2014 Reflections

I can hardly believe that today is the last day of 2014 it hardly seems like it! This year has been a bit of a rollercoaster- there’s been two additions to the family (a niece and a nephew). Dayjob wise I became a line manager, nominated for an “unsung hero” award and precariously balanced deadline after deadline. Then it’s the sewing… gifts, commissions and my first entry into Festival of Quilts! Topped off with meeting some online friends for the first time in my trip to the midlands in August πŸ™‚


I’ve made a lot of things but I haven’t actually kept a tally/list maybe 2015 though… I must say that this quilt I did for the #littlequiltsswap is one of my favourites. Maybe as it’s called Fans of May and I’m a May baby..

Fans of May LittleQuilts

Yes I know it’s not normally me but just look at it πŸ™‚ Blog post on this and what I received soon!

It’s no wonder looking back I started to feel burn out a couple of months ago especially when sewing started to feel like a chore with my constant to do list. I worry too much and it is important to give yourself time to unwind and relax. 2015 I hope to achieve a bit more of a balance between work, sewing and myself especially since I’ve got a fair few things in the pipeline! Reading and baking tends to help me but I’ve done so little baking this year.

However I have managed to reach the goal of reading 52 books this year! The challenge is continuing on into 2015 so if you fancy trying it just take a peek at the Facebook page here.


Hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve see you in 2015! I’m planning on spending tonight with a long term epp wip that I started this time last year and plotting my Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt πŸ™‚


Happy Holidays

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and enjoying some time off! As usual I was still finishing off a couple of gifts right up til boxing day ooops.

This is the quickest quilt I ever made… technically the border and backing fabric (the same blue fleur de lils) did not arrive until Monday. I’m so in love with that fabric think I need to order more to turn into a dress but which dress??


I knew there was a reason I never tried a panel before… the quilting is awful. I tried bobbinline for the first time so not sure if it was that or tension issues combined with my poor basting skills but it was a struggle getting it through the machine stitches were off and weird.

But… the recipient loved it! A 26 year old eeyore mad sister in law πŸ™‚ I even finishedΒ  a parisian themed sew together bag for the mother in law.. sadly considering it was finished ten minutes after we needed to leave for boxing day lunch the photos turned fuzzy.


Sunday Stash: It’s all about the Vintage….

Lately my fabric drooling habits has slowly been shifting as I find a bit more “me” in my choices and what I choose to create. When I starting collecting fabric I did not have a clue so ended up in the beginning with a lot of cutesy one off novelty prints and polycottons. A lot of which I’ve slowly been shifting but if anyone wants any of those…. πŸ˜‰

Using and collecting 30s repros fabrics I inevitably made the jump into vintage and aren’t these gorgeous new additions to my stash?


I seriously love the blue and red sheets, it might be one of those I keep to stroke forever…. or I might wait until the perfect quilt to back it with πŸ™‚

P1100495More of my fave bits here! And if you fancy scoring some of these take a look at Sew And Quilt and Mary Emmens’ shop for more vintagey goodness.

P1100497I also have these…. clothes. One of which mine the others acquired at a car boot. All freshly washed ready to be turned into something… I’m sure it will come to me eventually!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles: Sunday Stash.

Molli Sparkles
Happy stitching. Hannah.x

I’m still here!

Phew that has been one busy week. Manic work schedule and mostly full of cold still but I have managed to get some bits done…

UKBA Border Bee

Finally finished my border on Wendy’s quilt for the UK Border Agency Bee. This is the last border and it will be going back home to Wendy! It has been a trial coming up with something as each idea I tried refused to work so in the end I incorporate a few ideas. Needle turn applique, squares and flying geese. Just hope Wendy likes it!

Dresden Platess EPP

Finished piecing (epp) the chrysanthemum that is going to be part of my table centre piece. Now what to add to my quilting on the go box?!


Jelly Roll Progress

Close Up Heart Block

Dug out some WIP blocks from the Cabbages and Roses Jelly Roll quilt I started many many many months ago! It should hopefully be finished in time for Christmas to gift to a sibling (in theory).

Ready to Play Blocks

And today.. been plotting and cutting out some blocks. One for the Jelly Roll quilt, another to go as part of a friend’s birthday present (deadline end of November!) and the final one to be a centre of a quilt for me. The other blocks are going to be based on a Farmers’ Wife block and with the help of my fellow Bee Europa members it should be ticked off quickly!

Hope everyone is having a good sunday? Don’t worry there are plenty more Come Quilt With Me posts coming up very soon!


Beadsoup Party…. 27th April!

Well.. with just under a week to go until the 3rd reveal of Lori’s Beadsoup party I’m in I thought I’d better introduce you to my partner!

So meet Kokopelli Design..


Click it and you head straight on over! You won’t be disappointed lots of lovely inspiring posts to drool over!

Finally to reveal the soup(s) I’ve sent… unfortunately (thank you Royal Mail!!!) my first soup got lost somewhere between the UK and Germany.

So whereever you are Soup One you shall be missed…

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But I do think the second soup I sent is one of my favourites! Everything cried out to go….. and it made Germany in record time!

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And oh… have you seen the new addition to the shop yet? A fully functional cat watch necklace. Go.. Go.. Go.. Limited stock!

Cat Necklace

Next time you might see my finished quilt!



Not been up to much over the weekend apart from studying and patchwork…

Huge to do list and not much time but I’ve made progress on two of the block bee/swaps I’m in.

First up a completed 9 patch for the Quilt Together over on the Popular Patchwork forum. I hope it looks alright?! Just ignore the couple of quirky imperfections or I will have to redo…


My swap partner over in France specified soft reds and creams- hopefully delivers?!

Next up is two out of five blocks from the Hexy Hive on the 4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee on Flickr




The idea is to make the same block but five times in each others specified colours and swap. The top one is tangerine, lemon yellow, lime with a background of medium grey or coal.

The bottom one, navy, pink, green with a background of white.

I’m hoping I’ve caught the colourways right all I need to do is sort out the background and some other hexy applique I think. I’m calling this my wonky version of the hexy logcabin.

Last but not least is an idea for my next (yes another!) project. It’s going to be a blanket for a moses basket. Just need work out sizes and whether fleece backing or thin wadding and cotton backing.Β (Any help here will be appreciated πŸ™‚ )


Sorry for the fuzzy photo but the light was going- brief pink and cream with a vintage style feel. That’s my rough pattern sketch I think πŸ™‚