Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WOYWW 432

ONE KIND FAVOUR...

Actually, this week isn't about asking favours, it's all about friends surprising each other with RAKs :-D  The best sort of week, don't you think?

But first, the desk:
The scraps box is out again!  I've got a tutorial on the ipad on how to make cathedral window pin cushions - the last one I made was for Shoshi and that was a good while ago. I'd forgotten how to do the folding and ironing fabric origami bit so had to refresh my memory. You can also see the C*&%^$%£*s stockings I'm making for the Knit Stitch and B*tch charity stall - they're all sewn up but now comes the tedious bit of seam clipping and turning out the right way.....

Halfway through! This is for my mate Helen who needed a new pincushion as her cat Molly ate the last one (bet THAT litter tray was interesting!!). Helen loves spots so these scraps were my choice. It was nice to be able to surprise her with this...

as Helen had given me some jars of chutney, spiced jelly, lemon curd and carrot cake which she'd entered for a local show. I love getting cast offs if they're like that, lol!!

Some other lovely unexpected things that arrived this week were:

These beautiful roses from Sandra, a friend who came to stay recently. Gorgeous colour!

And a card and some buttons from Julia! She'd noted that my button stash had diminished and so shared a few of hers - thanks mate, they will definitely be used! It was just fab to receive these unexpected gifts :-D

Do you remember that I'd been dragged to a new shop last week? Well, I did buy a few things, it would have been rude not to....
Some more buttons for bunting and two pieces of quilting cotton. I thought they could be used for Christmas/Hogmanay double sided doggy bandannas! Or something else, see where my fancy takes me....

In the shop (which was very good btw) were a few quilts displayed on the wall - I loved this one and could think of a few deskers who would like to take this home:
It was the first ever quilt made by this lady - I think she's found her talent, don't you? The central panel was bought in the US and the other colours bought to match from this little shop. Brilliant isn't it? I wish I possessed the necessary patience.....

Have a great week everyone - I hope that any deskers in Florida are safe and well xx

30 comments:

  1. What thoughtful gifts you received. Your pincushion for your friend Helen is beautiful. I love that quilt - what a first effort she achieved, it's beautiful. Helen #?

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  2. Happy WOYWW. I love the pincushion. Looks complicated? The yellow roses reminded me of my MIL - her favourite. That quilt is stunning - and fab to see something different as a design. Is it a local shop? Ali x #7

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  3. Well you have had a lovely week and a busy one. You'll see the pinny off on its journey again over at mine. It'll be doing the rounds for a long time I think so plenty of opportunities for you to have a go in the future
    Lynn xx 9

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  4. Morning Jan. What a wonderful week! So many lovely gifts for you both to enjoy. That quilt is quite something, isn't it?!
    Take care. See you soon. God bless.
    Margaret #2

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  5. Oh some great photos. You had a blessed week. I really love the pretty pin cushion. I took a class years ago on making those little quilted squares.Also love Julia's card. Enjoy a lovely week

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  6. I made a couple of pin cushions like that a while back, one for me and one for Jo....fun to make aren't they? Love your happy posts too....it's always nice to get surprises in the post isn't it?
    Hugs,
    Annie x #13

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  7. I looked at a cathedral window project this week too.But that's as far as it went.I got onto card making and I haven't stopped! Love your banner Jan.

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  8. WOW! to the pincushion! How clever are you? I managed to turn up a few hems on trousers nowadays but even in my best days could never have made that .... wow!
    As you can tell I am impressed, as I am with your reserve in not buying the shop just those gorgeous buttons and great materials.
    Have a good week and enjoy your gifts.
    Christine #20

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  9. Hiya Jan, what an amazing quilt! I do love that pincushion, the Cathedral Window looks so complex to put together neatly! How lovely to get all those super pressies. The roses are so beautiful. Love and hugs to you all, see you in a couple of weeks, Shaz XxX

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  10. Am always a bit boggled by the cathedral window technique, it is fascinating. Bet Helen was really pleased. It's funny what you get in the habit of using and cant get on without isn't it. Lovely selection of bunting buttons, nice shapes and colours, they look fab just in the bag!
    See you Sunday. Xxxxxx

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  11. Hi Jan, I love all the fabric, buttons and projects. That quilt is fab.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #21

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  12. Such lovely fabrics/makes there Jan. The colour scheme/panel on that quilt are fab - like you, I just wish I had the patience to do it. Annie and I had a trip to Watson and Thorntons yesterday. Brian had a raffle so we bought tickets of course - a basket full of lovely crafty bits and bobs. I said I would have a strip and he laughed and started unbuttoning his shirt and said I could tuck the fiver in his trouser top!!! Needless to say - I blushed modestly and paid up and left hastily - ha ha ha!!! xx Jo

