Progress!

It’s only taken me four months to finish this quilt, but finally it is done. This is for my friend, Belinda, who is 40 today and who is also fighting serious pancreatic cancer. I hope she likes it. It’s currently in the washing machine with 50 million colour catchers as I got green stuff all over the back while taking the photos!

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There’s a few firsts with this quilt. First time for following a proper pattern completely, Orion by Kaye Prince on Craftsy, and the first square quilt I have ever made. I’ve used some much hoarded fabrics in this quilt, which I had intended for a new quilt for Daniel (the starry ones, at least), but all that went out the window for this one.

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I’ll be delivering it in a day or two to Belinda. Fingers crossed all my nasty cold germs will be gone by then!

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Details:

Pattern: Orion by Kaye Prince

Size: 56″ x 56″

Fabrics: Background is Sketch in Grey with various prints from Alison Glass, Constellations, Nordika & Waterfont Park, Birds & The Bees and Prince Charming.

Backing & Binding: Turtle Bay by Tula Pink

Quilted with Aurifil 2600 & 2785

It feels great to get this one finished. Now I have a date with this fabric for a special little baby girl born recently who I still haven’t seen as I am so full of cold (six weeks and counting, btw).

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I can’t really say what I’m planning as Sadie is one of my only non-quilty friends who actually reads my blog, which she is quite likely to be doing as she’ll be sat on the sofa feeding a small child for most of the foreseeable future!
Linking up to Sue’s blog today. What have you been up to?

Just Sew Sue
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A midlifer

Well people, that’s it. I turned 40 on Monday. I’m officially more than half way through my life, or on the boat back, as my husband would say. In fact I think I have been on the boat back for a few years already! The only good thing about this is that the lovely Andrea & I are having a party to usher in our 40s on Saturday. We’ve got a DJ with an amazing set of lights, a band and finger buffet – what’s not to love? All in a cricket club in Maidenhead!

We shared our 18th birthday together too with a party, but as we walked around Costco buying food yesterday, neither of us could remember who exactly was there and what happened! It had a theme though, it was a red party. Someone wore a tomato around their neck, I do remember that at least, and Andrea had pillar box red hair and red patent DMs. Wish I had some photos… or maybe not, goodness only knows what I was wearing 🙂

So this morning I’m having my locks dyed, thank God, as I have had to wear a hat for the last two weeks to hide my inch long grey roots and the said locks will be chopped tomorrow morning. I’m hoping this will wipe the years away in one sweep (I can dream on….).

Anyway, that’s what I have been up to, and a bit of sewing here and there… I have joined a couple of new bees, one British and one international. I’m loving Svea’s idea for a quilt for her son – ‘To Boldly Go…’ a space themed quilt. She sent me two F8s, one of which I completely ruined with a paper piecing false start, fortunately I have quite a bit of starry fabric so these are my donations to the quilt for this month.

To Boldy Go… Block for Svea
To boldly go… for Svea
Tiny star for Svea

Have a great weekend people! I’m hoping to surface somewhere around Tuesday 🙂

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A whole twelve and a half inches of lurve….

I hope I got your attention 😉

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I have been making these for Alison from Little Island Quilting for her Soy Amado project today. I started and I couldn’t stop. Read about the charity here.

Come on, root around, find the blocks you started but never finished, don’t know what to do with, don’t like, whatever… Make them 12.5″ square, quilt them onto some backing and pop them in the post to Alison (she’ll send you her addy).

She’s not fussy, she’ll take what you’ve got! It is Valentine’s Day after all. You will make her very happy on that little wind blown island.

I will leave you with some Valentine’s cheese, Love Unlimited with ‘Walking In The Rain’. Barry White’s girl band 🙂 If you don’t like talky bits in songs, or girl bands, or Barry White, then this one isn’t for you. But this song makes me want to dance like Snoopy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Knickers!!

This year I decided not to take part in any swaps. Once I started seeing hold alls and big travel bags in people’s inspiration mosaics, that was enough to put me off! A cushion is about my limit, or so I thought… Then Sonia made some knickers from the Trixie Lixie pattern and posted about having a fun, little swap for Valentine’s Day and I was suckered in!

