Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New to Me in February

Welcome to another New to Me link party, where we congratulate and commiserate on the trials and tribulations of attempting the unknown :)

My New to Me's this month are all about the equipment,

First up, Katy's Camera Challenge meant trying New to Me settings on my fancypants camera. Landscape shots will never be the same again, and anything that moves now is fair game for the sports mode :)

Next up, another piece of fancypants equipment, the Stitch Regulator on my new sewing machine. I was told when I bought the machine that this little beauty wouldn't revolutionise my FMQ'ing, but I think they were lying. It might not revolutionise my quilting but it has definitely improved my confidence in my ability and that is good enough for me :)

My final piece of equipment that was New to Me this month, were these wonderful curved applique scissors from Sew Hot, who just happens to be another of the lovely sponsors of our Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew giveaway prizes.

These scissors are the real deal, they really grip the fabric so that you can cut really closely up to the stitching, which made such a difference when I used them on this block.

I only wished that I had bought them sooner, it would have made this block a whole lot simpler, although it wouldn't have changed the need for the border when I sliced off an extra inch by mistake!

So that's my New to Me this month, now it is your turn to share all the fascinating things that you have been up to in February. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on February 28th, so you have some time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Scenery and Scandal

On a rare sunny day in the North East, we visited the grounds of a local estate that was once home to the players in a celebrated scandal.

Gibside Hall

Gibside Hall must have been magnificent in it's heyday, but fell into disrepair when the Bowes-Lyon family scaled back their lavish estates in the 1920's. Many of the fittings from the Hall were transferred to Glamis Castle, childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Gibside Bath House

It is another female resident of Gibside Hall, however, who featured in the celebrated scandal. Mary Bowes, who became Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne on her first marriage, was the wealthiest heiress in Great Britain, when her father died when she was 11 years old.

Her disastrous second marriage is the subject of the book, Wedlock by Wendy Moore, who describes Mary's second husband as "Georgian Britain's worst husband". Mind you, Mary, who was pregnant with a child who was neither by her first or second husband at the time of the second marriage was no paragon of virtue either :)

Liberty Monument

The Liberty Monument above was built in Mary's time at the Hall, so would have seen some very interesting comings and goings in its time :)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew - the bobble edition

Welcome to another month of the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party!

This month, the Link Party is hosted by the very talented Pam at Threading My Way, as well as posting her own tutorials Pam also hosts, at the last count, 37 (!) ongoing link parties with themes that range from Blog Tips to Swimwear. If you haven't come across Pam' s blog before you should definitely check it out but beware those links are addictive :)

I am delighted to welcome another new Giveaway sponsor to the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party this month too.

This lovely selection of Cotton vintage ribbons from Sarah at Crafty Trimmings will be winging its way to one lucky linker, when the random draw is made at 24.00 GMT on February 28th.

Crafty Trimmings 

So, if you have been busy crafting a Christmas or Holiday-themed project this month and want to be in with a chance of winning these great ribbons for your next Christmas project, head on over to link up your projects here

As ever a big thank you to all of our lovely sponsors who have generously supported the Link Party by providing such great giveaway prizes. 

Crafty Trimmings

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Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop
My own Christmas crafting includes yet another lovely bit of haberdashery from Crafty Trimmings as it happens.

When I saw this variegated bobble trim on the Crafty Trimmings website I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Ages ago, in an Instagram fabric destash, I bought some turquoise and black voile with the intention of making an infinity scarf for my daughter-in-law, but never got around to it. I had also seen somewhere too a bobble-trimmed Infinity Scarf, so knew that this bobble trim would be ideal for the voile already in my stash. It was beginning to sound like a plan :)

With the addition of black brushed cotton from Plush Addict, another of our lovely giveaway sponsors, I was all set to go.

I used this pattern from Pink Chalk fabrics for the scarf and added the bobble trim along one long edge before joining the front and back pieces together. Aside from the obligatory mistake (stitching the pieces together the wrong way round! ) the whole thing went together really quickly.
Bobble Infinity Scarf

The brushed cotton will be lovely and warm I hope and the bobble trim adds a bit of fun.

I have enough of the voile and brushed cotton left to make another scarf, and might just have bought some black bobble trim from Crafty Trimmings too :)

So, another Christmas make ready to put away for December, now it is your turn to show and tell over at Threading My Way

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