About christianeryder

Passionate about quilting, sewing, crafting and sharing these experiences

More Cats…

I had great fun designing and making this wall hanging.
Called “Library Cats”, it will hang in my son’s school library next term.
I’m thinking about making another one to hang at home.
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I wonder how many of the titles the children will read?

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Yes, I have a thing about cats…

It’s been a while since my last blog and I realised that I posted my latest offering in the wrong place, so here goes attempt number two…

It has been a busy year since my last post and I have shamefully neglected my blog, but now I’m back with some photos of what I have been up to.

These fabric stained glass kitties were made for a friend and inspired by the gorgeous works of Sedef Yilmabasar, an amazing and multi talented Turkish artist.
I love the way the black applique bias make the colours pop.
Check out Sedef Yilmabasar and her work here http://www.kediciressam.com/  http://www.turkishculture.org/whoiswho/sedef-yilmabasar-ertugan-3167.htm

Another fabric stained glass piece I made was taken from a pattern from Stained Glass Hobby and scaled up. This site is a fantastic source for practicing this type of applique.  http://www.stainedglasshobby.com/index10.php

 

And finally, this piece was made after I fell in love with a picture on the internet.
I don’t know who the original artist was, but I adapted the flowers to make Mackintosh roses. This was my first foray into stained glass applique for my college work.
Enjoy
Lots of love Cxxx

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Constantinople Quilts. Tamsin Harvey

Hello Again My Friends.
A couple of years ago I visited the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi. The beauty and peacefulness of the place left me breathless. I was also left wide eyed in awe of the loving craftsmanship of the decorations adorning the walls, floors and pillars of this holy place of worship.

Below are some photos that I took while I was there.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

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Coloured marble and mother of pearl inlay on a pillar

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I absolutely love this place and as a non-Muslim, I appreciate its peace, spirituality, beauty and the fact that everyone is welcome to visit.
SO last year, when I saw a book called “Constantinople Quilts” my antennae twanged like mad and I had to get myself a copy. At the time I was stony broke but promised myself I would buy it next time I saw it.

Well, guess what? Even better than buying a copy, I received an invitation from my local quilt shop in Dubai, Classic Quilts, to attend a session with none other than the lovely, talented author herself – Tamsin Harvey.
Anyone who knows me will know that I jumped up and down with joy at the prospect.

Tamsin brought the quilts from her book to Dubai and told us the story of their creation; from her initial inspirations from the Iznik tiles, of her family connection with Turkey from the First World War, the photography of the quilts in the historic locations in Istanbul and the stitching and technical twiddly bits that only quilters really want to know.
Throughout her presentation to us I felt her passion, joy and love of her craft, of her inspirations and the journey she is still travelling in bringing it all to us; the crafter and reader.

I not only came away happily clutching a signed copy of Tamsin’s  book, “Constantinople Quilts” I also came away filled with inspiration and excitement; an impatient excitement to get going with my dreams and ideas.
Thank you to Mala Ramakrishnan of Classic Quilts  http://classicquiltsdubai.com/ for arranging this session and thank you to Tamsin from Berrima Patchwork NSW Australia https://www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/ for visiting us in Dubai and kicking my mojo back where it should be.

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Tamsin Harvey – Dubai. Bed scarf

 

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Detail from Istanbul

 

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Tamsin and The Peacock

 

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Mala waving to new arrivals with Blue Cini

Sending Love and Hugs

Hello Again My Lovelies

I don’t know about you but I sometimes find that inspiration leaps out from the most unexpected places.
I discovered a fabulous little known paper shop tucked away in a new mall close to my house. I love it when I stumble upon treasures like this place.
Anyway, after rummaging through their paper stock I found a sheet of card stock with a tree on it. You know that moment when you have a sudden intake of breath? Well, I just had to buy it….
This is the result of that inspiration; a huggy cushion cover for my BFF –

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The card source is from the Simply Spring line from Bella BLVD, Art & Design by Stephanie Smokovich.
Check out their website https://www.bellablvd.net for more fun stuff.
I love the Fresh Market – especially the  Tutti Fruiti. Simply too delicious 🙂

And while we’re on the subject of fruit and markets; Kevin Kosbab’s book, “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop” has a scrummy Fruit Market Quilt project. I love the clear bright colours and simple shapes that make up the yummy blocks.

