Friday, April 10

Catching up..

The brides bouquet and the lovely country setting among the majestic Tuart trees...






It's been a busy busy month...
Two kitchen teas done, Grandsons wedding last weekend. A magical country setting, two very special people taking that step into a wonderful future together.

Sorry, I'm not posting family photos, but I'd like to share these two photos with you.

I'm now taking a little break and then on to my Grand Daughters wedding... 

Sorry if the photos are too big,I'm still learning to use my iPad...

Have a lovely weekend 
Hugs Julia...




Wednesday, April 1

Testing new iPad

Sorry no photos , just testing my new toy and travel mate....my new iPad mini��
Sure will take time getting used to it

Take care...



 

Sunday, March 29

Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle Squares



I thought this might be useful one day...
I don't really like making half square triangles, but this makes it look so easy and perfect...for making pinwheels.
Enjoy!

Thursday, March 19

Pillow Shams....where there's a will there's a way!

It took most of yesterday....and with a lot of thought and a bit of messing about.... I did it..!.
 
That piece of left over background fabric was still not big enough for two pillow shams...  but I had these circles of background fabric that I had cut away from behind the Dresden's, before I quilted it. I do this so there's less bulk and thickness to hand-quilt.
I trimmed them back to 7 inch squares....
I felt a little sad cutting all this fabric away.....but then, that's all I had to play with...
Yes, more scraps.....but these are definitely going in the bin..!
  then ...pieced the squares with a muslin piece under where the Dresden will be.
Looking good so far....
I then added a one inch border sashing of dark green.......and used the left over fabric piece to add a strip of that to the top and bottom.....with more squares cut in half, added to the sides...
Worked out perfectly.....
How good do these look....now to finish them off.....quilt and make these lovelies into pillow shams
 
A big thanks to Monica who left me a comment yesterday with the idea to do a similar thing.....great minds think alike... 
 
Never give up...."Where there is a will there's a way"......
 
Have a great day....
 

Wednesday, March 18

Just playing...Dresdens, Doilies, New Project....

I hope everyone's having a great creative week...
Well, I have the two Dresdens ready for the Pillow shams.....but, I knew this would happen... I don't have enough of the same background fabric as on the quilt to finish them off.
So unless I can source some more of the above fabric, I'll have to use a plain cream. It's such a pretty small floral print. There's nothing on the selvedge, I know I bought it locally but it's unlikely I'll find more of  it now....
 
 I bought a Cindy Needham Craftsy Class  late last year, but have been to scared to make a start and have  a go, so today was the day to just go for it.... 
 
Cindy's work is amazing....mostly FMQ, that plus the beautiful vintage look that she creates  with old linens and doilies is so beautiful and is what drew me to the class....
Here's my first attempt....I chose a dark cream Brocade background fabric, then placed a light cream napkin, that I've had forever on that. Then a lovely darker cream old cut lace doily on that...
 
Sandwiched them all together with a light batting and backing fabric..
Secured the doilies down by stitching around the edges of both doilies....now I just FMQ over the empty spaces.....now that's the scary hard part...
I've got to get it right the first time....no unpicking on these.
 
Sorry the photos are not that great....but I'm sure you  get the idea.  Cindy explains the method better and has a great website and eye candy to enjoy...
 
Back to it..
Take care and have a great day......♥