Monday, 21 May 2018

Today's update! Catching up again!!

Hello, I'm getting better..... the gap between this post and the last is not too huge and I am excited to share with you what I have been doing!! 

Firstly, although I haven't done any more stitching on my February blocks of Gail Pan's wonderful i-stitch-club BOM, I have now cut, traced and prepared all of the blocks for March, April and May.  I have even cut out the fabrics and traced the stitcheries for the bonus projects too.  As you can see, there are some very cute designs!!

I was also very excited to receive a copy of Gail's wonderful new book 'Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too' which, I have had on order for some time and have been eagerly awaiting. There are some seriously lovely projects inside!!

There were also a couple of other books that I had on order which arrived this week too. For some little while now I have been thinking about trying to make a miniature landscape quilt. I think I may have been enticed by the beautiful miniature landscape projects I have seen produced by my friend Sheila who blogs at 'Sheila's Quilt World'.  I have always loved them but, I also recently discovered a miniature landscape tutorial on YouTube by quilt designer 'Karen Eckmeier'.  The tutorial looked so straightforward I was determined to have a go but, not before I also ordered two books written by Karen. 'Happy Villages' and 'Accidental Landscapes'.  They arrived this week and they are lovely!

With all this new inspiration to hand, how could I not try a miniature landscape? So, I had a go.  Here is my first attempt. I didn't have my normal selection of fabrics available as I wasn't at home (where my stash is) so my fabric choices may well be a little different the next time round.

Overall though, I am pleased with the result.  I have added one border and, I will be adding another outer border as well as some machine quilting to add a bit more texture to it.  I am really looking forward to seeing it develop.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Finally, time to write.....

I know it has been an age since I last wrote and, I am sorry but, I do have a very good excuse..... I moved house.... again!! It has taken a while to get everything sorted and to get my sewing room straightened out. For a while it looked like this.....

 But at least now it looks like this.....

We are now quite well settled back in Switzerland but, I haven't been in my sewing room very much, as we have been away for a few days too. We visited another part of Switzerland, close to the border with Germany and visited some very pretty towns on the Rhein.


Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein


We also took a boat trip to visit the Rhein Falls which, I believe are some of the highest falls in Europe.

Now I am back home again and I am trying to get into a better routine.  Moving and travelling are fun but they are a big upheaval too!! I have managed to embroider the February blocks of Gail Pan's wonderful 
i-stitch-club BOM. All of the stitcheries are complete and I have finished the needleturned applique on the first of the three blocks. 

The stitcheries are so pretty and a lot of fun to work. Hopefully, now that things are settling down, I will get the other two blocks completed and can move on to March and April's blocks. My challenge is to get those finished before May's blocks are released! We will see!!

You may have noticed that I have also stem-stitched around the needleturned applique on the first of these blocks.  I did that to hide any 'wobbly' applique stitches and I have done the same for January's blocks which I shared with you last time.

I did also get the second little 'bonus' project finished.  It was this pretty little mug rug and I had a lot of pleasure making it and then machine quilting the background.  It has been the only free motion quilting I have done for some time and I was making sure I hadn't forgotten what to do!!

That's all for now but, now that I have more time on my hands again, I do hope it will not be so long before posting again! Thank you for taking the time to visit! 💞

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Finished just in time.....

Yay! I have just finished the first three little blocks of Gail Pan's wonderful i-stitch-club BOM. The stitcheries were really sweet and a lot of fun to work.

I used some of my favourite variegated fine silk threads from Stef Francis. I mixed two different colours and I am really pleased with how the embroidery looks.

Needleturn applique is not a technique I am very familiar with, so it took me a while to get them finished off (don't look too closely!!)

The bonus project for the month of January was the sweetest little 'dilly' bag.  I just managed to get that finished this afternoon, which is just a couple of days before the next month's patterns are due to be released.

I can't wait to see what the pattern for next month brings but, in the meantime, I am really thrilled that I have managed to get this month's blocks and project finished on time!

Thank you for visiting 💟

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Hello February!

Hello..... can you believe that January 2018 has already flown past?!! I know I can't and, although I haven't been very active on the blogging front, I have managed to finish two projects in January. I might add that neither of them relate to the projects that I talked about starting in my last post but, they are both still on the 'to do' list to get started very soon!!

The first January finish was completing the pretty piece of free machine embroidered work that I made at a wonderful workshop run by the lovely Julie of Tigley Textiles. I trimmed the embroidery up a little at the edges and then stitched it onto a free-motion quilted quilt to give it support.  It looked lovely hanging on the wall and I am really pleased with it.

Using the knowledge that I gained at the workshop, I tried my hand at my own free machine embroidered picture.  I embellished it with some hand embroidery too and then framed it.  I am really pleased with the outcome.

