Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Secrets.... and other marvellous things...

I've been head down, butt up (and it is a considerable sized butt!!) on some secret stuff....

It's secret so I can't show you..... not even a sneaky peak.....

Did you know Toni is doing a pattern book?  It's very marvellous ..... my secret stuff has a little bit to do with her book ... so shhhhh.... secret.... 

But I have still been stitching Michelle's alphabet bears....

E is for Elephant, Envelope..... I do love elephants ... in a past life I used to be stopped at the road to let the wild ones walk past - magnificent creatures .... E is for Extraordinary too....


A friend of mine popped by with a quilt she had bought which had gone chewed in the washing maching....

this was the hole in the quilt....


...and this is the cushion cover....


... it was a bit fiddly and I didn't have an exact match of fabric or thread but the cushion cover came up pretty good....  I had to patch both sides and add a bit of wadding inside.


... this is standing distance from it....


the quilt was a bit harder and I tea stained the fabric a little bit too much .....


... standing distance and it's not too bad at all...


I don't really like mending (in fact Hubz has been told my machine is a specialist machine and doesn't do mending --- shhh that's our secret ok)  but this one was a fun challenge and didn't take too long

F is for Fairy, and Fiona.... and Fun ... and all sorts of marvellous words.... 


Righto, Gotto Go.... sun's gone behind a cloud.... I need to get some wooly socks on...

24 comments:

elliek said...

Wow great fixing. I always reckon if it passes the 3' test then it is okay. Wow. Love your alphabet bears too.

Melody said...

Just adore those alphabet bears

Allie said...

Love the alphabet bears - and your mending is absolutely brilliant, you'd never know they were patched, well done!!!

marina said...

you've done a great job with that mending. I'm with you on that subject I hate to waste my talents mending... but I would have made an exception with a quilt too.
beautiful new stitched bear blocks, they are so cute.
can't wait to see your secret sewing.

Deb R said...

Such cute bears, and a marvellous job in your friends quilt, I'm sure she's over the moon it could be saved.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Fiona,
what a great fix to the kaputt quilt and cover. Very nicely done. Your stitched bears too. Love your stitching.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona,boy you sure did do an awesome mending job,well done as it would've been very fiddler work to fix,love your stitchery's,enjoy your evening my friend xx

KERYN B said...

F is for how that quilt was looking before you worked you magic on it - you did an AMAZING job..bet your friend is so grateful.
I will raise you wooly socks, jumper and the open fire roaring - come on down south lol...

Susan said...

Great save with the repairs.......it will add to the vintage look. Lovely stitching projects too. Looking forward to seeing your secret sewing.

Cheryl said...

Your cute little bears are looking gorgeous Fiona. Very clever of you to be able to patch those holes - think I would have put it in the "too hard" basket

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good mending job there Fiona! Looking forward to seeing your secret!

Maria said...

OMG What fantastic mending.. You are definitely a fabulous Fiona!
Love those Elebet blocks....

Jennifer said...

Great job with the mending, and with the stitcheries.......it's not cloudy here, it's a very clear night, and absolutely freezing!

Sheila said...

Wonderful mending job ! I would be hard pressed to tell what had been mended . Great job on the stitcheries too , they are adorable .

Sue SA said...

Really the washing machine made those holes, seriously I thought the dog had a chew. I want to know what type of machine your friend has so i can never buy one like it....it gives me the horrors, as I machine wash quilts regularly. Anyway I am super impressed with your mending job, it might not be perfect, but it is darn close. Besides a well loved quilt will have battle scars!

Christine M said...

You did a great job with the mending Fiona. Your stitcheries are coming along nicely.

Jeanette said...

Good job with the mending. Wondering about that washing machine though. Love those beary cute bears. Hugs,xx

Show and Tell said...

Great job on the mending Fiona, the tea stain will fade out eventually so you will not be able to tell at all. The cushion looks perfect. Clever girl, I bet your friend was devo when she pulled them from the machine.

Raewyn said...

Well done with the mending Fiona, it won't be long and those meds will be even less noticeable. Your ABCs are very cute!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Amazing rescue mission! Well done. Of course I love Ellie's too. Boy I need to get cracking with my ABCs. Best of wishes to Toni with her book xx

Anthea said...

Great work on the fixing-up Fiona - you are so clever!
I'm looking forward to Toni's book - I've got a few of her patterns & can't wait to see what's in the book - I think I know what you've been up to, in secret...

Cheryll said...

Fantastic mending job Fiona.... & your secret is safe with me too... xox

Jane Galley said...

what a challenge, and it's given them an extended life time. Well done

Karen S said...

How exciting to be doing the secret quilting. And I am very impressed with the mending. Great work.
Love seeing the progress on your bears.

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