I mentioned a little while ago that I had been going through my fabric stash and having a bit of a sort out. The pile has been sitting on the side, waiting for me to get my butt in gear and take photos etc, so today I did just that, and so now begins the task of listing everything! Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for quite some time, and it's quite difficult to let go, but I'm trying to take the approach that, if I haven't used them by now, then I probably never will, so I'm just going to bite the bullet and list them. If they don't go, then that's no problem either! I've photographed them in batches, but will list all the details individually, so if you see anything you fancy, feel free to mix and match between the bundles!
Batch 1: Top row L-R Two FQs of unknown Christmassy fabrics £1.50 each plus FQ of Japanese import, red white and blue flag fabric £2
Bottom row L-R FQ of Flea Market Fancy £2 plus FQ of Lizzie House (Outfoxed I think?) £2
Batch 2: 1 yard of Anna Maria Horner flannel - this has been prewashed and zigzag stitched around the edge £6
Batch 3: Top row L-R Large FQ (47x72cm) blue chickens (can't remember the name of this fabric, I think it's German) £3 Amy Butler fabric, just under a FQ (46x52cm) £1.50 FQ of I think Alexander Henry fabric but no idea what it's called! £1.50
Bottom row L-R FQ of travel themed fabric £2 another Amy Butler print (46x42cm) £1.50 Half yard of green fabric (I think from Honeychild line by Jennifer Paginelli?) £4
Batch 4: Top row L-R Tina Givens purple & aqua fabric 64x54cm £3.50 Aneela Hoey red & white fabric half yard £4 Unknown pale grey with silver text fabric 45x45cm (with a couple of little corners cut out) £1.00
Bottom row L-R Riley Blake Be Merry aqua snowflake fabric 47x86cm (with one corner cut out) £3.50 Jennifer Paginelli aqua & green on white fabric 57x48cm (with one small corner cut out) £2
Batch 5: Top row L-R FQ of unknown fabric (the pattern reminds me of the game "jacks", so let's call it that, just for reference!) £2 Washing line fabric just under a FQ (with one corner cut out) £2 Small piece garden fabric (50x23cm) £1
Bottom row L-R Tanya Whelan aqua gingham fabric (39x48cm) £1.50 Large "FQ" (47x68cm) salmon pink fabric (Le Petite Jardin by Elizabeth Blackhurst) £2
Batch 6: Top row L-R Pink stars fabric (59x50cm with one corner cut out) £1.50 Purple floral fabric (39x48cm) £1.00 Pink candy striped fabric (57x48cm) £2
Bottom row L-R Two pieces of Valori Wells Del Hi 54x46cm £2 & 27x46cm £1 Aqua on white snowflakes 47x27cm £1 Red spotty fabric 54x41cm £1.50
Phew!! Well done if you made it to the bottom of that lot! I have to say, I hate having to price stuff, so I've tried to be fair but if you want more than once piece I will be open to offers. All prices exclude postage, which I will work out once you let me know which bits you want (and where you are located). If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, listing which bits you want. All sales will be on a first come, first served basis, subject to agreement of bundle/price/postage - you get the drift! If you are interested but want better pics/close ups of any particular pieces, just let me know.
This week, I've really enjoyed reading all the quilty secrets that folks have been confessing to, started by Amy at 13spools, so I thought I'd join in :-)
1. If the quilt police were real, I'd have been locked up by now I'm sure, because I don't pre-wash fabric, I iron instead of pressing, I rarely change my sewing machine needle and I sew over pins (although it seems like everyone does at least one of these things, hence me lumping them all together!)
2. I don't follow patterns. I think I have followed a quilt pattern to the letter maybe once or twice but, although I frequently see patterns that I love, usually one look at the cutting instructions is enough to put me off! I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal!
3. I am not a big fan of pre cuts. I've used a layer cake once or twice, only one jelly roll, which left so much fluff EVERYWHERE!, and although I have purchased charm packs a few times, they usually just end up scattered throughout my scrap bin.
4. I don't get the fuss about Aurifil thread. I mean, I use it, but that's mostly because I buy fabric online and that seems to be the thread of choice with the shops I use, so it's convenient. I like that it comes in lots of pretty colours and bigger spools but I can't say I've noticed it being any better or worse that the other threads I've used. (And I still get a heck of a lot of lint in my machine!)
5. I'm not great at trimming - I tend to just hack off any obvious overhangs while piecing with a pair of scissors and I don't square up my quilts either, again, I just eyeball it with the scissors!
6. I don't keep my selvedges. I used to - because it seemed to be the done thing - but I never used them so, unless it's a really, really pretty one I (brace yourselves...) throw them away!! (Is anyone still there? Please don't hate me!!)
7. I tend to automatically shy away from anything that is getting alot of "hype" - so I don't have an Accuquilt cutter thing, have never made a Swoon or Scrappy Trip Around the World block, and have no plans to buy any Cotton + Steel fabric (although, OK, I might reserve the right to change my mind about that one...)
8. I have never purchased any Liberty fabric. It's pretty enough and I have seen some stunningly beautiful things made with it, but it just doesn't do it for me. (Actually, the same goes for fabrics by some of the other "big names" - who I have probably only ever purchased from a couple of times)
9. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you will know that I'm not big on naming my quilts, but I also don't bother labelling them either (unless it's being given as a gift, which isn't that often!)
10. Despite Rhonda's best efforts in the quilt along we did together about three years ago, I have absolutely no desire to learn how to FMQ. Tried it just that once and vowed "never again!" and I'm sticking to it!
So, those are mine, what are your secrets?
