Just in case cats aren’t your thing…

I get asked a lot about patterns for stained glass applique.
After experimenting with the many wonderful patterns available on the internet, I now design my own. However, one particularly lovely site is
https://www.delphiglass.com/free-patterns-projects/stained-glass-patterns/

Have fun with these. I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of inspiration here.
All the best and good stitching.

Tulip

 

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My Latest Obsession

Applique is one of my favourite things to be doing.
Several years ago, never having tried, I plunged straight into a class and learned how do raw edge applique using fusible web and made a Christmas quilt based on the 12 Days of Christmas by Nancy Halvorsen. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.
For me applique is all about the journey from its inspiration to its development, construction and completion and most of all, the pleasure it gives others as well as myself. I love every step of the process.
I find inspiration all around me at the most unexpected moments. It can come from watching a beautiful sunset sky to discovering flowers in a wood, visiting historic places, stained glass windows in a church, a Roman mosaic, inlaid marble in a mosque and even the pattern of frost on the car windscreen.
What I love about applique is its flexibility and the endless possibilities to expand and develop your creativity, there is no limit. I also love that there are no rules, not really…
With any textile art, as long as the final piece doesn’t fall apart and you love it, it really doesn’t matter how you put it together.
Applique doesn’t have to be about just needle turning, freezer paper or fusible web.
If they don’t suit you, mix it up a little and try fabric glue, tulle, net etc.
Be bold and experiment with your threads as well.
When it comes to applique, never be afraid to experiment with your machine.
Make lots of test pieces, try out different stitches and see which effect you love best before you dive into your project.
There are many techniques which you can learn (or try out) and then adapt and modify to suit how you like to do it and the effect you want to achieve.
My current obsession is stained glass applique using black bias binding.
I spent many many hours twiddling and fiddling with it and breaking all the rules, until I found the best way to make it behave for me and the end results were stunning, even I say so myself.
It’s amazing how colours simply POP out and make a statement.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve never done it before, start off with something very simple and play around with it. Most importantly, enjoy what you do, even making a mess of it, you will learn and find your way.
Remember, behind every masterpiece there is a pile of mistakes. He who never makes a mistake, never learns.
Grab your sewing machine and have a go.

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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

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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