Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A quick catch up!

As you can imagine, things have been a little chaotic here with lots of sorting through things that can be thrown out, things that can be donated and things that will be coming with us on our new adventure to the new house.  However, I have been trying very hard to keep up with the ongoing projects that I am participating in and I wanted to show you what I have managed to achieve since my last post.  

Firstly, I have added two more stitches to my TAST Sampler.

Week 49: Closed Base Needle Woven Picot.  I loved working this stitch and you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

Week 50: Looped Cretan Stitch.  This was also a lot of fun to work and I love the extra impact it has given my sampler.  You can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

I have also managed to continue with the blocks for the Splendid Sampler (my sewing machine is not yet packed away!) and here are the blocks I have completed since the last time.

Block 42: Designed by Jane Davidson and called 'Pencils'.

Block 43: Designed by Pat Sloan and called 'Pincushion Love'.

Block 44: Designed by Gail Pan and called 'Stitch in the Garden'.

Finally Block 45: Designed by Frances Newcombe and called 'Sewing Nut'.

I have had such a lot of fun stitching these beautiful blocks between everything else.... it has helped me to keep calm about things! 

Sorry that I don't have time to visit you all at the moment.... there just aren't enough hours in the day! I hope you have all been enjoying some creative moments and I can't wait to catch up with all that you have been doing again soon! 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Missing you!

I know that I wasn't going to post until after I had moved house but on the house removal front there are times of high activity and times when it is much quieter.... this is one of those days, so I thought I would catch you up with what I have been stitching since I last posted. I have missed your visits and I apologise for not being able to spend the time reading your posts.... things will get back to normal once we are settled again.

Firstly, last week was the June link up for the 'Patchwork with Stitchery' sew-a-long hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting.  My contribution for the sew-a-long this month is another of the pretty 'United Stitches' blocks I have been working on. Another cute design by Rosalie Dekker (Quinlan)  which was quick and easy to stitch.

I also completed a couple of short segments of week 48's stitch for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin TangleIt was another really fun stitch to learn and is called 'Knotted Feather Stitch'. You can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

Then there have been three blocks for the Splendid Sampler.  Block 39 was another paper pieced block but as I didn't really have the time to struggle with a paper pieced block and, I had seen a lovely appliqued version of the block by my blogging friend Sheila, I simplified my block too. The original block was designed by Aylin Ozturk and is called 'Balls in the Air'.

Block 40 was designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister designs.  It is a cute pieced block called 'Flights of Friendship'. This had a special meaning to me as I had the opportunity to meet Barb and Mary at a class earlier this year.

Block 41 was designed by Jennifer Mathis and is called 'Sew South'.  I loved this cute little block!

I also forgot to show you my latest EPP block which I have been working on.  It is from a Craftsy class taught by Helen Stubbings.  My first EPP star!

Lastly, I have managed to sneak in some free motion quilting practice and, I finished another block for my FMQ Sampler.  It uses a motif by Christina Cameli which she calls 'marbles'.

I think that is it.... hope you all have a lovely week (Happy 4th July to my American friends!) and I'll catch up with you again next time!

Monday, 27 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Block 38 and a break......

Here is the latest block I have completed for The Splendid Sampler. It is block 38 which was designed by Pam Vieira McGinnis and it is called 'Vintage Flower Basket'. I loved stitching this block.  I just love the combination of applique and embroidery.  

Things are really starting to get busy here with organising my house move, so I will be taking a little break from blogging and will meet up with you when the move is complete and I am all settled in my new home.

Patchwork Allsorts FB Page

In the meantime, I will post photographs of any bits and pieces I manage to stitch on my Patchwork Allsorts facebook page.  Click on the photo above to visit me there.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

TAST Week Forty-Seven: Chained Cross Stitch

This week's stitch for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is called Chained Cross Stitch and, is exactly that.  A cross stitch of which one half of the cross is made using a chain stitch.

It is a really pretty stitch and results in quite a nice, thick braid. Sharon's tutorial for how to work the stitch can be found here.

I added another circle to my sampler using variegated silk thread.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Blocks 36 and 37 and some FMQ...

Here are my two latest blocks for The Splendid SamplerThe first is block 36 which was designed by Jane Davidson and is called 'Inchy Hexagon Club'.  It is a really cute little block made up of six hexagon flowers which are made using English paper piecing.  The wreath of flowers is then appliqued to the background.  I had a lot of fun piecing this block.

The next block was block 37 which was designed by Laura Flynn.  It is called 'Dashing by Chocolate' and was a nice straight forward block to piece. I have always liked the churn dash block and the flying geese units added an extra twist.

As well as my Splendid Sampler blocks I have also been practising some more free motion quilting techniques.  This time from a Craftsy class taught by Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt.

Lori shares lots of hints and tips about free motion quilting on her blog and one day last week she shared photographs of a beautiful little quilt that she had made using an 'orphan' block.  She had quilted it beautifully (as she always does) and one of the quilting elements was a technique which she calls 'grid pop' and which I wanted to try.  She has a tutorial on her blog for it here.

I made up my own block and quilted it in a similar way.  I had originally added another border but the quilting on it didn't work out as I had hoped, so I trimmed it off and just bound the central part.

I was really pleased with this little quilt and the texture that the quilting gives.  I want to make another one now!

Friday, 17 June 2016

TAST Week Forty-Six: Berry Stitch

This week's stitch for the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle was another really fun stitch to learn and is called 'Berry Stitch'.

It is a stitch made up of two detached chain stitches one inside the other and, you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.

I have added another circle to my sampler and stitched my berry stitches using variegated silk thread.

I really love the texture it adds.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Splendid Sampler: Blocks 34 and 35

Just popping in very quickly to show you my two latest blocks for The Splendid Sampler. The first block to show you is block 34 which was designed by Amy Gibson and is called 'Lemonade'.  This block included some curved seams which I have never attempted before and they were a little fiddly, especially as the fabric pieces were quite small but, I managed to get them stitched and the finished block is a cute lemon.

I didn't have any yellow fabrics that I wanted to use, so I used some green instead and I'm calling mine a lime!

The next block is block 35 and was designed by Kristyne Czepuryk  it is called 'The Wishful Garden'.  

It is a pretty block which features some simple piecing and some lovely embroidery stitches. It was like stitching one of my crazy quilt blocks and I really enjoyed it!

Luckily I have finished just in time again for the release of the next block!