Monday, 2 January 2012

Comfort and Joy

I start the year with trying to get as many Bee blocks done as possible.  Tomorrow, back to the day job.  I ma lucky, I love my job and realistically I am unlikely to earn my living through stitching bits of fabric together, but it is with a little reluctance.   I was invited to join the Cocorico bee (very similar to Ringo Pie) and I needed to get Melinda's block done first.  Her theme was Vintage/Cute Christmas, I wanted to get it finished before Christmas completely disappeared.
I had to drag this block kicking and screaming from deep inside my creative internals.  I had a vague idea, the jar shape was already in my head but it wasn't till I free pieced the string tied around the rim of the glass that I felt it was working. Only then did it make me smile and I could see it all working.
My usual letter stamps and red Versacraft on linen.
The tag shape came about from a lovely set of 'Kodomo Margaret' Japanese stationery stamps that Damian bought me for Christmas.   I stamped onto Kona stone and used needle turn applique to stitch it on with a little perle thread to link it to the jar.


And then I went on a little stamping marathon, address stickers

 cards, the Eiffel towel postal stamp was a little gift from Ayumi x

labels- love them!

These stamps are not the easiest thing to find, but this shop sells the brand.  
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19 comments:

  1. Your block is amazing!! I love jars like that, always reminds me of reading Matilda! You are very clever :)

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  2. What a sweet block! I found some versacraft ink when I was in the UK for Christmas. Super excited to get stamping!

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  3. I love looking at your paper piecing. I've never tried the technique, although I have a book on it somewhere. What you do is so different, though -- "Comfort and Joy" is perfect because that's what your sweet little blocks radiate. I always feel happy when I look at your projects!

    Happy New Year!

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  4. Gorgeous, your blocks always look so good. I got some lettering stamps for Christmas, just need to get some ink now so I can start stamping away

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  5. Love the wee block, imagine a shelf of different shaped jars & tins, all in fabric of course........

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  6. Oh wow, that looks absolutely fab, and love the label!

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  7. The jar is just adorable and the stamps are super cute. Well done!

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  8. Sooo beautiful, Kerry! And, wow, thanks for that link -- those stamps and stamp sets are so lovely.

    I completely sympathize with your feelings about the return to work. I have had work-related tasks hanging over me for the entirety of the (so-called) break, but the return to the daily grind is another matter altogether. Like you, I love my profession...but the sewing machine also beckons :)

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  9. What a beautiful block. I love the tags you've made with the stamps as well. So pretty.

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  10. I dont think I would have known where to start!! Well done xx

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  11. Super cute block! Love the stamps too - hours of fun!

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  12. Knock out block! Your trademark style is just gorgeous!

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  13. Another crazy amazing block Kerry. The details you put into your bee blocks are just mind-blowing. The string around the lid? Wow!

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  14. Love your signature style with added letters and words. This is so pretty and sweet and your lid is amazing!
    ; )

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  15. As usual, I am so in awe of your creations, Kerry! This block is AMAZING!!! Love every little detail especially the sewn tag with Melinda's M! The big polka dots look like they are candies inside!!

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  16. The block is fantastic and I love the stampers - must 'invest' in some this year!

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  17. This is super cute, Kerry! Wow. You blocks absolutely rock!

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  18. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Yours, Ulla

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  19. That block so gorgeous Kerry - cute as anything. And love all the scrumptious stamps. And, I'm a little late, but hoping that 2012 brings you lots of good things. xx

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