Thursday, 20 November 2014

Worst photos ever!

A friend at work has a big birthday on Saturday; so big she should be retiring, she isn't, but is spending the weekend at Belle Tout, the lighthouse from Love and Lives of a She-devil, the one that got picked up and moved further inland, and was probably on Blue Peter or something!  (All meaningless words to my non-middle-aged Brit friends, but check the website if you like).

Well her love of lighthouses was mentioned a few weeks ago, and just before I left work today I remembered that I had planned to make a pressie; doh!  So a quick sketch from what I could remember of the pattern I saw in Patchwork 318, and a diversion via Eclectic Maker on the way home, and I was sorted.

Ta da!  A lighthouse cushion…


Awful photos, dreadful light; the background is actually a lovely pale blue; Architextures in Lake, if you know it.  (I hurried past the Doe, totally gorgeous!).  Anyway, the white is a new-to-me super find of Stephanie Ryan Modern Roses, Haze in Flax, soooo perfect!  A bit more Carolyn Friedlander for the light beam and the last of a Boo Crew bolt of Flyscreen; they all look so, so much better in real life!

I just winged/wang/wung the piecing, sewing the strips, trimming into shape, sewing the diagonals on a wing and a prayer; I could have made some paper-piecing templates, but I didn't have the time, but I am rather pleased with how it worked out anyway...


This is no more true to colour, but the best of a bad bunch.

I didn't use wadding, but simply lined the front panel with white cotton; I topstitched each seam, securing the pressed to the side seam allowances for a bit more strength, it looks good too, sorry you will have to take my word for it!

There is also a little strip of the yellow as binding across the envelope back, which is a grey home-dec weight.  It measures up just shy of 16" square, and is already wrapped for work tomorrow.

I had fun with this, and as ever, I am rather surprised at what I can achieve when I have to!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Month 2 of !!!!!!!!!!

These will keep me busy…


… although the agony; some of the fabrics will be coming in future parcels!  According to the notes, I have the ingredients to complete 4, so that's what I'll be doing, as soon as I can x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Next Best Thing...

Today's happy mail was a bundle of fabric, pre-cut for me to make another Sew Together Bag.  If sewing with friends is the best, then sewing for friends is the next best thing…


This one is for Sarah, because she has her hands full of baby, and as I think I have mastered the pattern, I offered.

I pulled some co-ordinating zippers and fused the interfacing, and now I am good to go.

Hoping a bit of sewing time will be in order over the weekend, but I am fearing that my time will be taken up with washing a lot of muddy clothes!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Perfect 10...

He's off on an adventure week, whilst we are left at home sending out "Happy Birthday" thoughts to the wilds of Surrey…


So proud of you, see you on Friday xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Because...

… after all the aggro and secrecy, he's worth it…


Happy Birthday Eve dear son, 10 tomorrow! xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Grrrrrr!

Well today started with spilt milk, all over the conservatory floor.  So impromptu mopping whilst I had a million other things actually on the list, did not make for a happy me.

Then there was organising enough clothes for the 10yr old-to-be to wear for a week, in all weathers and definite mud.  If the weekly plan that the school received gets altered, then who knows what he'll be wearing; raft-building gear for fencing?


Apart from packing the few things that are still a bit damp from the wash, and the pressies he is getting a day early tomorrow, I think my work is done.

So mid-afternoon, after shopping for the early birthday lunch, I started wrapping presents.   New trainers, needed for Monday, one size 3, one size 4!!!!!!!!!!!  WTF!?

So frantic phoning the shop and other branches, I located a pair similar enough and in an actual matching pair, hence a 30 mile round trip to exchange and then back home to carry on.

I hate days like these, but tomorrow will be a better day, I dare it not to be!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Children In Need...

An evening in front of the TV with Pudsey…


… and as if hoovering up loom bands wasn't enough, we have now added Beados/Aqua Beads to the mix.


All craft is good… mostly!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

I have cut and sewn...

… and I still remembered how to do it!

I am making a modified version of one of the minis from the beautiful Little Quilts book…


There will be a mix of machine and hand stitching (bonus), but it will be for a blog hop I am involved in nearer to Christmas, so this is all you are getting for now, sorry.

It's good to be back in the saddle, albeit briefly; this weekend will largely be taken up with preparing and packing dear son's supplies for the residential, celebrating his birthday a day early, and generally running round like a headless chicken.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

There will be sewing...

… at some point, but for now we are celebrating dear hubby's birthday.

A day out in Brighton, dodging the showers, more birthday cake and one happy chappy.

We started the day in Costa…


… unfortunately this was just a mural not the view xxx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Let it snow...

Well it has got to be better than the rain!


I know I am in the midst of the birthday season, but it's all about the snowflakes at the moment.

Probably a sign of exhaustion and losing my grip on reality with all the cake, wrapping paper and lists that consume much of my days, but hopefully they will turn into something pretty!

xxx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Eight...

I am not sure where the last eight years have gone…



… but life wouldn't be the same without these two in our lives!

Happy Birthday beautiful girls xxx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my #IGminiswap quilt in the scrappy quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival… I only went and bloody won!!!


Totally and utterly honoured and gobsmacked!  

So dear partner, if you happen to look in on this, you'll be getting your hands on this prize-winner in about a month…


I shall just enjoy looking at it for a little longer xxx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

I. need. sleep.

The girls were still loudly awake when we want to bed, playing DS at 3am and up and ready to go by 6.30am.

However the goodie-purses went down better than expected - and I am the best mummy in the world, apparently.


