In the pink!

Hi everyone,

The sun is shining brightly outside but all I want to do is sew indoors. Very strange….but I’m enjoying looking out at the blue sky when I lift my head to refill bobbins ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve continued with the Bargello Trip Around the World theme this week and used up more of those lovely Michael Miller prints. This one is fit for a princess.

ImageIf you are anything like me, these images should conjure up memories of ice cream, candy floss, sugared almonds and dreamy fondant icing on cupcakes.

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I think the ivory hearts is my favourite of all these prints. How girly are they?

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I’ll be doing some quilting after lunch today and then tonight I’ll be sewing the first part of the new SAL with Claire. The chart is free and the design only requires a small piece of aida (or other fabric of your choice) and some scraps of embroidery floss. I’m sure Claire will welcome you aboard if you want to join in the fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Theย small design is probably just right for a gift card. It uses only cross-stitch and blackwork. Of course, you don’t have to stitch it in black. If it is anything like the previous SALs which Claire has organised, there will be all manner of colours and fabrics used. You can see previous finishes of all the participantsย here.

Whatever you plan to do today, enjoy!

Avis x

I’m feeling blue!

Hello everyone. Happy Wednesday to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

No, I’m not really feeling blue in that sense at all. I’m actually very happy now that Spring has finally arrived. Sunshine, blue skies and birds singing in the garden. Hurray!!

Today was the perfect day to try two design ideas rolled into one. I’ve been wanting to try these for ages. Bargello and Trip Around the World. This quilt top doesn’t strictly conform to either pattern in the purest sense but I’ve had a lot of fun trying out some ideas and I think the result works. I’m loving blue at the moment…. and purple and red and green and….the sunshine coming through the windows.

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This quilt will have a blue binding. I’m not sure how I want to quilt it yet so it’ll be neatly put away in the box while I have a think about it. That could take a while.

I’m linking with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

I wonder whether you will be trying anything new this week…..

I’m off to take a look now.

Avis x

…..and sew some more!

Hello everyone. Happy Easter to you all!

Pinwheels are like chocolates in my opinion. They make me smile and very happy indeed. So much so that I couldn’t stop making them this week. I’ve done the pink princess ones and now it was time for a nautical feel….though I promise you there are no ships in sight. I love red, white and blue together.ย Here they are waiting to be made into a quilt top.

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That dark carpet is now covered in white threads! I must get the vacuum cleaner out….or maybe I should sew some more instead. That’s an easy choice to make ๐Ÿ˜‰

I chose white borders again, though they were very nearly blue.

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Sharp and simple, I’d say. Less is more and all that….

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I know I’ll enjoy quilting this one. However, I don’t know exactly how I’ll do it yet. I do know what the binding will look like. Not telling yet …

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So now, what do I do for the rest of today? A bit of knitting, crochet, cross-stitch…..sew many choices. I hope I can’t hear anyone suggesting I vacuum the floor, can I?

Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Avis x

PS Mum loves her new hat ๐Ÿ˜€

Sew, sew……

Hi to all of my lovely readers and followers of this little blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope all is well with you and there is plenty of Easter sunshine for you all to soak up. It is sunny here today in more ways than one.

Firstly, my pink pinwheels now have sashes and borders and the resulting quilt top is now sitting in the box labelled “To be quilted”. I’ve kept it simple and crisp with white, fit for a princess. I have to say, the sunny colours remind me of seaside candy rock, the sort which has the name of the seaside town running all the way through it. I bet that conjures up a few wonderful childhood memories for some of you.

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I’ve had fun using all the different prints and rearranging the layout over and over again.

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While I do that I can always think about my next project ๐Ÿ™‚

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And guess what’s happened in the garden today………

The first daffodil bud has bowed its head in the sunshine! Spring is here, Yay!!

Hopefully you will have fun in the sun this weekend too. You’ll find me at my sewing machine. Don’t want to get sun burn, do I?

Avis x

I’ve caught the pinwheel bug again!

Good evening everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are all well!

I’ve got a couple of projects to share with you today.

The first is a whole bunch of pinwheels, twenty four to be precise ๐Ÿ™‚ I started to play around with a few scraps yesterday afternoon and made five pinwheels with different prints. Then, this morning, I was drawn back to my rotary cutter and the Mean Green Sewing Machine. As if by magic, the five became twenty four. I had to stop myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m longing for Springtime and the pink is reminding me of the thrift flowers that should, by now, be starting grow on the cliff tops where I live. There is no sign of even the plants let alone the flowers! It is so cold. The crows are usually nest-building in the garden this month and there is no sign of any such activity.

