Month 12 "End of the Rainbow" is the final instalment of Seaside Town, the mystery button club by Lynette Anderson Designs - this pattern, alonv with the cute hand painted wooden button, arrived in the post from Cross Patch in Wales. I was hoping to get this block finished while I was on a quilting trip to Yorkshire, but I just ran out of time...
...well finally the applique and hand embroidery (I've used variegated Valdani Threads for that) has been completed. Lynette suggested in her instructions to use a bias marker with optional adhesive strips, but I just made normal bias strips, with dots of Roxanne Basting glue to hold it in place, then secured it using Aurifil 80wt thread by hand. The kite tail was drawn freehand, and travels along several blocks, with randomly coloured bows that are satin stitched. The final embellishment is the hand painted wooden button, which will be stitched in place once the quilt is completed. Now the next step is to add the inner border, and complete the blocks for the outer border.
"Bird in a Basket" is finally completed! The pattern for this gorgeous cushion is by Lynette Anderson Designs - this was bought from Lynette's online shop, Little Quilt Store in Australia. Patterns and buttons are also available from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK. This was made with a combination of techniques - machine piecing, hand applique and hand embroidery. The applique was completed using the applique paper and glue stick method along with Apliquick tools. The hand embroidery was stitched using variegated Valdani Threads - then it was machine pieced, and machine quilted very simply with Aurifil 50wt thread. The final touch is a cute hand painted wooden button which was stitched in place once the cushion front was layered and quilted. I decided to finish my cushion cover differently to Lynette's instructions as I prefer to have a removable cover, with a zip inserted in the back. Once the front and back of the cushion cover have been sewn together a single fold binding has been used to cover the raw edges.
Another little peek at "Bird in a Basket" - this is a pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs, and was bought as a kit from Lynette's online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia (patterns and buttons also available from Cross Patch in Wales, here in the UK). I'm really loving these 3D flowers! This has been hand embroidered using variegated Valdani Threads. I've used Thread Heaven to condition these embroidery threads, as they are quite friable, especially the darker colours. Just two more 3D flowers are needed, then I can piece the cushion front together. Happy days ahead in my sewing studio!
The long journey north to Scotland was very productive and I was able to get most of the hand embroidery of "Bird in a Basket" completed by the time I'd returned home, late yesterday evening. These variegated Valdani threads look gorgeous, especially on the satin stitch flower petals. Once I'd unpacked the suitcases this morning, and loaded up the washing machine, I was able to spend a couple of hours sitting in the conservatory enjoying the sunshine and playing around with the applique.
30 years ago I married this wonderful man - although this was many years before I started quilting, I had been dressmaking for a long time (one of my 2 O-levels gained from school was dressmaking) and although I wasn't brave enough to tackle my wedding dress, I did make my bridesmaids dresses with my Frister and Rossman sewing machine - sadly that machine died a few years ago! I really miss the wonderful fabric shop that used to be in Ipswich, Gordon Thodays, where I bought the peach satin for the dresses, along with yards and yards and yards of lace! Happy Anniversary Mr F - here's to the next 30 years!
The Ultimate Travel Sewing Companion is packed with a hand sewing project ready for my holiday - Bird in a Basket was with me on my hols last week but I was too busy to make a start on it! As I'm travelling to Bonnie Scotland today, this will keep me occupied on my long journey 😊
Well I'd been distracted by other projects, and although the applique and embroidery had been completed for Month 11 of Seaside Town, it still needed to be adorned with clam shell waves. I used some pre-cut clam shell applique papers that made this task so much easier! An assortment of blue and grey fabrics were used...
...the clam shell applique papers were fused to the wrong side of the fabric, and cut out with a quarter inch allowance all around. The curved top edge was turned over and pressed into place using a glue stick and Apliquick tools. The clam shells were held in place using a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue, then stitched by hand, using Aurifil 80wt thread and a Clover Black Gold applique needle...
...ohh I do like to be beside the seaside! This quilt is really coming along nicely, and is just like the seaside towns that are local to me - I live just a short drive from Aldeburgh, and Southwold is just a bit further along the coast. Seaside Town is going to look splendid when it's completed. This is a mystery button club quilt by Lynette Anderson Designs, and if you want to take part in this there are details of participating shops on Lynette's website. I bought mine online from Cross Patch, here in the UK.
The sewing accessories have finally been completed! A tiny needlebook (hand embroidered using variegated Valdani embroidery threads and hand appliqued), and a scissor fob, also hand embroidered and trimmed with a cute tassel. These match my Konnichiwa Sewing Basket (pattern by Lynette Andersons Designs and fabrics also by Lynette)...
his shows a close-up of the needlebook. The front has been hand embroidered and hand appliqued. It's tiny, measuring just 2.5" x 2" when it's closed...
...and tucked neatly inside is a woollen page for storing needles. This needlebook can be safely stored inside one of the tiers of the basket, along with the scissors...
...this shows a close-up of the scissor fob, with it's smart tassel (I didn't want to waste my beautiful Valdani threads for this, so used DMC threads in toning colours for the tassel and the twisted cord). The button is hand embroidered, and is made in 2 halves, each one covering a plastic dome button whish is then hand stitched together. These can be popped into my Konnichiwa Sewing Basket, and will look very smart displayed on my sewing table ready for special friends coming over for a sewing day.
This gorgeous new design, The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, is by the Australian designer Gail Pan. When I arrived home from my quilting trip in Yorkshire there was a HUGE parcel waiting for me from Cross Patch in Wales - and inside was the set of six patterns and a wonderful fabric pack. Thank you so much Julia - this looks fabulous!! Although I'll need to get busy piecing the first block together as I'm off on my hols again on Sunday and need to squeeze some handsewing in my bag!
A few more of these bright batik New York Beauty blocks have been added to my collection - they are slowly growing, and I'm still not sure how many I'll need. 16 blocks will give me enough to make a good sized wall hanging with, although I may go back to my original plan of just 4 blocks with a spikey border, and a facing to neaten the edge rather than a binding. I've got lots of ideas for free motion quilting too - this has been such an exciting project to play around with!
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