There was bowling and then lunch at Frankie & Benny's, then home in time for an afternoon nap.

Now all I am good for is the Doctor Who finalé and an early night.  I do have rather a lot of birthday wrapping to do, but that is going to have to wait until tomorrow night, otherwise I would not be able to guarantee who would be receiving what!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Seemed like a good idea at the time...

Dear son is away for the night, so the girls have their best friend round for a sleepover.

'Sleep'over?  Pah!  So far there has only been screaming and jumping about!

These are the goodie-purses I have made them for the morning…


Suitably filled with chocolate, chapsticks and loom bands!


Hoping they will gain me adequate mummy-points for an early night tomorrow xxx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Ode To Green Tea & Sweet Beans...

Love love love!!!

It started with two small blocks, selected with Sonia, back at FQR in Jen Kingwell's wonderful hand stitching and appliqué class, and then grew…


Although I desperately want to make the whole Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt, I decided a cushion, pillow-sized (just to confuse the pants off non-Brits!), was just the ticket to start with.  I had never hand-stitched before the class, and only since hand-quilted one cushion, so this is a practice piece, to keep me going for now!


I so love it when a beautiful plan comes together!


I backed it with a lovely spot, which I know was a bolt end of an extra-wide backing from Village Haberdashery.  The binding is my all time favourite Liberty Lifestyle print; if you know where I can get any more, please let me know, my precious meter is now down to significantly less.

So there you go.  A long time coming, but I definitely think it was worth the wait.

Oh and a FAL tick - woo hoo!

PS. If my posts become even more speedy/sporadic over the next 10 days or so, it's because crazy birthday season will be in full swing, starting tomorrow with a girly sleepover whilst dear son spends the night at the museum.  No. sleep. for. anyone!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

There but for the grace of God...

The girls came home from school with a letter today, telling us that one of the boys in their year will not be coming back to school this term and is currently in hospital up in London.

So the girls were immediately making cards and planning loom bands, and I got on with doing what I do.

A fussy-cut 'T for…' cushion…


It is at binding point now, so I will buy an insert tomorrow, and have it finished to drop off at school on Friday morning.

Apologies if you were hoping for the grand reveal of my Ode to GTSB tonight, it is finished I promise, so tomorrow I will turn my frown upside down and show you the pretties xxx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Some secrets revealed...

I can now reveal the teacher pouches that I whipped up a few weeks ago.  I was pattern testing again for the wonderful Aneela Hoey, and today she has released the Baggy (Bottom) pouch pattern, which you can find here.


Why she thought of me to test these, must be some sort of mistake, or coincidence or something, but my  own baggy bottom and I loved making these!


I made the smaller size, and used heavy weight fusible fleece, which gave mine less of a baggy look and more of a 1950's silhouette, which is a fun bonus!


These are so satisfying to make; the additional, optional embroidery in the pattern is a lovely touch; but my machine and I were too scared to try, this time!

Please check out all Aneela's other new patterns too, I am thinking of making a couple of Pull Out Boxes for some of the men in my life.

Oh and another reveal; remember the mahoosive Cotton & Steel blocks I made a few months back, well the quilt they were destined for was completed and handed over to Aneela on the weekend…


Pennie did an amazing job organising the A (for Aneela) Team (which included Ms Melody Miller herself, just sayin'), and it was a privilege to be part of brilliant collective.

Here's to secrets and stitchery x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Back at it...

Blah blah work, blah blah school run, blah blah rain.  One of those Mondays!

The only stitching I have to show you today, other than Cub badges, (and I know the novelty of those has worn off), is the back of my Ode to GTSB…


I'm expecting no prizes for exciting photography, but bear with me, I am hoping to get it made up into a cushion this week and then I'll show you the front!

My hand quilting still needs a lot of practise, as you may be able to tell if you have your glasses on, but I am loving the process.

I think I need to get a new quilt made, just so I have something to hand quilt over the winter… time for a cunning plan me thinks!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Kapow!

I have had a super sewing day; the weather helped by making everyone more than contented to just veg out, (and leave me alone!).

I got 3 birthday gifts ticked off dear son's birthday list, and I am feeling rather pleased with myself.

First was a pillow case; on the PGL kit list, and a simple make following this tutorial; nothing fancy, and there may even be a possibility that the young chap will be able to get the pillow inside himself!


Then another requirement for the trip, a named purse.  Well, trying to make it more fun than feminine, I think I've pulled it off…


And then finally, an Iron Man hudl2 case.  Using another of Kristy - Quiet Play's awesome free patterns, lined with flannel and backed with more of today's favourite, I am hoping for bonus mummy points for this…


I still need to get 3 goodie bags made for the girls' sleepover on Friday, but the pressure has been relieved somewhat, and I can cope with taking a few hours out of my day to go back to work tomorrow.


xxx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Awesome October...

Fresh Sewing Day


From the mosaic alone, you can tell I had a good month; and if you add into the mix that the beginning of October was spent in the company of Brit Bee and friends, then you know it was a month that'd be hard to beat!


In the midst of all the productivity I think I forgot to blog that I have a Christmas Countdown project in this month's Quilt Now, it even made it onto the cover with Jessie's gorgeous quilt…


So chuffed!

Linking up with Lynne and all the Fresh Sewists.

PS. November 1st and I was out and about in a t-shirt and flip flops today, (and combats, before you comment!); when the cold weather comes, it is going to hit sooooo hard!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween…

 Warm as summer, trick or treating in t-shirts, and more pumpkins than you can shake a stick at…




Slindon yesterday
Hope you've had a good one too!