Thursday, 16 September 2010
Back soon - fingers crossed!!
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Well there is good news and bad news. Although I am having trouble coming up with the good news, but there must be some. Oh, yes the title of this post "Moving On" doesn't mean that I am going to be leaving this space, but actually refers to the bad news. Oh, dear I am not making much sense am I? Okay, we came back from our holiday in France to discover that the landlord of our house (that the Army rent for us) has decided he wants to move back into his house - how inconsiderate is that???? Not only that, but we have to be out by the 18th October! Not much time to get things sorted really. After a few weeks of an emotional rollercoaster they have now offered us another house, which is about 10 miles down the road. This means a move back into Forces accomodation, something we have been away from for five years now.
The news has not gone down well with the children, especially the youngest as it means he will probably have to move school. We went to look at the new house today, which didn't go well with the oldest as he wasn't particularly impressed with it. Life is difficult in our house at the minute!
So moving swiftly on - see this pretty pile of yarn? Don't you just love the colours?
See that strand of yellow heading off in the other direction? This is a little something I got started in France.......
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Holidays in France went well, but again, too quickly. We got home on the Thursday evening and I headed straight up to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts on the Friday - too soon, didn't have time to recover from the journey home - won't be making that mistake again. Not only that, but it took me five hours to get there - a journey that would normally take two hours, two and a half max. Loved the festival though, enjoyed the Sunday much more which might have something to do with the fact that I slept the Saturday night (didn't sleep much at all on the Friday!).
I was very restrained with my shopping as well. This is my haul:
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Thanks for the comments on the FQ challenge. I would like everyone to please note that I didn't put anything in the rules about not buying any more. I have been on a fabric diet for a while and I have been doing quite well, only buying what is necessary (background fabrics mainly), but I think that all those fabric stalls at the Festival Of Quilts may prove to be too much of a temptation. No, my aim is to try and use some of those FQ's that have sat there for a few years; like many quilters, my taste has certainly changed over the years and rather than waste those FQ's I want to try and use them. My other rule is: the pattern has to be fairly easy and quick - I am not into really fussy, overly difficult patterns - don't want much do I??
Anyway, here's to the first one. This is a pattern from ohfransson, a freebie on her site:
There are a complete mix of fabrics, and quite abit of Oakshot too.
This pattern used nine FQ's and about two and a half yards of background fabric. It is slightly different from hers as in she put her extra blocks in the backing, whereas I put an extra row on the front. It measures approx. 53" square, and as you can it just fits onto a double bed. I am thinking about putting a couple of borders around it to bulk it out abit. I like the effect, but it was quite fiddly to make, lots of seams to match up. I had to enlist the help of one of the kids to lay it out and make sure we didn't have any matching fabrics, but even then we didn't quite manage. The seam ripper had to come out to sort it out!!
These are the Japanese fabrics that are up next. Some of them were a gift from my mate Tracey, who has a new blogsite up which looks good.
I saw this quilt at the Festival of Quilts a couple of years ago and asked the stall holder if I could take a photo, and they kindly said yes.
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Where does all that ironing come from? A family of five manages to produce a huge amount of ironing and yes, I should be encouraging my children to step up to the mark and help out, but you know what? I think I might be too much of a control freak to do that - they just wouldn't do it right! So I shouldn't really complain should I? And in all fairness DH stepped up to the mark in their place and did help out too.
Although he wasn't in my good books this morning. Just because he still has to go to work and isn't on holiday yet, he still feels he has to wake me up at 7am with my cup of coffee. I know that I am very lucky getting a cup of coffee in bed in the morning, but 7am people???? Not only that but he then proceeded to pack around me for his little overnight trip this evening and wondered why I was grumpy when I got up!
Enough complaining, time for some quilts:
This is a coin quilt made for DD. In truth it was made last summer, well the strips anyway. It took me until her birthday in May to get the top pieced together and finally this weekend, it was bound and then washed. DH has a new lens on the camera, which I am going to take off as I can't get on with it. You wouldn't believe it was a sunny day here would you?
Luckily she loves it. All her favourite colours - orange, orange and just a touch more orange! There are all sorts in there from Amy Butler to Denyse Schmidt. Machine quilted on the frame and bound in Denyse Schmidt. I will try and get some close ups of the quilting tomorrow.
We meet up with loads of family a few weeks ago at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and this one was handed over - again a bad photo and I am going to blame that lens again (that lens that someone picked up for us a car boot sale for £5 and is probably great, but not for me). This was the original and was based on a quilt I saw in Country Threads in Bath.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
So as some people are winding down their blogs for the holidays, I thought I would wind mine up abit for a while - well, just until Friday anyway, when we go on two weeks holiday in France! Can I possibly post every day?? How do people do it every day? I know that it must be hard work and take a lot of committment that's for sure. Many times throughout the week I will construct a blog post in my head, but it never gets done - maybe I am not committed enough to it, and I am happy with that I suppose.
Anyway, thought I would share a photos from recent classes and club meetings. This is Netts bag that she made during a Charm Pack Day. All the projects made that day were constucted from Charm Packs.
At a recent club meeting the lovely Lorinda showed us what she had been working lately and no, I can't figure out how to turn it round so you will have to just twist your head round:
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
The past couple of weeks have been somewhat of a blur. Between work, kids, the mad rush towards the end of term, I had to then be subjected to the ordeal of seeing my eldest son heading of to his school prom looking so much like a man it just about broke my heart.
