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

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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Akela We Will Do Our Best

Hello Again Friends
I can finally reveal my secret project 🙂
It is a memory quilt reflecting the life of our Akela of 2nd Dubai Cub Scouts.
Our Cub Scout Leader will leaving at the end of this term 😦 after XX ahem years of living in Dubai and the Middle East and having given more than XX ahem years of service to Scouting.
So what do you give to a man who has dedicated a huge amount of his time to such a worthy cause?
A quilt of course 🙂 which we presented to him last night amid a few tears and blubbing later on.

Aklea will be sorely missed by the Cubs and Leaders as well as all his friends here.
He leaves a large hole and a huge pair of boots to be filled.
I just hope I’m big enough to fill them.
I will do my best…..

So here is Akela’s memory quilt in all its glory.

Enjoy!
Cx

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Scout Membership

Knot

Airplane

Dubai

Camel

Arabic Coffee

Flags

Camping

Compass

Sunshine

Geko

Mug Rug Swap

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Hello Everyone
I recently took part in an international mug rug swap.
The idea is that people all over the world make something, in this case a pair of mug rugs, and post it/them on to a nominated recipient in another country and you in turn recieve a similar item. So in effect there is a mass movement of these hand made goodies travelling all over the world at the same time.
It’s a lovely thing to do and you get to make new likeminded friends in the process.
Posted above are pictures of the mug rugs I recieved from a lady in the USA and below are the ones I made and mailed on to a lady in Australia.
I love to see the way that other people interpret the same pattern, see what you think.

BTW, if anyone knows how I can turn these pictures round into the correct orientation I will be very pleased to hear from you.
Enjoy

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