Block 5 of A Merry Christmas Garden is finished! I love the simplicuty of this design by the Australian designer Gail Pan, there's nothing complicated, just simple patchwork piecing and applique - with a little bit of hand embroidery added too. The applique shapes are not too small and fiddly, and I've usually managed to prepare these in the evenings after a busy day at work. A few more berries are scattered over this block, and simple bias strips are used for the heart. Only one more block to go - I've really enjoyed stitching this project and can't wait to see all the blocks joined together! If you want to make this gorgeous quilt too, this set of patterns and all the fabrics were supplied by Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales, here in the UK.
Today is going to be very emotional, as it's my last day in my current role, and I've been given an exciting opportunity and I'm starting a new job on Monday. Tissues incase of tears? Yes. Waterproof mascara incase of tears? Yes. Showstopper cake for afternoon tea?? Bloody hell YES!!! This is my version of the National Trust's recipe for the gin and lime cake that I recenty sampled on a visit to the tea rooms at Sutton Hoo. I'm sure my hospital colleagues are going to miss my baking skills almost as much as they're going to miss my nursing skills!
Well here it is - Block 4 of A Merry Christmas Garden is completed! This is a beautiful festive quilt, and the pattern is by the Australian designer Gail Pan. (If you remeber I was lucky enough to meet her at FOQ this year). This is available as a 6-part BOM from Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales here in the UK. The fabrics were also supplied from Cross Patch as part of the BOM. I really love this basketful of candy canes with a birdy sitting on top!
Several of those berries that I'd made a few days ago have been appliqued into place along with some candy canes. Those Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles really do give a very professional look to these berries, with lovely smooth curves. I've used Karen Kay Buckley Perfect stems too, and really pleased with the results. I have got a Clover Bias Tool that can also be used for making bias strips, but however hard I try, I just can't get on with it so prefer to use these Perfect Stems instead. I've also used them for the bias basket handle too, whilst the candy canes were made using applique paper and the Apliquick tools that I love!
kThis is the next collection of Valdani Perle Threads available from Cross Patch. These beautiful threads are from the "Welsh Summer" collection, and they certainly remind me of a wonderful weel I spent in Wales just a couple of months ago. These threads are perfect for hand embroidery and hand quilting. I'm looking forward to using these in future projects!
Here's a close-up of the words that I'd hand embroidered using a Valdani Perle thread from the Cross Patch Favourites collection. I'd had a comment on one of the pictures of A Merry Christmas Garden on my FB page, asking why did I say it had been hand embroidered when there wasn't any embroidery on it! Maybe they thought the words were printed on the fabric as my stitching is quite neat!
I've also been preparing more applique shapes using the Karen Kay Buckley Bigger Perfect Circles too. These will be stitched in place on blocks 5 and 6 - I've had quite a production line going on in my sewing studio, cutting out fabric cirles and gathering them onto the KKB templates. A quick squirt of Best Press, a shot of steam from the iron, and then leaving these to cool down for a couple of hours gives great results. I'm a great believer in using good quality tools for my sewing, and spending a few extra minutes with the preparation certainly does make a huge difference to the finished item! These circles will be appliqued into place by hand, using a Clover Black Gold needle and those Superior Threads Superbobs which are pre-wound bobbins of 60wt polyester thread. I've had my packet of Bigger Perfect Circles for ages, but they are available from Sew & Quilt.
I've been busy making even even MORE berries for my latest project with those Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles - I decided to make the whole blooming lot in one session. I love pressing these, but I'm not so keen on pressing Mr F's shirts! Anyway, these are for the next 3 blocks of A Merry Christmas Garden. I've also prepared all the bias stems for the next 3 blocks 2 - great preparation will hopefully give me great results!
I am absolutely thrilled to bits with my latest block from A Merry Christmas Garden. This is a lovely festive project by the Australian designer Gail Pan and thiese lovely fabrics were supplied as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales, here in the UK. This block was very simple to put together - a little bit of hand embroidery, lots of hand applique (which I absolutely love) and some machine piecing. The 6" star block is repeated throughout the quilt in an assortment of colours. This block just needs a final press on my wool pressing mat and then I can make a start on the next one!
On Friday morning there was a knock on the door from the postman, and what should he have for me but a little parcel from Cross Patch! The next month of the Vintage Sewing Club - another selection of four gorgeous skeins of Cottage Garden Threads. These really are lovely for hand embroidery, and have a beautiful sheen to them. Each month a pattern is also supplied, but I haven't stitched those yet - there are just not enough hours in the day to stitch all the things I've got on my to-do list!
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