Jun 182018
 

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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.

By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.

It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.

Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.

But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.

The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.

I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers.  I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.

So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.

As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.

This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.

I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.

This is looking at it more from the back.

Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.

And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.

It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom.  A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.

I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.

Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.

But I will be getting back to it soon.

The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.

I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer.  Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.

Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt.  It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.

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One More Plaque

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Jun 132018
 

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Plaque

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Previously I’ve shown you some plaques I’d decorated. One with a G on for me, one with an H on for my mother, one with a W for one nephew and one with an I for another nephew for when they come and stay in the spare room.

Well my youngest sister also comes to stay, and that means I had to decorate a plaque with an M on it for her when she comes.

No more M plaques were available from C&C where I’d bought the G, W and I ones from, so the M came from the same location as my mother’s H, and I requested it already painted purple.  The plaque was also from the same pack of plaques I’d got to make Mam’s one.

I started by painting the whole plaque with white gesso.

I printed out a purple shade from the Dragons Lair Designs Essential Plains digital downloads, trimmed it, and stuck it to the center of the plaque.

Next the letter was stuck on.

My sister had talked about how she was learning to crochet simple flowers to make a picture to hang up in her home, so I thought that it would be a nice touch to make crochet flowers to decorate her plaque, rather than paper flowers as I’d used on my plaque and Mam’s one.

No particular pattern or colour flowers, just making random ones in random colours, some out of leftover yarn from the end of crocheting the two blankets that were not long enough to complete another row – I thought this would be a nice touch to bring the colours of the room through to the door plaque.

I also crocheted some leaves.

Lately I’ve been trying to learn how to make some Teneriffe Lace motiffs so I thought it would be nice to add what I’ve created so far into the mix – one flower and three butterflies.

Not the easiest things for me to make with the problems in my hands, but every piece is small, made on a small paddle shaped frame, and, as you are only working with one piece of lace yarn with everything knotted off as you go along, it is something that is easy to put down every few knots and pick up hours later when I’m able, without risking looseing everything and being forced to start again.

Not made a lot so far, but I’m quite pleased with what I’ve created.

After collecting everything, I stuck the paper to the plaque and used glue gel to attached the letter raised up a bit.

I then played around with placing the embelishments in lots of different places on the plaques and taking photos. I also decided to add some beads to the flower centeres.

This is the layout I decided on after showing the pictures to my mother and having a bit of a discussion.

I then used pinflair glue gel to attach everything in place as close as I could to the layout above. I finished off by attaching wire to hang it.

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Now I’m on a roll, any ideas of what to put on plaques for other doors in the house? Somebody has suggested a knife fork and spoon for the kitchen door.  Then there’s the bathroom, sitting room, and study. Hmm! I need to get my thinking cap on, though they may well be projects for later in the year when the weather turns too cold for sitting out the garden pottering. At the moment I have far too many projects part done that I need to be getting on with when it’s too wet for the garden.

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This Month’s Calender Page

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Jun 112018
 

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June Calender Page

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If you’ve visited my blog previously you may have seen the posts I’ve made showing how I’ve decorated the blank calender from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, and for May – here.

So, after colouring in a digi stamp for one month and painting a screen printed image for another, what would I do that’s different for June?

This time I decided to go for decorating the page with items from a Kanban country scenes card making kit.

I actually showed all the images to my mother and asked her which one she would prefer.

The image she chose is perhaps more autumnal than June, but it is a nice scene, one that Mam liked. So off I went to grab the rest of the kit, some foam tape and fingerlift tape, and worked on the calender page.

I decoupaged some layers, which were already die cut strips in the kit.  Not too many layers though as of course next month the page will be turned over and I don’t want too much bulk to be at the back pushing out the calender at that time.  For these I used foam tape.

The kit also contained metalic, foiled, elements, and I chose an assortment of these in gold, including a frame, to set off the image.

Side view showing some layering.

Framed with gold frame from kit.

Stuck on calendar page.

