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Sunday, 25 November 2012

'Quirky House' wallhanging

When is a quilt not a quilt? When it's a wall hanging! Yep, the 'quirky quilt' is now a 'quirky house' wall hanging.The saga of the quilt for daughter changed when I started to quilt and realised that it was not suitable to drap over chilly legs when snuggled up on the sofa.  With the material that was used for the blocks and backing and the heavy quilting on top, it is quite stiff so not snuggly to put over your legs. (I did say she could still have it or I would make her another one, she opted for another one as she wants needs one for the winter drafts) Am I disappointed it didn't go quite to plan...heck no!

The squares look darker in the middle, but they are all the same cream. With a darker cream for the sashing. I used red bias binding to finish it off.

It measures approx 35" square and fits above the sofa with cat quilt underneath.

You can see the texture a bit more in this photo.

The next few photos show close ups of the houses.
Wouldn't it be great to have a tree shaped like this in the front garden and to live in a wonky, bright house!


All the blocks were hand appliqued and some hand and machine embroidery. The quilting was just a meandering stiching with the feeddog down on the machine. I have incorporated lots of little hearts all around, so if I ever get bored I can sit and count them!

                                              Neatly folded.


                                          Last photo.


It adds a touch of cheeriness to this corner of the room. Especially needed for winter!
Now I need to sort out some 'proper' patchwork fabric for my daughters quilt.

This weeks linky parties are;
Sunday;
flamingotoes.
navywifeypeters.blogspot.co.
blissfulbucketlist.
sewmanyways.blogspot.
handmadeharbour.blogspot.
Monday;
watchoutmartha.
sewingbarefoot.blogspot.
tuesday;
thediydreamer.
Wednesday;
lavendergardencottage.blogspot
finecraftguild.
Thursday;
michellestastycreations.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Timmy Mouse has a visitor. Update on cream quilt.Nose warmer

Hello, fellow bloggers, hope you have all had a super crafty week. Timmy Mouse had a visitor a couple of weeks ago, his cousin Oswald.
They were so excited to see each other! While the crafting daughter was here she was determined to make a mouse of her own. Poor little Timmy has been pulled from pillar to post by visitors who want to pop him in their pocket! (But he remains firmly on my mantlepiece!)


They had lots to talk about and Oswald got his own suitcase so he is comfortable while travelling back home.
Now while no mice were hurt in the making of Oswald.....daughter did break 5....yes 5....of the felting needles!! (Good job I had a good stock of them that's all I can say) I think he came out very well and is now proudly sitting on her desk and looking super cute. Tim and Oswald can see each other over Skype and have a yakety yak together, so, even tho distance is a problem, technology can be a wonderful thing!

Here is an update on my cream 'quirky house' quilt.
I have done some free motion embroidery on some of the blocks, which was fun to do. Still got lots more stitching before it's finished, which, I hope, will be very soon.

I was asked to make a nose warmer in the shape of a mouse. No, I didn't know they existed either! I had a look on google to see what that is all about, there are some funny ones and I don't know when people would actually wear them. But I like a challenge and made up my own pattern.

Matches the wrist warmers.
Still if we have a winter the same as 2010 I'm sure everyone will need one!

I've been featured!  FEATURED button.jpg

This weeks linky parties are;
Sunday;
flamingotoes.com/
navywifeypeters.blogspot.
sewmanyways.blogspot.
.blissfulbucketlist.
handmadeharbour.blogspot.
Monday;
the-chicken-chick.com
watchoutmartha.
sewingbarefoot.blogspot.
Tuesday;
thediydreamer.
Wednesday;
lavendergardencottage.blogspot
finecraftguild.com
Thursday;
michellestastycreations.
Friday;
craftionary.net




Sunday, 11 November 2012

Cross Stitch Box

Another week has just zoomed past, they seem to go quicker and quicker.

