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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cool...

The only option I had this afternoon to keep cool, keep my sanity and indulge in some stitching was sat on a quilt, in the shade, in the garden, and it was lovely!

I appliquéd the last 4 flowers onto the centrepiece of my Amitiê Mystery BOM…


I am pleased and relieved that my changes to heart shaped leaves and oval flowers look as good in reality as they did in my head.

Next I will be on to the birdies; they are going to be a whole other kind of challenge!

RIP Fresh Sewing Day, the first of the month isn't the same without you x

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Winners!

Sports Day...


… and a fistful of 1st and 2nd places and a gallon of suntan lotion.

Afterwards, seeing that even after an hour of airing the conservatory it was still over 30 degrees, I gave up the idea of getting out the sewing machine!


Love summer x

Monday, 29 June 2015

Where did the time go!?

Anyone with Ballamory-aged offspring will know my state of mind!

So back to Wednesday; spots of the non-blanching kind, two trips to the doctors, yes you power-crazed receptionist, I DO think my daughter needs to see the doctor!  All OK though, phew.

Thursday; parent's induction evening at son's middle school as of September, so much information to try and retain; going on the theory that if it isn't on the website, it isn't worth knowing!

Friday - my birthday!  Pressies, cake, shopping and time with my true love; more time than we had hoped for in a new John Lewis/Waitrose cafe, but we ended up with a free lunch, so no hard feelings!

Saturday, back up to my parent's, a side trip to IKEA, a mile of Nummer and about £50 of 'stuff' we never knew we needed.

Sunday, kids' homework and a little bit of secret making…


After work today I was at the school swimming gala, tomorrow is the joy of Sport's Day, so that's my morning, at least.

Wednesday dear son is off for his induction day and on to a friend's for tea, and the girls get to play at being in Year 4.  I get to work.

Thursday there's a parent's evening about the KS2 Sex Ed video, cue lots of giggling, and that's just the mums and on Friday we have an Inset Day.

Unfortunately the momentum does not slow from then on, but that's more than enough sharing for now!

So if I go stealth again, you pretty much know the where, when and why xxx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Two more, makes four...

Slowly, slowly stitching my flowers…


I am at work tomorrow, and busy Thursday and Friday, so I am not putting money on any major sewing breakthroughs this week; good job I am happy plodding eh!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Just Keep Stitching!

Although I am feeling down in the dumps with so much on my plate at the moment, I pulled myself together a little over the weekend, and it felt good.

On Saturday there was a quick visit to my parent's to drop off the She Loves You cushion, a success, and then on to Bluewater.  We hadn't taken the kids there since the girls were babies, we wanted to postpone the continual begging to go to The Disney Store, The Lego Shop, Build A Bear, Claire's Accessories, Hawkin's Bazaar et al for as long as possible!

We had a lovely lunch in GBK, I got to spend an early birthday White Stuff voucher from my parents, and grab a few more bits and pieces, including a little home dec from John Lewis to make a summer bag.  Hubby got to do some birthday shopping too, (I hope!).

Sunday was a quiet Father's Day, but there was cake and ice-cream along with the school project work and grass-cutting, so a smiling Daddy here nonetheless.

Today I failed to dodge the rain showers, but just now I happily managed to sew up the cushion pieces I prepped last week…


This is to be my blogiversary giveaway prize in a couple of weeks, giving me enough time to finish it off without adding to the stress!  Bonus.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

It isn't all bad!

Today, my car decided to start flashing up all sorts of failure messages and warning lights, killing the radio and dashboard display; then having coaxed it all the way to the office car park, it died completely.  Splendid RAC man to the rescue, and an hour later I was back at work, in a courtesy car, that my work's security men laughed at, and come 4pm it was fixed, new alternator installed, and I will collect it on my way to work tomorrow, unfortunately with a bank balance £275 emptier.  Gah!!!

Still, I am looking on the bright side, it was sunny, I made it to work, didn't cause a 10 mile tailback at the side of the road, and it wasn't at the weekend, on the M25, with poor hubby and kids in tow.

Having to then pick up a post-swim sickly child, who had swallowed too much water, and get embroiled in a Facebook squabble has just about tipped me over the edge.

Fortunately I was able to pick up the ma-hoosive feather cushion insert for my Dad's present on my way home…


I consoled myself with a little chain-stitching of half-rectangle triangles, and making a pretty layout of maybe a giveaway prize for the not too distant future…


Tonight I will be putting last Thursday's relaxation exercises into practice for sure!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

I meant to blog, honest!

My days have kind of crashed into a sofa-coma as soon as the kids have hit the hay this week.  I have been sewing; drilling a nice big hole into my middle finger with all the hand-stitching and binding I have been doing.  I'm not too happy about that, so I'll be on machine duty for a few days.

I took photos along the way, to prove how productive I've been though…


This is a Father's Day cushion for my Dad.  I spent most of Sunday pulling and cutting fabrics, over-thinking some of the fussy-cut text and generally trying make my super-sized She Loves You block from Jen Kingwell's Quilt Lovely, perfect.

