The sewing group at Busybee Stitching is having a break for a couple of weeks, so I was spending a rare Tuesday evening at home. I'd bought a variety of sizes of Clover Yo-yo makers a few years ago, and they really do make sewing Suffolk Puffs a very simple procedure! So there I was, sitting in the garden, sewing Suffolk Puffs with these gorgeous fabrics and sipping a tall G&T. A perfect evening! These will be appliqued onto my Fernhill quilt when I've machine pieced the first few blocks together.
Fernhill is a gorgeous pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs, and I'd bought a kit including the pattern and a gorgeous selection of fabrics from Cross Patch in Wales back in April. (Julia puts some fabulous kits together - I wish I had her eye for colour!) Well I'd made a start on the embroidered blocks, then other projects and life in general got in the way. I went along to the Rendlesham Sewing Group this week and needed an easy hand sewing project to take along (it was far too hot to use a sewing machine!) and this was the perfect project to put in my sewing bag. The 4 animal templates were traced onto applique paper, cut out and fused onto the back of the fabric and the edges were turned over with the aid of a glue stick and apliquick rods. Next step is to make a few - well 28 actually - Suffolk Puffs. Then hopefully it will be a bit cooler at the weekend so I can get my sewing machine out and make some log cabin blocks too.
Over the fast weeks I'd been busy stitching Scandinavian Christmas, a beautiful quilt designed by Lynette Anderson. I'd originally bought the set of patterns fore this quilt from Patchwork Chicks here in the UK. This was made with some gorgeous linen and a selection of fabrics from Lynette's newest festive collection, "Frosty Friends" - this fabric range should be available in shops soon! There was lots of hand embroidery and hand applique and lots of precision piecing with these 3" churn dash blocks! Anyway, it's now in the very capable hands of Janette J-Quilts, who does the most amazing freehand custom longarm quilting. It's so exciting seeing how this quilt is coming along!
On Tuesday evening when I was at a local sewing group, Busybee Stitching, I had my first attempt at foundation piecing. This was a sample block for a mystery button club quilt by Lynette Anderson Designs, and rather use Lynette's fabrics for the sample, I decided to use some scraps of batiks (I love batiks and haven't used any for simply ages!). I printed the foundation pieced templates onto a sheet of Sulky Paper Solvy rather than use the actual pattern, and I was really pleased with the results, mainly due to the expert tuition of Gillian! I was so pleased with the results that I decided to use this small block in another project...
...a few more batik scraps of batiks, some wadding and thread, and I was able to make a very simple journal cover. This is based on a tutorial by Roslyn Mirrington and is really very easy to piece together. You can adapt the pattern to make whatever size you need. I made the cover a bit wider so when the journal is closed the tabs on the page dividers are covered. This was just an A5 sized Pukka Pad spiral bound notebook, bought from my local supermarket...
...I think this proves that Lynette's designs are so good that they look great whatever fabrics are used! This notebook will be really useful to take with me when I'm off on my travels to Yorkshire for my annual visit to Philippa Naylor in a few months time! i'm always jotting down useful tips from Philippa and this will be the perfect notebook to use!
Here's the completed quilt top - Scandinavian Christmas. The set of patterns (designed by Lynette Anderson) were purchased at the end of last year from Patchwork Chicks, here in the UK. Lynette had sent me a bundle of fat eighths of her new festive collection "Frosty Friends" back in February, I knew straight away what I wanted to use those gorgeous fabrics for! They have been teamed up with some beautiful linen that I bought from Norway when I was there on holiday a few years ago, and it had been sitting in my fabric box, waiting for just the right project - and what could be more perfect than this one! This has been hand appliqued using applique paper and a gluestick and Apliquick tools (there is a great video on YouTube of Lynette demonstrating this method - if you're not lucky enough to see her to this "in person" then watching this video is a must)! The embroidery is also done by hand, using DMC embroidery thread, and the design was transferred using Sticky Fabri-Solvy (there is a previous blog post all about this if you scroll down). The blocks were then machine pieced together using Aurifil 50wt thread, a final press and it was ready to be delivered to the longarm quilter J-Quilts for some of her amazing freehand custom longarm quilting.
My daughter is heading off on her travels, (a few months in New Zealand) and I wanted to make her a gift to take with her. It needed to be something small that would fit in her backpack, and useful too. I decided to make a small zippered pouch for her to put her electrical cables and chargers and bits and bobs in. I picked out the colours that I thought my daughter would like best of all, turquoise and teal and blue, and chose a piece of batik for the lining. As this project needs a zipper I thought this bright blue one would be just perfect! The quilting thread is a variegated one by YLI, shade V76 (Kyoto Garden). I'd bought several spools of YLI variegated thread a few years ago, (before I discovered Aurifil thread)!! and I'd forgotten all about them until I was sorting out boxes of goodies for my sewing room. These threads had been packed away for far too long! I used a blue Mettler quilting thread in the bobbin, YLI in the top, and quilted this very simply...
...and here is the finished pouch! These fabrics are a selection from the "Hello Blossom" collection by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley - Leanne very kindly sent these to me last year (thanks Teresa for being the courier)! The pattern is Anna's Sminkepung, by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. I have made so many of these small bags I could probably sew them with my eyes shut! Alice was really pleased with it, and she's also taking the cosmetic bag that I made for her 21st birthday too - it's so lovely to make things for my family and friends and know that they get pleasure out of using them.
Last year Leanne Beasley very kindly sent me a gorgeous bundle of fabrics to play with - "Hello Blossom" - and they've been sitting in my fabric box while I've been trying to decide what to make with them. So today they're on my cutting table, getting ready to be turned into a small project for my daughter who is off on her travels to New Zealand tomorrow. Her favourite colours are turquoise and teal and blue - I'm sure I can find some of those colours here!
...I used an assortment of linen, and fabrics by Lynette Anderson Designs for the background blocks for the applique. I love the scrappy look of using an assortment of fabrics for this project. I've recently started using Aurifil 80wt thread for hand applique and it really is perfect - teamed up with a Clover Black Gold applique needle, you can hardly see the stitches! The blocks were machine pieced together using Audidfil 50wt thread in a mid-grey shade (my favourite colour for piecing!) and you can see how I've machined along the outer edge of the border str
The fourth and final block is completed! This is "It's Santa" and is from the "Scandinavian Christmas" quilt pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs. These gorgeous fabrics are from Lynette's latest festive collection, "Frosty Friends" and they are absolutely beautiful to sew with. I've used a piece of linen that I bought from Norway a few years ago, and these fabrics really work well with it. Those cute churn dash blocks were all pieced together a few weeks ago. I bought this set of patterns just after Christmas from Patchwork Chicks, here in the UK - there is a also a list of stockists on Lynette's website, and the patterns are also available from her online shop, Little Quilt Store.
Block 3 "Angel House" - this pattern is "Scandinavian Christmas" by Lynette Anderson Designs ...made with some Norwegian linen and a selection of Lynette's festive fabrics from her latest collection "Frosty Friends" which is absolutely gorgeous! This block has been machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand embroidered using DMC threads, and hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method with apliquick tools.
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