Saturday, 30 January 2016

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 17 - 20

This series of posts is my attempt to catch up with myself - I embroidered all the blocks for this project over a couple of years (I finished the final one at the back end of last year) but haven't really blogged about them.  The other blocks and more information about this project (which will be a quilt, eventually) can be found in these posts: 1, 23, and 4

Block 17:
Summersville square 17
Blanket stitch round the inside of the wheel, chain stitch for everything else.
Block 18:
Summersville square 18
Satin stitch for the doors and windows, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 18 - back
Block 19:
Summersville square 19
Split stitch
Summersville square 19 - back

Block 20:
Summersville square 20
Split stitch
Summersville square 20 - back


This morning, Archie tested out the temperature in the conservatory.  He didn't last long!
I don't understand...
I don't understand: the sun is shining but it's far from warm in here.  In fact, my favourite wall is freezing!
I then tried to persuade him to curl up in a cosy bed and go to sleep (or at least stop whinging for me to make the conservatory warmer) but he wasn't having any of that, either:
But I don't want to go to sleep...
But I don't want to go to sleep. Can't you conjure up a patch of sun for me to lie in?

That's it from me, thanks for popping in!


P.S.  Sharon Lozano (Grann616) - I'm afraid I can't reply to your comment as you're a no-reply blogger (go here to see how to fix it).  Summersville was printed quite a few years back (2012, I think), but I've managed to find some of the prints in Eternal Maker http://www.eternalmaker.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=summersville.  The designer (Lucie Summers) also has an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/summersville where she sells her hand printed fabrics; she doesn't have any Summersville left, but there are some lovely fabrics in there.  Happy hunting!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 13 - 16

This series of posts is my attempt to catch up with myself - I embroidered all the blocks for this project over a couple of years (I finished the final one at the back end of last year) but haven't really blogged about them.  The other blocks and more information about this project (which will be a quilt, eventually) can be found in these posts: 1, 2, and 3.

Block 13:
Summersville square 13
Split stitch for the name on the lorry, colonial knots for the tree tops, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 13 - back

I embroidered this square in May 2014 (when I said I'd been rubbish at blogging about this project I really meant it!) and thought it was finished, but once all the blocks had been embroidered I went back over them all and this one stood out as needing more work.  This is how it now looks after some more back stitch:

Block 13 revisited

Block 13 revisited - back

Much better, I hope you'll agree!

Block 14:
Summersville square 14
Satin stitch (outlined with back stitch) for the chimneys, cross stitch (dark red) over back stitch (mid grey) for the beam between ground and first floor, colonial knots for the door handles, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 14 - back

Block 15:

Spot the embroidery!
Summersville square 15
Back stitch for everything and then cross stitch over the top of the back stitch on the pole.
Summersville square 15 - back

Block 16:

I think this one is easier to spot!
Summersville square 16
As block 15.
Summersville square 16 - back


It won't be obvious to you, but I had to stop typing (I've scheduled this post for tomorrow morning.  Which, now you're reading it, is this morning.  Or yesterday.  Or whenever.  Not important!) to attend to a situation:
It's been 63 minutes since I had my treat...
It's been 63 minutes since I had my treat (tablet; shhhhhhh, don't tell him!) which means my tea is three minutes late.  Now do as my bowl commands and feed me.
You might try to stop me getting to my food...
You can try to stop me getting to my food but you won't succeed!
(I don't think he wanted to stand the other side of the cupboard door, which was open because he was so keen to eat his tea that he didn't give me chance to put the food box away, because he doesn't really like standing close to the clothes horse in case it attacks him.  Or something like that!)

Thanks for popping in!


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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 9 - 12


In an attempt to catch up with blogging about my embroidered Summersville squares without having one immensely longer than usual post, I'm blogging four blocks/squares a week in the order in which I embroidered them.  If you're interested, you can find out more about the project here.

Block nine:
Summersville square 9
Chain stitch for  the roof on the far right and the house, roof, chimney and smoke of the house fourth from the left; satin stitch for the orange windows (second from the right); cross stitches in some of the windows, whipped back stitch for the house third from the left; back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 9 - back

Block ten:
Summersville square 10
Seed stitch for the foliage and blossom on the tree, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 10 - back

Block eleven:
Summersville square 11
Coral stitch for the walls, roof and base of the houses, colonial knots for the door handles, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 11 - back

Block twelve:
Summersville square 12
Coral stitch for the walls and roof of the 'bay tree' cottage, satin stitch for the bay trees and pots, back stitch for everything else.
Summersville square 12 - the back


Alfie came to visit for an afternoon this week and was his usual co-operative self when it came to having his photo taken:
No, I won't say 'cheese'
No, I won't say cheese...
And it doesn't matter how close you get...
...and it doesn't matter how close you get, I'm not going to look at the camera!

