Slow Blogging

Slow blogging time again

Hello there!

I am just back from a lovely (mostly) relaxing holiday in Sussex.  We stayed here, did lots of walking,


Daisy atop Ditchling Beacon

a good bit of relaxing,


and a little bit of stitching...


The week was only marred slightly by the little pug expiring in a big cloud of white smoke :(


 R.I.P. Puggy, you will be missed.

 Linking up with the slow bloggers linky hosted this month by Collette.

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Quilter know thyself

Wow, it's been a while since I posted! Alex and Daisy have been in the wars a bit lately and there have been a variety of trips to vets and hospitals and doctors to contend with.



Daisy is all fixed up (minus a few patches of fur) and Alex is getting there (he was knocked off his bike on the way into work 2 weeks ago by some bonehead in a BMW).

So there has been a little bit of crafting, not much, but a bit.

Firstly I made the blandest, most un-me quilt ever.  Thank goodness I regained full control of my senses before proceeding to queen size as per the PLAN.

Want to see it?


Flat, lifeless, boring... yes... but at least it is done!


It doesn't seem to matter how old I get, I still seem to keep making these kind of errors of judgement.  It is fine to admire and appreciate other peoples work, but before leaping straight in and embarking on the same project myself I REALLY need to stop and think!

Would I buy this from a shop?

Will it fit our style and decor?

Will I enjoy making it?

Truthfully I could not answer yes to even one of these questions in relation to the city sampler quilt AND I had already made pretty much the same blinding error of judgement with the farmers wife quilt, so why was I so keen to get stuck in? Who knows?! What I do know is that I am going to try to take a more considered approach in the future, and to that end an aide memoir:


I used those pesky FW blocks and this easy tutorial to make a lovely bag/basket/bucket :)


I actually really like the blocks all smooshed together without any sashing, such a fun project, useful too (more on the contents in bottom left photo another day...)!

A Quick check-in to say... Amish with a Twist II is finished!



Better photos to follow... it is enormous (about 2.5m square) so I think I will need some help to photograph the whole thing!

I am linking up to the slow bloggers linky over at Catherine's...

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Binding this quilt really was a slow process as I kept falling asleep underneath it! It is definately a cosy quilt!

I will write a bit more when I have some decent pictures to show, I am just happy to be able to share a finish for now :)

Slow blogging... first edition for 2014

So almost seven weeks into 2014 and what do I have to share?  As is typical for me, not a great deal!

After reading this post on Alison's blog I rounded up some of my orphan blocks and a few odds and ends from the scrap bin and put together these blocks:

...a bit of a whacky assortment but great fun to do, and a great use of fabric and wadding that was to all intents and purposes "waste".  Hopefully you are all joining in too, and Alison will be able to donate a good number of quilts to the orphanage in Mexico City.

Also in the spirit of using up scraps I made this box pouch to hold all my larger sizes of circular knitting needles.


I used this tutorial from Pink Stitches which was easy to follow and worked out well; my lining did turn out a bit baggier that I would have liked but that could easily be adjusted if I make another.


(by the way, sorry for the terrible background in these photos!)

Following on from the post in which I set out my goals for the year, I have made good progress with the yarn destash, I have sold some stuff via ravelry and found a few potential projects for the yarns I am keeping.

I have also made a start on the City Sampler quilt, 15 blocks done so far.

I am linking up with with the Slow Bloggers Linky over at Moira's...


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Still Swooning...

This summer seems to be flying by. I have managed to fit in a bit of sewing since I posted here last, plugging away on the swoon blocks ...





I love the way it's looking so far! I have backing fabric and wadding on order and just need to decide how to quilt it. I am thinking of either vertical straight lines or having a go at machine quilting a baptist fan pattern similar to Camille's original swoon.

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Linking up with the slow bloggers linky for July-August over at Celtic Thistle Stitches :)

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Slow blogging... June - July

I have come to realise that I am never going to be a regular blogger, and having stumbled across the Slow Blog Manifesto over at Catherine's I thought it would be good for me to join in (that equals at least one post a month, right?!).

So here goes...

...quite a productive month by my standards.  I made a bag, started a swoon quilt and completed my BOM blocks for July.

I am linking up with with the Slow Bloggers Linky over at Martha's...


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