The next block didn't have any piecing, just lots of lovely embroidery and applique and of course another cute hand painted wooden button! This is Block 7 "Christmas Cottage" - and the pattern is Christmas Fun by Lynette Anderson Designs. There are several quilt shops here in the UK that sell Lynette's patterns and fabrics - my favourites are Patchwork Chicks (this is where I'd bought this pattern, just before Christmas), Cross Patch (Julia has a great assortment of patterns and she has some kits for this one too, although I'm making this with my own "Lynette festive fabrics!), Cowslip Workshops, and Coast & Country Crafts & Quilts. The embroidery was completed with DMC threads, using very simple stitches - back stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch and colonial knots. This cute snowman looks very jolly, and the button will be stitched into place once the quilt is completed.
Block 6 "Stop Here" was a bit tricky to photograph, as it's 18.5" long, and it was easier to take pictures of it in stages! This is part of the Christmas Fun quilt, pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs. These gorgeous fabrics are also by Lynette, and had been in my fabric box for too long - and this was the perfect project for using some of them. This block was great fun to make, and used a mixture of hand embroidery, applique and machine piecing - those squares were just 1.5" in size before they were machine pieced together. This is really coming along nicely, and block 7 is almost finished.
Block 6 "Stop Here" was great fun to make - this trio of reindeer are just so cute! This pattern is Christmas Fun by Lynette Anderson Designs, and was bought online just after Christmas from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. This has been made using a selection of festive fabrics from my box of "Lynette" fabrics. Lots of 1.5" squares were pieced together to make the pretty top of this block. I used my favourite Auroifil 50wt thread for the machine piecing, along with a Superior Titanium size 60 needle...
...the embroidery was all stitched by hand, using 2 strands of DMC threads, and the applique completed using my favourite method - applique paper and a glue pen and apliquick rods. There are several turorials on YouTube demonstrating this method of applique. The cute hand painted wooden Christmas tree button shown in the picture above will be hand stitched into place once the quilt has been completed. Only 2 more blocks before these can be pieced together and I can start making the borders!
*Julia at Cross Patch in Wales also has this pattern in stock and has some kits for this too.
Well here it is in all it's glory - this wonderful sewing machine, the Bernina 570QE, arrived on Wednesday from Tysew Limited, and I finally got a chance to play with all the goodies today. The knee lift is taking a bit of getting used to -and I haven't quite perfected the technique - I look more like a dog cocking it's leg when I'm using it! The accessory case reminds me of the Sindy dolls wardrobe I had when I was a little girl - it's the perfect storage unit for keeping everything neat and tidy, with racks for bobbins and feet, slots for packets of machine needles and pull out drawers. The BSR is something that I shall enjoy practising my FMQing skills with! The colour touch screen is amazing - very high tech! Anyway I've had a wonderful day playing with this, and will be even more proficient once I've been on the training day at Bernina in London!
Eeekkk!!! It's like opening up Pandora's box. There are just so many gorgeous goodies in here! I've been so busy working I haven't had time to play with my new Bernina 570QE yet. This BEAUTIFUL machine arrived on Wednesday from Tysew and I'm planning on having a super sewing day on Saturday. Especially as it will be Worldwide Quilting Day. Anyone else joining in?
Here's the next gorgeous block - "The Tree". This pattern is "Christmas Fun" by Lynette Anderson Designs, and I bought the pattern and the set of hand painted wooden buttons from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. I'm really enjoying stitching this festive project! Weaveline (a soft woven interfacing) was fused to the background fabric first of all, and the design was traced using a Micron Pigma pen and a lightbox. The stitchery was all done by hand, using DMC threads and very simple stitches - backstitch, cross stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots. The applique has been completed using the applique paper and glue stick method with Apliquick tools. I use a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue to hold the applique shapes in place instead of applique pins, and hand stitch the applique shapes to the background fabric with Aurifil 80wt thread. The angel hand painted wooden button will be stitched into place once the quilt has been completed.
Eeekkk!! Shopping update!! I had a phone call on Monday from Tysew Limited telling me the reboxed Bernina 550QE I'd ordered was no longer available... however would I be prepared to accept a brand new 570QE for the same price (the 550QE was a reboxed model so was already reduced) Well of course I said YES and this bad boy arrived today. I am the happiest woman in Suffolk, possibly the happiest woman in the whole of the UK. I am beyond giddy. Thank you thank you THANK YOU Tysew Limited for such excellent customer service.
On Saturday evening I took part in the #saturdaynightcraftalong on Instagram and was busy prepping these TINY Suffolk Puffs ready to hand applique into place. The cut circles are 1.25" in diameter, so they were a bit fiddly to make. I'm glad there were only 5 of these to make for the faces of these cute angels! Once the panel for block 4 had been embroidered, appliqued, and trimmed to size, it was time to prepare a selection of 1.5" squares. I used 9 different festive fabrics, and machine pieced them using Aurifil 50wt thread. (I'm still using the same Superior Titanium Microtex needle that I used for piecing the 3" Ohio star blocks!)...
...do you want to see a little peek of block 4? There are 5 of these sweet angels on this block, but I couldn't show them all on this photograph! The stocking is a hand painted wooden button and will be stitched into place once the quilt is completed.
I'm a real Bernina Babe, and I absolutely LOVE my Bernina Activa 230PE (I've had her since 2006 and she is as good as the day I bought her thanks to a bit of TLC from me and lots of TLC from Mr Tim at Felixstowe Sewing School) but I've always yearned a bigger sewing machine. So after weeks of deliberating and researching, I've bought this beauty from Tysew. It's the Bernina 550QE and it will be delivered on Tuesday. I am quite giddy with excitement! I couldn't believe it when Mr F asked me if I was going to sell my 230PE - well, I had to give him one of "those" looks - what a stupid man!
*Just to let you know Tysew was recommended by a lady at a sewing group I go to, and I must say their website is fantastic and they were really helpful over the phone on Saturday. If you're looking for a new machine I'd definitely recommend them!
As you know, my absolute favourite threads for machine piecing and machine quilting are Aurifil - and they're now available at my friend Lynne's shop, Craft Den in Sheffield. The 1300 spools of 50wt thread are on introductory offer at £8.25 each or 10 spools for £78 - ohhhh how I wish this gorgeous display of threads was going to be in my new sewing studio when it's completed! I'd be in thread heaven :)
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