JJ Crafts, quilting, sewing

Quilt Update

I said it the last post that I'm using fusible batting and I can confirm its amazing! My first four blocks are mostly quilted. To start with I stitched in the ditch around each of the patterned fabrics, then went on to add borders 1/4 inch out from those which was easy enough, just following… Continue reading Quilt Update

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My First Quilt – The Beginning

Having finished my table runner I decided to dive straight in to starting my quilt. The plan originally was 3 different blocks of each of the six patterned fabrics I've chosen. Each of which would be sashed in white and then joined and bordered in white too (or maybe bordered in yellow or navy if… Continue reading My First Quilt – The Beginning

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Quilted Table Runner: Finished!

My last update on my table runner was photos of the three top blocks pieced. Well now only about a month later I've managed to finish the whole thing. The one big problem I had (and it was big) was my attempt at basting. I bought pins, but they took two weeks to get here… Continue reading Quilted Table Runner: Finished!

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Crafty Update

I've been doing a lot of bitty things craft wise recently. So thought I'd do a post to update my progress on all of them. First off I'm crocheting a cowl, ostensibly for my mother but honestly I've just really wanted to do this stitch for a while. I saw it ages ago but only… Continue reading Crafty Update

JJ Crafts, quilting, sewing

Table Runner Update

At the start of the month I decided to make a table runner to practice my quilting and to test out all my new quilting goodies that I got for Christmas. I also wanted to test out my poplin cotton against regular quilting cotton to make double sure it would work (instead of finding out… Continue reading Table Runner Update

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First Cross Stitch Finish of 2017

I have a finish to show you! Not only did I manage to finish the stitching for my pin cushion, I also managed to actually finish the pin cushion. Here it is fully stitched and also fully finished. And some close ups: I'm really happy with it, I hashed the counting a little in that… Continue reading First Cross Stitch Finish of 2017

JJ Crafts, quilting, sewing

Getting into Quilting

This is going to be my year of quilting. I'm going to make my first quilt. I got everything I need for Christmas. The plan was to start straight off having 'practiced' on my table mats. In reality, I didn't do as much quilting on the table mats as I wanted to as I ran… Continue reading Getting into Quilting

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Looking Backward

This is first half of my Looking Forward, Looking Backwards posts. The one focusing on the coming year will be up in a couple of days but for now, this is a look back at how 2016 was for me (hint= really quite good). This might be quite a long post as I think this might… Continue reading Looking Backward

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Cross Stitch Sal Update

It's been another three weeks (what?!?) which means another post for our stitchalong. We've got a couple of new stichers joining in this time. Welcome! Amazingly I have managed to squeeze in some stitching around Christmas. I've manly been going back and adding back stitching (there's a lot of it!) and details which means it… Continue reading Cross Stitch Sal Update

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November Wrap-up

Lots has happened in November, mainly writing, but between the writing lots of other things have happened to. I'm going to start with the writing because it took up the main part of my month. I did Nano. And I went past all my expectations (which you can see here but what it boiled down to… Continue reading November Wrap-up