Where has three years gone?

So.. three years ago yesterday this happened……..

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Prepping for that day is what got me heavily into crafts and sewing. To celebrate we had a quiet day to ourselves and as the weather behaved for once went down to one of my favourite Cornish spots for a walk- Godrevy. Armed with binoculars and camera we saw some lovely Sparrowhawks on the hunt, sparrows, robins and my personal favourite SEALS and there were a few pups too on the cove.

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Sadly it was rather windy on the cliff so my photos didn’t turn out spectactular.. to give you an idea of how high we were up this is on 23x zoom towards the back of the beach/cove. If anyone would like to learn more about seals or Cornish grey seals this website is the best place πŸ™‚ There is also the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

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To round it off we had fish and chips and even cheesecake… well technically I had cheesecake Matthew got a chocolatey thing.

Then back home where I even managed some sewing (epp of course) watching tv and chatting. Good job too as I have these minis to finish…

P1110355A Jane Austen inspired one… going for P and P and I might be slightly crazy as going to attempt to embroider that large quote!

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P1110353The day after I submitted my quilt for the Westcountry Quilt Show I started prepping this……. it’s for the IG Mini Swap and my partner doesn’t give much away! Modern, hexies and a lot of teal/blue. In the corner is some prep work for some ornaments….. it might be the only christmas decs I’ll get round to doing!

What is everyone up to this week? I’m heading up to Bristol for the quilt show and Fiona Pullen’s book launch party in Exeter tomorrow. Sunday I’m hoping to head up to Cowslip Workshops for their fayre then it’s back to work on Monday.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Hannah.x

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Woodland Critters.. aka a Finish!

So… my entry for the West Country Quilt Show is complete and is currently winging it’s way to Bristol. Helen and I are heading up on the Friday for it- is anyone else going? I’m looking forward to a trip out!

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Please excuse the photos.. there was literally five minutes before we had to leave to catch the post office in case there was a manic queue (always!)

I was feeling quite proud of myself until I looked at the photos… at6am looks like I got overzealous with squaring it up but hey ho I started this a little less than a month ago- it’s all handsewn and despite my intentions.. it is not all hand quilted.

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i cheated the majority is machine quilted but using one of my snazzy new Perle #8 I did some hand quilting around the centre stars. Which I love… I wish I had time to do some in white around the next border but maybe when I get it back?! Think handquilting going to become another favourite thing of mine.

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The backing is one piece of a Red Rooster fabric I had picked up on a whim ages ago and it wasn’t until I was binding I noticed butterflies…. obviously when I bought it my brain zeroed in on the birds and ignored the butterflies. Argh good job it’s on the back right?! Butterflies and dolphins just don’t go there for me……..

And… guess what? It’s only another finish ticked up my FAL Q4 list πŸ™‚

Now to get prepping for my manic gift sewing fest this week. Happy sunday all looks like there is some sun today!

Hannah.x

 

WIP Wednesday.. still a little slow

Ok… there’s two things I have a deadline of next monday for and I’m hoping admitting it will give me the extra kick/speed to get to where I need to be!

First up… the quilt that’s being entered into the West Country Quilt Show. I decided to redo the middle (hedgehog) as I really didn’t like the orange/white bits… it worked fine in my head….

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A few more grey flurry border bits to finish then to fill it out with something brown and then onto the background… it will get done. Then it’s just the question of handquilting it… I’ve invested in some perle threads.

The other thing on my list is for the Liberty of London Swap from IG. Here is where I am currently……..

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Two wonky stars.. that may or may not be a sewing machine cover. I’m toying with the idea of adding a pocket to it so it can also be a mat when not in use. And some more bits up my sleeve to do.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.

Hannah.x

Sunday Stash…

This weekend is going by in a blur.. I kinda wish it was Friday already for the next one! Lots of visiting family and sadly brought work home to do which is giving me a headache.

Ah well…. but look what arrived yesterday!

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Isn’t it gorgeous- the lovely Rebecca at One Wee Bird helped me get these πŸ™‚ I love DS and can’t wait until payday to nab some of the Hadley line that is over here which I wouldn’t have seen yet if Kerry didn’t get there first.

Then on Friday as work was making me get grumpier by the second I drove out to my work quilt shop for some therapy………….

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Oops… but at least I was well behaved right? The foxes are going to make it into the EPP quilt that I’m currently working on which the deadline is fast creeping up..

I made up for it by being very naughty today on the Fabric Guild website… but I needed a treat after THREE hours of mind numbing data checking for work. Some of it though is to add to my Christmas Makes list.

Hope everyone is having a more relaxing weekend than me. Linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Hannah.x

A Little Progress

I can’t believe it is wednesday already! I’m slowly making progress on “Woodland Critters.” The embroidery centres are pieced….

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Just the rest to go… my aim was to get it pieced by the end of the week. Hmm might have to revise that esp since I’ve almost decided against appliqueing the finish piece but will rather epp the border…. One bonus of the wet windy weather is that I can’t go for a walk during lunchtime when at work.. so just sit in the car and stitch. Anything to get away from computer screens!

The husband is making me laugh… he saw these and went not another hexagon… to me I just see the stars mostly πŸ˜‰

Linking up with WIP Wednesdayand Anything goes Monday.

