Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Just in case Father Christmas does come down the chimney on Thursday night I thought I better be prepared with somewhere nice for him to put any presents he might be leaving. This is the result! My eldest son approves and thinks that FC will as well. Wishing you and yours many blessings and I will hopefully see you all in the new year.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
'What a great giveaway. Please enter my name. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day!'
Please get in touch with me and give me your address so I can send you your fabric!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Finally a message for Cat - the winner of my SMS giveaway. You must contact me by Thursday night UK time please - if you don't I am sorry but I will have to re - draw the giveaway. Get in touch or you will miss out on the fabric!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Also Cat - I have not heard back from you yet about winning my fabric giveaway - please let me have your address so that I can send your fabric out to you!
Finally I was lucky enough to win this giveaway. Yay!
Monday, 7 December 2009
I have had a brilliant few days entering giveaways, checking out new blogs and reading all the comments on my giveaway - what fun! Of course that means that very little sewing got done round here - some sewing on my Christmas Quilt happened and I chose fabric based on a rainbow theme and posted it out for a new bee I have joined:
Anyway, onto the winners! Firstly the winner for the Arcadia Fabric:
Random.org spoke to me and said that cat is the winner!
'This is very pretty, not something I have come across before. How happy giveaways are!'
Cat - please will you get in touch with your address so I can post your fabirc off to you. I cannot email you as I cannot see your blogger details! Thanks to everyone who entered and to all the other blog people out there who had a giveaway of their own.
Secondly I wanted to do a giveaway for all those kind people who have previously left a comment on my blog. I do appreciate every one. I wish I could send you all something! Anyway, Random spoke again and this time said Anna - otherwise known as Thimbleanna. Hers was one of the first blogs I started reading - it is a great mixture of sewing, cooking and general life. I love it! So thank you Anna for leaving me lovely comments and please get in touch with your details. As for what you have won, well it is a surprise but it will include something to eat, something to read and something I made!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Welcome to all visitors old and new! I am really excited to be taking part in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway once more and have already warned my family that I will be spending a good number of hours over the next few days visiting lots of lovely blogs! I am offering a charm pack of Arcadia by Moda as my giveaway. Isn't it pretty? For a chance to win all you have to do is say hello!
P.S. I am also running a second giveaway for all those lovely people who have previously commented on my blog. You don't have to do anything - you already have! I want to let you know how much I appreciate all your comments :-) As for what the giveaway is - well you will have to wait and see!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Well at first glance it might not look so bad, but look closer..... see the big, glaring mistakes? Four of them? Yep it all went pear shaped. I cut it all out, happily sewed it together, ironed it and prepared to sew the quarters together before noticing that the sides of the spotty triangle were not even. Much cursing and sewing later I managed to just about save the square. In amongst all blue language flying about I was struck by how unimaginative our swear words are, so decided to look to the Bard for inspiration via the Shakespeare Insults Generator. 'Thou creeping shag-haired measle' was a much more satisfying way of letting that block know what I thought of it!
My wonky star Christmas quilt is slowly taking shape - a bit too slowly at the moment, I need to speed up!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
My sewing machine is poorly. I don't think it is terminal but a short stay at the Singer shop for some treatment may be in order. My lovely other half spent an hour trying to make it run again but something somewhere inside keeps sticking as the needle rises. Luckily a friend has a sewing machine that she only uses once or twice a year so I have borrowed hers on a long loan until I can get mine fixed. After faffing about for a while getting to know the new machine I managed to complete my mini gnome quilt. I was lucky enough to be sent some squares of Heather Ross by this lovely lady and when I saw the gnomes I just had to make something with them.
I am so pleased with how this turned out. I only had a small square of the gnome fabric, but it went a long way! I have no one in mind for this quilt - I made it on a whim and I really enjoyed not having a deadline to meet or a person to make for. I am going to hang it on my wall for a while before deciding what to do with it.
The backing fabric is from the children's section of IKEA.
I also completed my spider web block for the Euro Bee. If you fancy having a go making one here is the tutorial.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
My month is not until August, but I really want to get as wide a variety of fabrics as possible so have been slowly collecting bits as I have found them.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The only thing I am not happy with is the amount of crinkling on the quilts. I would have preferred them smoother. They looked a lot neater before they had their wash and tumble dry. I don't know why - maybe it is because smoother suits straight line quilting more. Never mind - it is a small niggle, otherwise I am very pleased. The fabrics are all child friendly without being too babyish - hopefully the boys will enjoy their quilts into toddlerhood and beyond!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
I am starting to feel like my sewing groove is coming back!
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Well it has been a crazy hectic couple of weeks. After my last post bemoaning the fact that I had no time or space to get any sewing done the situation got even worse - the school I teach at had an OFSTED inspection. Well I say the school - it was actually just the department I teach in! OFSTED inspections only give you a few days warning before they drop in so I have been beyond busy as I am sure you can imagine. Everything went well and we got a great report so we are all very happy.
The relief at reaching the end of last week was immense and I have finally been able to have a nice relaxing weekend full of walks, conker hunting and sewing - yay!
This is my rag quilt in the making for a baby boy - his first birthday present in fact. My plan is to get it finished by Thursday so that I can sit and watch TV in the evening and do all the snipping. Have a good week everyone.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Now I am back at work full time after my maternity leave I am finding it really difficult to get any sewing done. A lack of time, motivation (I am shattered come 7 pm when the boys are in bed) and space are all adding to the problem. I don't have anywhere just for me to sew - I have to make do with the kitchen table which of course needs clearing for meals. So whilst I am itching to get on with my list of projects nothing much is actually happening. I am hoping that as work settles down a bit more and I get used to it again I will find some space to get going once more. I have to get a quilt made for the middle of October for a first birthday, followed by two more for twins by November. Eeek! I really need to get in the zone again!
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I am off with the family camping and LARPing. I have been busy making costume for my son over the last few days but ran out of time for photos. I will have to take some whilst we are away. Have a great weekend!