Something to look forward to…’s a mystery!

Happy weekend everyone!

Where did that week go? I hope you are all well and happy and you are getting lots of lovely sunshine as we are, here in the UK.

I have a couple of small finishes to share with you this week. You may remember my Strawberries and Cream post here. I’ve now finished the two table toppers. The larger quilt top will have to wait a little longer 🙂

First up is the scrappy one.

ImageI enjoyed experimenting with the free motion quilting.

ImageHere’s more detail.


I think it might work well with the plain side up for a change. Two for one……bargain 🙂

Next, the hexagonal kaleidoscope strip style one.


I played safe with the quilting here.


Also, binding the unusual shape was a new challenge for me but I found there was very little difference to binding 90 degree angles. You all know how much I love to bind 😀


So, I had fun, fun, fun! I hope you have all had fun this week too 🙂

My Starry, Starry, Night quilt has been entered in this months “Made It” challenge at Woolhogs. You can pop over and vote for your favourite projects, which are not all sewing and quilting, and visit lots of lovely blogs.  The nice thing is that the winner is chosen at random. The voting is just for fun 🙂 So enjoy!!

Some of my regular readers will know that Claire recently introduced me to blackwork embroidery. You can see a couple of my finished pieces here and here. If you visit Claire’s blog you will see lots of progress from all the stitcher’s on the latest “Stitch Along” here. There are still a few stages to go. What a difference a change of colour makes.

Also, today I’m letting you into a little secret 😉

In a few weeks time, when Claire’s SAL is finished, there is going to be a Mystery Blackwork SAL here. It will be a small project, designed by me and it will last for about 6 weeks, with the chart being released in installments. That’s the mystery part! So, you all have plenty of time to sort out some embroidery floss and a small piece of aida fabric. You could also use linen or evenweave or your other favourite cross stitch fabric, though there won’t be any cross stitches. I’ll give more details later but would love to know if you’d like to join in the fun. I expect the stages to take about an hour per week to stitch so everyone will be able to find time to stitch along.

It’s going to be another busy week ahead for me. I hope I manage to get time some time to sew.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails. They make me very happy 😀

Happy crafting!

Avis x

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  1. I love the different quilting patterns you have used on your table topper. What a great idea. Red and white is such a great colour combination. 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 It was made out of the scraps from the other two projects so I was prepared for it to go wrong. However, I’ll be happy to use this one.

  2. claire93

     /  April 27, 2013

    You know you can count me in for the mystery SAL ^^
    and LOVE your freestyle quilting .
    Question – as always ^^ – for your hexagon top, did you fold binding over to 60° at corners instead instead of 90°? is that how it works?

    • Brilliant! It will be great to have you on board. You can keep me right! Yes, it is either 60 or 120 degrees depending on whether you measure the interior or exterior angle. Either way, just make sure you fold the binding up and down again in line with the next side to be stitched. I hope that makes sense 😉

  3. Love the quilting experimentation, excellent practice for any future projects.

  4. basildonkitchens

     /  April 27, 2013

    Wonderful work as usual. You are my FMQ inspiration. Well done, you!

  5. Avis x, your Quilting and Craftsmanship is filled with nothing, but PASSION. What an inspiration to speak of challenge as fun, fun, fun. Great job, and projects! Thanks for sharing and being supportive in the blogging community. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  6. I love them all! Your FMQ is so very nice and suits that first one (especially) well! You have been a busy gal! Your binding is beautiful, too (lots of corners!). Hugs, D

  7. Fabulous hexagons, and wonderful red/white fabAvisrics. Your quilting is excellent – well done

  8. Very impressive work!

  9. witchylin

     /  April 28, 2013

    Love the hexagonal table topper. Well done on the binding. I agree you do have double sided mats with your experiments in FMQ. They look great. I should think I can find the hour a week to stitch along with you and other blog readers when you start the latest SAL. Look forward to it. 🙂

  10. A Stitch-Along I don´t know what to say 🙂 but maybe I´ll participate! Sounds fun in some strange way. At least I´ll think about it and tell you later 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

    • it would be great to have you stitching along. It doesn’t start for about a month. Pop along to Claire’s blog in my blogroll and it will give you an idea of what it is about. My design doesn’t have cross stitches. It is just blackwork 🙂


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