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Friday, 13 February 2015

Bags of Sewing and true blue scent.

More sewing, more bags and a long neglected WIP finished, now time for a little catch up with reading through my blog list and posting one myself.

Remember this little experiment,

 
I used some Kona Snow Charms that were left over from another project and some assorted precut charms that I bought. I struggled with the piecing as the patterned charms were not cut quite straight. Of course I had all the HST's sewn, cut and pressed before I discovered this but I gritted my teeth, made some strong tea and sewed. Then I rebelled and put it all away for a little rest. This week I discovered it and decided that it was crunch time. I have not used all my HST's, I do not have that amount of will power, the rest have gone into my crazy scrap bin.
 
This little quilt has used up some high loft wadding that was lurking about, the border is a slippery fabric that has been deliberately ignored for too long. It is not shiny or even slippery to the touch, it just has to be pinned within an inch of its life or its slithers around under the presser foot. It is now tucked away with the Picnic Basket ready for the coming summer.
 


 
This scrappy bag is quilted and used another scrap of the thick wadding, the lining and handles are from some cotton dress material that never got used.

 
 
These 3 bags are fully lined and were once a curtain, the other one was used a few years ago and I thought that this was one Lone Ranger that had reached its "use by" .

 
At the risk of being completely boring, here are my long lasting roses, I really thought that they would have been in the compost bin by now. The Hyacinths were a gift and look how they have turned out, the tall one is filling the room with scent and I have hopes that the little one will oblige also. They were started off together and have had exactly the same treatment so goodness only knows why the disparity in growth happened.
 
Once flowered I will pot them into some compost to feed the bulbs and put them in the garden later in the year.
 
I am off out for a girls night in later, lots of chatter, a little film watching and some nibbles. We may indulge in a glass of wine but it is more likely that the teapot will be working hard.
 
 
I hope that you all enjoy your weekends, wherever you may be, and fingers crossed that we all see some sunshine.
 
 
                 TTFN                                                    Pam

18 comments:

  1. I love your scrappy bags - the first one is my favourite. Now don't drink too much wine. Have a great evening.
    xx

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    1. It was a lovely night, we watched Easter Parade, chattered for Wales and drunk copious amounts of tea. We also put aid to a tray of Brownies, naughty but oh so good.

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  2. Your flower arrangement is gorgeous.

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    1. The roses are about 4 weeks old now and the Hyacinths are growing almost as I watch them.

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  3. My hyacinths did not flower at all, I hope you enjoyed your evening.

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  4. Oh Pam, I love that patchwork tote. You really are talented. I so love my tote you made me and I have received many compliments. Wish I was there having a girls night in .... Have a great weekendxxx

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    1. That tote has now gone to a new home, keep an eye on the mail box ;-)

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  5. Ooh Pam, I like the sound of that :)xxx

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  6. Those roses have lasted such a long time, I bet the special ones bought for this weekend wont last anywhere near!

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    1. I was very naughty this morning, I had to go into Tesco for someone and was near the display of roses and told a group all about my roses from Lidl, several bunches were put straight back into the display buckets.

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  7. I love the result of your little experiment, the thought of HST's scares me to death, I've only ever made basic square quilts, that patchwork bag is stunning, maybe I could brave a bit of crazy patchwork for such a lovely bag.

    Hope you enjoyed your time with the girls.

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    1. I have a couple of bins, strips and crumbs and keep them near when I am cutting and sewing. As soon as there is enough I start a crazy block, I love it, the brighter the better.

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  8. I do love the scrappy patchwork bag. And the quilt was well worth all your effort, it's beautiful.

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    1. I have made the building block before but using diamonds and EPP, this was much faster.

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  9. The quilt looks lovely, it has a 3D effect.

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    1. I used dark,. light and white to get the effect, I do like it and have another in my head. I just need an extra day or 2 a week.

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