Catching up with Hand-stitching

splendid_button_TMI’ve started making up little project bags for quilt blocks which need embroidery, it’s working really well. I trace the design or iron on the applique and pop it in a zip-lock bag with all the threads, a needle and some scissors. If I know I’m going somewhere where I might have the chance to sew, I pop one in my bag. I took several to Tea & Tents and usually have one in my bag when visiting a friend for the day…

I completed two applique blocks for My Splendid Sampler, I just had to blanket stitch round the pieces (mind you there were quite a lot on the squirrel!) and finish off with a little extra embroidery. The squirrel was meant to have a yo-yo flower but mine came out huge and rather than make another one I decided to make a bunch of button flowers. I wasn’t sure about this block at first, a bit too sugar-sweet, but I like it now, I fussy-cut the leaves so they all have a bit of blossom on too! This one was designed by Frances Newcombe, her motto is ‘Don’t worry about making the perfect block, just enjoy the process.’ I agree with that one!

The Splendid Sampler

As soon as I saw the strawberry pincushion block I knew which fabric I was going to choose, the pink bunnies were ideal for fussy-cutting. I used tiny vintage buttons from my button box for the pin-heads.

The block was designed by Pat Sloan who is one of the organisers of the whole quilt-along. She says ‘ The pincushion is an integral part of the life of a quiltmaker. You need to put those pins SOMEWHERE.. right? And why not have an adorable pincushion. I don’t even know how many I’ve made and owned over the years.’

Splendid Sampler

In the middle of July one of the blocks was designed by Gail Pan, I was looking forward to this one as I do like her designs, she didn’t disappoint! It’s called ‘Stitch in the Garden’ Isn’t it gorgeous! I decided to use a DMC variegated thread in pinks and greens and I love how it’s turned out.

The Splendid Sampler

I’ve even managed to finish another block for my Anderson Farm quilt. I’m enjoying these blocks now I’ve decided to use Bondaweb and blanket-stitch, rather than needle-turn applique. I really admire those who can do needle-turn on complex tiny shapes, but I’ll need a lot more practice and time before I’ll be happy with the results and this isn’t a quilt to practice on!

The three chickens remind me of our girls, Dottie is our chief chuck at the moment and she’s a Blue Lace, just like the one in the middle. I love the worm buttons, these come with the instructions, they’re designed by Lynette Anderson.

Anderson's Farm

Well it’s the last day of the month, so it’s time for my stash report, last month my stash increased somewhat after a trip to Goldhawk Road, I’ve been very restrained this month and not bought any, I have been tempted…but I resisted, not like me at all really!

13645348_1265772793463288_4222454598765578193_nI only made one dress this month before I started making things to sell at Tea & Tents, but I did use a length of stone poplin as lining for the bags. I’ve started an outfit from one of my saris too, so hopefully next months will be even better!

Total Stash end of June      115m

Fabric used   3.5m

Fabric purchased      0m 🙂

Stash at end of July   111.5m

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday, why not have a look what everyone else is stitching.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Catching up with Hand-stitching

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Really admire your organisational as well as your quilting skills, Margaret. Quite nice to see variegated yarn used. Love that little square at the very end of your post… you are so-o-o not alone! 😀


  2. Sarah says:

    Your blocks look great. I’m with you on the needle turn appliqué and the sentiment is right just enjoy the process!

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  3. LOL! I shop faster than I sew!! Love it!
    Your blocks are amazing… each one is a work of art!

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  4. Donna Minter says:

    All your stitching is so lovely. The variegated thread choice was genius! For some reason I am really loving all the chickens stitcheries I’m seeing on the web.

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  5. Love all of your blicks, but being a chicken “mom”, I adore the chicken block.

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  6. Your stitching is so pretty and even! 🙂

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  7. CathieJ says:

    Your blocks are beautiful. I especially like the three chickens and the cute squirrel. Funny, I have never owned a pincushion. Mine are in boxes or a magnetic holder. I may have to make one sometime.


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