Saturday, 17 October 2015

It's been a while ....

.... since I entered a card challenge, so here goes!  I'm entering this in the following challenges: Without Words' October - Purple and Green (but no Halloween) and Crafty Catz' #297 Anything Goes.

The main image is Eliza Rose digistamp from My Besties by Sherry Baldy, coloured with watercolour pencils.  On a dark green card base, the background paper is Lili of the Valley's Bonnets & Bowties Solids.  The greeting is one of  Lili  of the Valley's Sentiment tags.  Ribbon and gemstone from stash complete the card.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Opinions needed please ...

I've been working on another child's quilt to use up the last bit of tractor/digger fabric.  I've added some string blocks to the top and bottom, but can't make up my mind which way I prefer the diagonals going.  Please let me know what you think.

Are the arrows better heading into the quilt?

...or out of the quilt?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Quilty progress ...

I've been pretty quiet on the blog recently and I've realised there are a couple of quilts that I've finished but haven't shared with you.  Firstly, there's the Sparkle Punch quilt which was finished as a top back in March, but recently became a quilt.

I finished it by quilting alternating messages of love and ribbon shapes in curved lines around the quilt.  I love the texture this gave.

Then there is a toddler quilt, approximately 40" x 42".  This started with the re-discovery of the tractor/digger fabric in my stash. 

This was perfect for a backing and I chose to use Bonnie Hunter's pattern Fun with Bricks to make the front using precut bricks from stash predominantly in the bright colours of the backing fabric and using a plain blue as the alternate blocks.

I played with the quilting on this one, inspired by Angela Walter's point to point idea.

I've a small piece of the backing fabric left, so there's probably another quilt with that fabric in the near future :)

X-stitch project ...

This is a cross-stitch project that I've been working on recently.  It is part of a project being undertaken by the WI (Women's Institute) group I belong to.  We are creating a hanging which includes some of the local landmarks of our village.  I was given a local farm which is a listed building and a draft x-stitch chart.  I had to make some amendments and decide on colouring myself and here's what I came up with :)

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 :)