Sunday, March 31, 2019


As if I didn't have enough to keep me occupied, I enrolled in an Embroidery Class which also encompasses Stumpwork.  I have seen pictures of this beautiful craft but never thought I would be good enough to give it a go. 

With the help of a wonderful teacher, Pene, she compiled a simple project to get me underway. 

Here is the Pene's original project for me to copy, some small berries with a ladybird.

This project is a combination of surface work as well as detached embroidery.  Using an embroidery hoop, two layers of fabric are stretched tight, one is the background fabric and the other is a backing fabric.   First I laid down several threads which I covered by wrapping with a finishing thread, I then embroidered the two surface leaves in a satin stitch with  a button-hole edging.

Next the three small clusters of berries, are actually a small circle of material filled with French knots which is then gathered together to form a clump.   This is then sewn into place on the background fabric.

The five larger berries are simply clear beads covered with thread and a small seed bead attached onto the ends, these are then sewn onto the background fabric.

The detached leaf is made in a separate embroidery hoop with a wire which is encased using blanket stitch then filled with satin stitch.  The leaf is then cut from the fabric very very close to the stitching and using the wire end, poked through the background fabric and then this wire end is sewn down to the backing fabric.

The small ladybird is made the same way as the detached leaf using wire and bent into shape and attached. Using seed beads as eyes and small straight stitches for the legs, the ladybird comes to life.

I purchased a small wooden box (from Alison Cole's website)  with a lid that enabled me to insert my lovely embroidery so that I have a memento of my first piece of Stumpwork.

I am hooked !!!   I have already started a beautiful piece with a hummingbird and flowers but I will keep you posted on my progress. 

Bye for now.

Thursday, March 21, 2019


I have discovered the joys of sewing with felt after attending a Wendy Williams class at my local quilt shop.   How quickly things come together when there is no need to worry about unfinished edges....bliss

Deciding on one of Wendy’s patterns called Round The Garden, and selecting a navy background, I have begun the mammoth task of creating this beautiful quilt/wall hanging.

Here is my progress so far,

First quarter well under way
Close up of the flower basket
Second quarter completed

Close up of a beautiful combination for my flower, I also did a cast-on bullion to border the edge.
Another new edge - rosette stitch
First two blocks completed.
I know it’s such a large project but I’m discovering some lovely combinations for making circles.  I have decided to make simple diagrams so I remember how to make them.  Here are a few to start with :-

These flower diagrams are all done with combinations of the Fly-Stitch.  By changing directions and adding other stitches, the combinations are endless.  Once the circle is stitched, I then sew it to the background and then its fun to decide what the edging stitch will be.  I particularly love the cast-on bullion stitch (as seen in the Sue Spargo craftsy class)  I'll keep playing around to see what appears !

I have decided to complete one half at a time, so my next step is to add the lighthouses and houses around the outside and fill in the flower circle (so many flowers to make!)

Bye for now

Sunday, January 27, 2019


I know, I know, it’s been ages since my last post but you know what......I actually miss having a record of my stitching, so I’m back!

What have I accomplished over the last 12 months, well quite a bit but for now I wanted to show you my latest interest..... embroidery.  I have started a class which will teach me stumpwork and other embroidery skills.

As we have a new baby expected in May over in London, I have just finished a beautiful woollen blanket with the design by ‘windflower embrodery’  Not hard at all, even making the teddy from scratch from velour then stuffing him and attaching to the blanket.  It’s all in the instructions together with the embroidery guide.

Here’s a close up of the actual design

The only trouble I had was choosing the backing material, Gemma (mother-to-be) didn’t want anything traditional like pink, so I went with a gold/mustard colour with small white crosses.  

There really is nothing like a comfy woollen blanket for those cold nights in a London winter so I think ‘Baby H’ will be snug and warm this year.

Now onto the cot quilt and floor quilt......see you soon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

UFO Weekend Away - Ballan

I really hope everyone has had the experience of a girls UFO weekend away like the one I have just had to Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan

Wonderful weather, beautiful setting, delicious food, inspiring craft and best of all lovely friends.

As this was a UFO we all took those numerous projects that were gathering dust just waiting to be finished.

I accomplished two complete finishes, so I was chuffed (my stash is getting smaller now)

Quite a while ago, I had done a class with Sue Weeks to make an embroidered bag.  Of course I had finished the embroidery (finally) but it took some extra coaching to turn it into a lovely tote bag

A visit to the AQC earlier last month saw me purchase a kit for a modern hexi table runner from Hugs N Kisses.  All material and iron-on hexis were included and this was another achievement on the weekend.

