Sunday, 11 May 2014

Is it a stork? No, it's a flamingo.

My neighbours have just had their first baby, a beautiful girl called Evie. After the excitement of the hexagon elephant for my friend's yet to be born baby boy, I decided the imminent new arrival (as Evie was when I hatched the plan) was the perfect reason to create a pink version, and what better pink animal than a flamingo.

After the saga of the patchwork borders with the elephant I actually sat and drew this one out and did calculations and everything. And it paid off, so it was worth the headache!

I love the bright pink sketch skinny border round the centre, it really frames the appliqué. The quilting of the centre piece caused more head scratching. I'd originally wanted to do FMQ pebbles, but my skills are just not up to it, so I went with overlapping circles, which ended up looking like bubbles.

I joined the ranks of the IKEA number fabric fans for the backing, which gives a good contrast to the colours on the front.

And this evening, I rolled it up, tied it with a pink ribbon and delivered it to it's new owner. She didn't cry, so I'm taking that as that she liked it - at 16 days old, you can't really hope for a better verdict than that!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shame, shame, shame

Back in the days when I was a PA and when we went on to have our own business, I was an organised person. Slightly less so these days (ok, stop spluttering, I CAN hear you!) but one area where I have always been hopeless is post. Where post is concerned, I am the worst friend / sister / daughter / auntie going.

Things are never on time, if they arrive at all. But it is my resolution for 2014 to get better at it...... It's not going entirely well so far....

Which is why I am hanging my head in shame while showing you this gorgeous beauty which arrived on my doorstep last week. The lovely, kind, generous, organised Emily, of Love Strawberry Patch fame, sent me this scrummy peg bag as a joint birthday / sorry-we-didn't-get-to-meet-up-while-you-were-in-Cornwall gift.

We won't talk about what I owe Emily in the post, or for how long I've been leaving it on the side as I trot out of the house, or bringing it back home in my handbag from work, or schlepping it all the way to Cornwall, only to be foiled by the weather.

And in spite of being the worst friend in the universe, Emily even made me my very own pair of Melody Miller pants!!

I got up early this morning so I could wash the bed sheets and hang them out before I went to work, just so i could nestle my pegs into this spotty lining. Who wouldn't want to dangle this on their rotary line?

Anyway, I have now packaged up what I need to send Emily, along with a certain something that I know she is coveting, and which I hope will restore my level of friend status to 'not so bad'!


Saturday, 22 February 2014

New beginnings....

It might only be February 22 but today is a beautiful spring day....

There is a beautiful clear blue sky, warm air, spring flowers and new growth on the shrubs.

Things have been a bit rough here for the last few months, but today feels like a great day for new beginnings and a fresh start.

So today I'm beginning a big clear out in the house, and tomorrow I'm starting up my sewing machine for the first time in a month.

It's time to come out of hibernation.....


Monday, 10 February 2014

Where the heck did it go...?

So, I don't know if it's the endless grey weather, teeming rain and general wetness about the place.....

Or tiredness at returning to work after 6 weeks off.......

Or the effects of the anti-anxiety meds I am on....

But I've lost it..... no, not my sanity (although it could just be 'not my sanity THIS time') but my desire to sew.

It's gone.....

Left the building....

Have searched everywhere including the fridge and the medicine cabinet which is where I usually find things I lost.

It needs to come back soon though, because I'm missing it.


Thursday, 9 January 2014

2014 FAL

Finish Along 2014

Last year I completely missed out on the FAL, however, this year I'm ready to go with some WIP's in mind in hope the peer pressure will nudge me towards finishing them.

My Q1 list is as follows:

1) I gave this quilt to my OH for Christmas, but thanks to health issues, didn't get it finished, and it still needs the binding finished. It's been on the bed since the festive season, but I need to get it all hand stitched down. Should be an easy finish to start with!

2) this is a scrappy tripalong memorial quilt for my neighbour. Needs to be backed, quilted and bound.

3) Hexie Melody, which is back from being basted and needs to be quilted and bound and delivered. (And then I need to make another one to keep!)

4) HST quilt, needs to be backed, quilted and bound.

5) AMH voile St Louis 16 patch needs to be backed, quilted and bound.

There is one more quilt I want to do, which is for the Mexico Street children Alison blogged about, but I'm too lazy to walk upstairs and photograph the Sew Stitchy layer cake!!

So, that's my list. See you in March to find it how many I got done!


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013 and good riddance!

So, it started with dreadful flu and it's ending in similar fashion with a chest infection, so I for one will not be sorry to see the back of this year. I started it thinking it couldn't be worse than 2012, but it had a real sting in the tail waiting for me, which I suspect will take most of 2014 to get over properly.

However, throughout the year, I used sewing as my distraction, and so have a reasonable number of makes to show off in this round up of the last 12 months....

I managed 8 quilts altogether, (there's more at the end) although half of these are still WIPs! My resolution for 2014 is to get them finished.


There were 4 mini quilts all of which I loved and 3 of which were gifts.

This was the year I got back into dressmaking and I have a couple of projects lined up to start the year off.

There were a fair few bags too - I loved making these and again, there's plans for a couple more in 2014.

And lastly there were a few other bits and pieces that missed the mosaics above.

So, sewing wise, not a bad year, and I'm starting another quilt this evening - it's a scrappy tripalong for my neighbour. His wife very sadly passed away suddenly this summer, and, thanks to me, had just got into quilting. He has asked me to make a quilt with the fabric she had bought just before she died. It's an interesting mix of fabrics to say the least, but it will mean a lot to him, and seems a positive way to end this 'annus horribilis' and start 2014.

So, thanks to everyone for your warmth and friendship throughout the last 12 months and here's wishing you and yours health, wealth, but most importantly, happiness for 2014!


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Crafting it forward....

So about 11 months ago, I signed up for Hadley's turn at crafting it forward. I've been desperate for a chance to be on the receiving end of a Flying Blind marvellous make, and so I have to admit I did check the post is EVERY day....

And it's arrived!

Now Hadley's been extremely brave, as she knows of my lack of love for Liberty, but, as she says, it's her personal mission to educate me, and I have to say, the Essex Linen, Alison Glass Sunprints text in this inside and the incredibly cute goldfishes button badge have made this so gorgeous I can live with the beautiful EPP Liberty hexies in the front - and just look how teeny they are...

So, now it's your turn. I am sure you can't wait to find out how you can get in on the Craft It Forward action!

The rules are simple...

The first 5 interested people with blogs to comment below, will receive something handmade from me in the next 12 months. I can't guarantee it'll be as fabulous as this, but I'll do my best!

When they receive their goodies, they must blog about it and then repeat the offer, and so it goes on.

If you're a no reply blogger, please make sure you leave an email address in the comments.

As what I make isn't necessarily limited to sewing stuff, you may find yourself the lucky recipient of the now infamous brownies. Surely that's an incentive?