I normally only put some sort if image at the top of each page, but this time I decided to spread out my embelishments beyond the actual decoupaged image by adding butterflies both on and off the frame snd putting corners on the outside of the whole page.

I don’t think I mentioned before that I used ribbons to hang a plastic wallet file underneath the calender. We put things like appointment letters, repeat prescription slips, etc., in here, together with a pen for writing on the calendar.

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the June page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the July page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make the start of next month.

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Some More Plaques

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Jun 052018
 

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Plaques

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Earlier this year I showed you two plaques I’d decorated. One with a G on for me, and one with an H on for my mother.

Now that the spare room is nearly finished I thought it would be nice to decorate some plaques to go on that bedroom door. I thought that, as the room now has bunk beds it would be nice to make them with hanging wires that meant that they could be hung one on top of the other depending on who had which bunk at any particular visit.

As it will mostly be used by my two youngest nephews that meant I’d need a W and an I plaque. There was still those letters available as “Anna Marie Designs MDF Plaque and Letter” when I ordered, though I notice that now there are even fewer letters still left.

Both nephews are very similar in some ways but very different in others. I wanted there to be something in common between the plaques and some things completely different.

I decided that the papers used cover the plaques and letters would be the consistant thing between them.

I got some wood design back ground papers and some yellow American crafts papers and covered the main plaque for one and the letter for the other in the wood paper, and then did the opposite for the other. For the W I used some brown ink around the edges of the yellow to give it a more vintage look. I used Pinflair bookbinding glue throught the project.

I then got three more colours of American Crafts cardstocks and used a Kit N Caboodle Circle Cutter to cut a variety of size and colours of circles.

Then it was simply a case of sticking the circles randomly over the yellow background plaque and sticking the letters in place on both plaques.

I then used some beading wire held in place using beads and crimps to enable me to hang them at the required height, each plaque having the ability to be hung at two different heights.

Here’s the I one.

For the W plaque I asked my nephew whether he would like to make a 3D print of something on his 3D printer to decorate it.

I’m still waiting for him to decide what he wants on his plaque, but in the meantime this is what it looks like now.

I’ll blog another picture once he’s decided what’s to go on the plaque with the W. I’ve also told the other nephew he can choose anything he wants to add to his plaque as well.

And here are both hanging together on the door of the spare room.

I is on the top bunk anytime they stay over during June, then W gets the top bunk any time they stay over in July – provided nobody else, such as my youngest sister, is staying over, in which case she can choose whether to go for the bunks or pull out sofa bed.

The plaque to hang on the spare room door when she’s staying is a work in progress. Keep an eye out for a blog post about that creation in a week or so.

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Screen Printed Tops

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Jun 032018
 

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Tops And T-shirts

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I was awake early Thursday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I decided to get my screen printing things out onto the kitchen table and print some vest tops and T-shirts for me and the youngest nephews.

I’d got a couple of black ones for me that I wanted to try printing the peacock I printed and painted previously onto, but this time I didn’t want to do any painting, simply screen printing in gold and bronze ink.

I must say that I am a little disapointed in the results.  Neither colour pops as much as I had hoped on the black.  The print itself is good in both colours, with even the finer details of plumage and leaves all printed, but they look paler than I would have expected metalic ink colours to be on black.  Mind you, they do appear clearer inbthe photos taken with flash.

Plumage and Foliage Screen Sansation 12″ square screen with Gold ink.

Closeup.

Plumage and Foliage Screen Sansation 12″ square screen with Copper ink.

And closeup.

Then I went on to a white one for me with a double layer screen print of a rose.  I used Red and Leaf Green ink for the first layer of this one. Then after it had dried I used copper for the outline layer.

I knew that, with a stretchy material that moved just by pealing away the first screen after inking, that getting the second layer exactly in place without any area having stretched and moved would be nigh on impossible, so I decided to go off set on purpouse. Some is a bit further off than other areas, but I recon it looks better than it would have if some areas were spot on and some off.

