Friday, 19 September 2014

Not the plan...

I was headed off to Eclectic Maker after work today, that was the plan.  However a phone call from school just before I clocked off, and it all went to pot.

The poorly girl was poorly again, running a temperature, so home we came.  No shopping, just Calpol.

It's a sad day when the most crafty I get is sewing on a last minute Brownie badge…


… and I only sewed the one, as the poorly one didn't go this evening, I'll do her's 5 minutes before next week's meeting!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Love 'em really...

… even when the planned for 'free' afternoon is taken up with a so-called poorly child, followed by a school meeting about the O2 Sing Up/Young Voices malarky in January.


Are anyone else's kids involved in that logistical head-scratcher?  What started out as a great free club had turned into a money pit that could all go tits-up if it snows!

Some days I am never happy ;)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mojo no-go...

I had the whole day to sew and stuff; the clock was willing but the mojo was weak!

Although I am determined not to let my hand-pieced Green Beans tribute get left on the shelf, and I even cut a few strips to hand stitch on the slow, sitting out in the sun I quickly began to flag.  I grabbed my book.  Fell asleep.



So I didn't get much done today, but I am going with the theory that I needed the sleep more than I needed to do anything else, and sleep is good.  I'll be doing it again later x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

#IGminiswap Full Frontal

Time is short today - work, dentist, school Meet The Teacher session, pick up, home, back to school for a 2nd post-Chess club pick up, home again, showers for the girls, dinner, Cubs (although hubby had the pleasure of helping with the pack litter pick!), shower for the boy, and then, only then, time for a cup of tea!

So here's a full on pic of my #IGmini…


I am seriously thinking of a nice bit of spiral quilting, a little off-centre, in-keeping with the wonk; as much as I would love to get my hand quilting action on again, the number of seams in this beauty would totally scupper my rhythm!

Day off tomorrow though - woo hoo, 'nough said!

Monday, 15 September 2014

#IGminiswap progress...

I was able to stitch up all my drunkard's path 'quarters' yesterday in the end, and I trimmed them all this afternoon.

They were trimmed in a wonky fashion, on purpose.  My partner loves a bit of improv, but that doesn't come naturally to me as much as I would love it to.  So this was my best attempt; there are still nice matching points in the centres, and each block fits together like proper quilt blocks, but it has the look of the carefree and easy going, so everyone's a winner!

I snapped a few pics as I went, and the Instagram likes are a real confidence boost…


The top is now complete, but here I will stall for a while, as I am currently wadding-free, so I need to rectify that.  But, how the bugger am I going to quilt it!!???

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back on the Home Front..

Those who follow me on instagram may have spotted the point in last night's proceedings when we resorted to selfies and silliness…


It was an evening of sublime and ridiculous, seeing some old friends and colleagues, false moustaches and cream teas.  We managed to stay out until about 10.15pm, by then the kids were full of cake and getting restless, and I was happy to swap my heels for flip flops and come home for a cup of tea.

Up bright and early-ish today, I Sizzix cut all my #IGminiswap DP pieces whilst helping dear son with his homework, multi-tasking at its best…


So all set for another week, a relatively normal week at that, but I have a couple of corker weeks coming up, so I am happy to just go with the flow for a bit.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Stepping out...

Today has been all about the chucking of tiny clothes and putting the house back together after a full week of work and school, but tonight we are stepping out…


My sister-in-law's 1940s 40th birthday party, there may be photos to follow, but I know for sure that my feet are going to be killing me tomorrow.

xxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Quick, make!

It's my sister-in-law's 40th birthday today, but more on that tomorrow, or maybe Sunday.  But whilst my attention had been taken up with that, I got caught short by my best school-mummy-friend's birthday.

So glad I have a go to pressie make eh!


She is now also in receipt of one of Jess's fine cards too; I bought my pack at FQR and I only have a couple left.

A quick job well done I say.

And so, thank goodness it's Friday; my battery is both literally and metaphorically at 4%, so I better hit publish now before I run out completely xxx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

#IGmini prep...

