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..

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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!

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

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend 🙂

Hannah.x

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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.

Hannah.x

Eek it’s March..

… I am still here and thought it’s about time I provided you with an update!

It’s been rather busy between work, family stuff and everyone laden with viruses but I have slowly been sewing… even though sometimes I wanted to throw the machine out of the window for misbehaving.Centre Triangles Hexagon

This is one of my favourite things at the moment! Trianges and hexies 🙂 It’s my centre for a Round Robin bee but I definitely see a proper quilt coming like it soon!Churndash Block Stacked Rainbow Block

Some bee blocks (Churn Dash and Stacked Rainbows) for the Fat Stash Uk beeHexiefriends EPP flowers

And to complete my hexie craze I’ve joined in with the #hexiefriends phenomena on Instagram where you swap a flower with each other and the centre has your name and location. How cool will that be??

I’ve a few more things to show.. so later this week when I feel a bit more on top of things.

Hannah.x

Angles and the IGMini Swap

Isn’t it interesting how different our brains work? How something one way your brain can’t cope with very well turn it around and it’s something you instantly love! This happened to me on the IGMini Swap.

A month ago I received a customs demand for over £20 for something from the USA. This did not happen at a good time being almost Christmas etc but it turned out it was my IGMini! I waited til payday before paying the ransom and then it arrived…

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (2)

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (3)Look at all those goodies and 30s fabrics! Normally I’m not a sampler person but I just loved the look of this and that’s the way it will be going on my wall. Once I fiddle with the hanging tab- the creator the lovely SewAggie originally intended it to be hung with those lone squares at the top but to my brain it is more appealing to have the pattern dance from left to right and I just love the fact there are hexies in there!

IG Mini Swap 30s repro mini sampler (1)And… just look at that quilting! Superb!

IG Mini Swap EPP Diamonds (2)My partner was barely on Instagram and didn’t give much away in clues mostly that she liked blue. She had already done a few patterns I had in mind so in the end I decided on EPP some diamonds in a rotating star pattern. I spent ages dithering over the binding and as I was too scared to try an invisible binding with all those edges I opted for a normal one. Which now to me it detracts from the design a little too much! It is slightly handquilted in the centre and the rest machine quilted.

I FMQ the hell out of that basket there too 🙂 Plus it’s one more thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list!

I now need to spend some time fiddling with minis on the wall- how do you do yours? I’ve tried some tape but it keeps falling down and wary of pushpins as they will leave holes in the fabric.

Hannah.x

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 🙂 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

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 🙂

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

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 😉

Linking up with WIP Wednesdayand Anything goes Monday.

Hannah.x

 

 

Bee Blocks!

Phew I knew July was going to be a busy month between finishing my festival of quilts submission and deadlines at work but it ran on until august.. then September. I finally found and opened all the bee post I received for two  Flickr bees i was “Queen” in July today.

First up…. I chose 30s repros as my theme for the I Love Lucy Bee- aren’t they lovely?

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The other bee… is Fat Stash Bee and I chose loosely cat themed, granny squares and cat blocks… isn’t everyone creative! The aim is to turn this into a quilt for a friend….P1110095 P1110096 P1110097

Can you tell my favourites?? Seriously love Nikki’s Foundation Pieced Cat and the applique ones 🙂

I’m really not loving Flickr at the moment.. since the app update I can’t access group discussions or Flickr mail! Considering I spend my working week on the computer (with two screens) I really can’t face going on it at home nor can my poor phone cope with the internet version…

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.

Hannah.x

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross… up to date!

Right earlier in the year I mentioned this epp bee I was a part of… sewing honeycombs for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses block.. I don’t think I’ve shown much of what I’ve done so here goes and in no particular order… as I just finished September today so woohoo all caught up 🙂

August September May February June LBPC April

 

And oh look I found my post from being Queen Bee in July for two bees 🙂 Fun time to open tomorrow and share!

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If you would like to see more Lucy blocks pop on over to Jan’s blog as I am constantly in awe of her fussycutting skills.

Hannah.x