2014 Q2

I can’t believe we’re in the second quarter of the year already! Every time I stop to post, it reminds me how frighteningly fast the months are flying by!

Since my Baby Elephant note, life has been silly busy with my son’s party, his actual birthday the next day, which was Mother’s Day (and the clocks ‘Springing Forward’) and involved an extra early morning start to open presents and enjoy birthday cuddles before having breakfast at the ‘new’ 9.30am with hubby’s mum. The day was filled with building Lego kits and playing, followed by more family shenanigans. All in all, the perfect birthday weekend, but oh my goodness! Followed by a very long, six day week, I’m shattered today! I’d still like to write about the whole weekend sometime for my boy’s memory book… maybe this evening before I forget it all. Maybe!

For now, it’s April, which means that this month we have a new Queen Bee in the Little Blogs Quilt Bee (I think I got the grammar right there), and she is the lovely Jenny of A Note to Follow Sew.

Jenny says, “For my blocks I would like a wonky log cabin (there’s a bit of a wonky theme developing….) – you can find a tutorial here:
http://mamalovequilts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/improv-log-cabin-block-tutorial.html

I would like it in bright solids or big, bold prints please (no pastels, florals or anything cute please).”

I haven’t made a log cabin block before so it will be interesting to see how it turns out! As I seem to have a distinct lack of bright solids, I bought a few fat quarters last month, and hope to be able to make a block to suit Jenny’s taste. I’m really excited about this one, I just have to get some housework done (BOOOO!) and enjoy my children (YAY!) before I can sit down and start on this awesome block!

H x

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Do you know…

…what a baby elephant looks like in a human tummy?

I have been contemplating showing you, but alas, I have decided that as beautiful as it might look to some, to others it might be frightening.

On this day, five years ago, I was 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant with my second baby elephant. I was mislead into believing that my beast of a bundle was made up of a lot of waters so I didn’t let it worry me. I was feeling rather large, incredibly exhausted and quite over having my internals punched and kicked.

I showed my little elephant the photo of him in my tummy and he was just… WOAH!

I can’t believe that was five years ago!

The Wonky Star!

To begin, I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support and love for my blocks. I would never hope for such lovely compliments, especially when my Instagram feed is so full of such beautiful sewing that I feel completely inadequate. So, thank you all! (Hubby thanks you too as every time he says something nice about my blocks, I tell him that he has to say nice things because it’s his husbandly duty!)

Now, as this month’s bee block has made it to its new home, I can show it to you!

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I love fussy cut centres and this gorgeous peacock just steals my heart away. The background is Kona Lemon and the star fabric is from Samantha Walker’s Serenata line with Riley Blake Designs. I fell in love with this line as soon as I set eyes on those gorgeous peacocks and my darling husband ordered some for me for my birthday last year.

The first cuts into my precious Serenata were to make a 241 Tote by Noodlehead. In my mind, everyone oohs and ahs when they see it; in reality, I’m doing the ooh-ing and ah-ing for them! ;-D

As we near the end of the month, I catch myself looking through old photos as I busily put together party bags, organise family gatherings and try to figure out when I am going to be able to shop for and bake the cakes needed this weekend. I play with a completely different kind of needle for 37.5 hours every week and tomorrow is a 7.30am-5pm kind of day. I see a late night supermarket trip in my future! I don’t mind the late night baking – hubby and I put on a superhero film and bake together.

Tuesday officially begins our new bee month, for which details have already been received. I’ll post those here then! x
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March?

The months are flying by and I don’t feel as though I have enough time to accomplish anything.

At least I can say that I have organised my son’s birthday party even if I do still need to organise presents, favours and cakes! I still need to ring the restaurant to book a table for my husband’s family to celebrate with us.

The kids have been off school with bugs these last two days. Hubby was off with them yesterday and tagged me to take over today so I was off. I managed to get a little sewing done which fills me with great joy and ticks a job off my ‘To Do’ list. My Wonky Star block for Lou is now made and ready to go tomorrow.

I made three blocks before this final one…

This was my first. I had hoped to send this one to Lou but found a knot in the fabric that bugged me too much to be able to send anyone.

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This was my second try. The longest point only just allows enough room for a seam allowance! I do love it though…

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The third star was just me experimenting and trying to be a clever clogs. I made a star in a star, again with the long point just that bit too long and only just fits. I considered sending Lou this one, but I don’t think the outer star is quite pretty enough, so this one stays with me. Maybe I’ll put it on a bag or a cushion cover.

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So!! Lou’s block should hopefully arrive by the end of the week and then I’ll be able to show it to you.

Details of the April block are out, fabric has been ordered and received, and I really do have to get on with my first test block.

Until next time! H x

March Block

Today officially begins our Little Blogs Quilt Bee.

March belong’s to our lovely organiser, Louise of I’m Studio Lou.

The block she has chosen is the wonky star, with a tutorial from Owen’s Olivia as a guide. The tutorial is easy to follow and the star looks fun to make. As Louise has not specified any colour or style preferences, I’ll be pulling everything out to see what works best!

I have made a couple of trial stars and am trying to get my girlie to join in the fun! Don’t forget to check out the other Bee blogs and see what they’ve been up to! (Links in the sidebar)

H x

School Holidays

Ah, school holidays…! Always fun until the kids start to argue.

We managed to get to the cinema a couple of times. Lego Movie and Mr. Peabody and Sherman are both good fun. The boy loves Lego Movie and can’t stop singing, “everything is awesome!” The girl really dislikes the song, and me, I preferred Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

I tried to get some sewing done last week and, distracted by arguing children, I managed to catch my finger on my lovely new rotary cutter. Argh. I can’t even think about it without feeling all wibbly! But it’s fine, I’ve done worse on the serrated, cutting edge of a cling film box! Nevertheless, I put the lot away and didn’t get anything done.

Until yesterday.

I have been trying to be patient and wait until March to start on the Bee block but I just had to give it a try! I made two blocks. The first was a pain. My impatience resulted in some quality time with the seam ripper. Oh yeah! I had intended this block to be The Block, but when I laid it all out, I noticed a knot in the fabric so it is now officially my test block.

Today I made another test block. I had an idea for the block and wanted to see if my maths worked. It did though my piecing must’ve been off because the block is 1/8ths of an inch too small!

Now that I have briefly put together a reminder on my experiences with the block, I’ve got to pick my son up. Photos to come!

H x

Rock Candy Progress

I was so excited with the progress I had made that I just couldn’t wait to get on and put it all together.

The borders went on, with the odd mistake and a little unpicking.
Then I spent ages trying to work out how to fill in the spaces.
I had a final fat quarter which I wanted to keep in as big a piece that would fit… so that went in the middle of the hexagons.
And then I filled in the rest… the result:

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I made so many mistakes and even managed to slice a hole in one of the side panels. I also found I didn’t have quite enough fabric to finish the corners so I had to improvise… this has definitely been a labour of love, and love it I do, with all its Quiltenstein patches!

Now I need to put on the border of cats. It isn’t quite long enough to surround the whole piece so I need to work out some corner squares so that I can use all four rows instead of just using two on the top and bottom.

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I do love this fabric! The crisps are yummy too! ;-D

Anyway, back to plotting!
H x