Monday, 21 May 2018

Today's update! Catching up again!!

Hello, I'm getting better..... the gap between this post and the last is not too huge and I am excited to share with you what I have been doing!! 


Firstly, although I haven't done any more stitching on my February blocks of Gail Pan's wonderful i-stitch-club BOM, I have now cut, traced and prepared all of the blocks for March, April and May.  I have even cut out the fabrics and traced the stitcheries for the bonus projects too.  As you can see, there are some very cute designs!!


I was also very excited to receive a copy of Gail's wonderful new book 'Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too' which, I have had on order for some time and have been eagerly awaiting. There are some seriously lovely projects inside!!


There were also a couple of other books that I had on order which arrived this week too. For some little while now I have been thinking about trying to make a miniature landscape quilt. I think I may have been enticed by the beautiful miniature landscape projects I have seen produced by my friend Sheila who blogs at 'Sheila's Quilt World'.  I have always loved them but, I also recently discovered a miniature landscape tutorial on YouTube by quilt designer 'Karen Eckmeier'.  The tutorial looked so straightforward I was determined to have a go but, not before I also ordered two books written by Karen. 'Happy Villages' and 'Accidental Landscapes'.  They arrived this week and they are lovely!


With all this new inspiration to hand, how could I not try a miniature landscape? So, I had a go.  Here is my first attempt. I didn't have my normal selection of fabrics available as I wasn't at home (where my stash is) so my fabric choices may well be a little different the next time round.


Overall though, I am pleased with the result.  I have added one border and, I will be adding another outer border as well as some machine quilting to add a bit more texture to it.  I am really looking forward to seeing it develop.

14 comments:

  1. I am not jealous - honest! My GP book is due at the end of the month - a week today!!

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    1. It's a lovely book Lynda... well worth the wait! Christine xx

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  2. Hi Christine ,you sure have been busy,lovely projects and i know you will enjoy your new books,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

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  3. What fun! New things to try!

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  4. Sounds great!It is always fun to have projects prepared and ready to go! I look forward to see more lovely BOM pictures. And I love your first attempt too.
    Hugs Martina

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  5. Cute embroideries!
    Love the little landscape, it’s really pretty!
    Your new books look exciting!
    Off to see the video now!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  6. There's lots of work involved in preparing all those blocks! Sometimes we don't realise the amount of time this "previous" steps require.
    The landscape is looking great, and I'm sure the quilting will enhance it. Have you considered adding embroidery as well?
    Regards,
    Ariadna.

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  7. Those embroideries do look seriously cute--you are going to have a good time working on them if you can decide where to start first! How fun to try some landscape design also--your first one is adorable!

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  8. I have both of those books, the villages and the landscapes - of course not tried to make either - er - yet lol
    Gails embroidery book looks as if would be good for our stitch club library, will have to look that up.

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  9. Oh dear. Now I am coveting some new books! I love your wee landscape - it looks like it was such fun to create, and I know you're going to make more. Fun to be had in all those great little stitcheries too!!

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  10. You did it! It's a lovely landscape, congratulations! It's really a technique full of possibilities. Can't wait to see what you do around the "Happy Villages" inspirations.

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    1. Thanks Carolina! It's not finished yet but it is definitely taking shape quite nicely! Christine xx

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  11. Your landscape looks great, Christine. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Gail's book. xx

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    1. Thank you Christine! It's a great book.... you're going to love it! Christine x

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