Thursday, 26 August 2010

Some Updates

It's been major busy around our house at the moment. Mr G has been off in Africa for a Safari with my dad & I've been busy with the twins 24/7. Now they're just short of being 2.5 years old their energy levels have sky rocketed... couple that with the summer holidays & all of the playgroups being closed it's been pretty manic.
Some good news is that I'll be doing a Christmas Craft Fair in November, that means I've been going flat out in the evenings working on quilts, gifts & christmas fabric thingys. No pictures yet but hopefully soon. At the moment I'm working on a Star quilt, a lap or childs quilt & a christmas table runner.Working on the craft fair things has meant that my cross stitching has suffered a bit, not like I had hours available to stitch anyway but now I have even less. I do however have a couple of stitching pictures to share with you.
The first is Lizzie*Kates Peace, Love & A Cure. This seems to have turned into a travelling piece, I only appear to stitch it when I'm a passenger in the car. It's almost finished too, just the heart to finish off & the Peace symbol :-)

The next is the Lizzie*Kate Boo Club which is part of a SAL. I'm glad I've finally made some good progress on this, it's really enjoyable... if only there were more hours in the day!

Happy Stitching :-)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

My Giant Pincushion

I simply have to share this finish with you asap.

I follow a blog called Spun Sugar Quilts, it's author is a lovely lady named Vickie whom I came across via Moda Bakeshop & have been following her now for many months. A few weeks back Vickie featured a giant pincushion on her blog & preceded to post a weekly SAL tutorial on how to make the pincushion either using a sewing machine or with traditional [English] paper piecing. You can see the steps for the tutorial on Vickies blog down the right hand side just underneath the photosteam pics. It is a great tutorial, easy to follow instructions & excellent images of the step by step process.

I really wanted to make this using my Liberty Prints that I picked up at the V&A Quilt Exhibition but before cutting up my lovely Liberties I thought I'd do a trial run using some of my favourite scraps. here's the result:

In the tutorial a button was used on the top of the pincushion & as I didn't have any buttons that went with my fabrics I decided to make a mini yo-yo & then stitch it upside down on the top of the cushion, I used the same fabric which I'd used on the bottom of the cushion. To me the yo-yo looks more like a fabric covered button so I'm really pleased with the result.

I can't wait to make another one now in my lovely Liberty prints.

Happy stitching :-)