This year, inspired by Christine at MacDonald's Patch, I am hoping to join some other lovely stitchers and follow along with OPAM 2018 (One Project A Month).  It is hosted by Peg and Kris and you can read all about it here

OPAM 2018

I hope that my two projects above will count as my 'One Project A Month' January finishes and I have added an OPAM 2018 page to my right hand sidebar so that you can follow my finishes throughout the year. 

I have also been tempted by Renee at Hand Stitched Treasure to take part in the International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) to write some handwritten letters to friends and family around the World during the month of February. You can read all about it here.  So, if you are interested in receiving a letter or card from me please leave me a comment and I will contact you by email to get your postal address from you (do not leave your postal address in the comment but, if you are a no-reply blogger, please do leave me your email address.)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Already playing catch up!

Hello! I know, it has already been a while since my first post of 2018 and I apologise! I was away at New Year and, I have only just recently arrived home. As a result, I am already playing catch up with the new projects that I mentioned in my last post that I was starting in 2018.

However, before I tell you more about them, I have shared above a photograph of some of my favourite finishes for 2017. If you want to see them in more detail you can click on the 'Projects 2017' tab in the right hand sidebar of my blog or here is a quick link.

Now back to my new 2018 projects. As I have only recently returned home I am afraid I do not have much to show yet. However, I have chosen some fabrics that I intend to use for my 'Beyond TAST' and I have a very specific idea in mind with regards what I want to do. As I am keen to keep my free motion quilting up-to-scratch as well as my hand stitching, I have decided that for my 'Beyond TAST' project I am going to make a quilt-as-you-go-quilt using free-motion quilted blocks and then embellish them each with the 'Beyond TAST' stitches. I have decided the time I am going to devote to each 'Beyond TAST' stitch family will be a month, so there will be 12 blocks to complete which I will make into a quilt at the end of the year. January's stitch family is the running stitch and I am itching to get my block quilted and the hand embellishment started!!

I have also printed out the patterns and chosen theads and fabrics for the January month of Gail Pan's 'i stitch club' but I am afraid I haven't had the chance to stitch much yet..... hopefully I will get started later on today!!

Sorry there is not much else to show you for the moment and thank you for visiting me 😊

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018 Stitching Plans!!

Hello and Happy New Year!! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I have had a lovely time and am lucky enough to still be enjoying the company of family members.  It is always lovely to be among family to celebrate the different holidays.

However, it has been a bit wet and windy here today, so apart from doing some food shopping to keep us all well fed, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to write a post wishing you all the very best for 2018 and to share with you some of the monthly projects that I am intending to participate in this year.

The first will be a little familiar if you are a regular reader of my blog as, I am going to be participating in the 'Beyond TAST' challenge run by the wonderful Sharon Boggon of Pintangle. The last couple of years I participated in the TAST Challenge run by Sharon and above and below, you can see a couple of the samplers which I completed by working the different TAST (Take-a-Stitch-Tuesday) stitches. This year I will be joining in 'Beyond TAST'  which I am anticipating will be a lot of fun. The idea is that you take one stitch family per month and work a project using that one stitch family..... taking it to a more in depth level.  The first monthly stitch is running stitch and I can already see that this is going to be a really fun stitch to work with.

The other new stitching group I am joining in with is the 'i stitch club' run by one of my favourite designers, the lovely Gail Pan.  Again, regular readers here will know that I love Gail's designs, so I just couldn't resist signing up for this BOM club which is due to start shortly.  If you would like to join in too why not click on the button below or on the right hand sidebar which will take you to Gail's information page about the club.

Gail Pan's 'i stitch club'

I am sure that I will be joining in many other stitching challenges as well as working on a few projects of my own design this year and I will share them with you as and when I get them started.  In the meantime, I can't wait to get stitching!! 

Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Giveaway Winner!

M E R R Y   💞  C H R I S T M A S

Hello! Just popping in to say thank you for all your sweet Christmas messages.  It was lovely to hear from you all as I have been absent a while this year.... I am hoping to put that right again in 2018, so watch this space!!

Now to get down to the serious business of telling you who won my little Christmas giveaway!  I printed out all the comments that were left on my last post, cut the comment out for each individual person, folded them and put them in a little bowl on my kitchen table.

I gave them a good stir round and then picked out one of the pieces of paper and unfolded to see who had won and the winner is........

Katrin (Cattinka) if you would be good enough to email me with your postal address, I will send your prize straight to you..... I don't think there will be enough time for it to get to you before Christmas now but, it will be a nice gift to start the New Year with.

Now all that remains is to wish you all a wonderful Christmas again and send you all best wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year.  I will be back in January on a much more regular basis!  Thank you all for visiting me here.

Christine xx