So there'll be no more of these photos
|He looks so sad...He's probably thinking 'Does my muzzle look long in this lamp shade?' (Yes!)|
That, or 'I wish she'd stop waving that thing (camera!) in front of my face'
| He wouldn't let me take a photo that showed his poorly ear...last night he did this |
whenever I tried... the dog equivalent of 'la la la, I'm not listening'!
And more of these
I haven't got any new hexies to show (it's been a busy couple of days and I haven't had chance to prepare any more pieces) but Rebecca at Making Rebecca Lynne has confessed to a long-standing tumbling blocks UFO that started life as 'just because' present for her boyfriend and 10 (yes, TEN!) years later her boyfriend has become her husband and he's still waiting for his quilt! Please pop over and give her a little nudge (or a supportive and encouraging comment if that's more your style!) - she really needs encouragement to help her finish it as a surprise for her beloved Mr MRL (it's going to be great!) and I've promised to support (nag) her until she finishes! (I just hope it doesn't bring out the as yet unsuspected fishwife in me!!). She has been very complimentary about my blog (thank you!) so you can read nice things about Archie the wonder dog, see a cute dog photo and then
Also, Nicky is choosing between two designs for her Across the Sea QAL and I'm sure she'd appreciate some feedback and help choosing between the two options - she's making a fright night quilt to curl up under whilst watching Dr Who this Autumn and it's already looking great - ruby red is such a good colour choice for a 'scary film' quilt!! Nicky has been wonderfully supportive in the last week and held my hand as I dipped my toe in the blogging pool - it's hard to believe that this time last week I didn't really know her, now it feels like I've known her for ages. She had sad news yesterday so I'm sure she'd appreciate some new visitors...
I thought I'd share my first ever project (made in 2006) - a cushion. I could already sew before I started quilting but had never attempted patchwork (I'm not keen on that word...anyone else feel the same?) and I bought a set of templates from my LQS that could be combined to make about 30 different 12" traditional blocks (they don't sell them any more). I set to with the templates and a pencil, resting on an old NEXT directory (which I always use if I want a firm surface while I'm sewing/marking lines whilst watching telly - it's very handy and a vital part of my kit!) and drew round the fabrics I'd chosen. It didn't take long to chose as all my sewing stuff (needles, thread and scissors as well as fabric) was kept in a shoe box so choice was limited, to say the least! (A shoe box! Now I have a sewing room!)
|Excuse the scrumpled nature of this cushion, it's well used!|
|I couldn't get a decent photo that really showed the quilting...this was the best I could manage||.|
I hand quilted with a variegated quilting thread (YLI, I think) in purples. I found the hand quilting difficult as someone (lady in a local all crafts under one roof place - not the one beginning with H!) told me that Warm and Natural was good for hand quilting and I ended up doing a stab stitch rather than a running stitch - it never occurred to me that it was the wadding that was the problem, rather than me! (I used Warm and White in my wonky quilt as I wanted a low loft wadding and it's still hard work to hand quilt through but it's manageable, particularly if you're using perle cotton or something similar and so don't want small stitches.)
This was the first time I'd joined more than one block together (it felt like a really big step!) and I decided to add beads to the stars so they would catch the light and twinkle. I was thrilled when I went to see her and it had pride of place on the chair in the hallway - it's still there so she must like it!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing where it all started - I'm part way through embroidering a quilt label for a baby quilt so I should have a finish the next time I see you!
This was going to be a short(ish) post - that'd be a fail, then!!