And a closeup.

I think I will try this on a canvas at some point, as it could be fixed and I could try to get the outline spkt on.

After playing with screens and tops for me I went to screen print and then stamp onto T-shirts for my two youngest nephews.

I used a smaller 7″ x 5″ screen of a fox that I’d used previously on a card as the main image on both, then added their initial in the bold font stamps made to work with the Screen Sensation system.

For both I printed the fox using some dabs of red ink, some dabs of copper ink, and some big dollups from my mixture of used colours pot. The same mixture pot was used for stamping the initial.

This first one is a caramel coloured garment.

And a closeup.

And the colour of this second one is called grey marl.

And again a closeup.

As you can see, the colouring isn’t exactly the same on both foxes as it is impossible to get two prints exactly the same when using a mixture of colours.

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I have a couple of screens I haven’t tried out yet. A spotty one and another pattern one.  I think they will be good for backgrounds for cards and perhaps to decorate wrapping paper or gift bags to wrap up gifts to go with the cards.  So I need to get my thinking cap on to decide exactly how I will use them, and then I’ll have another screen pribting session. So keep an eye out for a blog post about that sometime in the future.

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Jun 012018
 

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UFO Quilting – Preparing For Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with preparing my patchwork quilts ready for actually quilting them..

In my last update about this project I told you I had both patchworks sewn up and was begining to put them together ready for quilting.

I said in a previous post, about quilted cushion covers, that I’d tried using temporary fabric adhesive spray to hold everything together, rather than pining the layers together, and that it had worked well. So I went for the same method again.

Spraying a small area of backing with the temporary fabric adhesive and then pulling the wadding into place over it. Then doing another strip of spray and rowling more wadding over it until I got to the end. Then doing the same for getting the top, patchwork, layer in place. Working on the matress of the sofa bed meant I could pin through to it to keep everything in place as I worked.

This is it with all layers stuck together.

I then put a few safety pins in at the end, “just in case”. I’m not sure how long the adhesive will hold it’s tack for if I have to leave it a while before I have the time and energy to do the actual quilting.

So, one is now all together ready for quilting.

Then it was a case of starting the layering process for the next one.

And then – I spotted that I still had some thread ends not trimmed off on that one, so I’ve come to a stop until I can make sure it is tidied properly.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Crochet Blankets Completed

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May 302018
 

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A Pair Of Crochet Blankets

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At some point in April I did a post where I showed you what I was using to make a pair of crochet blankets, and said that I’d finished one – other than sewing the ends in.  You can see the post – here – if you haven’t seen it previously.

Well I’ve now finished off the ends on the first one and crocheted the second one.   I used six 200g balls of the yarn I showed you per blanket, so they are not a cheap make. But I think that they look quite nice and will be lovely and warm on the beds in the spare room.

This is the one I showed you before, but this time on the bottom bed of the new bunk beds we’ve bought for the, very small, spare room.

And this is the second one I’ve just completed hanging off the side of the top bunk with some pillows stopping it from sliding.

Not much difference to look at from the first LOL.

And this is how it looks like on the top bunk.

Here you can see both blankets in place.

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So, that’s this particular blankets project completed.  I do need to get on and do more of the patchwork quilts that are to go on the beds on top of them, so expect another post on the progress of those before long. Plus I have several UFO crochet projects I now need to pull out of hiding and see which one I’ll tackle completing next.

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Cards For 18th Birthday

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May 282018
 

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18th Birthday Cards

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A friend mentioned that she would be needing 18th Birthday cards before long, so when I got home I started thinking about making a few. Only problem was I’d forgotten to ask whether she needed Welsh or English cards, and whether they were for boys or girls.  I even forgot to ask if they had specific interests or tastes.  Duh! Brain not in gear.

But I decided to have a go at making a bit of an assortment as I didn’t have any specifically for 18th birthdays in my boxes of cards at the moment, and it would be easier to discuss what sort of thing she was looking for if I had something to show her.

