Saturday mornings are often spent as a Saturday morning sewing session at a local quilt shop, KIS Quilting Ltd. It's a chance to sit and chat and stitch in a lovely calm atmosphere, and get inspiration from not only the projects that the other ladies are stitching, but from the beautiful fabrics surrounding the working area! Anyway, part of my stitching project a couple of weeks ago was to finish the applique for this scissor keeper. Once all the applique and embroidery had been completed. cardboard templates were cut out, and wadding applied to 2 pieces. A Pritt glue stick was ideal for this, and then the templates were covered in fabric ready to be joined together...
...Valdani threads have a beautiful soft variegation, and were perfect for the embroidery, and these colours blended so well will these fabrics from the Stonehouse Garden collection. I really couldn't bring myself to use my precious Valdani threads to make the cord and tassel so used DMC threads in co-ordinating colours. One end was glued in place between the 2 layers of the back of the scissor holder, and a tassel was attached. The cord can then be looped onto a small pair of scissors, so the scissors can be safely stored away...
...this really is such a pretty design, and the scissor keeper is so useful! The pattern is "The Songbird's Garden by Lynette Anderson Designs - I'd bought the pattern last year from Lynette's stall at the Festival of Quilts. I wonder what goodies she'll have there this year that will tempt me!
Obstructive jaundice isn't much fun, it's made me feel very nauseous and is extremely painful - and unfortunately I'm currently experiencing life "on the other side" after being rushed to hospital on Saturday evening. Nurses really don't make very good patients. Thank goodness I'm getting rid of those blasted gallstones next week!! Not sure how long I can survive on an IVI and clear fluids and no sewing projects!
The Songbird's Garden three-fold hexagonal needle case also has an appliqued hexagon on the front, just like the journal cover that I'd posted about yesterday. Instead of a wooden hand painted birdhouse button to embellish it, this one has an embroidered birdhouse. There is a very gentle variegation to Valdani threads, and these work beautifully with Lynette's fabrics. Once the embroidery and applique was completed, it was time to make the main part of the needle case. I used template plastic to trace the hexagon from the pattern, and cut out a selection of hexagons from the fabrics I'd chosen from my "Lynette" fabric box...
* I've got an old rotary cutter that I used to cut out the hexagon from template plastic - my Karen Kay Buckley perfect scissors are just for cutting fabric!
...as you can see below, I used a wooden raw wood button "stitched with love" onto the woolfelt needle keeper rather than make a Suffolk Puff that's in the original pattern. Inside the needle case there are 2 pockets which are ideal for storing packets of sewing needles - 1 pocket is trimmed with a hand embroidered strip, and the other pocket is trimmed with some tape measure ribbon...
...two fabric ties were stitched into position, before the front and back were stitched together. I think the trickiest part was turning the needle case the right way through once I'd stitched all around the outside. The opening was then hand stitched together using ladder-stitch, and the seam is almost invisible! This cute pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and I'd bought the pattern from Lynette's stand last year at the Festival of Quilts. Thank goodness I've been able to complete it before FOQ this year! Now I won't feel too guilty if I get temped to buy some more of her gorgeous goodies when I see her on Sunday!
Last year at the Festival of Quilts, I'd bought The Songbird's Garden pattern from Lynette Anderson's stall. Unfortunately she'd sold out of the cute birdhouse buttons to embellish the journal cover, but I ordered one from her online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia, and it quickly arrived in the post. I was a bit busy with other projects, so this one was put to one side, waiting for the right time to make it. Well, as it's nearly time for the FOQ this year, I thought I'd better hurry up and get it started! I pulled a few fabrics from my "Lynette" box, along with some tape measure trimming, and I was ready to make a start...
...I traced the design using a Micron Pigma pen and a lightbox, fused a lightweight interfacing to the back, and used Valdani 6 stranded embroidery thread for the stitchery. The main body of the journal is very simple to make, and was quilted in a cross hatch design using a variegated black/brown Kingtut quilting thread. Once the quilting was completed, the appliqued hexagon was stitched in place with Aurifil 80wt thread, and finally the cute hand painted wooden button was then stitched in place too. I used a pretty floral print from Lynette's "Stonehouse Garden" collection for the lining of the journal cover. I made the journal slightly different to Lynette's instructions, and used a notepad that I'd bought from my local supermarket to slip inside...
...and here's my completed journal cover, all ready to use for making lots of sewing notes and lists and general bit and bobs that I don't want to forget!
*UPDATE... sorry these have all now been allocated! I couldn't believe how quickly they got snapped up!
Do you remember I shared on here that I've been offered a press pass for the FOQ? Well those lovely people at The Festival of Quilts have sent me some complimentary entry tickets for a giveaway! The Festival of Quilts is at the NEC, Birmingham, and is on from 10th-13th August. These tickets are valid for any one day. If you'd like one, please comment below. This is also shared on my FB page Nicola Foreman Quilts and on my Instagram account!
