Tuesday, 17 May 2016

My Crafty Lot

 Looking back over my spartan offerings of the last few months I realize that I haven't included any real coverage of all my crafty activities . I have entered a few swaps in this time and they have generated spin  off projects.
Cushions abound in my makings. The swap process is a great stimulus to create new projects and to be inspired by other peoples work
I had always admired the pattern for the feathered star but hadn't had the impetus to actually try it. Now having completed one I am keen to complete a few more of these cushions in other colourways. This cushion took a while to complete as I decided to hand stitch the quilting.


Another project that I have always considered doing is English paper piecing EPP. This one is made almost entirely from my scrap bag. Hand stitched entirely whilst I was home for 2 weeks with a back injury it filled in the moments when I was able to sit up. The cushion was influenced by all the colourful activities of my fellow swappers on IG in the #PCSWAPAS where a myriad of colour and shapes  formed beautiful cushions which are highly covetable.

 A second pillow that I sent in the swap  is the radiant beauty/. It is an angel cushion to someone who's cushion went AWOL in the post.

 Another project for a Amy Bulter low volume swap is also based on EPP. I love how the pattern evolves as the next layer is added and my thought process is altered with each layer. It is certainly a lot different to how I originally envisaged

 This is the cushion I sent to my swap partner for the #PCSWAPAS . It was difficult to part with. The embroidery took just as long to add as to make the  cushion.

A  new lino print honoring our Australian eucalyptus

A selfie of me with a crochet cowl. Cant wait for the cooler weather so I can really rug up in this. Im making a second one in blue.

 A lastly a series of stitcheries - angels I am gradually making for a quilt of my own design

that's enough I think. Sorry if you've seen this all  before on IG  but I thought I should get back into the habit of having a chat here again. Although IG is instantaneous it lacks the flow of conversation and thought but it does make an easy method of cataloging activities with little effort.

Thanks for stopping by and hoping your days are truly inspired.


  1. How lovely to wake up this morning and see all your gorgeous makes on my screen. Wow oh wow!! You have been busy!! Your cushions........am in love....with all of them!! Love the feathered star, the colourways are so pretty and your hand stitching is the perfect touch. Love, love, love your hexie cushion....but then I would, wouldn't I. Amazing EPP, Monique; that looks like a fun swap. The gorgeous blue pretty. Love it!! Such pretty fabrics and your embroidery is lovely. I can see why it would've been hard to part with this one....but then, I wouldn't have been able to part with any of your creations. Your angel stitcheries are very sweet; they make me smile. Cool lino cuts and your cowl is lovely. Cute selfie. =) What a treat to see all your gorgeous pretties in one post. Bad backs...yuk!! I hope it is recovering. Hope you are enjoying a lovely week. Xx

  2. Hi Kim, thanks for all the lovely comments. I thought I'd let you know Ive changed my email address..its in the bio. monique64smith@gmail.com (couldnt remember my old pass word and not enough of what was said and what folders I had in my old email account to get a new password)

    1. Thanks for that, Mon....have a lovely Friday. Xx

    2. Thanks for that, Mon....have a lovely Friday. Xx

  3. beautiful stitchery and crafting going on. You have a talent with pairing fabrics and colors that is just lovely :)


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