The first pair were a complete disaster, not stretchy enough by any stretch of the imagination. The second pair went much better and these are now winging their way to my partner 🙂

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And then today I received these lovely knickers from Hannah (these are almost impossible to photograph and I’m not modelling them) along with some lovely Malteser rabbits (all scoffed by the boys)! Perhaps I should have opened them tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait! Thanks Hannah, they are fab!

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Other than sewing knickers, I have started on my next Friends With Additions blocks for Christine. Lots of triangles….

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And that’s about all I have been up to. We are up to our necks in water around here. Wargrave is largely okay unless you live by the river, but lots of the surrounding areas are completely flooded now. The husbeast has been working at home for nearly two weeks now as the trains into London are all screwed up, plus last week’s Tube strikes.

My parents in law have had their beach chalet half destroyed down in Branscombe in Devon by the storms there. The beach is unrecognisable; it’s so sad. I think we are going to try and get down there this weekend if we can send Dan to my parents for the night. We need to rescue what’s left as my MIL has a very bad back and cannot drive at the moment. Like so many others, I will be so glad when this bizarre weather finally ends!

Linking up to Sue’s Caesarea Scrappers today 🙂

Just Sew Sue
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Really…?

….Lady Sew & Sew? Did you really mean to be selling this at £5.00 per metre??

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Question is, did I really need to buy it? Oh yes 🙂

Happy New Year to you all!

XXXX

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Happier things

Thank you all for your kind messages (on and off blog) following my last post about Belinda. I’m so sorry I haven’t got back to all of you personally between then and now, but your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

I stopped doing my ostrich impression and I spoke to Belinda and I feel so relieved that I have done so. She started her chemotherapy yesterday. It’s a rocky road to be navigated ahead but we’ll all be there for her. In the meantime, a pair of PJs and a nice, cosy quilt are well within my remit as planned, post Christmas makes for her. Sonia also had a great idea of planning a quilt for Jude with Belinda, which we will do. Thanks Sonia 🙂

Anyway, so onto happier things… I had a parcel from lovely Liz today which included a gorgeous linen, text FQ and some fab Christmas decorations as part of a bee Christmas FQ swap. Such a good idea and check these handmade decorations out. Love them! She’s a clever girl, that Liz.

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Lovely FC

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Love the pompoms 🙂

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Perfect button Christmas tree!

I haven’t done much sewing in the last week, but I made a little pouch for the husbeast’s goddaughter as part of her Christmas pressie. I used Katy Jones’ tutorial here and it was very quick and easy to make. I have a couple more to make before the big day.

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I have also been putting together my blocks from Quilt Around The World. Here’s where I am so far – love them!

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So, the only sewing I have left to do this week is sewing some felt ears to a white, fluffy hoodie for Dan. He has the plum role of a sheep in his nativity play on Thursday morning. I’m so looking forward to this – the first one 🙂 No doubt he’ll be the only sheep with a Hot Wheels collection (the cars go everywhere, even the shower)!

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At the ‘car wash’

So, what have you been up to this week?

XXXXX

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I am a rabbit in headlights, a strobe-lit goldfish…

My beautiful friend, Belinda, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (stage four) and the cancer has spread to her liver. She’s a month younger than me. We went to school together. She has a small boy, Jude, who is five and equally gorgeous.

I found out yesterday morning. I can’t phone her, can’t text, write a letter, can’t just turn up unannounced – I feel completely paralysed and don’t know what to do. It’s just so shit.

BUT, I have to hope that she will get better. There just isn’t any other way to think about it.

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It’s Thursday – again!

How did that happen so fast???

I have been sewing some of these for my addition to Jen’s quilt for Friends With Additions. I realised I should have mixed up the backgrounds after I finished making the last one. Balls. I think they look okay as they are though. I think I will leave them separate for little filler blocks for later on.

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My friend Bec had her baby girl, Bella, on Tuesday, so I have started quilting her little quilt, but haven’t got very far!

