Monday, 13 November 2017

Stitch'n'Sew Day & Stack of Critters Stocking #1

Well, Saturday's "Stitch'n'Sew" day was great. There were about 50 ladies, lots of great conversations and wonderful food. I started on another Christmas stocking and was pretty happy with my progress:
 This next design is another Dimensions stocking and it is called Stack of Critters.
Pretty happy with my progress over 1 day... I hope the organisers will hold more of these 'Stitch'n'Sew" days as it was great fun.

Then on Sunday, I started sewing on my final book print doona cover. I think I've said this each time, but this one is my new favourite! The 'plain' fabric is from the Shadowplay range so it is not fully plain, there is a slight wave of colour going through it and I think it really picks up the beige pages of the books in the print. I managed to sew half the doona top on Sunday, so, again, I'm pretty pleased with my progress!
I only had to pull out 1 row of stitching when I mistakenly put two blocks the same next to each other. Otherwise, I love it, unfortunately the photo doesn't do the colours justice. In real life they just pop.
I hope your weekends were as productive as mine...
Happy Stitching,


Friday, 10 November 2017

An update

Today I'm just giving an update that I am still around and crafting, just not on cross-stitch lately. I've started work on my final book print doona cover and that is taking up my time at the moment. I've cut my squares and am ready to start sewing them together. Plus this weekend, I've got a craft day all day on Saturday with about 50 other crafters so that should be great fun - really looking forward to it.
Hope you all have a great weekend too!
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 6 November 2017

More cushions

This weekend, I finished up 3 cushion covers to go with the beige one I made in the Bible books fabrics. They look great on the couch in the theological library where I work.They're all slightly different but use the same basic techniques. I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out!

And yes, this is primarily a cross-stitch blog, but as I say in the sidebar, occasionally other stuff pops up - and at the moment, that stuff is patchwork. I think I'm getting a bit obsessed with it. I can't stop looking at patterns and thinking how I can make them to suit my needs... I keep reminding myself, I have 2 more doona covers to do then I can play with other stuff... I just can't help it - the patterns and fabric choices are often so beautiful. I want to give foundation piecing a try next!
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 30 October 2017

Tote Bag & Gift bag - Finishes

I finally got my sewing machine back on Thursday night, but we were away at Swan Hill for the weekend, so I had to wait until we got home to finish off my tote bag - and I did! I love it! It is by far the most complicated thing I have attempted to sew since I started sewing, and I won't be trying it again, but I am super pleased with the end result and can't wait to put it into action. It has a pocket on the outside and another on the inside, each with zips - I haven't done zips since my year 9 sewing class and that was many years ago! But they work and don't get stuck and look amazing - I am super pleased with myself!

I really love the sewing-themed fabric I used as well - this will be my travel sewing/stitching bag so it is very appropriate. 
I finished off the draw-string gift bag from the Busy Crafting weekend - overall a very productive weekend I would say!
I also sewed up a quick cushion cover to replace one of the ones in my work library. I work at a theological library, so I think this Bible books print is quite appropriate. I have 3 more to do in different colours of the same design but I need to get some plain fabrics. Although I made the cover the same size as the one I took off, it does seem to be a bit tight, hence the funny shape. The cushion insert seemed to be extra fluffy so it took some squishing to get it in.

I hope your weekends were as productive as mine turned out to be...

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Provence Market #25

I like it when little bits of stitching make a big difference - like the walls of the buildings I've been doing the last few nights. They really show progress, but it's only using a few colours.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Provence Market #24

I had a good report from my shoulder surgeon today - he is very happy and says I am ahead of where he would expect! I have Type 1 diabetes, and he says that can delay the recovery process, but he says just looking at my shoulder movement, he would never know I had Diabetes as I am where he would expect someone without it to be in the recovery process - that is great news. I am having continual slow improvements and hopefully that will continue with my exercises over time. I can do most movements now, the last range of movement to return will be stretching up behind my back (eg: to do up a bra). At the moment I can only get just above my backside but with persistence I will get there...
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 23 October 2017

Provence Market #23

 Making slow but steady progress on the Provence Market.
But what I'm really excited about is that I took my finished doona covers to the holiday house (where I have made them for) and put them on the bunk beds - they look fantastic and I am over the moon - so pleased! Just got one more to do (which will be the mix'n'match using all the book fabrics with a neutral plain) and then the holiday house will have book beds for those who stay. I also have a reasonable amount of book fabric left so I might make some pillows or cushions as well... So pleased with my first patchwork project although I seriously underestimated the amount of work involved and have a new appreciation for patchworkers everywhere!
Happy Stitching,