He had very definite ideas of what he did and did not want to wear and that included a pair of black converse trainers with purple laces with his dinner jacket! As we stood there and watched him and his party pull up at the hall gates in a wonderful horse and carriage it brought a tear to my eye. All those young people looking so fantastic and happy, with their lives ahead of them stretching out. For some there will be lots of good times, for some there will be endless heartache; but life goes on and that evening seemed to mark the beginning and the end of a point in that life path.
As I said to DH that time is now gone, we will never have that again, that moment is passed. Gone is that little boy who would talk for hours on Harry Potter, who would sit in his room and paint Warhammer and read constantly. He is replaced by a young man who now still sits in his room all the time but now he is on MSN, he still reads but there are now war books or sci-fi. I still get a hug every now and then, but on his terms, and it is hard to hug a 6' 3" rake if he doesn't want you to!
But at the end of the day; he is still my little boy and I was incredibly proud of him that evening. Here's to a life full of good times!
Friday, 4 June 2010
Monday, 31 May 2010
I had a machine applique workshop last week. I decided we would cover four methods of machine applique and then they would spend the rest of the day working on something. This was the something I decided to do:
I really like the look of this one and have used it a lot in previous projects. The next is raw edge:
This is a small table runner or wall hanging for a dear friend of mine who has turned 40. She turned 40 about two weeks ago, but in true Emma fashion it is taking me some time to finish it!! The fabric is Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley, which I love, love, love! I have also started another wall hanging using this pattern and stitch, more on that later. I have seen another blogger working on this pattern as well, but I can't remember where I have seen it.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Well, my run on finishing things didn't last very long did it? I have finished some things though. This was a table runner made from left overs from a quilt (more on that another time) that made its way up to my mum's table. I am not showing any close ups as the quilting on it is abit of donkey!! That told you didn't it?
The next two following shots are of a wallhanging that is for a class on machine applique which I am running in a couple of weeks. Four panels each one using a different machine applique technique. This is the very badly lit version:
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Inspired by Attic 24's great tutorial this little number was made for SIL! Okay, so it was supposed to be for Christmas, but at least she got it before Easter!!!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Disaster has hit though - my latest project for Sew Hip has got lost in the post!!! I am gutted and it is my fault really. I was so keen to get it off that I just sent it normal post, not recorded. When I think of that lovely, lovely fabric just sat somewhere.....not fair!! Oh, well lesson learnt I suppose - the hard way though!
Then somewhere along the line something began to change. I started to enjoy it. I found I could sit and do these blocks in front of the telly; I could carry them in a little bag and whenever I had five minutes I could just whip them out and carry on; I became fixated on those neat little lines of hand stitching that just made me feel happy. I didn't care if I was slightly off the line on one side; I loved the fabric (Denyse Schmidt) and had been looking for way to use it; but most of all I loved the look of the block once finished and pressed.
I am on block 9 now and plan to keep going. They are simple blocks, nothing fancy but I love them so...here are four of them.
I had five ladies attend for the day and we had a brilliant time. We just sat and sewed, talked, laughed and ate cake (you can't have a patchwork class without cake in my opinion) - I almost felt guilty for having charged them for the day it was that much fun! I plan to continue making blocks and just see how far I can go; maybe even making a quilt completely by hand. Go on, do something that will slow you down abit - it feels good!!
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The three loves of DD:
Reading; always has her nose shoved in some book (not a bad thing if you ask me!)
Chocolate; Cannot get enough of the stuff.
Piano; About to start work towards Grade 2 and has discovered she can play Taylor Swift (oh, deep joy!)
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
And finally, well it was a heart. A big heart that went into the shop window today and looks really nice, with full credit given to the designers of course. Anything that we make to go in the shop window goes on a list in the shop, so that if customers come in asking for information, we can just let them know where it came from. The pattern is from this book and it came together well. I can not get to grips with Blogger and how it loads pictures - I can never get it to load in the order that I want.
Anyway, this is a close up of the quilting. I started out just quilting in straight lines on the red strips, but I soon got bored with this and wanted something different. After watching a few videos from this lady I decided to push the boat out and try something different. I am telling you folks - Leah certainly makes it all look very easy, but she is right about practising. It all started out abit wonky and horrible stitches, but I was really getting into the swing of it by the end and there were some really nice shaped hearts coming out. It was strangely satisfying.
On a more personal note - I am finally going to get my ears syringed out tomorrow and I can't wait. I have been practically deaf in my right ear for over two weeks now, with the left one coming and going when it feels like it. I now, truly, have full sympathy for anyone who has problems with their ears or deafness. I think the customers in the shop will be relieved too - I sent one lady down the shop directing her to the knitting needles, only for her to come back five minutes very confused as she had been looking for sewing needles!! Roll on tomorrow.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
It has been ??? weeks since my last blog - how many weeks??? Oh, my word. Well, okay Happy Christmas, hope you all had a good one, and Happy New Year all rolled into one. Right, that's that over and done with.
We had a wonderful Christmas, lots of nice food and people - great fun. It all seems a long time ago now, especially after all that snow and things. I am hoping that my children will all manage a full week of school this week - if they don't I might just swing for someone. It was lovely having them home due to the snow - but it all came a little too soon after Christmas for my liking! So bored with snow now!
Two quilts completed for Christmas presents. Both made with charm packs - love those pesky little charm packs!! The pink was one was completed in record time, nothing like putting yourself under pressure is there to get things completed. It was pieced, quilted and bound with a week - unheard of for me!