So the pink is to symbolise the Spring we don’t yet have. Hurry up Springtime! We are putting the clocks forward this weekend, British Summer Time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Now, I’m taking you all back to Winter with a woolly hat I’ve just finished for Mum. It is supposed to have a pom-pom but she doesn’t like them so it shall remain pom-pom-less. I made it in a couple of evenings and it is very thick and snuggly. It isn’t meant to be a dressy hat, just one that she can pull on when she needs to pop to the shops. I hope she likes it ๐Ÿ™‚

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That’s it for today!

I’m linking with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Have fun!

Avis x

Strawberries and cream!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Did my title conjure up thoughts of summertime? Sorry to disappoint ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am supposed to be away on a camping holiday but the UK is still in the grip of winter so we’ve cancelled. What a shame! I’ll just have to stay indoors and do patchwork. The strawberries and cream I’m talking about are the colours of my lovely fat quarters which you might recall here. They were a Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. She chose well!

Three different prints and three fat quarters of red (I added one which I already had in my stash) ย  ย have been sewn together to make this quilt top. Does a lap quilt have to be square or rectangular? There I go breaking rules again ๐Ÿ˜† I did actually have the pieces laid out to make a rectangular quilt and was measuring up to add the filler pieces down each side…..but I managed to stop myself and do something different. Actually, this would make a lovely table topper if you had a huge circular table….just a thought.

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Well, I’ve had a lot of fun doing all the maths and deciding what to make. This little number stitched together like a dream.

ImageI also used the 60 degree ruler that she bought me for Christmas so it is really made with her inspiration and pennies. Thank you Eleanor. I hope you like what I’ve done with them ๐Ÿ™‚

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With the extra fat quarter print and another of red I made a table topper. I’m going to enjoy binding these different shapes.

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And then I had scraps! I can’t bear to have scraps ๐Ÿ˜‰ so I made a pillow sham front….or is it another table topper? Who knows.

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They are all now in the box “To be quilted” and will probably work their way to the front of the queue sooner than they should. I think I might be changing my mind about my favourite colour…maybe it is red and not purple after all ๐Ÿ™‚

I listened to BBC Radio 4 while I was sewing. I prefer spoken radio to music. Do you listen to radio when you are crafting?

The wool for Mum’s hats arrived yesterday so I have started to knit. Here is a progress update. I did this while watching TV last night. I’m knitting the hat in the photo at the bottom of the page but without the pom-pom. Mum doesn’t like pom-poms. I need 5 inches of rib and I’ve done 4 inches so far. This one will match Mum’s winter coat and the garnet red one, which will follow, will match her fleece jacket. It seemed wise to start with the camel one as winter is refusing to leave us at the moment.

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It feels so good to be on holiday after such a long stretch of work and family commitments. I’ve had two whole days to play and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every second. Hopefully you have had lots of crafting time too.

I’m off to catch up on reading my favourite blogs. I can’t wait to see what you have all been up to. Then tonight, I’ll be knitting some more.

I’m linking with Fabric Tuesday and Linky Tuesdayย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to my lovely friendย Teje for reminding me!

Have a great week!

Avis x

Look at the size of it now!

Hi everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

Now my parents’ house move has been successfully completed, things should begin to return to normal again here. Thank you to everyone who watched and waited and sent us good wishes. It has been a long haul but the most important part is done.

The house move took priority over everything else and so now, I have time to share birthday presents from last month along with more updates on some works in progress.

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The card is from one of my wonderful blog reader friends. How appropriate is that design? The blackwork goodies and pinking shears were from my lovely sister and the fabric shears and quilting book were from my other half ๐Ÿ˜€ My daughter bought me a subscription for the digital version of an American quilting magazine, a brilliant way to subscribe without the shipping costs! What a lucky girl I am ๐Ÿ˜€ The book boasts a smart way to make kaleidoscope pattern quilts but I’m not sure I’d use the suggested method as it involves a lot of wasted fabric, probably bits that are too small and pointy to use for anythiing else. My motto is “I pay for every square centimetre, so I need to use every square centimetre”. I’ll reserve proper judgement until I’ve made a block or two. Believe it or not I didn’t have any fabric scissors before getting these ones. I don’t know how I managed before! And I now have loads of ideas for using those pinking shears ๐Ÿ˜€

As you can see, the new blackwork kit is waiting in the queue for my embroidery frame. Yes, I could buy another frame but then I’d have two embroidery projects on the go and I can’t have that ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I’ll finish the Bothy Threads Narrow boat first. Here is a progress check ๐Ÿ™‚

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I also have to thank my lovely friend Claire whoย sent me these! I arrived home exhausted after the house moved on Friday and these little lovelies were in my letter box. The surprise ย made my day! So to Claire “Merci beaucoup” ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love hand stitched cards…..and those buttons are perfect for……my purple and blue quilted bag.

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I’ve been looking for a button for this bag without success and I’m delighted to add this ย painted one. As you can see, it isn’t sewn on yet. The two smaller ones will be used in other projects. My other bags areย hereย if you want to see them.