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And that’s it for now. I will mostly be enjoying a stroll ’round snowy NY soon. Still have loads to sort out before parents come and stay in my house otherwise I’ll get told off for not cleaning my dishwasher filter – haha! Oh the joys!

I shall leave you with a clip from one of my favourite films (Annie Hall) that made me love New York in the first place 🙂

Linking up with Liz & Claire today 🙂

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Brit Thursday Friday Linky

I know, I’m late! Just a quick post to have a quick catch up!

I am a very lucky girl and I am off to New York next week for a long weekend with the husband who is there with work. I have already pre-ordered my fabric to be sent to Rich’s office 🙂

There are these beauties….

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And these 9 lovelies 🙂

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I bought them all from Stash Fabrics on Etsy. The Alison Glass bundle had 15% off and free shipping. So, that’s 20 FQs for about £30 (one of the prints I ordered was white on white text so haven’t added a pic). It became rapidly apparent this week whilst trying to do my Mo-Stash bee blocks that I have tiny amounts of orange and yellow fabric and had almost run out of aqua in any usable size, so of course this had to be rectified! I had to stop short of pre-ordering Catnap by Lizzy House from there too.

Carol has been a true fabric enabler and told me about the City Quilter in NY. Turns out that it’s an eight minute walk from where we will be – good god….

I have been busy sewing many bee blocks. Here’s a little mosaic of the October & November ones.

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As I mentioned, the Quilt Around The world has nearly finished. Moira made me a beautiful block and I’m so chuffed with how the quilt is looking. My only real direction to the group was to use all blue fabric to make a 12.5″ finished block. I think it’s like looking into little pools and it reminds me of summer. I can’t wait to get it back and get cracking putting it together. I have a shed load of Dear Stella Confetti dots in navy for the backing and I was considering using it for sashing too, but that may not work. If not, plain navy is on hand!

Here’s Moira’s picture of all the blocks so far:

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Picture from Moira’s Flickr Stream

And after the calamity of QATW ending with blocks still missing and on the other side of the world, etc, there was a few mentions of doing another round, which I had mentally decided not to do. Still, when Joan, one of the members of QATW, asked me to do a smaller, invited version (12 people), I was just too tempted! Also, everyone that I know who has joined from QATW make the most beautiful blocks, so I have every confidence that this group will work really well. My starter block for ‘Friends With Additions’ is below:Image

The brief is add whatever you like (excluding dresden plates and hexagons) but only in solid fabrics. So, we shall see! I posted this and some extra fabric to Moira this morning. It’s all very exciting!

I am in receipt of Jen’s block from Canada (see below).

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I’m not sure how to progress with this one. I made a 4.5″ paper-pieced raspberry with a text background this week, but it looked rubbish, so that idea went out of the window. I have until the end of the month though, so that’s plenty of time (she says)….

Anyway people, I think I have downloaded all my stored up info now!

Happy Friday and weekend to all 🙂

Jo xxx

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When Bees Go Bad…

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So, the Quilt Around The World 2 Bee has, or is about to, go bad (in my opinion). Not for me, I hasten to add, my blocks have travelled nearly all the way around the planet earth and are currently residing with the lovely Moira in Nottingham 🙂 In safe hands.

However, three members of the bee have their blocks stuck somewhere in the US, with one person. Unfortunately, most of these blocks are very unique and were obviously pretty time consuming to complete. Many people have tried to get in touch with the person who has them all with absolutely no success. Not an email reply or blocks sent on. Zilcho responso… for months. I should add that all we do know is this person is alive and well.

So, what do you do? It seems like some members are planning to mass mail her postcards requesting the blocks to be sent on in no uncertain terms, but I’m not up for joining in. It feels a bit like bullying somehow and it doesn’t sit easily with me. I would far rather use my time to make angel blocks to cover those that are missing.

I genuinely feel gutted about this as it seems like a bad turn just as we are nearing the end of a (mostly) very successful bee. Also, because the lady who is AWOL is brilliant and does make the most amazing stuff and I fear that she may never see the blocks that everyone has made for her now.

Has this happened to you? What did you do? Did you ever see your work again? Any good ideas to try?

Hope everyone is well today!

Jo xx

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