Six stitchery designs in six evenings. Halfway there! Pattern is Sweet Christmas Ornaments by Lynette Anderson Designs bought online as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. These have been hand embroidered using Presencia Finca Perle 16 thread shade 1915. Each pattern contains a cute raw wood button for embellishment, and the kit contained the patterns, buttons and all the fabrics needed to make these ornaments. Just 6 more to stitch!
I'm teaching a "cushion" class at my local quilt shop KIS Quilting Ltd in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 17th February and this is one of my samples. We'll cover lots of techniques, including stitchery, applique, machine piecing, machine quilting, binding, AND inserting a zipper! The fabrics I've used for this one are from My Hearts at Home collection by Lynette Anderson Designs (and this applique/stitchery design is a free download from Lynette's website).
"Sweet Christmas Ornaments" - I bought this kit last month from Cross Patch in Wales. It includes the set of 12 patterns, with raw wood buttons, and fabrics all by one of my favourite designers - Lynette Anderson Designs. Weaveline interfacing was fused to the wrong side of the background fabric, the design was traced using a lightpad and a fine Micron Pigma pen, then hand embroidered with Presencia Finca Perle No 16 in shade 1915. Now there's just 11 more to embroider, before they're made into ornaments.
All 12 of these blocks have been hand embroidered using Presencia Finca Perle No 16 thread, and machined together. I absolutely love these fabrics, which are from the Rouenneries collection, by French General for Moda. This pattern is by the Australian designer Natalie Bird, of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs (she also designed Bluebird Lane, too) and this was bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. I tend do most of my fabric shopping online, and buy several kits and patterns from Julia as her customer service is excellent and she stocks a super range of patterns and fabrics. Julia puts some GORGEOUS kits together, and this one was no exception!
These small stitchery designs are very portable, so I've packed a couple in my sewing bag and I'm heading off to Kis Quilting Ltd for a Saturday morning sewing session. Stitchery designs are from Tis the Season by The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs bought online from Cross Patch in Wales a few weeks ago.
I am totally in love with this GORGEOUS Presencia Finca Perle No 16 thread. After an extremely hectic day at work, I arrived home to find this very generous gift from Cross Patch in Wales had arrived in the post. This is shade 1915 and is perfect for all the festive stitching I've got planned for this year. And this thread really is a joy to stitch with - it doesn't shread, or tangle, or twist - I'm in stitching heaven ❤ #threadporn
Preparing my first project for 2018 - "Tis the Season" by The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs that I'd bought as a kit a few weeks ago from Cross Patch in Wales. This kit contains some GORGEOUS French General fabrics by Moda, and includes a reel of Finca Perle No 16 thread.
Wishing a Happy New Year to all my friends and followers - here's hoping 2018 proves to be a very crafty and creative year, filled with lots of exciting projects!
Well I can't believe that it's the end of the year already. Wherever did the time go? It's been quite a year - I entered a quilt into the FOQ for the first time, my sewing studio was finally completed AND a brand new Bernina 570QE came to live at Foreman Towers! I was able to fill my time creatively while I was recovering from surgery (thank goodness those blasted gallstones have been removed) and I've started teaching classes at my local quilt shop, KIS Quilting Ltd. Wow - I feel exhausted thinking about it all! Amyway, here's a quick overview of all my completed projects from 2017. Some of the bigger ones (Anderson's Farm, Leanne's House, Journey of a Quilter etc) - were started back in 2016 and completed this year. I've got a long list of exciting projects for the new year- sew bring it on! Here's wishing you all a very happy and creative 2018.
My final "make" for 2017 and it's for me! Based on the pattern "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa, this cosmetic bag has been made with fabrics from the Antique Flower collection by Lecien (including the lining) and trimmed with some vintage lace. This bag has been quilted very simply with Aurifil 40wt thread. This is a bit larger than the ones I usually make and it's big enough to contain ALL this FABULOUS goodies from my beauty advent calendar!
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