A bit of secret sewing has been going on at Forman Towers, using a "Safari Life" charm pack by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda, some yardage from the same collection, and some pale grey Grunge spot also by Moda. This was purchased on a recent trip to Sew and So's at Bungay. I can't reveal the finished project just yet, as it's being posted off to a very special little boy on Tuesday, and I don't want to spoil the surprise!
I absolutely LOVE this! The pattern is "Trixie Zip Pouch" by Minki Kim - the original pattern uses one pice of fabric for the outer, but I chose two contasting fabrics, embellished with some vintage lace. This was quilted very simply using Aurifil 40wt thread...
...I cut the binding on the bias, which has covered the corved edge nicely without any puckers, and I added some top stitching when the zipper was stitched in place. Tthis has only taken a couple of hours to make, and it's ready to be wrapped and gifted to a friend.
The stitchery/applique design is from the Badger Cottage Journal Cover and Pencil Case pattern by the Australian designer, Lynette Anderson Designs, and I'd already made the journal cover a few days ago. The original design for this pencil case uses hexaons, but I preferred to use some of my "Lynette" fabrics, from the Hollyhock Cottage collection, and I wanted a slightly larger case, so drafted my own template for this one. The case was layered with some thin felted polyester wadding, and quilted in a simple cross hatch design. The zipper was stitched in place by hand...
...yesterday's plans were scuppered due to the blustery weather, so I spent the afternoon in my sewing studio with some tiny Suffolk Puffs and a few vintage buttons from my button tin. This has made a cute decorative zipper pull. The centre stitchery design has been hand embroidered using DMC thread, and has been appliqued into place on the front of the quilted pencil case.
My Hollyberry House quilt is completed at last! Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish this one before the festive season, as life got in the way, but it's been a delightful project to stitch over the past few weeks, combining hand embroidery using variegated Valdani embroidery threads, and hand appliqued using a variety of techniques (the Apliquick method, wool applique, and 3-D applique)...
...the pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and the fabrics, also designed by Lynette, were bought as a fabric pack from Cross Patch, along with the hand painted wooden star button. This was machine quilted very simply, using a cream coloured King Tut quilting thread. A small hand embroidered label, embellished with a reindeer, has been appliqued to the back of the quilt. It;s all ready now to be rolled up and stored until December 2020 when I display all of my smaller festive quilts in my sewing studio!
"Hollyberry House" by Lynette Anderson Designs is a small quilt, so it just needs a small label. I like to incorporate elements of the design from the front of my quilts when I'm doodling ideas for my labels, and this one was no exception! I loved the cute reindeers, so added one to my label - he just needs a few more stitches to be added and he'll be finished! The words have been written freehand using a Micron Pigma pen and I've hand embroidered over the lines. I've used the same variegated Valdani Threads stranded embroidery threads that were used on the front of the quilt too. Now this just needs to be trimmed to size and appliqued to the back of the quilt and it'll be ready for a photoshoot.
I've been busy in my sewing studio this afternoon, basting and quilting my Hollyberry House quilt. The backing fabric is also designed by Lynette, and was bought from Sew and So's of Bungay. I tend to spray baste my smaller projects, and once this was layered up I was ready to start the machine quilting. There's enough backing fabric for the quilt sleeve too, which will be added oncew the quilting is completed and the binding stitched in place..
I've been doing some stitching in the evenings after work, and this is the result. This gorgeous pattern is the Badger Cottage Journal Cover by Lynette Anderson Designs. I've used a few fabrics from Lynette's Hollyhock Cottage collection, and quilted it very simply in a cross-hatch design with a variegated teal coloured YLI quilting thread. The centre panel has been hand embroidered using DMB stranded embroidery threads, and the appliquer was completed using the Apliquick method. The centre panel was then hand appliqued into place. And I just LOVE those tiny Suffolk Puffs! Now I just need to make the matching pencil case and this will be ready to be wrapped up as a gift for a very special person!
It's been a rather prickly weekend over at Foreman Towers as all of these holly leaves have been hand stitched into place on my Hollyberry House quilt. The appliqued leaves were made by fusing 2 pieces of fabric together with Steam-a-seam Light inbetween the layers. The leaves were cut out and hand stitched along the centre using a variegated Valdani green thread - I really like this 3-D effect. Now these have all been stitched down, I can trim the centre square to size, add the pieced border and layer it up ready for quilting.
I bought this pattern absolutely ages ago. Looking through my previous posts, I realised it was back in 2017 from Lynatte's stand at the Festival of Quilts! The fabrics were from Cross Patch, in Wales, and both the pattern and the fabrics had been packed away safely in my "Lynette Anderson" box - and yes, in case you were wondering, my LA box is a very BIG box haha! Anyway, a few weeks ago I decided to make it ready for Christmas, but life got in the way, so it's going to be one of my projects to get finished by the end of January. As you can see, over the past couple of weeks most of the applique and hand embroidery has been done. I need to stitch the centre into place, then I can add this jolly Santa and sleigh, and applique all though holly leaves into place! I haven't bought any fabric for the backing yet, so that may require a quick trip to Sew and So's at Bungay on my day off, then I can deliberate whether to machine or hand quilt it.
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