Saturday, 12 November 2011

Here we are in November, and I have been very busy - so I thought it was time I shared some of the things I have been up to!

 I havent made hearts in ages so I used some of the fabric I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ali Pali last month. I cant wait to go to Japan in March to see my son and visit the classic sites in cherry blossom time!
                  I couldnt resist this retro looking basket at a great little shop in Christchurch.
 Nor this wire stand ,freat for all my newly finished bits and pieces, which was in a great little second hand store - it came with plastic fruit but I let the shop hols onto that!
 And just in time for Christmas I finally got to use a little piece of my Michael Miller fabric purchased at the Knitting and Stiching show in Birmingham- I love rag cushions, not least because accuracy is not so critical!!
 I havent backed it yet , I like to use the front of a mans shirt with the buttons all there ready and waiting!

And here is the still not finished grandmothers garden quilt which still waits to be quilted by hand- I have had a couple of goes but it is something I need to improve on. 

I would like to say thanks to My Three Sons for her great tutorial for the hexagon needlecase- I made a few of these for presents.

Also to Sew Katie Did for her tutorial for Bird mobile- I have mad ea few of these birds for free standing rather than on a mobile but they are really cute. 

Well, thats about it- but I would like to say thank you for all you inspirational bloggers out there who constantly provide resources and ideas and wonderful ideas, it is a real pleasure to read the blogs. Apologies if I have missed any acknowledgements and I hope the links work properly!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Well, I have decided that it is time that I took the plunge and got something posted on my blog. You will have to bear with me while i try to get it right, its a case of working itout as I go along as my daughter is travelling at the moment so I cannot pick her brains!

I went to a great little  fair today, the  "Its already been done VintageFair" at a small school in Ringwood. I bought the most beautiful tapestry school with my favourite swan picture on - I already have the framed version in one of the bedrooms. 

 I decided to go dressed for the part- an old Cath Kidston dress finally fits again since I have lost 2 stone!!

 The hall was decorated with lots of vintage lampshades, and all the stalls were beautifully presented. I was most impressed by the quality of the crafts - I cam e home feeling totally inadequate!

                           This is the fab stool,perfect for my feet when I am sewing. 

I went to the fair with my friend Susie- she is a great car booter and between us we could open several shops! She is not so much into vintage but i definately have to fight her over fabrics! When we got home I cooked lunch while she raided my fabric stash and collared some of my Kaffe Fassett anemone ............I can never refuse her!

While the going is good, I thought i would let you see my work in progress- its a hand pieced retro style Grandmothers Garden , a little of the fabric is reused but most is repro feedsack. 

Its taken a couple of months with a little bit each evening , and its only going to be lap sized but it will be the first big project I have done, all others have been cushions or bits and pieces. 

It feels great to have actually got something in print- well at least I hope that is what will happen when i click on the publish button!