Tomorrow I get to meet up with some awesome ladies and I’m very excited to meet them all, even though I feel I know some of them as friends already. In advance of that I am posting this:-
I don’t have Turrettes, honestly, but I do swear and it gets worse with some booze. Well, I am half Irish after all. That’s my excuse, so please no-one be offended
Ever so excited from Wargrave
Sorry everyone – it’s the same as everyone else!
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I thought I hadn’t done that much sewing in March, but actually I did…
Lots of bee blocks (including two remakes as some went missing in the post in Australia), a birthday cushion for my friend,Andrea, (her quilt is still a work in progress), a baby quilt for little Freya and I pieced together our Kinky Bee quilt top for Siblings Together.
Lots of my lovely fellow Kinky Bee friends also helped me make this lovely quilt top in December 2012 for my aunt and my cousins in Ireland.
My uncle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late October and the doctors had given him six months to live. He died yesterday morning. At only 46, he leaves a wife, five children and a one year old grandson behind.
My parents left to go to Ireland this morning, and the quilt still isn’t finished and I feel bad about that. I would have liked them to be able to take it, but there’s nothing I can do about that now. My next job is to start quilting it this week. Hopefully it will provide some small comfort now he has gone.
Linking up to the lovely Lily’s Quilts…
So I started a quilt for my best friend, Andrea, oh, almost eight months ago. She went through my stash and picked out fabrics that she liked and went through Flickr to pick out quilt styles that she liked and I have made five blocks and that’s it
How rubbish am I? Normally I am so chuffed if someone even takes a vague interest in my quilting, let alone ask me to make them one! Anyway, I turn 39 at the beginning of March and Andrea is exactly a week younger than me, so i WILL finish it for her birthday present. And because I have now committed it to ‘tinternet, I have to do it – right?
She really is so very lovely and entertaining. She messes up labels in B&Q:-
And will rummage around in antique shops with unexpected finds:-
Can pull the best silly faces:-
She is one of my favourite people to spend time with – love her
So I will finish the quilt before March 10th.
In other news, you can now buy a collar for your cat on Fab.com – check it out
Happy Thursday everyone.
Just a quick post to say I have finished my (small) Siblings Together quilt – yay! The husband is away again for the week which affords me much more sewing time than I usually have!
Most of the fabric for this quilt was donated by Jo (Flickring here) and I can’t resist the Peeps, or any Lizzy House for that matter, so I managed to get in there first I added some pink pearl bracelets, the pink lines (from 1001 Peeps) a bit of Tula Pink and a FQ of purple to match the purple solid Jo sent. I had a yard or so of Monaluna floral lilac flannel which I have used for the backing which I am really pleased to have used as I have had it for ages and it just sat there looking at me all the time making me feel bad.
The block is from a tutorial from Don’t Call Me Betsy. I have started a quilt for me in Salt Air using this block, so I might have to revisit my plans for that as they are pretty time consuming to make and I’m not sure I have the patience!
It has turned out to be very busy and quite small, but then I think that’s okay (read hope!).
Here are a few pics. I took the quilt to my parent’s today as I have nobody here to hold it up and it was so windy that we had to give up!
That’s it for now! Hope you are all well this Wednesday
I had a small piece of good fortune today while shopping with my mum. I found a copy of Masquerade in a charity shop in Marlow for 30p!
For those of you who are too young to remember, or not British, Masquerade is a book written and illustrated by artist, Kit Williams in 1979. It is a story of the Moon who falls in love with Sun. The Moon creates a jewel for her love and employs the quick hare, Jack, to deliver her gift to the Sun. Unfortunately, Jack loses the jewel somewhere along the way.
It was in fact a real jewel made by the artist and the book served as a treasure hunt for anyone at the time willing to go and find the jewel (a golden hare, see below). It was buried somewhere in the UK and only by answering the riddles and puzzles could the precise location be found. This caused a real furore at the time and it was a race to find the hare. The details of who found the hare and where are here on Wikipedia.
We had the book at home and I always loved it for the amazing illustrations and the story itself. My parents’ copy now lives with my nieces, who also love it for the same reasons I did, so it’s lovely to have a copy of my very own. Anyway, this book reminded me very much of two lovely bee friends. Very obviously, Carol from The Running Hare and also Liz of Dandelion Daydreams. Check out the pages from the book below to see ‘Liz’ in action and see if you can find the hare in the illustration (there’s one on every page of the book somewhere). I quite like the idea of Liz hanging around in the sky trying to find lost dreams (when she’s not being a mum, wife, working or studying insanely hard, that is).
Anyway, that’s it from me today, but if you see a copy of the book languishing in a charity shop, definitely buy it!
Happy Wednesday to you all
So where did January go???? A month into the new year already!
I have had a busy sewing month. I have joined two new bee groups in the last month. I have joined the other half of the FQR Bee (The Honeys) as one of their members dropped out through illness and also the Modern Stash Quilting Bee, which runs for six months. I had two sets of Quilt Around the World blocks come past as well, so here’s a few of those:-
I have also been working on a small quilt for Siblings Together. A Flickr member offered some fabric up which I really love, 1001 Peeps by Lizzy House, with some extras thrown in. It will only be little as the fabric isn’t enough to make a bigger quilt even with the extra bits from my stash that go with it, but I’m sure there’s a little girl out there that loves purple and won’t mind it being little. I had a yard of flannel that I bought ages ago that is perfect for the backing too, so hopefully this won’t take me too much longer. Here it is so far:-
And finally, I have actually finished my godson’s quilt which I started in November! It is made completely out of Velocity by Jessica Hogarth as he loves bikes. I added some Riley Blake chevrons, a bit of sketch and some solids, so I hope he likes it. Ever since his brother asked me to make him a quilt, Noah always asks me if I have made his yet. I can’t believe he was seven yesterday. This was
copied inspired by the lovely Moira whose bee blocks we made like this for her son in September 2012. Anyway, here it is:-
I also made a cushion as part of the Designers Challenge for FQ Magazine from Parson Gray’s Seven Wonders fabric line which was sent to me. I had to do this really quickly and I didn’t want to waste any of the fabric so I know most of you will recognise the blocks
And creatively speaking, the only other thing I have made was Dan’s birthday cake. Here he is with my mum enjoying the ‘fire, fire’!
Hope you are all having a lovely Friday,