14 February 2015

Catnap Fat Quarter Bundle

Recently I joined the Massdrop Catnap fat quarter bundle drop, because I couldn't resist the fabrics in it! There was a choice between a "cool" bundle and a "warm" bundle, and I had a hard time choosing, but went for the warm bundle in the end.

Cute, isn't it? Here's a close up of a few of my favourites.

11 February 2015

Needlepoint Pansies

I have been working on and off on these pansies by Cleopatra's Needle for about a year now. Recently I've been working on them a lot more, and after a short push on Saturday night I finally finished them.

I really enjoyed working on this, because the colours are so fresh and vibrant. I don't know what I am going to do with it yet.

8 February 2015

Guild raffle bag

I think I mentioned it before, but in case I didn't I joined the Embroiderer's Guild nearly a year ago now. Each month at the guild meetings the Birmingham branch has a raffle. Last year we had one tote bag that a member would design and every body else would bring something to put in it. This year we're having two raffle bags a month, a big one and a little one. Each month has a colour theme, and for the January meeting the colour was red, and I chose to decorate the little bag.

I used a rose grahpic I found online, printed it, cut out all the petals, and used these as templates to cut fabric. I used Bondaweb to attach each petal to a piece of calico, used a bit of batting and another piece of calico behind it, then went around each petal with a zig-zag stitch a couple of times. Finally, I zigzagged around the edge of the square and used Bondaweb and a bit of invisible thread to attach it to the bag.

I was quite pleased with the outcome!

1 February 2015

Hand quilting sample

I mentioned in my previous post that I was considering hand quilting my new quilt top. I thought that I should probably have a go on something smaller before I tackle a whole quilt!

Perfect excuse, I thought, to make myself another mug rug. Yeah, it's not "traditional" hand quilting, but with threads that pretty, why would you want to hide them?

29 January 2015

Jelly Roll quilt top

I am in the process of making another quilt. This one is made from one Moda jelly roll, namely Pedal Pushers.

I am thinking about having a go at hand quilting this one, as I got some lovely cottons in just the right shades of brown, green and turquoise from the Embroiderers' Guild sales table the other day!