Category Archives: Fabric

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



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!

Jelly Roll Quilt Along

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As I only had one Jelly Roll and it  seemed too special to use for

no particular reason ….  when I saw this idea from Konda at

http://moosequilts.blogspot.com

I decided to join in this Jelly Roll Quilt Along as I thought it would be a

good use of my Recipe for Friendship JR!

Each block will be designed by a different person.

So here is my first 12″ block

and tomorrow we will get our instructions for the next block design.

It is really inspiring and fun ….. from a Crafty Person’s point of view!

20 Minuters x 2

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Meet Blessings Bear = Two sessions of 20 Minuters!


Little Blessings”  Andover fabric by Nancy Davis Murty

and it says  ….

“May you always be blessed with many successes in life ….

May you grow up to be gentle and strong in both

character and life ….

May you always find joys in life ……

May you always know that you are loved …….”

and lots of other lovely sayings.

My Blessings Bear for little grandson J :0)

I hope he loves it!

http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2009/04/summer-travelers-tutorial/

WIP

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During the summer my Daisy Patch friend, Linz,  holidayed in Florida and had a wonderful time in the realm of American Patchwork shops! She had a hard time to choose, but eventually settled on some gorgeous batik fat quarters for us to share together.

So here is my work in progress for a summer sofa throw …..

With a little help from Bella!

20 Minuters

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Well, now I am officially signed up! So I thought I would show what I have been busy with for my first edition!

The idea is not my own but came from here

Thinking of the Owl family and my need for toys for baby J, I thought,

“What a great idea for a stacking, hiding things under, memory game toy!”

So I busied myself and made six with matching tiny ball to hide under the wigwam.  I was soooooo pleased with my new game.

Then I looked again at the name that Ashley called her little wigwam “Wee wee wigwam” – being English I thought this referred to the SIZE of the wigwam …. not to its use!  The penny dropped  (no pun intended re “spend a penny”) ….. here is the comments on Ashley’s blog:

Hi Ashley – I love your site and you are such an inspiration. Being English I had never heard or seen anything like this little creation ….. I thought it was a game for little ones! You know, you can stack them, whack them, wash them, chew them, and hide things under them …. that was what I thought they were …. so I made a set of six with six matching little balls to hide under for a memory game for my little grandson! How typically British!!! But I do like my little wigwam game. :0) Thankyou,
Val

Val, that is HILARIOUS. I guess I should have fully defined what these are used for. But perfect…..you came up with a brilliant use for them. Haha!!

See Ashley for yourself at

http://makeitandloveit.blogspot.com

Still it IS a BRILLIANT game and I would recommend anyone making a set for any toddler. :0)  Or it could be a multi-purpose toy!

Now “What next for a 20 Minuter?”