Hannah.x

 

 

Q4- The Finish A Long

Eek.. it’s that time again to come up withΒ  a Finish Along list and it’s the last one of 2014! Where has the time gone?? This week especially has been full of ups and downs as I’m still suffering from a silly virus and headaches which when combined with the day job of computers has completely knocked me out.

But I’ve managed to finish some embroidery last night and as I had nothing prepped to sew to the end of Strictly I made my list… and kinda wished I hadn’t! It’s scary even for me and most of it is stuff I have to do. I might have actually taken on too much but we will see. I am so looking forward to my two weeks off in November where I can knock off a few of these “C” makes.

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1. Woodland Critters Quilt- embroidery, EPP and handquilted! I’m new to embroidery really but it’s becoming a bit of an additction and I like to think I’m improving. The three there took me allllllll week and I’m so tempted to redo the owl and hedgehog but must resist. This has got to be finished by the end of the month…. as it’s being entered into the West Country Quilt Show.

2-4. The “Harper” Quilt, Oliver’s Playmat and Farry’s Quilt as seen here. Yup not much further on those…

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5. IG Mini Quilt Swap- I’m planning to use the teals/blues in top photo along with triangles and hexagons.

6. Little Quilts Swap- The Month of May Mini in top photo with squares and scalloped edges

7. Liberty of London Swap- some grey linen with rainbow liberty for a sewing machine cover and a teeny mini

8. From the Sew Cute to Cuddle book- planning a dragon (for nephew 1), a monkey for Nephew 2 and an owl for my niece.

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9. Finish my “C” inspired mini wallhanging with the Lilipopo girl embroidery. The girl is done I just have some plans to add a tree and border/quilt it.

10. Stocking for Nephew 2- with his name embroidered on top in linen.

11. Hexie Trees Christmas Table Runner thing.

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12. I still have these to do- some Sew Together bags as thank you gifts..

I also have this 30s repro mini to finish hand quilting. As well as sort out my “For the Love of Jane” Swap, “Handmade Ornaments” Swap a special Cat Quilt for a friend’s birthday, a bag or two… The list continues but all these will be “bonus” projects as I think I do have more than enough to be getting on with!

Let’s hope I feel ok this week… although I do have a work trip out of County for Pensions Reform 2015 Seminar…. the joys of the day job.

Phew I’ll see you sometime right?! Linking up with Katy over at The Littlest Thistle.

Hannah.x

Just a couple of new(ish) projects….

I know I know… there’s still a few quilts to finish off but I could not resist starting these….

A mini English Paper Pieced wallhanging.. slowly handquilting this one πŸ™‚

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A christmas project for me! A wallhanging eventually.. I’m embroidery the girl then hoping to team with hexagons and machine pieced patchwork. The pattern is by Lilipopo. Isn’t she adorable?

What is everyone else up to this week? Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Hannah.x

 

Sunday Stash…

Well it’s been payday around here so I couldn’t resist some small additions right?!…..

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Some lovely vintage fqs from Mary Emmens, Liberty Charm Pack and F8s from Duckegg Threads, some FQs from an IG Destash and I reallllllllly needed that 60 degree triangle ruler and isometric pad!P1110101

All of these are from Sew and Quilt πŸ™‚P1110102Then friday I went to my local quilt shop… big mistake look what I came away with!! The cats jumped in at the till… and I still need find time to read the new issue of Homespun.

I do have plans for all this really! And If you noticed on IG this morning the linen had been chopped and prepped for a spot of embroidery πŸ™‚

Happy sunday all! Linking up with Sunday Stash over at Molli Sparkles.

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Hannah.x

Sunday Stash…

I have no idea what I have done with this week apart from work and sleep. It’s not been a great one for me sewing wise with being constantly wiped out!

But.. look what has arrived this week!!

P1110075Over the summer I pattern tested for Elizabeth from Oh Fransson those cute hedgies and this week the most amazing thank you gift arrived! Printed patterns and a Kona Charm Pack. My hedgies are almost quilted… I’m still at the stage of deciding to live with what I’ve done or rip it all out and start again (the quilting that is!)

P1110076I also couldn’t resist these two bundles of vintagey goodness from Mary. Don’t they play well together? Hopefully… some point soon this will actually be a quilt for moi.

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Sneaky peek of what I am currently working on and hoping to link up with Le Challenge in time for this month…. Guess I better get back to it! And finally watching some more eps of the last season of Fringe whilst I’m at it.

How is everyone’s sunday stitching plans going? Linking up with Molli Sparkles…

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Hannah.x

WIP Wednesday…. busy busy busy

Eek wednesday already?? I’m losing track but here’s a peek of what I’m currently working on…….

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The Harper Quilt… for my almost six month old niece and the way it is going seriously tempted to keep it for myself! The hourglasses not sure now whether will suit it… plan was for it to be in the center of the filler blocks.

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Irish Chain for Farryn… the aqua background I’m still trying to love… think I’m mostly a white/snow kinda girl!

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Ollie’s Playmat- my nephew is just over a week and half old already! And ever so cute πŸ™‚ Sea themed playmat for him with his name pieced on the back.

What is everyone working on? Linking up with…..

Hannah.x