Thursday, 18 February 2016

Cross over my Sttching

I don't know if you remember but back last year I posted about discovering HAED cross stitch patterns ( found HERE).
I bought the Small Magellenic Cloud, a pic of which you can see on my side bar and promptly started stitching on 25ct.

 I will admit now that I hated stitching it, not the pattern or the company's fault though. I couldn't see the holes of the fabric and as a result couldn't stitch for long. The thread felt too thick and the result just looked a mess in my eyes. After a month I'd only got this much done.

Hubby built me a stand for my huge frame to see if that would help.

 I did persevere for a bit longer as I hate to give anything up but it was destined to become a huge ( and expensive) UFO

After asking for advice on the HAED facebook group I had an epiphany. I was going to rip the stitches out and start again.

It took me four days and alot of swearing to rip out all those tiny stitches ( over a thousand)

 But I was ready to start again. This time I was going to stitch half or tent stitches instead of the whole cross stitch. In two weeks of doing this I've managed to finish all the black of the first page ( one of 63)

that's 5968 stitches for those who are interested. I can quite happily sit in my chair and stitch all day and evening now with no stress or eye strain. I'm so pleased and am really enjoying my stitching again.
In fact I'm so pleased I've treated myself to a few other HAED patterns for the future.

You Can Leave Your Hat On

I've just kitted him up and will be rotating the stitching when I get fed up of stitching black.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bees and Boms

I have done next to no sewing this month, mainly because we are redecorating but also I've been concentrating on my cross stitch ( more on that in another post).

I have made my Stash Bee block for Shari for February. She posted HERE that she wanted a Heart Block in pinks. reds and/or aquas.

I couldn't just make one as it was such an easy block so I made one in pink and one in aqua

( I have no idea why the aqua one has rotated).

The block is only 8" and made by the stitch and flip method in the corners. As a result I had some triangles left over after trimming. I sewed them together into HSTs, trimmed them and made this

At 6" ( finished) it's a bit small but once I bordered it it'll be turned into a mug rug and added to my emergency present pile.

The new block for the Blossom Heart HST quilt came out last monday and I did get around to making it.

As you can see I've changed colours from last month. I will now be using pink for this QAL and the 365 block quilt ( of which I have done none this month).

Hopefully I can get all caught up this week as a new QAL started today. The Splendid Sampler is being run by Pat Sloan and consists of 100 6" blocks.( two blocks a week). These will be designed by various designers and will consist of pieced, appliqued and stitchery blocks. I'm not going to follow any colour scheme for this like my other two QALs. I shall just be using my scraps and a low volume background where appropriate.

Happy Valentine's Day

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

In The Pink

So after having a look through my scraps I've decided that February will be a Pink month for my 365 Quilt block quilt and the HST Sampler.

I had more pinks than I thought. Mind you there's a bit of yardage there just in case. I should be set for when I make this week's blocks on the weekend.

In other news I've been baking Welsh Cakes again.

My father is an ex Royal Marine and goes to monthly reunion type gatherings. Throughout the British Armed Forces Marines are well known for liking their food and they don't get better once they become non serving Marines. ( there's no such thing as an Ex Royal Marine). One of dad's friends had a Welsh mother and he can remember her making welsh cakes on the bakestone over a fire. Dad mentioned that I make them and a tradition was born. I now send down a box of welsh cakes to my 80yr old Bootneck 'uncle'. Each month he gives dad the box from the previous month ready to be refilled. We haven't met for nearly 30 years but I'm assured that should he be needed he's at my beck and call.

Talking of Royal Marines, we all said goodbye to Mr January in my last post so I think we should all say hello to Mr February

The calendar is one I get every year and sits on my sewing room wall.  It's from Go Commando, a charity that looks after injured and retired Marines. All the models are serving Royal Marines and apparently are more than happy to get their bodies out for us ladies.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Queen Bee for February

After last year turned into the year of the swap I decided enough was enough and no more for me this year. I did sign up for two Bees though, the Stash Bee and Blossom Heart Bee.

This month I'm the Queen for the Blossom Heart Bee and it's my turn to choose the block. It's a fairly restrictive Bee as we can only choose one of THESE blocks on the Blossom Heart page. For this I'm grateful as in May I'm the Queen in the other Bee where anything goes and I'm changing my mind daily.

Anyway back to this Bee and I've decided on the Checker Block, the tutorial being HERE and information will be going out today.

I've made my blocks as examples. (We will be making two each month)

I decided on a scrappy black, grey white and red colour scheme.

You will notice with the two blocks I've made that the HST's are reversed. This is deliberate

I was playing in EQ with the intention of making a geometric looking quilt for the hubby

This is what I've come up with and why I want the colours in the two blocks reversed, I think this fits the brief and I look forward to showing you the real version next month.