Saturday, 31 December 2011

A Happy New Year to you all

I received this lovely package yesterday from Sarah at Sew me.  She had a giveaway for her 1 year blog anniversary and I was the lucky winner of a moda charm pack, a crocheted brooch and some lovely chocolate

Thank you Sarah. I have also been blogging for nearly a year now: 20th Jan (i think)  I have an idea for a giveaway which I hope  will you like! 

I have seen some lovely mosaics of productivness on blogs today but I am having issues with my laptop and am borrowing Jenny's for now so I don't think I will get to do one, and I really wanted to chart 2011 progress. Maybe when I get my pc sorted I will do one retrospectively

My wish for 2012, apart from the obvious of health for my family and yours, is to finally finish my exams and become qualified.  I am tired of revision and studying on top of everything else that I have to do!  So, thats my goal!!  (oh yes, and hopefully purchase a golden ticket and get to the fat quarterly weekend too!)
Happy New Year to you all x

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Mystery quilt top finished!

Yay, I managed to finish this off today:

I really love how this has turned out - thank you to Sheilas mystery quilt along.  This has taught me how to paper piece and Sheila sent me a link to a great you tube video and I am now a paper piece convert!
I love the colours too.  So, now I have to try and find a suitable fabric to put on as the border and I will be well on my way to another quilt

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Productive Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.  My Christmas day was very quiet, but I did manage to do this:

I was on my own so I decided I would do something I wanted to do (ie definately no revision!)  I had this batik material left over: I don't really like batiks but I do love these colours

I made this whilst sipping away on my bubbly!
I also made one of these, on Christmas Eve after the girls had left:

Made from a tutorial on Cluck Cluck Sew, and lovely and easy to make.
Father Christmas was very good to me, yesterday (the girls came home boxing day so we did our Christmas day then)

And, to top it all off I won this

over at Sarah's blog.  What a great Boxing Day suprise.

For now though, its back to the revision, with a shopping day planned for tomorrow :-(

Friday, 23 December 2011

Happy Christmas

I havn't been blogging much, mainly as I have nothing to show or say!  Its just been lots of revising and studying.
I havn;t made anything new in a while - well apart from the Christmas quilt, which will be finished tonight!
So, I wanted to say Happy Christmas to one and all - all the lovely people that I have become acquainted with since I started my blog.  I hope you all have a wonderful happy Christmas and are all raring to go again in 2012 xx

Monday, 19 December 2011

A short Christmas break-in Gods own country

I am having a few days away up at 'home'

its hard no to chill out when you wake up to views like this

This isn't the house I grew up in, but this is the part of the country that I think of as home: I had a very nomadic childhood but spent a long time living here in the lake district so this is home to me.

I spent the best part of yesterday revising (boo) but friends came over in the evening and we had a lot of fun.  Today Beccy and I are off Christmas shopping and also to Windermere to visit Lakeland HQ - sadly its no cheaper that any other Lakeland but it has EVERYTHING there!!
Jenny has had to stay at home and work, which sucks.  Its really strange without her here

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Secret Santa

We had our work christmas do this afternoon.  We have our team meeting in the morning and then back to someones house for eats and drinks.  We all put in £15 and are well looked after.  We also do secret santa.  Look what I got:

The theme was something in a bottle, that wasn't alcohol.  Someone knows me very well!

Now, I do know who put this together for me - my collegue Nicola.  We were having a disscusion a while ago about our secret santas and she said she needed a wide necked bottle as she wanted to fill hers with something specific, so when I received this,  I put 2 and 2 together: but I'm glad I was able to thank her specifically because this is so thoughtful

See the ribbon around the top and in a roll at the bottom.  There are buttons, threads, pins: all sorts.  I have to say, everybody did well with secret santa and there were some very innovative ideas: but none were as great as the one I received!!   :-)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

A birthday bash

Today Beccy and I did a 160 mile round trip (well, actually I did the driving!) to visit my friend Donna who lives in 'The Chalfonts'
We went to celebrate her daughter Hollys 18th
Jenny, me, Donna and Holly
Donna and I first met when we worked together in 1988 (!!).  There is 6 weeks between Holly and Jenny and we have stayed in touch despite not living so close now.  They came over for Jennys 18th a few weeks ago

