Farmer’s Wife QAL Week 10: Carrie and Cat

So…. a few posts back you might remember that I’m going to be a guest blogger in the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL hosted by Kerry of verykerryberry.

It was my intention to do the blocks each week but unfortunately I fell behind… however instead of manically trying to catch up I’m going to do the blocks allocated that week and try to do one (or two) that I have missed!

This week it’s Carrie and Cat (Blocks 21 and 22). When pulling fabric choices I definitely had a bit of a red/yellow theme going on.

Block 21: Carrie


Block 22: Cat


Cat is my favourite fabric combination out of the two it’s just a shame I had trouble with those pesky triangles! I should not try to sew without having my morning cup of tea first…..

I’m a little worried about how I’m going to sash my blocks when finished (random middle of the night thought) as I’m just picking combos suited to the block as/when do them. But thinking might either a grey or a dotty low volume print… as long as I stay away from using fabrics with a mainly white background in. Hmm.

How is everyone else getting on with their blocks? Most of the fabrics featured above came from Jessie’s shop Sew and Quilt in a specially curated bundle for the QAL.


Quick Update….

Things have been a little busy (and slow or let’s be honest non existent!) here but I’m still around :) I think I’m back on track emotionally and task wise after the upheaval of the past few months (let’s just say two family funerals and house problems in addition normal worky stress).

Sewing became a chore for awhile especially since it was mostly finishing for swaps… but some time out and trying a new craft seemed to have done the trick. Meet my new obsession….

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And I’m not just talking about Dean Winchester! Although if you insist…………… ;)

Got a few things to show off soon including a yummy almond butter cookie recipe. And I’ve actually been sewing for me! Catching up on my Farmer Wife Blocks and working on a christmassy tablecloth. I’m going to have to start on some presents soon but not today!

Hope everyone’s weekend plans going just as well.


FAL Q4 Goals

Wow where has that time gone? To be honest I seem to be sinking a bit lately- a string of bad news over the past few months meant that my sewing time has been practically non-existent and when I find the time…. let’s just say an emotional black hole. It’s also not helping the days are getting shorter and I wish I had bought a SAD lamp earlier in the year to help…

Anyway… hoping this list will kinda maybe get me back on track (sewing wise) at least.

Hmm. Still need finish quilts for little ones… hopefully for Christmas! There’s a sea themed one, irish chain variation and hazel the hedgehog.

My Small World QuiltmaniaYeah… still cut and not pieced. Need crack on with “My Small World”

What else have I got…?P1120895

A paperpieced cushion and an embroidery case…. P1120897

Some hexie baskets……P1120898


Quilts and more quilts with each bundle- patterns designed :)P1120900And.. my brother has asked for traditional christmas bunting.. still need hunt done some green to balance it all.

I know.. i know not shared my Simply Solids Retreat time or makes yet and lots of other things I need to show you too! Hopefully soon.. with all the other bits that’s floating around my head.

Linking up with Adrianne

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It’s all go here….

Phew. Some spare few moments! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably seen that I’ve lost my sewing space for the moment and everything is all over the house!

It’s slowly getting sorted but I’m taking the opportunity to get rid of the yucky yellow that was there when moved in to go white.

I’ve got so much to tell you.. including my long weekend away on the Simply Solids retreat but let’s save that for another day…

P1120850For now I’m trying to reclaim my sanity after a couple of manic grump filled days at work… some binding to finish, Hazel the Hedgehog and that priory square (I think I’m the last person in the world to have made something with it!) well it’s going to be turned into some thing hexie shaped and useful. Then if I get time some Farmer Wife blocks :)

Linking up with WIP Wednesday- what are your plans for the evening?

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler QAL

Normally I’m not a fan of sampler quilts but there is something about the Farmer’s Wife blocks that just grabs me and since I heard there was a 1930s out well that was it!

FW4Anyone who is a regular reader will know I love to use (ok mostly hoard) 1930s reproduction fabric and this book is the perfect excuse to showcase some of them.

Especially since Kerry is hosting a year long quilt along with the aim of 2 blocks a week (manageable right?!). There’s guest bloggers and lots of tips/inspiration to help you on your way. All sorts will be covered including foundation piecing and english paper piecing. So how can anyone refuse?

FW Blogger List

The above links to Kerry’s intro post detailing guest bloggers and details and yes that is me there! How exciting I feel very privileged to be able to contribute a block or two over the next 12 months.

Don’t worry if you think you are missing out there is still time to grab the book and join in- officially the block posts starts on Monday 14th September with block 1 and 2. Some introductory posts are up though on fabric choices etc.

FW1I might have started already…………. since my new sewing room layout it is much easier and fun to match fabrics. (Jessie over at Sew and Quilt has the perfect 30s solids and repro themed bundles) I think Maize might be my new favourite solid (the one used in the right hand block above).

FW2I’m going to try and do the blocks in order… but some like the ones I’m blogging about I’m anxious to play with :)

So… are you all fired up to join in? If you are on Instagram waves I’m here :) don’t forget to check out the hashtag #fw1930sqal to see some of the action.