This week I can show you the finished box that has cross stitched fronts. A while ago I purchased a plain wooden box from Lidle's and it came in very handy for storing those small crafting bits and bobs that get lost, but, it was pretty boring to look at. I used my favourite red and white fabric to cover the sides and top and dyed some aida (16ct) with tea so it has a nice browny look and adapted some googled cross stitch images, and out came the red embroidery thread.

Now, the first three drawers were very straightforward, but after that it went downhill! One of the patterns bled the red colour when I pasted it with glue, so had to do another one and although the cross stitch on the front of the bottom box was a very simple pattern I kept making mistakes....grrrr.

HH made me a little shaped back and sides for the top of the box to finish it off. There are  little fabric pulls on the top of each drawer, with the bottom one having two pulls. I wouldn't make another one it was more fluffing and fiddling than I care to do, and even now, I keep prodding and poking it as it hasn't glued very well. The paper rose matches it very well tho, I think, so that's an upside as well as keeping the crafty bits all in one place.

While my visiting daughter has taken all her crafting bits home with her and emptying some of my supplies in the process, another daughter was busy making herself an all purpose bag.
She had a jacket that didn't fit anybody so it was taken apart and this is what she has come up with. Dd needed an everyday lightweight, washable, sturdy, small bag. Even tho its not a large bag, it certainly holds an enormous amount, bit like a tardis inside! I'm not kidding you she could easily pack half my cottage in there! Inside it  has a couple of useful  pockets and a hidden pocket in the shoulder strap (ingenius cos even when she pointed it out I couldn't see it!)
Hmmm need to keep an eye on my jackets now just in case they re-appear as a bag!!.

Hope you all have a good crafty week.
This weeks linky parties are;
Sunday;
flamingotoes.com/
handmadeharbour.blogspot.
navywifeypeters.blogspot.
sewmanyways.blogspot.
blissfulbucketlist.
craftionary.net/l
Monday;
the-chicken-chick
watchoutmartha.
sew
tuesday;
thediydreamer.com
Thursday;
#.michellestastycreations.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Birdie Brooches, knitting and cushion cover

This week I had a lovely day with visiting daughter and we got down to some serious crafting. She made a cushion with a bit of help and here it is.
Rummaging through my material patches she rather liked the more muted colours which would suit her front room but with a bit of a 'quirk' added! As she's never made anything like this before she has done a very good job.

While she was busy with that I made some little birdie brooches from the paper clay that Florence the folk art doll was made with.





                                             Close up of Becca the Bird.
She has decoupaged little hearts. I painted some paper red and then used a little heart punch to get the shapes. Somebody suggested making some into a mobile which is a good idea. Another thing for my to do list!

Funnily enough as dd was crocheting the head/wrist warmers in another part of the country, unbeknown to both of us I was knitting the same thing! These are a present to her.
I found a pattern for the gloves which uses just 2 needles as I get a bit flummoxed with the 4 needle method. It is here. I then did my own thing with them once I knew how many stitches needed casting on, and where to put the thumb.
 The head warmer has large poppers on the back which are covered over with two brown buttons. I just kept knitting until it went around the head in a cable stitch.
It's knitted in an aran wool that I had left over from a cardigan that was made at the begining of the year, so they are quite quick to knit. The flower has a little blue bead sewn on and then 2 dangly bits were added and then 5 little beads were attached. I think I might make some for myself now.....used all the wool up. Oh dear will have to go to the wool shop, what a shame!!

I hope that you have been doing lots of crafty makes.
 
Here is this weeks linky parties;
Sunday;
handmadeharbour.blogspot.
flamingotoes.com/
 sewmanyways.blogspot.
navywifeypeters.blogspot
blissfulbucketlist.
craftionary.net
Monday;
sewingbarefoot.blogspot.
the-chicken-chick.
watchoutmartha.
Tuesday;
thediydreamer.com
Wednesday;
lavendergardencottage.blogspot
Thursday;
michellestastycreations.
thethriftygroove.blogspot
Saturday;
too-much-time.com/