These are what I came up with.

Male themed, English. I believe the pieces to make this 8″ square card were from a Kanban kit.

This one is a female, Welsh, card made using a Hunkydory filigree collection. I’ve put 4 small 18s on this card in each corner, rather than one big number.

This 8″ square xard is made using Hunkydory decolarge. I kept one of the layers to decorate the insert and used foam tape to build up some of the layers on the ftont.

This one I used a “Happy Birthday To You” greeting from the collection to make an English card.

This time I’ve gone subtle for the number 18 putting it on twice.

If you’ve not spotted them yet have a look at this clo8seup.

One on the roof of the bird feeder table and one on the hanging feeder.

Back to a male themed card next. This time in welsh.

Unfortunatel I needed to take the photo at an angle to prevent the shine overshadowing the image, and when I took the photo at this angle the eording “Penblwydd Hapus” and the large numbers, at the top left of the card, don’t show so well in the photo.

The next is the largest  of this batch of cards, being an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock tyat I scored, folded, cut down the centre of the front, cut a piece off the right side, scored both sides, thenfolded the sides as well to make a double easel.

This is the topper on the right. It’s a fully made up decolarge topper from Hunkeydory.

I used an A4 coordinating cardstock to decorate the basevthe base and used pieces from a second set of the same image ad stoppers for both side easels.

And this is what the card looked like

The dimension on the topper and stoppers was created using 2mm derp, double sided, foam tape.

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That’s it for today.  More crafting TO COME before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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May 262018
 

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UFO Quilting –  It’s Curtains!

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I’m starting today with a bit of deviation from the two patchwork quilts I’m working on. And going to talk curtains.

When I had help to start clearing out the spare room, prior to painting, new carpet and new bunk beds, the curtains went in the wash.  Now I think that they were always a little bit short for the window, having come from my gran’s old place with my parents when they moved in here, (and other family members also remember there being a gap with some trinkets on the window sill) but I’m also sure that when we hung them back up there was more of a gap. In any case I didn’t want to either buy or make new curtains, because I’ve already taken on a big project with what I’d already planned to do for the spare room.

But once I’d cut out all the blocks needed for the two patchwork quilt fronts I realised I had enough bits of material left to make smaller blocks that I could put randomly along the bottom of the curtains, that would not only solve the problem of the gap between curtains and window sil, but would also pull the curtains into the random patchwork look of the completed quilts.

This is what I landed up with. One of the curtains –

And this is both of them hung at the window of the small spare room. Not a lot of room, so you can’t really see both I know.

But, I still had some bits left over – so I decided to add a border to the pillow cases to make them look a part of the theme as well.

So this is one of them.

And one the bottom bunk of the bed waiting for me to finish the quilt.

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So, now it’s back to do more work on the quilts. Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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May 252018
 

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Digital Scrapbook Page

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If you’ve followed my blog post for any length of time you will have realised that gardening is one of my other hobbies in addition to crafting. Because of my disabling conditions the vast majority of my gardening is done in a variety of containers while I’m sitting down.

My tower of strawberry plants looked rather dismal last month, before I cut off all the dead or old leaves, fed the tower with liquid fertiliser, and put a net onto the frame around it to give it some protection.

By May the plants are in bloom and look as if I may get a bumper crop.

This month, on the Dragons Lair Designs Blog there is a challenge to creat something using one kit – Citrus Celebrations.

To take part in the challenge you need to go to the DLD Etsy store and buy the Cirtus Celebrations mini kit.

Then collect the 2 parts of the free download from the blog.

Then have fun makeing something using items from the digital downloads.  Full instructions are on the blog.

I decided to make a digital scrapbook layout showing my strawberry tower before I worked on it, and how it looks now with flowers all over it.

This is what I came up with.

Hopefully, before the end of next month, I’ll have red strawberries to photograph and eat. Then I can create another scrapbook layout to show you.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • DLD Blog – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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