Whereas Archie knows what to do (and looks at you if you call his name - Alfie just continues to ignore you!):
I can't seem to see a treat in your hand...
I can't seem to see the treat in your hand...it'd better be there!  (It was!)
Thanks for popping in!  At the risk of repeating myself, you don't have long to link up your proposed finishes list to quarter one of the 2016 FAL - it closes in just under nine and a half hours, at 11pm EST/4am (tomorrow) GMT!

FAL 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

FAL Finish: Lola Pouches


Finish-A-Long 2016


I don't think I've ever finished something on my FAL list before the proposed finishes link has even closed - if I carry on like this I really might get quite a few things crossed off!

When I wrote my list last week, this is how these pouches looked:

Two Lola pouches for Mam

All the bits were cut out, interfacing and wadding had been fused to the relevant pieces, and I was ready to start sewing.  I do love this pattern (find it here) and, including these two pouches, I think I've made thirteen of them.


And this is how they looked when they were finished (when I hurriedly took a photo before wrapping them and giving them to Mam):
Two Lola pouches for Mam
Sorry, it's not the best photo but was all I could manage!  And I promise that the right-hand side of the big pouch isn't deformed, I've just forgotten to arrange it nicely before taking the photo!
She was very pleased with them (phew!) and was amazed that I managed to make two pouches out of the scraps she gave me.  (I only managed it because I used some different grey fabric for the linings.)


I just need to work out what to do with the remaining scraps of her fabric:

Leftover grey and yellow

It's not as much as it may look as those top two pieces (with the wadding fused onto the back) are about 3" x 7" - I have more of the grey triangles than anything else so that will be the feature fabric of whatever I make (storage basket?  Another pouch?) and the rest will fill it out.  If you have any bright ideas, please shout!

As this is also a finish which uses scraps, I'm linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday with Nicky and Leanne:

Scraptastic Tuesday


He might be nearly sixteen, but Archie decided that a bit of ball chasing was in order the other night - this is the first time he's shown more than a passing interest in it in ages, but he loved it!  He (gently, I made sure of that!) chased it round the floor and kept fetching it back so I'd roll it again.  He hasn't touched it since but I've checked with the vet and as long as he's not running wildly round or twisting/jumping (he has a bad back) then he's fine to continue.  In the vet's words: if he's happy to play with the ball and he enjoys it, then let him.  I couldn't agree more!

Mine!!
Play with me!!

Look at that waggy tail!


Thanks for popping in!  If you haven't already done so then you have a couple of days left to link up your FAL list (link closes 11pm EST 16th January/4am GMT 17th January).  Leave me a link to your list if I haven't already visited you and I'll pop over and see how mad you are what you're planning!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 5 - 8


Last week I shared the first four embroidered blocks from my Summersville quilt and a bit about the idea behind the quilt.  From now on, I hope that these posts will be short(ish) and sweet, with mainly photos of the next four blocks and not too much waffle.  (Hmmm, we'll see if I'm capable of that...)

Block five:
Summersville square 5
Satin stitch bus windows, detached stitches for the wheels (alternating in two colours round the tyre), detached fly stitch round the houses, a colonial knot for the door handle and back stitch for everything else.
Block six:
The threads used in this square
All back stitch.
Summersville square 6 - the back

Block seven:
Summersville square 7
Simple vertical (detached) stitches for the grass, back stitch for everything else.

No photo of the back of block seven for some reason and it's too dark to take one now!

Block eight:
Summersville square 8
Back stitch for everything.

And no photo of the back of block eight, either!  *shrugs*


2016 FAL

Leanne has written a fabulous post answering some questions about the Finish Along, including how to link up, what your list needs to include, etc.  Please go and read it if you're at all unsure about what to do and, if you're still unsure after reading it, please email me or one of the other hosts and we'll do our best to clear up your confusion.

