Two of my favourite sewing cases. The Ultimate Travel Sewing Companion is 7" x 9.5" - it's almost twice the size of the Mushroom Corner Tri-Fold Organiser which is 5" x 7" - both cases are embellished with hand applique and hand embroidery. Patterns for both projects are by Lynette Anderson Designs and are available from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK.
The 4th block of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt is "Jane" - these blocks all combine machine piecing and hand applique. The blocks are embellished with hand embroidery, ric-rac, ribbon and vintage lace. This gorgeous quilt is designed by Gail Pan (I made another one of her beautiful quilts a couple of years ago, Flowerdale - if you do a search on my blog you'll find lots of pictures of the finished quilt, and pictures of the individual blocks as they were in progress). TSLBS Quilt is made with fabrics from the Sequoia collection, by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics, and this was bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales. Now "Jane" is finished, there are only two more blocks to go!
This basket has been trimmed with a gorgeous piece of ribbon that I'd bought ages ago. I used a green Mettler 50wt thread, along with a number 5 Blind Hem foot on my Bernina. As I was running a bit short of blue fabrics, I've added a few "Blue Sky" scraps that were left over from a previous project. The "Blue Sky" scraps are by the same fabric designer, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, so they work well with the Sequoia fabrics.
All the circles for block 4 "Jane" (part of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, by the Australian designer Gail Pan) have been hand appliqued into place, using Aurifil 80wt thread in a medium grey shade, and a Clover Black Gold applique needle. I'm loving these Sequoia fabrics - the colours are gorgeous, and they are wonderful to sew with, both with the machine and by hand.
The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt is well over halfway there! There is an abundance of baskets in this quilt - adorned with vintage lace and ric-rac, and filled with flowers. The applique for this block was all prepared last Saturday, and over the past week was stitched into place in the evenings after work...
...my favourite Aurifil 80wt thread and a Clover Black Gold needle were the perfect tools for this task. Now these appliqued blocks have been completed, the next step will be to piece the main block together.
There wasn't any sewing this morning as I'd made other plans, and was meeting up with a special friend. We'd planned a liaison at Waldringfield, and enjoyed a couple of hours in the sunshine nattering away, with a cuppa and a very tasty bacon and egg bap at the Maybush Inn. There were stunning views across the river, and with the sun glistening on the water it really was glorious. This was so much nicer than simply meeting up at Costa!
A super parcel arrived in the post from Cross Patch a couple of days ago - Applique paper - have you tried it? It's absolutely brilliant, and Hugs 'n Kisses is my favourite brand. I've also used it for foundation piecing - remember those tiny 3" cottages from Seaside Town by Lynette Anderson Designs? I just photocopied the foundation piecing pattern onto the applique paper, and didn't have the bother of removing all those tiny pieces of paper!
After a super day out on Tuesday with Mr F and Alice - (a trip to Urban Jungle at Beccles AND Darsham Nurseries ANDtrips to 2 garden centres and a fish and chip lunch at Aldeburgh - we arrived home just in time for afternoon tea! And this isn't just an ordinary Victoria sponge - it's a Victoria sponge filled with Pinkster gin jam. It was bloody deliciou
One of the benefits of working longer days is getting a day off in the week. This week my day off coincided with both Mr F and Alice being off too, so we had a rare family day together! We started off with a trip to Urban Jungle (see previous blog post). After our trip there, we decided to call into Darsham Nurseries on the way back home...
...we couldn't resist a few more plants for the garden. We'll definitely be going back there too, as although they have a superb café, we didn't stop for lunch as Mr F had promised to treat us to fish and chips at Aldeburgh!
Tuesday morning was spent browsing amongst an impressive array of plants, plants and more plants at Urban Jungle, a garden centre near Beccles...
...there were almost as many plants inside the cafe too! Obviously a refreshing cuppa was required, as browsing round these plants was thirsty work, although I managed to resist a tempting slice of cake as I knew there was a delicious cake waiting for me at home!
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