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Summersville Saturday: Blocks 17 - 20

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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 ,  3 , and 4 Block 17: Blanket stitch round the inside of the wheel, chain stitch for everything else. Block 18: Satin stitch for the doors and windows, back stitch for everything else. Block 19: Split stitch Block 20: Split stitch This morning, Archie tested out the temperature in the conservatory.  He didn't last long! 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 h

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 13 - 16

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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: Split stitch for the name on the lorry, colonial knots for the tree tops, back stitch for everything else. 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: Much better, I hope you'll agree! Block 14: Satin stitch (outlined with back stitch) for the chimneys, cross stitch (dark red) over back stitch (mid grey) for the

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 9 - 12

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In an attempt to catch up with blogging about my embroidered Summersville squares without having one immensely long er 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: 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. Block ten: Seed stitch for the foliage and blossom on the tree, back stitch for everything else. Block eleven: Coral stitch for the walls, roof and base of the houses, colonial knots for the door handles, back stitch for everything else. Block twelve: Coral stitch for the walls and roof of the 'bay tree' cottage, satin stitch for the bay trees a

FAL Finish: Lola Pouches

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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: 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): 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 be

Summersville Saturday: Blocks 5 - 8

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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: 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: All back stitch. Block seven: Simple vertical (detached) stitches for the grass, back stitch for everything else . Block eight: Back stitch for everything. 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 readi

Quarter One of the 2016 FAL is Open!!

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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: Debbie - A Quilter's Table - USA Jess - Elven Garden Quilts - Australia Stacey - SLO Studio - Canada Jennie - Clover & Violet - USA Helen - Archie the Wonder Dog - UK Nicky - Mrs. Sew and Sow -UK Cindy - Fluffy Sheep Quilting - Ireland Rhonda - Rhonda's Ramblings - USA Leanne - She Can Quilt - Canada For those of you wh