The 2016 FAL list link closes at 11pm EST on 16th January (4am 17th January if you're on GMT) so please don't miss your chance to join us for the first quarter - you must have linked up a list to be eligible for prizes when you link up your finishes at the end of the quarter.


Archie loves his treat ball and vibrates with excitement when I get it out, which makes it difficult to get a clear photo of him with it!  These were taken on the evening of Christmas Day:

I love my treat ball!
Please may I have it back?  I'm sorry I keep knocking tree ornaments off with my tail.
It's gone behind here...
It's just gone behind here, you don't mind if I squeeze through and get it, do you?
It's gone even further behind now...
Oops, it's gone even further behind!  I won't be a minute...  (That blur is his tail!)

Thanks for popping in, I hope you're having a good weekend!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Quarter One of the 2016 FAL is Open!!


FAL 2016


It may be difficult to believe but here we are....the first Quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long - where did 2015 go?!!  (And why are there still things on my list that were there at the beginning of 2015?  Answers on a postcard...)

Adrianne from On The Windy Side has done a magnificent job of hosting the 2015 FAL - thank you, Adrianne!  Thanks also to all of you who participated in 2015 and welcome to any newcomers - if you have any questions, please shout!

As revealed in an earlier post, the 2016 FAL is going global - a community of bloggers across the world will be jointly hosting the FAL, and the hosts are:











For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects which are hanging about becoming UFOs.  At the beginning of each quarter, you post a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter, you post a link from your blog, Flickr or Instagram of each successful finish from your original list.  You don't have to sign up for every quarter (although I'd recommend it as it's really helpful in moving those WIPs/UFOs along!), you can dip in an out as you wish.  You must have linked up a list of proposed finishes at the start of the quarter in order to be eligible for linking up your finishes (and prizes!) at the end of it.

Each finish is an entry for wonderful prizes from our sponsors.  There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish (I tend to prefer the long version, that will come as no surprise, I suspect!).  The 2016 Schedule and the Rules for the FAL are on my permanent FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.  Leanne has written a very useful post which covers what your list needs to include, extra help linking up, and other things; it's well worth a read!


Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q1 of the 2016 FAL - you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo:




Wouldn't it be great to win one of those prizes?  You know what you have to do...


For the 2016 FAL, we will have the return of a tutorial week at the end of each quarter, between the opening of the link for finishes and the day that link closes - watch this space.  If you have a tutorial that you would like to share, please let me know.

It's time to round up the projects you want to finish over the next three months: take a photo of where you are now and make your list.  Please ensure that you have at least started your projects (pulled fabric with a pattern/plan count as started) and remember that it's finished projects that will count, so while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, quilted quilt.  (It doesn't have to be just quilting projects, though, knitting, embroidery, etc. are also welcome - I've linked up several 'non-quilting' projects in the past and it's nice to see a variety of crafts across the FAL.)

The 2016 Q1 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs.  You only link your list once, on one blog, and that link will show up on all of the hosts' blogs.  If you are using Flickr or Instagram, link a mosaic and put your list in the description.  Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link-up if you need it.

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community: please check out the links of others and visit and comment on their lists.  We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own, too.  (I'll be attempting to blog my finishes as I (hopefully) come to them, rather than leaving most of them to the end of the quarter as I usually do.  Although I always plan to blog them as they happen so I'm not holding my breath, but I'm hoping that this is the quarter where all that changed.)

My list is, erm, extensive.  Yes, that's the word.  Far too extensive to put here so I've done my usual and created a separate page for it (find it here); it's also on my FAL lists page.  (I do that because it's easier for me to find it during the quarter/at the end, you don't have to have a separate page!)

Now it's your turn.  Get those lists together and get linked up.  The Q1 linky party will stay open until 11pm EST, 16th January - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link.  (The link closes at 4am, 17th January for those of us on GMT.)  If in doubt, there's a little count down on the bottom right of the link up telling you how long you've got before it closes.  When I'm cutting it fine, I like to keep an eye on it, just in case I've got the time conversion wrong!

Remember: you only need to link up on ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

Good luck!!




P.S.  It wouldn't be a post without a photo or two of Archie, now would it?  This was taken on Boxing Day, as he laid at my feet (and partly under the quilt I was quilting):


You can't even lift your head around here...
You can't even lift your head round here without someone pinching your spot...

What are you hanging round here for?
What are you hanging round for?  You've got WIPs and UFOs to finish - come on, get on with it!
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