Tilda blog hop

So firstly, before any sewing began, I simply had to stroke the fabrics! Getting a bundle of FQs in the post is incredibly exciting but even more so when it is such gorgeous fabric like this! The new Circus Collection by Tilda is soft and beautiful to work with! I especially loved the floral prints! 

From left to right the fabrics are Tilda Clown Flower Linen, Tilda Circus Rose Blue, Tilda Forget Me Not Teal, Tilda Summer Picnic Blue, and Tilda Circus Life Green.

I also may have ‘accidentally’ treated myself to some new Aurifil thread (2720) for sewing the petals together… 

 
There’s something quite daunting about
cutting into such gorgeous fabric isn’t there?! So, after giving myself a good talking to, I finally made the first cut into the fabrics. Setting aside the elephant print fabric (Tilda Circus Life Green) for the backing of the cushion and the centre circle, I cut four dresden petals from each of the four floral prints finishing with a total of sixteen petals:

Then, I started sewing these petals together into groups of four:

I then finished the final dresden circle by sewing these groups of four together (one ‘group’ at a time)! 

When sewing the dresden together my main priority was to make sure the petals matched on the curve at the top. Obviously, in an ideal world, it would have matched perfectly at the bottom corner too but my thinking was that, as a first timer to dresden plates, the final circle could cover a multitude of sins… 😉 

Then, for that centre circle, I fussy cut an elephant from the Tilda Circus Life Green FQ that I placed to one side at the start. This fabric works perfectly for mastering fussy cutting and also in acting as a focal point for the dresden centre. The colours match perfectly…but that’s no surprise from such an expert brand as Tilda! 

Then comes the joining part (although I have to admit that I never find this as much fun as the actual english paper piecing)! I ironed and removed the basting stitches and papers from the petals before sewing the circle onto the centre of the petals. Then I ironed and removed the basting stitches and papers from the circle. Next, I appliqued the dresden plate as a whole onto a square of fabric before using the rest of the Tilda Circus Life Green to make the cushion back. And voila! One Tilda Circus Dresden Plate Cushion! 

November sewing!

I find it so hard to function in this horribly cold weather! So this month has been a bit of a ‘finishing off’ month as I have mainly stayed indoors!!

I finished the quilting and binding on my Christmas epp quilt (which I blogged about last month). This cold, cold weather has meant that the Christmas quilt has already had a LOT of use already!

I also managed to do the final 3 blocks for Mum’s quilt (which I blogged about in August) which gives me just under a month to quilt it and bind it!

This block was made using the 2 fat quarters I bought after our trip to Festival of Quilts in August:

This block was made using the 2 fat quarters I bought after Mum and I went to the West Country Quilt and Textile Show at the start of November:

The show was utterly fantastic and it was great that it all took place so locally!! I bought lots of gorgeous new fabrics and threads (the threads in particular I cannot wait to start using for a Kantha piece which I will blog about in the new year)!

The final block for Mum’s quilt was made using 2 fat quarters that I bought from Social Fabric when Mum and I went to Totnes:

Then, finally, I have also managed by November block for my 2016 blog quilt where I have sought to learn a new patchwork block each month! 11 done…1 more to go and then I can piece them all together!

I hope you are all well and staying warm in this horribly cold weather. I am off back to hibernation with a cuppa and a hot water bottle! Speak to you soon.

N x

February Valentine’s scrappy hearts

So this has been a really positive (although really long) week for me! I’ve had three days of lectures exploring further qualitative research methods which has been both fascinating and tiring all in one! I’ve also received the marks on two of my essays (which were really challenging…quantitative research…need I say more?!) and received marks which surpassed my expectations! Cue celebrations!

I also received some scraps from Creative Quilting in Surrey ( http://www.creativequilting.co.uk/ ). They have incredibly beautiful fabrics and were so friendly and lovely. There is so much negativity and division within our world at the moment and yet they reminded me the power of ‘random acts of kindness’. It was so lovely to experience someone demonstrating such kindness and generosity to make someone happy with no hidden agenda. So a massive, massive thank you to Creative Quilting!

So this weekend I have celebrated by sewing with scraps!!

I ironed some bondaweb onto squares of felt. Then I placed (and ironed) some of the scraps onto the bondaweb. I made 3 squares using straight lines and one square with a more random placing of the scraps  (but even then, my random is pretty planned – that’s the nature of being a list/ordered girl I guess!). 

