We are finally into the last week of school - I am so ready for the break! There are so many things that I ought to be doing now before the kids are home, my mind's a bit all over the place at the mo, so forgive the slightly disjointed post.
* I have joined in with the hexalong being hosted by Lynn at Lilys Quilts. We are making hexagons using English paper piecing - which I have done a little bit of before and really enjoy - so looking forward to trying out all the different designs. (Lynn has even promised to show us how to make a hexagon with curved seams! Can't wait for that!) I've been printing out triangle graph paper, drawing and cutting out my templates and made my first hex:-
I think this could be a fabulous scrap busting project! Good for the holidays too as I can keep all my bits and pieces in one little bag and not have to make a huge mess over the dining room table like I normally do.
* In her latest podcast, Rhonda spoke a little bit about our joint project so I can now share a little more with you. We are hoping to do a little quilt along - starting in September - and the idea is that it will be a project where you will learn both handquilting and freemotion quilting. The quilt itself is going to be based on a very simple log cabin style block so it can be as big or small as you like, and Rhonda will be in charge of the free motion quilting and I will be in charge of handquilting.
* I use the term "in charge" very loosely, mind you! No-one taught me how to handquilt - I just picked up needle and thread and started stitching, so my method is, what you might call, rather laid back? I never knew there was supposed to be a "special" way of doing it (hence my confusion as to why people claimed to feel intimidated by it) but recently I looked up some handquilting tutes on youtube and - Oh. My. God!! - I now totally understand why it could seem so intimidating!! All those thimbles and that "rocking the needle" thing and the teeny tiny little stitches?! Is that just an American thing? Wow. All praise to you if you can do it like that but that's not how I do it and so I can only teach you what I know, and that will be my very lazy, slow stitching method!! Anyway, we'll share more info with you a bit nearer the time, so look out for that.
* We dug up our first crop of potatoes at the weekend! This was our first attempt at growing potatoes so I wasn't really sure when to dig them up and I think they could have done with another week or so. Having said that though, they were so easy to grow and we got quite a decent amount of little spuds (which taste lovely!) so I think I'd like to give it another go next year.
* I was going to have a little moan about how I'm fed up seeing the same giveaway on about 50 million blogs (ok, that's a slight exageration, but you know what I mean - I'm sure you know which giveaway I'm talking about too) but I changed my mind. Oh, wait, I think I just did it anyway...
* PS. There's a refreshingly honest review of said item on this blog. Even though I have no interest in winning one of these things I still read it all the way through as it was so well written.
* I now have to go and make some cookies for end of year teacher gifts as I have once again left it too late for anything else!
Blogging may be pretty sporadic for the next 6 weeks while the kids are on their summer hols, but I'll try to pop in as often as I can.
Have a wonderful summer everyone!