An essential part of nap time!

I love making quilts and my latest creations were for my nephews. I had a lovely time picking out fabrics for their transport and animal themed blankets from The Eternal Maker! The animal themed patchwork included dinosaurs, animal tracks and the sweetest whale fabric. On the second quilt I included space rockets alongside trains and added plenty of spots too!  They are already being used and are an essential part of nap time!

Patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt

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My rag rug is complete!

At the end of 2011 I started a project that I’ve only just finished! I started a rag rug with a big red heart in the middle and I’ve been working on it ever since. This was my first attempt at working a motif into a rug and I faded the blue from light to dark too. I can’t wait to use it in my house and every time I walk over it I’ll remember all the happy hours that went into making it.

Heart rag rug

Heart rag rug

Heart rag rug

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Rostra Gallery, Bath

I grew up in Somerset and had visited Bath lots of times, but it wasn’t until my friends Michelle and Andy lived there a few years ago that I visited the Rostra Gallery. They used to live just a few minutes walk from the gallery and took us there once when we visited them. Since then I’ve always popped in when we go to Bath, it’s a great gallery! Our most recent visit was a month ago and I particularly liked the little ceramic houses by Fiona Findlay.

Rostra Gallery, Bath

Rostra Gallery, Bath

 

 

 

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A handmade star garland

I have some brilliant creative friends! My friend Michelle has recently taught herself to crochet and is making all sorts of lovely things. For my birthday she made me a star garland, which is now hanging pride of place across my mantelpiece! I love the colours and it is so beautifully made. Thank you Michelle!

Handmade crochet star garland

Handmade crochet star garland

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Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

There are so many beautiful flowers out at the moment and you can make your very own everlasting blooms with a bit of help from your little ones! This DIY uses materials that you probably already have at home and it’s also a lovely way of preserving your child’s fingerprints. I have stuck my flowers onto a card, but you could use them to decorate all sorts of things or even make a mini garden on a piece of green card!

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

To make some fingerprint flowers you will need some strips of green paper and some white paper, Versacraft ink or Poster paint, a Pritt Stick, paper scissors and your little one! The strips measure two centimetres wide and are the longest length of a piece of A4 paper. I have used Versacraft ink because it is non-toxic and child safe and washes off nicely. If you use poster paint make sure it is also safe for little hands.

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

Start off by making your stems. I used two different colours for my stems to make them look more interesting. Stick the two pieces together with the Pritt Stick at a ninety degree angle. Fold one strip over another so that the strips lay on top of each other to make a spring. When you get to the end, stick the two pieces together and trim off any excess.

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

Take your white paper and ink or paint to make your flowers. I use one colour for the middle and another for the petals. Print your petals and leave your flowers to dry, then carefully cut them out.

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

Then simply stick your springy stems onto the back of your flowers and your lovely blooms are complete! Happy Making!

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

If you fancy making your own fingerprint flowers then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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Locating – an exhibition by the Quinary Textile Group

I’ve been working on my heirloom quilt today and it reminded me of an exhibition called Locating that I saw at Lansdown Hall & Gallery in Stroud. It was a collection of works by the Quinary Textile Group and my favourite piece was by Val Cross. She found a patchwork cushion on a beach, took it to pieces and made a beautiful sculpture using wire and thread from the pieces. I loved being able to see the original stitch marks and could imagine someone piecing it together like I am sewing my own quilt. So beautiful!

Val Cross, Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Val Cross, Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Val Cross, Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Photos by Matthew Cleveland.

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Birthday wool

My lovely friend Lucy bought me some gorgeous wool for my birthday. When I opened my beautifully wrapped parcel to find three balls of yarn in my favourite colours I immediately started to plan a new project! It’s lovely and fine so I think I will crochet something. After teaching myself how to crochet flowers and getting an amazing crocheted star garland I’m feeling very inspired! What do you suggest I make?

Birthday wool

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Australian Homespun Magazine

The postman brought me a lovely parcel today, which had the latest copy of Australian Homespun magazine inside! The lovely Emma, who is the online editor for the magazine contacted me after seeing my daffodil brooch DIY, which I wrote for Mother’s Day.  Turn to page 16 and you will see a lovely mention and a photo too. I am so excited to be featured in such a nice magazine which is published on the other side of the world! As it’s winter in Australia at the moment, there are lots of cosy things to make, including a stunning quilt called Cutting Garden. I’m going to enjoy a coffee and a brownie whilst I have a read!

Australian Homespun magazine

Australian Homespun magazine

Australian Homespun magazine

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Tea tip : Fussy cutting patchwork

This tea tip (learn something new and useful in the time it takes to make and drink your cup of tea!) will show you how to use fussy cutting to make your patchwork projects look so beautiful! This method of cutting is where you choose and cut a particular area of fabric, rather than working from edge to edge. This means that you can decide where the fabric patterns are positioned and if you are adding appliqué or embroidery, your stitching will end up central. It sounds tricky but if you make yourself a set of guides it can be super simple!

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Using a piece of cardboard (I always use cereal boxes!), make a template which is the same size as your patchwork pieces will be. In this case, my template is six inches square. Then draw lines in from each of the corners to find the centre point. Onto this cross you need to draw four lines, which will form a box. Using a craft knife or sharp scissors, cut out this central square.

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Your template is complete! Simply use the cut out to find your centre, draw around the edge with a fabric fading pen and cut out!

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Happy Stitching!

If you fancy having a go at some fussy cutting then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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A night of colouring at Make & The Craft Kitchen

Last night I went to the first ever Grown-Up Colouring in Club at Make & The Craft Kitchen! I was really curious to try it out because I have been hearing a lot about the new craze in adult colouring books. There are some seriously talented illustrators out there and I spent a relaxing few hours working on my design, chatting to some new people and enjoying one of Hesta’s amazing chocolate cookies. The grown-up colouring club will be happening on the first Tuesday of every month, it’s only £5 and that includes all materials and refreshments. I’m already looking forward to next month!

Grown-up colouring in club

 

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