I managed to get a couple of flower heads onto my Amitié BOM over the weekend too, and today I had a good go at the sky of my #mysmallworld…


I am starting to have palpitations about the end of year teacher gifts, with dear son moving up to middle school, I have to go large!  And I have a couple of must-do projects to get off the ground too, so no time for slacking.

So that's where I am at.  If I go silent again, I am likely to be stitching sleeping xxx

Friday, 12 June 2015

Progress…

I love being able to see my Amitié BOM quilt progressing; I took this during the torrential rain this afternoon…


… and now I only have 2 more leaves to appliqué.

I am hoping that over the weekend I will be able to top those stalks with flower heads!  I have swapped out the very curvy flowers from the pattern; check instagram for amitiemysteybom2014 to get an idea, and will be using the, what I call, double Jen Kingwell flower ovals, which I can cope with!  After the hash-up I made with my claw-like centre leaves, I won't be making the same mistake again!

It did amuse me when I did all that cutting on Wednesday, how, when the BOM began, I was picking the exact fabric as shown in the monthly photo guide, too scared to deviate, but now… what the heck!  Confident?  Over-confident?  Time will tell.

So have a great weekend everyone; I am hoping for a mix of sunshine and showers sewing xxx

Thursday, 11 June 2015

We'll Meet Again...

Dear son was doing the evacuee and songs from the war effort type things today…


Fortunately we couldn't locate a nice wooly tank top, otherwise he would probably have passed out in the heat, (got to love a sudden Summer!).

I, on the other hand took part in our work's Wellbeing Awareness Day, sampling some raw chocolate delights, and then a relaxation half hour, before coming home, to some lovely fabric mail from Justine & Lisa


Pretty good for a Thursday x


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

I did it, I did it!

All 22 blocks made…


Woo Hoo!!!

I also cut all the remaining pieces for Months 2-5 that had been awaiting extra fabrics from future months or that I had generally slacked on!

It's a bloody good feeling to be at this stage - cutting and marking up for hand-stitching is such a long-winded affair, and definitely not my favourite part, BUT getting so much done in one go is great.  I am good for about 6 months solid hand sewing now!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

More prep...

I am on some sort of quilt-nesting mission right now.  Today I have prepped the whole of month seven of the Amitié Mystery BOM, having prepped the hexies for month 8 already.


I am going to machine-piece these, in-set seams 'n all, and in my head they will be perfect!!  And I am going to get all 22 little blocks made tomorrow.  That's if I am not distracted by the sunshine, my new book or some other shiny.  Tesco are also meant to be delivering back the Hudl, so we'll see how that goes, eh! xxx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Getting caught up...

I hope you all had a lovely weekend; we had a kid-free couple of hours on Saturday, which is always good, and managed to have our first BBQ of the summer yesterday, woo hoo.

I cut another 96 hexes for another Amitié Mystery BOM border, each from a different fabric…


I am planning on saving the two hexie borders for my holibobs, to appliqué on if/when the mood takes me, but I will baste these at my leisure and look forward to finishing them off.

I also finished the book I have not been reading since about September!  I have about a dozen books piled up ready to read, and I am loving being able to lounge in the sun and see what is in front of my face, so happy!

This evening I made my Stitch Tease Bee blocks for Di.  These, from an Ashley - Film In The Fridge tute were super easy and nice to make; thanks Di!



I now have to just get the Inbox under control, well you can't have everything!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Purple Friday...

Over breakfast the girls remembered that they had forgotten to bring a party invite home.  The party is tomorrow!

So this evening I did the swift pulling, cutting, sewing thing.

I midi-sized Svetlana's Lola pouch pattern for the 8th birthday girl…


I managed to get this all done whilst the girls were at Brownies, having stitched on 10 more badges before they went.  When they came home, they had Thank You flowers for my help at the Pack Holiday.  They are just schmoozing me for next year no doubt!

So another week done, and a busy weekend ahead, I hope you have a good one too xxx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Finishing touches...

Just the binding to stitch down, and my Instagram #1000flyingfollowers giveaway prize will be finished…


Please don't feel too neglected if you are not on Instagram, in a month I will be celebrating my 5 year blogiversary, so I'm sure I will be whipping up something for yous then.

PS. The Hudl was collected at the second attempt, after yesterday's cock-up, a teeny consolation x

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Good with the Bad...

I topped 1000 followers over on Instagram today!!!!  I am obviously celebrating with a giveaway, so if you haven't ventured to the dark side, now may be the time.  I am @mrsflyingblind in case you didn't know.


Last night I cut all the pieces, and today I pieced and hand quilted a Small Wonders cushion top from Jen Kingwell's gorgeous Quilt Lovely.  I loved making this…


I also spent the day waiting for a DPD driver to come and collect a faulty hudl (tablet), note to the driver, THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE!!!


