floral fun piece

I had some fun yesterday making this jug of flowers wall hanging from fabric remnants bonded to the background with Heat n Bond lite then free-motion machine appliquéd. 13 x 20 inches approx.

floral jug

autumn winter challenge part 3

I finished my autumn winter challenge yesterday. It’s now drying after being washed, pressed and stretched this morning. The flower heads and leaves were a little wishy-washy before I outlined them but I really like the look of them now. Long and short, and stem stitch only.


quilted applique

For starters, furnishing fabric samples are probably not the best choice for a quilt top. Not being able to easily remove the paper border that was stuck to each sample didn’t help and having to reduce them in size as a result was another factor that should have rung warning bells loudly in my brain. On the other hand, I really liked the fabric texture and the colours available, had no other use for the samples and nothing better to do this week.

I appliqued the pieces to the blue top fabric and used repositionable mounting spray to baste all the layers together since I don’t possess quilting safety pins, have no intention of buying them and was too lazy to baste by hand. Once the applique was done, I took photographs and used Photoshop Elements to try out various free-motion quilting designs. The one I finally chose looked fine in the 12 x 12″ test quilt I made but the actual quilt was surprisingly heavy and difficult to maneuver when free-motion stitching and this resulted in inconsistent stitch length. I constructed a temporary working area to hold the quilt when ripping out the large area that I’d just sewn and subsequently moved my sewing machine there to better support the quilt when stitching the simple diagonal lines which were my final choice for securing the layers together.

This quilt is only approximately 34 x 44 inches so not large but is an ideal lap quilt size and I’m glad I made it – something else ticked off my list of ‘things I haven’t sewn yet’ list and although JP liked it and admired the work that went into to it, when I suggested to him that I could hang it on a wall, he suggested an outside one. I’m sure he was just joking. If I make any more quilts in future I think I’ll stick to small ones. I admire those quilters who sew bed-sized quilts on a domestic sewing machine but I imagine that it is actually more of a struggle than they care to admit!

blue quilt

quilt table





random quilting

I found a blog the other day which showed a random quilting method, so with a number of fabric scraps to hand, I made a little quilt for myself. The smaller one (first image) was done as a sample to test various free-motion quilting ideas but when it came to the actual quilt I decided that just straight-stitching in the ditch around the fabric pieces was best. I used two different thickish fabrics as the batting which has resulted in it being too stiff for its original intended use as a lap quilt but it will do as a topping for my sewing chair seat.

sample quilt

random quilt

seat quilt

just in

About twenty minutes ago, I heard our letterbox flap lift and went to retrieve our Sunday newspapers only to find that they were still in the process of being stuffed through the gap. When I opened the door, the delivery man pointed out the egg on our doormat and said he’d been met by a flurry of noisy pigeon wings as he turned the corner to our flat. It’s been a few years since we’ve had an egg laid on our doormat and I thought that in the absence of feathers and twigs in over a year that they’d found a better place to roost. Silly me. The information that our doormat is reasonably secluded and therefore safe from predators other than the human variety, is obviously shared (by pigeon post?) amongst the birds in the neighbourhood.  The delivery man told me quite sincerely that to have an egg laid on our mat today of all days was a gift from God and therefore lucky but I’d prefer a milk chocolate version any day.


a fox finished

The fox is finished and some of you may recognise him from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest colouring book which I bought purely as a source of inspiration for embroidery projects and not for colouring in – I’d hate to spoil the book! A little bigger than A4 size, my stitched version is roughly twice the size of the book image. As soon as he was finished, I re-hooped the tulips piece and spent a couple of hours in the evening stitching a petal or two.



a fox

Two areas of my current embroidery piece. It might not be too obvious from these images that it’s a fox I’m stitching but it will be when you see the whole thing in a future post. The maroon coloured fabric top right is there to protect the completed stitches and keep the calico clean and is not part of the embroidery. Better quality images next time!

fox embroidery 1

fox embroidery 2


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