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I’m still messing with this for a large squashy cushion and having lots of fun with it. I can’t decide which fruit is my favourite…
What do you think?

Another cushion cover I made recently was inspired by Wendy Williams from her book, “Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures”

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I adore the silhouette idea. This pair of peaceful looking birds are appliqued onto printed linen. The colours and the linen lend a more sophisticated and upmarket feel to the finished product; just perfect for my bird loving friend.

So to all my lovely blog friends old, new and yet to be, sending you love and hugs.
Keep stitching and if you’re not stitching, be happy 🙂
Cx xxx

 

 

 

Can You Keep a Secret?

Hello Again

Ever had that feeling when you have to keep something quiet and could just burst? Well, now it’s over 🙂
I can finally show you the surprise project I was working on earlier in the year.

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This is a wall hanging for my dear mother’s special birthday.
If you are familiar with Kim Schaefer’s work you will recognize some elements of her designs; the bee hive, tall flowers and bees.
The bird and the impossible branching flower were the ideas of my son and my neighbour’s daughter. Kids sometimes come up with genius ideas 🙂

More later
Chrissie

Climbing Back Into The Saddle

Hello Blog Friends

Long time no squeak. Many apologies.
Life events took over the front seat, but hopefully now I’m climbing back into the saddle.

So, what’s new? Well, we have a new addition to the family.
Her name is Lecien and she wandered into my life at the warehouse after being abandoned in the middle of the Ras Al Khor industrial estate where I used to work.
Little did I know at the time, she was pregnant. (Probably why she was thrown out of house and home)
Anyway, as is the nature of cats she chose me as her new human and hasn’t left my side since. Three of her four kittens have wonderful forever homes with my lovely colleagues while the tom kitty was usefully employed as a mouser in the warehouse.
Lecien is most definitely a sewer’s cat. I’m sure, if she could, she’d be at my sewing machine when I go out. Here she is checking out one of my “toys” giving it her seal of approval. What can I say, cats and boxes…. so true.

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Other new things are:
I have finally joined the 21st centaury human race – I have a smart phone!
Remember the Apple sales guy form my previous post waaaaay back when?
He was right! Aaaand, not only that, I also acquired a tab; not just any old tab but a note tab (I really cannot give up my pencil, not just yet)
Now that I have the tech, I need to get to grips with the other the stuff to make it all work.  So far so good, I hope.

My new passion is Lori Holt’s Bee In My Bonnet “Farm Girl Vintage”.
OoowMyGosh, I love her stuff sew much!
Check out her blog for this amazing book and others by her.
http://beeinmybonnetco.BlogSpot
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I joined the Bee In My Bonnet Sew Along community on Facebook.
Wow! What a bunch of talented and lovely ladies they are.
If you’re looking to join an on line community of friendly quilters, this is the place.
The latest swap is a quilty pocket and this is what I’m sending to my swap partner.

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Below are two versions of one of the blocks I made when I first bought Lori Holt’s “Farm Girl Vintage”

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Anyway, that’s it for now. I hope to blog you again very soon. (“To blog”, a new verb?)
TTFN my lovelies
Chrissie xxx

Technology: Blessing or a Curse, Delete As Appropriate (or not)

Hello My Lovely Blog Friends
Firstly, my apologies for being away for so long. It’s been simply ages since my last post.
The reasons are many varied: life (we all know that one) but mainly trying to get to grips with new technology.

Just before Christmas I went to buy my son his much coveted iPad mini. 
For the last year or so he had saved like mad to procure his beloved prize (I said that I would pay half if he managed to save half, and much to my astonishment he did)
So, off we scrurried to his favourite shop, whose name is the same as a famous airline, to do the deed.

