Bird in a Basket by Lynette Anderson Designs - this arrived in the post yesterday from Little Quilt Store in Australia, and has been packed in my sewing bag ready to take on my quilting trip tomorrow. I may not get time to do much of this one as I'll be busy on my sewing machine most of the time, but it will be nice to have a hand sewing project with me for the evenings - it might just keep me out of mischief!
Another gift, and another cosmetic bag - this pattern is Anna's Sminkepung, by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. This has to be top of my list of favourite handmade gifts. I never tire of making these, and often spend more time selecting fabrics and trimmings than it takes to make one of these pretty little bags! This one was made with some gorgeous fabrics from the Vintage Floral collection by Lecien. Trimmed with some vintage lace, this one was machine quilted very simply using Mettler thread in a matching colour (I'm trying to use up all my "older" threads before starting to use my newer ones).
Back in May 2017 I started to collect patterns for Leanne Beasley's BOM "Hearts and Happy Flowers" from a shop in Australia. After a couple of patterns arrived, the shop stopped answering my emails, and I couldn't source the remaining blocks that I needed. Luckily Julia, the owner at Cross Patch came to the rescue! I was absolutely giddy with excitement when this FABULOUS fabric pack arrived in the post from Cross Patch in Wales about 4 weeks ago. I haven't started it yet, as I need to get a couple of other projects finished off first. This is going to be such a pretty quilt ❤❤❤ as Julia has selected some beautiful fabrics. Is anyone else joining in with this gorgeous BOM?
I was supposed to be sorting through my box of batik fabrics reading for a quilting trip that I'm going on in a few days time, and I was rather distracted! A few scraps of purple batiks were pieced together, and quilted with a lilac Aurifil 40wt thread in a simple geometric design. As my previous quilted journal folder was just a tiny bit too small for this display book, I used a Pukka A4 project book for it instead - and still needed another cover for this book. I made sure that this one wasn't quite such a snug fit! These Display Books are really useful, as they contain poly pockets, and are available in an assortment of colours. This one was from my local supermarket, and it is perfect for putting my notes in from my previous quilting trips. I'd previously made journal covers for my 2 friends Helen and Linda, who I'll be travelling to Yorkshire with.
Did you celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day yesterday? I spent a couple of hours in my sewing studio finishing off a quilted journal cover to fit an A4 Pukka Pad Project Book. I've made several of these covers, including a couple for the friends that I'm off on a quilting trip with in a few days time - and I decided that I really needed one of these journal covers for me too! Unfortunately it wasn't QUITE big enough for the display book that I'd planned to put in it, but it was the perfect size for the A4 Pukka Project Book without being a tight fit!
We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning and I couldn't resist getting a picture of 4 of my "Lynette" cushions. Patterns and fabrics are by Lynette Anderson Designs. From L-R the patterns are Christmas Eve, Christmas Friends, Snowmen Make Me Smile, and Frosty the Postman.
Best part of a mid-week day off is spending a couple of hours in my sewing studio! The pattern is "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. This pink floral Lecien fabric is gorgeous, and looks perfect trimmed with some vintage lace. I've quilted this very simly using a variegated King Tut quilting thread, and used white Aurifil 40wt thread for sewing the zipper in place. This cosmetic bag is a gift for a colleague who wanted "something pretty" - I hope she likes it!
My latest project is the "Konnichiwa Sewing Basket" - pattern and fabrics are by Lynette Anderson Designs. This has been hand appliqued using the pluestick and applique paper method, along with Apliquick tools, and has been hand embroidered with Valdani Threads. The cord was made with DMC threads in co-ordinating colours as my Valdani threads were far too precious to use up! The steamer basket was bought online from Amazon UK several weeks ago...
...the tiers are lined with bag batting covered in fabric (the bag batting was bought from my local quilt shop, KIS Quilting Ltd, in Ipswich) and a fabric covered base was also added to each tier. This will be a really useful addition to my sewing studio, and looks very pretty sitting on my desk along with my other "Lynette" accessories! This pattern is available from quilt shops that stock Lynette patterns - there is a list of world wide stockists on her website, and there is also a PDF download direct from Lynette's online quilt shop, Little Quilt Store, that you can print yourself.
Whoop Whoop!! Look what arrived in the post yesterday - here is Lady with Gin!! Thank you so much Catherine Daniel Ceramics - she's AMAZING! And she looks perfect nestled among my bottles of gin and has made herself a home on my gin shelf 😊
As my sewing date was snowed off on Saturday, I had a productive day alone in my sewing studio. I was busy finishing off a project I had initially started a few weeks ago, when I was on a "Pebbles" workshop with Alexandra Waylett at my local quilt shop KIS Quilting Lt in Ipswich. The pebbles panel was made with a selection of fabrics and textures - velvet, lace, satin, brocade, leather and sequins. I'd bought some teal coloured linen from KIS and it was perfect for finishing off this project. The quilting was done using a Mettler thread (this had been in my thread box for ages, and the colour matched the linen beautifully). I really enjoy sewing with different types of fabrics, and linen and batiks always look good together. I used a tried and trusted method for inserting a zipper into the back of the cushion cover so that it's removable...
...a strip of the same batik fabric was used for a double fold binding, and the cover was filled with a plump feather pad. Thankfully the worst of the snow had gone on Sunday, and I was able to do a photoshoot in the garden - the sun was shining, and despite it being bitterly cold, it was perfect weather for a photo shoot. I'm thrilled with the finished cushion, although Mr F won't be allowed anywhere near it!
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