Holly and Jenny
Poor Jenny couldn't come with us today, as she had to work, but it was lovely to catch up with Donna and her family who I have known for just as long, and also her husbands side of the family.  I am completely knackered now after 4 hours of driving!
Holly was poorly last year, with a fainting disorder, although it is all now under control.  She looked gorgeous today (obviously I completely forgot to take any pics!)
So Happy Birthday Holly, for Tuesday

Saturday, 10 December 2011

A Christmas finish

This is the quilt that I was making for my mums birthday back in November.  Things happened and I didn't do it for her birthday.  However, it is now her Christmas present

I absolutely love this quilt.  The pattern came from Moda bake shop and the material were charm packs (can't remember which)

I hand quilted inside each star

I did a wavy sort of thing along the sashings in between the squares. 
So now it is going in a box, as a disguise, and I will wrap it up

I encountered a problem whilst finishing this off.  I used fmq to do the wavy bits and towards the end it kept dropping stitches.  Not too much of a problem, I put the feed dogs up and did it that way.  But it does mean I can't finish my Christmas quilt.  My fmq is just not happening whatever tension I use - it just wont pick up the bottom stitch at all - HELP!  Any advise anyone?

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The decorations are up

Well, Christmas has arrived in our house and the tree is up: I did try to take a pic but it looks dreadful, maybe over the weekend!

I did get a pic of this

I made this several years ago - it was my own design, although I am sure there are loads around like it.

I 'hung' some gold thread on it, with some yo-yo's and glitterly bobbly bits and some beads on the gold thread

So, its now hanging on the wall with lots of other christmas decs.  I never usually put our tree up this early, its just that we have so many other things going on over the next few day, this was the only time we could do it!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Its arrived

Look what arrived in the post today from The Intrepid Thread - how perfectly presented as well:

and with a handwritten thank you card too, how lovely

.... with these lovelies inside

my pictures are nowhere near as good as the ones on their website

lots of lovely summer colours

Cant wait to get making something with these!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

A weekends work

This sums up my weekend:

The book and the calculator have been the biggest part of the weekend, trawling through that book, trying to get finished in plenty of time before the exam to allow for revision :-( 
My purse saw a lot of action yesterday when I was christmas shopping, but at last I feel like I am getting ready for Christmas.

I didn't use those rubber gloves for washing up: I used them for FMQ'ing!  What a difference a pair of gloves makes!!  Now, I know there are plenty of much nicer quilting gloves out there, but these were on hand when I started

I can't imagine what I must look like sitting at the sewing machine in my rubber gloves!! I have managed to quilt about half of my christmas quilt, which I am really pleased with, but have now run out of thread - aagghh!
This is only my 2nd attempt at FMQ'ing (not counting my hot water bottle cover)  This was my first attempt

Its not amazing, by any standards.  I learnt a lot from this one.  All I need to do now is bind it and pass it on and hope that it gives someone some comfort.

And finally, see that little bottle of fizz - thats what I am about to open!  Hope you all had great weekends

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December already??

Fresh Sewing Day
 Can some one please tell me where Novemeber went?  I didnt even remember advent calendars because I had no idea that today was actually the 1st of December!!
So what did I acheive in November:

And I do also have this to show from last night:

November was mainly taken up with 18th birthday celebrations and the christmas table runner swap (which was fantastic-can we do it again next year)
And..... although I sneaked a picture in of my mystery quilt, I did say to Sheila that I hoped to put in a pic of a fininshed mystery quilt: but it isn't!  I can say that I am definate that it will be in my January mosiac .

Linking this to Lilys quilts

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas swap quilt

This is what I was trying to make last night when my iron died

The red is much redder in real life.  These are the squares from the christmas fabric swap organised by Emily.  They have been sitting next to my sewing machine for a while and were in danger of being there still this time next year

And to complete the whole christmas swap theme:

I have added the fabric strip that I received from Leanne today from the christmas table runner swap.