My crocheted ripple blanket is coming along very nicely. Look at the size of it now! You can also see that we have had a bit of snow again…..that must be because I’ve just booked a camping holiday he-he. It looks like we are in for a chilly time so I’d better get this blanket finished ๐Ÿ™‚

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and two more photos of scrumdiddlyumptiousness. Thanks to Roald Dhal for the adjective ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I do like a nice roly poly blanket ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, as we are (I am) having a bit of a purple fix, I thought you might like to see my Caithness Glass paperweights.

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Most of them were bought at the factories in Wick, on the north coast of Scotland, and Oban on the west coast where we saw them made. Actually, the car park at the Wick factory was the only place my beloved old campervan ever broke down. I didn’t want to leave there either ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve just realised it’s getting towards dinner time. What’s for dinner? This….

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I’m not totally sure what is in it other than beef, vegetables and sliced potatoes on the top. It was made by my OH yesterday while I was unpacking boxes with my sister, so this is a photo of it cold. I’m sure it will be delicious reheated and teamed up with Yorkshire puddings ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Finally, I have a confession! A lovely reader, a few weeks ago, nominated my blog for an award and I decided to leave my acceptance post until later. Then, everything at this end became very busy and I still haven’t posted about it. Now I can’t find the nomination!! I have put the images of all the accepted awards down the right hand side of the page so I know it isn’t those ones. If you nominated me for different ward, please let me know when it was so I can find it and accept gracefully. Apologies again to that very kind person ๐Ÿ™‚

So, these are my only WIPs except for myย Under the Sea applique project, alsoย hereย andย here. I hope to be right back into the quilting groove very soon so watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fun weekend!

Avis x

A few minutes here and there!

Hi everyone!

Thank youย for continuing to visit and comment even though I’ve hardly had anything to show for a while. I will get back to serious crafting at some point in the future, maybe a few weeks from now ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all rather hectic at this end but a few spare moments here and there with my cross-stitch are helping to keep me sane!! I’m missing crafting so much ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the latest progress on my Bothy Threads narrow boat kit.

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A reminder of what it will look like in the end.

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I hope you are all having a thoroughly crafty time!

Avis x

WIP x 2 for this week!

Hello everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Just popping in to share a couple of works in progress today.

Here is the next stage of the “Tangled Frame” blackwork from http://www.practicalblackwork.com that I’ve been sewing along with Claire. You can see more examples on her blogย here. I have an idea of what I’d like to do with the finished piece. Watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today, I’ve completed more of the Bothy Threads narrow boat cross-stitch. There is a lot of black outlining to add so it doesn’t look like much at the moment. It will all come to life when the back stitches are done. This is part of the roof with flower pots and a dog on top ๐Ÿ™‚

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It is still a bit too busy for crafting at this end ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful week!

Avis x

A bit of this and that!

Hello lovely bloggers ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you are all having a very crafty time!

I have been saving this recent finished project to share with you while my busy time at home continues. You may remember, just over a year ago here, that I had treated myself to a few lovely Moda remnants and wondered what to do with them.ย 

I eventually decided to use some of them on a disappearing nine-patch quilt. I posted about the finished top and included a very mini photo tutorial for anyone who wasn’t familiar with this pattern here. I love this pattern so much that I’ve made several quilts using it. There are various ways to arrange the blocks. You can choose a very regular pattern as I did hereย (see from the third photo down) and hereย (one of my favourite quilts ever). Alternatively, as I did with this one, you can go for a very scrappy patchy look. My Mum loves this one ๐Ÿ˜€

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I have no idea why this is the only green quilt I have ever made. I love these shades as they are all the colours of nature….grass, trees and wheat fields.Image

Since I was on a nature fix ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did the quilting in a regular surfy waves pattern. I love quilting this pattern. It satisfies my desire for neatness and tidiness (I hope my sister isn’t reading this ๐Ÿ˜† …..ssh! I can hear you giggling sis!)

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And another close up for good measure, very important in quilting too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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One more just to show off the squishy snuggly goodness on the reverse ๐Ÿ™‚ The backing and binding are in my favourite Moda ivory solid. It looks just like Jersey gold top milk in real life, creamy scrumptiousness!!

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Now, what else? Well, I’m continuing with the blackwork SAL with Claire here. I’ve actually finished the project but I mustn’t reveal all until everyone else is done. I’ll let you see the next finished stage soon.

Myย ripple blanket is also coming along nicely but as it grows, it is becoming very warm to sit under while I am crocheting. I must finish it before the winter leaves us or I won’t be able to bear working on it again until next year ๐Ÿ™‚

So now, I have the rest of the day free Yey!! I’m off to continue cross stitching the Bothy Threads Narrow Boat. This image is from Bothy Threads.ย 

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Happy Sunday everyone ๐Ÿ˜€

Avis x

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