Saturday, 24 January 2015

RSPB BIRDWATCH

I counted the birds for the watch between 9am and 10am. Boy did we see lots. The count had to include the total number present at any one time. These are the gorgeous birds that visited during that time.
Blackbirds 6 - currently we have 4 female and 3 males chasing each other around
Robin 2
Dunnock 6
Collared Dove 2
Blue Tit 4 - there are more than that but only 4 came together today
Great Tit 2
Starling 5
Magpie 1
Wood Pigeon 1
Crow 2
Also visiting this morning were 2 of the 3 squirrels we have
and
1 Bengal cat!!!!!
That was a fun morning.

Friday, 23 January 2015

QUILTED

I finally quilted the 9 patch cushion cover.
The patch with birds on needs unpicking at the edge because it puckered quite badly when I machined around it thinking that would be the right thing to do. When I come to sew it to the back of the cushion cover, I'll make sure it's well basted or pinned and then hope for the best. Same goes for the square with the buttons on.
I've managed to buy a toe stippling foot for my machine so I can have a go at free quilting on the trellis cover. Not plucked up enough courage to do that and I think I shall draw out some lines to follow first.
The next one is cut out and ready to start.
I may begin it tomorrow but have to complete the RSPB birdwatch first. We have so many birds around this year it's just wonderful watching them.
Before I sign out, my pal Sylvia has only gone and made another lap quilt - in a week! She is such a whiz kid.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

MAKING CUSHIONS

Last year we bought a bench which also acts as storage, for the area where my perennial border is. We also have a wooden bench which I've put there too. Whilst on that particular shopping spree we also bought a new parasol, a lovely heather sort of coloured one. I decided to make seat and back rest pads for the new bench and recover the ones we already have for the wooden one. I also decided to make cushions and thought I might just give patchwork a go thanks to inspiration from my friend Sylvia, who as you know, is an expert at patchwork. Me, nah! I'm just having a bit of fun.
I've started 3 but none are complete as yet as I'm stuck at various points on them all, mainly because I am using some curtains I bought a couple of years ago - which are massive, and I need help cutting them for the benches before I can cut pieces to back my cushions.
This is what I've done so far.
This is a ragged patchwork. Needs the back on it so I can wash it to make the seams fray.
I used Tim Holtz dies on this one. I am trying to get a darning or quilting foot for my sewing machine in order to quilt the bare bits.
I started this 'stringed' cover today and have just cut the sections to size. I intend to appliqué a bird on a branch - Tims dies again - on the remaining plain square.
I've really enjoyed myself making these cushion fronts and just hope they go together neatly when I come to join them to the backs. Watch this space.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

A LOVELY SURPRISE

WOW!!! I just logged on to my blog to check something out, namely the Sunseeker blog, and got a wonderful surprise. Take a look at my new blog background. It's made up of my 12 tags of 2014 by Tim Holtz and boasts a lovely new colour scheme which compliments Toby's wonderful chocolate coat. All this has been created for me by my son-in-law Quentin, owner of www.quentinjamesdesign.co.uk. I love the end result. it's so refreshing and bright. THANK YOU Quentin once again.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015 - JANUARY

YES! off we go again for another year of monthly fun courtesy of Tim Holtz and his 12 tags. Again I enjoyed a few hours gathering my stash together and wondering how to compromise on the bits I didn't have. To complete this month's tag I had to use a few different items which were: terminology tissue wrap rusty hinge distress spray a gold confetti star a stiff brush to act as a splatter brush tarnished gold distress stain Hey, they all worked which is what it's all about right?
I reckon this month's tag is a super start to a new year. Let the fun continue.....