Friday, 3 July 2015

Seeing stars!

Hello there!
Over the last few weeks there have been a couple of definite themes running through a lot of my projects - three common colors & stars. Firstly I finished my USA Ripple blanket before July 4th!

Here it is in it's new home...

Last summer I managed to get one little patriotic design stitched up & we found the perfect frame for it on our travels in the States later in the year...

This is a free design available from the Janlynn website, they have a great variety of freebies there!
Another website with some great wee freebies is Rainbow Gallery. I have stitched quite a few of these in the past but have a lot more earmarked for the future. This last week or so I have managed to tick two of these off the list, this is Liberty Star by Erica Michaels...

I swapped out the listed specialist threads for DMC colors & stitched it on oatmeal 14 count aida using some little star buttons & red & gold cording from my stash to finish it off. Do you see the tiny little white button dotting the "i"? It was one of the cute little buttons Laura from Strawberry Mouse Crafts sent me earlier in the year - thank you Laura this one has found the perfect home!! I backed it with some bright stripy fabric...
Also on the Rainbow Gallery page the same designer has a series of monthly smalls which I have decided to stitch now that I have a lovely new place to display them in the front room. Here is the July one...
Stitched on 14 count antique white aida with DMC colors & finished with more buttons (thank you Laura!), ric rac, & fabric from my stash. And lastly I stitched "Wave" by Bent Creek... 
Using more of the 14 count oatmeal aida I changed out the listed DMC colors for ones that went better with the fabric I wanted to use to finish it with. So here is my new little ledge all set for the month... 
I have also been working on a new wallhanging based around the panel I bought at Big Sky Quilts last year. If you follow me on facebook you might have seen these in progress pics already, little squares & triangles...
...which became these blocks...
...and some little stars waiting to be appliqued...
This is still very much a work in progress but I am planning on concentrating on this now the cross stitched smalls are done, so hopefully I will have more to show you soon.
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely weekend however you are spending it and HaPpy JuLy 4 to all who are celebrating! 











10 comments:

  1. Goodness, Helen....you have been soooo productive! Everything looks wonderful. The ripple design is perfect for the flag blanket and I love the fabrics you have used with your USA themed cross stitch. Looking forward to seeing your progress on the wall hanging.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Rhona! One plus of our weather having been so unwelcoming until recently has been more crafting indoors time than usual! ;-) I can't take credit for the idea of using a ripple for the flag as that is a Lion Brand pattern & for once I just followed the pattern exactly lol It's probably as well I don't have a local Joanns or Walmart as I seem to collect a lot of fabric from there whenever I'm near them ;-) Now at least I am getting to have fun playing in the stash! Have a lovely week, Helen

      Delete
  2. Fabulous finished Helen. That blanket is amazing. XOX

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww, thank you sweetie! ^_^ Have a great week XOX

      Delete
  3. Wow!! Your finishes are fabulous!! Why did you ask for tips & advice?? They are perfect :D Love the blanket too!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh thank you so much Mii! *blushes* I have been trawling the internet for ideas but ALL tips & advice are ALWAYS welcome!! I would really like to do more with the edges, I have seen some lovely finishes with ric rac but am not too sure how they have achieved it (glued or sewn?). I have only ever hand sewn ric rac onto the top surface and am not sure how prone it would be to slipping if I tried to sandwich it between the front & back & machine sew it? Have a great week!
      Helen x

      Delete
  4. Helen,
    The flag blanket is absolutely wonderful! You make me wish I knew how to crochet.
    The finishing on all your cross stitch looks great! You inspired me to pull out my patriotic designs.
    Mary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mary, thank you so much for your sweet comments! Well it was seeing some of the lovely crochet out there that persuaded me to pick up a hook & give it a go back in 2011 & if I can do it I think anyone can! But be warned picking up another craft does eat into your cross stitching time ;-) Oooh I'm looking forward to seeing your patriotic stitching! Have a lovely stitchy week,
      Helen

      Delete
  5. Wow, your finishes are all so beautiful! Love the flag blanket, I wish I could crochet so neatly - that granny square bag has been on my to do list for ages, I too want to make it for a project bag, lol! Love the owl cushions too, very brave of you to tackle oilcloth! And well done for finding the perfect frame for your American stitch - great finishes all round! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Laura, thank you so much for all your sweet comments! I guess I've had a bit of practise in the four years since I learnt to crochet, I'm slightly obsessed ;-) I will look forward to seeing the colors you pick for your granny square bag :-) The oilcloth was really not as scary as I'd anticipated & shower proof cushions are definitely needed for a Scottish summer! Have a lovely week,
      Helen

      Delete

Thank you for your message - I love hearing your comments & ideas!