A bit of this, that and general update…

Eeek I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since early January. Well… yes I can! I’ve started a few posts but they’ve mainly remained drafts, partly due to time or lack of enthusiasm about the topic. I really miss blogging, but lately it feels more like forcing myself to do something for the sake of it.. like the FAL lists mean’t to be an incentive for regular blogging and creating but it’s not working…

So.. to get back to why I started in the first place, more of a place to record, engage and just be me! Lately it seems that all I do here is record sewing stuff that I intend to do but I read, bake, actually finish stuff, a bit of a geek, love seals, woodlands, slight anxiety problem and obsessed with coconut.

Don’t be alarmed if the look, content etc starts changing- am hoping to turn this into more of a creative lifestyle blog where I can share/review books, recipes, places I go, my fledging business etc.

I’ve been lucky enough to get TWO WEEKS off work which is almost unheard of for me in the role I do, but I need it. I have plans… mainly to have fun, try new things and go out exploring National Trust/English Heritage sites with the husband and to finally… finally get my reboot of my business off the ground.

So… today was a one off event at the Heartlands site. Cornwoolly! A lovely Fibre and Textile fair, with gorgeous stalls full of handmade textile makes and supplies. Here is my haul…..

Fabric from a (relatively) local shop, a felted seal and a home screen printing kit! After doing a workshop with the massive screens, been meaning to try it at home ahead of a session I booked in June… Now all I need to do is work out what to do, settle onย  a design and play.

Hope everyone else is having a lovely bank holiday weekend? (Despite the torrential rain)

Hannah.x

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Finish-A-Long 2017: Quarter One

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I can’t almost believe it is 2017 let alone the start of a new Finish-A-Long year ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to actually get on more with stuff this year as I’m trying to be more organised and use my planner! It’s just a shame my organisational skills does not extend to taking photos during the day light! Without further ado here is what I’ve decided from my lists to enter this quarter…

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  1. Christmas Tablecloth… yes the “C” word but I am intended to do something every month or two and first up is to finish the handquilting and binding on this. Soo close! imag0401.jpg
  2. Scarf… I picked this up in Trago last week and thought it be a pretty scarf and to break me in on my new overlocker! If anyone has any overlocker tips or projects let me knowย  ๐Ÿ™‚2016-04-10-17.21.30.jpg.jpeg
  3. Noah’s Ark Embroidery… yes this is still here and hardly any progress. one day! imag0403.jpg
  4. Wonky Stars Quilt… I had meant to give this as a christmas present.. but think it be a make you smile gift instead! imag0402.jpg
  5. Gnome Place Like Home Cross Stitch… erm I think I intended this to be a gift for Christmas 2015 imag0400.jpg
  6. South West Modern Quilt Guild Lanyard for the swap at the first meeting! imag0406.jpg
  7. Dinosaur Cushion… the last cushion I made Matthew for his chair has been squished six ways to sunday and long overdue for another! imag0395_1.jpg
  8. Knitted animal hat… I must be brave. I must be brave and jump in on this! imag0404.jpg
  9. Lacy Zip Pouch.. just needs the zip attaching and the final stitchdown.

So that’s it… I think manageable for this quarter right? Of course I have more things working on some secret, some now and some impulse.

What are you working on/hoping to do? I’m enjoying the last of my sunday before Sherlock pops on as it’s back to work tomorrow after a two week break. (Where did that time go?!)

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Something new… Knitting a Sky Blanket

In my Goals post I mentioned tentatively that I wanted to do more with knitting and crochet… well I’ve made a start already! Jillyrosie on Instagram this week posted that she was starting a sky blanket and after looking into it.. I thought why not. It’s a good way to get me knitting regularly and is just a square.

Laura from Bugs and Fishes dreamt up the original concept and to see her post on how to make one go here. But basically all it is, is knit a square each day matching it to the colour of the sky. Easy right?

Hmm due to some unexpected car expenses (hello new battery and tyres) I needed to dig into my stash and not buy anything new until next payday. Sadly I don’t have the size 6 needles so using size 8 instead! Trying to stick with good quality acrylic yarn but I have deviated on colour slightly… since it be boring to have two squares exactly the same at times I’m allowing myself the reflection of the sky in the water… as being in Cornwall we do have beautiful sky and water scenery!

