Lookie what came to my door…..left on my patio door because I wasn’t home:
All the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I participated in a Bookmark exchange for April 23rd, International Book day. I don’t even know who they are from because I can’t understand the address. Oh well, I won’t open them until April 23rd. I love bookmarks!
And here is what I am plotting and planning. I enlarged the pattern and am ready to make sooooooo many of these:
It is a little tea-shaped pouch! I bought the book just for this pattern. Laurrain Yayama (sp) de Asigned it. Isn’t cute? And what colour would you like?
I am also working on this:
Hmmm….what can it be? It is the start of a pin cushion that I making…..one for myself and one for yet another swap. That is about all I can show of it. We might have some peekers here :).
I received my silk threads! Yay! I am so eager to use them! I am making a pin cushion to carry them which I will post as soon as it is finished!
I have some swap stuff to do so I want to talk too much about what I am doing or what the end product is, but here is what I worked on this evening, good old paper piecing or foundation piecing. I am having fun with it and can’t wait to see the end result!
This is called the “Garret Window”
This one is called “Amish Square”
The squares are 2 inches and I am making something special! I hope that it turns out. Come back tomorrow night and hopefully I will have it put together. I don’t do foundation paper piecing too much and had a terrible time starting. My sewing table is full of scraps!
I didn’t have time to blog yesterday but my sister and I celebrate our Sister’s Day on the 3rd Sunday of March. Here is what she spoiled me with. Oh….in the box that she sent she spoiled me too! 🙂 The nuts are amazing and I have to hide them. I am eager to start the Jane Austen book! I just bought a Jane Austen sewing book so thanks so much J! Chocolate! :)…..See, I haven’t eaten them yet but thinking of a recipe that I saw.
On to sewing:
I am almost finished my first ever applique project! I just have to put the backing on and stitch in the ditch. Isn’t it cute? I wasn’t really liking the pink flowers but they add punch to it and they are now growing on me! Now I have to go and hem some jeans :(….but then I can wear them!
Since it is National Quilting Day, I pieced my 2nd block for the Christmas BOM that I am doing:
So, this block is called “Prosperity.” There were a mix of techniques, the piecing and then the applique, which I did by machine and worked on my terrible satin stitch. All in all, not really a fussy block. It does measure the 9 1/2 inches. I’m sure that as soon as I get more blocks done, the colours will mesh better.
For my SIL, here are some pictures of the process:
Here is the first part, sewing the three rows. What I learned: iron the seams so that they go in opposite directions so that there is no bulk where they meet.
This part was relatively a cinch :)….What I learned…don’t mix up the 6 inch strip and the 7 inch strip.
I thought that this would be difficult, but NOT. What I learned: Centre the yellow triangle piece with the block.
Attaching the red triangle. Easy, peasy but here is a trick that I learned from applique. When you have to mark on material, the material moves…put sand paper under it and it stays still so the pencil glides.
Triangles on. What I learned: Follow the stitching lines on the pattern.
Almost finished. I used Heat & Bond Light to adhere my hollies. No problem.
Applique the applique by machine. Fun and a nice touch.
So? Do I start the 3rd block or go and work on my hand applique?