The finishes are rolling in!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a thoroughly crafty time!

I’m having a bit of a break from blogging but several of the Mystery Blackwork stitch-along ladies have sent me photos of their finished projects, so I thought I’d let you see an update of the gallery.

If anyone else has a photo of their version I’d be pleased to include it in the gallery below. I’ll even put a free link to your blog 😉 Just send them to ohsewtempting@aol.com. Thank you in advance!

I still need to update a couple of photos and I promise to get to work on that very soon!

So, here they are 🙂

Starting with mine.

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Alison

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Angela

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Cath

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Cathie

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Christiane

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Claire

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Corinne

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Elizabeth

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Jule

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Julie

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Jocelyne

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Leela

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Masha

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Mau

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Nora

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Valerie

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Avis x

The Woolhogs Made It Challenge for June has started!

This is just a quickie reminder that Maryanne has once again organised a fabulous Woolhogs Made It Challenge this month.

I have entered my blackwork embroidery which some of you will have already seen.

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There must be something you could enter too! I’m on link number 33 if you’d like to vote for my project and you can even vote every day if you really want to! However, the voting is just for fun and does not determine who wins the challenge.

Whether you decide to enter or not, please support some of the other crafty bloggers by visiting their lovely blogs. However, BEWARE! You may be inspired to try something new 🙂

Here is the link to The Woolhogs Made It Challenge. Just click on the frog when you get there!

Avis x

Blackwork Finish!

Hi everyone, Happy Sunday 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has continued to read and comment on my posts while I’ve been so busy. I’m hoping all will be back to normal in a couple of weeks and I’ll then be able to do some quilting again. Fingers crossed!

I thought I’d update you on my progress with the Bothy Threads narrow boat cross stitch. I haven’t done a single stitch since last Monday but I’m having the day off from busy family stuff and I hope to get lots of crosses done today. This is where I’m up to now.

ImageAlso, I can reveal my completed blackwork project. This was made as part of a Stitch Along with Claire. You can see lots of other versions in different colours here. I hope Claire doesn’t mind that I’ve posted this finish a week early as I don’t know when I’ll get to write again. Claire has recently finished her Alphabet Sampler and I love the way she made it like a mini-quilt. I’ve copied her idea and the finished result is a wall hanging I’ll be pleased to display on my wall. I hope you like it too! Here are the stages as I stitched along with Claire.

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and here is the finished wallhanging “on point”. The chart is available at http://www.practicalblackwork.com.

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Now, I’m off to catch up with reading all your lovely blogs. I hope you’ve been up to all sorts of wonderful things 🙂

Avis x

A bit of this and that!

Hello lovely bloggers 😀

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. 

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 here (see from the third photo down) and here (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 😀

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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 😉 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 😆 …..ssh! I can hear you giggling sis!)

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And another close up for good measure, very important in quilting too 😉

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One more just to show off the squishy snuggly goodness on the reverse 🙂 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.

My 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 🙂

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

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Happy Sunday everyone 😀

Avis x

Just a quickie!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s busy, busy, busy here at the moment so I’m just dropping in with a couple of WIPs.

This quilt top still needs binding. I made it a couple of weeks ago.

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This blackwork (in purple) is the first completed stage of Claire’s SAL. It is only about 2 inches across. I’m sure Claire would love you to join in. Her English blog is on my blogroll at the right hand side of this page if you want to see more details in English. The chart is free at http://www.practicalblackwork.com and we are stitching it over 6 weeks 😀

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Got to get busy again 🙂

Avis x

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