Here I am up to day 5 already…. debating whether to redo day 5 but I wanted something slightly different being that it’s the husband’s birthday and we went for a wander around Falmouth…

imag0393_1.jpgToday has been another dark and dreary day but I think leave that for the morning as I managed to catch up on 3.5 squares today ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’m improving I haven’t unravelled a squared since the second one and I think they are getting less wonky.. Now if only I can fix whatever weird thing I’m doing when casting on…

imag0396_1.jpgI picked up this book in the Works Sale last week and can’t wait to get started on some, a couple projects have caught my eye already. I really really want to do this hatย  in either of these chunky yarns but the only problem is I have all the circular needles up to size 10 but it wants size 11, 13…..sighs why can I never have anything I need when starting a new project!

imag0395_1.jpgI def recommend this book if you are into Fairytales inspired knits, after conquering the hat it’ll be Belle’s bookish gloves… look aren’t they pretty? Maybe not in yellow though… don’t think that’s me somehow!

imag0397_1.jpgI’m back at work on Monday after two weeks off and dreading it… so hopefully enjoy this weekend and get lots more done! Have a good one folks.

Some quilty finishes…

In my last post I hinted that I had finished four quilts over the Christmas break and well I have! Sadly though I FORGOT to get photos of it finished what is wrong with me??? So I’m sorry in advance as some are clearly in-progress shots.

My favourite finish is this Disney Cars Chevron Quilt for my two year old nephew Oliver. He did receive the knight/dragon quilt for his birthday in August but he loves it so much he can’t be without it for a day hence the need for another… Isn’t it great when someone truly loves your work?

img_20161020_213004.jpgDecember/January also sees the arrival of a new nephew and a friend’s little one so two pram quilts! and yay to a picture of one finished!!

img_20161002_122742.jpgimg_20170103_182308_592.jpgThe fourth quilt was a different variation of the dragon/knight one I did for Oliver but for another nephew…

All were quilted with the only quilting I seem to know how to do.. that of the wonky straight line. I have a feeling my walking foot is now shot and it was very last minute finishes quilting with the standard..

Linking up (yay I rememberd) to the FAL Q4 finishes party as these were on my starting list!

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Christmas Wistfulness

It’s that time when everything starts going back to normal… our decorations came down yesterday and suddenly there is space again. Looking back over the period it has been a good Christmas!

I may not have done everything I wanted to but part of my determination to be better organised I’ve written a list for next year and will be ticking something off every month or so… starting with finishing hand quilting and binding this tablecloth that I did finished piecing enough to use!

wp-1483463815603.jpgIt’s my own cobbled together design and I love it (but then who isn’t partial to stars!). I’ve done approx 2/3 of the quilting so far in around watching Gilmore Girls etc.

I’ve been lucky enough to be spoiled with gifts that is so me! Just look at all this…books and handmade goodies including that gorgeous “All I want for Christmas is Books” by the talented Jen over at Miss Bohemia. My friend Gill even surprised with a mini present quilt that promptly went on the lil bookcase to shine ๐Ÿ™‚

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I did manage to make a few gifts, FOUR quilts (more on that soon), some stitchy pies and this cute Christmas penguin cross stitch.

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For me though.. family makes the day extra special. This card is from my five year old nephew and I thought it looks like a villain from Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles (he is obsessed the way boys can be…) but nope it’s a mummy santa. And if you get the reference on the gift tag gold star to you my geeky friend ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope everyone has had a lovely break- today been a bit of a set back with car problems. Needed a jumpstart, a new battery and two new tyres it’s a good job I also have this week off week! Especially since I can play with my new overlocker…… If anyone has any tips or simple projects I would appreciate it!

Hannah.x

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Update and Plans for 2017

Ok.. here we are again and it’s been awhile. No matter what my intentions are blogging seems to fall by the wayside lately.

It may not seem like it but I have done stuff… quilts and gifts with a lot of cross stitch in between! I shall have to beg for photos to show them off to you (soon).