And Tesco, you then wasted another 2 hours of my life being unable to comprehend that I could possibly need to go to work, do the school run, yes, twice a day and not be able to be home 24/7!

The freezer door being left open, and the whole contents now residing in the dustbin were the perfect end to the day.

I'm going to bed xxx

Monday, 1 June 2015

May Mojo...

Well you would be forgiven for thinking that my mojo has returned!  In May I started on the awesome #mysmallworld QAL and this in turn, along with my new super-duper x-ray specs, has got me back into my Amitié BOM stitching, which I am loving completely!


I didn't realise quite how much I was in denial about my eyesight, because what I was fearing was becoming a 'chore' has become a joy again; the frustration of not being able to thread a needle is a thing of the past!!

June will include a bit of ageing, and what feels like a million kids' activities, events and meetings, so we'll see how the stitching goes in the 5 minutes I might get to myself.

Linking up with the other stitchy folks at Fresh Sewing Day.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Shattered...

Me more than the girls, if all the chattering still going on upstairs in bed right now is anything to go by!

But hey, a good time had by all, a dozen more badges to stitch on, but at least the washing is done already…


I was also able to do a bit of doodling on Touchdraw today or the first time in ages, between the Tesco delivery, making chocolate flapjacks for Cub Camp and re-tie-dying the girl's crafty Ts for them.

Can't believe it is Friday again tomorrow, Half Term really hasn't been long enough, I haven't even had the sewing machine out (yet)!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

It's all so quiet!

I got home from my night and day on the Brownie Pack Holiday last night feeling like I had done an international flight after a spot of marathon running!  Absolutely exhausted and loving the silence.  Excited son and husband were at least 700 decibels quieter!


The weather was kind, the 17 girls were generally fun to be with, and I got to play with fabric in the form or making Elmers!  There was very little sleep for anyone, but I managed to get my hexie rows stitched together at about 11pm and drank my way through about 12 tiny cups of tea.  I left just as the tie-dying was getting rinsed and the Tuck Shop Haribo was wearing off.

It was fun though, although today, getting Cub Camp gear ready, sewing on a few more blanket badges, relaxing in the sun for a bit, then watching The Hobbit and taking it easy with dear son, was the perfect antidote!

Tomorrow the girls will come home, the washing will pile up and the squabbling will return, but for now I am happy with the comfortable silence, and a really big mug of tea x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Let this be a warning!

DO NOT leave all the badges in a pile for a year, and then think its a great idea to get them all stitched on the camp blankets in one hit!


Ta dah though!

1hour and one sore finger later!
I now only have 4 new ones to stitch on to their jackets, then I can tackle the Cub blanket!

So Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone - I won't be blogging on Monday as I will be away with the Brownies, so hopefully I will be back and enjoying the peace and quiet on Tuesday evening.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bee Forgetful...

I realised (thankfully) whilst wracking my brain cell trying to think of something to post today, that I haven't shown you the Bee blocks I made for Stitch Tease this month for Val.

These are those perfect Bee blocks that you would never, ever want to make a whole quilt of yourself, but by delegating to the muppets happy friends in your Bee, you get all the pleasure with limited pain yourself!



I do like making blocks like these, and although these would only measure up to being two 12.5" blocks if joined, they felt like way, way more!

With Val's fabric colour requests, (the bottom teal is really teal, not blue), she is sure to have a stunning quilt x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

End of Part One...

A day at the machine, with a little hand-stitchery in there for luck, and I have Part One of My Small World completed.


I am loving this, I really am.

So the final section came together without any dramas; I appliquéd the petal block and little doorway, but machine stitched the cat flap curve at the bottom!


I wish I had a load of top tips to share, but I didn't do anything too special.  However:

I pieced the sky by cutting 1.5" strips of all my low volume fabrics, and then joining them in pairs, cross-cutting 1.5"x3" pieces, as they are far more machine-friendly, and over the whole sky the repetition will really not be noticeable.

For the tiny (2" finished) pinwheels I cut pairs of 3" squares, stitched round the outside with a 1/4" seam, cut across both diagonals and then trimmed to 1.5" square after pressing; I did the same with a 6.5" square for the larger pinwheel.


I also used the quick HST and twist method for the QSTs, rather than cutting all the triangles and having a bias nightmare.  This makes two, but as there is another in a later section, something tells me templates were not used!

All obvious I'm sure.


No prizes if you can spot the block I inadvertently flipped; I am not in the slightest bit niggled by it, as I think I will be swapping up some of the blocks as I go along anyway, using up some mishaps and fussy-cuts as the urge takes me.  I am hoping to work in some pieced letters too of our initials, to personalise a little more, well it is My Small World after all.

I know I will not keep up this momentum; my plan is to work on this when I feel the urge, but to try and keep up with the QAL at the slowest.  The finish date is just before our wedding anniversary, and as this is planned to hang above our bed, I am hoping to have it completed by then, sentimental old thing that I am!

So that was a grand day off; I even basted a few hexes for my Amitié BOM.  Go me!