I then loaded my machine up with Gütermann Sulky Rayon 30 and free-motioned on top of the pink squares until I knew each edge was incredibly secure! 

With Valentine’s in mind I wanted to try some hearts out so I cut out a total of 18 hearts from my 2 pink squares and laid them onto white cotton! 

Now to hand stitch them into place…!

N x

January #1yearofstitches 

Happy January 31st! I’ve definitely upped my blog challenge by trying to do a stitch a day! I probably did this anyway with my English Paper Piecing but there is something different about having some linen in an embroidery hoop waiting for something creative and beautiful to be embroidered upon it (maybe it doesn’t need to be creative or beautiful – these are probably the limits/pressures I have placed upon myself!)

So here is a collage of my January embroidery for my year in stitches challenge: 


 There are varying shades of greens and turquoises and I keep being drawn to DMC 907 so I might have to restock soon! 


I have also kept a diary each day of the thread I used, the stitch I made, and any accompanying thoughts/feelings. These include things like stitching a heart for my Dad’s birthday on January 5th, stitching small circle using a running stitch because I had started a new kantha circles piece on January 15th, and using a DMC Jewel Effects thread because I was feeling a bit blue and wanted something glitzy to brighten my day on January 17th!

Here is a closer photo of my January embroidery for my year in stitches: 


See you next month!

N x

A new year…a new challenge!

So I have seen a few groups on Facebook encouraging ‘a stitch a day’ and as much as I love my English Paper Piecing, hand stitching will remain my first love. So,inspired by this, I have joined the group ‘1 year in stitches:2017’. 

Cross stitch was the first stitch I learnt (aged 7!) and for many, many years I found respite in cross stitch. It enabled me to feel creative whilst also feeling held and secure through following the structure of a specified pattern. It allowed me to get lost in the continuous rhythm of simply going up and down to form a repetitive cross. It also allowed me to feel constructive during times of passivity. So I felt a cross stitch was the perfect stitch for starting this new year’s challenge!! I chose the colour green after seeing it is the Pantone colour of the year 2017 (plus I am also biased as it is my favourite colour!)

So for January 1st I did a small row of cross stitches on linen:

For January 2nd I did a straight stitch over each cross: 

 I am excited to see how it progresses but don’t worry, it won’t be daily updates!

I hope you all had a lovely new year!

N x

December block

Well I can actually say this is the first time I have EVER completed a new year’s resolution right until the end!! I have stuck to my challenge of learning a new patchwork block each month!

The boyfriend also had a great suggestion (I know I am biased but he does have a good eye for colour and design!) of embroidering the name of the month onto each patchwork block before piecing them together! So that shall be my next challenge!
So for now, happy new year to all of you! Thank you for following my progress over the past year as I learnt a new patchwork block each month! I hope 2017 is a fantastic year for each of you!

N x

Ps. Mum loved her 2016 memory quilt which I gave her for Christmas! 

The bf also got an EPP cushion for Christmas with penguins  (that were fussy cut) as they’re his fav animal! 

November sewing!

I find it so hard to function in this horribly cold weather! So this month has been a bit of a ‘finishing off’ month as I have mainly stayed indoors!!

I finished the quilting and binding on my Christmas epp quilt (which I blogged about last month). This cold, cold weather has meant that the Christmas quilt has already had a LOT of use already! 

I also managed to do the final 3 blocks for Mum’s quilt (which I blogged about in August) which gives me just under a month to quilt it and bind it! 

This block was made using the 2 fat quarters I bought after our trip to Festival of Quilts in August: 

This block was made using the 2 fat quarters I bought after Mum and I went to the West Country Quilt and Textile Show at the start of November: 

The show was utterly fantastic and it was great that it all took place so locally!! I bought lots of gorgeous new fabrics and threads (the threads in particular I cannot wait to start using for a Kantha piece which I will blog about in the new year)!

The final block for Mum’s quilt was made using 2 fat quarters that I bought from Social Fabric when Mum and I went to Totnes:


Then, finally, I have also managed by November block for my 2016 blog quilt where I have sought to learn a new patchwork block each month! 11 done…1 more to go and then I can piece them all together! 

I hope you are all well and staying warm in this horribly cold weather. I am off back to hibernation with a cuppa and a hot water bottle! Speak to you soon.

N x