Here's block 3 "The Pudding" - this pattern is "Christmas Fun" by Lynette Anderson Designs. I've used a selection of festive fabrics designed by Lynette for this project. Once the fabrics had been picked out, weaveline (a soft fusible lightweight interfacing) was fused to the back of the background fabric then traced the stitchery design with the use of a Micron Pigma pen and a light box. The applique design was stitched into place with Aurifil 80wt thread (I used a neutral colour for this, Dove Grey) and used a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue to hold it in place so I didn't need to use pesky pins! The stitchery was all done by hand, using DMC threads and very simple stitches - backstitch, cross stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots. Aurifil 50wt thread and a Superior Titanium Microtex size 60 needle was used for the machine piecing. The cute Christmas hat button that is perched on top of the bear's head will be stitched into place once the quilt has been completed. I'd originally bought this pattern online from Patchwork Chicks, here in the UK together with the set of hand painted wooden buttons. The pattern is also available from Cross Patch, with the option of being supplied as a kit.
Here's block 2 "Mr Snowman" - this pattern is Christmas Fun by Lynette Anderson Designs. This was bought online at the end of December from Patchwork Chicks, and I've used a selection of festive fabrics from an assortment of Lynette's collections for this project. The applique design was stitched into place with Aurifil 80wt thread (I used a neutral colour for this, Dove Grey) and used a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue to hold it in place so I didn't need to use pesky pins! The stitchery was all done by hand, using DMC threads and very simple stitches - backstitch, cross stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots. There are 4 small appliqued heart blocks for this quilt - 2 for for this block and 2 that will be added to block 3...
...and here's the completed block "Mr Snowman". As you can see, I've used a selection of "background" prints for this block. The 3" Ohio star blocks were all pieced together a few days ago, using a Superior Titanium needle and Aurifil 5-wt thread. The needles had been recommended to me, and they really are lovely for machine piecing. The same needle has been used for all the star blocks, piecing block 1 and 2 together, and it's still going strong! I'd bought a couple of packets from Barnyarns, and I'll definitely be ordering some more! The cute bird button has just been laid onto the block for the photograph - it will be stitched into place properly once the quilt has been completed.
Here's the first block "Cookies" for my first proper quilting project for 2017 - this pattern is Christmas Fun by Lynette Anderson Designs. I bought this online at the end of December from Patchwork Chicks, after I'd seen a version of this that my friend Denise had made. I've used a selection of festive fabrics from an assortment of Lynette's collections for this project. I started by fusing weaveline (a soft fusible lightweight interfacing) to the back of the background fabric then traced the stitchery design with the use of a light box and a Micron Pigma pen and a light box. The applique design was stitched into place with Aurifil 80wt thread (I used a neutral colour for this, Dove Grey) and used a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue to hold it in place so I didn't need to use pesky pins! The stitchery was all done by hand, using DMC threads and very simple stitches - backstitch, cross stitch, satin stitch and colonial knots...
...3" Ohio starts were machine pieced together using Aurifil 50wt thread, again in a neutral colour (I used a mid grey for this) and then pieced the block together. My new favourite needles are Superior Titanium Microtex size 60 needles that I bought from Barnyarns - they are really sharp, and so far they are lasting much longer than the Mircotex needles that I usually use for machine piecing. The hand painted wooden button will be stitched into place once the quilt has been completed, I've just laid it on here so you can see what it will look like. This is going to be a super quilt when it's finished - now onto the next block!
I tend to use Schmetz Microtex size 60 for machine piecing, (especially for batiks) and had recently converted to using size 70 as I'd had issues with the needles breaking as soon as I got too near a pin. A couple of weeks ago, one of my FB page "likers" recommended these Superior Titanium Microtex needles. I'd already tried the same brand Topstitch needles and was really impressed with those, so didn't hesitate in ordering a few packs from Barnyarns. I had to wait for my machine to be serviced before I could try them out, and this morning I cut some fabrics ready for a few 3" Ohio star blocks...
...well so far so good! I was able to sew right up to the pin without the needle bending or breaking, and there were no holes left in the fabric when I had to do a little bit of unpicking (not exactly my favourite past-time). These small blocks are now ready to be stitched together. As usual, I used a straight stitch needle plate and Aurifil 50wt thread for the machine piecing. And in case you were wondering, my Bernina is purring like a kitten thanks to the superb servicing it received from Mr Tim at Felixstowe Sewing School.
My first PROPER quilting project for 2017 (my lovely infinity scarf was just simple sewing!) is this gorgeous project "Christmas Fun" by Lynette Anderson Designs. I've chosen a selection of fabrics from Lynette's previous festive collections, and tried to pick similar colours to her original pattern. The pattern and the hand painted wooden buttons (these are used to embellish the quilt when it is completed) were both bought online from Patchwork Chicks at the end of December...
...I'm using the applique paper and glue stick method of applique for this quilt (applique paper was bought from Cross Patch, and apliquick tools from The Fat Quarters) and I spent a couple of hours on Monday evening at the Rendlesham Sewing Group tracing the applique templates onto applique paper, and made a start on cutting the shapes out, very carefully exactly on the drawn line. Tuesday evening I was a sewing group at Busybee Stitching, and I was able to finish cutting the shapes and just managed to get them fused onto the back of the fabrics...
