Monday, 30 November 2015

Churn Dash Mini Challenge

Yes, this month our challenge was to make a mini quilt using the churn dash blocks.  I had to go and look to see how this block was made up (Mr Google is so good at searching) and I found lots of different styles but decided to go traditional.

I did start small

These papers make perfect  half square triangles 

Oops! a mistake about to happen

Just 2" unfinished 

Second mistake  Boo Boo!

I am now sure I am not happy with this
 So back to the cutting board ......

This was a sneek peek for flickr photos
 Only a little bigger, but I felt I could get  a better seam match

Not perfect but getting there
 Finally I like
Final size 9" x 9" 
Tomorrow we get our next challenge here and as we have Christmas coming up we have decided to let the next challenge spread over two months, so you have plenty of time to get this one done.......come on join us.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Slacking !!!!!

I feel like my feet have hardly touched the ground, so crafting has been a bit on the slow side . Still I have a couple of things to show and tell today.

Firstly my daughter bought some yarn at Yarndale back in September and asked me to make some fingerless mitts for her.  I was a little bit unsure as I thought the pattern I had was going to be a bit big for her, so I just knitted them on smaller needles and goodness they knitted up quickly......she may even get another pair before Christmas.

Nice and Lacy
 On Saturday I went along to make a Christmas wreath.  I am just not good at flower arranging unless it is a step by step arrangement, but the lovely Glynis was at hand to show us just what to do.  We were given a ring of wire which we had to bind with more wire then add the moss and bind again.

Should I just leave it like this???
 Everyone had brought greenery, so the hall smelt like a forest, and the floor looked like a forest floor.....  but we were having fun.

There's always one that's sensible and brings her apron !

Heads down and working hard
After adding the greenery (which I have to tell you took a lot longer then imagined) we could add some fancy bits.   There was a great choice laid out on the table, and I really thought I would go for all the baubles and beads, but in the end decided less was more.  I am thrilled with my creation and can't wait to hang it outside on the first of December.

Tah Dah!

I'll be back soon to show you the next stage of our Mini Mania Challenge....Yes -November has whizzed and its nearly time for us all to show and tell about our Churn dash minis.

See you soon x

Friday, 13 November 2015

Baubles and Beads

Ooops!  I seem to have been missing from Blogland for a while and there are really no excuses.  Have I been busy....Not really, but I do have a couple of things to show you.

Last year I tried beading baubles, loved the sparkly little things so bought a number of packs of baubles ready to be beaded (as you do). Of course time ran out for Christmas 2014 which meant I stored the baubles ready for this Christmas.  I looked on Pinterest and decided to try my hand at making the patterns up as I went along.  VoilĂ ! look at this little lot....

They are of course a variation on a theme, it takes so long to get the patterns right.

Just another two boxes of 12 to do!!!!!!  May be they will be ready for 2016

As some of you know I have a smocking group that meets once a month, and its always nice to make something special for Christmas.  This year the main 'show stopper' (what a laugh) was a mini wreath.  There were a couple left over, so I thought I would make one.

Its only about 8" in diameter so not quite big enough for the front door
The weather this weekend is supposed to be awful, so I think I might spend some time in my sewing room with next months challenge, if you don't know what I'm talking about go over to flickr and have a look - you might like to join us.