Monday, 17 November 2014

A New Finish and Foundation piecing

We have had our usual, once a month, long weekend. However, my DH managed to get my cold and was very unwell with it. It was a nasty bug--behaved like a cross between a cold and the 'flu. Consequently, we pottered around at home. Which then gave me lots of sewing time.

I had started this project a few weeks ago. I wanted something nice to go on the wall of a sewing room ( the fact that I do not have my own sewing room is beside the point-- it will just have to go on the wall where I keep my sewing things). I like country colours and of course, Anni's fabrics-- of which I have a ton of. So I completed this on the weekend. I need to buy a wire hanger for it-- I have seen one somewhere that had a sewing machine wire hanger-- but I cannot recall where. Will have to hunt-- good excuse to visit patchwork shops. I must say I keep looking at it everytime I pass it. I am really pleased with the way it has turned out(even if I say so myself!)
I am tossing up if I should sit and write up this pattern and include it with the 3 buttons I have used, and put it in my etsy shop. It is time consuming (and boring) writing up a pattern-- so would appreciate your feedback before I do so.

Wall hanging for the sewing room
 One thing I have never done is Foundation paper piecing. Hanne ( has been sewing some gorgeous little houses called Shipsewana House and I decided that I should try making them. Her house is only 3" square. I tried and tried and failed miserably.  Try a simple design first--so I drew up the tiny quilt I used on my wall hanging, and gave that a go instead.

The mini quilt is foundation pieced
I  then enlarged the house (200%) and decided to give it a go. Please don't look too closely, it is far from perfect, but I am happy enough with it for a first try.

Foundation pieced large Shipsewana House
I thought it looked lonely all by itself . So I started playing around with some embroidery-- a tree, a window box---- and this is where I am up to so far. Will do more over the next few days.

Window box and tree added to the house

We have a few plants in bloom at the moment. This is a Hoya flower. It is in full bloom at the moment and the ants love the nectar it produces.
Hoya flower

 Our jacaranda tree out the front is in full flower too. When I paint, I love combining green and purple-- and I am sure this is where I get that combination from. We have another in the backyard too.
Jacaranda tree
 I was taking the photo of the tree with my phone whilst waiting for my neighbour to go on our usual Sunday  morning walk and the sun was rising from the east . I looked down and saw this sight. I have always wanted to be tall and thin-- Finally I have become that ( what a shame it is only a shadow and does not last)
The tall slim me!
My birthday was in May, and the gift from my daughter was tickets to the Cirque du Soleil's Totem. We went to dinner first at the Bavarian Beer Café where I had a delicious meal. Then onto the show. It was absolutely fabulous. 

Entrance to Totem
Here a  couple of finishes by my blogging friends-- where they have used my buttons. Thank you for sharing them with me.
One of my blogging friends has done these with a couple of my buttons. I am not allowed to say who has done them, as these are going to be going as gifts for Christmas. I just love how they have turned out.
2 completed embroideries

Such neatly embroidered wording
This is another finish from the blog of another blogger. She designed the fireplace to match her own, called Big Bertha.  The fireplace certainly exudes warmth whilst the surrounding countryside is cold and covered in snow.
Big Bertha
Talking of hearths-- I have re done the free pattern as a Jpeg. Hopefully, it will now download. If it does not, just email me and I will email the pattern to you. Computers are definitely a hit and miss in my hands.
Enjoy the rest of the week.



Anonymous said...

Hi Yvonne i think your wallhanging is quite cute,you are so clever and love what the ladies have made using your buttons.Love your Jacaranda tree and i hope you have a lovely day my friend.xx

Cheryll said...

Love the new pattern... & YES I think you should write it up & sell it. I would buy a copy!
LoVe the tall thin you...perhaps I should try a thin one as

Cheryll said...

And sorry to say ...there doesn't seem to be a link on the sidebar to your pattern :(

Ondrea said...

Your wallhanging for the sewing room is really sweet and I particularly like the teeny quilt you added to it. Your house looks great with your personal touches. Clever gals who did those stitcheries adding your lovely buttons.

Houseelf said...

Ackfeld Wire hangers have a great sewing machine one. I have 2 of them in my craft room. Beautiful wall hanging. The jacaranda tree is gorgeous- love that colour! It is something we don't have in the UK, or I would have one too!

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Yvonne,
this is a beautiful wallhanging with the button, what a sweet idea.
A wire hanger would look great with it.

Chookyblue...... said...

I like your design.......cute house an your jacaranda is gorgeous.........

Christine M said...

Your wall hanging is lovely, Yvonne.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely wall hanging. Your house block is great. Beautiful Jacaranda! Great use has been made of your gorgeous buttons. Hope hubby feels better soon x

Unknown said...

What a lovely sewing room wall hanging! Yes I agree, it would be wonderful to be able to buy this pattern.

Radka said...

I have a hoya plant, but I grow mine as a houseplant. Gorgeous jacaranda tree, it looks similar to the foxglove tree, which can grow in England, but it doesn't flower here; I have seen it in its full beauty in southern Europe.

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I love your wallhanging with those beautiful buttons!

Tatkis said...

Oh I just love your wall hanging! Brilliant! Beautiful trees and projects from other ladies too.