Monday, March 06, 2017

TUSAL / Quilting Blog Hop / WIP

Hello my friends,

A couple of things to mention today!

First, I'm linking to Daffycat for TUSALs. Click HERE to find out more, and, secondly I've been meaning to post about a blog hop I'm joining in with, I'm afraid there isn't much time, however, I know some of you are quicker workers than I, and you might like to join in, so read on for info!


It's been a while since I first posted about TUSALs and although I've done a lot of stitching since then I am very frugal stingey, and use right to the last inch of any thread, so there hasn't been much to show!

For Jo's Secret Stitching Sweethearts blog hop last month I made a completely new project - the sachet you can see below with my TUSAL jar, and seemed to have a lot more trimmings from this than any other project I've stitched.

I've also been working on my "travel" project (which I am stitching "free style" as I don't have the pattern - the kit was a gift from my sister who didn't want it, however she had lost the pattern somewhere) whenever possible (see 4th picture below - the vase ..... waiting for its tulips!), so a lot of my ends come from that.

As well as "looking after" my thread ends, my TUSAL jar is also caring for some pretty ribbon from the next project I am just about to start.

TUSAL Jar, valentine sachet and stitching project

When I visited Kerry of  "Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict" recently, she was showing a picture of a needle book she had stitched for a friend by Textile Heritage, which reminded me I had a similar kit in my "Dreaded Cupboard" awaiting stitching - called Butterflies & Buddleia.

TUSAL Jar, valentine sachet and stitching project

But before I could make a start on this new sachet I had to wash the fabric to try to remove the creases you might just be able to see - probably caused by the number of years it had been lingering in the cupboard waiting to be stitched! They are not completely gone, but hopefully won't be too visible once stitched.

New stitching project

Travel stitching
Travel stitching


While I was visiting Kate of Smiles from Kate I read of a blog hop being organised by Jen and Jan - with a competition to stitch a really darling block ..... I thought I'd join in! Read about it HERE on Jan's blog , Colour, Creating and Quilting. You can download the free pattern from Craftsy via Jan's blog.

These are the fabrics I thought I might use:

Quilting blog hop - fabric pull

Why don't you pop over to see what is happening! I think you might just have time to join in, and there are prizes .....


These are a couple of projects I'm working on at the moment, but of course there is always something else going on at the same time! One of them was the fun "printing for quilting" workshop I went to this weekend, and shortly I will share some photos with you!


Thank you to everyone who commented on my Latest Mini Tote .... there were some great questions, and I will answer them shortly ..... some of my answers were too complicated to put in comments.

Barbara xxx


Christine B said...

What a very pretty sachet Barbara and I like how your threads jar is looking! Have a lovely week! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'm saving the ends of my perle cotton, but not my sewing threads. What do you do with your Tusal at the end of the year? Your stitching projects are lovely.
xx, Carol

Kerryp77 said...

Lovely stitching Barbara, I recognise that case - I think I've stitched that too. How is the sachet coming on?

Clare-Aimetu said...

Your jar has quite a few orts in and your sachet is beautiful. Lovely fabric for your block

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I am very stingey with my ORTS too, I use every last mm of thread if I can!
Nice work on the travel project and good luck with the quilting blog hop too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

ps I went to look at the Quilt Bog Hop because I'm nosey and wanted to see how they run a blog hop! I love the idea of inserting your own mini-quilt in the design, how clever is that!

Queeniepatch said...

I collected my orts in a jar (it was an old ugly jar and nothing as lovely as yours) until I had enough to make the Pile 'em On project. It was fun to use them all up!
I can see your love of purple has not faded!

Justine said...

You've been busy! I do love that sachet. I think I stitched those tulips many years ago, a sweet stitch and perfect for this time of year!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The 'Dreaded Cupboard'? Oh, I do love that description!! I think we all have one of those. I did the TUSAL challenge several years ago and ended up falling off the wagon, for no reason other than I completely forgot about it.

handmade by amalia said...

Is a TUSAL jar half empty or half full?

Brigitte said...

I'm just like you, Barbara, when it comes to thread ends - mine are sometimes so short that I an't even finish my last stitch, lol, and then have to un-stitch one or two crosses.
Great little pillow that you stitched for Jo's blog hop. And I'm sure the sachet from Textile Heritage will be just as beautiful as the needle book that Kerry stitched from the same series.

Sheryl said...

Pretty sachet and lace trim Barbara.