Here's another peek at my Bluebird Lane quilt that is being custom longarm quilted by Janatte at J-Quilts, who a studio not far from me over at East Bergholt. This beauty finally had the borders added back in January, and I can't wait to see it when the quilting is completed! The pattern for this is by Natalie Bird, of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs, another wonderful Australian designer. I've made a few smaller projects by this designer, including the lovely Christmas Blessings wallhanging. I'd bought this back in 2015 as a BOM from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. Looking forward to collecting it next week! And I've already told Mr F this will be the winter quilt for our bedroom. He just sighed again, and gave me yet another one of "those looks" that he saves for my quilting conversations ;)
Back in January I delivered my Bluebird Lane quilt to Janette at J-Quilts, the amazing longarm quilter who has a studio over at East Bergholt. Janette does the most amazing custom longarm quilting, and my quilt has been having some wonderful treatment! Janette posted these pictures on Instagram showing that she had started working on it. Bluebird Lane is by the Australian designer Natalie Bird (The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs) and the quilt was part of a BOM that I'd bought online from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK back in 2015. Although I was a bit slow in getting started with it, the blocks were all hand appliqued and hand embroidered and was finally completed with a beautiful 42 star border in January. It's so exciting seeing these pictures of it in progress...
...and here's a close up of one of the blocks and some of Janette's custom longarm quilting. Can't wait to see a bit more! The binding strips for this were made a few weeks ago, so I just need to get a label designed while my quilt is still on holiday with Janette, then when it's returned I'll be able to get this beautiful quilt completed.
A few days ago a rather pretty package arrived all the way from Australia - and the packaging was almost as pretty as the goodies that were inside! I'd ordered some fabrics from the Little Quilt Store, ready to do a project that is on an online course with Craft University. The course I'd picked was "Forest Floor Tablerunner" with Lynette Anderson. You can download the pattern files and print them off, and you can do the online course for up to a year after you sign up for it. These fabrics are from Lynette's Stonehouse Garden and they really are very pretty, and will be put to very good use in future projects!...
...I'd also ordered some lazer cut hexagons with applique paper templates (these have not been my favourites, but I need to persevere with them as there are LOTS of these hexies in this project) and finally a gorgeous packet of Valdani threads, as being a Lynette Anderson pattern there is lots of pretty embroidery. I haven't done a workshop with Lynette for a few years, so this will be just like having her in my sewing corner with me helping me along! I've printed off the templates and the pattern instructions, and next weekend poor Mr F is working nights so will be asleep all day which is fine, because I'll be in my sewing corner with Lynette and making a start on this beautiful runner!
The Foreman's have been out and about today, and we've had a day out at the East Anglian Game and Country fair. I've had a great time - lots of yummy foods to taste (I bought some delicious sausages, and scotch eggs and cakes and cheese and pickles) and there were even lots of varieties of gin to sample! Anyway, I spied this glorious box of vintage haberdashery goodies on an antique stall, and although I couldn't afford to buy it, I couldn't resist getting a photograph of it!
My latest project has been finished! The pattern is My Scissor Keeper by Lynette Anderson Designs and was bought online as a kit from Little Quilt Store in Australia (there is a downloadable pdf file if you just want the pattern and have already got enough fabrics to use). This has been hand appliqued using the applique paper and gluestick method with apliquick rods, and was hand embroidered with Valdani threads. My scissors have now got a very posh home and won't get lost in my sewing bag anymore!
As you can see, I had a productive evening at Busybee Stitching sewing group on Tuesday evening and managed to get the applique and embroidery completed for the scissor keeper lining. The pocket has a layer of thin wadding between the front and the lining, and has been hand embroidered. The front and the lining were then layered up, again with some thin wadding between the layers, and was machine stitched around the outer edge through all layers...
...the zipper was held in place with Clover Wonder Clips, as they are much easier for keeping layers together. The zipper was clipped along the curves to allow the zipper to lay flat. A double fold binding was machine stitched to the front of the scissor keeper, then folded over to the inside and hand stitched to the inside. These Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley have now got a very posh home!
Over the Easter weekend I managed to get the applique prepared for "My Scissor Keeper" and my technique for those pesky hexies is definitely improving! I've used the applique paper and glue stick technique along with those apliquick tools, and the row of hexagons was hand stitched together using the same Aurifil 80wt thread that I use for appliqueing the shapes onto the background fabric...
...this shows the front of the scissor keeper with it's cute button jar and sewing machine. Next step is to applique and embroider the lining, which I've already prepared ready for meeting up at Busybee Stitching sewing group later this evening.
Fernhill is by Lynette Anderson Designs (this one of Lynette's older designs, from 2012) and one that I've admired for a long time. After much dithering about I finally bit the bullet and decided that I just had to have it, and luckily there it was on the Cross Patch website - not just the pattern, but as a kit, and also those gorgeous hand painted wooden buttons! Again, this is a smaller quilt (28" x 28" when finished) so it's suitable for hanging on a wall. This one will definitely be on display in my dining room once it's completed. Lynette used Weeks embroidery threads for her original quilt, and I found a UK supplier online - Peakside Needleworks - so I've ordered a few skeins from them to try out. Now I just need to catch up with all my chores so I can get the first block prepared ready for some stitchery in the evenings after work!
This gorgeous kit had arrived in time for me to prepare some sewing to take away on holiday with me, incase there was a spare hour or two while I was away! The kit included some fusible interfacing that I ironed to the back of the background fabric, then traced the design using a light box and a frixion pen (my favourite Mircron Pigma pens were hiding up!) and I sorted out some Valdanii threads for the stitchery. The stitchery for the button jar didn't take very long to stitch at all...
...I managed to stitch most of the embroidery for the front of the scissor keeper while I was away, and hope to get the applique completed over the next few evenings. Hexies and me haven't got on in the past but I'm persevering wit them as I have a rather lovely project to do soon that has rather a lot of them, so I really need to improve my technique!
When I arrived home from my holiday, there was a collection of parcels piled up waiting for me from Cross Patch in Wales - Mr F just sighed, and gave me "one of those looks" and decided it was better to keep out of the way and unpack his suitcase while I unpacked my parcels! This collection is High Meadow Farm, by Lynette Anderson Designs, and will be used for lots of projects over the next few weeks!
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