Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BP....Quiet achiever!

  I have been slowly ticking away at a few things over the  last week.

Some little mug rugs finally finished.

I think though I need to bind a different way as I really don't like the fussiness of  trying to sew the side up...tried a different edge and still I'm not happy with it.  A bit to bulky.

And look ....Finally there is a bit of sun to take a photo of the quilt top.... pity it was a bit windy...

I have another project but all will be revealed in a few days.....I need to write a tutorial!   eek!
Oh and the Christmas tree got the chop too.

Going to link up today For WIP Wednesday.... don't get time to do it that often.  

My last day off today so will get some binding done, and now I have no excuse to get this quilt top basted.....but the Swoon blocks came out last night....I'm finally ready to trim then and get the quilt top put together.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Can you see where I'm going with this?

Not the best of days to take a photo here in Ireland...very dull indeed.
I may have to take the yellow out and get a brighter shade.
Some of you may have seen some progress photos on Instagram for the it is!

Just to let you know it has been handy having the Sopranos box set to watch while this has been sewn together.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Block time again

Wow it seems to come around so quickly but once again the Blogger's Block of the month is here again.
 Dhia at Peach Patch Quilts has all the bits and bobs about the block of the month here.  

I'm having lots of fun with this and am looking forward to the next installment.

This months block is by 

 Her quick and easy blocks  (just what I like) tutorial can be found on her blog.

I whipped this up in no time, but I wish when I did the fussy cut I cut the little hat out and just kept the coat.

block three

As you can see I am making all the blocks... Little Apples is a favourite fabric line and now that I have started with it, cannot get away from it.

Our flickr group can be found here....anyone that wants to put up their finished blocks are more than welcome.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Comfort zone.

I have been branching out and trying something new this week....nothing like getting out of your comfort zone.

When I went off to the K & S show a few weeks back, I was looking for some of these.....

I really love the diversity of hexagons but have never tried to do them.  If anyone knows a good tutorial on them, please let me know as I want to know if I am doing it right or not.

Fiona had let me know that she buys her hexagons at Paper Pieces.  I gave up after going down  the rows twice with all the lovely polite I caved and ordered them on line.

So it isn't it! 

I did have an idea for these....My Japanese Charm Swap that arrived a good few weeks ago that I haven't blogged about....some very sweet fabric in that I will use with these hexagons

Now I have moved on to some triangle...I made these myself...a little easier to do than cutting out hexagons.

I hope I am doing these the right way also....again any tips are much appreciated.

What am I using these for? 
 you will have to wait and see...a good 100 to go I think.

 And I love that they all pack away in my lovely frame purse from Christiane (blogged here)

Back to stitching!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lots of parcels in the mail....

 This is what has been arriving in the mail of late.  
 My Mouthy Stitches tote bag and oh do I love it!
I cannot say how much this bag is so up my alley  (can I say that?)
Are they my little billy button flowers.  I think so Nicky.

Janet  can I just let you know how much I love my bag. You have done an exceptional job. 

Poor Janet had a bit of trouble getting linen and then bought her daughter a sewing machine! (she was visiting her daughter and the sewing machine that she was to use was not very helpful.)
 It was an expensive swap for you Janet.
 I was swanning around the Knitting and Stitching show two weeks with it proudly on my shoulder showing it off to the thousands that were there, and let me tell you Cindy and Fiona were all ooooooohhhhhh's and aaaaahhhhhhhh's over when we met up there.
 My key ring is there too and an amazing photo on the postcard.  
However the chocolate that you sent was not able to be around for the photo shoot. (yum)  
I really am in love with this bag.

Just to let you know I crumbled under sheer desire for some fabric and bought some of  these.....

Mama Said Sew FQ Bundle
photo from Fluffy Sheep Quilting
But then won a golden ticket (or two) to the Knitting and Stitching show in Dublin...thanks to Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting. 
I emailed Fiona at Patchwork Delights and finally met up with my blogging friends.   
Girls I was the dumb one that didn't get a photo! Of course the other two got photos but not me.
I was in there to get some essentials....not that I have touched my freezer paper from last years show.
  Lots of fun and giggles about societies and bingo buses and how we are going to be black and blue on Monday morning.  And great to see Ger and Eva at the their stall Pippa Blue.
Girls once again a lovely selection of eye candy.

So my beautiful mouthy tote bag was put to use straight away and at the show was able to get a few bits and pieces that were essentials and yes.... a bit of fabric as well.

See the leaning tower of Pisa?
 And I found a new friend for my classroom as well.  
I have called him Boris.   
And I love his ear ring.

The children loved him and he now is telling them all about 'Big School'

A little while ago I was asked to join Bee a Brit Stingy.  
 Stingy flag 2

It is all kicking off in January but before then we were to make a pin cushion for our partner.  I received a lovely  pin cushion from Karen at Blueberry4park. Karen has some very inspiring work on her flickr page.  I am very jealous about her screen printing too...can you see the card...check out her cushions....savage!

Thanks Karen.  It has been put to work straight away.

I went a little overboard with my pin cushions....they were so fun to make. It took a little while to get over as some other parcels did too.
In conclusion, I think any parcel the I sent over to the UK got this boat...
 A currach

Main Photo

I'm sorry to anyone that has been waiting on a parcel from me.. I cannot understand that I can send a parcel or letter to Australia and it gets there in 5 to 7 days and a letter to the UK can take 10 days or even more!

Back to some sewing now, I think I said to someone that I would do a tutorial.