Friday, July 18, 2014

Teacher’s Gifts…

It's that time of the school year again where we say good-bye for the summer.  It is particularly hard this time as DD2 is leaving her primary school and friends.  The chats at the school gate for me are coming to an end and the community that has seen me through ups and downs and thick and thin (waistline) will disperse as our children start a new journey in September at high school.

The last few years have been fabulous for my daughter at her school and this year was just the same.  Her 2 teachers worked so well as a team and always seem to know what was going on even though it was a job share.  As you can imagine I couldn’t let the year end without doing something special for those ladies who made the last year of primary so special.  So out came the patterns and the fabric and I made them each a Bento Lunch Bag and Dumpling Pouch which was then filled with goodies.  To add to the enjoyment of making them I dug out the hand crank Singer sewing machine and sat on the patio to sew them.  I loved every minute of it…even though it took a bit of ambidextrous coordination to hold the fabric and turn the crank with my right hand :o)

Inside each bag I included a mug, some tea, chocolates, biscuits and some sweets.  I hope they enjoy them.

Until next time...♥

Monday, July 14, 2014


Two weeks ago I put DD2 on the bus with school for a 4 day residential trip to Castleton while at the same time prepared for a retreat to Bath for myself and the DH.  You may think that this sounds terribly romantic and delightful…but the reality didn’t quite work out that way.  On day 2, I came down with an almighty cold which got progressively worse over the course of the week.  If that wasn’t enough to contend with, every evening we had a teary call from DD2 who was suffering from terrible homesickness.  So even though in body I was in Bath, my head was definitely somewhere else.  A shame really, but just the same I did my best to enjoy my time there.

The weather was warm and dry and the sights around Bath breathtaking, but the one place that was on my must-see list…cold or no cold was the American Museum

Upon our arrival I knew something extra special was going on as I spied this yarn bombed lamp post.  It was, of course, the introduction to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition that is going until November.

Every where you looked there was yarn and knitting and crochet…a complete feast for the eyes :o)

Then just outside the exhibition hall was a HUGE tree decorated from top to tail in pom-poms and Kaffe fabric lampshades.

The lampshades I think were upside down buckets and the impact of colour was enough to brighten one’s day (even with a cold!!)

Inside the exhibition were several classic examples of Kaffe’s work from embroidery to knitting and quilts.

Inside the main building there was more of the show stopping work and drawings showing the design process of his unique fabric.

The American Museum also have an extensive collection of antique quilts on huge racks (much like the racks they use for displaying posters only bigger).  It was lovely to flip through the different ones and talk to the other visitors who were ooohing and ahhing along with me.  Even the DH stood nearby nodding his head and appreciating the quilts and tolerated my waffle as I told him about each style or technique.

After such an inspiring day, we returned to the campsite and enjoyed a spectacular summer’s evening.  Several hot air balloons floated overhead, landing in the next field over… 

…while DH and I enjoyed a glass of wine before retiring to bed. 

We had another day in Bristol visiting the SS Great Britain, but my cold was very much taking over at that point and the day was cut short.  We returned home in time to collect DD2 who despite all the tears and the onset of her own nasty cold seemed to have a blast.  (why? oh why do we worry so much!!?)

Until next time...♥

Friday, July 04, 2014

Cover Up!

It was time to give Sookie a cover, so after scouring Pinterest I came up with this version of a half and half cover.

As one end of my machine has a big fly wheel and guard I couldn’t be symmetrical with the design, so capped off one end, while leaving the other end exposed and secured with a tie.

The pieces were quilted and then assembled wrong sides together.  Then the raw seams got covered in binding to finish it off and give it another bit of detail.

Hopefully this will help keep the dust off a bit and also makes my sewing corner look pretty when not in use :o)

Until next time...♥

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last of the Tumblers…

The last of the quilts that I've made recently for Project Linus are complete with labels and donated...this is the blue one that was made in tandem with this one...

The quilting was free-motioned from side to side and I think almost gave it a watery feel…  I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone with all over meandering, but it was hard to keep it wide and fluid.  It was tempting to get too close together and almost too dense.  None the less I’m happy with the results and glad to get another ticked off the list.