Having all three kids in after-school choir today meant I had a little extra time before pick-up to pull and sort fabrics.  You could be forgiven for thinking that there may have been an ulterior motive last term when sign ups opened!

So it's currently all about the #IGminiswap, so the plotting continued today.

64 scrappy squares…




… and all the LV fabric have been picked out too, all ready for an almighty Sizzix session over the weekend, c'mon xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tickerty-tick...

I crossed off a load of To Dos today, so it feels good even if there's not a lot to show you for my efforts.

There was typing up, wrapping up, a trip to the post office, emailing, invoicing and plotting.

I stitched down all the binding…


… and I even got to thinking about my #IGminiswap.  I have the bones of a plan, I will pull some fabrics, then put it out there on Instagram to see if my partner takes the bait…


Looking forward to getting stuck in to this one x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Testing times...

It's been a typically back-at-it busy day, work, after school swimming, Cubs, sewing on Cubs badges in a last minute panic, swiftly ignoring the fact that they had been waiting for attachment for about, umm, 8 weeks, and I have just sat down in an exhausted heap, whilst waiting on the tumble dryer to finish.  Back in the old routine, grrr!

Whether or not I get the energy back to finish off these little pattern test samples this evening…


… I wouldn't put money on it.

However, I have my non-working day all to myself tomorrow, so I think I might just add them to the To Do list and have a cup of tea x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Ahoy!

Over the weekend I had time to fulfil my monthly commitment to Bee Blessed, making a couple of sweet sailing boats which will end up in another quilt pieced with love by the fab BB ladies…



What makes me particularly happy about these blocks is that I will be able to hand them over in person to Jude and Sarah in a month's time!!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mental Blocks...

So I finished those blocks today that had caused me to have to think!  Oh how very dare they!



They look good, and Annabella likes them, (always a bonus with Bee blocks!).

I am pleased to get these under by September belt.  The tutorial is here if you feel so inclined.

I did try to reduce the wastage, and that is what caused most of my angst, so attempt at your peril, fabric or sanity, you decide!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

BOMing...

I've signed up for a BOM.
Not any old BOM.
A mystery BOM.

I have never signed up for anything so quickly; how on Earth was I meant to ignore Jen Kingwell's mystery BOM!?  The promise of fabric, hand and machine piecing and appliqué, heaven!

GT&SB block
There's still time to sign up, the BOM begins in October; 12 months of awesomeness for sure.  Anyone else taking the plunge?

I am so excited!

Friday, 5 September 2014

#IGminiswap Mosaic...

One of the first techie things I did on return from holiday, (a whole week ago, sob), was to make up a quick mosaic for my #IGminiswap partner, you know, just in case my long and detailed 'Likes/Dislikes'  lists on the sign up form weren't enough.

Trying sooooo hard not to be a complete control freak, but it really only consisted of the usual 'No brown, primary colours, batik, kiddy or funny'.  OK, there may have been more, but I forget!

So dear partner, here's my mosaic again, in a more eye-friendly size, (I pity the phone-only instagrammers, trying to see what the heck are in those mosaics!)…


I think it sums up my current loves, don't you?  Scrappy, low volume and a bit of Jen!

I have started stalking my partner too, she has posted a great mosaic, (so if you haven't, it's not you then, but more importantly, why the heck haven't you!?); I think I have a plan.  Watch this space.

In other news, I have now managed a whole 2 days back at work, and am well and truly ready for the weekend xxx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Working blues...

I put in my 5 hours today; cleared down my Inbox, well almost, and came home.

I had plans to make my Stitch Tease blocks for Annabella this afternoon, but an unscheduled stop at the park on the way home from school, meant not enough time to get further than piecing the strips that will go on to make a pair of shattered chevrons



Now I love Annabella and I always try to do my best when making bee blocks, but I have to say, these are my worst nightmare.  They look simple, but involve thinking, with angled cutting (longer than my 12.5" rule) and create shedloads of waste if you are not careful.  Perfect bee block choice then!

There isn't as much variation in fabrics as I would have liked, but that is partly down to the construction, but shockingly, my stash of light to mid-tone blues is minimal.  It is not one of those colours I am drawn to; but I hope these will do the trick.

