Monday, 29 June 2015

Happy Bag & Natures Journey

Finished the bag I was making in class. Am very happy with the way it has turned out. Love the bright colours..... am calling this one my "Happy" bag!

Pleased to have finished both May & June's blocks for my Natures Journey quilt. Have also pieced together the backgrounds for the large centre block. Great to be back on track with this one.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Works in progress!

Some pics of what I am working on at the moment. Of course, my Natures Journey blocks (yes, they are May's).....

And a bag I am making in class, very bright and happy I think!

Sewing Machine Cover

I have a hard cover for my beloved machine, but rarely use it at home. It tends to sit inside my trolley bag ready to cover the machine in transit to class!

So I needed something that was easy to throw over the machine and keep the dust at bay!
Picked up this cute fabric on special..... am very happy with the way it looks, really brightens up the room.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Natures Journey April blocks!

Here's April, I actually finished on 1st May!

I made a few adaptions - decided on some more hexies and hearts for the smaller blocks.
I have paper pieced hexies before, but this was my first attempt with diamonds.
Looking at the pattern, was unsure about the dragonfly, but it has actually turned out to be one of my favourites! Great seeing everyone's progress over on the SAL blog.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Some Progress...

As you can see I have made some progress on my Natures Journey blocks for March, but alas, not enough! Have completed the blanket stitch borders but have quite a bit of applique to go.

The plan is to be back on schedule by the end of April!

Monday, 23 February 2015


This pincushion is from a design by Jenny of Elefantz . Jenny has some beautiful designs and a lovely blog, some great tutorials too. Big thanks to Jenny.
I have used Jenny's pattern for the stitchery, but have added a row of decorative machine stitching at the top and bottom of the design. Just used a regular poly thread. Must admit, I have not utilised the fancy stitches on my machine a lot, and am pleased with the result. Definitely plan to play with those a bit more in the future.
Again, although I changed it a little Jenny's pincushion has the pocket for the scissors. Wonderful idea that I am finding very handy.
I used a DMC varigated thread for my hand stitching.

Natures Journey February Blocks

Here are Februarys blocks finished, the first month of our Stitch a Long! I have really enjoyed stitching these. Stitching by hand is one of my favourite things, and I do love blanket stitch applique too.

Although I have bought some fabrics, one of the nice things about this quilt is that the small appliques mean you can use scraps of fabric too. Its fun to be able to incorporate lots of different fabrics.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

OPAM 2015

I am joining in OPAM 2015 (for those that don't know, that is One Project A Month). A big thanks to the wonderful ladies hosting, Peg from "Happy in Quilting" and Kris from "Tag Along Teddies".
They both have amazing blogs that are well worth a visit!
Will be wonderful to join with other stitchers, and as I tend to be good at getting ideas for projects and maybe even starting them.... I am not always so great at finishing them. Hopefully this will be just the motivation I need.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

January Stitchery and Fabrics

Our January project for Chookyblue's Stitch a Long was a gorgeous stitchery, a free pattern from Anni Downs. Thankyou Anni!
I love this kind of stitchery, and have made it into a hanging ornament ready for next Xmas.

And, here are the fabrics I have ready to begin "Natures Journey".... yes, I had fun shopping. I have gone with neutrals for the backgrounds, and will be adding some darker colours to it. The burgundy fabrics are some I had already, and I have spotted a beautiful darker country blue that I plan to use for the borders and bindings. The stitchery will be in the blue thread shown.
When I saw the pattern, these colours just came to mind, so we'll see how it all comes together. I'll be adding other fabrics as I go!

Monday, 12 January 2015


I am joining an online Stitch-A-Long group, run by the lovely Chookyblue, who has been really helpful and encouraging. We will all be making Anni Down's new quilt, "Natures Journey". Have ordered my pattern, can't wait for it to arrive!

Friday, 9 January 2015

First Blog Post!

Hi, and welcome to my first ever blog. Here I will share pieces of my life in stitches.... in other words my love of sewing and craft, mainly patchwork, stitchery and quilting. All done and shared, of course, over a cuppa!