Monday, 31 December 2012

The Last Post - 2012

Some updates on this here last day of 2012.

First up is my Christmas Past cross stitch.  As you can see I didn't get it completed for Christmas but I'm still enjoying stitching it in the evenings so it'll remain an ongoing project.

Hinzeit - Charmed Christmas Past

Next up is my Tula Pink sampler.  I'm up to block six out of twelve.  This one made my head hurt a bit trying to get the foundations the right way around & I had a couple of hiccups along the way but look.... it turned out fine in the end :)
Butterfly Star
Tula Pink Sampler Block 6

Last up is a picture of three Christmas gifts that I received this year.  They're nice new dies for my Accuquilt Go! Cutter.  I have lots of projects lined up for them so keep an eye out in the new year to see what I come up with.
Accuquilt Go! Cutter Applique Dies

I'm looking forward to my crafting in 2013 already, I hope you'll stop by every so often to see what I've been up to.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy & prosperous 2013.

Happy Stitching :)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas

I had lots to post about in the run up to Christmas but unfortunately the Flu virus struck our house & pretty much changed all of our plans.  After spending several days in bed & shipping the twins off to Grandmas over night I would say that I'm feeling about 85% now.  Not quite 100% but getting there.

I leave you with a photo of my completed fabric door wreath & wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Fabric Door Wreath

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Cross Stitching Mojo

Well it appears that finishing the Cinderella cross stitch for a friend has really got me back into cross stitching in the evenings :)

I've started a nice new Christmas design from Hinzeit called Charmed Christmas Past.  I've had this chart all kitted up in my stash for *ahem* a while!!!  I'm stitching for 1-2 hours an evenings once the children are in bed.  So here's my progress so far:

Hinzeit - Charmed Christmas Past
It would be nice to have it completed in time for Christmas but I'm not concerned if it isn't, I'm just enjoying the stitching.

Just in case you are wondering about this weeks Silent Sunday post, both of the twins were poorly over the weekend & we were going through liquid Nurofen like it was going out of fashion.  Thankfully one of them is back to normal with just a cough but the other has developed tonsilitis so has been off school.

Happy stitching :)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Cross Stitch Finish & More Tula Pink

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on a cross stitch for a friends birthday.  It's been a relaxing way to spend an hour each evening while catching up on some TV.  After finishing the stitching I decided to make it into a mini wall hanging.  The birthday girl will soon be having a dedicated craft room & I thought it could be a perfect addition to the wall :)

Cinderella Is Proof - Lizzie*Kate
I've also completed two new blocks in my WIP Tula Pink sampler quilt.  It's becoming increasingly more difficult to decide on the fabric for each block, but I really love how they're turning out.

Double Compass
Tula Pink Sampler Block 4

Pinwheel Delight
Tula Pink Sampler Block 5

This week I'm linking up to the WIP Wednesday linky party at Freshly Pieced so don't forget to head over & check out some other lovely WIP's :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy Stitching :)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

WIP Wednesday - Tula Pink

I know it might seem like I'm only working on my Tula Pink sampler right now but I can assure you I'm doing other things too... I just don't seem to find the blogging time for them.

Here we have block 3 of my On Point Sampler.  The block is Red Cross & the fabrics are of course Tula Pinks Prince Charming.

Red Cross Block
Tula Pink Sampler Block 3

Tula Pink Sampler Blocks 1, 2 & 3

This week I'm linking up my post to the WIP Wednesday linky party over at Freshly Pieced.  You should pop over & see what some of the other lovely talented crafty folk are up to, some lovely WIP's on the go.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy Stitching :)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

More Tula Pink

Week 2 of my college class & that means week 2 of my Tula Pink sampler blocks.

I realised that the photo I uploaded of the first block was square on & as the sampler is going to be On Point I thought it would be better to take the photos on point. Hopefully you'll get an idea of how the blocks will look in situ.

Cross & Crown Block
Tula Pink Sampler Block 2

Tula Pink Sampler Blocks 1 & 2

Happy Stitching :)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Tula Pink - It's Started :)

Today was the day that I cut my precious Prince Charming fabrics.

I bought these for a sampler project & today I made my first block.  All of the blocks are foundation pieced.  I've also decided to do the background of all my blocks in a darker teal colour rather than a traditional light colour.  Let me know what you think?

Tula Pink Sampler

Happy Stitching :)

Friday, 12 October 2012

New Stash :)

This weekend it's my birthday & the celebrations started yesterday with my first gift.  A ticket to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace from my good friend Franney of Franney Makes.  We met up at London Victoria station & traveled together to Ally Pally, both very excited to see what this years show has in store for us.

I had some birthday money sent to me in advance from my brother & sister-in-law.  They knew I was heading to the show so very kindly allowed me some pennies to shop with while I was there.

We had a fabulous time at the show, it's become an annual pilgrimage for us & we spend the year looking forward to it.  We also met up with two other lovely friends while we were there & catching up at the end of the day in the bar was a welcome rest.