I always end up updating by book list this time of year and am quite amazed, 2015 I read 58 books. This year… 132! Although to be fair I can put a lot of that down to the Kindle I received for my birthday.

So… what’s on the agenda for 2017?

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For starters I’m breaking open this Kikki K Vanskapp Planner I’ve had for awhile now and actually using it. The only downside is I got the large version so can’t carry it around with me… But I have a lot going on next yearso I need be more organised!

Groups/Functions:

South West Modern Quilt Guild: This is a new guild starting in a couple of weeks (so excited). With monthly meetings and lots going on it should be a lot of fun! The only downside is that it will involve a bit of travel as it’s in Wellington (Somerset)and I’m coming from Cornwall… If anyone is interested there are still some spaces left just hop on over to the Instagram account here.

South West Stitchers: I’ll still be going along to this in the new place in Honiton although 2 of the 3 meetings clash with the guild.

Supernatural Convention (non craft related): The only meeting of the MQG I’ll miss as both myself and sister are heading up to Blackpool for this in May (eeek!!!). It’s also over my birthday so hopefully be a good time ๐Ÿ™‚ For those who are thinking wtf it’s Supernatural the tv show…

Simply Solids Retreat: waiting on dates but fingers crossed!

Craft Related:

As I like to dabble in a lot… I’ve decided this year will be more selfish crafting again especially since I want to crack crochet/knitting! I’ve purposedly ignored all new swaps and Stitch/Quilt Alongs as I’ve not even finished the ones started this year yet….

  • Finished 2016 Pumpkin Sampler Cross Stitch (so close working on the last 2 months)
  • 2016 Lucy Boston EPP quilt by SewandQuilt (embarrassingly still in Month 1!)
  • Harry Potter Cushion Cross Stitch Sampler (am somewhere in month 6…)
  • Carolyn Friedlander Simply Solids Collection Quilt (erm not even looked at…)
  • SewSampler QAL organised by the Sewing Directory (half way through)

Things in general…

  • Wonky Star Cat Quilt for a friend
  • Get this curved sailboat quilt out of my head and onto fabric (been so long lost the original template
  • Cinderella Cross Stitch (got the pattern/supplies just need to start)
  • Chunky Cross Stitch Cushions- finish the tea one and start hedgehog
  • Dinosaur Quilt and Cushion for Matthew
  • Liberty and AGF Solid QST quilt
  • Northern Lights Quilt for me (really really need a quilt for me I don’t have one! unless 2 tablecloths count…)
  • Fox Rug Kit- to try

Life in general…

  • Get back into a bi-weekly blogging habit
  • Improve on my healthy lifestyle and experimenting in kitchen (refined sugar free and slowly less gluten/grains and incorporate fitness into morning routine)
  • Share new recipes
  • Actually use the Overlocker bought this week ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Use my Patisserie Mixer at least once a month…
  • Practice new crafts (knitting/crochet etc)
  • Design and distribute own patterns
  • Grow my little business (finally)
  • Make sure keep time to myself… reading… games etc
  • Keep in touch and strengthen friendships whereever people may be

I think that’s enough of my waffle! Happy New Year everyone and looking forward to seeing your goals. Today I’m linking up with quiltingjetgirl and #2017 planning party.
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FAL Q4 2016

Well… this is embarrassing. I’ve not been around so long that my last post was previously “hoping to finish” for the last FAL quarter ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I had finished one thing on that list but forgot to show…

If you follow me on Instagram you probably seen that since I’ve been on the Simply Solids Retreat (more on that soon!) I’ve been sewing up a storm and since then currently working on my sixth top being pieced. Pieced not quilted mind!

