Monday, 21 April 2014

Beginnings of a Quilt

Hi everyone, and a happy Easter weekend to you all.

I've got some sewing to show you today.  I recently took it into my noodle that I'd like to have a go at making a quilt.  I've made a couple of small child size charity ones but I've never had a go at a "proper" quilt.

First stage was choosing the material and deciding on an (easy) pattern!  I managed to buy some nice (bright) fabric at half price, so I thought if it doesn't turn out well, then it's no big loss!

I decided to do a "disappearing nine patch" block.  Basically you sew nine squares together, then you cut it vertically and horizontally through the middle then sew it back together to make a different pattern ...

Well, I tell you this has been a large learning curve in sewing seams, unpicking seams, then sewing them back together so that they (mostly) matched!

In total I've made twelve of these blocks and here's how it looks so far, now that I've sewn the twelve blocks together ...

I now need to find some plain fabric to sash it, then maybe add a colourful border - I'm not really sure yet.  It's not going to be a huge quilt, just a large single sized lap quilt, otherwise I'll never get it finished!

So that's what I've been up to recently, I just needed to do something different!

I'd like to link my sewing to Handmade Monday.

Thanks so much for popping in, hope you're all enjoying the lovely spring weather.

Take care
Suze xx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Little Gift Box

Hi All,

Oh lordy, what a lazy crafter I've been - it's four weeks since I  last posted, oh well, I've no excuses really, just haven't had the inclination! (actually I've had severe insomnia which probably hasn't helped but fingers crossed I'm getting over that now).

Anyways, the reason I'm here today is for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  Our hostess is Fiona who has chosen the theme "A FLORAL PROFUSION" (create something which showcases your handmade flowers).

I've made a wee gift box ....

I made two flowers to adorn the box ....

I used this tutorial for the ribbon flower and the cream felt one was made with the Tim Holtz tattered pine cone die. The felt leaves are TH Garden Greens die.

Our sponsors for this challenge are ...

I'd also like to enter my wee box into the Let's Craft and Create challenge, which is "Punches and Dies".

Hope you're all enjoying the spring weather, it's been a bit of a mixed bag here, still a bit cool for my liking, though hubby and I had a lovely little walk round Castle Fraser last weekend ...

ever get the feeling you're being watched!

think this must've been an old cold store

Sorry for the long post - I guess it's either a feast or a famine!!

Thanks for popping in.

Take care

Suze xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

A Wedding Celebration

Hello bloggers,

I hope this Monday morning finds you all well.  I'm here with a card for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More. Our hostess is Josephine and she has chosen the theme 

Josephine would like to see decorative paper pricking or piercing.  If you want you can stitch the holes you prick, but if you choose to do that, please ensure it's real stitching, not faux (drawn) stitching.

Here's my card (anyone got any tips for photographing miri card - it was a nightmare, the card looks much better IRL!) ....

Supplies Used
Scallop die and co-ordinating piercing template from Stampin' Up
Sentiment is also Stampin Up (Perfectly Penned)
Silver miri card embossed with Victorian Fleur EF
Silver glitter hearts punched from SU owl punch
Bride and Groom are iron on motifs from Hobbycraft

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:

Okay, that's me for today, thank you so much for popping in.

Suze xx

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lucky Cat

Hi everyone,

Goodness what's come over me - two posts in two days - is there a chance I might be getting my mojo back! Lol!  (you can see my fabric covered book here)

When I saw the cue word over at Addicted to CAS this morning, I felt inspired!  I had a quick think and decided to go for a Lucky Cat ....

Supplies Used:
Lucky Cat stamp is Hero Arts
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
SU Real Red Card and some Gold Miri
Chinese Ribbon
A touch of colour with Promarkers
SU Chalk Talk Framelit Dies

Thanks for the inspiration ladies (and that includes you Mrs P! Lol)

Wishing you all a great weekend

Suze xx

Friday, 14 March 2014

Fabric Book Cover

Hi all,

I'm feeling very pleased with myself today as I have FINISHED one of my UFOs (unfinished object).

About 6 months ago I went to a workshop to make a fabric cover for a book.  I thoroughly enjoyed the class but by the time you select all your fabrics, get instruction from the tutor, have your coffee and your lunch ...... well, not an awful lot of stitching gets done!  So at the end of the day, everything was packed up and there it stayed, all stuffed into a bag, until this week, when I was just in the mood to do some fun sewing, so out came the UFO book cover (the book is 8" square)

The main panels are just made with strips of fabric (I used all batiks), a bit of fancy stitching and some ribbon, threads, etc for added texture.

These are all the panels sewn together ....

and this is the finished front with die cut gold lame butterflies and gold stitching ...

and the back ....

the inside sleeve ...

showing the gold lame spine and butterflies ...

gold stitching and strip of gold lame  

I'd like to link my book cover to the current challenge over at  Anything But a Card, which is SPARKLY.

Thanks ever so for popping in, I hope to be back soon to show you the beginnings of my first quilt.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Suze xx

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Grey Wetlands

Hi all,

Thought it was time to get my crafty finger out again as it's been 3 weeks since I last posted.  I haven't been completely idle though, I've started sewing a quilt - still in the early stages but I'll post what I've done later in the week if I've time.

I fancied making a card today but I feel I'm so out of practice at the moment that I had to look through the challenges for some inspiration.

I've gone with the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and the theme at CAS-ual Fridays which is "Shades of Gray".  I was also at a Stampin' Up party recently and bought a heap of stuff, so I thought I'd better use some of it!

Here's my card ....

Supplies Used
Stamp - Wetlands by SU, stamped onto glossy card and lightly coloured with ink
DP is by Indigo Bleu
Gray cardstock is Stampin' Up
Sentiment is PC generated

It's taken me all afternoon to make this card and now it's time to go feed the hungry horaces - fish and chips tonight and I need to go get it as my husband is currently roaring at the TV as Scotland are playing rugby!  Honestly - he is sooooo loud!!

Thanks for popping in, 

Take care
Suze xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Poppy Silhouettes

Hi all,

Well here we are at the end of another week, it's mid-term holiday here, so while the teenagers are still in bed, I thought I'd post this card I made yesterday.

I'm sure most folk love poppies, I certainly do, and I've much admired the Memory Box poppy die for quite a while, so I recently treated myself and I have to say, it cuts beautifully.

Supplies Used
Memory Box Poppy die
Stampin Up DP in Summer Starfruit
Sentiment is Hero Arts punched out with SU Petal Punch

I'm entering into this week's CAS-ology challenge:

Many thanks for coming to visit, wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Suze xx