or a simple case of irresistible baskets?
I've succumbed... again! The lure of hundreds of gorgeous little baskets over at Supergoof finally got to me. I promised myself I wouldn't start any more projects till I finish at least one of the multitude of works in progress. I can't think of a good reason for doing this......
therefore it's obvious I have no willpower whatsoever!
I knew the packs of A4 sheets of freezer paper I bought would come in useful one day. I made a master template of the basket shapes on card then photocopied it onto the reverse of the freezer paper. Cutting out the paper baskets was very therapeutic. I was having a bad day!
Found a bit of relaxation in doing this too.....
pressing freezer paper to fabric then cutting out... turning... and tacking the little shapes. There is something to be said for taking it slow and tacking these little baskets. So what if it isn't as quick as starch it's really enjoyable and gives a nice result.
Now the Eagle Eyed amongst you might have noticed the blocks behind the baskets......
see.....I haven't forgotten the table topper for the conservatory. I haven't progressed much further on it either. So far I've joined one and a half rows.... that's six blocks. Only ten to go..... how long that's going to take me is anyones guess.
I should be shot for not finishing my Schnibbles but I was so enjoying these...
This is the first time I've tried out applique with the freezer paper left inside till the stitching is done. It felt a bit funny to a gal who's used to sticking everything. I admit....I did use a bit of glue baste to attach the baskets to the backgrounds. There is only so much tacking I can take!
When the stitching was done I trimmed out the basket backs and removed the paper. This is how they look on the backside.....
I luv em!!! Can you look at these little cuties without wanting to make some of your own? If the answer is 'yes'.... you really should have talked to me earlier. You could have saved me from starting another time consuming if ever so gorgeous not to mention cute project.
OK... what else. I have stitched another foot or so of my Vignette flower border. I'm not going to bore you with another photo of that. It's growing slowly but surely. I also decided I'd make more Dear Jane blocks... ahem.... that was before the baskets got to me!
What else...... there have been visitors in my little room.
First off... my Mum.......
she spent a day finishing off her latest batch of little vests for Aids Babies in Africa. They've to be knitted to a very basic 'T' pattern and should be really colourful. Mum knits them in the round on 4 needles to avoid scratchy seams. She's back to making dog blankets for Dumfries & Galloway Canine Rescue right now then it'll be back to cardigans and hats for the Premie Babies at Dumfries hospital. She's such a well organised get on and get it done type.... who'd have thought she'd be my mum! Certainly not me!!
Then came Tina with her hexies.....
and let me tell you they are perfect. I really mean.... PERFECT! She's sewn them with invisible thread (masochist) and I promise there is not a single stitch to be seen anywhere. She's using Minick and Simpson's Bar Harbour fabric. It's lovely. So far she's made 10 rows and is working on the connecting hexies. How come she started making hexies way after I did and yet she's nearly finished? Don't answer that!
Then came Chris and Sally. Chris finished off a kit she bought at the Quilt Festival in Birmingham last year....
Another pretty flimsy added to her heap of tops waiting to be quilted! Alright....don't get your knickers in a knot Chris.... I know I'm as bad as you. We both live in fear of the MACHINES!!!!!!!
Sally is fortunately... fearless (she doesn't know any better)! However she's sticking to a bit of safe stitchery for now.....
she's got the first two blocks of the Fernhill Button Club all done and dusted and they look so cute! NO.... I'm am not starting mine anytime soon.... I think!
Well... that's it for all the crafty stuff that's been happening here. I've still not painted out the Conservatory. Still blushing with shame. I have worked in the garden... between torrential downpours. I swear the whole population of the UK will be conscripted into Ark Building before long. I really feel for all you folks in England hit by the floods. For once Scotland hasn't fared too badly in terms of flooding but we certainly have had way more rain than is natural.
Good news...... we have new stock fencing around the garden.....
no more sheep sneaking in here.
No more uninvited cows getting in either.... oh joy! I'm getting to old... slow and nervous to chase them round the garden.
Flowers are blooming.....
I love Alstromeria...
That's all my news. Not a lot considering I haven't posted for 17 days... not that I'm counting. I do want you all to know that I'm still reading your blogs and loving them. I'm only sorry that I haven't been commenting as much as I'd like to.
Mac's health problems are changing in a very worrying way. He is oblivious to the changes and I'm stressed to the point of twanging like overstretched knicker elastic.... and belived me I know everything there is to know about that! Who knows.... one day the medical profession might step up to the plate and see to it he gets the help he needs. At the moment there is more chance of Pigs flying over Parliament! Don't get me started on Parliament!!!!!!!! Oooop's sorry.... you didn't... did you! ;o)
I'm going before I drag my soapbox into the middle of the floor. If I start to rant tonight.... I'll never stop!
Hope you are all enjoying life and having a lovely time doing whatever makes you happy. I've got my beady eye on you all....
See you sooner rather than later....
Love your little baskets, I've seen them over at Supergoof's blog too and was tempted but am sitting on hands - I keep starting too many other things!! I've not done my applique that way before but it does make for a very tidy little basket. How inspiring it is to have others come and sew with you - your mum's jerseys will go down a treat. Sorry to hear about Mac's health; hopefully pigs will fly one day and you'll get the necessary help. Do like your garden shots too. Whew a long comment....take care.
so lovely to hear from you.
Love those baskets. It is very dangerous visiting Ingrids blog. She does inspire me though. I so want to make those baskets do you think you can come over here for a crafty afternoon to teach me? Your needleturn is so amazing!
Mum's little vests are so cute and colourful and your crafty friends' projects are wonderful too. Love those hexies, but then I would.
Didn't want to mention it but I have started quilting my boys' story quilt.
hope Mac is ok.
good to hear from you Josie,lots of action at your place,well done on your crafty bits,have a great day my friend.xx
You go girl!
Good to see your sewing room has seen more action than mine :) But then, that's not new, lol! ... Your baskets are gorgeous! And so is everything else you've shown - what a talented bunch of ladies!!! ... So sorry to hear things aren't getting any better for you with Mac! Will be praying for strength!!
Oh, and I know all about reading blogs, and not commenting much - been me of late too!! Much too often, lol!! Hugs! xo
Josie, I love the colours you're using in your baskets, they look so cute
Fun baskets, Josie. :) How many do you need to make? Have you ever tried the back-basting method for applique? It would probably be perfect for these, and eliminate a lot of the fiddling for you. Here's a good tutorial for that - http://www.allaboutapplique.net/2011/04/27/back-basting-redux/
So many great projects. Always fun to have several going at a time and then all of a sudden you get several finished at a time too! Your garden is beautiful too.
It's nice to be able to make choices on what you want to work, isn't it!
Someone send me this joke last week: In the bible it says "It rained for 40 days and nights continually. A big disaster." In Holland we call this summer! I guess in Britain it's the same.
Your little baskets look beautiful, good to see how you do your applique too. Your mum is amazing and how nice to be able to have sewing friends visit. Your garden shots are pretty, I'm glad the fences will make things easier. We had to get a new fence last year to keep our chicken out of the neighbours gardens!! Sorry to hear about Mac, I hope things improve.
You certainly have a lot going on! I love the baskets, oh so sweet. They are definitely on my list of projects to make sometime soon. Sorry to hear that Mac is not doing too well - hopefully he will get the help he needs.
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