Block 5 "Katherine" of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt is finished! This pattern is designed by Gail Pan Designs, and has been machine pieced, hand embroidered and hand appliqued. This was bought as a kit from Cross Patch, an online shop in Wales here in the UK. Most of the fabrics are from the Sequoia collection, by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics.
After I'd completed my first "Christmas in July" project, I was at a loss as to what festive project to tackle next! I hadn't got another one ready to complete (I did make a festive wall hanging earlier in the year, but that's still waiting to be delivered to Janette, the wonderful longarm quilter for some of her special magic)! So I've decided to start something new, a small project which is likely to be completed by the end of the month. Here it is - my next "Christmas in July" project is "Wish Upon a Star" designed by Julia Roworth, and is available from her online shop Cross Patch. I just need to prep the stitchery design, ready to make a start on it over the next few days.
Roxanne's Basting glue is ideal for attaching applique shapes into place before they're permanently stitched down. I just use a few spots on the back of the applique - and press it into place, then leave to dry. This is so much easier than getting stabbed with tiny applique pins! I tend to use a wooden kebab skewer to add my "dots of glue" and keep a small bottle in my sewing bag so I always have some with me when I'm at sewing classes. The larger refill bottles are great value for money and this glue lasts for absolutely ages!
The next block from The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt is "Katherine" and the applique has been prepared using tbe applique paper and glue stick method. Apliquick tools have been used to turn the edges over. The applique shapes are held in place with a few spots of Roxanne's basting glue (this prevents me from getting stabbed with pins) and is then stitched by hand using a very fine thread - my favourite is Aurifil 80wt thread in a mid grey colour.
I've had lots of lovely comments and likes from my last picture that I shared on my FB page and on the online quilting groups that I belong to. I couldn't resist a quick photo showing these ormaments displayed on a small white tree bought from Hobbycraft. These "Sweet Christmas Ornaments" - pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs, were bought as a kit online from Cross Patch in Wales here in the UK. The kit included all 12 patterns, raw wood buttons for embellishment, fabrics and twine. Now these just need to be packed away ready for December!
These "Sweet Christmas Ornaments" are completed! The patterns are by Lynette Anderson Designs, and these were bought as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales, here in the UK. The kit included the set of all 12 patterns, raw wood buttons, fabrics (also designed by Lynette) and string for the hanging loops. Initially these were started back in January - then other projects took over. The hand embroidery was done using Presencia Finca Perle 16 thread, shade 1915. This really was a lovely thread to use and I'll certainly use it again for other festive projects! Anyway, they needed to be completed, so I decided to have "Christmas in July" to get these ornaments finished. I'm really pleased with them - now they need to be packed away ready for Christmas!
I'm making good progress with my first Christmas in July project. I'd originally started this project back in January! The hand embroidery was done using Presencia Finca Perle 16 thread, shade 1915. This week I've stitched the fronts and backs of these Sweet Christmas Ornaments together, and inserted the hanging loops. This afternoon I've been sitting in the garden enjoying this glorious weather with some hand sewing. I've used some scraps of wool wadding to fill this one. The first "Sweet Garden Ornament" has been completed - there are just 11 more of these ornaments to stuff, and then close together with ladder stitch!
Although we're having glorious weather here in Suffolk, I'm planning some "Christmas in July" sewing, to catch up with some Christmas projects! Sweet Christmas Ornaments by Lynette Anderson Designs is the first one on my list and was started earlier in the year. Are you joining in too?
No sewing for me today. However I've had a great day out at the Heveningham Hall Country Fair with Mr F and Alice. Especially when I spotted the Prosecco van!
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.
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