Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - close-bosom friend of the maturing sun. I've been getting some Autumnal inspiration this morning whilst out for a walk with that hairy hound. I'm so lucky to live in the Suffolk countryside, not far from the forest and not too far from the coast (although that's a car journey rather than a walk!) and being out in the fresh air for a brisk walk is one of my favourite past times. It really was a bit chilly this morning, and I was glad I wearing a pair of woolly tights and stout brogues, although Jasper didn't seem at all bothered by the crispness in the air!
A few months ago, Lynette Anderson sent me a fat eight bundle of her latest festive fabrics, Frosty Friends. I teamed them up with some linen, and made one of Lynette's gorgeous quilts - Scandinavian Christmas. This was hand embroidered and hand pieced, and Janette at J-Quilts worked her usual magic with some wonderful freehand custom quilting. I was nearly giddy with excitement when Lynette asked if she could borrow it for her stand at the FOQ this year (she was also using Stitched By Me that I'd made the previous year too). Sadly I wasn't able to get a picture of it when I visited the FOQ, but Lynette posted this photograph on Instagram and FB yesterday, so I've "borrowed" it! This quilt was great fun to make, and it will be proudly displayed in my sewing room over the festive season.
If you'd like to make one too, the set of patterns are available from Lynette's online shop Little Quilt Store and there is also a list of worldwide stockists of Lynette's patterns and fabrics on her website..
My sewing mojo still isn't at it's optimum level (I've been home a week now post surgery and I'm still so exhausted every day!) so all I've managed over the past couple of days is to sort through a couple of my boxes of goodies - and I found a HUGE box of jelly Rolls that I had bought a few years ago when I taught Jelly Roll classes at my local quilt shop. These are a few of the samples that I'd made for the classes I taught - patterns are Denver Omlette, Mexican Fiesta Eggs and Pinwheel Puffs. These were all part of the Breakfast Club that my local shop took part in. Please don't ask me for copies of these patterns, as I don't have the copyright to distribute them!)
Eeekkk!! Janette from J-Quilts has been very busy and she has finished the freehand custom quilting on my Fernhill quilt. This pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and was bought online as a fabulous kit from Cross Patch in Wales. This small quilt has been hand embroidered with variegated Weeks Dye Works threads, and hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method with apliquick tools. The quilt label will incorporate some of the details of the quilt, and I'll use some of the left over embroidery threads for it.
After my recent hospital stay, I won't be sewing for a few days, so here's a little peek of something else for you instead! My wonderful longarm quilter J-Quilts has already made a start on custom quilting my Fernhill quilt. This lovely pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and this was bought as a kit along with a set of pretty hand painted wooden buttons, a few months ago from Cross Patch in Wales. Julia really does put gorgeous kits together. Seeing this has really cheered me up! While Janette is busy working her magic on this, I've got a chance to get a label designed ready for the quilt's return!
Ages ago I'd picked out these fabrics from "My Hearts At Home" collection by Lynette Anderson Designs, and some threads (King Tut cream shade 972 and a variegated Valdani 50wt thread "Blue Clouds" shade M68) and a couple of zippers and put them away safely in a ziplock bag. They'd been packed away for over a year, and while I've been organising fabrics and kits in my new sewing studio I've found all sorts of projects that I'd forgotten about!...
...the wadding that I used for this was "In-R-Form" that I bought from Empress Mills. It is great for bags as it adds a bit of "body" to the finished project, but a thinner felted wadding would also work well. This has been quilted very simply - I always use the edge of the walking foot to keep the rows straight and an equal distance apart. The feature fabric looks perfect for the front pocket, and I used a larger piece of the same fabric for the back of the bag...
...and here is the completed toiletry bag. The pattern is "Unisex" from the Norwegian quilting magazine MyQuilt, issue 04/2015. (I have a subscription to this magazine with Lapp-Elisa). This was made by following the diagrams in the magazine rather than reading the instructions (I can recognise a few Norwegian words, but the diagrams were really clear) and although it was a bit tricky, I'm really pleased with how it looks! These gorgeous fabrics really were perfect for this project...
...this bag is so pretty - I've got some of the pink colourway too, so may have to make another one as a gift! The front pocket really is so useful, and the lace zipper really finishes it off. These bags could be embellished with all sorts of lace trimmings, and as the name of the pattern suggests, they could be used for a man or a woman, or a child, depending on the fabrics and trimmings used. I'd finished this late on Tuesday evening, just before my admission to hospital, so was perfect to take with me, but due to my extended stay, I didn't get a chance to photograph it until this morning!
Yay!! I'm home at last!! After 3 very traumatic days in hospital it really is lovely to be home at last and FINALLY to be rid of those blasted gallstones! Anyway, many many thanks for all your kind words and get well messages and thank you to all the wonderful visitors who have really cheered me up. I've definitely been feeling the love this week
It's not quite ready for the grand opening, but the books have been unpacked and fabrics and kits sorted out. It's been 3 long weeks since I last used my Bernina, due to ill health, and I've had no energy or inclination for sewing, and even the thought of being in my new sewing studio couldn't tempt me to wield my rotary cutter or enthuse me to start a new project. My Bernina 570QE is set up on in my studio patiently waiting for my sewing mojo to return.
Drum roll please - Mr F has been very busy over the past couple of days putting together the furniture for my sewing studio. This has been awaited for so long - we first submitted the plans for our extension to our local council back in August 2015 - which they subsequently lost (the official word was "mis-placed"!!) and were finally returned to us along with the go ahead to start the building work in July 2016. And finally my studio is ready for me to start being creative in! It's going to take a long time to find a home for everything in this 5x5 Kallax storage unit from IKEA!! I'm feeling quite overwhelmed by the amount of work I still need to do sorting through everything that has been boxed up for the past few months, and I might have to get a few of my local quilting friends to help me have a de-stash!! Oh and as you can see, there is a little splash of colour in my new studio - I bought a beautiful wrought iron coat stand a few weeks ago from a local hospice shop, and it's perfect for hanging my homemade tote bags on!
Well look who's sitting in the world's most comfortable chair! Pleeeease Mr F ...I'd love one of these for my sewing studio!! This is the chair Kelly Swallow showed for the first time at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC and this is what Gplan say about it - "In 1962 we created an iconic swivel chair. It was aptly known as ‘The World’s Most Comfortable Chair’. And now, renamed as The Sixty Two, it’s distinctive winged design, soft foam cushioning and deeply buttoned back, provide the ultimate in comfort. For added luxury it rocks and swivels too. It’s a chair that merits its original title"
Various people tried it at the NEC and most agreed that whilst it was a bold statement in the 1960 by the famous chair maker still to this day it lives up to its title. It was also the chair Blofeld stroked the cat in 007.
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