Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quilter's ADHD

I have flittered from one project to another this week....

But that is nothing new, is it?

It has been cold and wet, so perfect knitting weather....

And some of my rainbow charms have been transformed into this....

 I have pieced the backing for "My Favourite Things" embroidered 

blocks quilt....

The centre block needed to be included, it just didn't play nicely with the front!

It is basted and ready to be hand quilted with some of my Aurifil thread.

Does anyone hand baste their quilts anymore?

And just because I have nothing else to do,

I have joined the Scrappy Swap over on Flickr

My 'inspiration' Mosaic!
I can feel this 'disorder' will persist!

Happy days!


Monday, September 26, 2011

The Farmer's in the Dell

..the Farmer's in the Dell!
Hi, Ho the Derry-o
the Farmer's in the Dell!

(Oh sorry, I forgot myself there for a minute!)

My relationship with the Farmer's Wife has begun.

Her name (the Farmer's Wife) is Denyse!

Denyse gave her husband a bow tie...


And the Farmer gave Denyse .....

a flower basket!

I am not sure how long this relationship will last?

It is only early days!

The Farmer takes a Wife,
The Farmer takes a Wife,
Hi, ho the Derry-o
The Farmer takes a Wife!

Happy Sewing!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bits and Pieces....

Little bits of time = little pieces of sewing!

Another peg bag.....

which, I think, could also be a handy apron on cleaning day?


a cute little hexagonal mug rug!

I had to 'wing' making this when I forgot whose I had seen it on!  Sorry!

I had great fun making this....

a view of the back...

 quilting it with my new Aurifil thread and adding one of my little labels!

(shhh...these are destined for a giveaway soon!)

And a good mail day ....

has me dreaming of rainbows!

Three of my favourites!
What are you working on?

Happy days indeed!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Do you knit?

Patchwork, Quilting and Blogging have been my main creative  

pursuits for a while now...

But I do know how to knit...

In fact, this lovely wool has been waiting patiently for me all winter!

And I really think I will get to it soon, especially if...

 I can find a suitable pattern!

I did manage this quick project.....

Can you guess what it is?

It's a scarf!  Well, sort of!

the perfect little piece of woolly cosiness to wrap snuggly around the neck 

to keep out winter's chills!

I can see many more of these in my future!

And because I can.....

More fabric has been added to my stash!

Happy days!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The calm...

before the storm!

One last week of school term, punctuated by 2 nights of parent teacher 

interviews until 


So I treated myself this weekend to....

some sewing-

The Twist and Shout quilt is finished!

While buying the binding fabric at my LQS, 

I saw a quilt..... 

This is NOT my quilt - but isn't it beautiful?

which has inspired me to use some of my favourite fabric.

I also finished up Helen's cushion....

simply quilted with some of my new Aurifill thread.

And I bought myself a copy of this....

Yes, I know - I am late to the Farmer's Wife craze,

but I just had to see what all the fuss was about!

I am playing with the idea of having some of these prepared for 

short machine sewing sessions!

So when an hour of opportunity presents its self, 
it won't wasted fluffing about, wondering what to do...

Choosing blocks and fabrics is the next step...

But that will definitely need to wait until the holidays!

Happy sewing!

(I have a couple of posts prepared given the busy week I'll be having!)


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tuesday Treasures - Children!

Treasure our children!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Playing Favourites

Welcome to our linky fabric party!

Mary @ Molly Flanders and I are celebrating all our favourite fabrics!

You know, those ones you hoard and covet and stash for very special projects!

So, let's party!

My first piece is......

Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame!

I've only ever had a fat eighth of this,

And it has always been used sparingly!

This fabric I know nothing about.....

Just that it has an owl in there somewhere?

This piece is awaiting a special project.

And many of my regular followers will be familiar with my love of all things French!

So Michael Miller's "Eiffel Tower" is definitely a favourite...


And this piece is severely mutilated through extensive 'fussy cutting"!

and I have a whole metre of...

"Paris Tea" by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods,

with my scissors waiting in anticipation!

Finally, this...

A William Morris print by Fabric Freedom.

Again, just a little piece stashed away waiting to loved some more!

Now it's your turn to share!

Mary and I are looking forward to seeing your 'best bits'

( I hope the linky works - its a first for me and the timing may be out a little!)


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Not Much To Show...

...on WIPS Wednesday!

After finishing "A Dog's Breakfast" the motivation to start something new hasn't 

hit yet!

So I have worked some more on this....

Twist and Shout is nearly quilted!

And this....

A pillow is taking shape!

Don't forget to pop back at the end of the week to share your best bits!
Linking here...

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We're Having A Party!

(I wanted something pretty to entice you to my party!)

...a favourite fabric 'linky ' party!

Mary @ Molly Flanders  and I were talking about how we both stash our 

favourite fabric and only use it for very special projects!

Even if only we have a little scrap!

Some of my UN- favourites!

We're betting plenty of you out there do the same!

So we are going to share these favourite fabrics in a special post this Friday.

We'd love you to share in the fun by adding YOURS with the little linky 


So pop back on Friday, to Molly Flanders, or right here...

And share your best bits!

Happy days!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Dog's Breakfast..... finished.

This was never going to be a satisfying project once I realized the instructions 

were wrong!

See- No 3 says 'Choose a different print....' It should have said 'a same print'!!!

I am also SO over 'improvisational' piecing! 

All that piecing, pressing, cutting took SO long!

All for a quilt top, that to me, still looks a mess....

I tried to like it but honestly, I am not feeling the love.

I think I will finish it with a light batting....

for a work mate who is having a summer baby.

Or maybe I will just donate it to charity...

In the meantime it's being packed away....

Maybe the quilt fairies will work their magic on it and turn this Cinderella into a 

beautiful princess!

My thoughts today turn to the sad events of 9/11/01

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

Well.. the end of the day certainly made up for a  "#@&*)! day at work!

In fact I knew there were parcels waiting for me...

I just didn't know who they were from or what was in them!

I just sat with this one for a while.....

Yes, just sat and enjoyed the anticipation!

And the wrapping was a gift in itself!

Look at this wonderful fabric!

Organic, Birch fabric featuring  bikes!

Isn't this ME?

Thank you, my Ohio friend- I am blessed!

And to cap it off there was another parcel....

This is what I won in a recent giveaway!

Not one, but 4 packets of Aurifill thread!

It was indeed a happy 

mail day!

Happy days!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Going Great Guns!

(My Mum loved to say that!)

Yes, progress has been made in the last few days....

Two quilts ready to baste...

The Pies and Tarts....

And the "Twist and Shout".....

I've decided to hand quilt this one!

And I have moved on a little with my hexies....

Finally I pulled this one out of 'isolation' to see how we felt about one another....

Does it still look like a 'dog's breakfast' ?

 I've decided it deserved to be completed.....

So I am making all the little 4 & 1/2  inch blocks for two of the edges!

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced,

for WIPS Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

What are you working on this fine Wednesday?

Happy sewing!

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