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Sew , Knit, and Natter Friday!

Ok so did I keep to my yarn diet? Answer later on!

Meantime some more lovelies from Greece. In this case from the Ethnographical museum in the mosque of Aslan Pasha

Some silver ware with pineapples, which I was on the look out for following the post by Wild Daffodil on pineapple bunting.

Personally I prefer these chickens!

These knitted socks are worn by men.

And these,  just look at the patterns.

This a traditional costume for ladies.

I love this embroidered detail. And finally

A little loom, with pineapples! Or maybe fir cones? So did I keep to the yarn diet and if not how long did it last?

I had some problems this week. Finally I girded my loins and decided to tackle the skirt for Little Miss F, the one with the zip you know.. Unpacked the pattern, looked at it with horror. Not side seams as I had assumed but ones up the front and down the back. How on earth was I going to make the pattern match on my fabric?

After much head scratching and thinking, as I have said before sometimes Nanas do think, only this one, not very well. I decided I could do away with the centre seam with some jiggery pokery and cutting on a fold. I looked and looked at where I had pinned the pattern. The design went beautifully down in a straight line. Now please bear in mind I really don’t know what I am doing and the clever seamstresses will now be laughing I think. I found my school reports amongst Mum’s treasure this week. Needlework it read, term after term for 4 years, that’s 12 reports by the way,  ” Catherine tries hard”!

The problem is that by the time the fabric gets round the back the mountains and skiers are going sideways!

DOH!  I now have fabric and no pattern , and a pattern with no suitable fabric. I do need a pattern with side seams for this fabric. Onto the web. Not one site I looked at stated whether the pattern had side or centre seams.  I would have to go to a shop and unpack the pattern to look.

But I was all fired up, loins girded and all that. Maybe I could find some fabric to go with the pattern. So much fabric to look at on line and so much that would end up going sideways at the back. BUT eventually I found some with flamingoes going in all directions. The story will continue…

The knitting has been going well.

Now on the front section of the tank top for Master T. I began to look forward to knitting the bright coloured jumper he had asked for and for which I bought yarn last week. I got the pattern out. DOH! I had under bought the yarn. Undeterred I went to the LYS to look for more, now this was not the shop I had bought the yarn from last week, that is 25 miles away in York. And no the LYS didn’t have the same colour, but they did have lots of others and one I hadn’t used before which was lovely and bright, and of course if I couldn’t get one more ball I could always knit the yarn for someone else. So did I succumb to temptation?

OF COURSE I DID! How long did the yarn diet last….

22 HOURS!

I have started the yarn diet again and please to say it has now lasted 6 days. Did you guess right? Can I keep it up?  All thoughts on the above two dilemmas are very welcome. I do love a good natter.

Have a great weekend, and Be Happy!

Scrap Happy- May

Linking with Kate for a bit of Scrap Happiness. First of all some yarny scraps. Inspired by The Snail of Happiness I crocheted a lap blanket from some cherished scraps to cover with kindness. This has now been sent and received by Danielle from The Make it Shop.

The Make it Shop are holding an event at the end of May called The Tree of Kindness, at which people can go along and make something to give away.

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And so onto some fabric scraps. This little cat whom I have called Pink from the leftover fabric of a dress I made for Little Miss F last year.

I am really quite proud that I finally got some seams to match up nicely.

Pattern matching is still to come on the skill front.

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I love the way her tail sticks up.

Cat on a blanket. The pattern I used is Simplicity 2613. I had made the giraffe also in the pattern a couple of years ago. There is also a pig and an elephant . The elephant was just too cute for words and had to be made too.

Now if you were just about to have your first birthday would you rather have an elephant or a cat?

Even the ribbon was scrap, think it came off some packaging for something. I am on a bit of a roll now. So Elephant or Cat? Which is your favourite please?

Please pop over to Kate’s post for some more scrap happiness.

Scrap Happy- a wall tidy

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The bat and star fabrics were bought for the project and along with the gingham ribbon. BUT, I needed to buy them because I wanted to use the scraps of fabric left over from previous projects for a wall tidy hanging for Master T.

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First step was to make the pockets and attach to the fabric. I guess the addition of the ribbon might strengthen the bottom of the pockets.

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I still need a length of dowel to hang it by, a roll of brown paper suffices for a quick picture. The tabs at the top have buttons in the pattern, but I didn’t have suitable buttons. But I did have these two motifs. I have actually had them for years and years and years and can’t recall where I got them from. They are French. They may even have been a free gift. The card in the packet says Cafeteria Casino,the front reads Collectionne Les ecussons Gum’s. Any ideas?

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I think that may be a cucumber.

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And this a tomato. Anyway, more fun than a button, but probably not as strong.

Pattern for this came from a book called Cute and Easy Quilting and Stitching by Charlotte Liddle. Just checked on Amazon and it is available there. I like the book a lot because templates are included for tracing and are the actual size. No fighting with a photocopier.

Joining with Kate for February Scrap Happy.  Do pop over there as there are links to lots of scrap Happy projects. And we all need happiness.

