Monday, 21 July 2014

and the birthday beat goes on...

 If this is what its like to turn forty I cant wait to be fifty!!
My celebrations are at an end (for now)
I've been away and seen wonderful things...
but first I must share with you the lovely gifts from 
my dear friend Mary
I often feel like Im skirting round the edge of the quilting community
Mary has a way of reeling me in when I'm about to slip away.
 Any way here are just some of the treats she sent me...
needless to say those sweets did not last long!!
 Gorgeous
 turquoise pompom
 diagonal stripe binding
 Perfect in everyway!!
Thank you Mary

Ditto!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Friday, 4 July 2014

the post with many names

 Wow what a week
not only did I turn 40 
I managed to get Audreys giveaway gift to her
and also receive a surprise present of my own!
 I've only known Audrey a few months
she blogs at Quiltyfolk
and I have to say I admire her work immensely.
Its always challenging when picking someone to make a gift for
and then realising just how talented said person is!!
Like a little puppy hanging off the tail of a great dane!
I know Audrey wont mind being described in that way
because I think shes a bit silly, like me,
which is why I went out on a limb and called her mini
Audreys kookoo quilt,
purposefully leaving out an apostrophe for ambiguity.
 Audrey is a traditional quilter who is currently evolving towards a modern slant,
which I love to see, so I tried to give her a mix.
The centre octagon was appliqued on to calm the trippy effect of those stripes
I think I managed to get both our personalities in this quilt,
the plaid binding was definitely an Audrey touch.
Another little one adopted out,
I think I should have a reunion one day with all my
minis that have flown the nest!
 The very same day that I was shipping Audreys gift
I had a lovely surprise gift from my pal Susan at Patchwork and Play
all the way from Australia in a matter of days!
 This perfectly beautiful LIBERTY union jack cushion cover
made by Susan is a wonderful addition to my home.
I love it thankyou so much Susan!!!!!!
ps. sorry I didnt wait for my birthday before opening my parcel
but come on would you wait??
This was a post of many names
Celebration week
Giving and receiving
Spreading love
What goes around comes around
July 4th
or 
Over the hill?
Or maybe my life truly beginning.
I'll let you decide
xxx

Monday, 23 June 2014

flowering snowball quilt a long

Remember this blast from the past?
This is a flowering snowball pattern
one that I first spied over at my pal Marys blog
 Well now Mary is having a little flowering snowball quilt a long
and has asked me to share my epp technique.
 I'm rubbish on the machine 
which is why I prefer to hand sew.
And its because of that reason why I like big templates.
Less fuss and quicker to sew!
However if you want to learn how to sew curves with your machine
hop on over to MollyFlanders
she'll see you right!
BIG!
 I used printouts from Marys blog.
To begin with
I scaled up each of the templates to the size I wanted.
For the main template I drew round the printout four times
and stuck them together to make the shape below.
For the other I did the same but just used it twice.
I've drawn lines on my cardboard templates so you understand?
 Tacking down the first piece to its paper template.
When you begin sewing the curves,
I found it helpful to pin the two templates together
at the end and in the middle so you end up with equal amounts of fabric
when you finish.
If you dont do this you could end up over shooting 
which wouldnt work at all!!
 One block.
A few more.
 Finished piecing minus the background and filler squares.
I left the edge papers in place so I could applique
to the back piece.
I cut the excess backing fabric away after
so I could remove the papers.
 Appliquing the top to a polka dot background.
 Finally deciding what colour to fill those holes in.
My first fmq attempt. 
And we're done!
For my tutorial on the basics of english paper piecing click here.
For more pictures of my finished flowering snowball click here.
For Marys flowering snowball quilt a long click here.
I chose to make my quilt in subtle colours
which made a change from the riot of combinations
I had previously used.
*The main fabrics are from sweetwater.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

good things come to those that wait...

 Over the weekend I resurrected an old friend.
I'd forgotten how tough hand sewing heavy fabrics is,
I would rather be getting on with my Liberty shell project
but I'm not quite set with the final design.
I started this quilt to use all the old fabric that has lingered here for too long.
Therefore the quantity of fabric I have dictates which one 
gets used next.
I have decided to keep with the rounds,
 I think it already looks like something from a western
so I'm avoiding a cliche star quilt.
Earlier in the year I bought a washable glue pen
with the intent of making my life easier.
Being a traditional girl I have resisted
until now...
Instead of basting my fabric with thread
 I've stuck the template to the fabric as seen in the middle pic.
The glue seems quite a weak solution
I guess so you can wash it out and remove your papers
without difficulty.
I will let you know how it goes.
Anything to save my fingers would be great
especially with these heavy weights!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

just me and the bees...

I feel like I need to clear some things up regarding an anonymous (genuine not spam) comment I received today on my joining instagram.
Now that everyman and his dog seems to be blogging
it's all too easy to forget that generally 'we' the bloggers are 
real people with feelings.
The term blog is short for web log
which is short for an online diary.
I am a childless/petless 39er 
who is more often than not in a melancholic state of mind.
I'm not selling anything
I dont make money from blogging
I'm not asking for anything other than your friendship
 (and sometimes your fabric)
so please think before you leave comments
because it will gnaw away at me.
Also please don't tell me to 'not to take it personally'
duh if this was a paper diary you just wrote all over it,
how can I not.
At the end of the day I understand that I am open to your words,
but it is my life
If and when I choose to stop blogging
it will be my choice.

ps. 
Don't hate on me 
I am not a Kardashian 
I'm just me.
Life is far from perfect....just to prove it.
 here's a big heap of weeds
 broad bean plants that should have been planted months ago
reason #badback
 just a small arrangement of the vast amount of plants I raise from seed.
Lets leave this post on a lighter note.
I planted this rambling rose last year.
Its called Veilchenblau
and has an exquisite fragrance
and the bees seem to love it too.
Yay for single open flowering roses!

*other rose is young lycidas

ps. Thankyou all so much for your lovely comments
I'm really not that upset anymore,
sometimes a good vent is whats needed.
I did realise that the comment in question was
someone else venting,
it just didnt need to be aimed at me.

In an effort to move on I have now closed comments on this post xx

so I've joined instagram....


I know for those of you that don't/can't instagram
this post will be a pain.
Firstly before you think shes gone and spent big money on an apple product,
I have not. I was given an old broken iphone
that my husband installed instagram on.
This new pocket buddy of mine is purely for sharing my thoughts and images 
as they happen.
 You can find me here
I shall do my best to keep blogging,
but instagram is well...instant!!
Chatting directly to you all is the fun part too xx