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22 August 2015

Fabric Book and Tast

Good Afternoon, my friends.  Despite my promises to myself to blog more often, I keep getting distractions.  II only hope that I still have some friends out there in Blogland.  I have only gone missing temporarily.

I dont know if anyone remembers the butterfly cushion I was working on eons ago, but I finally made it into a cushion cover...
 At long last the pages for my fabric book are being stitched together.  I finished all the individual pages and stitched them back to back.  Now I feel I am on the home run.  I thought if I did one page a day it would not take me long to get them together, but there have been other distractions.  I was going to stitch the pages together with herringbone stitch but my shaky hands will not allow me to slide the needle along the inside of the seam so I resorted to an easier way, which although not as tidy will work ok and will be covered up when the front cover goes on.  I have started by attaching the pages to the back cover which is made from the purple/blue fabric, and this is continued to cover the spine.
sewing the pages together

this is the pile of pages ready to stitch together
In 2013I started on a band sampler for something to do.  Nothing as efficient or wonderful as Sharon's, but just random stitching to keep my hand in to remembering the stitches.   I have joined the new Tast challenge for this year, and this sampler will be perfect to add the new stitches to.  Here are some photos of what I had done so far.

I have even taught myself to do a reasonable long and short stitch
While I was at Nanango I had a lovely coffee, chat and stitching morning with my friend and neighbour Julie.  She is working on a white on white schwalm cushion cover and this is when I started sewing the pages together.  I get more done when I have company.

Till next time enjoy your day wherever you are.


  1. good to see you back at your bog Shirley. Some lovely things the butterfly cushion is so very delicate and beautiful. Your book is going to be amazing there are lots of pages there you have been busy and good to see you are continuing with Tast, I have signed up too but not done any yet, thought I would use the stitches on a crazy block I found in my UFOs.

  2. Lavori meravigliosi Shirley!!!!!!! Bacioni

  3. Hello, hello Shirley, I am glad to see your post. Your cushion is a beauty! I could lean on it but had to have it in front of me to idmire it would I ever come to visit you. And your stitch-pages are a wonderful heap to remember all those Tast stitches of Sharon. And lovely to see you with your neighbour Julie. XXX

  4. It's good to hear from you again, Shirley. I always enjoy seeing your stitches. Looking forward to see your finished fabric book!

  5. Looks like you have enough projects to keep you out of trouble. Your cushion turned out great and I love the idea of doing a band sampler. I'm not going to do it, but it isn't for lack of wishful thinking!

  6. You do such lovely stitching. Great photo of you.

  7. Shirley, your cushion is beautiful!
    And your fabric book, that will be something to treasure :-)

  8. A lovely post and a beautifully done butterfly cushion. I'm sure you are very pleased with it. Love all your stitch pages. They will make a fabulous book! Your band sampler looks super and wonderfully creative. I did a band sampler for TAST 2012 and this time around I'm doing an owl.