...a day off work today meant I was able to play with my apliquick tools and a glue stick and get all the shapes finished, ready for stitching on the background fabrics. The next stage is to prepare the background fabrics, and trace the stitchery designs, which I'll do at the weekend.
In my sewing bag tonight is this super festive design - "Christmas Fun" is by Lynette Anderson Designs and the pattern and set of hand-painted wooden buttons were bought a few weeks ago from Patchwork Chicks. I'm hoping to get all the applique templates traced onto applique paper tonight at the Rendlesham Sewing Group, and maybe I'll have time to get them cut out too, ready for fusing onto the fabrics - this will be made with a selection of festive prints, also designed by Lynette. This will keep me busy over the next few weeks, as there is lots of applique and hand embroidery in this project. The hand-painted wooden buttons won't be stitched into place until after it's quilted. Now, where did I put that applique paper!!
What better way to spend a Sunday morning than to pop over to a great event, Festival of Fabric? I'd seen this advertised on FB and my curiosity got the better of me, so I called in with my daughter Alice. The Welcome Hall at Trimley St Mary was absolutely jam packed with an array of stalls selling vintage fabrics and dressmaking patterns and vintage haberdasheries and there was a super collection of vintage outfits too. This brassiere and corset caught my eye - not sure there'd be much room in there for eating cake, and my M&S magic knickers looked much more comfy, and they're an instrument of torture as it is! Not only was the hall jam packed with vintage goodies, it was jam packed with eager shoppers too. My only disappointment was that I hadn't booked up to do a workshop today - if there is another FOF next year, then I'll definitely book one! (Sarah from Scarlett Valentine was teaching how to make a fascinator, Jenny was running a workshop showing how to make a 1940's felt flower corsage, and Karen Frost was running a smocking workshop - all 3 would've been lovely to take part in)...
...I was so pleased to meet Amanda (from Felixstowe Sewing School) and Jenny, the two ladies who had worked hard to organise this fantastic event. There was a HUGE queue of parked cars down the road when we arrived, although I did wonder if the car owners were at the church opposite the hall - but when I saw how many people were at the Festival of Fabrics, it was obvious that inside the hall was a different sort of worship! I really did feel rather under-dressed as both Amanda and Jenny looked absolutely fab - as did lots of other ladies there! Oh and yes, I did do a little bit of shopping, but no pictures just yet as I need to post off the goodies to my sister - she was very disappointed at not being able to attend.
I spent a super day in Norwich with my daughter and my sister today. Yes, I found another quilt shop - Sew Creative. I wasn't interested in buying any fabric, I just wanted to have a test drive of another Bernina - unfortunately the shop only had one model on display,the Bernina 1008, despite being a "gold" shop on the Bernina website. They did have plenty of Janome machines on display, but I really am a Bernina babe, so left without having a play. The Bernina 1008 looks like a very nice basic machine, but I've rather got my heart set on a Bernina 550QE, so will have to wait and see what's on display at the Festival of Quilts in the summer.
...however it wasn't the only reason for going to Norwich, and I spent a couple of hours catching up with my sister and having a right good old natter. My daughter and I then called into Giraffe at the Chappelfield Shopping Centre for lunch - I really wasn't going to have a dessert, but when I saw this passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake on the menu I just couldn't resist it! I'm sure that Mr F is relieved that I came home empty handed, as he thinks owning one Bernina is more than enough!
Finally the chance to get a photograph of the completed quilt top! Pattern is FLOWERVILLE by the Australian designer Rosalie Dekker Designs. This was bought as a BOM from Under the Mulberry Tree in Australia and included all these gorgeous Tilda fabrics and the Cottage Garden Threads for the hand embroidery This was hand appliqued using Aurifil80wt thread, and machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread. This is my final UFO that was leftover from last year. It's now on the pile of quilts tops ready to go to the longarm quilter - I'm certainly going to keep her busy this year!
I've had a busy week, visiting local fabric shops and doing a little bit of fabric shopping ready for future projects, and being fortified with coffee and cake too! On Tuesday I took my sewing machine over to Felixstowe Sewing School to be serviced by the wonderful Mr Tim. After a quick look around the shops and I called the Oaks Tearooms where I had the best Chocolate brownie I've EVER tasted (and I'd certainly tried plenty in my time!!) then on the way home I did a detour and called into Kis Quilting in Ipswich, and bought some pretty fabric for a colleague's baby quilt. Although the shop is small, I always get a very warm and friendly welcome when I call in. There were a few ladies there sewing, and they were happy to chat and to show me their projects...
...Wednesday saw me travelling a little bit further afield to the north of the county, and visit Sew and So's at Bungay - this shop is always a real treat, and I was very tempted there, and a selection of fabric came home with me! There is also a FABULOUS place to eat in Bungay, Earsham Street Cafe, and of course it would've been rude not to call in for coffee and cake. This slice of parsnip, apple and honey cake was just divine!...
...Thursday saw me nearer to home, as I had a few chores to deal with nearer to home, in the pretty Market Town of Woodbridge. I called in for some refreshments at Honey and Harvey and had a HUGE cheese scone with chilli jam, and then strolled over to Fiona's Fabrics to buy a few more zippers ready for a bag making session. Again, this is a small fabric shop but the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly and they have the best selection of zippers!
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