Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A quick catch up!

As you can imagine, things have been a little chaotic here with lots of sorting through things that can be thrown out, things that can be donated and things that will be coming with us on our new adventure to the new house.  However, I have been trying very hard to keep up with the ongoing projects that I am participating in and I wanted to show you what I have managed to achieve since my last post.  

Firstly, I have added two more stitches to my TAST Sampler.

Week 49: Closed Base Needle Woven Picot.  I loved working this stitch and you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

Week 50: Looped Cretan Stitch.  This was also a lot of fun to work and I love the extra impact it has given my sampler.  You can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

I have also managed to continue with the blocks for the Splendid Sampler (my sewing machine is not yet packed away!) and here are the blocks I have completed since the last time.

Block 42: Designed by Jane Davidson and called 'Pencils'.

Block 43: Designed by Pat Sloan and called 'Pincushion Love'.

Block 44: Designed by Gail Pan and called 'Stitch in the Garden'.

Finally Block 45: Designed by Frances Newcombe and called 'Sewing Nut'.

I have had such a lot of fun stitching these beautiful blocks between everything else.... it has helped me to keep calm about things! 

Sorry that I don't have time to visit you all at the moment.... there just aren't enough hours in the day! I hope you have all been enjoying some creative moments and I can't wait to catch up with all that you have been doing again soon! 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Missing you!

I know that I wasn't going to post until after I had moved house but on the house removal front there are times of high activity and times when it is much quieter.... this is one of those days, so I thought I would catch you up with what I have been stitching since I last posted. I have missed your visits and I apologise for not being able to spend the time reading your posts.... things will get back to normal once we are settled again.

Firstly, last week was the June link up for the 'Patchwork with Stitchery' sew-a-long hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting.  My contribution for the sew-a-long this month is another of the pretty 'United Stitches' blocks I have been working on. Another cute design by Rosalie Dekker (Quinlan)  which was quick and easy to stitch.

I also completed a couple of short segments of week 48's stitch for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin TangleIt was another really fun stitch to learn and is called 'Knotted Feather Stitch'. You can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

Then there have been three blocks for the Splendid Sampler.  Block 39 was another paper pieced block but as I didn't really have the time to struggle with a paper pieced block and, I had seen a lovely appliqued version of the block by my blogging friend Sheila, I simplified my block too. The original block was designed by Aylin Ozturk and is called 'Balls in the Air'.

Block 40 was designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister designs.  It is a cute pieced block called 'Flights of Friendship'. This had a special meaning to me as I had the opportunity to meet Barb and Mary at a class earlier this year.

Block 41 was designed by Jennifer Mathis and is called 'Sew South'.  I loved this cute little block!

I also forgot to show you my latest EPP block which I have been working on.  It is from a Craftsy class taught by Helen Stubbings.  My first EPP star!

Lastly, I have managed to sneak in some free motion quilting practice and, I finished another block for my FMQ Sampler.  It uses a motif by Christina Cameli which she calls 'marbles'.

I think that is it.... hope you all have a lovely week (Happy 4th July to my American friends!) and I'll catch up with you again next time!