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Monday, April 8, 2013

Sewing with Friends finish and some Apples and Cross Stitch."

Hello,

Happy Monday.

I had plans to make a little holder for my rotary cutters and 6.5 inch ruler on Friday. I had a piece of fabric that Fiona sent me last year as the centre piece. I also used up bits and pieces of fabric from the stash as I went along. The wadding for the inside were scraps that I joined together. I join these with the "Serpentine" stitch I have on my machine.


I used one of the buttons that Chris gave me. I think the Ruler button works in perfectly.


I did some circle quilting on the back, using some tins of food from the pantry. No need for fancy patchwork templates, just look around you.


On the inside I used some of the braid Chris also gave me. I used the "Serpentine" stitch to quilt the wadding and the fabric together. There was no pattern, just made it up to suit the fabric as I went along. I love working like this, no instructions  to follow.  Thanks must go to Cheryll for hosting this sewing get together.


There is always something growing in the garden that is edible. Picking loads of apples at the moment. We had quite a windy day a few days ago. This lot was picked and washed. No chemicals were sprayed on the apples. Completely organic. It has been great to walk past the apples in the shop and thinking that ours are growing just out the back door.

I have been working on a cross stitch which has been a long work in progress. I can't work on it in Summer as it is far to hot and I want to keep the linen very clean.


I have had to teach myself two new to me stitches with this one. The Smyrna Cross Stitch and the Eyelet Stitch. I only have a little bit to stitch on this one. Hopefully it will be finished sometime this week.

I hope everyone has a Happy Monday.

Bev C


20 comments:

Astrid said...

Love your little holder, so cute! Lovely cross stitch project. Organic food is the best. I have seen only one apple tree here, don't know why they don't grow here, perhaps too humid? As far as I know all fruits are imported, except bananas - they grow like weed here. :)

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creations.1 said...

Your ruler and cutter folder are great. Nothing better than fresh picked food from your own garden!!

Robyn G. said...

Hi Bev... some lovely work going on here :)
Love your rotary cuttery (etc) holder.. such fun!! I too love working without a pattern :)
Enjoy those beaut apples and also enjoy your lovely cross stitch... it's gorgeous!

Lynda said...

It's always great to use up goodies from you stash and also to learn new stitches. They are all looking great (and so are the apples).

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great work on your holder. How wonderful to have apples at your back door. Good luck with the new stitches.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Love that holder. Very cute!

Linda

Val Spiers said...

What a fabulous little holder. I love that lady fabric. It is fun to pick things off your own trees. The apples look yummy. We have been watching our oranges grow. The cross stitch is amazing and almost finished too.

marina said...

lovely rotary holder.
your cross stitch looks great, hope you get lots of cooler weather so you can get it done.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Bev, I love your little holder for your cutters and the "cheeky looking" lady you used for the front panel.
There is nothing like picking your own fruit. Last year we planted cherries, plums, apples and pears, so we are looking forward to some fruit this year.
Oh by the way, I thought I would mention, I avoided those Indian toilets you mentioned. Thank you for the warning.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Maria said...

What a great odea for your 6 1/2 inch ruler and cutters..
Love the lady fabric and your scraps work well together.

melanie said...

The cutter folder is just gorgeous! What lovely fabric!
Those apples look good too, please do send some of your sunshine our way, we are still having freezing cold days even though it is Spring! :)

I hope you are having a lovely day :) xxx

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Happy Monday Bev. Your rotary cutter holder is absolutely wonderful and your machine embroidery stitches on it are fantastic. Love it. Your Cross stitch project is also lovely. Happy Autumn. Hugs Judy

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,
Wow, your cross stitch is beautiful. Lots of stitching going on there. Gorgeous apples. For us in So. Calif. is October - December, prime months. What adorable fabric and what a great way to store your cutters.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs
Bobbie Lynn

Jeanette said...

Gorgeous holder. Love fruit fresh from the garden. Hugs,xx

Anthea said...

Bev this is such a pretty post & you are right, it's fun to make something not following a pattern , just make it up as you go along, to suit yourself...
darn this hot weather, someone forgot to tell the Weather God that it's AUTUMN!!x

pattas said...

I love the holder you have made :)) Home grown fruit, how wonderful and so tastey..

What will you do with them ??
Hugs pat :))

Karen said...

Great fabrics in the holder. Love that idea. The apples are so delicious and crunchy at the moment. So wonderful to grow your own.

Fiona said...

Love your folder... I couldn't think what I had sent you to make something with.... haha... great use of that picture....
The linen looks lovely too... looking forward to seeing it with your 'new' stitches....
Yummoo apples, home grown are always nice and crunchy too...
Hugz

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Great holder Bev...the apples would be oh so crunchy at a guess! The cross stitch is just lovely!