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Monday, September 28, 2015

Patchwork, Quilting and Embroidery

Hello Dear Reader,

I am again joining Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Link Party (No 25).

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Some time ago we bought a wine filter kit, made up of 3 items, stand, funnel, and filter.  It wasn't easy to keep the pieces together, so I decided it would be best kept in a pouch.

And, as I was now into my embroidery "stride", it had to have an embroidered picture on the front of the pouch.

This was my second foray into embroidery, the first being my Town Ruck. I drew a test sketch of the wine filter (however the drawing turned out to be far too small).  I then enlarged it in order to do  the embroidery.


Pinning the layers together
Just finished the quilting here! 

After adding the lining, the next job was stitching the layers together with zig zag stitch.

Close up of the detail
Close up of quilting and embroidered flowers

View of the filter pouch after layers have ben stitched together
Please ignore the rather bright fabric I have laid my sewing on
to take the shot, as it is nothing to do with the actual project. 

Pouch stitched together, lining inside.
The little pink tab in the middle of the seam is my name label.

Back
Back

Base in progress
Maybe a little elaborate for the bottom of a bag,
but I do get a little carried away sometimes!

Base quilted!
Still the base of the bag!  Ready to piece the bag together.

Joining base to body of pouch
Joining base to the body of pouch.

Front of pouch


Back of pouch
Back view of bag and that's the wine filter next to it.
The last two pictures show the carrier and ribbons added to the top of the pouch to finish.


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And here's a quick update on my Cocoa Sampler.

This is where I was last time:

Cocoa Sampler in progress


 And this is today's picture of my Cocoa Sampler:

Cocoa sampler in progress
This is where I'm up to today.
A little more progress!

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Do have a look at Sue's linky party to see the amazing range of projects people are working on and maybe next week you can join in too and show your current stitching project?!


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Our latest feathered visitor


This week we had another little visitor to our garden. (Please enlarge to view, he's so sweet!) He seemed to be around most of the week.

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

He is a sweet little chap who is really quite tame.  I guess he is old.  He had plenty to eat and drink but he seemed a little slow and so, sadly, I expect one of the many cats around here will catch him before too long.

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Well, I hope you have a super week!

Do say "Hi".  It's lovely to see you here, and then I will be able to visit your blog too!

Bye for now.

Barbara xx


22 comments:

  1. Your stitching is adorable! Love the pouch and the sampler - well done!
    xxx

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  2. love your little pouch. i seem to be into making pouches as well, lately. i've been making them one after the other. nice to have them around for gifts but you are making good use of yours.

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    1. I like to try out different sewing ideas, but I think the ideas come easier for specific makes, if you see what I mean. I have a couple of items in mind that I would like to make, but I keep being side tracked. Looking forward to seeing your lace tree.

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  3. Wonderful little pouch - I'm not into wine-making so rather wondered what type of filter it would be, so glad you showed the picture. Curious mind wants to know what kind your little birdie is?

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    1. Hi Mary Anne,
      We don't make our own wine, but sometimes we buy a wine that hasn't been fined or filtered, for that reason it has to be run through a fine mesh filter in order to drink it. And little birdie is a male Chaffinch.

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  4. Your pouch is so pretty, love all your little embellishments. so much nicer than anything you could but.

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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    1. Hi Chris, Thank you so much! That is the beauty of making your own pouches, isn't it! Sewing isn't any cheaper than buying from the shops, but it's so good to be able to try to make something individual. Barbara xx

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  5. An adorable pouch, just perfect!

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    1. That's sweet, thank you, Josie. Barbara xx

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  6. Barbara the pouch is terrific, I like the colours you have used and also the small embroidered details and the quilting. Very pretty.Good progress on the Cocoa Sampler Thanks for the link to Sue, must have a look.

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    1. Thank you for popping by, Sheryl, and for your lovely comment. I'm not doing as much stitching as I had planned on my sampler but I will try to catch up a little. Barbara xx

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  7. What a lovely bag you made, with a pretty bottom! And you made nice progress on the cross stitched house on your Cocoa Sampler, it's nearly finished!

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    1. Hi Annet, Thank you for looking in, and for your sweet comment. I really would like to finish the house part of the sampler this week, it is looking doable now!

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  8. Hi Barbara, your quilting and embroidery skills are amazing! This is a lovely wine bag you have made. The flowers with their little button heads are adorable. And, I love seeing the progress on your sampler. I hope you have s wonderful day. Pat xx

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    1. Hi Pat, Thank you for your kind comments. We are having some sunny Autumn weather - I should be taking photos! And I must get stitching! I hope you are having a great day!
      Barbara xx

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  9. Oh, Barbara, the pouch is brilliant! Super pretty and showcases your talent.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Amalia, and thank you for your kind comments. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
      Barbara xx

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  10. I love your blog. It's eclectic, interesting and well written. Your post on stitching, birds and the violets in your side bar hooked me! I love your cross stitch, which I don't do, but have in the past. I see it in my future!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Carol. I love your crazy quilted hexagon and will be visiting you again to see more of your lovely quilting.

      Barbara xx

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  11. What a great idea to make an embroidered pouch for the wine filter! It will keep it dust free and you'll always know where it is when you need it. I love the patchwork you added as well.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for linking back and encouraging others to visit as well. Aloha hugs!

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    1. Hi Susan,

      Thanks for visiting. I have a couple (well probably more than that) of other patchwork projects on the go, they might make it to my blog eventually!

      I really enjoy the Stitchery Link Party, it's great to see what others are making too!

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