* We celebrated the first anniversary of this sweet boy coming into our lives. We love you Rufus! x
* I finished piecing the quilt I've been working on, got batting and backing sorted and am now just waiting for a cooler day when I can face the ordeal of crawling around on the floor to get it basted!
* I got the urge for a little embroidery, and started stitching up a little tree made of French knots
* Inspired by all the wonderful FQR3 posts that I've been reading, I purchased this book, and can't wait to have a go...
* I have been having a bit of a blitz on my fabric stash, and sorted out a big pile to sell/swap. I sold some to a friend but need to find the motivation to get the rest of it listed on here.
* Following on from that, I had a root through my scrap bin and decided to make a new floor cushion cover for Ru - I think he approves?
* And finally, today we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Love you Mr L! xxx
Hey y'all! I hope you're all enjoying the lovely summery weather (although it's a little too hot for me today and, after last nights epic thunderstorm, I'm feeling a little sleep deprived too!) We had a lovely little break at Centerparcs last week, the weather was a bit mixed but that was ok, we made full use of the pool and managed to fit in a couple of other activities too. It was nice to get away, but we did miss our Rufus! He had his own little holiday at Nanny's house, but was VERY happy to see us come home again!
I had been lucky enough to win, not one, but two giveaways just before we went away, so when we got home I had some very lovely parcels land on my post mat!
Karen's prize was the latest copy of Love Patchwork and Quilting, together with a bundle of beautiful fabric scraps from the stunning cover quilt that she made for the issue.
And then I also won Susan's giveaway of the beautiful sewing machine cover and accessories that she made for another issue of the same magazine! You would have had to be reading this blog for a very long time to remember the hideous thing that I botched together to cover my machine with (back when I had only just started sewing, it was one of the first things I made, and it showed!! And no, I'm not going to show you, it really was awful!) so it was with GREAT pleasure that I threw that one straight in the bin and put the lovely new cover on!
Doesn't she look pretty now?! And the other little goodies...
Gorgeous! I've been a long time reader of both these lovely ladies' blogs, so thank you both so much!
So, what else has been happening? Well, not much really. The chill out summer continues, most of the home ed activities have been winding down for the summer too, but J has recently started sailing at a local sailing club that runs disability sessions. He's only been twice so far, but really enjoyed it, and it continues through the summer, so I'm hoping that we can carry on, I really need to make an effort to get him into activities as he has a tendency to just want to stay home a lot. It would be really great for him to have something that he can do on his own - they are adamant that he will be sailing solo in no time!!
Things are pretty relaxed here at the moment. Will, our eldest, did his GCSEs and has now finished school until September, so we are all on extended summer holiday mode. I felt like I had hit a bit of a wall learning-wise with J and, having thought about it, I wondered if we never really "deschooled" properly. I've also been reading more about unschooling and, whilst I know it's not completely for us (we need to retain some routine and boundaries) alot of it does make sense, so with Will at home too, it seems like a good time to just let things go a bit and see what happens. How is that going so far? Well, yes, there is rather a lot of screen watching, be that video games or tv, but even so, I can see that J is still learning. He asks me how to spell words when he is playing minecraft etc, we type little messages to each other on our tablets (and his spelling has either hugely improved or he is making great use of the predictive text function!), he still reads loads and we are trying to get out and about as much as we can. We have been swimming quite alot recently. Two years ago when we took him out of school, he was just about to start school swimming lessons, and I was dreading how that would turn out, I really wasn't sure that he would be able to cope with it. Now he is getting himself changed before and after, has learned how to put his goggles on by himself and is swimming a whole length of the pool. This may not sound that big a deal for an 11 year old, but believe me, this is a huge step for J. We have also been scuba diving together twice which was a fabulous experience! He does trampolining once a week, and next week we are going for a trial sailing session. And of course, we are out with Rufus lots too! Speaking of which...
here is the handsome fella, all fluffy from a bath and waiting for the groomer to arrive. And here he is looking very smart after his haircut!
He's such a cutie!
The baby quilt for my niece is coming along nicely. I managed to piece a backing from my stash, and was able to put the batting together from 2 offcuts as well. The best bit was the basting - as you may remember, I HATE basting but, being just a baby sized quilt, this one was small enough to do on the dining room table - result!
I got rather carried away and started quilting and had done almost half the quilt before I ran out of thread. And then realised that I had no more white thread. Honestly, who runs out of white thread?!
(It only looks crumpled because it's been folded up, honest!)
Nevermind, more supplies have been ordered! I'm just doing straight line quilting - a bit straighter than my usual "organic" line quilting, but still with some variation in the spacing, so not quite sure how you would describe that! Hopefully, the thread will arrive soon and I'll be able to get this finished next week. I have 10 weeks before baby is due to make an appearance though, so no rush.
Did you even realise I had gone? Typepad was the victim of some kind of cyber attack recently, and blogs were not visible for several days. Happily, I can now see mine, and several other Typepad blogs that I read, so it seems they have got it sorted now. Not that you missed very much from me, of course!! We continued to have a very lazy Easter break, and are now trying to get back in the swing of things. J always finds the transition a bit difficult after any kind of break, and I think we are also in the full swing of puberty kicking in, so there have been a few grumpy mornings! I think he's at quite a tricky stage, to be honest, looking like he's getting so grown up, but still feeling very much like a child. It's often said that AS kids are a couple of years emotionally behind their peers, and that seems very true in J's case. At 11, he still wants all his old toys, whereas at the same age, W was getting rid of all his. Apart from anything else, it causes a hell of a lot of clutter! I am trying to gently tidy up, reorganise and declutter, and have been sifting out little bits here and there that I can safely dispose of without WW3 breaking out! And I even managed to tidy up all my sewing paraphernalia in our dining room and can actually see the sideboard now!