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Friday, 14 July 2017

Machine Embroidery

Since I bought my Embroidery Machine (A Brother Quattro 3, Innov-is 6750D) I have been having lots of fun learning different techniques and at the same time turning out some stunning designs.
The people who I buy my designs from of course play a huge part in my getting such good results, because their designs are so beautiful and easy to stitch out.
My all time favourites, there are two of them are Sweet Pea Embroidery and Kreative Kiwi.  If you're interested just use the links to check them out. They have amazing designs. 

Here are some of the things I've made using Sweet Pea and Kreative Kiwi designs.

The first one is called Hobo clutch Bag. I've also used this design to make a much deeper bag.

 The next is a table runner and it's called Free Form Table runner
 The next two designs come from Kreative Kiwi.

The first is called Swirly Placemat.
 this second one I absolutely adore the look of this, is called stained glass rose placemat and I used Mylar in the white sections to give it a real shimmer.
I do have other designs to share with you, most of my work I've given away as per usual, and some I forgot to take a photo of before I did, never mind, I'll just stitch them out again, and again and again.
Love them!!!

Thanks for calling by today, hope this inspires you to get embroidering.

Hugs
Beth 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time for Some Card Making

I'm still sewing, quilting, embroidering etc. I thought it's time I shared some of my card making since it's been a while since I last posted any cards here.

At the beginning of each month I check to see who I need cards for during the month. This month I needed 6 cards, and since none of what I have on hand screamed "pick me" I had to make 6 cards in preparation.

I really like the Stampin Up Cable Embossing Folder. Hence my use of it here. A variety of looks, I'm really happy how each one turned out.

Card one uses Pacific Point and Whisper White and a lace doily, the tiny punched flowers are using a mini punch set now retired. The sentiment is from Birthday Banners Stamp Set.

 Card 2 is using Swallowtail Stamp from Stampin Up, this now also retired. I really wanted to do this technique, I've not seen it anywhere else, but they do say there is nothing new under the sun.
After stamping the image in  Bermuda Bay ink, I use a craft knife to cut around the wing then I brushed Wink of Stella clear over the wing to give it some glitter. The sentiment is from Rose Wonder.
 Card 3 again uses the cable embossing folder, with a piece of lace doily around the neck. I placed pearls down the front and will add the same sentiment as shown in Card 4 ( I left it sitting on my desk when I took the photo.)
 This next card (4) is another one of my own designs. I've a number of dies which you can once cut thread ribbon through. I decided to keep my theme with doily and colour and matched the ribbon. The sentiment is as before, from Rose Wonder. I used a retired SU punch to punch it out.
Card 5 is a CASE card I saw on Pinterest, the person who  posted it saved it from somewhere else, who the actual designer is I don't know. but would acknowledge them if I knew.
I use Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and a white doily. some pearl brads, tiny pearls, my corrugater, I used SU Large Circle Punch, tiny flower punch and tiny blossom punches and a Heart die. some edges are inked in Pretty in Pink.
 This final Card (6) is very simple in its layout. No matting, I used SU Rose Garden Thinlits to cut the basic design from Pretty in Pink, then cut again selected sections from Melon Mambo, and Pear Pizzaz. Next time I do this I'll add layering I think. Again this is not a card I've seen anywhere, it could be an original, but then again..........
you never really know.

So that's my cards made for this months birthdays. Now back to the sewing machine.
Thank you for calling in today.
Happy Crafting.
Beth








Saturday, 1 April 2017

B&W With a Touch of Blue

I have reached a level of confidence in my quilting where I’m comfortable in changing elements to suit myself. I have even designed a quilt of my own, very basic, let's not get too excited here.... a simple 4 patch for a very fussy granddaughter who despite looking through my dozens of quilting books, and even more quilting magazines, was unable to find a design she liked.
After a lot of questions, I did eventually get an idea of what she would like, and the B&W touch of Blue was born. Since it’s a simple 4 patch, it didn’t take long to both design cut and piece.
For the quilting, I used one of the Westalee Rulers called ‘Circle on Quilts, Wreath 15 COQW15’. If you're interested in these rulers, which are becoming quite famous, you can find them at www.punchwithjudy.com.au   Judy has worked closely with Bill and Leonie West who developed and produce these rulers, I have participated in two on line courses  in the use of these rulers, and there are now a myriad of You Tube videos showing how to use them.
Other places to purchase these rulers are Cynthia's Ark and Kornacraft.
These rulers are for guided free motion stitching, and do take a bit of practice to get used to, but let’s be honest, if I can do it, then anyone can. Some people have natural talents, my humble skills are born of sheer persistence, and a refusal to be beaten till I’ve given it my very best shot.


