Friday, 26 June 2015

Little Stitches

Just doing a little embellishing on my mini.

The letter 'M' is my favourite. Clockwise from the house I used chain and satin stitch, back stitch, running stitch, and finally, stem stitch. I'm only going to add a little colour to the background. I don't want to detract from the rainbow river of hexies. And as I stitch I consider how I am going to quilt it. Thinking about keeping it simple. 


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A Reveal

I love when the new issues of Love Patchwork & Quilting come out. I love it more when I have a project in them and I can finally show you what I've been working on. 

You all know that I fell in love with the Lighthearted line of fabric so it will come as no surprise that I begged Jenny (the editor) to let me make something with it for the magazine. She's super nice so she said yes. 

I made two cushions - one epp and one pieced - to suit people who had preferred methods of sewing and different skills. I have to say the epp one is my favourite. 

I had fun making a very traditional epp project and then appliquéing it to navy linen and using some 12w Aurifil to give real impact to the quilting. 

The second cushion has a bit of a look of an epp project but is indeed completely machine pieced. 

I wish I had bought more Lighthearted than I did, because I just know these are fabrics I will want to have in my stash for a long time, taking a fussy cut here and a fussy cut thee as the mood strikes. The fabrics also have fabulous borders on some of the prints and I utilised these when I was making the ba Kings for the cushions. 

I pieced borders onto other fabrics for contrast.

Ha! What a difference between the professional magazine photography and mine! But it is what it is. 

Anyway, I really loved the first cushion in particular so am very happy to finally be able to show you. As I've said before, having commissions is fabulous. Not being able to show you progress shots when I'm making them sucks. But it does seem to give me regular ta-dah moments. And those are fun. 


Tuesday, 23 June 2015


There's been a five year old staying here. I'd forgotten what it was like. Fun. Laughter filled. Energetic. Sweet. And chaotic. 


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Onwards and Upwards

So I finished one project.

And I'm really happy with it. Love that bold, colourful binding against the monochrome backing. But there was no time for sitting around. I needed to pull the fabric for the next project.

Another colourful one then. When and how did I get so busy? But it's all good fun because I get to do what I like doing in this busyness so no complaining here. 

Meanwhile, its been all about the housework this weekend, and cracking the whip to make two certain someone's clean their rooms too. Yup, visitors again. If we never had visitors goodness knows what on earth this house would look like. It's the only thing that keeps us in line. 

Oh and Father's Day. I did my duty and cooked a full English breakfast this morning. The girls showered him with love, etc. Here's to all the dads out there who do a great job and us lucky people who get to be a part of their lives. 


Wednesday, 17 June 2015


I've been piecing...

And basting...

And quilting and binding.

That's what I'm doing right now. Sewing down the binding on the back. Almost got another finish.