I hope to get them finished over the weekend.  This evening I am just going to close my eyes, to try and clear the headache that the first day back at work always induces xxx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

My kind of day...

Yup, a day for me.

The kids all packed off back to school…

NB. The expression of the middle child is due to eagerness to get to school, and not wanting to be held up by stupid photographs!
… and so time for me to crack on with a commission without interruption, which means all I have to show you is this sneaky peak…


I am back to work tomorrow, so I expect you can guess what a fantastic mood I am in this evening; please refer to photo of middle child above, for a close approximation!

6 weeks without having to do what I do, I could settle for another 6 if anyone has any going spare.

Let's see if Bake Off can make me smile x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Pretties...

There's been no sewing, but I sat in the sun today, (yes, there was enough to warm my cockles), and play with the package I received from Pink Castle when I got back from my hols.

A few weeks ago Brenda had a stupendous discount on bundles, and seeing as I had just been paid, I indulged in a full flat rate envelope, because obviously it would have been both stupid and rude not to…


They all play together so nicely, I couldn't have planned it better if I'd tried.

For those who want more than just to look at the pretties, I purchased a half yard of both the lovely plummy and silver XOXO from Cotton & Steel and DS Honeycomb Lace (sold out); a FQ bundle of Scrumptious bias stripes; a FQ bundle of Sara's awesome Jungle Avenue; Brenda's Ah, Paris In The Summer bundle, and Katy's Sorbet picks.

I have no plans as such, other than to not buy any more fabric for a long time!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Well hello!!

I'm back!!

I had a lovely break, we were away in Menorca for 11 days of the past 14, and only had a sporadic internet connection for 24hrs, and as that was so rubbish, I couldn't be bothered to drag myself from the sun lounger to keep trying.


I have missed you all, don't get me wrong; however it has been so relaxing and liberating not to be tied to my MacBook/iPad/iPhone.

I read a couple of amazing books, The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden and I Am Pilgrim, did practically no sewing as it was either too hot or too dark, and took it as easy as I possibly could!  I really wish we were still there, I can feel my blood pressure rising and suntan fading already.  I am not even going to mention the pile of ironing I have inadvertently created!

Fresh Sewing Day

So linking up with Fresh Sewing Day is a little bit of a lightweight affair this month…

Excuse toes!
The only new things to show are another Green Tee block, the beginnings of my Cartwheels EPP, and a tote I made for the evenings on holiday for carting all our gear to the bar and entertainment; sparkly linen and faux silver-leather and blatantly copied from a Victoria Beckham design; it did the trick.

I also trialled and wrote up another commission, the real-deal will be made in the next week, but you will have to wait until Christmastime for that, which isn't long, seeing as the festive goodies are already hitting the shops!!

So looking out the window today pretty much confirmed that Summer is gone from these here shores, dammit, so back to reality we go.

Oh you missed my chirpy, positive outlook I'm sure xxx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

All Quiet on the Techie Front...

These last few weeks of school holidays have been hard work.


A second big C&S block for a special friend, that I omitted to blog, sorry.
So I have decided to ease the load, and take a full technological break for the next fortnight.  So nobody worry; I will just be clearing my head, working on a commission and relaxing, well as much as the kids allow.  I need some time without that end of day blogging angst, you know, the 'what to show', 'have I got photos', 'is anybody really reading over the summer anyway'?

I will also be avoiding emails, stepping away from Instagram and spending all that reclaimed time wisely before we all get set for going back to school and work, and then it's full-speed ahead to Birthdays and Christmas!

So have a good couple of weeks folks.  Missing you already xxx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

#IGminiswap



Are you on Instagram, are you in?

I haven't been in a swap for ages, but it appears that every quilty instagrammer and their wife are up for this.

If you are on Instagram but have missed all the buzz, check out Sandy's blog for the details.  He has mustered enough swap-mamas and papas to cover 1000 swappers.  Yes, 1000!!!

Follow curly_boy1 for tips and pics.  Sign ups close on August 23rd, just saying.

Here's to the biggest mini-swap ever!