Tuesday, 31 December 2013

CQJP 2013

CQJP October, November and December.
Well I got there by the skin of my teeth. One day to go.

October has a lots of different buttonhole variations of stitches.
November close up

 November I started with a base of herringbone with other stitches added to make pattens.
December I started with running stitches, then different weaving stitches not sure if they have names. 

  My life is about to change all over again moving back to Cornwall in the middle of January will tell more when I have moved.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

September CQJP 2013

I finished this weeks ago just not found the time to post. Slipping behind a bit.

close up

close up 2
 I used the stitches from Pintangle Tast link here 
Fishbone stitch, open fishbone, closed feather, Spanish knotted feather, coral stitch, fancy hemstitch, and wrapped coral.

Monday, 7 October 2013

August CQJP2013

August Crazy patchwork finished. link to cqjp2013.blogspot.

 Theme for this block is herringbone.
I have used Threaded, tied, double, couched down with bullion and french knots, detached chain, and cross stitch.
Top blue is herringbone and I couched down some of the threads with bullion stitch and french knots. Directly underneath is double herringbone.
Far right plain herringbone next to that I have tied herringbone. Then threaded herringbone.

Along the top I have tied herringbone with a  bit of a variation instead of tied by the loops I pulled the loops down all to the same level so that it looks like a line, it changes the look of the stitch completely.

  I am still playing about with ideas. I hate to spend a lot of time and effort into something if I cannot find a use for it. Thought it would be okay just to learn stitches and technique, but it is not working. Really do need a theme or purpose for these blocks. I have thought about making them into bags. or cushions or covering Mums small fabric chest. Still pondering will have to decide later. I love sewing these blocks.   

Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday finishes

I have at last finished my June and July
 CQJP2013 use this for a link 
Most of the stitches used are from Sharon at pintangle link here
June used a variety of stitches relating to chain stitch.
Basque, tulip, zigzag chain, zigzag detached chain, crested chain, 2 attempts at buttonholed double chain.  
close up
July the stitch theme chosen was cretan with a few others thrown in. I actually designed some of the seams on paper and I think that has produced a better design. The stitches are starting to improve as well.
cretan, laced cretan, ........  star, detached chain and french knots to decorate between the cretan stitches.

Top laced cretan right  2 rows of cretan, left star.

I am trying to link this to Pippa's Patch  we just share the same name blog here
She is hosting  "TGIFF" with a prize from  sewsweetness. 

Fingers crossed this has only taken me 2 hours to write........

Monday, 26 August 2013

Chair finished

Well a few days late but here is what I have been working on.
It was a chair that belonged to a much loved Great Aunt and boy is it comfortable. 
This is what it looked like at the beginning of the week.
All needs to be sanded and polished

The canvas was torn and faded.

Finished chair. I sanded the woodwork and polished it with a home made mixture of beeswax mixed with sunflower oil and lavender oil. The recipe did say extra virgin olive oil but I used the last bit yesterday, so used what I had and it looks and feels wonderful. 
This how it closes up and takes up no room at all. Sent a photo of it to my sister and she said I should have not have used a predominately white fabric as it will get dirty, that was all she said. I like it white.
My son goes back to Australia tomorrow evening I will take him to Gatwick Airport. He and his girlfriend have been in London all day today went up to the Carnival, still waiting for them to come home. 
Wednesday I will busy myself with washing and cleaning as that is what I do when I am stressed and I will be until I get an e mail to say they are safe in Australia 24 hour journey. My house will be sparking. I may try a bit of sewing not sure what to do next.
Hope you all had a good weekend.  

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Work in Progress

Thought I would have a change and have a go at something new. So here is my work in progress. I will hopefully show the end result at the weekend.
I have been playing with my new sewing machine.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

April and May CQJP

April CQJP

I used the coats book of Embroidery by Mary Gostelow
All Buttonhole stitches. German knotted, Up and down, Crossed, Closed, Taylor's.

Top knotted buttonhole, Coral stitch, Crested Chain stitch, Rosette stitch, Diamond stitch.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Tote bag

Off to Paris for the weekend, with my son and his girlfriend. So I made a bag to carry things. I wanted one that would fit over my shoulder and was big enough to put everything in. I   could not find the box of zips, so have put in pockets with buttons. It also had to stand on its own so a lot of quilting, on the back.
Front of tote

Back of tote

Inside of tote

Needed something to do I have not been abroad for 40 years. We are travelling on the Euro star, so under the channel we go.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Oast workshop

What a busy week it seems to be all or nothing. 
Just wanted to put up what I did at a workshop on Sunday with Janet Clare her web site. 
My efforts 
A lot more practice needed. 
Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Will post photos of quilt show tomorrow 

Friday, 5 July 2013

Quilt Show

A very few items from the Quilt show in Faversham
I will post more tomorrow when I have a bit more time.

Middle isle
Some of the challenges
Winner of the silver thimble

Friday, 28 June 2013

Disappearing nine patch

Another disappearing nine patch this time just for a cushion for our Quilt show next week. Will show the finished result hopefully tomorrow.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

My disappearing nine patch

I first saw this on pippaspatch. 

I know their is some on you tube it is brilliant.

Disappearing nine patch
I made this flimsy in an afternoon and then turned it into a quillow, for my son and his girlfriend who are over from Australia and are feeling the cold. I backed it with a fleece as it is a lot quicker and washes so much easier. 

Fleece back with the cushion

Sunday, 28 April 2013

March cqjp 2013

Finished March CQJP 2013 Double quick time.
Very pink
tast stitches used were.
Knotted cable chain 
Knotted loop
Italian Border
Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole.
All went very smoothly not sure what colour to do April.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

CQJP 2013

Here is the picture.
It eventually uploaded it just took much longer than it has ever done before.
Tast Stitches used are:-
Raised herringbone
Triangular feather
Herringbone square
Laced herringbone
Sailors stitch
Sailors edge
Buttonholed herringbone
I finished it off with a bit of tatting.


Where has the time gone!!!
Here is my second CQJP for February 
Will not allow me to upload photo will have to find another way if anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Tast and CQJP 2013

Tast stitches 51, 52, 53, 54. Look on Sharon's blog here
51 Raised Herringbone Band

52, Triangular feather stitch, 53, Herringbone Square.

53, Herringbone Square, 54, Laced Herringbone Square.

My February CQJP2013 so far still a lot to do.
Not sure what I will use I have so many ideas in my head I will have to make a decision soon.
I have gone for shades of green this month.