Category Archives: Patchwork

Quiet Book or Busy Book

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I had seen QUIET/ BUSY BOOKS on many blogs and I decided

THIS HAS TO BE MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT  for J

so my journey began…..

I say journey because it took in many aspects before even cutting into any fabric …

a few decisions had to be thought about first:

How many activity pages?

How to fasten the pages together?

What size?

What activities did I want to include?


BUT my one criterion was

EVERYTHING MUST BE FASTENED TO ITS OWN PAGE

no bits to get lost!

With that in mind I thought I would show a few pages each week

with a comment or two ….

So here is page 1

The velcro shapes live inside, and are attached to the pocket by ricrac,

also attached to the pocket outside ….

is a waistcoat buckle to undo,

this also fastens with a velcro tab,

(the two slide up and down buttons are just to fiddle with!)

encourages:-

simple shape recognition and hand eye co-ordination

page 2


a sorting page,

novelty buttons attached to coloured ribbon to sort into pockets

two for each colour, : red car, scissors, yellow rabbit, blue house etc.

ribbons fastened under black velvet ribbon for sensory touch,

encourages:-

early problem solving and colour recognition

BUT ALSO ….

in a pocket on the inside cover of the book lives ……

a concertina

I Spy book!

TA-DAH!!!!


this encourages:-

language development, adult participation,

observation and FUN!

I   L O V E D making this flip flap concertina book :0)

for a tutorial skip along to …..

http://fishsticksdesigns.com/blog/the-fabric-i-spy-book-tutorial/

I will add the next few pages each Wednesday….. so

till next few pages are due,

Bye for now xx



Quilt as you go Quilt Along

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quilt as you go |quilt-along| part one

Well, at last my attempt at  Quilt as You Go Quilt Along with Penny at

http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/

is finally finished

here on the line ……

and is now doing a good job on my bed ……

YES!!!!!!

and

I  LIKE  IT!

Why not take a hike over to sewtakeahike and join in

it’s not too late!

Kaffe Fassett Simple Shapes Quilt Along

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Everyone knows how INSPIRING a KAFFE FASSETT book is

but this is exceptional

and working on the most basic simple shape …. the square

I have just finished my Kaffe Fassett Quilt Along quilt

and I just  L O V E,  L O V E,  L O V E it!

That’s not to say everything on my quilt is perfect …..  Nope, it never is!

No, what I so love about it is the glorious colours

and that is all down to Kaffe Fassett, nothing to do with me!

Watch the video about the inspirations he found on his travels

at his web site http://www.kaffefassett.com/Home.html

but just for now

just have a feast for your eyes with this intense colour

on the small quilt in his book.

My quilt is mainly oranges, reds and greens ……

with the bits I had left over I made a lap quilt ready for the colder evenings to come …..

and from the scraps I had left from the lap quilt ….

I made a new bag for me   :0)   …. photos of these to come soon!


He is right though isn’t he? Kaffe I mean …

When you look at the things around you,

whether on holiday or not,

you see shapes, colours and textures that can inspire those of us

who like to make quilts ….

perfect ones (like the ones I see everywhere in Blogland)

or imperfect ones I see in my home!

Whatever you are doing today, enjoy looking for the unexpected shapes around you ….

and be inspired!

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A Ta-Daa! moment

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DO   YOU   REMEMBER ……

THIS ……

Kaffe Fassett Fabric Turkish Delight Gold (per 1/4 metre)Kaffe Fassett Fabric Paisley Jungle Green (per 1/4 metre)

AND THIS ……

AND THIS! ……

well,  T A  –  D A A !!

it became……

THIS!




Now, I grant that you may not see the connection …. so let me explain.

I would have chosen Kaffe Fassett fabric …. but I didn’t have any,

but I did have ..

some Recipe for Friendship Jelly Roll left.

The design I wanted was something that was a quick grab and go bag,

( Valentino is Very Fast!)

fun and bright,

with a little extra Italian joy …..

the button is big and black – like a tyre …..


that handles are chequered black and white – like the finish flag …..

and are topped with a button and bow….

and

it makes me  S M I L E !!!!

it’s my sunshine in a bag  :0)

I call it my Mugello Bag

(after the GP circuit!)

Hope you like it!




Mary Poppins two

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One place I had in mind that was a  BIG MUST  to visit

was:

You see the fantastic giraffe and elephant?

Well, can you believe that someone

drew up in a car, hopped out, put them in the back of their car

and drove away.

Pinched them!

Shame on them!

What could you say to the policeman?

Anyway, I wanted to go there desperately after being introduced to

Decopatching through Lucy at Attic 24

(November/December 2009)

She made the  L O V E  sign and made-over her lampshade

by using this fantastic craft called Decopatch.

So, when the family had trotted of to work I hot-footed it down to the

High Street to

The Pottery Place where lovely Grace patiently waited

while I changed my mind so many times as to just What I Wanted to Make!