In other news I celebrated another birthday and DD1 made me the most delicious cupcakes from this recipe.  Such a tasty treat!!

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Medallion for Linus

Back in February I made a block for a class I was teaching and rather than throw it into the box of orphans, I decided to keep going and add a few more rounds.  It’s ended up being a rather bright and cheery quilt ..perfect for Project Linus. :o)

The quilting is simple enough and I used the pink border as an opportunity to try out my feathering skills.  I’m having to remember to try different things outside meandering as that has become my go-to free motion shape.  I need to think outside the box and get more adventurous :o)

Until next time...♥

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Double-sided Quilt

You've heard of double-sided tape, double-sided printing, what about a double-sided quilt?  Well that’s exactly what I did with this latest project. 

This is the front..a combination of my Sew Happy Blocks and my signature blocks from an exchange we did at Rocheberie Quilters back in 2011. The top was completed in 2012, but it has taken me this long to get it basted and quilted.  I think part of the reason it took so long is that it’s so busy, but when I came up for a plan for the back, it was too good an idea to put off.

(BTW if you want to see DD1’s version…she posted about it back in May)

This is the back!  It is all the signature blocks from the swap I did back in early 2009 with many of you from Blogland.  Some of these blocks are very well travelled as they came from all around the world to the USA and then shipped to me in the UK!  I liked the setting that Liz used..(see the last picture) so I went with that idea.

So how about that..3 different projects all pulled together into one! A great success in my book :o)

Until next time...♥

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tumbler Quilt (2 more quilts to follow soon...)

Here is the first of 2 tumbler quilts that have been finished for Project Linus. I'm really pleased with how well it's turned out.  I've been meaning to post about my recent finishes in the last week or so, but we've had computer issues!  Grrr..and nothing seems to work like it did before.  Everything from getting pictures off the camera to the blogger editor I was using is different and it's taken me all afternoon to work it out!  So this will be a really picture heavy, wordless it's late and my children are waiting for their dinner! :o) Enjoy!

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Time for a catch-up!   Ok, so 3 weeks have gone by and a lot has been happening..some blog worthy..some not so blog worthy!  The not so blog worthy stuff is nothing major, just things like enduring enjoying the 1 hour and 30 minute summer concert in the cramped school hall with up-teen other lovely parents where personal space rules are thrown right out the window!  Things like painting the kitchen!  (Yes, Honey it did take a WHOLE week…sorry about that…) Things like accepting that your DD2 has less than 2 months of primary school and the big wide world of high school is just around the corner!!  Eeek!  So see..nothing major, just life…

We couldn’t have timed the painting of the kitchen better.  While we painted, the weather did what it could to make us feel less guilty about being in all week…it rained!!!  I sure hope that all this rain we’ve been having is just working itself out of its system to give us a glorious summer. 

In other news, my seaside sewing became a pillow…

The colours were inspired by the unfinished quilt in the background with the idea that when they are both finished that DD1 will have a coordinated set for her room.  (Have I mentioned I don’t have a coordinated set!!) oh the things we do for our children!!

I used S.O.T.A.K.Handmade’s tutorial for a zippered back and it worked brilliantly!  I also used a 18” filler pillow even though my block was 16” so that it filled the corners and made it really plump!  A great tip that I will use again :o)

Until next time...♥

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rocheberie Show and Tell

Who doesn't love a little show and tell…these are some of the quilts that people brought last Saturday and I thought you’d like to see them.  First up, a buggy barn classic…

This next quilt was made from a jelly roll.  I think the colours and the design are fab.  Wouldn’t this make a great kid’s quilt?

I really like this one with all the blues and creams…nice design and a lovely alternative to normal nine patches.

These next two quilts were from a class with Jan Hassard.  They look very striking and complicated, but I was told the sewing was quite straight forward … it was all about keeping things organized and using a design board.

This is Liz’s…this is 2/3 of the quilt so far…and the colours are striking!  I know when she gets it quilted it it will be something special…no pressure Liz! :o)

Until next time...♥

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lazy Space Delivery Guy…

I only share the very best videos…this is 5 minutes long, but well worth the watch!

Until next time...♥