Sunday, 24 May 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - On a Street in Dorchester...


... you will find a branch of Barclays Bank



... with a difference.

Welcome to the latest followers, SkiWheel, Sevda Sahin and Penny Peberdy - thank you for joining!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Bookshelf


Tucked in the corner of the sewing room is the bookshelf, with all the knitting and sewing books that I have accumulated over the years.  All the old books I have from the 1940s and 50s have such similar titles that I have lost track of which is which.  I can be riffling through a second hand book shop and come across a book and not be sure whether I have it already.



Hardly surprising then that I have ended up with two different editions of Complete Needlecraft by Agnes M. Miall.  She's everywhere, either on her own...



... or co-authoring with Irene Davison and R. K. and M. I. R. Polkinghorne.

I love these old books for a great number of reasons, not least for the authoritative no-nonsense way in which they are written.  Would you dare argue with anyone called Polkinghorne?  Especially when there are two of them.

So that you can share in the pleasure, I have decided to write reviews of the books, so anyone who decides they really must have their own copy can start scouring the internet for the best deal.

Any nominations please for which book I should review first?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 45 - Making Another Cradle Quilt


This is the start of a new cradle quilt, similar to the pink one I finished last month.  I have done a strip of squares again, with straight lines of quilting down each side to keep the squares smooth.



Each square has a leaf coming from a wavy stem.



The squares are in rich shades of yellow, blue, pink, purple and red, all cut from the same fabric.  I bought some fat quarters of Japanese prints at the Malvern Quilt Show in 2012, and this is the first time I have used them.  



In the spaces between the strips of square I am doing rudbeckias.



Meanwhile, on the back I am doing pleats.  I thought that if I used a lighter material for the backing I might end up with a more lightweight quilt.  Instead I am getting that rumpled home-made look.  No self respecting baby is going to care, so I'm not going to either.



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Here goes for week 45...

Many thanks to LeeAnna, Claire, MarlyJudy, Julie and Stitchin at Home for linking up last week to show their free motion quilting projects.  

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to Angie's blog A Quilting Reader's Garden for WIPs Be Gone
and Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Pink Camellia


There is something slightly hypnotic about the arrangement of the petals.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Using the Willcox and Gibbs Automatic


A rubbish picture of a momentous occasion - a little while ago I used the Willcox and Gibbs Automatic for the first time, to do a line of decorative stitching on a pair of pillow cases.  

I still have some bits and pieces of material from the stash left by my brother's mother in law.  So far the stash has yielded one big quilt, several little baby quilts and a tea cosy.  It has been fairly easy deciding what to do with the cottons, but I had no idea what to do with this green duckies polyester until I realised that there was enough for two pillow cases.  

The machine uses a single thread to make a chain stitch, with the chain appearing on the underneath of the work.  I used a variegated green quilting cotton, and it gave a really nice finish on the right side.  Shame I didn't take a picture of the stitching.  The machine made was made in 1888 and stitches perfectly.  I should use it more often

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 44 - A Spire


It is very unusual that I complain about the weather being too good, but today is the first cold and rainy day for ages, and the first day all week that I have stayed in to do some sewing.  So, not much progress with the little landscape, but plenty of digging and planting on the allotment.

This is another detail of the horizon I have been working on, a little church with a spire.  On this close up the colours in the threads show up fairly well.  The door will have to be filled in at some stage, and there will be a cloud or two in the sky.



The reeds are the same ones as in last week's photo.  This project is all about doing two landscapes at a time - a great idea in theory, but I have already decided that one at a time is easier.



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Here goes for week 44...

Many thanks to MaartjeEstherJulie, Gwyned, Claire, Quilt Musings and Carole for linking up last week to show their free motion quilting projects.  

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week

Linking up with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday 
and Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for Whoop Whoop Friday


Sunday, 10 May 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - A Face in Wood


A carving on a massive church door in Santiago de Compostela.

Welcome to Ginasbuttons, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

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