Wednesday, 13 August 2014

WOYWW 271- Hope stay abit longer this time

 Hello, stranger back again, hopefully for abit longer this time.  I haven't participated in the lovely Julia's Blog hop for 4 months.  The news is good for those who are in the know.  Mum has been in remission for 4 1/2 months, currently on the high seas with my Dad in Norway.

So that said, I have managed to do a little work not on my desk, cos you cannot see it but the finished article.  A small chest, made to look like cast iron using one of Andy Skinner's techniques with paint.

 I made a small photo frame, using the lid from the film strip by Tim Holtz, painted as well to look like cast iron.  Also other bits and pieces from Tim.  Added the dreaded micro beads which I found in the back of the cupboard.  To highlight some treasure gold, which made it pretty and me somewhat high from the fumes
(only joking).
Other side of lid.   I made this offering as part of a team competition, and we came 2nd.  I don't think they are ready for my kind of craft......
 Now for something completely different, whilst looking after Mum , I took up Patchwork and Quilting, as easy to drop if need be.   This is a fabric quilting Advent panel which I finishing quilting yesterday.  Panel is from my friends Tanya's website.  I'm going to embellish it abit more.
This is a quilt top I have done, using a jelly roll plus the sashing.  Lots of stitching together and cutting up and stitching together again.  Great fun.....

Wishing you all and great week and happy blog hopping.....


  1. Hi Francesca, glad you're mums doing ok and wow love the quilting you've been doing....excellent. Great little chest too. Happy WOYWW cheers RobynO#39

  2. Glad to hear the news about your mum. Hope she is having a super time but not overdoing things.
    Lovely to see you back blogging, missed you - and with such wonderful work too.
    Love the box, envious of the rust technique and the work with fabrics is fab!
    Hugs, Neet 11 xx

  3. That's great news about your Mum. I've never been to Norway but I believe it's stunning and a great place to visit (it's on my list)
    I'm in awe of your sewing skills because I have trouble even sewing on a button although when I was expecting my daughter I did actually do a cross-stitch which I'm kind of proud of even though it lives in an art box.
    The chest looks amazing.
    Happy WOYWW
    Neesie #62

  4. I agree that it's wonderful to hear good news about your mum! Your chest is fascinating! So many cool little things happening on it! And your quilting is just gorgeous! Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #58

  5. Glad to hear your mum is better now. Love that quilt and the colours you have used. Grey is such a neutral colour coordinator
    Bridget #20

  6. Great to read that your mum is okay :) Your newest creations are wonderful.

  7. You have been busy! I love looking at quilts, had a go a few years ago but am not a very patient person - several cushion covers later that hobby got dropped!! Good news about your mum, may she continue to thrive. I love your box! Really should stop farting arouind with cards and do some nice messy MM work. Happy WOYWW Cindy #57

  8. Love both your projects - the chest is amazing ! And I am just getting back into seweing too so admiring your finished quilt ! Ali #7

  9. Your steampunk is amazing. However, I am particularly impressed with your quilting work, because that is something I've never done. Blessings to you and your mom!

  10. Hey Francesca, thanks for visiting me earlier. Glad to hear that your Mum is doing better. Love your projects. I can't believe you think the quilting is fun, I wish I felt that way. My quilts come out just fine, but I dislike every minute of it!!! Cx #68

  11. Oh those quilts are beautiful and the chest is fabulous.

  12. Your chest for the competition looks fabulous, Francesca. and coming second is brilliant. Well done.
    Loving the look of your quilted panels and they even look better in real life.

  13. Wow, Francesca, what absolutely stunning work - in both genres! I think you should have come first with that amazing chest. It is totally gorgeous. Sorry I missed this last week!


  14. Wow, I love that box Francesca! I hope your Mum is still feeling well.