Now apologies for my ultra long list but taking advantage of my productivity levels ๐Ÿ™‚

p11304471. Disney Cars Quilt for Oliver- I actually cut this out today and hoping finish piecing too! The quilt I finished in August was for his birthday and he loves it so much it’s not gone for a wash yet hence the need for a second… and then maybe a third. He’s only two but he loves them ๐Ÿ™‚

p11304492. Wonky Stars Quilt- birthday present

p11304513. Lullaby/Essex Linen QST quilt- no idea who for yet.. but I needed use the rest of the charms up!

p11304554. Northern Lights Quilt for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Look seals! I don’t have a quilt of my own yet can you believe that??!! This is as far as I got thinking pairing with purples and precious DS fabrics to make a starry type pattern

p11304565. Hexie Dinosaur Quilt! Got to get a move on as I want to give this to Matthew for christmas. The hexie thing is a private joke between us… apparently I’m obsessed and they’re everyone and that also I believe in another age hence the need for a quilt…

p11304546-8: CHRISTMAS STUFF. More than 3 things here… but isn’t the Violet Craft bundle on the right soo pretty? Thinking turning into placemats and a table centrepieced matched with… a dark grey essex linen. Also here are plans for stockings for my sister, nephew and me! As well as bunting… (yes the dreaded b word)

p11304539. Liberty QST quilt- since I broke into my liberty stash on retreat I have been a bit ruthless…. Waiting to go to the West Country Quilt Show to stack up on more liberty for this. Teamed with Pure Elements Snow I’m hoping it’ll look gorgeous!

2016-04-10-17.21.30.jpg.jpeg10. Noah’s Ark Embroidery

2016-04-14-15.03.37.jpg.jpeg11-15- Quilting various things including this table cloth and the Irish Chain quilt that has been on my FAL list for like forever!

16- The Winter Sparkle ATC for the Veryberryhandmade swap ๐Ÿ™‚

I also want to do stitchy pies, maker totes and a supernatural themed satchel but think I have a lot to be getting on with!

Who else is creating stuff for christmas? Linking up…

Finish A Long 2016 – Quarter 3

Eeek this last few months have been mental to say the list. Sadly not much of my last quarter goals actually made it into finished projects so here we go again……….

2016-04-14-15.00.50.jpg.jpeg1. Oliver’s Dragons and Knights quilt- it’s mainly a panel someone kick me into gear!! I think it’s because it is a panel I’m dragging my heels as how to quilt it??

P11008852. Starry Irish Chain Quilt- this was meant to be a birthday present TWO years ago :/

Milk, Flower and Sugar Hexagons EPP3. Milk Flour and Sugar baby quilt

4. Vintage Hexies Quilt- piece the top

I’m sticking with that for now I mean surely one must be done soon! Although it is my nephew’s birthday in August so one should hope.

What are you all working on? Linking up with……

1930s Farmer’s Wife QAL: Mrs Smith (Block 72)

(Or the block that almost did not make it…)

Hi! I’m back again in Kerry’s 1930s Farmer’s Wife QAL and ready to show you Block 72: Mrs Smith! When I first chose this block I was drawn to the star it was only when I went to piece it awhile back I realised how many pieces was within the construction ouch! That being said I don’t think it’s looking too bad……

FW 1930s 72 Mrs Smith (2)When I dug it out this weekend for photos in the sun (hello downpour of rain!) I didn’t like it in comparison with my other blocks and almost redid it… but the fabrics are just too cute.

Sorry no photos on it’s own as with my purple mat it really washed the block out! This block is machined pieced still I’ve not been brave enough to try either handpiecing or EPP on one of these! It’s a bit different from my other blocks but hoping with the mix of 30s solids and style fabrics it’ll work in the end

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I always love reading the letters that go with the block and Mrs Smith is no exception, it evokes a sense of comfort, happiness and friendship.

If you are on Instagram please stop by I can be found @quirkyhannah and you can see many more gorgeous blocks in the hashtags #fw1930sqal

Hoping to catch up some more soon and lay them out properly! How is everyone else doing?

Hannah.x

Something for me!

Yup I’ve actually sewn something for me and isn’t it lovely? If you saw my post yesterday this is it…. To match the Kindle I got for my birthday last week decided to make it’s very own case. It didn’t even take a couple of hours with drafted the pattern, cutting and sewing.

Woodland Kindle Cover Hedgehog Amazon Owl (1)It fits rather well and next time on something so small I probably won’t use Bosal Foam….

Woodland Kindle Cover Hedgehog Amazon Owl (2)Woodland Kindle Cover Hedgehog Amazon Owl (3)I even added my initial so everyone knows it’s mine! And the best bit… most of the fabric came from my scrap box! So linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday…