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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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

Playing with my new toy!

Hi everyone 🙂

It has been a while since I’ve been able to do any sewing so I have a little something to share with you all that I’ve kept hidden from view for a few weeks. There’s a time when we are all far too busy to be sewing and blogging so I put this quilt to one side after taking the photos, knowing that there would come a time when my blogging withdrawal symptoms would kick in.

Little did I know that I would be getting a new toy to test when writing this post. You will see that I’ve been playing around with the photo settings, frames and suchlike. You could say I’m a bit new-fangled 🙂

You may remember a few weeks ago that I became addicted to making Trip Around the World Bargello-style quilt tops. If you can’t remember, you can see them here, here, and here.

The blue one is now finished 🙂 I quilted a watery ripple pattern and decided, in the end, to sew on a white binding rather than the blue I’d originally chosen. Here is the finished patchwork top.

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Close ups of the quilting pattern.
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The best bit…..the binding. You all know I love to hand stitch the binding, really I do!

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Here it is draped over the sofa 🙂

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I really enjoyed making this one. I hope you like it too.

You may also wish to take a peep in the gallery of all the lovely black work from my Mystery Blackwork Stitch Along. The stitchers in the group have sent photos of their beautiful work for everyone to see. We are currently on stage five of six.

Thank you to everyone who has sent photos for the gallery and for all of the lovely comments and emails. It’s lovely to hear from you 🙂

Now, all I need to do is the categories for this post and I can publish it. I hope all of the links work. If not, I’ll put them right on the laptop.  Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful crafty week 🙂

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

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