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  13. Hi Jan, what a cute pin cushion; love the fabrics and that quilt is rather amazing too. You have had some lovely gifts this week; those large red dotty buttons would be great as the tops of toadstools lol. I'm glad to see you were so polite when visiting a new shop. See you at the crop. Sarah #26

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  14. That quilt is quite stunning. I love your pin cushion, such a clever design xx

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  15. You're desk is always so bright and cheery with light and colors! Great gifts and roses you received. Have a great week.
    -K #28

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  16. I love the pin cushion! That pattern fascinates me as it looks so difficult to do! Great buttons and I'm sure you have quite a variety of ideas to use them. And that quilt! Wow! Thanks for the visit and hope you have a fabulous week!
    Carol N #27

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  17. What a cute little pincushion! You did yourself proud! I see you will be very busy between now and Christmas! And yes, I am one of the deskers who would love to have that quilt! Have a great week, thanks for sharing, Lindart #31

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  18. OH WOW,your patience as a seamstress is just amazing to me Jan, I love how the pincushion turned out. I have been debating about "finishing" the small pieces of fabric I collected a few years back ( all small prints) I had started ironing on iron-on paper to the back to it so, I could die cut it and iron it to cardstock for cards lol. and the basket of fabric is a guilty thing to me so, maybe I will finish that project some day. :) but, I think it really gets my mama some days that I do not use my sewing machine (she bought me) for fabric. I love those Christmas prints that followed you home too, ~Stacy #33

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  19. Love the design and colours of that pin cushion... and your Christmas stockings are looking good... Great Halloween wall hanging that lady should be proud of herself... Have a happy week ahead... May #15

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  20. Your pincushion is just amazing! Love it. How lovely that you got fabulous gifts, and glad that you helped to keep that shop in business too!

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  21. Wow, I love the pin cushion! You always have such amazing colours on your desk ... brightens the day up despite the non stop rain. Have a lovely week, Heather #30

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  22. Gorgeous pin cushion and I'm loving those buttons too. You asked about the glue stamping and yes making embellishments. Have a great woyww and happy crafting. Thanks for the visit to mine too, Angela x16x

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  23. Guess what I will be hunting the States for in January? Fabulous quilt!!!
    Fabulous sewing from you too. Love the little pincushion and the C stockings are going to be wonderful.
    Love your yellow roses, new buttons and the fabric you bought. Look forward to seeing everything being used.
    Hugs & thanks for the visit to mine, Neet 10 xx (restless legs keeping me awake)

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  24. Wow - you have some great friends. :-)
    April #24

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  25. What an adorable pincushion, do you have the link you used to make it please, I really ought to try and make something with my sewing machine not just repair stuff. I tend to put a strip of elastic on the back of my pincushions so I can attach them to my wrist which makes it all so much easier for me whilst machining, not that I do much these days hence the interest in your pin cushion.... Honestly I don't suffer from feeling warm all the time, especially in this current climate, I did suffer back in May/June though. Still hoping this will indicate "the end" in the lady department, especially as I am due the weekend my son goes to Uni and won't be able to travel there otherwise, fingers (legs) crossed. Thanks for the visit. BJ#8

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  26. The pin cushion is fabulous Jan. Glad your new shop proved to be worth the visit.
    You will be pleased to know that our RNLI fund raising has now passed the £1000 mark - a lot of our success has been down to the interest caused by the wonderful items you have provided. Thank you so much.
    Toni xx

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  27. Wow! What a lot of lovely stuff to look at!! Your desk is always to light and bright and colourful. Especially love that pincushion, it's gorgeous and thanks for the litter tray image ... :o) Annie C #17

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  28. The pin cushion is great. You always make amazing things. And that quilt...wow! Dorlene #32

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  29. ooh your desk is looking very productive and I love the pin cushion (and story behind it!!).
    As to that quilt-WOW, WOW, WOW.....you all know HOW hard I found making a quilt when I ended up bringing it to the crop for fellow WOYWWers to help me out of a muddle so I take my hat off to her-and LOVE the 'Nightmare before Christmas' panel too-it got me thinking!!!

    Kyla #19

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  30. Love the pincushion, Jan - and I continue to love the one you made for me - it sits on my desk and is in constant use, having pins of different thicknesses for pricking holes in things, and unblocking the top of my liquid glue amongst other things! Do you remember I drew it on the ATC I sent you? Thank you for your comment which made me smile - I quite agree with you, the names of the Infusion colours are hilarious! There's been quite a bit of comment amongst those of us who use them, about "Slime" in particular!! Thank you for your kind words about my weight loss - everyone is remarking on it these days and the other day my sister told me how much better I was looking and that before, I was "hefty" lol lol!! A very accurate description of pre-diet Shoshi!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #35

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