A teeny tiny needle book made for my god-daughter using this tutorial. Very quick and satisfying to make. I think I need one for myself!
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!
After what seems like a huge break I have finally started sewing again! I picked something very simple, just to get myself back in the swing of things, and made a desk mat/protector thing for William. We swapped the kids' bedrooms over at Easter, putting Will into the bigger room, and got him a proper desk for homework etc, so this is an attempt to stop the desk from getting scuffed to pieces!
I pieced and quilted this yesterday and did the binding this morning. Will seemed to like the look of it when I showed him yesterday - I don't have much in the way of what I would call "masculine" fabrics, but these seemed to be acceptable to him!
There was kind of another reason for making this, and it's a little hint to a joint project I'm working on with Rhonda of Quilter in the Gap - I recently discovered her blog and started listening to her podcasts and we got chatting and a little idea was born. We're hoping to bring you our little project in September, so stay tuned for more info on that.
In the meantime, I want to keep the momentum going and start making something else - I'm thinking a decent cover for my sewing machine is in order so perhaps I'll cut into a sherbet pips charm pack I have for that...
I've been gradually going through my fabric stash and all my scraps to try and sort out which fabrics I really, REALLY love and absolutely have to keep, and those other fabrics that I still really like but maybe haven't used or haven't set aside for a specific project. I need to make some room (as I have next to none!) plus there is also the small matter of fabric being quite expensive and, at the moment at least, I can't really afford to fund my habit! So I'm hoping that maybe some of you might like to take some of it off my hands?
Let's start with some scraps, and I'll try and get to the bigger pieces later in the week.
Pack one: First up is this collection of red (plus a bit of pink and orange) scraps. I have three packs like this all including the same selection. There are 9 separate pieces, the biggest piece is about 18x7inches and the smallest about 5"square, so all decent, usable pieces for smaller or scrappy projects. Each pack is about 55g of fabric, £4.50 each, including uk P&P. Two sold, one reserved - thank you!
Pack two: There's about 50g here, 9 pieces of fabric, the biggest piece is about 9inches square. £4 incl UK p&p
I will sell these on a first come, first served basis. If anyone is interested, or has any questions about the fabrics, wants to see more pics etc, just drop me a line at email@example.com I will post overseas too - just let me know and I'll let you know what the extra postage will be.
There has been an explosion in our house recently.
Something seems to have "switched on" in Joe's brain recently and he is drawing and writing spontaneously, without any prompting from us - something he has hardly ever done before! He has got four - yes, FOUR - notebooks on the go and has been spending ages filling page after page after page with little pictures, stories and notes about things he wants for his birthday. In the space of a year his writing has gone from a pre-school level to a National Curriculum level 2b (and a 2a when someone scribes for him) - an ENORMOUS jump. I am absolutely amazed and thrilled beyond belief by this! His teacher and 1-1 TA have done a wonderful job, I just hope they can keep it going next year. We found out yesterday who his teachers will be for yr 4 - he will be having 2 teachers on a job share but one of them he had for half a year in year 2 and he really likes her (and the other teacher is really lovely too!) so we are very happy about that (although not sure how he will cope with the job share thing...) He hasn't made much progress in maths but I'm not too worried by that, and we will try and work on his times tables and number bonds over the holidays. In the meantime, I need to just make sure his supply of notebooks doesn't run out!
On Friday morning I walked into town to post my Brit Quilt Swap parcel and when I got back home there was one of those cards from the postman saying that they'd been unable to deliver a parcel. Of course, I knew it would be the quilt from my secret partner, as I wasn't expecting anything else! I was a bit cross. The card was marked 8.30am - normally our post doesn't arrive until at least 11am, and it has been as late as 6pm on some days! Anyway, I had to be patient all day until Peter got home from work and I could drive up to the depot to collect my parcel. I was so excited that I opened the outer parcel in the car and looked at the card to see who it was from, but I couldn't remember which quilt she had made! Once home I just about remembered to take a pic of the parcels all beautifully wrapped up before I ripped into them!
And here is the amazing quilt that Kelly (aka Chunky09) made for me. Isn't it beautiful? I absolutely love it! It's called Eye Candy and the colours are so bright and juicy, they really sing out against the black background. I really had no idea that Kelly was making this quilt for me so it was a lovely surprise when I opened the package. Kelly also included some yummy Green&Blacks chocolate (all gone now - no surprises there!) and a gorgeous charm pack of Moda Sugar Pop fabrics, which I can't wait to start playing with.
I think this will be the perfect thing to help kickstart my sewing again - I'm thinking a nice little project just using the whole pack, maybe some more half square triangles, or possibly something a little more random? Ideas, people, please? Anyway, thank you, thank you again Kelly! I had such fun with this swap, even if I did miss out on the last couple of weeks. I'm sure there will be another round, possibly in the autumn, and it's a really great group so do check it out if you fancy joining in.
Ooh! I almost forgot to tell you! The quilt I made for the swap went to Jan of Isisjem and, happily, she loved it too and wrote a really lovely thank you and blogpost about it, which I really appreciated. Happy smiles all round!
So, here I am, back at the computer and trying to do a "proper" blog post. It's been very wierd the last couple of weeks with no blogging, I almost don't know where to start. But I need to get myself back into the swing of things, just please forgive me if I ramble a bit...
I've spent the last couple of days catching up on all the online stuff I've been missing out on while the computer was out of action. LOADS of blogs to read - out of necessity I've had to just skim through them and not leave any comments - it'd take me forever otherwise - but I think I'm pretty much up to date now so will try and get back to commenting and saying "hello" to you all as soon as possible! I've also realised something quite strange - it appears that my sewing mojo and blogging are inextricably linked together - I can't seem to do one without the other! I started sewing and blogging at pretty much the exact same time so maybe that is why. It's like six of one and half a dozen of the other - the sewing motivates the blogging and vice versa. Does anyone else feel like this?
I was going to write about my Brit Quilt Swap parcel, but I really think it deserves a blog post all of it's own, so I'm going to stop this one here and do that separately. See you in a minute!
Hooray!!! My wonderful brother has now sorted me out with a wireless router and I am finally back online!!! Oh my god, the relief!! Sorry, slight overuse of the exclamation marks there, but I am so happy to be back. It's going to take me quite some time to catch up with all my blogs, flickr groups, emails etc so please bear with me a little longer, but I will hopefully resume normal posting very soon. I received my Brit Quilt Swap parcel on Friday so will be able to share with you the beautiful quilt I received.