My Sewing Space

So… I think finally my sewing space is a bit more organised to show you…. You might have seen this on my Instagram feed but it’s taken me awhile (most of the bank holiday weekend) to sort my quilting cottons…… I ran out of cards and space. In fact I dragged Matthew to Argos early on the sunday morning¬†just to get another bookcase. Stupidly I thought all of my quilt stuff would fit on one…. (let’s not mention the box full I have hidden)Sewing Room 4My cutting desk which I *try* to keep clear and inspirational :) The cross stitch was done by my amazing friend Donna of the characters from Firefly complete with quotes! I keep some of the magazines/books I’m working from on it complete with pens, notebook and my Paperchase planner.

Sewing Room

Next where I sew! My little baby the Brother Innovis 350SE still settling in :) Next to her is a to do list, more pens, a slightly overworked turtle pincushion, lots of thread and most importantly a place for a cup of tea.Sewing Room 2

On my walls are lots of mini quilts, as well as a Jane Austen quote calendar (from Jen of Miss Bohemia) and a wall planner.Sewing Room 3 Despite what you see I’m not the most organised person in the world… (unless you think organised chaos) but I’m trying! Hopefully I can sew a bit more regularly especially before work. I have so many ideas it’s starting to be a struggle converting them from my head…


Handpieced Mini Swap

Phew it’s been awhile again since I’ve been around these parts! Things have been a bit busy and a lot of bad news recently but slowly keeping on sewing!

Last month I’ve finished and sent my handpieced mini (yay a tick off the FAL Q3 list :) ) still waiting for it to be received..


And this is what I received isn’t it lovely?! Gorgeous colours, shapes and reminds me in places of Blockbusters. Just need find the perfect spot for it!


I also made it up to the Midlands for Festival of Quilts more on that soon!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend :)


Trying again! Finish A Long Q3 Goals

Morning! Just give me a minute to dust away the cobwebs it’s been a while since I’ve been around here for various reasons…. but I’m back :) And ready to commit some goals to the third round of the Finish A Long (I can’t believe we’re that far into the year!)

Last time I did finish some bits but forgot to link up again (duh). Since coming back from our mini break to Wiltshire to my nice newly organised sewing space (more details on those things later in the week) I’ve been doing a lot of sewing yay. So my goals…..

Shining Bright EPP Handpiecedminiswap Summersville1. Handpieced Mini Swap from IG.

Summer Baskets Denyse Schmidt fabric mini quilt2. Summer Baskets Mini Quilt for me :) In some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics

EPP Bake Sale Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage3-4. Lori Holt Mini Swap from IG and a Farm Girl Vintage Tablerunner

Dinosaur Monkey Bunting5. Bunting for my nephew’s First Birthday. Two lots as my sister wants Happy First Birthday Oliver. Figured if the Oliver was separate be easier to keep and up in his room! My Small World Quiltmania¬† 6. I’ve cut some of this already but I really want to get his one pieced by the end of the summer!

P11109007-9. Three child sized quilts… one sea themed, another Hazel the Hedgehog and the third… you’ve already seen some of it :) A starry Irish Chain.

I have a lot of other things I want to get done but not going to add them to the list for if they happen, they happen! Linking up with….

ad6d3-2015falbutton200Now it’s back to the very wet and windy weather perfect for going back to work tomorrow after some time off right?? Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.


Outlander Swap

So you might have remembered a few months ago Kylie (alittlereddress) and myself decided to host an Outlander Craft themed swap as we both loved the books. And after I managed to get it on Amazon Prime this month binged on the eps available so far (only two more left) I think I need the dvd in my life…..

For me this was a bit challenging but here is what I’ve come up with……

P1120024A 60s inspired “Sophia Bag” pattern by Emma Brennan in Harris Tweed and with a beautiful blue plaid lining, scrappy tweed needle book, an embroidered Jamie Fraser quote :) and what took the most time a paper pieced thistle. This thing is tiny measuring approx 8.5″ x 6.5″ it had 26 separate sections and some of those sections had over 20 pieces. Phew I’m getting tired just thinking about it now!

P1120019As this mini thistle incorporated a few scraps and the tweed was scraps kindly given to me by the amazing Victoria I think they qualify to link up to Scraptastic Tuesday :)

Scraptastic Tuesday


Toodstool Pin Cushion (maybe)

I’m quite excited think today is my first link up to Le Challenge something is actually finished in time!

Wednesday I toddled up to St Austell to spend the day chatting and crafting with a friend there. We each had one small project to try- Liz came up with a felt bauble (as seen in the background) super easy and addictive! Will show more when I completed some more….


Helen lent me her Cotton Floss book which has so many projects I want to try including this pin cushion. A couple of hours of choosing felt, embroidering, stitching and stuffing we both ended up with a toadstool :)

Even though we both used the same pattern our toadstools came out different sizes!

Linking up with Le Challenge for this month’s theme of “wood” where you can most often find these :)

Le Challenge



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