Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Liberty cross stitch

I have had an enforced pause making my Liberty quilt top. I ran out of white so I'm waiting for some more to arrive. In the meantime I couldn't stop looking at the Liberty scraps I still have and wondering...
I remembered seeing this great idea and tutorial over at Pile o' Fabric for cross-stitch quilt blocks. This idea seemed to offer the opportunity to combine several things I love: hearts, cross-stitch and my precious Liberty fabric.

For any cross-stitchers reading this, I'm stitching a series of hearts on 50 count Newcastle linen. SLOW going. But I love the delicate effect. The cross stitches in fabric were much faster once I got a  little chain piecing production line working. Then some trimming...

And hey presto! A cross-stitch heart in no time (well compared to the real thing anyway). This is destined to be a cushion for the couch - although I'm not sure anyone will ever be allowed to touch it ;-)

Linking up at Lee's:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Say Cheese! Polaroid swap

My Say Cheese! Polaroid swap blocks arrived in the mail yesterday. Kristy from Quiet Play organised this swap, which went really smoothly - thanks Kristy! I love these cute little blocks - I don't really know what I want to do with them yet, so I've just spent some time looking at them today and smiling.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A Christmas stocking

At our last meeting our Monday Modern group decided that we would make Christmas stockings to donate to  Women's Refuge. I have finished my stocking - just need to get to the shops and fill it with some nice bits and pieces to hopefully bring someone a light moment this Christmas.

I  haven't made a Christmas stocking before so it was a bit of a make-it-up-as-you-go kind of project. It didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but I think it looks quite cheerful.

Christmas stocking 2012

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Back in love with Liberty

Remember this?

I was never really happy with it - the more blocks I made, the more washed out the gorgeous Liberty fabrics seemed to get. I went to see the genius Helen of The Little Craft Store, and she sorted me out in no time!
A bit of unpicking and some bright solids and I'm back in love with this quilt!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sew Seasonal Blog hop

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

It does seem mighty early to be thinking about Christmas, but many of you will have been following along the Sew Seasonal Christmas blog hop organised by Kristy and Alyce. Their patterns are free all through November, so be sure to check them out! I tried my hand at paper piecing some little bonbons and put them together as a table runner. I'm really happy with how festive this looks and that it is a good alternative to northern hemisphere motifs of snow and robins (though I do love those too).


Be sure you pop over and check out what my blog hop partner Jane from Quilt Jane has made!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Bee blocks for me!

Look what my lovely Monday Modern group made for me! Glenys and I shared this month - we made Converging Corners for her, and these slice and dice blocks for me inspired by Rita's quilt. I know it will take me forever to decide on a layout, in the meantime, I'm just excited looking at them - they seem so full of energy and fun!

November bee blocks

Linking up over at Lee's today:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Converging corners bee block

Here is the Converging Corners bee block that Glenys requested. It was made using this tutorial which is very good. It wasn't difficult although if you're especially observant you'll see I did make an error with the sequence, but I don't think it will be noticeable when all the blocks are put together - I only noticed it when I was giving the finished block a press.

Converging corners for Glenys

I was in a bit of a numpty mood when I was sewing this, and kept cutting my strips the wrong size. So one of my corners has a cute little extra piece of patchworking ;-)

Corner closeup

I'm looking forward to Monday when our Monday Modern group meets up for this month - its fun seeing everyone else's blocks!