Sunday Sevens #21 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

It’s been a busy week where I’ve forgotten to take many pictures through the week. I did however remember to take a pic of the mung bean and spinach soup I made because it looked so revolting. Pleased to say it tasted better than it looked:..

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The other ‘event’ I remembered to take a couple of photos of was on Thursday when we took the day out to visit Chagford Show…

 

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I’m always amazed by how different the breeds of sheep are. Just look at the colour of these Suffolks…

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I was even more amazed to find Harry has started a secret business…

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As usual  Harry has been keeping us entertained in many ways, but the best this week was when I briefly swapped bras to put a white one on for Lovely Hubby to take pics of my sleeveless top. Dear Harry immediately stole my black one and ran around very proudly waving it at us…

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This Saturday was our village Flower and Produce Show.  You may remember me  previously complaining that the craft section had been given a theme, that I had nothing I could enter and that I wasn’t going to make things to match a theme specially for the show.

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Having done some hard thinking I managed to dredge out some old makes and use a couple of recent makes to enter each category. Since I haven’t blogged the new makes yet, I’ll do a couple of separate posts about them. Meantime I’ll show you the winners from each section:

Sewing and Patchwork/Quilting…

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Cross Stitch…

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Embroidery…

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Knitting…

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Crochet…

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In total I won one first and four second places. The embroidery above is mine. I reckon it’s a good 30 years old!

My other dredged up older make was Sheep. Bless him…

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That’s definitely not the right card with him

I was also the entrant in the craft section who scored the most points and so won the craft cup!

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So all in all a very good week. Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time.

Bekki x

Belated Scrap Happy Sleeveless Top

Firstly a big apology for posting my August Scrap Happy a day late. I got confused and thought today was the 15th! Sorry!

It seems ages ago now – although it was really only a few weeks ago, the UK was experiencing a warm dry summer.

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Most summers I barely get out of my sweater, so I consequently don’t have an extensive collection of sleeveless tops. However with this year’s hot spell, I discovered myself in need of more sleeveless tops. Since I’ve decided to work on my rusty sewing skills, I decided to make a few.

I chose a pattern that didn’t look too taxing…

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I dug through my fabric stash and happened upon the remains of the double width fabric I brought for the back of my floral quilt….

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Eyeing them up, I wondered if there was enough for a sleeveless top. Then I made my first error: I washed the fabric and put it aside because I needed to finish my quilt for entry into our village produce show.

I didn’t finish the quilt until this week, when the weather had take a decided turn for the worse.

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Unperturbed I checked my fabric remains to find I was half an inch short.  But what’s half an inch in the length of a top? It’s not like I’m six foot tall and might possibly need to add length to the pattern – on hold on, yes I am.

After measuring various tops in my wardrobe, I decided I could stand the loss of half an inch.

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Having cut the fabric, I made my second error – I didn’t have any soft interfacing and, since this was a Scrap Happy project, I could hardly go buying new materials. So I used a medium I already had weight instead.

The project didn’t take long to complete.

It would have taken even less time if I hadn’t sew the back armhole faces to each other – twice!

Having put the facings on, it became quite clear I shouldn’t have used such thick interfacing – oh hold, I already knew that. I’d just chosen to ignore it.

I top stitched around the neck and the armholes in an attempt help it lie better and although it’s okay and wearable for around the house and dog walking, it’s definitely not my best work.

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Still, it’s free top made from scraps…

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And I reckon there’s still enough left over to make a second top slightly different sleeveless top – but maybe next year.

If you like the idea of using your scraps (of anything, not just fabric) click on Kate or Gun(first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

 

Patchwork Progress

Finally – almost two years after I started it – I’ve finished the patchwork for the top layer of my quilt.

Last time I showed you it was looking like this…

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The final border was made up of six inch squares. It took quite a while laying them out and ensuring the patterns were evenly spread and no two patterns that were the same touched…

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I then numbered ever square, because every time I do chain piecing I manage to mix the order up.

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Pleased to say I managed to keep them in order and they’ve all been attached now.

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Next I need my lovely lovely friend to help me put the quilt sandwich together – far to big to do on my own – and I don’t mean this lovely lovely friend…

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Until next time

Bekki x

Bekki 1: UFOs 9

At the beginning of each year I always vow to get on top of my UFOs. Last year I did pretty well. In fact I thought I’d banished them all quite early in the year and stayed that way until the Autumn when the UFO count began to grow again. However, when I took stock of my UFOs at the being of this year, I discovered that I’d forgotten to count my sewing UFOs last year. Still that was fine. My problem with UFOs is their nagging draining my energy. If I don’t know I’ve got them then I’m happy for them to stay unfinished.

This year when I counted my UFOs I found nine… Continue reading “Bekki 1: UFOs 9”