zodiac – slow progress

It’s been slow progress on the zodiac quilt, but progress has been made.

All 12 blocks have been quilted, in a very simple straight line design.  I drew lines with my FriXion pen (that disappear with a hot iron) to help me with my straight lines.

And then trimmed blocks to size.  I’ve used a sort of “milky coffee” for backing fabric.  It’s a pretty good colour match for the browns in the cross stitched centres.

So above is what the back of each block looks like.  All twelve have been quilted.  Progress is now on hold though, because I can’t decide on fabric for my joining strips.  I have several options, but can’t quite make up my mind.  “When in doubt, don’t”, is what my Mum always used to say . . . so until I’m 100% certain of what I want on the back and what I want on the front, I’ll refrain from cutting strips.

SAL “Tiny Treasures #12 and a happy dance!

It’s a happy dance post today, with photos of my blackwork project finished – yay!

This design “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond (Blackwork Journey) is a free downloadable chart, and available in either a square or rectangular version.  Avis and I both stitched the rectangular version.  Drum roll please . . .

I’ll be finishing this up as either a wall hanging or table runner – something to bring out each year at Christmas time.  For the time-being, it’s folded in a drawer, and I’ll choose suitable fabrics later in the year to do the patchwork finish.

In the meantime, I had a rummage in my xstitch drawer, and have chosen this as my next SAL project.

It’s a full coverage design on 16 count aida, with 42 different colours . . . should keep me out of mischief for quite a while!

Here is the full list of link to other SAL members.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ,

JennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

and we’ll be back again on 2nd May.

 

SAL Tiny Treasures #11

Gosh, another 3 weeks . . . and therefore another update on my SAL project, “Tiny Treasures”, design by Elizabeth Almond.

This is how things looked last time.

And for this time

Avis and I are being awful teases, I know lol . . . there were you all hoping for another row of pretty squares, but for this time, we concentrated on outflines and border.  Saying that, you now get to see exactly how long this piece is . . . and I promise you, that next time, Avis and I will be happy dancing together!

In the meantime, here is the list of links of all SAL members.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ,

 JennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

And we’ll be back on 11th April.

a couple of birthdays in March

There were a couple of family birthdays in March – so a good excuse to do some crafting.

One of our French nieces turned 17 and I had bought some gorgeous colour-changing yarn in a cotton mix, so knitted a loop scarf (60″ long and then sewed two ends together)..

We’re probably almost past scarf weather, although it is still a little nippy early morning.

With the new Brexit customs in place, I was loathe to make anything to post for the second family birthday (to our daughter, aka Lindashee, in England).  I took therefore took the easy option and ordered some crafting supplies to be sent directly to her via @m@zon.uk, but I did also make a very quick card.

Lindashee is more of a cat person, but I had some cute fabric with little westie dogs, that fitted perfectly into the aperture card I had to hand.  So that’s what I made.  And no, I didn’t forget to add 2 blue gems to upper left corner.  I was going for asymmetric lol.

more squares for the yarn bomb

On Feb 15th, I showed you this photo

of a flyer I was given at our local library, announcing an upcoming yarn bomb.  I crocheted a first batch of six squares (15cm x 15cm) for ScrapHappy day and since . . . I’ve been delving into my bag of leftover bits to make some more.  Had a knitting session with some very chunky yarn, that knitted up nice & quickly, resulting in this batch.

Four squares 20cm x 20cm and then one, to  try and finish up the red & grey, 15cm x 15cm.

And then more crochet squares.

Four more large squares, and two smaller ones.  I’m not attempting to do any special stitch patterns, just concentrating on working my way through oddments of yarn, and making sure I crochet or knit to the correct size.  It’s keeping my hands busy in the evening, and if all local knitters/crocheters are doing the same, we should end up with quite a selection!

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #10

Above is the photo from last time.  Three weeks on, things look like this.

and a zoom in for better look at colours & details.

This gorgeous blackwork design, “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond is available for free on Blackwork Journey.

Let’s hop along over to blogs of fellow SAL members.  Avis and I are both working on the same project (in different colours) but everyone is free to choose the project they fancy working on, and showing progress every 3 weeks.

AvisGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

And we’ll be back again on 21st March.

a couple of cards

I was in need of a couple of cards earlier this month, and my little stash of shop-bought cards was looking very meagre so what to do?  Rifle through pages of past issues of cross stitch magazines in search of something quick and fun to stitch!   I found what I needed in the March 2012 issue of “Cross Stitcher” magazine.  Designs by Jane Prutton.

Magazine info said each design would take approximately 6 hours to stitch.  I reckoned I could find the time, and I did.  First one stitched was this cute tortoise for a neighbour’s birthday on 10th February.  She has two tortoise, so this design was perfect.  I made mine slightly brighter than the magazine version, fringed my aida and stuck to a green chequered card with 4 pretty flowers to finish it off.

Then I set to work on a second design, again, choosing my own colours.

Stitching this wise little owl and finishing on a stripey blue card with some blue rick rack, and getting it in the post in time for my sister’s birthday on 20th.

Both were well-received, and I realise I ought to find time in my crafting week to get ahead with a few more cards . . . because there are more birthdays in the family next month!

Zodiac WIP

Days seem to be whizzing by this month  and I realise I forgot to show you progress with my zodiac patchwork.

This is how far I am. Blocks not laid out in any particular order, just as proof that I got around to sewing all twelve.  Next job will be to add an outer border to each as I’ve decided I’m going to QAYG with these blocks.  I spent far too many hours on the cross stitched centres to want to ruin things by attempting to quilt all in one go.  One block at a time will make it more maneageable.  In the meantime, I’ve managed to stick my nose down a couple of new rabbit holes . . . which means precious crafting time has been wasted watching videos on-line “researching” new crafting ideas.  If things go to plan, I’ll tell you about those in due course!

ScrapHappy # February

It’s 15th of the month, time to link up with an international group of bloggers who all enjoy making use of their scraps.

For this time, I delved into my bag of leftover and odd ball yarns
because, when visiting my local library the other week, I was given this flyer.
Apparently, our little village (population 1600) is going to take part in a yarn bomb later on in the year.  Knitters and crocheters have been asked to make squares: 20cm x 20cm and/or 15cm x 15cm which will be sewn together to decorate some of the buildings in the village centre.  I therefore set to work, with my crochet hook and one of the charts from the Nature’s Walk CAL.
And so far, I’ve crocheted six 15cm x 15cm squares.
I also made a couple of pompoms
Templates cut from the back of a Christmas card.
to finish off a knitted doll hat.

WIPs in progress

I’ve been making progress on two different projects these past few days. One is my current xstitch WIP which has evolved from

to

I need good lighting to stitch on this because some of the colours look very similar, but it’s looking very pretty so far.

That’s my evening occupation.  During the daytime, I’ve had a few sessions in my sewing room with Juki, making progress with my current Zodiac quilt (cross stitch squares, design by Vervaco).

After prepping all my patches the other day, I sewed them together to make the rows of 3.  And assembled my first block, to see how it looks.

I’m happy with that!  So, another 11 blocks to assemble, and while doing that, I’ll be thinking about what to do for the next stage.