Sunday, 22 February 2015

Weekend stitching

I finished my cross stitch last week and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Love working with the variegated thread. I liked it so much that I have started the other version of the pattern in a variegated blue thread.

And always some more DJ blocks.

After some recent dramas at work I'm excited to tell you that I got a promotion......some very challenging times ahead I think. To those who knew, thank you for your encouragement and support. X

Have a great week.
Susan x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Plus Quilt top

It didn't take very long to sew it together either. I think I like it, it's just so different to anything I usually make.

I think I'll go back to my hand piecing and little clamshells tonight, I need something more traditional.

Hope you have a great week.

Susan x

Something new

Channelling my inner modernist today. I have been drooling over plus quilts on a few different blogs, particularly this one by Karen at Pieces of Contentment, and this at Crafty Blossom. So beautifully simple and elegant.

So after a little bit of maths and sketching I decided to make my own. I'm not sure of the destination for this quilt, so I didn't want to spend too much. I found a nice grey shot cotton at Spotlight yesterday, which unfortunately didn't feel or look as nice after I washed it, but I soldiered on. The cutting out has taken me less than an hour......

I think it will look better sewn together, so I'm off to spend some quality time with my machine.

Happy Sunday stitching,
Susan x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Salvage project

Woodworking may not have been the best term to use in my last post. Restoration or salvage would have been better. I have been considering a quilt ladder for years......and it came up again last week when I saw one for sale locally. Unfortunately, I don't like paying city prices for my trash and treasure, so I went home to consider the poor, falling apart wooden ladder that I bought years ago and never did anything with. It was in pieces and has been moving closer to firewood every winter.

I thought it was too far gone, but hubby suggested giving it a go. After quite a lot of sanding, some gluing and new nails yesterday, here it is in all its glory. I had fully intended to stain it, but I'm quite partial to silvered timber. I think I will leave it as is for now, and see if I'm motivated to stain it in the future. I was also pretty worried about my quilts getting stained over time, depending on what finish I used. There is a little placemat under each quilt to protect it. I'd be interested in your opinion whether to leave it or stain it a darker colour.

Old Ted also had to be accommodated since he used to sit on the chair that was in this spot.

Susan x

Saturday, 7 February 2015


I was hoping to start a new project for FNWF, but alas, the postie did not deliver........hopefully my parcel will come on Monday. Instead I worked on some DJ blocks that I had prepared a while ago, and the start of a new mini. I really think I need to add some more medium tones.

I received some beautiful French General Rue Indienne charms from lovely Elyte. I could have just added them to my stash but decided it would be nicer to make a special project. So after some thought, out came my 1" clamshells. You may remember my clamshell purse here. They are small but very pretty when finished.

Today I have been busy on a woodwork project.........sewing related of course. Hope to have something to show by the end of the weekend.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Monday, 2 February 2015

And the winner is.....

My husband has randomly generated number 18, so congratulations to Annette of Jindiscottage. You have won the little bundle of green fabrics which I unearthed in my weekend cleanup. Send me your address and I will pop it in the mail.

I haven't sewn any DJ blocks for a while, but here is where I'm up to. Still a long way to go.

I hope your week has started well.

Susan x

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