Monday, 16 September 2013

A little bit of stitching....

Hello friends
I hope you had a lovely weekend.  
The weather was wind and rain here so on Sunday afternoon I decided to 
stay in and do some sewing....
Some time back I decided to get some fabric from Terrys Fabrics, there
was so much fabric it was difficult to choose - so many beautiful prints!  
If you are considering new curtains, blinds, rugs and more have a look.
I decided on Postcard Curtain Fabric Natural to have a play with.
 It is really good quality so I decided I would make a cushion cover to go on
one of my wicker chairs.  I just went for a simple envelope style cover,
I like speed when I'm sewing and hate putting in zips!
 It is impossible to have something new in the house without it being 
investigated by a pet!  Darcy looking intrigued. 
I sat back and looked at my cushion cover and needs a little something ....
 How about a flower?
Out came the felt and Grand Peony Creations.  
The centre is a fabric brad that I thought matched with the fabric.
As you know, I love die cutting with felt but if any of you have any problems
cutting fabric or felt here is some news:
Spellbinders® have brought out Metal Shims - a Junior one for the Grand Calibur® 
and a slimmer one for the Artisan X-Plorer™.
I've discovered I can pretty much cut any fabric now - denim is a breeze!
I will be stocking the metal shims, awaiting delivery now.

I still have some of this lovely Postcard fabric left and I'm thinking of making a journal cover -
next rainy afternoon possibly!

To answer a question from Pat regarding the Christmas card on Saturday,
the poinsettia is a die - Layered Poinsettia.  Again, I'm awaiting delivery of those -
I sense it could be popular with many of us starting our Christmas cards :)

Thank you so much for all the good wishes regarding Elliott's radiotherapy.  
We are at The Royal Marsden twice this week for mask making and more scans - 
highlight of the trips is that we stop at the M25 services and there is a McDonalds - 
Elliott loves McDonalds!  I drink their coffee!

Take care friends.


inkypinkycraft said...

wishing you all the best xx trace x

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine,I love your cushion cover with it's super flower.Thinking of you and Elliott and sending positive vibes and big hugs.
Maggie xxx

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine, Lovely fabric, and the flower just adds that extra zing to a lovely cushion. Thinking of you both, Anne x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Its looks fabulous Christine I love the fabric! Good luck this week! Susan x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, The fabric looks beautiful, and your cushion is really lovely, and Darcy is gorgeous. It rained here all day too, and it is still raining, bring back the sun ha ha !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Chris said...

What great fabric for a cushion cover and the flower really sets it off. Good luck to Elliott this week, hope all goes well.
Chris X

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, what a pretty cushion cover. The embellishment really sets it off.
Good luck to Elliot with his visits to the hospital this week.
Take care
Elizabeth x

Janice said...

Morning Christine
Wow, this is something different for today! I really love the fabric you have chosen and the cushion was a great idea, finished off perfectly with a Spellbinders embellishment! 😀
Wishing Elliot all the best for his hospital visits this week.
Janice x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine

Yes your cushion cover fabric is beautiful and is just right for a journal cover too , you will have to show it when you have done it Christine as i love all your books that you dress up { such good sticking fillers for the Children at Christmas and they love them with their names on }

I hope all goes well for Elliott this week lots of treats are needed .

Elaine H X

Ann said...

Hi Christine

What a treat "Fabric" oooh this one looks stunning and your cushion with its flower is just fabulous what a great idea must give this a try. I love love love the felt flower and the fabric brad.
Hope all goes well for Elliott this week will be thinking of you both.

Take good care
Luv n hugs Annxxx X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. I love the postcard cushion and the flower just finishes it off perfectly. Hope Elliots visits go well. When our 3 were little, if they ever had a hospital visit for any reason (we were very fortunate that there weren't many visits at all)they got to go to McDonalds afterwards as a treat! Take care.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Your cushion looks great,love the material,the felt flower is lovely.
I hope all goes well for Elliott this week. Take care.

Mac Mable said...

Love the cushion and the felt flower. Good luck this week x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, gorgeous cushion cover and material, love the felt flower. I wonder how many years I can use my poinsettia dies on xmas cards before someone twigs its the same!! Good luck for Elliott this week. Emma

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
It made me smile this morning looking at your cat investigating your lovely cushion, one of our old dogs Fern, sadly no longer with us was the same, her nose went into anything new that came into the house. Love your
Hope its not too bad for Elliot this week.
Take care.

Maid of Kent said...

Good morning Christine, lovely cushion cover. I was surprised that the second photo was not Darcy asleep on it lol. The fabric flower is gorgeous. Good luck to Elliott this week hope all goes well. Crafty hugs yo you all. Ann

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric and flower. A journal cover sounds wonderful. Good wishes for your coming hospital visits.
Phil D

loftylass said...

Love the material you chose Christine (it would be a great stamp!!!) the cushion looks lovely and so does the flower - I haven't cut felt yet but will have to give it a try.
Hugs to all.
Heather W

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Christine,
I swear I've got the stamp (from Sam Poole) and am not surprised you picked that fabric. LOVE your felt flower. I have no probs cutting felt, it depends on the type of felt used.
My best wishes to Elliott (and you, of course) on the forthcoming hospital visits and McDonald's.

Mary by the Sea said...

Good morning Christine, what a beautiful fabric. Must go and have a look at the web site.

Good luck at the hospital this week.

Just hoping the rain stays away for a few hours so my washing dries..

Take care, Mary, xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Just love the fabric and the flower love Jean Z xx

Janice said...

Love the material Chris, I will have a look at their website. Good luck with Elliott this week. Hope the M25 is not too bad. I'm taking my son, Daniel, home on Wednesday. He has been visiting for a few days. He lives in Abingdon Oxfordshire. So I will be on M25 too !!! Janice xx

Maggie said...

Hello. Why do I never think of felt when looking for an embellishment. It works so well and that cushion is great. What a lovely relaxing afternoon to set you up for the week ahead. Wishing you the best. xxMargaretxx

SusanP, Kent said...

What fabulous cushion covers! I love this fabric - very 'on trend'. The flower is just gorgeous. Fantastic news about the metal shim. I've tried cutting fabric with my GC without success. Is the shim magnetic? That would be useful to hold dies in place without taping. Hope all goes well this week.

Rita said...

Beautiful fabric Christine and I think you have done it proud with your superbly made cushion. I'm off to have a look and see what other fabric they have. Hugs Rita xxxx

Wendy L said...

I love this material, so unusual. xxxx

Laura O said...

fab fabric,love the cushion covers.Laura O

hazel young said...

Fabulous love your cushion I find the dies come in very hand as embellishments on my sewing projects too. xx hazel

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, what a fab job you've done with this gorgeous fabric! Carole Z xx

Jackie said...

Hi Christine ...Great cushion, love the fabric
Will be thinking about you and Elliot this week xx

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