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I started out to make a bag so that I could applique this little stitchery on to it. The stitchery is from a retreat with Rosalie Quinlan and Leanne Beasley held in Nowra (hosted by Jukejema Quilting Barn) and was a practice in satin stitch.
So I had the fabric for the bag, chosen to match the variegated threads (Cosmo Seasons) used in the stitchery.
But then procrastination set it!
And stayed for a while!
And then a while longer!
To cut a long period of procrastination short, I ended up using the applique on the front of a journal cover. There’s something quite decadent about a notebook covered in fabric, don’t you think?
So this journal cover did not use any of the original fabrics (although it did use fabrics from my stash, so that counts for something). I’m loving these muddied/muted colours at the moment.
Well, then there was still the issue of the fabric for a bag!
So I stitched the bag outer.
And the bag lining.
And then I decided that I really, really liked the bag lining and that it should be a bag of its own.
And it is!
I’ve put a casing and drawstring on it, so I can fill it up or give it a little shape if it’s not so full. I really love the fabrics in this bag.
But then, what to do with the original bag outer?
Well, make another lining, of course.
So this one also used fabric from my stash (it feels good to use from the stash).
I left the lining sitting up a little at the top to give the look of piping, and then top stitched to keep it in place. I quite like the look of this one.
Both bags have been put into service and it’s lovely using fabric instead of plastic when I’m out and about!
What project of yours has evolved into something entirely different?
Well, I haven’t had too many finishes this year – LOTS of new things started, though . . . hmmm, does this mean I have finishing issues? Or just busy multi-tasking? The answer depends on who you ask!!!
Anyway, I have finished this . . .
It’s the “Our Home” applique (by Lynette Anderson), which I wrote about here and here. It’s been finished for a little while, but now it’s framed and hanging on the wall. I put the year “2009″ on it, even though I made it this year, in honour of 2009 being the year we moved into our current home.
I’m really pleased with the way it turned out – a little piece of cheeriness celebrating our home.
OK, so it’s not like I’m in need of another project, but I’ve been seeing the Snowbound Block of the Month from Bunny Hill – and I really like it! The snowmen are so cute. But I decided I was going to start . . . and then I had a moment of indecision!
What was it that caught my imagination about this project?
Was it the fabrics (Rural Jardin – who can resist)?
Was it the applique which should go together pretty quickly?
Was it the snowmen?
Actually, it was a bit of all of those things. But . . .
I have decided, for now, to simplify (my life and this project) – so I’m doing it as a stitchery – in miniature!
Each stitchery block with be about 4 /12″ square. And I’m using some vintage silk thread that I picked up on my travels a while ago (I knew I loved it but didn’t quite know what to do with it).
So . . .
I started with the pattern and a fine (01) Zig pen (I find Pure Brown pretty good for tracing stitcheries) . . .
and traced it onto my fabric (which is the Rural Jardin plain in the aqua) . . .
then I started stitching . . .
There are 5 blocks available so far, with 12 in all to be done. I’m not sure what I’m going to add – maybe some little nine-patch blocks . . . we’ll see.
I quite liked stitching with the silk. It’s actually not quite as fine as would I would have preferred for this project, but still, I’m using it! I did a bit of Google-ing and it seems that the threads were probably made around 1925. They’ve held up pretty well – one spool was a little grubby on the outer threads, but most of the others are in pristine condition, with the label bands still in tact! There’s something quite appealing to me about working with older things (it’s a bit like antique furniture, I suppose). Whoever owned the threads before me must have a had a project in mind at some point, as there are 6 spools of one colour and a couple of another. Just goes to show – one girl’s stash is another girl’s treasure!
Block 4 stitched – tick.
Block 4 pressed – tick.
Block 4 pieced – tick.
Block 4 of Bronywn Hayes’ Catalicious BOM is called “Brutus with Sue and Cynthia”. This photo doesn’t show the colour very well, but the dark fabric is an aubergine colour, with the other print a buttercup-y sort of colour.
I thought this was going to pretty quick to stitch, but it seemed to take me a little longer than I estimated. But not to worry . . . I’m enjoying seeing all the blocks come together . And I think I’m enjoying satin stitch! If you’re like me and struggle a bit with this stitch and you haven’t seen this tutorial from Melly, check it out and give her technique a try – it worked for me!
So, that’s Block 1 – Brutus The Cat
Block 2 – Friends
and Block 3 – Sisters
I’m trying to use supplies on hand for this project, which is pretty satisfying. These Sawtooth Star blocks will be 18 1/2″ square (finished). I don’t usually work with large blocks, so this is a bit of a change for me and I must say, I like seeing progress in the large sizes!
I found this little lavender bag in the linen cupboard the other day – I’d forgotten all about it and was pleasantly surprised to see it. It’s filled with lavender grown by a friend of my mum.
I remember I loved doing the monogram on this, and did one like it for my great aunt who shares the “S” with me. I must say that although I had forgotten about it, I was surprised to see “2006″ stitched into it. How time flies (I do actually remember making it) – just goes to show the importance of dating our projects – like quilts. In the blink of an eye years pass and before you know it, the details you thought you’d always remember are just a little hazy . . .
Well, I was slightly lagging behind, but have now finished Block 3 of Bronwyn Hayes’ Catalicious stitcheries “Sisters (featuring Brutus the Cat)” . . .
This block had plenty of satin stitch, which usually leaves me feeling a little anxious . . . but then I came across this tutuorial by Melly & Me which really helped me A LOT!!! So now I am boldly approaching satin stitch without hesitation!
The stitching on the next block is under way . . . more to come on that later. If you want to get in on this block of the month stitching, it’s not too late. Click on the Catalicious button on my sidebar . . . and start stitching.
I entered a competition on Lynette Anderson’s Blog and I won!
This little parcel of goodies arrived in the mail . . .
It’s one of Lynette’s new patterns called ‘Our Home’. It a little applique and stitchery and is just gorgeous!
And what about these buttons? They are soooo cute!
Thank you so much, Lynette. Guess you know what I’ll be stitching over the weekend . . .
P.S. You should go to Lynette’s blog and have a look at her new quilt called ‘Scandanavian Christmas’. This one I am definitely doing!
I had this bag, designed to manage fat quarters, I think - but seriously, is it big enough for that??? It worked well as a project bag, but didn’t look all that thrilling to me.
I had a Bronywn Hayes stitchery which looked lovely, but didn’t really have a home.
So what’s a girl to do?
This is what you get when you combine the two . . .
I covered a thin piece of board and stitched it into the top (clear) lid of the bag. Now I have a safe home for the stitchery and a great project bag!
How do you use stitcheries in your world?
I’ve had a lovely time this week stitching Block 2 of the Catalicious Quilt from Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly who is generously offering up a design a month for the stitching pleasure of us all in blogland.
This block was stitched with wonderfully named “Raspberry Parfait” thread from The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. (It’s hard to know if the colour or the name holds more attraction with some of these threads!)
I like stitching in one colour, and with these threads being variegated I still get a bit of interest with the colour . . .
I really like the way this block has turned out. It’s certainly got a bit more oompha than the first block (colour-wise), but I’m happy with both really. The first block hasn’t photograped all that well – it does look much brighter in real life . . .
I’m still keeping with my endeavor to use supplies that I have on hand and am looking forward to using some of the lovely reproduction fabrics that I have in my stash with this bed runner – I’m planning to make a runner for the end of the bed (where the cat in our lives seems to spend a good portion of her days). She’s a bit of a quilting companion, so this will be in honour of her!
It seems like such a long wait until block 3 next month . . . I guess I’ll just have to find something else to go on with – something from the long list of unfinished projects!