Thursday, 28 November 2013

Beeing Smug...

Just for the next 3 days I am fully, 100%, caught up with all of my Bee Blocks.  Yep, you heard me, aaaaaaaaaall caught up, nothing overdue, everything posted, all done.  First time in about 4 months, since the onset of missing sewjo, and it's a total relief.  I will only have one set of blocks for December too as Stitch Tease has the month off, so just a Simply Solids block for Jo (I think), yay!
@natgiauque finally got my butt in gear and got your blocks finished, yay!
I finished these blocks off last night for Nathalie, and they were surprisingly straightforward, once I got my bum into gear.  I think I had been putting them off as there was a video to watch and every time I tried to watch it my brain switched off and I couldn't remember what I was supposed to be doing!

Right, lets get back to the projects tonight, need to make the most of the man free evening :o)

Ange x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Nursery dressing.

It's been a quiet week on the sewing front, large amounts of painting and sanding have been a block to finishing up too many projects.   But I have managed to finish this little embroidery for the nursery wall, if the new babies big sister doesn't convince me to have it for herself.....
She's all finished and ready to go up on the nursery wall!

Ange x

Sunday, 17 November 2013


At the end of my missing sewjo time I started to do a bit of embroidery, when I couldn't remove myself from the sofa to the sewing machine.   In order to feel a bit more useful I decided to do an alphabet for a baby quilt, inspired by this fabulous book from Kristyne Czepuryk:

As I didn't know at the time whether I was having a baby boy or girl I decided to make a less girly, more unisex version, and I replaced a few of the letters with other embroideries that seemed a bit more British appropriate, including Bus for B (using the fab Aneela Hoey's pattern from Little Stitches), and Teapot for T (also Aneela's), amongst others.
There are some really cute embroidery blocks in here.

So, now all of the letters are finished, and I just need to decide on fabric to sash it with (I'm thinking these polka dots, which i love!), although I have a little plan for a special embroidery block for the centre first- I just need to put it into action....

Alphabet embroidery layout, with lots of polka dots, yum!
Ange x

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fat Quarterly, A Finish & Buzzy Bee Progress....

Today is the release of the Christmas version of Fat Quarterly, and this quarter, a certain lady (debatable I know) from Charnwood is featured in this issue.

I'm there from downright cheek (me, cheeky, I know you can't believe it!!), as the lovely Lynne posted a picture on IG of these fab fabrics, saying she was about to start working on a project from them. So I told her to send them to me instead, and she took me up on the offer!  
Available from lots of great fabric shops, including Pin It & Stitch (whose image this is).
At Retreat I was kindly given a F8 bundle of them to play with.  Fast forward about 2 months, large amounts of morning sickness, a completely missing sewjo and a looming deadline (with a very patient FQ team) and I came up with this Christmas Dreaming Pillow for my little one.

It's a simple design, but I really enjoyed putting it together, and hopefully it will sprinkle a little magic on the festive season for my daughter, who is getting greater awareness every year of the excitement to come!!!

So what are you waiting for people, get yourself over to Fat Quarterly, there are loads of fabulous inspirational makes in the festive issue
And despite the fact I have been  missing for a couple of weeks, I did actually manage to finish the baby quilt for my friend (I haven't tackled the Minky backed one for our new baby yet) the day after my last post.  Unfortunately the building work at ours had prevented me finding a clean spot in the house to take a photo, and it's still ongoing, but I did manage to get this one of it, but it's not great.  It will be gifted the next time I get to go and catch up with my friend who lives a couple of hours away.
Baby Emma's quilt all done.

And I am edging ever closer to being 100% caught up with my bee commitments, these flying geese were made for the lovely Val at Between Quilts, and she has a terrific eye for colour, I LOVE this combination of raspberry pinks, yellows, and golds, with a few grays, and backed in gorgeous low volume prints.  
 @valbetweenquilts I've finally managed to get to sewing machine to stitch these together. I've gone from dubious about colours to <3

Secondly, I managed to make Celine her blocks for Simply Solids, a pair of triangle log cabins, one in cool colours, one in hot.  I think she will have a fab quilt, and these blocks come together so quick, and would make a great quick quilt.
@espritpatch all done! Just need printer cartridge to arrive now so i can do @natgiauque blocks!

Just Nat's blocks to go, so I am edging closer to be caught up, but I have a tonne of plaster to seal and then more walls to paint than you can shake a stick at, this new kitchen will be a clean and dust free space one day!!!

Ange x