Now I wonder, how many times have you been to a shop after you have either saved like mad or screwed up the courage to take the plunge and splurge your hard earned/saved cash only to find that either it’s sold out or has been superseded by the latest model?
Well, you guessed it. The the iPad mini “is no longer made” and has been “taken over” (the Apple sales person’s words not mine) by the iPad Air. Deep inhalation of breath as my son’s eyes start brimming with tears.
Not only is the object of his desire no longer available, the replacement is hideously more expensive than we had budgeted.
After what must have been hours of “back and forth” with the Apple guy about specs, cost, advantages of retina displays, memory, price etc etc and the strained negotiation with my son that the balance of the cost will have to be his Christmas present, I was finally dragged “kicking and screaming” to the cash desk to pay for a spanking whizzy iPad Air…..

Next came the setting up process which was more like a kindergarten session, lots of baby steps. The Apple guy, up to this point, was very tolerant and understanding of my tech-ignorance, so far so good, until he mentioned “your smart phone”
Errrr.
I pulled my faithful old brick out from my back pocket and the guy had a virtual dicky fit and called me a “dinosaur”
At this juncture he could really call me anything, the wretched thing had been paid for and he was doing me a HUGE favour….
He prophesied that I would be back to get myself a “smart phone” within the next three months. 
Anyway, after the hurumphing and the verbal slapping I gave the Apple guy I left the shop with a joyful son and empty wallet.

More to follow……

In the meantime here are a few pics of what I’ve been working on. You see the irony there?

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Patience Is A Virtue

Hello Again
Goodness, I feel like the number 7 bus: nothing for weeks then 3 posts in a row 🙂 🙂 🙂
I had to post again today after finding these wonderful coaster buddies in my mail box.
My uber talented swap partner from Canada mailed me my box of goodies back in August. I think you’ll agree they were certainly worth the wait 🙂

Enjoy, I will…..

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Christmas Isa Coming & So Isa Nother Swap

Hello Everyone
Hot on the heels of the Autumn Coaster Swap from Michele Foster is a Mini Christmas Stocking Swap designed by Stitching Cow. Hooray 🙂

http://stitchingcow.com/

I wonder who I’ll be sending these to?

Below are the stockings I completed today along with a hand stitched stocking made by my little boy. Still a work in progress this is all his own idea and his own work, no intervention from mummy 🙂

Rock on my son!
Enjoy
Cx

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Keeping the Love Alive – Keep it Cute

Hello Everyone
My goodness, where did October go?
How time whizzes by without us noticing and suddenly a year has slipped passed.

Last year my neighbour’s little girl E started taking an interest in my sewing activities and quite often would come and stand beside me and watch me using my sewing machine as I made quilts and clothes. She would chatter on as little girls are apt to do and one day she asked me if she could have a go…..
I almost died at the prospect of a then 7 year old using my very expensive, I can’t live out, sewing machine…
So I made a compromise and suggested she had a go at hand sewing.
I prepared a little project for her using brightly coloured embroidery threads, aida fabric and a “safe” ish sewing needle. As I expected, she tangled herself up in it but she had a lovely time just sitting with me and enjoying the creative journey.

I was so pleased to see that she was genuinely interested in the craft that put together a little sewing kit for her birthday and made her a needle book to go with it.
Later, I was thrilled to discover that E was sewing with her Grandmother as well.

A couple of weeks ago I had another visitation as I was sewing and E reminded me that her birthday was coming up soon as asked me if I would make her another needle book.

“Another needle book? What happened to your old one?”

I fully expected to hear that she had lost it, but no!
It lives permanently at Granny’s 🙂 and she wanted one for home.

Joy of joys!
“Of course I will Sweetheart”

So here it is.

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Below are pictures of my old and rather battered needle book.

If you like these you can make your own by going to Nana Company.
She has a super cute tutorial, check it out 🙂
http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2011/10/needlebook-tutorial-by-nanacompany.html

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