Friday, 1 August 2014

August goals

July went badly, I suspect August will too... let's see what I've got lined up...

Needlequest

The challenge this month is fabric colouring techniques...  There are a couple of things I want to try out for this, so let's see if it happens!


Sew Kitschy paper piecing bom 

It's a utensil pot this month.  I'm still in need of coffee mats, trivets and storage boxes for the kitchen so I still hope to get this done!


Something Old, Something New

I'm bowing out, I've never managed to link up anyway!

Something New for 2014

If I manage to do Needlequest, that will be one!  I'm sure other new techniques will come my way too.


A Lovely Year of Finishes

I did finish July's ALYOF in July, but didn't post it in time... So this month I'm going to make the bunny softie kit.



Craft Book Sew along

I've got tons of books to review for you so I'm hoping to get at least 3 reviewed this month...

Rainbow Scrap Challenge


I can't find the announcement of the new colour, but So Scrappy's blog has gone green, which means it must be green?  I've already done green (So Scrappy divided some of the colours into lights and darks but I didn't), so I'll aim to finish red!

Smalls SAL

Expect to see another bunny!


2014 FAL Q3

See the list here.  I will get some done (oh, one already is but not posted yet!)



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Thursday, 31 July 2014

July roundup

I can tell you now, July was a washout challenge-wise.  Summer months are never very productive for me, so let's see if I managed anything!

Needlequest

July was crockery and tablewear.  I had plans to embroider on some placemats... didn't happen.

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Sew Kitschy paper piecing bom 

The funky radio remains printed out on my cutting table.

0/1

Something Old, Something New

"Old" - try to get the Cuzco quilt top finished.  I didn't even touch it.


"New" - the bunny softie below.  I didn't touch this either.


0/2

Something New for 2014

I made my first mini quilt




I also learnt to do chenille stitch



yay, success!  2/1

A Lovely Year of Finishes

The June bag from the bag of the month club was my goal... I'm so close to finishing it... I may even finish in time to link up...



0.5/1

Craft Book Sew along

I made a mini quilt and reviewed Mini Quilts.



1/1


Rainbow Scrap Challenge


July was red - I haven't even started!

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Smalls SAL

Yep, managed this one



1/1

2014 FAL Q3

Of my 12 goals I completed... none!

0/12

That's a total this month of 4.5/21!  Wow, go Wendy!


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Monday, 28 July 2014

Giveaway winner and another giveaway

Thanks for joining in my giveaway.  I used random.org to choose the winner, but I have no idea how you get a picture of the result.  I can't save it or copy it or even select it...  anyway, the winner is number 51 who is...

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Chrissie!  Well done Chrissie, I'll email you for your address.

Now, I have another sort of giveaway for you today.  I won the giveaway over at Jane's blog.  The prize was a box of goodies, including this little bunny pattern.


This is a travelling pattern, so the idea was that I stitch up the bunny, take some items from the box, replace them with goodies from my own stash, then send the bunny on to his next home.


Here he is!  I stitched him with threads from my stash rather than those listed on the chart.  He's a weeny bunny, so he's my entry for the Smalls SAL this month too.  I'm going to find a tiny little frame for him.

So, who wants him next?  


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

scrap bucket in yellow

Dont forget to enter my giveaway!  Click the link to find it, or scroll down.

June's colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge was yellow.  I showed you the blocks at the time, but now I've sewn them up into a scrap bucket.

Soscrppy




I quilted it in wavy lines following the seams.  I think I did it with my walking foot, but if I'm honest, I quilted it a few weeks ago and I just can't remember!



I didn't have any yellow old clothes or bedding for the lining, so went with this striped sheet as it does have some yellow in it.



July's colour is red, I really must get started on that, but I've got next week off work, nowhere to be, no obligations, so I hope to get it done.


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Friday, 25 July 2014

chenille stitch bracelet

First of all - have you entered my giveaway?  If not, click on the link or scroll down to the next post.

Last weekend saw another new class at The Bead Shop Nottingham.  It was a bead weaving class and was, as always, very enjoyable.  This is Chenille stitch.



It's a stitch I'd heard of, but had no idea how to do.  Well now I know!  We used Swarovski 4mm pearls and size 8 seed beads.  The first decision was colour, this time, I was stumped!


I'd gone to the class not knowing what the finished bracelet would look like, so I'd had in my head to make something red as I lack red bracelets.  I saw immediately that red wouldn't work.  There weren't any red pearls so I'd have had to use white, cream or silver and I wanted something more toning.



In the end I chose a very dark purple pearl and hematite seed beads.  I like the combination and I love this stitch, I want to do more of it.  It took a while to get my tension right.  At first my bracelet would squidge if I pressed it, after about 4 inches my tension firmed up and the bracelet is actually like a rigid tube as the thread is so tight.  Steph advised me to carry on, and then just undo the loose end when I'd finished.  After stitching enough that the bracelet minus the squidgy bit was about the right size, I squeezed the tube to try and find where I needed to undo to, and the whole thing snapped off in my hand!  It was like a lizard losing it's tale (I imagine... I've never pulled a lizard's tail off).  I had to undo a bit more so I could make a neat end to the bracelet.    


This was my first time using a magnetic clasp and I love it.  Not only is it very easy to put on and take off, I sit and play with it.  Must get some.  

Now, is there any improvement in my jewellery photos here?  The reason I ask is that this arrived...


This is my new pop up lightbox.  I tried with the clear back ground, but you could see through it (duh!) and took the photos on the white background.  There is also a black included.  I took some from the front, like this above.



And some through that hole in the top.  It's still not great with my tablet as it doesn't have a macro lens, I really need to sort my camera out and find out what's wrong with it!


As chenille stitch was new to me, I'm linking up to Something New for 2014



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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Save the Stitches - blackwork sampler Block 3

Looking for the giveaway?  Click here.

I've been working some more on Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey's Save The Stitches blackwork sampler.  I have now completed Block 3... wow, watch me go, I'm only about 10 blocks behind!



Block 3 is the two empty squares and the 4 to the right of it.  The top right square was really confusing!  As you can see, I didn't crop this photo very well and you can see the print out for my Cuzco quilt to the right.



Here it is all finished, complete with gold, silver and copper threads that are so hard to get to show up on a photo.  I got my lightbox after I took these photos, so I'll try to take a better photo next time.  It might also be a good idea to take it out of the Qsnap for the photos, but it's so awkward to frame up due to all the excess fabric at the bottom that I have to roll up and secure.

Block 4 is underway.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Giveaway!



Last week I reviewed the book Mini Quilts by Jodie Davis & Jayne Davis.  Have a look here if you missed it.  



The publisher GMC has very kindly given me an extra copy to give away to one of you!

No jumping through hoops at this blog, anyone, anywhere can enter, you don't have to follow me, like me, link to me or anything.

I'll leave the giveaway open for a week, so I'll draw a winner using Mr Random next Monday - the 28th.  All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment.  You can either recommend a craft book to me, or tell me if you're a craft book fan or not.

Good luck and feel free to spread the word!


update: I have had several no-reply bloggers enter already!  If you are on Wordpress, fine I can click your name and get to your blog, so no worries.  If you are on Google+ I can't contact you!!  If you are on Google+ you MUST leave your email address in your comment or you can't win.  I'm sorry, but blame Google+, they keep making you no-reply commenters and I have no way to find you as I WILL NOT join Google+.