My aim is to FMQ it (gulp!) over the weekend and have it on my settee for Christmas to remind me of all the lovely bloggy friends that are out there

Its here!!

Oh yes, look what I got in the post today all the way from Canada.....

I was the lucky lucky recepient of Leannes (she can quilt) table runner: whoo hoo!

This is such a lovely table runner


Have a look at those teeny tiny stars inside the big star.  It has been beautifully quilted and has a lovely back too

And these too

As well as some Lindt chocolate and some spare fabric.  Thank you Leanne, it is absolutely lovely.

Last night I was out doing my first ever training session, which went well. I got home at 9pm and had to pick Beccy up from school around midnight as they had been in to London, so I thought it would be perfect sewing time.  I got on with some bits and pieces ...... and then my iron died.  So I had all this spare time and no couldn't utilise it as my material was well screwed up!
I feel like a zombie now: I got home last night about 12.30, was up at 6.15 and have done a very long day - I can hear my bed calling!

Monday, 28 November 2011

I may.....

have just bought this
Power Pop - Fat Quarter Bundle in Orange and Freesia by Jenean Morrison  Fabric Quilt Cotton
A fat quarter bundle called Power Pop byJenean Morrison.  Over at The Intrepid Thread they are giving 20% off if you enter the code BLKFRI20.  I just got these 10 fat quarters for £14 (plus shipping plus shipping at £9)  The colours were screaming summer at me and I had just read this post over at Sew Happy Geek, telling me that I might need 10 fat quarters in the not too distant future .....
I havn't bought fabric in a very long time, so I decided to treat myself.

We have a new Asda open in Tiptree today (Jenny has secured a job there too)  It was mobbed!!  I then went over to Tesco - it was dead, there were about 3 other people in there.  However, I have to say, Tesco have known Asda is about to open and yet their customer service just recently has been dire, as if they were trying to promote shopping at Asda: last Saturday they did not have one single carrier bag in the store, people were just abandoning their shopping at the tills, their self service tills would not accept cash, and there was only ever about two other tills open and huge huge quese.  It never ceases to amaze me how big companies think that it doesn't matter how they treat their customer, that they will always stay loyal - err, I don't think so!! 

Sunday, 27 November 2011

No sew day

Well, the show was a great success: Saturdays two perfomances broke all records on ticket sales, refreshments and raffles sales (.... oh yes it did...) and I was pleased to say that my two bags were not the last things to be picked in the raffle: phew
Susan requested a pic of my pirate outfit: nothing spectacular:

My feet are killing me from standing in my 'pirate' boots for hours! 
Beccy and I were back down there again this morning to tidy everything up and then came home and she got on with home work while I did revision/studying.  So this has been a no sew weekend :-(  Roll on next weekend.....

Friday, 25 November 2011

Catching up .... me hearties....

So, having got together all the stuff that I had tidied away and couldn't find, I finally got on with some sewing!
I have been putting together my mystery quilt squares:

I love how bright and vibrant this is - and they are colours that I would never normally choose, but I went along this route due to some fat quarters that I had been given.  I still have a star to piece and some 'infill' strips to do, but at least it is starting to come together!
I have also made one of these for a raffle prize

It is the christmas production for the 'am dram' kids group that the girls to tonight and tomorrow, so I thought I would run one up and put some spare smellies in

I am doing front of house again, selling raffle tickets, doing refreshments etc. The production is Treasure Island and we have to dress up as pirates.......

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Double Yay!

Two lots of good news. First of all I won a giveaway!  From the fabulous Jenna over at Sewhappygeek, I already knew she was super talented because she was my one of my swap partners in the mug rug swap and made me these:

She wrote this 'whingy post' (her words, not mine!) re big corporations (ie Moda) and the so called little person.  Have a read, there were a lot of people, including myself, who had things to say on bad manners!  Anyway, she gave away a bag of scraps to a lucky commenter, and that person was me!  Can't wait, you only have to see all the lovely things she makes to look forward to some scraps!
Also check out the tutorial that she has done, which was the basis of her original post:

And finally, I got home earlier than normal from work today and whilst it was still light (just) I got my conservatory back to the sewing room that it should be and found my ruler.  Now I am good to go!