There are so many options!

So many gorgeous papers!

On that FIRST day ( yes, I couldn’t keep away!) I decided

on the letters  L O V E  for my lovely family’s wedding anniversary.

mine was in wine/purples

I couldn’t wait to start it,

I couldn’t stop once I did start it,

then I wanted to do more when it was finished!

It is very addictive and therapuetic and absolutely Nothing is Safe

because ANY article could be improved upon by

Decopatching it!! ….. except perhaps crochet, well it wouldn’t stick would it?

(Check out their Gallery page)

Anyway, I bought myself a mid sized giraffe to take home – I had to change

my elephant for a lizard as Nelly wouldn’t fit in my case.

Why don’t you pop over to

http://www.thedecopatchplace.co.uk/index.htm

and take a look for yourself …. they do post orders too……

but be warned …. IT CAN BE ADDICTIVE …. but in a good sort of way!

and now ….. Introducing …….

drum roll I think …..

Geraldine Giraffe


what do you think? Isn’t she just G O R G E O U S?

have bag will travel!

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Well!    Partly for my Mother’s Day gift and partly for my

Birthday present, I was given the train ticket to spend a

week with my lovely family in Oxfordshire.

So …… my Mary Poppins bag and I set off!

The weather was just fantastic, and I had a wonderful time  –

my Bag worked out a treat!

Lots of room for lots of stuff …. and I found the little

handles really nice to hold …….

Next time, I hope to have a few photos of just what me and my bag got up to!

So off we go for a Springtime holiday in Oxfordshire :0)

TaDaa!

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Last April I had a short holiday HERE:

Gartmore House

GARTMORE HOUSE

“Gartmore House is a magnificent 18th century country mansion

set in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Scotland,

offering all year round day and residential conferences and activity holidays.

Choose from our Watercolour Painting, Patchwork & Quilting or guided Walking holidays”

http://www.gartmorehouse.com/

Obviously I chose the patchwork holiday …..

it was fantastic;

from being picked up at the Stirling station……

to the fabulous food and private room (no single supplement!) ……

to the excellent teaching and guidance from Clare Workman

It was worth every penny!

Anyway, I needed something to take my work kit in so I made ……

TaDaa!

my Selvedge Bag.

I so like it!

That was Last April …..

Yesterday

I looked at my big balls of wool for my crochet chocolate and raspberry ripple blanket

all just stuffed in a plastic bag

(a plain plastic bag not even a Tesco or Sainsbury’s bag!)

and I thought “that just will not do!”

So I got out my selvedges again and made a ……

TaDaa!

side one!

TaDaa!

side two!


my new bigger selvedge bag ….

to take my blanket around with me …… or anything else for that matter,

and I really like it!

What do you think?

It has ties at the side so the bag can expand out or just as

it is in the photo …..

it makes me smile!

Go to

http://www.selvageblog.blogspot.com/

for more Selvedge Inspirations!


20 Minuters

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I have been busy for a while now, off and on, making paper pieced Dresden Plates.

I really enjoy the experience of hand piecing.

Tacking the fabric shapes over their backing papers and stitching them together to create a new textile ….. yes, it is very absorbing and satisfying.

You can become totally immersed in the process of

choosing the scraps …….

tacking on to the papers …….

then arranging each piece into the desired sequence for your plate ……

Yes, it  is very rewarding and the slower pace than machine patching is quite therapeutic.

When it’s all put together, I think the softer look that the stitches produce lends charm and individuality to the finished piece. Well, I hope so anyway! But  I don’t know what they will end up being – a quilt, a throw, place mats ??? Who knows! I am happy to be making them just now so I will wait until I have enough to decide. :0)

It is thought that the Dresden Plate design originated in America in the 1930’s when it would have been made up using small scale dress prints on a white background.

So here are two of my plates coming along,

bit by bit,

20 Minutes at a time!

What do you think?

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Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt-Along

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“Friends are those who nourish the spirit.”

It’s not often that a collection of fabrics makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. This recipe has a spoon full of sugar that melts the heart and soothes the soul. Bright, happy colors and beautifully painted motifs designed by Mary Engelbreit for Moda.

I love this range, my curtain in the kitchen is a patchwork of “Recipe” charms and it just makes me smile  – even on a grey day!

I bought my JR at sale offer price – it doesn’t seem to be around any more – so if you find it I would seriously recommend you push your boat out and buy whatever you can afford … it’s so worth it! And it will make YOU smile on a grey day!  :0)

I have used my Recipe Jelly Roll for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along from http://moosequilts.blogspot.com

The second block has been designed by April Mazzolini who gives quite a frank account of how she designed it! So encouraging to read how she “Made do and mended” her original block. Her blog is at http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/

Here is my second Jelly Roll Sampler Block …..  the green one ……  hope you like it!