Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Stitching at Home and Abroad

At the moment I am doing an appliqué using the Jubilee Rose pattern.  While we were away on holiday in Poland I did the blanket stitching around the appliqué, and now we are home again I am adding detail with the sewing machine.  A few lines in dark green are enough for the veins on the leaves, and can be done without slavishly following the pattern.

The detail in the flower itself is a different matter.  I have had to follow the pattern exactly, and have done four lines of stitching side by side so that they show up sufficiently against the red.

If I get my skates on I should have it finished by the end of the week, but knowing me...

Welcome to Lisa J., the latest follower - thank you for joining! 

Linking up today with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - A Window in Krakow

Where architecture meets cake decoration - one of the buildings on the main square in Krakow.

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

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 11 - Leaves and Berries

This is some quilting I did before we went away on holiday, combining leaves and berries.  I wanted to see how the variegated yellow thread looked on the purple, and have decided I rather like it.

We have just got back from Poland...

... complete with a souvenir mug for our son, who stayed at home and held the fort.  

It might take me a little while to get back into the FMQ groove, especially while I have a laundry backlog to catch up on and try to remember how to cook, so I am looking forward this week's link up.

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So here goes for week 11...

Firstly, many thanks to Gwyned, Cynthia, Barbara, Claire and Diana for linking up last time  - a great collection of 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 bloggers from USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany and Holland have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week!

Welcome to Ophelia and Jan Donley, the latest followers - thank you for joining!

Linking up to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Embroidery on Wood

Lesson 99 in the Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery and Lace Work, Sixth Edition, 1931.

I don't know why I haven't got round to trying this yet.  My husband has a shed full of wood offcuts. We could collaborate on a wooden quilt.  I could do the thread work, and he could do all the necessary sanding and planing and the hinges.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Evening Clouds

Taken on the 11th August.  When a hurricane burns itself out as it crosses the Atlantic, it can still give this country a bit of a lashing.  Some areas had flash floods.  We were fortunate and just got beautiful cloudscapes.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Illustrated Stitchery Decorations - 1930

This is the frontispiece of one of the books on my sewing room bookshelf, Illustrated Stitchery Decorations by Winifred M. Clarke, published in 1930.  I might adapt this pattern to try out a FMQ design.

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Free Motion Mavericks will be back on the 28th August.
If you had been intending to link up today or last week, you can take a well earnt rest, or just carry on quilting and show extra posts at the end of the month.   

Meanwhile, I shall be having a bit of a holiday.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Labels or a Cloth Book?

These are the labels in my son's shorts.  I have spared you the horror and him the embarrassment of showing you the labels in his pants, which are just the same.

Five pages, 27 languages, with English twice, saying different things for this country and for the US.

Just one of the reasons mass produced clothes get ever so slightly on my nerves.


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