Here's what I came back with this year.

Lisa G Creations - New Stash 2012

A Fire Dragon cross stitch chart
Cherry, whales & spots FQ's
Sew Stitchy charm pack
1 metre each of pussy cat fabric, pink with pretty birds & Disney Cars fabric
Spotty fabric in pink n cream & brown n cream

Not a bad haul of new goodies, came away with lots on a wish list & ideas galore of things to make.  Lets hope it's not too long before I can show you something made out of these lovelies.

Happy stitching :)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

YAYYYYY, Finished Quilts

Finally I have not one but TWO finished quilts.  Both of these have been a work in progress for this year & today they were on display at my quilt groups exhibition & I love them both.

The first is Notting Hill Meets New York.  Named because the fabric range is called Notting Hill & the block used is New York Beauty.  This quilt was started in January at the planning phase, final quilting took place in September.
Notting Hill Meets New York

The second is Red & White Waterwheel.  The waterwheel blocks were made by my quilt group & we had a raffle which I won.  Then it was down to me how I completed a quilt using these blocks.  I found that for a couple of years I've been collecting red & white fabric cuts, strips & charms.  I decided that this would be the perfect project to use them, as the strips I have are made of so many different shades & patterns of red that they'd go brilliantly with the mixture of the waterwheels.

Red & White Waterwheel

Happy Stitching :)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

In Love With Prince Charming

Prince Charming is a wonderful fabric range from the equally wonderful designer, Tula Pink.

When I was at Festival of Quilts back in August I was lucky enough to meet her & she signed a copy of her book for me.  I totally fell in love with almost all of her fabric ranges & especially Prince Charming.  It was then that I decided I wanted to use the range for this years college project.

Tula Pink & Lisa G

This years college project for me is an on-point sampler where the blocks are made using foundation piecing.  I had an image of this project on my mobile phone & once I'd decided to use the Prince Charming range I went back to Tula & asked her opinions on the fabric choice, possible back ground colours & connecting blocks.  I can't wait to get started :)

Tula Pink - Prince Charming

I'll post progress updates on the quilt once I get started.

Happy stitching :)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Autumn Upon Us

Judging by the feel of todays weather our summer is well & truly over.  Most of my summer was taken up with entertaining the twins 24/7 & very little else, least of all sewing in any way, shape & form.

Our adorable children have now started school & are in Reception year.  They are in different classes so not only are they getting used to going to school everyday & the challenges that come with it, they are also getting used to being apart from each other for a large portion of the day.  They still see each other at breaks, play time & lunch time so hopefully it'll be a positive experience for them both.

Sunday just gone I was stewarding at the Quilters Guild Region 2 quilt exhibition, it was a busy event with the some lovely quilts, including this rather unusual bargello style quilt.  The rest of the pictures you can see on my facebook page.

Happy Stitching :)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Festival of Quilts - August 2012

Here are some of the winning quilts that were on display at this years Festival of Quilts.

Winner of the Contemporary Quilt category

Winner of the Miniature Quilt category

Winner of the Two Person Quilt category

 A larger selection of quilt images from the Festival of Quilts will be in a folder on my Facebook page.

Happy stitching :)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Vacation Cross Stitch

Well the summer is almost over here, it hasn't been a great one, far more rain than sunshine & really busy keeping the twins entertained all day, everyday.  As you can imagine, not an awful lot of sewing or stitching has been taking place over the last 6 weeks.  I did managed to take some Cross Stitch on our holiday, I even managed to finish a piece too :)

First up is Lizzie*Kate - Normal Is Just A Setting On The Washer.  This was started on 4th January 2012.  The first pictures shows my progress when at the start of my holiday & the second picture shows it completed.

Next up is Lizzie*Kate - Boo Club!.  Again the first picture is progress at the start of our holiday & the second is progress at the end of the holiday.  I'm totally unsure if this will be complete by Halloween of this year but you never know!

Another busy couple of weeks ahead while we prepare for the twins to start school & after that it'll be business as usual & the sewing frenzy will begin.

Don't forget that you can keep up-to-date with what I'm doing on my Facebook page too, I'm there almost every day (between playing with dolls houses, cars, lego & playing referee!) with little snippets of sewing, cross stitching, quilting, selling, fabric & all the fun stuff.

Happy Stitching :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Log Cabin Quilt Progress

The last couple of weeks I've been working on the Log Cabin quilt.  This is the commission quilt I'm making using the lovely Pom Pom De Paris range of fabrics by French General for Moda.  With the twins no longer at nursery my sewing time is quite limited so anything I can get done is a bonus.

This week I completed the log cabin blocks & with the assistance of friend Franney we managed to find a layout that I liked.  The blocks were all sewn together & here is the result:

I just have the borders to add now & that will be the top complete.  Not sure exactly when that will happen but I'll let you know when it does.

Just in case you want to see more of what can be achieved with this lovely fabric you can pop over to Franney Makes facebook page where she's just posted pictures of a lovely Kindle Cosy.

Happy stitching :)