Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tattered Lace

Thought I'd better see if I could remember how to make a card!  Don't know where the days are going to at the moment!

I've used a couple of TL dies here. The flower die I cut a couple of times and arranged round the edge.

 The "especially for you" die cut out from the background paper and then inserted another cut die from a different background paper so it looks as though it has a border.

I then raised the background paper on a couple of layers of mounting foam onto a layer of burgundy card for some depth

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tattered Lace

I've really become taken with the Tattered Lace dies.  I know they're not everyone's thing but I've always had an eye for detail and these certainly have it.

I'm also impressed with how easily they release from the die.  

As you can see I've started off pretty simple

They don't need much decoration with all the detail. Although I did get a bit distressed with this one.

And this one's just blinging bonkers.  Admittedly this is not just Tattered Lace but Tim Holz and a freebie stencil that I had lying around.

I think I did go a bit over the top,

And here's a glimpse of my partially completed next quilting project from my class.... another table runner.   More to follow...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A table runner and some mats

I've got a couple more quilting projects tonight.  I finished this Japanese fabric table runner today.  I'm really pleased with it.  It's a lovely texture and the colours are so peaceful.

There was some decorative hand stitching called sashiko.

Basically it's a running stitch and the stitches must all be exactly the same size and never cross each other.
I did manage to avoid them crossing each other but they are definitely not all the same size.

And in my quilting class (the above was a side project!) I've been making table mats.

I never realised quilting took so long - especially the speed I go.

And because there was some fabric left over I made some coasters too.  Unfortunately I ran out of red, hence the cream binding on one of them lol.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Essays written back to the important stuff....

Hooray, written work finished and I can get back to what I really want to do.  The needle case is finished.

There was quite a bit of embroidery which challenged my hand sewing skills - especially trying to be accurate with the backstitch outlining the hexies

I did wobble a bit in places

I also added some beads and some french knots.

...and this is the inside all ready to go.

I also managed to visit the Quilting Show at The Three Counties Showground .  Mind boggling  - all the talent on show.. and all the fabric to buy.. I took so many photos.  Also managed a class and made this little pincushion.  It's a technique called cathedral window.

Watch out for a wall hanging later in the year.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Still here

Poor old blog.  It's a bit neglected at the moment.  My crafting is changing at the moment.  I feel like I need a new challenge.The stitching is taking over, I've even had a go at making some clothes and obviously the projects don't appear as fast.  Added to that, I'm doing some studying and have a couple of essays to write. It's severely taxing the poor old brain which hasn't had to cope with anything like it ever lol.

I've always liked detail so I'm making a needle case to hold all my needle packets. To start I need over 70 half inch hexagons.  (that means half inch each side)  They are tiny, hand cut and hand stitched.

They'll go along the middle of the needle case like this....

I now have to stitch them all together.  It seems to be a long road stretching away into the distance at the moment.....  but definitely fun!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Flying Geese

... is the name for the quilt pattern used on my latest bag.  I never realised how much work went into quilting until I actually got involved. Here are the flying geese close up. . As you can see they are not flat on the work but dimensional.

They are attached to the body of the bag at the point of the diamond to achieve that effect

Ready for take off! 

This is the front completed layered up with wadding and backing with the quilting finished.

The inside is also 3 layers making it quite a substantial and solid bag.  I practiced my free-motion quilting here on the inside to echo the pattern on the fabric ...

and there are 2 pockets.  Love this one for my phone.

and this one for all my other loose bits and pieces

You can probably see it has a zipped closure too.

The finished bag.

I haven't completely given up making cards.  Still on the glitter roll though.  

Monday, 31 March 2014

A few cards...

Still enjoying cards with my Heartfelt Creations dies. The one below is for Paula (and I'm sorry I completely forgot your birthday!)  The sentiment is one of  Lin Brown's new plates over at PaperArtsy and the paper is ancient from my stash so probably not available any more.

I've been using spray adhesive to attach the glitter recently... it works quite well.  The centres of the flowers are smaller versions of the same die moulded with a ball tool. There are lots of videos on the HFC blog and their YouTube channel if you're interested.

And of course it was Mothering Sunday yesterday.  These papers are from a Teresa Collins paper pack and I've used a Spellbinders trellis die (perfect size for a 5 x 7" card)

Here's a close up . The flower centres are resin - I think they came from The Range.

Sunday, 23 March 2014


Actually, a windmill bag. It gets it's name from the way it's put together, basically four strips of fabric in the shape of windmill sails and the sides of the sails are sewn together to form the bag.

There is an inner and outer layer, both the same, so lots of colour on the inside too

Considering it's such a mishmash, I think the colours and patterns sit really well together.  

Great fun to make and I learnt a lot about stitching and quilting in the process

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A glitter thing

I've definitely got a glitter thing on the go at the moment . I've been using the Imagination Sparkle Medium which comes already mixed in a paste and can go straight through your stencil as well as the Cosmic Shimmer Clear Texture Paste through the stencil and then pouring glitter onto the images once the stencil is lifted.

I love the way you can combine different colours and then matching the glitter with my coloured card stock. It really sings on a black background.  I've added a few black pearls to the one below to break up the space.

Thursday, 27 February 2014


Oh dear.... not only am I a collecterer of paper, I am now a collecterer of fabric!  lol  I found a new shop yesterday so raced home from work, grabbed the satnav and shot off down the motorway.  I think I was in need of blowing away the winter blues with these colours.

I've always been a fan of green

...then there was this gorgeous sewing themed fabric (and it came in about 4 different colourways!)

and who could resist these crazy guys?! (shades of Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney)