Saturday, April 26, 2014

An Easter Weekend Finish

I had another finish over the Easter long weekend.  I put together this little mug rug and appliqued the bird and the flowers.  The background fabric on the flower side has writing of names of flowers, I thought this appropriate for the person who it has been made for.  This is a birthday gift for a friend.

I am going to try hard this weekend and pull out some cross stitch to work on.
Until next time happy stitching/quilting

Friday, April 18, 2014

Softie Fish

I have just spent the morning and a little after lunch putting together this little softie fish to include in my Cousin's baby basket.
I found a tutorial here.
I did not use a button for the eye as it would have been a safety risk for a baby, so I found a piece of soft, velvet like fabric for some texture and used that instead.  (photo taken of fish sitting on an orange dishcloth so he would stand out on a bright surface).

I think I will buy some other bits and pieces to fill the rest of the basket up.  I sure enjoyed making these two items though, I am definately stepping out of my normal comfort zone and trying all these new sewing things.  I can spend hours looking through tutorials and seeing if they seem easy enough for me to try.  Such a rewarding experience to see these items come together.

Hope all my dear friends and followers enjoy the lovely Easter break  Stay safe and enjoy the time with your loved ones.  Happy Easter.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's So Lady Like!

Just a quick post to show you a little exchange piece I recently finished.
This one was for an exchange with a theme of "Lady Like", anything that was girly, feminine and pretty was the order of the day.  When I saw this cross stitch design as a freebie online I knew that it fitted the theme perfectly.

I chose to make a mini wall hanging finish for my partner.
Here is a picture of all the extras I sent along aswell.  

I included some vintage lace trim, a notepad with the Eiffel Tower on the front, a nail file, scented drawer rolls, some hand dyed thread and a little shampoo and soap set.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fabric Storage Basket

Here's a sweet little gift I have made up for my Cousin's new baby using the fabric I bought not so long ago.  It was originally going to be used for a quilt, but I'm a little worried about making a cot sized quilt without a proper walking foot for my sewing machine, so I came up with some other ideas instead.
I used an online tutorial and I pretty much had it stitched up in a couple of hours.  I'm also planning on making a softie toy for a baby to go inside and then fill it with nappies, wipes and other baby things as my gift for the newborn. (the teddy is just a photo prop, he belongs to my son, and this is a gift that was given to him when he was born as a special keepsake from his Dad).

On the stitching front I unfortunately have no news, I have seriously lost all interest in stitching at the moment, I don't seem to have the mojo to pick up a piece and start working on it.  I did manage to do a border for my "A" block of the CHS Alphablocks but that was as far as it got.
I have noticed a few stitcher's that are in the same predicament, even one who has decided to sell her whole cross stitch collection as she just cant get back into the groove.  
Quilting is a very addictive craft but also an expensive one and until I build up my fabric collection I wont be producing pieces every week.  I don't think I would ever give up on cross stitch as there are still many lovely designs I would love to stitch and finish, but sometimes I just think one needs a break and time spent enjoying something new.  I do have an exchange piece that I will be able to show shortly though, it was cross stitched and then made into a quilted wallhanging, so I managed to get both crafts into that piece.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting