kitchen crafting

My fibre and fabric crafting is either uninteresting or secret at the moment, but yesterday I made some damson jelly.  I am in a real mood for finishing and have been preserving all the produce that I should have done a while ago.  These damsons were spotted by my mother-in-law who noticed them growing on a branch that was hanging into her garden.  So she started shaking it a bit…

This weekend I want to try and get to my favourite blackberry picking place to see if I can get enough for a year’s worth of jam.  I have a whole larder to fill in our new home!

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Penny on the subway

I have a new obsession!

I’ve been reading Elizabeth Hartman’s blog Oh Fransson! since before I could sew.  I love her quilts and her blog and her tutorials….  She’s just started a quilt-a-long for her Toyko Subway Map Quilt and I’ve decided to join in.   When this was announced I decided against it – we’re going to be moving house soon so starting a new quilt project didn’t seem sensible. I gave in though, I love it and I have to make one – now.  I’m making this completely from stash fabric so really I’m just reducing the amount of stuff I’ll need to pack.  That’s the theory anyway…

This is the first five blocks and the top row.  Please don’t panic about the dog on the patchwork – Penny had very clean feet (I checked) and was just moving to lie down, she’s very gentle!  She loves to settle down on things like this, I only have to leave the room for a minute and she’s made a nest out of my knitting and fallen asleep.

The pattern for the next two blocks will be available on Monday so I’m going to spend the weekend knitting frantically before I get sucked in by my sewing machine again.

free motion drama

Yesterday was a day of sewing excitement and drama – I made this…

I’ve played about with free-motion quilting before on scraps and I took a class in it a few months ago, but this is the first time I’ve done any in a proper project.

I used a tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  The quilting part was going really well until I stupidly got my finger in the way of the needle on my sewing machine at full speed.  I’m sure you can imagine….its not a vital-for-knitting finger though so not a great disaster.  I got my priorities right though, and started searching for a substantial bandage so I didn’t ruin my fabric.  And I kept going…

This used lots of leftovers from various quilts and dressmaking adventures.  Funny though how you can bring down a big pile of fabric to use, and when you’re done the pile doesn’t seem any smaller.

Success!!  I’m going to go and stash this bag away now for a reappearance at Christmas…

my weekend

I’m just back from a weekend away at my parents in the Highlands.  My sister and I traveled up for a little rest and to be fed huge amounts of cake by my mum.

There was lots of knitting…

My mum doesn’t knit much anymore, but she likes to pick up things I’m working on if it’s stocking stitch in the round.  She knit almost the whole hood of my Idlewood while I worked on other things.

I took some random photos in my dad’s garden…

While we were away my sister started knitting.  She’s shown no interest whatsoever in knitting herself, preferring to steal the things I make instead.  But she suddenly and quietly asked to have a go so she was passed Idlewood (which by this time was on the body) and just started knitting with no instruction.  She claims she only did it so that she wouldn’t feel bad when it found its way into her wardrobe later.  But she knit on it as soon as we’d finished dinner, and then again in the car…

Now I’m back and catching up I have a couple of days on my own while Mr Saz is away for work.  The plan is to work on some (ssshhh…. Christmas) sewing projects and maybe alter my Daisy Dress.  Just need to find my seam ripper!