Friday, 26 May 2017

Long Time Gone [Weeks 9-11]

Things got a bit hectic round here the last few weeks so I'm a bit behind in sharing things here on my blog. We're now up to week 11 on the Long Time Gone sew along and I need to show you weeks 9 and 10 as well.

So here is week 9: log cabin quarters.

Week 10 saw the start of the half square triangles.

And week 11 is more of the same.

I laid out all of my blocks so far this week. This is definitely a scrappy quilt in the making!


At a snails pace my snail quilt is coming along. And I realise I haven't shared any snaily updates recently. This week I took the opportunity of open floor space to lay out all the snails so far. Except the 2 I couldn't find.

I'm hopeful that the chequerboard effect of black and white background will pull together what is otherwise a rather haphazard and Mia-driven colour scheme!

The plan from here is to continue making snails until I have 42 blocks. Once together in a quilt top, I have bought a very lovely shower curtain for the backing, and this will become a picnic blanket for our summer holidays. I have until the end of July to make this happen!

Any tips on sewing with shower curtain greatly received!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#1yearofstitches [Week 20]

I'm getting later and later in the week with these posts, aren't I! Well here is the hoop as of Sunday evening. We're 20 weeks in and the hoop has 51 different stitches on it! Some very successful, some less so!

Monday, 15th May 2017: my 50th stitch tonight was Rhodes stitch - the pink square right in the middle.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017: For my 51st stitch I added double cross stitch, which is also known as Smyrna stitch in lime green on the right hand side of the hoop.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017: I attacked the laced arrow head stitch I did way back in march tonight. I've never liked the colour combination of green and pink - it just looked brown from a distance, so I unpicked the pink and replaced it with yellow and it's lifted the whole bottom left section of the hoop.

Thursday, 18th May 2017: Four little orange cross stitches in a vertical line at the top of the hoop.

Friday, 19th May 2017: I returned to the whipped back stitch tonight for another background box. This time in green at the bottom of the hoop.

Saturday, 20th May 2017: And another background box in aqua whipped backstitch on the left hand side of the hoop. Is it the last one?

Sunday, 21st May 2017: Nope - a yellow one also on the left of the hoop. Now I'm done. I think.

#1yearofstitches #jenniesthreads1yearofstitches

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#100days100blocks2017 [Blocks 1-10]

Angie @Gnomeangel is at it again. Another fabulous quilt along. Another 100 blocks in 100 days from Tula Pink's City Sampler book. Let's not talk about the unfinished version I already have of this quilt, shall we!  Instead, let's start about the new one! My plan for #100days100blocks2017 is a Christmas quilt using the Garland collection from Cotton and Steel. I'm not much of a fan of traditional Christmas colours of red and green, but Cotton and Steel have added aqua, blue, pink and coral to the mix and I love it.

Here are my first ten blocks:

#100days100blocks2017 #garlandcityquilt

Monday, 15 May 2017

#1yearofstitches [week19]

I had an idea about my hoop this week. And I decided to run with it. I think it's totally changed the look of the hoop and I'm really pleased with this new direction.

Monday, 15th May: I realised last week, that I hadn't actually used running stitch anywhere in the hoop. So I did. Red running stitch!

Tuesday, 16th May: Pink whipped backstitch - this was the start of the change. I added whipped backstitch in pink in the corner near the blue whipped back stitch - just to the right of the three yellow satin stitch boxes.

Wednesday, 17th May: And this was the day I saw the way forward - I continued the whipped back stitch to create a box in pink on the left of the hoop.

Thursday, 18th May: I continued the theme and took the existing blue whipped stitch and carried it round into another box, weaving under existing stitches. When I got to the line of existing chain stitch, I threaded it with the same navy I had used for the whipping. You can barely see it, but it ties it together.

Friday, 19th May: I took a line of purple stem stitch and continued it round into a partial box at the top right edge of the hoop.

Saturday, 20th May: Orange whipped stitch to create a box at the bottom of the hoop.

Sunday, 21st May: And aqua whipped backstitch to create a box at the top of the hoop.

I think there will be more boxes next week....

#1yearofstitches #embroidery # jenniesthreads1yearofstitches

Monday, 8 May 2017

#1yearofstitches [Week 18]

I experienced a bit of a creative block with my hoop this week, but still added something every day, including a few new stitches. I'm hoping inspiration will strike again soon.

Monday, 1st May: Yellow stem stitch to outline the inside of the circle with the two hearts in the centre of the hoop.

Tuesday, 2nd May: A new stitch tonight over on the left of the hoop: barb stitch. This is basicially two rows of blanket stitch, back to back and lined up, then whipped. I really like the effect. I used light blue for the blanket stitch and dark blue for the whipping.

Wednesday, 3rd May: Another new one: La Mouche stitch. This is the pink triangle you can find towards the top right of the hoop. My hoop sadly lacks areas that need a stitch this shape but I'm on the look out for more opportunities!

Thursday, 4th May: Lime green chain stitch to create a heart shape around the two flowers at the top of the hoop. I don't know that I like it. I reserve the right to unpick it.

Friday, 5th May: This was the night I really struggled to know what to add, so I just added a ring of pink chain stitch in the top right, echoing the lines already there

Saturday, 6th May: Another new stitch - stepped threaded running stitch in the bottom right of the hoop. This is two lines of running stitch, where the visible stitches are not in line (stepped!), which is then threaded. I did the running stitch in pink and the threading in peach, which, it turns out, is too light to really see. I realised whilst stitching this tonight, that I haven't used a basic running stitch anywhere in the hoop yet!

Sunday, 7th May: I added dark purple back stitch either side of the stepped threaded running stitch in the hope it will make the peach stand out better. I think it's worked a little.

#1yearofstitches #jenniesthreads1yearofstitches

Friday, 5 May 2017

Long Time Gone [Week8]

I'm still with you all for this Quilt Along. And this week sees nine Court House Steps blocks. I chain-pieced these on Saturday morning and they went together quite smoothly!

And laying them out like this makes me wonder how good a whole quilt of them would look. I would only need 120 blocks....