My tumbling blocks go on holiday!

Next week I am going on a family holiday and I can’t wait! I have a few projects packed, including my tumbling blocks hand stitched patchwork. It has grown loads since my last post and I now have enough to make it into a cushion cover. This way I will get to see and use it everyday! I need to make one more block and a few more diamonds to fill in the holes to make it a square and then I can pick a lovely fabric to go on the back.

Tumbling blocks patchwork

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My Friday visit to The Maker’s Merchant

On Friday I went to The Maker’s Merchant to add some new things to my shelf, including some elephants and also some miniature felt bunting. I enjoyed a very tasty lunch in Magpie’s Tea Room and spent a while wandering around the shop. There are so many lovely things to look at and there is always something new to spot!

The Maker's Merchant

The shelves are looking full and lovely, so much talent in this corner!

The Maker's Merchant

Look at these spiky little fellows!

The Maker's Merchant

The Maker's Merchant

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Rum’s Eg, Romsey

Next time you visit Romsey, be sure to put a visit to Rum’s Eg at the top of your list of places to visit. This beautiful gallery is stocked full with a great variety of artwork, from ceramics to printmaking, jewellery to woodwork. They also have a cafe upstairs where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly baked quiche. The cheese scones must be sampled!

Rum's Eg, Romsey

I fell in love with an icy blue etching by printmaker Sally Winter.

Rum's Eg, Romsey Rum's Eg, Romsey

They had a really varied selection of ceramics, including this lovely striped range!

Rum's Eg, Romsey Rum's Eg, Romsey

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A happy hat

If you love making and creating I’m sure that you are just like me and always have this huge list of things that you want to make and more often than not, there aren’t many items on that list that will be kept for you. So I decided to make time ever to knit myself a hat that I’ve wanted to make for ages, a happy hat! I found the pattern, by Anna Wilkinson, in the January 2013 edition of Mollie Makes, tore out the page and have wanted to make it ever since. It’s chunky wool on 10 mm needles so it’s knitting up nice and quickly and will soon be keeping my ears warm!

A happy knitted hat

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My scrappy blanket, more scraps knitted in!

After moving house and unpacking lots of boxes I’ve become reacquainted with some projects I’ve been working on for a while. One of those is my scrappy blanket! I stopped knitting because I had run out of wool and I wanted this blanket to be made entirely with the scraps of other projects. I also managed to find some more scraps whilst unpacking and organising so I can add a few more rows now!

Scrappy blanket

Scrappy blanket

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An apron for Lichen Cabin

Last May, Matt and I travelled to Wales and spent a wonderful week in Lichen Cabin, a unique place to stay near Tintern. The cabin was built with so many lovely handmade features and I had an idea that I would love to make something for future guests to enjoy and send it to Gemma, the owner, when we returned home. We love cooking and made some feasts to fuel our days filled with walking in the small but perfectly formed kitchen, so I stitched a patchwork apron to send.

Patchwork Apron

Patchwork in Wales

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The Makers’ Merchant

Make & The Craft Kitchen has re branded and is now open again for business as The Makers’ Merchant and Magpie’s Cafe! The space has been reorganised and they now have shelves for creative makers to rent. I have set up shop on one of the shelves, which I have covered in pattern paper and filled with mini monsters! I plan to change my display every month or so, so keep an eye out for new things!

The Makers' Merchant Shelf

The Makers' Merchant Shelf

The Makers' Merchant Shelf

The Makers' Merchant Shelf

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Cacti hexagons!

There aren’t very many people who could buy me fabric lovely enough for me to include in my heirloom quilt, but my friend Emma is one of them! She bought me a gorgeous piece of floral Liberty fabric which has been made into hexagons and as a housewarming gift she gave me this amazing cotton with cacti on it. I love the cool colours and have already washed, dried, ironed and made the first batch of hexagons from it!

Cacti hexagons

Cacti hexagons

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Winding and stitching

I’m doing a whole lot of winding and stitching at the moment, whilst making a new set of table mats. These are made from Matt’s old shirts! I do love a bit of recycling! If you would like to make some too, you can find the tutorial here.

Braided table mat

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Floral flannels!

The latest batch of flannels are hot off my sewing machine! I’ve been experimenting with how I quilt them, including geometric shapes and stripes. I love using and making these flannels and they use up lots of little scraps too.

Simple flannels

If you would like to make some, all you need is some old towels and some small pieces of pretty cotton. Find the full DIY here.

Simple flannels

Simple flannels

 

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