my favourite of the round robin ATCs - you send out a random background, and then see what comes back. Working on them isn't quite as fun, as I feel like backgrounds don't have quite the creative challenge to them, but it's great to see how they come out...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Cross Stitch Update

Cross-stitching is something else I haven't done in quite a while, mostly because when I'm a bit tired in the evening, it's easier to just grab my tablet and catch up on email or play a game while watching telly than to get out the cross stitch stuff. But lately I've been making an effort (and of course, I'm less tired, as it's the summer holidays and I'm not working) so there has been actual progress. I pulled out this one, because if I do keep up the cross stitch, there's a chance I'll actually finish it before Hallowe'en. Which would be good. Lots of progress to show this week as it's mainly lettering, which stitches up very quickly. This was a mystery from last year, with three parts. As you can see, I'm partway through the second part. Watch this space. I hope. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

ATC Friday

This time around, the ATCs aren't ones I worked on as a second player - they are ones which came to me to finish off. Sometimes you get a card which has been worked on by two people which has lots of space to add stuff, like this one.

Sometimes, the cards are a bit fuller, so your choice of what to do is more limited. It's what keeps it interesting!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Cotton Robin: Quilting

And this is the quilt that came to me for quilting - a very cute piece and one which it wasn't too hard to decide what to do with. Sometimes it's really tricky to decide.  I went around the sunflowers, and filled in most of the rest with a meander, though I did some spirals (ish) in the triangles. 

The other thing I did was to quilt a sunflower in the centre section, to echo the two on either side. I think it came out pretty well; hopefully the owner likes it!

Friday, July 28, 2017

ATC Friday

Once again, these are sets where I was the second person to work on the cards. Which means one person after me adds something. You can see the finished card as well as the progress...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cotton Robin: Second Border

This was the second piece I worked on for the Cotton Robin round robin. I received a block which had had one round added to it (the yellow) and my task was to add another round. I went back to the red/white/blue theme and used some novelty fabric of famous American places which I had in my stash (goodness knows where it came from, but it was there). Details of the fussy cut blocks below. I had fun with this, and hope that the maker enjoys it.

Again, you can see what the finished piece looks like by looking at the Big Reveal on the round robin website. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cotton Robin: First Border

Once again this year, I took part in the Cotton Robin, an international Round Robin hosted by Julie in California. I sent away a centre block (more of that later) and in due course, will get a finished quilt back (mine will be a little late returning due to health problems with one of the ladies working on it; this is fine - it's only a quilt!)

We were asked not to show what we did while we worked on the round robin, but now that it's finished and the Big Reveal has been shown on the website, I can show what I did. 

So, this is the block I received in the post to work on: 

and these are the fabrics I pulled out as possible additions.   The block at the top, however, is how it looked when I finished and sent it on.  The person I sent it to would have added another round, and the final person would have quilted it. To see how it ended up, check out the Big Reveal on the Cotton Robin Blog. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

ATC Friday

Another few sets here where I was the second player, so again, like last week, you can see all three stages. Both these cards ended up with quite a minimalist look - only a few things added to the background in each case. The nice thing about round robin cards is the different finished effects you get, depending on who is working on the cards - it's what makes them fun. I've often thought it would be fun to send identical backgrounds to different people and see what happens!

Friday, July 14, 2017

ATC Friday

I know I haven't blogged much recently; partly this is because I've been letting my blog slide a little, but mainly it's because I simply haven't done much sewing or crafting during the spring - so busy, and with all my Saturdays in June and July taken up with university visits, there just isn't much happening.And one thing I did work on - Julie's Cotton Robin - I wasn't allowed to show photos of while it was in progress. As soon as it's done, though, I will share some. I have hopes for a little work  in the summer, though, so don't despair completely!

Anyway, here are two sets of round robin cards I worked on - in both cases, I was the second player to work on them, so you can see what they were like when they were started, what they were like after I added to them and what they were like when I got my finished card back. 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Yes, another finished quilt

Amazing, I know. This one is also a wedding present, for someone who has already got married (without really telling anyone in advance) - but Geoff is going to see him in person, soon, so it seemed a good time to give a quilt. The blocks in this one are from a win in the Block Lotto some time back. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

A little fabric in

...but only a little. These two charm packs are all that I bought at the quilt show yesterday - just done so little sewing lately I wasn't that inspired by fabric. These packs were both from New Threads, my friend Meg's shop (which reminds me, there was an excellent fabric with a Venetian scene which I did want to pick up as well), and I spent quite a while - in the quiet moments - catching up with her. A definite plus of the show!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quilt Show

The National Quilt Championships at Sandown (unfortunately, less impressive than it sounds, these days) is just down the road from me, so I always try to go, even if only for a few hours (which is usually enough). This year, I even got around to enterring a quilt - if no one does, there won't be any to see, right?  It used to be a bigger, more impressive show, but between a move from Ascot a number of years back and the advent of the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in the summer, these days, there's a lot less to see. A shame, really, especially as it's literally a 15 minute drive for me...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cotton Robin, Sneak Peak

One of the very few things I've actually been sewing in the past few months is my share of the various pieces of Julie's Cotton Robin. This was the last round - the quilting round. These two tiny snips really don't show much, but do offer proof that my sewing machine is good for more than just piling mending on top of!