Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

I’ve managed to pinch a nerve or something in my left shoulder, not sure. I’m going to be very careful which way I turn my head or move my arms so I’ll be taking it easy until I’m confident I won’t have stabbing pains running up my neck.

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Amy Butler: Cameo: Josephine’s Boutique

I may do some cross stitch quietly on the sofa but I think standing and cutting fabric is out of the question for a day or two.

I did manage to finish another basket this weekend using Amy Butler’s “Josephines Boutique” in Ink from the Cameo collection. What a gorgeous fabric, the photo doesn’t do it justice, the inky blue background is deep and indeed inky. I’ll post photos once I have it nicely ironed.

Back to the sewing room soon I hope!

Orange Ombre Basket

I took a bunch of photographs of my completed Orange Ombre Quilted Basket this morning and would love your input. Click any image to enlarge.

First of all, if you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I had to wash the exterior of the basket to get rid of the chalk lines left by the Dritz marking pencil. The result was, of course, a soft crinkled look to the fabric which I quite liked. What do you think? Also, I’d like your opinions on the photos, these are for my Etsy shop and I’d like to know which photos you like best and why. You’re allowed to include five photos with your listing.

Without further ado, here they are:

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p.s., I haven’t slip stitched the top yet so I can still make changes, i.e., iron the exterior fabric.

p.p.s., Thank you for your help!!

This week TGIFF is being hosted by Gingersnaps Quilts.

Dritz fail!

I started working on another basket this morning, I typically mark my grid using Frixion pens but the ink doesn’t run smoothly so I tried this Dritz pencil thingie which marks wonderfully, too wonderfully, the friggin’ marks wouldn’t come off!

Dritz pencil and markings


I know you can’t see the lines very well in a photo, click the image to see larger. I was using a dry micro cloth in attempt to remove the markings but that didn’t work. I left a blue-green hue to my stitches.

Washing Dritz MarkingsEven scrubbing with Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover didn’t work  (it really works… on everything else!), those stupid lines wouldn’t go away! I filled a tub with cool water and a half capful of Zero laundry detergent, gently scrubbed and soaked, rinsed and lay out to dry. The markings were a little lighter I think but I could still see them when the fabric was wet so I threw it in the dryer for 15 minutes. The markings are finally gone but what a hassle! I decided not to iron the crinkle out of the fabric, it’s making the basket have a softer appearance that I really like so all is not lost.

I hope to have 2 finishes tomorrow, “hope” being the key word. I really, really love those Riley Blake Ombre dots!!

Hope your week is going better than mine!