Thursday, 28 October 2010

Charity Quilts Finished

I finished off the second of the charity quilts today... I wasn't sure what to do for the quilting, and ended up with a flower at each junction, and (not very) straight lines joining them all up.
My two little models, Tom and Harry.
Both the quilts together.
I have not loved making these quilts, but I do hope that they will bring some cheer to the elderly Alzheimers patients, to who's home we at church are donating them, plus several other quilts.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Fab 5, and some other bits...

Just had a nice surprise, and seen that I am in the Fab 5 over at 2 Sketches 4 You! (a card making challenge blog.) It was for my pink & blue Christmas card.

I have been having fun making little odds and ends for the stall I've been asked to do, in November.
A little bag with an applique house. (I was trying out a new way of appliqueing - where you make a kind of pillow with the shapes and a backing lining, then slit the lining and turn it right-way-out, before hand sewing the shape into place.) I've also been making Wheat Pillows (that you heat up in a microwave and use like a hot water bottle.) I sew some whole wheat into a lining, then make a cover with a velcro fastening.
I'm waiting for some lavender to arrive (from eBay) before I make any more, so I can do wheat and lavender bags. I'll have to experiment a bit with the quantities.
While I was sewing today, Harry asked me to make him a boat. Not the neatest-ly sewn thing in the world, but to his design, and he is very happy with it. I've made plenty more things - will have to take more pics sometime.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Happy Birthday Trev

Another yucky boy's card... (I'm not saying my brother-in-law Trev is yucky - I just don't like doing male cards!)
This card uses the sketch from CPS.

Christmas Card

I really enjoyed making this card for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge... lots of inking, and stitches, and glitter...

Autumn Birthday Card

A card for my Father-in-law... a double challenge for me - 1) using Autumn colours, for the Shabby Tea Room blog challenge, and 2) doing a male card!
I got a chance to use my new Sizzix/Tim Holtz leaf die cutter though, and I quite like how it turned out. (Glitter chipboard is always a good thing!)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Birthday cards

Harry went to a double party yesterday, and so I made these simple cards for him to take.
The challenge at Papertake Weekly is '3 of a kind' - to use 3 of something on your card. I just used 3 elements - the Cuttlebug 'Seeing Spots' embossed background, Cricut dinosaurs from the Paper Doll Dress up cartridge, and the names cut from the Cricut Base Camp cartridge.

Thank You Rafael's Mum!

I had a lovely surprise in the post this week. Rafael's Mum (Marguerite) blogged a little while ago about a quilt being made for a terminally ill friend of a friend, and some of us made blocks for the quilt. Anyway, she kindly picked out of a hat one of us to receive some material from her, and that was me! Here are some of the blocks that were made, including my two. The fabrics I was given are gorgeous!! Many thanks again, Marguerite!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A couple of scrappy quilts

The first is one of the charity quilts which I finished last night (kindly modelled for me by Harry), and the second is my little hand-sewn hexigan quilt, which is very slowly growing...
I'm not happy with the colour mix in this one yet - I don't have enough of the right colour fabrics - need to get hold of some more true yellows/royal blues, at least.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Quilting in the sun

I had an unexpected morning at home today. I was meant to be at an organisational meeting for our church women's group, of which I am on the presidency, but two of my kids were off school ill. They were pretty happy reading, so I got on with pinning and quilting one of the charity quilts I am working on. I thought the colours just looked so nice in the sunshine.
(Can you tell that I am not a 'roll the quilt up all nice and neatly whilst quilting-type-person'?? I do try, but it always ends up in a massive mess.)

Friday, 1 October 2010

A card at long last...

Time to make a card before I forget how!! I did stare at the blank card for quite some time at first... (Been too busy quilting to paper craft!)
The challenge at DCM is to theme the card on Opal, so my card is mainly milky coloured, with green.