Spring Catch Up

 As usual time has flown by here in Yorkshire. One minute we're gearing up for Christmas and before I know it Easter half term has arrived and the kids are at home.

Since January I've been busy with different crafting projects. One thing I wanted to make myself was a book cover for a notebook that I could use for all my craft projects and ideas. 

My husband bought me the Charles Dickens kit from Bothy Threads for Christmas so I couldn't resist starting that on New Years. It didn't take me long to do at all in the long winter evenings.  I had so much fun stitching this even if I had to use the aida that came in the kit as none of my favourite fabrics were the right size (I couldn't be bothered to wait for some to arrive as I wanted to start it straight away!)

I also took part in an online workshop with Ellie Hipkin who is an amazing textile mixed media artist. After spending a lot of time walking up and down our local fields I wanted to capture some of it on fabric. The 3 day workshop was fabulous and I learnt so much.

After last years Tag Challenge with Anne Brooke I decided not to take part in this years Flag challenge but instead to go back and do her Sew4thesoul book. So far I've done pages 1-8 and have enjoyed every minute of it. Pages 9 and 10 are being planned at the moment so no photos! 
Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 5 & 6

Pages 7 & 8

The biggest project I've finished since the start of the year is my quilt. After my husband bought me a subscription to The Patchwork and Quilting Club run by Little Miss Sewnsew christmas 2020 I've been working hard every month on putting quilt blocks together. Unfortunately the first box didn't arrive until April 2021 due to various problems but it's been an amazing year of quilting. Every box has been like getting a christmas present every month with fabulous fabrics from Lewis and Irene. Inside the box apart from the fabrics were a little treat and the instructions for that months block, giving us a choice of 3 versions. Most months I did at least 2 versions and some 3 which meant by the end of the 12 months I had loads of blocks. You could either made a big quilt with 20 blocks or a standard size with 12. As I'd got so many I made both!! So husband and I have a summer quilt for our bed and our daughter has her own, she even picked the sashing and cornerstones for her quilt. 

Our big quilt which fits a king size bed.

Daughters quilt with colour scheme picked by her.

I haven't forgotten my crochet or knitting either. After finishing my aran jumper in time for the winter my mum asked me to knit her an aran cardigan. She picked the pattern and yarn and had them delivered to me so that by next winter she's got a lovely warm cardigan.  On the crochet front I've not done much since I finished the Festive Blanket by Coastal Crochet, however Eleanora has designed another blanket called Postcards with Love which is a CAL being run by King Cole. It starts in May which gives me plenty of time to get the wool. Our lounge is being run over by blankets on the back of the sofa and chairs.... the kids never complain they're cold though when downstairs lol!

Happy crafting everyone xx


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