Happy New Year Crafters!
I hope you all had some free time over Christmas to get creative.
Over the break I decided to have a go at patchwork/quilting. So, as you do, I ordered a book, some templates and other bits and I have spent some time reading up on the techniques. I have been watching Jennie Rayment (she is so much fun) on Create and Craft on Sunday mornings. She does a wonderful ‘quilting classroom’ once a month. I bought some ‘fat quarters’ thinking that making a cushion cover to begin with would be straight forward. I cut some pieces of material and what do you know, that’s as far as I have got. I just can’t bring myself to sew them together. I know, I can hear you saying, why not?! Well, I just don’t trust that I will get it right, in fact I will probably ruin some really pretty material and then give up on the whole idea meaning all of the materials I have spent my money on will go to waste.
I have promised myself that I will do it. I am just waiting for the right time when there are no distractions. Watch this space!
I was at the Creative Crafts show at Sandown Park on Thursday 17th Jan. As usual I spent way more than I intended. I even took cash with me with the strict intention of not using my debit card. How wrong was I. I just couldn’t resist picking up a set of “rockablocks” and magnetic sheets for storing my cutting dies which I saw at 1Craft1’s stand as I was making my way to the door to leave. The price was just too inviting! This was after I had already blown my budget (which I am not going to reveal just in case my hubby reads this) He already thinks I am mad and this would confirm it for him!
I also bought some lovely dies from Pink Frog Crafts. They had a demonstration on how to put together some beautiful looking paper flowers, the pieces of which are cut from 1 die. Depending on how you curve the petals, you can make anything from a Daisy to a Fuchsia. I also learnt that you can use ‘Glossy Accents’ to glue the pieces together - a fantastic tip. I went straight home to have a play and managed to get some reasonable results. There were also some wonderful samples on display for added inspiration.
Well thankfully the snow is clearing, I have been hoping it wouldn’t stay too long. My Alaskan Malamute however will be wishing otherwise. He’s a big Husky, and as you would expect, he loves this weather.
Bye for now! I hope to be back soon with more craft related news, and to tell you all how I plucked up the courage to sew my quilting pieces together!