Monday, November 24

Scrap stash busting Saturday.....pinwheels..

It was a lovely productive Saturday......missing my Pfaff Grand Quilter, I thought I would keep busy,  and see if I could do something with some scraps...
In that empty plastic tub were these CW scraps and also lots of neutral scrap pieces of fabric.
It was fun to rediscover some of the fabrics that I have loved, made quite a few quilts from and a little sad to see this is all I had left of them....
Same with the neutrals.....I love that one on top of the pile.....soft leafy fern print on a cream background.....
So from those scraps these pinwheels were pieced...
 
Have a happy day....♥
 

Saturday, November 22

This and that....

Not a lot to write about really, because my dear Pfaff Grand Quilter is away getting a check over....she just stopped sewing....oh dear, I don't think I over worked her.
So the sewing I had planned to do is not happening...
I miss her so much, I think I have withdrawal symptoms.....you know the feeling.
She is my favourite machine to use, I miss the scissor button the most.
My Husqvarna, as faithful and reliable as she is doesn't have the scissor button....such a small ,little button that makes all the difference when piecing lots of blocks....
 
So in the meantime, I'm trying to use up some scraps and fill in  sewing time making these table place mats.......those scraps just seem to multiply, every time I look at them there's more!
Here's a lovely quilt I made some time ago.....Oh dear no label...I did it again!
Called Confetti, simple blocks with a Suffolk Puff appliquéd in each block...
Nice and colourful in 1930's fabrics....great quilt for a little one or even a teenager...a ruffled edge around the quilt finishes it off and gives it that something different charm......
 
Have a great weekend......my thoughts go out to those who maybe snowed in.
My DGD is leaving here for the states today....A white Christmas is what she is looking forward to, and it looks like it will be a very big white Christmas...
 
Stay safe......

Friday, November 14

Tigers getting quilted....

Love this quilt...and I know DGD will love it even more..
It's just so different to what I have been working on before this quilt, it's been a lovely change and I think it's come together so well.
 I think the Log cabin blocks really add that special touch, that with those colours pull it all together..... it looks stunning!
 
I have done all the ditch stitching and added the binding...it's still pinned and dear Sweet Susie will at last get another play...  
 
Here's a close up of the cushion covers...I just need to buy the cushion inserts...
 
Ok Susie....today we will have a play...not sure what I'll quilt. I might try and outline the tigers to make then stand out...being the stars of the quilt , as they are anyway......♥
 

 
This is my take out project at the moment....little periwinkles in CW fabrics...
 
Have a great and safe weekend....♥
 

Thursday, November 6

New Project...tiger quilt...

There's nothing like a new project to get the creative mind flowing and feeling energized again...
A dear patchwork friend gifted  me this lovely tiger fabric....and I have a dear GD that loves tigers, she is studying Zoology at Uni, her dream is to work with the big cats,,,, I know she would love a tiger quilt...
I separated the tiger block pieces, and thought log cabins would look great with them as borders and in between the smaller tiger head pieces, to pull it all together... 
I've pieced the log cabins in the browns, tans and the greens....they go so well with all the colours in the fabric...The quilt as is will be long enough, but I do need to make it wider for it to be a good lap size quilt.
I have never been really fond of batiks, for fear of dyes running, but I tested the green piece I bought for the borders...and I was pleasantly surprised to find no colour came out at all...yay.
I think it looks perfect, gives a nice contrast between the tiger blocks and the log cabins.
 
These two other tiger heads blocks, I will make up into cushions...
 
Off to piece some more log cabins....
Until next time....take care....♥

Wednesday, November 5

Hidden Stars....flimsy...and bottle top decorations!

It took just a few serious sewing days to get this lap quilt top to a flimsy..
...I used up most of these fabrics with just a bit of the border fabric left in my stash...
I made it s bit smaller than the original, but at 61" x 45" it's still a good lap size quilt..
Now to get busy and quilt it......♥
 
 
Bottle Top Decorations...no sewing involved....too easy!
With Christmas fast approaching I thought I might post these again..
A patchwork friend was asking me about them just yesterday....
I have posted these before but, I thought some of you may not have seen them ...they are so easy to do and with a little help, great project for kids to do...
Christmas is not too far away, and a great time now to start making presents and decorations..

Bottle Top Christmas Decorations.....Requirements:
Plastic milk or juice bottle tops with O-ring seal (washed and dried)
Small pieces of plain fabric (3 ½ inches square) or 14 count Aida cloth for cross-stitch
 Or Fussy cut Christmas fabric
Threads, ribbons, beads, charms any bits and pieces to embellish the decorations
Thin card to back decoration
Braid to go around the outside of decoration
Narrow ribbon to hang decoration
Clear quick drying craft glue.
General hand sewing requirements
A little time and imagination.


Embroider or cross-stitch your design onto the centre of your fabric piece. (Keep the design small so it will fit on the bottle top)
Embellish the design with tiny seed beads, metallic threads, ribbon bows, glitter fabric paint or anything you like.
Place the embroidered design over the bottle top, then place the O ring seal over the top.
Push the seal down as far as it will go to hold the embroidered fabric in place.
Smooth out any wrinkles.
Trim away the excess fabric.
Cut a cover for the back out of the card by tracing around the top and glue to the back.
Starting at the top, glue braid around the outside of the top to cover the plastic ring.
At the top where the braid joins, glue a piece of narrow ribbon long enough to hang the decoration..
 

Add a little bow to cover the braid and ribbon ends.
Let the glue dry overnight
The decoration is now ready to hang on the tree.
Looks great on door knobs as a decorator piece....
Have fun.....enjoy!