That quilt is long finished and here it is.

Jaime-Leigh's colours of choice were black and white with a touch of blue. hence the name 'B&W Touch of Blue' I believe she really likes it. It is what it is, made with love just for her.

Thank you for viewing my blog today, hope you call back again soon.

Happy crafting, Sewing etc.......... and remember, 

Life is too short to fill it with things which don't satisfy your soul, Quilting is one of mine, housework is not! fortunately for me, I have a very lovely husband who takes care of all those mundane things for me. Yes, I know, I'm truly blessed.  (and I do help occasionally)

Hugs
Beth






Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Cynthia's Ark is a small quilting business, mainly on line, but Cynthia does have a shop in Mallala here in South Australia.
I've known Cynthia for quite a few years now mainly though a mutual friend, but more recently I've attended one of Cynthia's uninterrupted project weekends, and later this year we are going on a 3 day retreat in the Adelaide hills for Project Uninterrupted. Here is a link to Cynthia's Ark should to wish to go visit her online shop.
Anyway, the reason I'm mentioning Cynthia, is because that is where I bought the kit for the quilt I'm sharing with you today. I did however slightly change it, I turned the image panels into picture windows because that is what I wanted.
Having reached a level of confidence in my quilting, I now like to make changes, to individualise my quilts, to make them 'mine'.
This lap quilt, as I said earlier came as a kit, I bought extra fabrics to do the looking through a window effect. I also, added the words which are appliqued in black fabric.




I did a lot of free motion sewing to give dimension and accent areas of the tigers.
This quilt was for my Daughter in Laws birthday, she has a passion for Tigers so was perfect for her.
Thank you for visiting today.

Happy crafting.
Live, Love, Laugh, life is too short to do anything else.
Hugs
Beth

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My Labyrinth Walk Quilt

It's been quite a while since I last posted on here, and for those of you who are actually waiting for something to happen, I'm sorry, life has a habit of getting in the way of all good intentions, and mine is no different. The ideas are there, the skills are continuing to grow, but my enthusiasm for putting out there via this blog has definitely been somewhat 'weak' shall we say and leave it at that.
That said, onward we go.
When I last posted I mentioned my Labyrinth quilt. Well, after quite a few months of cursing myself for deciding on doing pebbling, it's finally finished. AT LONG LAST.. It's really finished!

I took it along to my local quilting group last night and it was very well received. We are as I'm frequently being told, our own worst critics. I was so hesitant in displaying my work, but it's not a critic session, it's an appreciation of our achievements to have our work on display, I'll need to remind myself of this often in the future as I agonise over whether I should show, or not show my work.

As to the Quilt, here it is in all it's glory.
The pattern was designed by Christopher Florence, I purchased my pattern from 'The Guilty Quilter' you can find them at www.theguiltyquilters.blogspot.com
As per the pattern, I cut and labelled all my pieces before hand, There are only two blocks, Block A (5) Five of the  'Walls of Jericho' and Block B (4) four of the San Luigi. All 5 of the Block A were made at the same time, so by the time I'd finished one complete block A I had five of them. Same with Block B.
There are only White, Black, Medium Gray and Light Gray fabrics used in the construction of the quilt. Some people  I know have used different colours, but I LOVE this combination for this quilt.
Cutting and Piecing are not difficult, if you take time and care, I had no real issues. It only took a week to make the quilt top.
HOWEVER, it took me over 6 months to do the pebbling on all the light Gray pieces. I'm not fortunate enough to have a long arm quilter, but my domestic machine does have a decent sized throat, but this is a BIG quilt. Surprisingly, or not, it measures what the pattern says it should. which is 84" square.
One change I did make, and I make no apologies for this, it's my quilt, my preference. The pattern says to take the points off two opposite corners to continue the  squared off  'wall' look. I didn't do this. I left my pointed corners all 4 of them intact.

I found when I was doing the pebbling, that I could only sew for about 20 minutes at a time, the strain on my neck and shoulders was quite intense, manipulating this sized quilt through a domestic machine is not easy, but well, WELL worth the effort. I finished it off with stitch in the ditch and a geometric border design which refuses to show in a photo, as it's black on black.
Would I do another one? Not on your life, life is too short to deliberately repeat a trauma, Love it, but won't go there again.
Now if I had a long arm quilter, hell yes! I'd start another one right away. So it's all in the quilting.
Thank you for visiting my neglected blog, I'll try and do better in future.
Stay Happy,
Keep sewing, crafting whatever floats your boat, go for it.
Hugs
Beth