Sunday, 31 October 2010

Swinging Old Time

Last night I had the most fun I've had in ages with my sewing!!  I found this lovely blog idea from Comfort Stitching a few days ago and showed No.2.  She really needed, yes needed, a wall hanging of her own and loved it as much and I did.   So we went through the pink scraps and patch worked the background.  Every thing is stuck on using that fusible stuff and then stitched into place.

And last night I sat down to start the sewing.  Free motion quilting isn't something I've done before really.  Well I've done some roses but that was super easy.  But actually making a drawing with the sewing machine was something else.  It was recommended that I practice lots first.  Well it's just not me!  No I prefer to just rip into these things and hope it turns out OK.  I have to say it went perfectly.  I was quite shocked how easy it was, and oh soooo much fun. 

It was so different from the usual type of perfect sewing that I'm used to.  No lines ruled here.  Everything was just spur of the moment kinda stuff.  Yep even the frame, which actually turned out fairly squared some how.  And I'd say this fits pretty well into the Pleasant Home Sew Scraps Along Challenge I'm participating in.  Got to love using up scraps!

I think I'll have to make another mini quilt using my own design next time.  Hate doing the binding though.  Too fiddly and annoying.  But I don't like using others designs, it just doesn't feel honest even when I am given permission.  Mind you I didn't use the patterns provided so it's all my drawing I guess. 

Now moving on.  Last week my dearest friend Liz sent me a surprise package.  Don't you love those?  I had no idea what it could be.  You can imagine my excitement when I peeled back layers of tissue to discover five pretty doilies for my bed cover.  Gosh Liz you are such a little love!!  Thank you so very much, they are just perfect.  One of the best parts of this bed cover will be remembering where each doily was found or who it was gifted from.  I really can't wait to begin it.  But first I must find an old white table cloth to attach them to.  I'm thinking this will suit best.  Keeping with the old theme.

These two doilies are my favourites.  Liz assures my that they are hand worked.  But just look at the one on the right.  Imagine having the patience to do something so intricate?  Not for me I'm afraid.  I prefer instant satisfaction.  I do love the little stand out flowers on some of them.  Does the one on the left remind you of a snowflake too?  So sweet and pretty.

Well that's all from me today.  The sun is just coming out for the day so I'm guessing you'll find me in the veggie garden later on.  The weeds are just well, growing like weeds!  Funny that.  The veggies are doing very well too luckily.  Catch you all later!

24 comments:

The Patchwork Heart said...

Just love the pink picture, well done you! Free motion machine embroidery is addictive!
Heather x

delia hornbook said...

Wow i love the pink picture very clever and beautiful to and so fiddley to i can imagin. I love the doilies especialy the snow flake one i would love to be able to make these. Enjoy them all. Dee ;-)

Colette said...

Utterly gorgeous - all of it. I'm inspired, I love free machine embroidery and have been thinking of doing little wall hangings for a while... now when I get a free moment...

Clara said...

I just the wall hanging.

Vintage Mum said...

Love it! It's just so pretty :)

Cat B said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it so much! And guess what was made for ME ME ME this month in our BEE ~ http://meandma-maria.blogspot.com/2010/10/fresh-and-funky-quilt-block-bee.html ~

Clara said...

That should read...I just LOVE the wall hanging!!!!

Dawn said...

I LOVE your work on that picture!!! It is exactly what I want for one of the rooms in my house!;)))

Yes...surprise packages make my day...and YAY for yours:)
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend:))

Posie Patchwork said...

Fantastic work, you must be thrilled. Love Posie

dutch sisters said...

You made a little piece of art! so pretty.

comfortstitching said...

Gorgeous!!!
I hope no 2 is very happy with her hanging :)

Lululiz said...

The wall hanging is fantastic, I bet No.2 is thrilled to bits with it. Now what about Nos 1, 3 and 4? Will they get their very own as well?

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

That is so cool! In the first photo I thought the tree and girl were store bought appliques, they are so perfect! How clever. I still haven't given free motion a try either. Will get around to it someday!

Jane said...

What a fab way of using up scraps. Beautiful work. x

Green thumb said...

That Liz is such a dear woman, isn't she?!
Happy Halloween (^_^)

'Joyce' said...

oh this wall hanging is so pretty. Wow, such a clever chic you are, I think you need to do more of this! lol. just beautiful!. Those doilies are pretty too. I look forward to seeing your quilt.

Heidi said...

What a lovely gift and that little girl how sweet! I love the twig,too!

Maria said...

Its gorgeous Sarah, I made a bee block for Cat which I based on this design for our quilting bee...

BusyBsewBiz said...

Oh I just love your stitching swing art!

Bev C said...

Hello Sarah,

That wall hanging is stunning. Enjoy the next one.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Scented Sweetpeas said...

oh my word that is gorgeous! What a fab thing to make.

Nikki said...

It's beautiful!!! I'll add this to my list of things to make.

Lisa said...

I love it!! its gorgeous! clever clever you... and the doilies are just adorable.. I love the snowflake one....

Andrea said...

What a lovely thing to make,
Andrea x