Monday, 7 May 2018

A Charmed Weekend

This weekend, I headed up to Birmingham (about 3 and a bit hours by train) for Charmed 20. This was a Charmed convention, in honour of it being 20 years since the TV show started. I have never been to  a convention before, but have loved Charmed for years (not quite 20 though!) so it was a bit of a dream come true.

Over 2 days, myself and my friend Katie (who I'm pretty sure introduced me to Charmed) had photos and autographs with a few key characters from Charmed. We also sat through a few talks, which involved the Macarena, Brian Krause (Leo) being traumatised by a shower scene with Holly Marie Combs (Piper) and a few other amusing things.

I managed to get a picture with Holly, Brian & Drew Fuller (Chris - Piper & Leo's son). I also got autographs from Holly & Drew, as well as from Jennifer Rhodes (Grams) - who hadn't really changed; and Dorian Gregory (Darryl):

Of course I had to treat myself to a couple of nice things; a rather cool mug:

And a replica Book of Shadows - it's so detailed!!!

On the Sunday, we had a bit of time to kill before a talk, so we went for a walk in a local park near the venue. There were swan boats, a mini golf course (with fountain and waterfall) as well as a mini train and bouncy castle slide! Such a fun park! We also had to get some ice cream (of course!)

Oh, and I also managed to work a bit more on the cross-stitch:

All in all, it was an amazing weekend; one that I'm very glad I was able to take part in!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

IHSW April 2018

How quickly a month goes by! Last weekend was the lovely hermitting (IHSW - International Hermit & Stitch Weekend) weekend. It fell at the end of my first week back to work, so was a great thing to look forward to!

I didn't hermit as much as usual - I spent about 4 and a half hours in work on Saturday revising with my year 13s, as their IB exams start next week!

I did make some progress on my newest Thomas Kinkade Disney piece - almost got to the bottom of the design!

Saturday evening:

Sunday afternoon:
(I forgot to remove the hoop in my eagerness to get the picture done!)

Check in at the lovely Joysze's blog for the next IHSW - May 18th-20th

Thursday, 12 April 2018

FnWf April 2018 check-in

I managed to remember to sign up and join in with Cheryll and everyone else this month. Pop over here to check in to see what everyone else got up to.

I decided to try to make a dent in my material pile. I ended up cutting lots of 9 inch squares from this beautiful material (it turns out it is so easy to cut very big squares from fat quarters! And fast!)

Husband's parents then arrived, which put a pause on my FnWf. However, now we rent a lovely house, once they went to bed I still had space to do some sewing work.

So I cut 72 dark blue squares from a metre or so of fabric - turns out that that is not as easy to do!

I now need to neaten up the pile on the left (and, of course, it's the bigger pile!). Looking forward to starting to sew this together. Got some excess to make some scrappy binding as well (unless I keep it to make some nice pattern weights)...

Earlier in the day, I did some 'crafting' of a different kind - a revision sheet for my sixth formers. Had to share as it is so neat!!! Will end up laminating it so I can keep it.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Addicted to Material

So I took 'stock' of the material I have recently added to my's been a material fest this past month or so! I now need to do something with it!

So I bought the following at Duxford Quilting Show:

 You can't quite tell, but the gold, silver and blue are glittery and are to finish some mug mats

 This is a little kit to try out some EPP (because I don't have enough to do)

This material will be for a lap quilt or similar

I also decided it was time to make myself an Advent Calendar - I've been on the lookout for one I love for a while and this won me over!

In addition to this, big sister sent me a parcel of goodies to cheer me up as I worked my way through A LOT of marking (almost 200 exam papers all in in the end)

The material is left over from a quilt she is making me; I will probably make some nice cushions with it.

There is even more in my stash, but I have blogged about it before! On the brightside, most of the stash has set projects. On the downside, most projects will need some more material to finish them off.

Ah well!

Friday, 6 April 2018

OPAM 2018 March Check In

Only a week late - here is my check-in for OPAM, run by Kris and Peg!

I have managed a finish for March; a baby quilt for two work friends (and their baby!)

I found the front material months ago and was really glad to have an excuse to buy it - it is called Doodle Days.

Really love the backing; not my usual patterned backing but a fun colour nonetheless.

Another bonus - it was finished on time for the baby's arrival!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Duxford Spring Quilting Show

In beautiful spring weather (!), I went to the Spring Quilting Show with my friend Hannah - about 4 weeks ago now. Snowy picture was taken the night before!

Due to the weather, it wasn't heaving with people, but it was busy and bustling and a great way to spend a morning.

Here are some of the quilts we admired at the show:

Postcard from Devon by Brenda Thomas

Layers of Polperro by Brenda Thomas

Kingsand by Brenda Thomas

Moor to Sea by Brenda Thomas - I loved the layers in this one

Heart of the Alps by Mike Fitchett - I felt this was thematically appropriate for the weather! And just stunning

A series of works by Gillian Travis - we actually spoke to her for a little while about her technique. All of these designs were breathtaking. I think my favourite were the cardigans!

Fireworks by Linda Jackson

Changed My Mind, Again by Lynda Jackson - so many beautiful quilting techniques

Funky Flowers by Roz Rossiter

Radiance Challenge: Tension Challenge by The Longarm Learning Curve

No Bees, No Honey and Don't Just Talk About It, BEE About it by Juliana Teixeira

Feeding on Nectar 1 & 2 by Patricia Marson

A Charmed Weekend

This weekend, I headed up to Birmingham (about 3 and a bit hours by train) for Charmed 20. This was a Charmed convention, in honour of it be...