A few months ago I signed up to take part in this years mystery button club by Lynette Anderson Designs. Seaside Town is a 12 part BOM, each month getting a pattern and a hand painted wooden button to embellish the block with once the quilt is completed. I signed up with Cross Patch here in the UK. I was full of good intentions to get each block completed before the next one arrived, but life in general and other sewing projects got in the way so I've been rather behind in getting this one going. Today I decided it was about time to make the small pieced blocks for Month 1 of Seaside Town. I'd already completed the applique/stitchery block and just needed some uninterrupted sewing time alone with my Bernina to get the remainder finished so I could get started on Month 2!! First of all I cut some narrow strips of fabric 1.5" wide and laid them out until I found a pleasing arrangement. The strips were sewn together in sets of 4, then cross-cut and pieced together to make the final block. This method was a lot less fiddly than sewing 16 1.5" squares together! I used Aurifil thread 50wt in a medium grey for the piecing, and I'm using a Titanium Microtex size 60 needle together with my straight stitch needle plate for precision piecing...
...a couple of hours later, and all 4 blocks were ready for pressing - a quick press with a shot of steam and they were done! The embroidery/applique block was made several weeks ago. The design was traced using a ligh box and a Micron Pigma pen (pale brown in colour is my favourite) and weaveline (a fine woven cotton fusible interfacing) is fused to the wrong side of the background fabric. I used the applique paper gluestick and apliquick tools method for the applique (there is a brilliant tutorial on YouTube with Lynette demonstrating this method). The hand embroidery was all done with variegated Valdani threads. These can be a bit dry and are prone to breaking, but I find if the threads are conditioned (Thread Heaven is especially good for this) and using a good quality needle (my favourites are Tulip needles) then that eliminates too many issues with snagging. So here is the finished result - a few months after the first block arrived "Under The Tree" is finished. The cute hand painted wooden button will be stitched in place once the quilt is completed. Now I can make a start on Month 2 which has been languishing in my sewing box for simply ages!
What do you do when a friend is coming round for afternoon tea? Why - bake a cake of course! I used Tana Ramsey's recipe for Lemon Drizzle cake, from the BBC Good Food website. It didn't take very long to prepare, and the added bonus was having hens at the bottom of the garden means the eggs were EXTRA fresh. Parchment paper cake tin liners mean there is no chance of the mixture stitcking to the tin, and these were bought from Lakeland (I really should have shares in that place - the wonderful lemon grater also came from there)...
...45 minutes after the mixture was popped into the oven, this was the result! I drizzled a mixture of castor sugar and lemon juice over the cake while it was still ward, and added another layer once the cake had cooled a bit, to add a zingy, crisp topping. Well it certainly tasted delicious, and Mr F took a HUGE slice to work with him for his supper.
A few days ago I was offered a press pass for the Festival of Quilts, (which is the largest quilting exhibition in Europe, and takes place from 10th-13th August 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham) and not only that, but would I like to be a guest blogger on the FOQ blog! Well, I was beyond giddy! I'll be at the FOQ on the Sunday, and look forward to catching up with lots of quilting friends and fellow bloggers - are any of my blog followers going along too? The show has some great content including The Mastery exhibition curated by Nancy Crow, galleries from Bonnie Smith and Diana Harrison and the quilt competition with over 800 quilts. If you go to www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk you can see what the show is all about. Looking forward to seeing you there!
As you know, I do lots of hand embroidery on my sewing projects, and enjoy working with a variety of threads. These GORGEOUS Cottage Garden Threads from the Traditionelle collection arrived in the post today from Cross Patch in Wales. Shades are 01 Un, 02 Deux, 03 Trois, 04 Romarin and 05 Merci. These variegated threads are beautiful to stitch with and are ready cut into easy to use lengths. If you would also like to take part in this thread club, you can contact Julia on the Cross Patch website.
When I drove over to Sew and So's at Bungay last weekend to look at the Quilt Show, I couldn't drive all the way home empty handed, so I topped up my fabric boxes with some GORGEOUS Lecien fabrics - these aqua prints are from the Floral Collection Antique Rose 2016 collection - and these neutral background prints are by Lynette Anderson Designs. I spotted some Aurifil 80wt thread which is my favourite for hand applique,and as it was such a good price I bought 2 spools...
...Sew and So's always has a great selection of bag making hard wear, and as soon as I spied this green webbing shoulder bag strap that was quickly added to my haul, along with some swivel clips for self-made bag handles. I'm always looking out for bag making bits and bobs and saw these jumbo sized snap fasteners on the Empress Mills website. These ones are 25mm in diameter, and decided to get a few packets in the antiqued brass finish. These will be extremely useful as I plan to make a few more bags for gifts this year. These jumbo snap fasteners arrived really quickly in the post - excellent customer service from both of these independent retailers!
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