Whoop Whoop!! My latest project is completed. This is the front of the Scissor Cozy - pattern by Hugs 'n Kisses is completed! I'd bought this online as a kit from the Hugs 'n Kisses website, (it's also available as just a pattern that includes all the applique paper 1" clam shells). As you can see, the front is hand embroidered. Although the pattern suggests using Perle thread, I just used some DMC threads that I had in my thread box...
...a girl can never have too many cases to keep her scissors in! This picture shows the back of the Scissor Cozy - these teeny tiny clam shells took ages to hand stitch into place, but well worth all that effort. A tutorial on You-Tube showed me how to insert the flex frame spring clip, and it took only a matter of seconds to secure into place...
...here's a close-up of the teeny tiny 1" clam shells. These GORGEOUS fabrics are by Tilda. The clam shells were made using pre-cut applique paper templates that came with the pattern. They were then hand appliqued into place using Aurifil 80wt thread. My scissors have now got a very pretty new home!
All those cute little clam shells that I made earlier in the week have been hand stitched into place with Aurifil 80wt thread, and trimmed to shape, I must say I almost held my breath when I was trimming those little darlings! The front of the "Scissor Cozy" by Hugs 'n Kisses has been hand embroidered using DMC stranded embroidery thread (the pattern suggests using Perle thread, but I just used what I had in my thread box). Now it's all ready for the next stage of the construction!
Another picture or two of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs - I really enjoyed making this lovely quilt. Expertly freehand custom quilting by J-Quilts Longarm quilting...
...this just needs to have the binding stitched in place, a quilt sleeve attached, and a specially designed label.
The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs was collected from Janette J-Quilts Longarm quilting this morning. It was well worth the wait to see the amazing quilting - it looks beautiful and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I'll share some more pictures once the binding has been completed.
This pile of pretty scraps is the result of fusing 98 x 1" Hugs 'n Kisses applique paper clam shells to this gorgeous Tilda fabric and then cutting out all 98 of those darling little 1" clam shells.These teeny tiny 1" clam shells are so addictive! Using Hugs 'n Kisses pre-cut applique paper templates make them so much easier. I only need 98 of them for my next project!...
...in case you were wondering what 98 x 1" clam shells look like - this is it! My non-slip black applique mat is really useful for arranging the layout, before I stitch them into rows with a "grab" stitch. These GORGEOUS fabrics are by Tilda, and I used pre-cut 1" fusible applique paper templates from Hugs 'n Kisses (they were included with the pattern for the Scissor Cozy). Now I just need to shut myself in my sewing studio for a few hours and stitch these little darlings together.
Here's a cluster of EPP 6 pointed stars. These were made with 1" 6 point diamond paper templates, bought online from Sew & Quilt and are ready for block 6 and block 8 of my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt. The paper templates are really simple to use and I'm really pleased with how simple they are to stitch together. These stars will be appliqued into place once the embroidery has been completed on the blocks.
The hand embroidery for Block 5 of Hearts and Happy Flowers was completed back in December 2018, and just needed to be trimmed to size, and the borders added. Cosmo embroidery threads were used for this, and the colours are really gorgeous. This will be the centre block of my quilt and it really is lovely. I may well stitch this design again in the future, as a cushion front. Now the borders are on, it just needs a good press, and can be stored away until I finish the remaining 4 blocks.
Just a few days ago these beautiful skeins arrived from Cross Patch too! These will be added to my growing CGT collection - these threads can be a bit tricky to source here in the UK but Cross Patch (an amazing online shop based in Wales) has a good selection, and Julia's customer service is excellent. Then yesterday guess what super treat was waiting for me when I arrived home from work - a few more skeins of Cottage Garden Threads! These are GORGEOUS colours and are really lovely to sew with. Thank you so much Julia!
Block 4 of Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt is completed! The pattern was designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, and these patterns were bought from Cross Patch (a super online quilt shop in Wales here in the UK_. The fabrics were provided as a kit from Cross Patch too, and includes fabrics from Makower UK and Tilda. Several techniques were involved in this 15" block - machine piecing, hand embroidery, hand applique and EPP. Only 5 more blocks to complete!
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