Sunday, 25 February 2018

Windmill Bag Workshop

I was invited by Waterloo Quilters to give a workshop and the ladies came with their panels ready prepared for the Windmill Bag and Liberty Leaf Scarf, to enable them to learn the construction process in the time allowed. 
The scarf was just demonstrated to be constructed at home.
There was a wonderful array of colours, fabrics and techniques to be seen so I am showing a range of them in various stages. 
Well done to everyone for producing such excellent results and thank you so much from me for such a lovely welcome. I really enjoyed my day with you all.

Above, a handy internal pocket inserted, after quilting and within the bindings, before joining the panels.
An Extra large tote

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Liberty 3 Cushions & Quilt

I have been quiet here on my blog since Christmas but not in my stitching. My machine has been whizzing away and my fingers have been hand stitching too. The proof is below but I cannot yet show my biggest project, which I started on Boxing Day and finished before the end of January. I finally made a quilt for my daughter's marriage which was September 2016. due to all the problems we have had I could not begin to think about it and my daughter told me to make it whenever I felt up to it. I am pleased that it is finished but I want to give it to her personally to share her reaction.
I recently played around with some of my Liberty Hexagons and I really enjoyed making the cushion below, and I love the result too.
It really doesn't matter how the fabrics are laid out as Liberty designs all seems to go together beautifully and there are about 50 different designs here.
The triangles in the next cushion were all hand stitched but I machine stitched the quilting and borders.

Hand stitched Granny's Garden Hexies
The back of the cushion above in simple squares.
This quilt is a smaller on than my daughter's wapping king sized one. I made this as a wedding present for a friend's son who we have know since he was a little boy.
I think I am addicted to using Liberty fabric as it is so lovely to handle and produces good results from the simplest of designs. It relaxes me and makes me happy!

Friday, 15 December 2017

Swag of Bunting for my Fireplace

I've managed the next stage of making our house look a little festive before the South West contingent of my family comes to visit. No tree up yet but I have made this bunting swag for the fire place. I made three in total and gave one to a friend who was desperate to have one and the other, a much bigger one, is almost finished ready for my South West daughter to decide if warrants approval to hang over her large fireplace in her new Devon home.

Since posting I have had a request about a pattern to make the triangles for the bunting but I was unable to reply. The following might help......
The pennants are all of varying lengths between 20 and 25 cms and widths of approx 9 to 12 cms. This is just a guide and they can be quite easily be made longer or shorter to suit individual locations. 
They are very casually made just with a toning backing, fabrics stitched right sides face to face then turned inside out and pressed. I zig zagged across the tops before arranging and stitching them onto a ribbon or cord for hanging. 
As easy as can be! The balance of the colour scheme and the variable lengths makes the finished item a little bit different and unusual than the spaced out traditional bunting.
Here's the longer one for my daughter made in more "homespun fabrics". Hope she likes it!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Cut Outs

Christmas is creeping into our house. 
My back has been playing up, due to all the work clearing my late friend's house, so I've been sitting and cutting these paper house silhouettes to decorate our front window. Whilst I was on a short trip to my daughter in Germany last week, she asked me to make some for her and I loved them so much I decided to cut some for my own home. The designs are from the main buildings in her pretty little German town and the centre one is their Rathaus (town hall). Must cut out another reindeer for Santa!

From inside with fairy lights lit.

From outside

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas Fair at St Mary's West Derby.

It was a good day at the Christmas Fair despite the bad weather, wind and rain all day people, (and even Father Christmas) paid us a visit. We took hardly any items back home with us and a fair bit of cash has gone between a charity, our group and some to the church funds. Thanks to everyone who supported and helped us.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Couple More Makes for the Christmas Fair

Couldn't sleep. Up at 5am. Drinking Cocoa. Decided to add a post.
After making these little houses into hangings of three units, I had a few over so, I've made them into single residences as smaller items for the Christmas Fair on Saturday. 

This little hanging is for my Sister in Law who spotted one similar at our Summer Fair.
Kathy in my group kindly lent me the pattern which is in a Nancy Halvorsen, Art to Heart book called Happy Holidays to You. 
It is straight but sorry that the pic looks wonky.
Going back to bed for another little snooze........ I hope zzzzzzzzzz

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Fair Makes

Christmas Fair to be held in the Millennium Centre at St Mary's Church, West Derby Village, Liverpool 12, on Saturday 25th November. 
Our quilt group has been invited to participate so I have been busy making small items for our table. Here's a quick post showing some of my results.

I loved making several of these decorations, an idea I found on pinterest.
An easy peasy make to hang on a wall with simple padded fabric houses attached to twigs. 
A little home spun style embroidery enhances the windows and doors.
  Back to making the wreaths again that I have also made in past years. 
5" fabric squares, stitched in half, and padded before tying tightly on to a wire ring with rustic string or ribbon. 
Easy to make but about 40 squares are needed for each wreath. It's a good idea to get together with a few other people to swap squares to gain more varity.

   Santa appliqued onto a cushion is quick and easy to make. Must add a bit of felt holly to the hat on the right. Don't know how I missed that!
I found 4 left over seasonal squares which soon transformed into this cushion above.

Scrap strips soon made this stocking
Couldn't go without making my old standby quickie.... more snowmen chocolate wraps but added a few penguins gnomes and Santas to the collection. 
My grandchildren make a good job of making these too.
Perfect sized quality chocolate bars are in a pack from Aldi at a reasonable price
These little snowbabies are made from toddlers socks filled with rice and the instructions are easy to find both on pinterest and youtube.
Left over panels made into wall hangings or table centres

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Baubles by the Dozen

I don't like to mention it, but where has time gone! It is months since my last post, May in fact, but life threw a curve ball that I had to deal with. 
My friend died in June after a long painful period of time in hospital and nursing homes and as a result we have had to pick up the pieces and clear her home and remains of her life. Hard in many ways both physically and mentally. Life goes on and we are finally coming to grips with it all and at last I have managed a little burst of crafting.
Some few months ago before I was otherwise involved, I made a Christmas bauble at a Quilters Guild workshop, given by the talented quilter, Emma Galbraith, and I really enjoyed it even though to me it was totally the wrong time to be making Christmas items. As a result I started playing around with the original idea and I have made so many ready to give to friends and family. With no sewing, or even glue, involved they are so quick and easy to produce as the fabric only has to be pushed into the styrofoam balls. Cord, braid or ribbon hides any imperfections and defines the segments. It's a great way to use up small scraps of fabric too.
The 8cm balls are 2 for £1 in "The Works"book/craft shop but in bulk on the net they are available at only 30p each.
I tried using Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and I rather like them. I think they will be great to have a bowl full around the home all year, not just for Christmas.
The beading effect braid trim below is available by the metre in gold, silver, black and pearl
This is my original bauble made at the workshop.
My sister in law spotted a panel at the Quilt Exhibition of my group so I have had a go at making one for her. The Nativity characters/craft buttons were bought on line from HoardersHeaven. Jane there was so helpful and they have such an amazing variety available, at reasonable prices.
 Take a look here...