Saturday, 4 July 2015

Gothic Pinup - Flora ...

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: Tiddly Inks - #160 Let's Go Gothic and Crafty Catz - #286 Anything Goes.

The main image is a digi stamp Flora - Gothic Pinup by Tiddly Inks, coloured with watercolour pencils and mica powder on the hair.  The edge of the image shape is laced with black thread  The background papers are from unknown from my stash.  The edges are stamped with a Tim Holtz flourish.  Ribbon recycled from a chocolate box, lace scrap and gems from stash complete the card.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Love ...

I'm entering this card in the Fusion card challenge - Bright Butterfly.  I've used the colours of the photo as my inspiration for the theme.  Don't you just love this girl's hair!

The stamped image is You are on my Mind by Tiddly Inks, coloured with watercolour pencils.  The shape was cut by the Brother ScanNCut.  The flowered background paper is a magazine freebie called Totally Tropical by Kate Knight with an orange from an unknown source.  The plastic 'love' and butterfly gems are from stash.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Hexagon Hot Pads & a Suffragette!

I have been crafting recently, but don't seem to have a lot that's quilty to show for it.   Here are some hot pads that I made from 2.5" strips and the HexNMore ruler from Jaybird Quilts.  The ruler is not supposed to cut up to this size into triangles, but as you see, it can be done!  These are filled with the heat-resistant batting and will be a gift for a friend.
The second half of this post concerns a project for the Women's Institute (WI).  I joined the group that is based in the village were we now live and they are doing a project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the WI by showing women through the ages in doll format.  This is the Suffragette that my friend Hilary and I made over a couple of mornings.  It was difficult to decide how to construct it, but in the end we had a lot of fun :)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Double Wedding Ring Experiment ...

At the end of last year I pre-ordered Victoria Findlay Wolfe's new book called Double Wedding Ring Quilts and (in readiness) the Marti Michell DWR template set (although it turns out the book contains all the paper templates you need.).  When the book arrived I was WOWED!!  Victoria has such a wonderful sense of colour, design and playfulness.

Inspired to try something small, I pulled out a lilac/blue print I was trying to use up from my stash, paired with some co-ordinating solids.  So began my time of play with this design.

After many, many variations on the design wall, what I had thought was going to be a square quilt of 2 x 2 rings became a dressing table top runner of 2 x 1 rings.  I 'made' the fabric for the ring centres and used the solids to construct the surrounding melons.  Although I had already done some curved piecing with my Drunkard Paths quilts, I learnt some very useful lessons along the way about how best to match the seams of the melons.


This is the finished piece, together with a close-up of the quilting.  I will definitely tackle a larger quilt at some point, but for now I'm happy that my first experiment stayed small :)

I was able to use the extra 'made' fabric pieces in the backing when I discovered another piece of the lilac/blue print lurking in my stash.  (I think it has mostly gone now apart from a few bits cut down into bricks/squares or in the string bin!)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Brooklyn Babe ...

I'd like to enter this card in the Kenny K's Krafty Crew #194 Just a Girl Challenge.  This was a really fun one to do :)

The image is Kenny K's Brooklyn Babe digi stamp, coloured with watercolour pencils.  The page is from an old book, cut out with the Brother ScanNCut and distressed around the edges.  The backing papers are by Debbie Moore and My Craft Studio.

Monday, 13 April 2015

With love ...

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: Crafty Catz Challenge #274: 2 or more patterned papers and Fantasy Stampers Challenge #34: Clean and Simple.

The main image is by LOTV and is coloured with watercolour pencils.  The greeting is also LOTV.  The butterfly paper is a Debbie Moore magazine freebie and the red paper is by My Craft Studio.  A gemstone from stash completes the card.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Quilting Update ...

It's been a while since I posted about what I've been doing on the quilt front, so here's an update. 

I've finished the Opposites Attract quilt that I have been working on for months!  There was a lot of time spent piecing in order to get the curves right and a lot of time spent quilting.  I'm really pleased with the outcome and it's almost too nice to use ... so I'll have to let it just be admired for a while.

 I've also finished the Sparkle Punch quilt top.  The original pattern had the stars going right up to and off the edges, but as it came to life on my design wall I decided I preferred to keep the stars whole, so the outside edges were filled in with background fabric.  I've even used a couple of orphan blocks to make a pieced backing as the fabric I chose was a few inches too narrow :)