A tiring but exciting fun weekend, cant wait to do it all again soon


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Modern Baby Quilt

I’m so used to either pastels or brights even pink or blue baby quilts, that I was totally out of my comfort zone when my girlfriend requested a modern grey and white only baby quilt.  No Applique or any other colours so I started thinking...what should I do.

They say simple is best so I went for s herringbone pattern with a soft grey with white crosses teamed with a solid white.  A very simple straight line quilting completed the look and I must admit, I was very happy with the end result.  My first modern quilt!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017


It’s so nice to get my finished quilt, Foxley Village, back from the talented Mandy who does my quilting.

What a stunner this project has turned out to be. A monthly project that was featured in Homespun Magazine last year made with Tilda fabric and comprised of both appliqué and machine pieced blocks.

I am still sewing on the binding but you can see how lovely this quilt is.  

Take a closer look at Mandy’s wonderful quilting, there is so much variety in patterns, I could look all day and still find a different one.

Just look at the difference the quilting makes.......

Quilted Block

Original Block

I’ve already made space on the wall for this one as I think it’s nice to display my quilts rather than hide them away, after all they end up costing a lot both in money and time.

If you ever think you can’t do a quilt like this, I suggest a BOM with a friend as each month you help each other with problems and ensure you finish on time and before you know it you’ve made a whole quilt over a 12 month period.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Each Christmas, I buy myself a Block of the Month for the coming year.  This years project is by Annie Downs, and its called - Dancing Chickens & Flying Pigs.

Its a 12 block quilt/wall hanging  worked on a Linen background with felted Wool shapes and embroidery.  I am loving working with the Wool (no need to worry about turning under the applique pieces).  By using matching wool or DMC threads, a simply applique stitch and viola......its done....easy really.

I love my first 6 blocks, the colors and textures are just so lovely and I can't wait for my next package to arrive....stay tuned to see the rest of the blocks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Now that I have mastered using Minki on the back of my quilts, I whipped up a modern baby boy quilt for the young mum to be, at work.

I went for a lovely peppermint and brown polar combination for the quilt top, and matched a Pooh Bear brown minki on the back.

Sometimes the simple designs are the best and I chose a triangle pieced top

I'm still not confident to do the quilting especially as this was for a gift, so off it went to my quilter, Mandy, who again did a lovely job with an overall swirl of her own design.

Sorry this picture doesn't capture the beautiful Pooh Bear brown of the minki but it does show the quilting design.

Here's the lovely minki colour that it really was.....trimmed with a plain peppermint binding.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I must apologise for not keeping up with the blog world, but life gets hectic sometimes (as you well know) but I'm still enjoying my quilting and sewing.

Here's the latest block that I've finished for my Homespun Foxley Village project.

Just loving the Tilda fabric, I would never have selected some of the colour combinations but there you go,.... they work !!!  Just goes to show that just because you wouldn't choose it, doesnt mean it wouldn't work  Sometimes its nice to just do and you are told and you get a very pleasant surprise.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


How nice are some people, especially quilters...Helen from Helens Patchwork Passion  invited me to join her, Sue and Julia (no blogs) to get together to work on this beautiful quilt by Yoko Saito.

I only met Helen thru blogging and she's been so generous both in her knowledge and in sharing her supplies....big thanks to you Helen 💐💐💐💐

I've almost finished Block 1 - all needle turn (although I did use some appliqué paper on the small pieces) 

We are using Japanese woven material which I'm finding does fray quite a bit so the idea is not to fiddle with it too much, easy said than done with needle turn!
The embroidery accentuates the features and finishes off each piece nicely.

This type of quilting is more rustic than normal but the finished quilt is quite stunning and all hand worked which is so relaxing.

We are all meeting up this Thursday to start the next block so I'd better finish my embroidery ready to go again.....I'll keep posting each block to show you the process.

Monday, May 9, 2016

FOXLEY VILLAGE progress report...

So far I'm on track with the Homespun BOM having just finished the April edition.
I'm waiting for my next bundle of fabric so I can begin the May edition now.  There's no rest for the wicked Haha

Here are the blocks completed since my last post......

Just love the fussy cut centerpiece on this block!!!

Here's the Schoolhouse and Sisters Choice Blocks.

Really enjoyed doing the embroidered trees each side, such a lot of satin stitching but I think I'm getting better :)

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