Sunday, February 21, 2016

More Blocks

This week I have made two more blocks via The Splendid Sampler:

Bonus Block : designed by Pat Sloan

Block 2 : Wings designed by Jane Davidson

The top one is a bonus block and the bottom is Block 2. Block 2 comprises 46 pieces and it is only a 6" block - rather challenging for a beginner like me but I managed to pull it together.

Block 3 of The Splendid Sampler comes out tomorrow. Looking forward to it. I think I might be catching the quilting bug.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Keeping Creative

I promised myself I would try new things and I am doing that.

One craft that I have always admired but have never let myself explore previously is quilting. To this end I have taken the plunge and I am participating in The Splendid Sampler - a mystery 100 block quilt project where you get patterns to make two 6" (when finished) blocks per week. The blocks will comprise a lot of different techniques. It commenced on 14 February and runs through until March next year. I made my first block yesterday. I am fairly happy with it for my first block but I did learn quite a bit about what to do and what not to do in the process. 99 quilt blocks to go.

Block 1 : Hearts Aflutter designed by Pat Sloan

The project has been created by two quilt designers, Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan, and they have 83 fellow designers and industry leaders on board with them.

I am not a quilter so this project will be a challenge for me but I love a challenge. There is a supporting facebook group and there are so many lovely supportive members so I know there will be someone on there that will be able to help me when I don't understand something.

You also get access to a number of bonus projects and one of them was a cathedral window pin cushion by Kim at My Go-Go Life. This is my attempt:

I am pretty happy with that too. I think I am already understanding how people get hooked on quilting, especially with all the gorgeous fabrics that are out there.

I have also had a go at making an Embellished CD Cover from a book called Notebook Covers and More. I quite like the cover but unfortunately because of my bad cutting the fit is pretty tight to get the CD in - I will have to try that one again.

I have also started a 'Leaf Project'. I am going to create an album (book making) containing leaves made in different media. So far I have made some felt and embroidered leaves and a photoshop leaf.

I have also been teaching myself to crochet. My first attempts:

Over the last month among other things I have made myself a 2016 diary with to-do lists, a wall folder for my craft room for throwing papers etc in until I have time to deal with them, I have been taking a few photos, making lists, doing colouring-in, I made a collaged card, finished Cameleon (previous post), have done a lot of planning and searching Pinterest for ideas for my projects (love doing that) and I have created this new blog.

So one month into my new creative journey and I have realised that by just doing a little bit of something creative most days how much you can achieve. I am, however, still working on balancing my creative time with other things such as housework, exercise, paying the bills etc!

Happy making.

Monday, February 1, 2016


No, the heading is not a spelling mistake.

One of the things I am trying to work on at the moment is eliminating some of the guilt I have over the amount of unfinished crafts and unmade kits I have hidden in boxes in my craft room.

This is Cameleon the Camel. 

He is the first of my UFOs (unfinished objects) that I wanted to work on. That is largely because he has been waiting for about 11 years for me to finish him. Trouble is he largely looked finished. Nobody really noticed that his ears, tail and neck and nose bands were just pinned on or that his felt sack didn't have a fastener. 

Sadly it really didn't take me that long to finish him once I made the decision to do so. I'm so sorry Cameleon for making you wait so long.

When I told my husband I had finally finished the camel he said it was a wonder it hadn't collapsed with shock.

I made the camel at a workshop with a lady called Felicity Willis all those years ago. I used a scrap of upholstory fabric to make him. After the workshop I then promptly made his cover and felted his side sack and added a little pot and urn I found at an op shop. The beading under his chin is from a keyring I found... and there he sat for approximately 11 years until today.

One UFO completed - quite a few more to go.