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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

I am a very lucky bunny!  My sister made me this gorgeous quilted cushion and hand embellished throw for Christmas.  She has used my favourite colour and her free motion machine quilting is far, far better than mine.  She has even given me some leftover hearts so I can start a little project of my own.   Thank you sis, it's a beautiful gift. x

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Friday, 23 December 2011

 I sometimes wonder if crafting is as universally popular as it is in my head!  A hobby can sometimes be all encompassing and it's sometimes a shock to the system that everybody doesn't feel the same way as you do!

This is why I like to see evidence that some other people do think like me!  I found this hand crocheted dishcloth in the shape of a cracker in my local charity shop and just had to buy it.  I love the fact that someone has put work into something so beautifully presented purely for the love of the craft and the love of the charity. If I could thank that person I would. 

Seems that Christmas is getting me a little sentimental! 

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Here is the world's shortest scarf!  It was a kit from a magazine and the amount of yarn that was provided was enough to make a scarf this long.  Just about ok with a brooch to fasten it I hope.

It was lovely to knit though.  A fairly straightforward pattern with a nice yarn over twist that gives all the detail needed with such a chunky yarn.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas for me seems to be a time of making lots of little things.  These are the last of my makes for the school Christmas Fayre.  It was fun rummaging around for ribbons to make their punky spikes.  They don't have much of a use these hedgehogs but I hope they look cute!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

I've become slightly obsessed with a can of edible silver spray I found in the supermarket the other day.  Virtually, if I'm going to eat something, it becomes silver first!

The spray gives butter icing a lovely pearlescent quality.  I'm afraid the picture was taken under my cooker light as it was very miserable outside but I'm hoping it gives some idea to the sparkle the magic spray creates!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Well the school Christmas Fayre was big success - hectic - but a big success.  I made a few more things to sell on a little craft stall, including these birds I found instructions for in a magazine.

The quilt I made was embarrassingly won by my daughter!  It is now back at home and on her bed.  Life is full of surprises.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

This is the finished quilt that I blogged about yesterday.  It is very simply machine quilted as I was rather pushed for time and, with a deadline looming, I also tried to put the binding on by machine.  Some fortuitous surfing advised me that it was easier to use a wider 'fancy' stitch to catch the top and bottom binding layers rather than a straight stitch which could easily go off piste and not catch all the layers.

It's a lovely soft quilt as all the fabric in it has been laundered many times.  I did think about enhancing the antique feel this creates and giving it a sepia tone by dying it in tea.  Still more surfing, however, pointed out that this could lead to a rather patchy effect on larger projects so I think I will save that experimentation for another day!

Monday, 5 December 2011

What do you do when a friend says that they are going to throw a pile of old shirts away in the recycling?  Why, you grab them off her and make a quilt!

I've been working on this for a couple of weeks and it has been quilted since this photo was taken.  Hopefully I will be able to take a better photo tomorrow once it has had its final wash.  It is destined to become a raffle prize at the school's Christmas Fayre on Friday - and it only cost me the price of the wadding to make it!