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samedi 21 octobre 2017

FNSI and a Bag Story

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting our get together again this month - I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else got up to here.

Last month I was working on some secret stitching and promised to show you this month what I was working on. It was these.


Yes, another little log cabin pin cushion - this time with no gusset. It is about 3" across.


The little pouch bag I made using this pattern from s.o.t.a.k handmade - a good basic pattern in four sizes. I made the smallest.


Whilst in UK last weekend I collected a large package of wool from The Wool Warehouse in order to make this blanket.



 Good job it is squashy so that I was able to get it in my suitcase! I love the colours. I made a start on some of the blocks while I was away.


What I realsied was that I needed a small container in which to keep my crochet hooks, stitch markers, scissors and needle while I was working on the blocks - and so to my project for FNSI!
I used the same s.o.t.a.k pattern but adapted it to make a squatter pouch to keep all my little tools in.



Another little project for Friday was to make this card using 1/2" hexies for a poorly friend.


Now, while talking about the s.o.t.a.k pattern I also want to show you this wristlet bag that I made for my Mum adapting the same pattern.


I used some Liberty furnishing fabric samples and added a pocket to the inside, leaving out the boxed corners on the base.


It's a useful, adaptable, beginner friendly pattern that I am sure I am going to use a lot.

Well I think that is enough for one day - hope everyone had a great Friday.

I am also linking up with BagIt 2017 run by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

samedi 7 octobre 2017

FNWF and RSC





Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us round again for Friday Night with Friends - you can see what everyone was working on here.

I am also linking up with Angela for ScrapHappySaturday  as my first job yesterday was to finish hemming down the binding on my first completed Rainbow Scrap Challenge project! I have completed six blocks using six of Angela's suggested colours and have put them together to make this table runner.





I have to say that I am very pleased with the way it has turned out.

So then my next job was to make a start on my next RSC project. The colour for October is pink and I am going to make tumbling blocks using 1" diamonds. I managed to cut a few out ready to baste.





Not a hugely productive FNWF but then it was a beautiful afternoon and we were busy in the garden.

Many thanks to Angela and Cheryll.

samedi 30 septembre 2017

Saturday Finish


Yes I have finished my little granny squares blanket. You my remember that I made this to use up the yarns left over from making my Hygge so when it came to the border I was down to my last half a ball of the grey. I managed to work three rows of dc all round - well almost, it's about three inches short but I don't think it notices! And then I was left with some oddments of cotton. So I used them to make tassels for the corners and this is what I was left with.


I am happy with that.



I think I must have caught the crochet bug because I am wondering what I can make next!

Hope you are having a great weekend.

mardi 26 septembre 2017

EPP Tuesday!


Many thanks once again to Anthea for hosting our EPP link up - pop over to Anthea's blog here to see how her beautiful scrap quilt is coming along and to see who else has linked up.

It has been quiet on the EPP front here - too many other projects on the go and of course last week we were at the seaside! More on that later. First though I have made several of these.


In one of my swap groups we are sending heart flowers to any member of the group who is unwell or in need of a hug. This is a spare - the centres get signed before sending off.

As I mentioned we were away last week and travelled to Mimizan Plage which is on the west coast of France south of Bordeaux. The long golden beach stretches all the way from Arcachon down to Biarritz. Inland is the flat, forested area of Landes which is protected from harsh Atlantic storms by huge sand dunes stretching along the coast.



The beaches are popular with fishermen and surfers as well as the usual sun and beach lovers.

On our first night we saw this stunning sunset at Mimizan looking like the sea was on fire!


There is a river which splits Mimizan Plage into two - the north and the south beaches.


A pleasant place to sit on a warm afternoon to watch the birds, the fishermen and generally people watch!

 
Not one of my better pictures but I was standing on the dune looking inland and over the tops of all the tall pine trees that grow there. This is Cap de l'Homy Plage where it was beautiful to walk along the beach while the tide was out.
 
 
On our way home we visited the small town of Roquefort - this is not the Roquefort of cheese fame which is further east. It's an attractive town with this splendid bridge beautifully decorated with hanging baskets.
 

 
There is a beautiful Church with different sections having been built over many hundreds of years but which has recently been restored. If you click on the Roquefort link you will se a picture of the outside of the church. I loved the interior decoration.
 

 
 
In the courtyard there is the tiny chapel of St Joseph which is also dedicated to St Jacques and welcomes pilgrims on their way to Compostella in Northern Spain.
 
 

 
We were fortunate to have five dry, sunny days away, we left home in rain and arrived back in grey damp!
 
Thank you for making it through to the end of this post.
 
I am also linking up with Needlework Tuesday at Heather's Books and Quilts.

samedi 16 septembre 2017

FNSI


Third Friday in September already - my this year is flashing past! Many thanks to Wendy for inviting us to join in - you can catch up with what everyone was working on here

Sadly short on pictures for this post as I was working on 'secret stitching'! However I was extremely pleased with what I made and you will just have to take my word for it. I will include pictures on next months post.

I had just enough time at the end of the evening though to add the initial to this crazy block which is now ready to be embellished. This is also secret stitching but as the recipient does not read my blog, I think, I am safe.


I am going to have to reposition the heart - it is annoying me that I have not got the D quite straight!

I also finished a little pincushion this week - it's missed this years PPPP but will be top of my list for next year. I saw a gorgeous little log cabin pincushion on Chookyblues blog here and knew that I needed one! Here is my version - a little larger I think but I love it.



So that's it from me for today - we are off to the seaside next week for a few days, just hope the weather picks up, it's not been good here. Have a great weekend.

mardi 12 septembre 2017

EPP Tuesday - and I nearly forgot!!


Many thanks to Anthea for hosting our link up again today - pop over to her blog to see who else is linking up.
So what have I to show you? Well first of all I have completed my DMTV Summer Stitchalong book cover.


I added some embroidery and beads.


And the finished book cover looks like this.

 
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Having completed the border blocks for my Hexathon quilt I laid them out to work on the correct order. And this is what I have come up with.
 

 
So now I need to make some plain blocks to add in to the 'grassy' spaces.

Some lovely flowers have arrived from my swap partners.




 
I must have shown you the ones I sent last time. I have some ready to send this month but the recipient lives in Florida so I am holding them back for the moment.
 
Sad that there are so many people in the world whose homes are lost for one reason or another - floods, hurricanes and the Rohingya people forced to leave their country for ethnic reasons. So much sadness.
 
I hope that all is well with you and yours.