Scrap Happy August.

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I had wonderful fun this month with my fabric scraps, creating a crazy patchwork lavender cushion/ sachet. Here’s a close up.

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Some of the scraps are really small. I cut each with pinking shears and machine stitched in place. The wadding is held in place with the buttons. Somehow I managed to add lace and a backing. Then I filled it with the dried lavender from the garden. Finally adding a ribbon and button.

You can just see a tiny piece of the flower fairies fabric.

I think I enjoyed this scrappy project the most, as it was pure play. It’s now going into my meomys drawer!

Joining with these other ladies and their fabric scraps.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English only)

Jill: https://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com (in English only)

 

Scrap Happy- July 2016

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with my scrappy makes this time!

First up, some bunting. Now this was a big deal for me as I wanted it to fit the cloakroom window, so I had to figure out how long to make the string, how many triangles, how big they should be and at what interval to place them. I have never made bunting before and having to do all this measuring and thinking was  a challenge. But I loved it.

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I was so proud of it, here  are a couple of close ups.

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And the one at the left is the fabric from the dress I made my granddaughter.

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Even the blue bias binding tape was a leftover which I found in my sewing box.

Talking of the crab fabric. There was still some left so my next idea was to make Miss F a matching bag to go with her dress. Big challenge! Nowhere could I find a pattern for a bag for a little girl. Well how hard could it be? I designed my own!  Again lots of head scratching and measuring etc etc etc etc. But… Tahdah!

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One bag. Box corners and lined, I might add.

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Lining was the fabric left from a toy giraffe!.

The straps were another issue. I sewed them in situ but for good measure I added buttons too.

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They were buttons I already owned too. How long to make the straps was another conundrum, but I still had the dress on a coathanger so I guessed, how long to make them.

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One dress with matching bag.

I have now posted this off for Miss F and await the verdict anxiously.

Joining with Kate and these other talented ladies for this months Scrap Happy.

Usually has a scrappy post:

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/scraphappy-july-2/

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Do have a look at their lovely makes.

Hope that we all get a chance this weekend for some happy crafting. Thoughts going out to thoose caught up in events in Nice. So sad. The world is a wonderful place, so just Why?

 

 

Whitby Quilt Show-2016

The Queen Bee Quilters are holding a quilt show this weekend. The theme was a Stitch in Time. I just had to go.

The show began with

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A display of a Stitch through time!  Then it was onto the quilts. Here are my favourites.

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Sammy Snail , story book, From a pattern by Jenny Haskins and stitched by Margaret Peel

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Stitched by Mariola Leeman, her first quilt made for her son who loves bright colours and chillis.

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This was a late entry so I can’t remember who stitched it but I recall it was made for a granddaughter. Now what girl would not love this?

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Springtime, stitched by Liz Petherick from a pattern bought in New Zealand.

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Beside the Sea stitched by a group called Creative Stitchers

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Stitched by Sarah Slater from a pattern by Lynette Anderson

I loved the words in the middle.

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Stitched by Judith Clarke for her grandson

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Stitched by Chris Swales, design by Patchwork Chicks and fabric by Lynette Anderson

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Stitched by Jane Snoxell, pattern by Lynette Anderson. Are you spotting a theme here?

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Detail from the last quilt.

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Indeed!

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Agreed.

Now of course there were traders and stalls and of course I made some purchases. Fabric and buttons. I will share those another day. The traders all picked  quilts for an award from each of them and the visitors also got to choose their favourite, and the one with the most votes will get the visitors award. So which one did I pick?

Do you wish you could go, well if you can get to Whitby North Yorkshire, it is open on Sunday too.

Meantime let me leave you with these Christms trees. Here you got to choose your favourite and put coins in the bag next to it to signify a winner. All money to charity. And the winner would be the one with the most coins, not the one with the highest value. Time to empty your pockets of pennies…..

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And although I love those cats, my money went in the bag next to it, all those decoartions were patchwork and the panel was quilted.

And the quilt I choose was the chilli inspired one. Loved the colours, that it was practical and was for her son. The snail very nearly had it though.

One great day out!

 

 

Photo Challenge- Repeat

First there was this

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Time to attach button hole maker to scary new sewing machine. Fifty minutes.Time to sew button holes 20 minutes. Time to write notes to self 10 minutes. Solution– Repeat

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Time to attach button hole maker to scary new sewing machine 10 minutes. Time to undo stitching in wrong place 20 minutes. Time to stitch correctly, 10 minutes. Time to re write notes, 2 minutes. Solution- Repeat

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Time to attach button hole maker to scary( lets face it not so new) sewing machine, 2 minutes. Time to unpick stitches in wrong place 5 minutes. Time to correctly sew button holes 5 minutes. No time needed to re write notes. Conclusion

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Practice can improve things a lot.  But that’s it, time to make something new, oh after I posted these to Little Miss F.

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Please leave a link in the comments for your Repeat Photograph. Next weeks prompt is Round.

 

 

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