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3 Aug 2019

Helping Hands Are Never Idle

If you have time to spare and are looking for a worthwhile cause to occupy you, why not why not pop across and join our Facebook Group over at Helping Hands.   
There you will find a group of like minded people who just love making things for others.  There are various projects  all over the UK and abroad that you may be able to help with.

In a bid to use up some of my many odd balls of wool, as well as the Octopuses, I’ve been crocheting preemie baby clothes for Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit in Harlow, Essex.

So far I’ve managed six little cardigan and hat sets and 4 tiny hats.









Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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21 Jul 2019

I'd like to be under the sea………..

In an octopus' garden in the shade!

I’d like you to meet  ‘Billy the Squid’ and ‘Octopussy’
These little guys are the first two I’ve made for my Helping Hands Project  and  they will be heading to Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit, in Harlow Essex, along with the other items I have made.

They use them to comfort the preemie babies. 
Apparently they hold onto the tentacles and it reminds them of being in the womb  and holding the umbilical cord.   Amazing, isn't it.



Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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14 Jul 2019

The Songbird’s Garden – Part 3

When I started stitching this series back in Nov 2018  I had intended to stitch one a month and to do them in order, but I’m now wondering why I set myself such a task.

I’m now asking myself, does it really matter if I don’t stitch part 4 next …………and the answer to that was a big fat no. 
It's not as though I’m stitching them for any reason other than the fact that I love the designs by Vinniey P. S Tan, and as yet I’ve no idea what I will do with them when they are all finished, (and I will finish them all) so after this one it’s a lucky dip to see which I stitch next.



Anyway, for now I have just finished No. 3 in the set and this one is ‘Winter’s Wisdom’.

It was stitched on 36 count ‘Tin Roof’ Linen with Overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works.


Golden-crowned Kinglets

Conifers



See the entire series at   Cottage Garden Samplings ;

Weeks Dye Works  Floss shades: 
Blackboard, Chestnut, Clockwork, Collards, Havana, Kohl, Molasses, Oak, Palomino, Saffron, Sage, Schneckley, Snowflake, Pimlico, Taupe and Teal Frost


Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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20 Jun 2019

On A Quilting Roll!

Mine was one of the first projects added to the file list on the  Helping Hands Facebook Group  back in 2015.

At the time I was asking for knitted blankets and bonding hearts for the neonatal unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex, but since then I have also sent them prem baby clothes and Incubator quilts as well. 

It’s actually been a while since I sent them anything because the things I’ve made have gone elsewhere,  but I’m back on the case now and the two small quilts I made last month will be heading there, together with these four little quilts that I’ve finished this month.




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If you feel you could help out by donating tiny quilts, knitted or crocheted blankets (with no holes for tiny fingers to go through) or  bonding hearts, please leave me a message here.   
Blankets and quilts should be approx. 16” x 22”

You could also visit the  Helping Hands Facebook Group  where you’ll find lots of other worthwhile projects you could help with.


Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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30 May 2019

Braving another Quilt or Two


I remember a few years back my good friend Nicki encouraging me to brave using my sewing machine, which had been collecting dust in the cupboard for many years, and have a go at quilting.
 
My reply had always been that was incapable of sewing a straight line, but her words keep coming back.
  
She said I’d be hooked if I gave it a go.

I eventually made my very first quilt block, which wasn’t a great successful if I’m honest,  back in August 2016, followed by first tiny quilt in Feb 2017.
                  
I’ve not progressed to anything much larger as yet, but I did feel confident enough to make four quilt blocks as part of a very special quilt that was made for one of the policeman involved in the aftermath of the Borough Market terrorists attack in London.




Nicki was right about getting hooked.............I now find myself browsing quilting magazines instead of the paper crafting ones that use to end up on my craft table and I already have a little collection of acrylic quilting rulers and rotary cutters, lol.

I’m happy making small incubator quilts and have made two this month, in conjunction with the   Helping Hands Facebook Group  


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When I have a few more made, they will be heading to my local neonatal unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow in Essex.


Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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11 May 2019

The Songbird’s Garden – Part 2


April - May 2019

Most of April and part of May was spent working on my cross stitch.

Number 2 in the Songbird’s Garden series 'Merry & Bright',  features a Black-capped Chickadee and Winterberry Holly, just perfect for the Christmas season!

I’ve stitched it on 36 count Dove coloured linen  and used Weeks Dye Works overdyed floss.




You can see the whole series here at  Cottage Garden Samplings

Weeks Dye Works  Floss shades:

Baked Apple, Crimson, Ivy, Juniper, Kohl, Kudzu, Monkey Grass, Parchment, Pelican Gray, Schneckley  and Seagull.


Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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1 May 2019

Another Quilting Technique Under My Belt……….sort of!

My six Teddy cross stitch panels are now finished and I’ve made four of them into a small incubator quilt.
I’m still quite a novice at quilting and am slowly getting to grips with all the different ways you can put the quilts together, so looking for some ideas I hit  ‘You Tube’  and found that you can quilt as you go.

Although I’m doing small quilts, I thought this would be great, as with only a home sewing machine I wouldn’t have to tussle with the bulk of the quilt going under the machine……..got to be easier, right!

What I hadn’t realized was that there are many different ways to Quilt As You Go. 

Some cut and quilt just the top blocks and batting and add the backing in one piece. 

Some cut and quilt the blocks, batting and backing all the same size and join the finished quilted blocks with sashing.

And then there’s the method that I used, cutting the blocks and batting the same size and the backing 2 inches larger and this extra fabric becomes the sashing when you join the squares together.
Although I only used four Teddies for the quilt, here's a closer look at all six that I stitched.
 Inbetween working on the little quilt I’ve been busy cross stitching most evenings, working on the second part of  The Song Bird’s Garden, ‘Merry & Bright’.
Not too much more to do!
Happy Crafting!
(Whatever you passion may be)
Sue
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