"For The Love of Tea" is another design by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched, and is also made with the gorgeous Tealicicious collection of fabrics. This was a kit that I bought online from Coast and Country Crafts and Quilts. The pattern comes with pre-printed linen for the stitchery blocks, as well as full-sized traceable design sheets. The kit included all the fabrics for making the quilt top, and 9 skeins of DMC embroidery threads - so now I have a few more threads to add to my collection!...
...I machine quilted around all 9 stitchery blocks, sashing, and the peeper strip, then hand quilted along the centre of the sashing strips using a variegated Vandani perle thread. I used shade P10 to pick up the colour of the border around the centre block and the binding. I used the same perle thread to embroider a label which was then hand appliqued to the back of the wall hanging...
...I've handed stitched the binding in place - this was made with another coordinating print from the Tealicious collection, and a narrow quilt sleeve was also hand stitched to the back of the wallhanging to enable it to be displayed on a decorative quilt hanger...
...and here it is, displayed on the wall of my sewing studio. I've got quite a collection of decorative quilt hangers, mostly by Ackfeld Designs. Most of them have a metal rail to thread through a quilt sleeve, although this one has a wooden dowel. I tend to rotate my quilts that are on display, so it always looks fresh and I don't get bored with looking at the same ones all the time!
How appropriate for National Sewing Machine Day! I've been busy over the past few weeks packing my mum's belongings and my daughter found this on a bookcase. Goodness only knows what happened to my dolls house and the rest of the furniture. I wonder what other treasures I'll unearth while I'm sorting, cleaning and packing!
Here's the 6th block of Wish You Well - it's the 2020 I Stitch Club design, which is a mystery block of the month, designed by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs and is available from her website as a PDF download. This combines a mixture of hand embroidery and applique (you can use whatever method of applique you prefer). Each month you're sent an email with a PDF download with the pattern instructions, colour picture of the completed block and a full size traceable stitchery design. You also get a bonus project each month. I've used a GORGEOUS selection of fabrics for this project, that are from the Super Bloom collection by Edyta Sitar, which were purchased from Cross Patch an online shop based in Wales here in the UK...
...a white cotton placemat has been chopped up to embellish the top corner, and some vitage lace trimming has also been added. The stitchery has been hand embroidered using a selection of DMC, Cosmo and Valdani embroidery threads. I really can't believe we're halfway through this gorgeous BOM already! If you want to take part too, click on the link on the sidebar of my blog to take you to Gail Pan's website where you'll get all the details.
It's amazing what you can achieve when you're wide awake at 4am! These words "Think happy thoughts" are very appropriate this week. Inbetween writing my mum's eulogy and preparing for next week's service, I've completed the stitchery blocks for month 6 of Wish You Well, the mystery BOM by Gail Pan Designs. All the details for taking part in this gorgeous block of the month are on Gail's website, if you click on the I Stitch Club tab, or you ca click on the link on the sidebar of my blog. The hand embroidery has been stitched using a selection of embroidety threads - DMC, Cosmo and variegated Valdani threads. The 2 background fabrics are from the Super Bloom collection by Edyta Sitar, of Laundry Basket Quilts.
All ready for afternoon tea! My latest project is this Tea Time Table Runner by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. I've used a charm pack of fabrics from the Tealicious collection (also designed by Anni Downs) which were bought from Cross Patch. The table runner pattern was bought online from Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts...
...the applique shapes were all made using the Apliquick method, and stitched into place using Aurifil 80wt thread. the words are hand embroidered using DMC thread. Once the table runner was pieced together, it was layered up using a thin fusible wadding Vilene H630. The joy of using this is that you don't have to fuse it in place if you don't want to. It's also slightly thinner than Vilene H640 and is perfect for table runners and placemats and bags too. This wa sthen machine quilted in a simple cross hatch design, using a King Tut variegated silver-grey quilting thread...
...we'd just had a slice of a homemade Victoria Sponge, filled with buttercream and strawberry jam, for our afternoon tea, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a photoshoot!
This just needs a good press and it will be ready to be layered ready for quilting. I'm using the Tea Party Table Runner pattern by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched, (bought from Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts in Cornwall) and using a charm pack of fabrics from the Tealicious collection, also designed by Hatched and Patched, which were bought from Cross Patch in Wales. The teacups and saucers were made using the Apliquick method of applique, and have been stitched into place using a mid-grey Aurifil 80wt thread, onto a linen background. Hoping to get the quilted over the weekend, if I can squeeze a few hours into my busy life for a session in my sewing studio. This runner reminds me of having afternoon tea with special friends, something which I'm looking forward to doing when we can finally get together again, hopefully soon.
What better way to spend an afternoon with a pot of tea and a slice of cake! I've been making a few pretty teacups and saucers, ready for the Tea Time Table Runner! This fabric is from the "Tealicious" collection designed by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. She has also designed the Tea Time Table Runner that these posh cups will be appliqued onto when I decide which background fabric to use! The Tealicious collection is available from Cross Patch as Charm Packs, Candy Bars and Mini Charms - I'm going to make this runner a bit larger than the pattern istructions, similar to the Tiny Town runner that I made last year by the same designer.
Secret of Love" by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs has been in my box of patterns for simply ages. I'm sure this was bought from Cross Patch last year! Anyway, it's been my go-to project early in the mornings this week before work. This has been hand embroidered with a selection of DMC embroidery threads, and now the stitchery has been completed it needs a good press (my wool pressing mat is ideal for this) and then I can decide how to frame it. I don't have a rectangular frame, so I may have to improvise with what I've got!
Last week this GORGEOUS selection of fabrics arrived in the post from Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales, here in the UK. These are from the "Tealicious" collection by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. I've ordered the perfect pattern to use with these, fingers crossed it'll arrive in the post later this week! Our postal service has been under an enormous strain over the past few weeks, and our wonderful postal workers have been doing an amazing job, escopecially when they deliver parcels like this one!
These are the 2 patterns I was playing around with on Sunday - "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa is my favourite pattern for making cosmetic bags, and I've added the stitchery design from another small bag pattern - "It's a lovely day" by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs...
...and here's the result of mixing up those patterns - this was hand embroidered with Cosmo embroidery thread and embellished with ric-rac tri, held in place with colonial knots. I've ,ade several of these bags, and they're really useful. This one is a gift for a colleague's birthday - I really hope she likes it, as I don't think she knows about all the quilty goodies that I make!
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