Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Scrappy Mug Rug

These little mug rugs are seriously addictive and quick and easy. If you have a quilter in your family or close friends then don't be surprised when your next birthday package or christmas gift or care package contains one of these. Of course, if you are a quilter then this is a brilliant idea to make as a gift.

After making a few 'practice' rugs and signing up not once, but twice, for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap, it was not long before the email containing details of my secret partners arrived.

This mug rug is for one of these partners. I sure hope she is going to like it.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Inspiration for mini quilts

Who would have thought that inspiration for mini quilts would or could come from junk mail.

It does make one wonder if there are quilters working at their Ad agency.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Happy Birthday Dad

He would have been 74 today. Time goes past so quickly and it is hard to believe that it's 4 years already. We take so much for granted when it comes to parenting but you know at least once a day there is something that I do, when I'm reminded of when and where either my Mom or Dad showed me how to do it and to do it properly. Thanks Dad. Miss you.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Taking a breather

Inbetween creating a paper trail from here to eternity for my studies I needed to take a break and decided to clean up my sewing area. You know how it is when you get distracted ... sorting and finding little bits here and little bits there ended up becoming a 6" square mini quilt instead ... and the mess is still a mess :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

I won a giveaway

from the very talented Carol. You simply have to go and have a look at the most amazing mini quilts that she makes. I 'met' her while participating in the Doll Quilt Swap. This is the first giveaway I've ever won and it arrived a few days ago even though it was posted very promptly after the draw. I'm so chuffed. Thank you Carol, it already has plenty of pins and the fab part is that being such cheerful colours it is easy to spot on my messy and cluttered work table.

Talking of the Doll Quilt Swap, I have posted this offering for the swap to my partner and can't wait to hear that it has arrived safely ... am also patiently waiting for the postman to deliver mine.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Things I like

There are some things I really enjoy:

* birthdays - yours mine and theirs
* quilting - yours mine and theirs
* quilt festivals - the closer to home the better
* picking fresh goodies to eat out of the garden
* sunshine - anywhere anytime
* seeing new things/places

Earlier this year we lost my brother in a road traffic accident. It was horrible and for sometime it had me battling with some demons. In the midst of all of it I turned 50. It was a birthday I had actually been looking forward to but as it was a week after he died it became quite irrelevant. Days, weeks and months passed and it was time for the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and I've been lucky enough to go every years since 2007.

This year Enman arranged for us to stay with his sister, took time off work, drove us down, gave me spending money, dropped me off and at the end of the day picked me up again. The rest of the weekend we spent in the good company of his family. That was my birthday present from my man! Isn't he just the best!

It was lovely to see all the quilts, exquisite workmanship, new ideas, all the fabrics, extra notions and just enjoy the experience. This time I decided to shop first and then look at all the displays. One of the first things I did was sign up for a monthly subscription of the Sew Hip magazine. I've been getting them since the first issue came out and they're great reading and inspiration. Some months there are patterns that jump out and have sent me to the sewing machine and then they're great reading with a cup of tea. Having signed up Alice offered a choice of gifts and guess what I found:

She then told me that Kaffe Fassett was at the Festival, where he would be and when, so after chatting a little bit more I headed over to his stall and there he was knitting. He must have thought I was such a dork, just standing there watching him. Eventually I found my voice and asked him if he would be kind enough to sign the book for me and he did. Straight after a group of women arrived and got busy chatting with him while he signed their books and took photo's. One day, hopefully, I'll also be able to get a picture. In the past I've bought some of his other books and absolutely love his use of colour and the way he is able to look at shapes that we all look at every day and just make them extra special. Just getting the book and having him sign it was the best birthday pressie ever, but it did not stop there. Other shopping included

Something for the stash ........

Some Moda for a quilt-along over at Fat Quarterly

and some more stash building fat quarters .... just because I liked the colours.

All in all this the day / weekend was one hellova birthday present!! Enman turns 5 in three weeks .... how on earth do you top this?

Edit: Enman turns 50 in three weeks ... Oh boy ... it's a good thing he has a wonderful sense of humour :)


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