Friday, 24 July 2009

I Miss my Garden - a work in progress

I have recently moved into a new house which we are busy turning into our home. The new place has a huge garden (for me) but it is all laid to lawn and there is not a single flower to be seen. I have made an effort with the greenhouse and a couple of raised beds for my veg but we will not be making much inroads to the lawn until next year.

So because I miss my flowers I decided to put some in a wall hanging instead! I was also working in Edinburgh on Tuesday and my hotel had some Mackintosh flower panels dotted around so I took this as my starting point.

Being new to quilting and applique I have simplified the flowers a bit, but this is the basic design.

As it turns out I not to put in the leaves because it confuses things a bit and makes it more fussy than I would like.

I have not started quilting yet (and as this is my first go I am not sure which direction to take yet) and I may find it hard to resist embellishing it but we shall see where it takes me. I can feel this one 'growing' as I work on it. Just like the garden I am missing!

Friday, 17 July 2009

I love buttons

I have been away from home with work recently, so I have spent a few lonely nights in hotels. However, this gives me a nice opportunity to take a little 'make' with me to keep my hands busy. My choice this week has been two uncovered buttons (38mm wide) with a suitable scrap of fabric, a couple of small charms and some beads from my bead soup: and this is the result!

Butterfly Fantasy
Butterfly Dreams

and another pic of butterfly Dreams for scale!
So these are the first attempts at beading buttons, and I am pleased with them. All I need now is a fabulous outfit to attach them to!
The problem that I foresee with these buttons is that I will not be able to stop at 2! I am already sorting out some turquoise and orange beads for buttons that really ZING!!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Angela's pin cushion

This is a post for Angela from Land of no cooking. Since she saw me use my doll Jalia as a pin cushion at a recent quilting class, she has been nagging me to make a replacement pin cushion. So to avoid the 'cruelty to dolls' police here is one I ran up last night!

It is always a pleasure to play around with some lovely coloured fabric, and even better when it is used to make something I will use. So thanks for the nagging encouragement Angela.