Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Seaside Start

I finally got an excuse to buy some really lovely pirate/seaside material! A colleague and his wife are expecting their first baby, so of course I have to make them a quilt!


I found a lovely pinwheel block on Pinterest, and decided to use that for this quilt. I didn't have filler fabric to do a traditional pinwheel quilt, so out came the pencil and the rubber, and some amazing coloured pens!




I spent about 2 or 3 hours planning this out, and have tweaked some combinations since doing the original pattern!

This weekend, alongside supervising the Year 11 Prom, having a meal with one set of friends, and going swimming with another good friend, I have managed to get all my big blocks, rectangles and little squares cut out and ready to go!





Please note the notepad - there to carefully track how many of each size block for each pattern I needed! Makes the disappearing nine patch seem far easier now! I also think I'm becoming much more particular with how I lay things out and how I prepare a quilt (not that I wasn't particular before, but I think I'm getting worse!).

In none sewing updates; last weekend I had a bit of an explore of Cambourne whilst Darren had a course there. It's a new build village (there's quite a few down here). It was absolutely gorgeous, and the really hot weekend helped show it off - and also helped me get burnt.




I have also been marking coursework and exams in work for my year 12s - that's mostly all done now, but has kept me away from the sewing a little (mainly because I have felt too guilty to sew in the evening when I had work I should have been doing).


But I did manage to find time on Friday to have a clearout of a lot of resources - I have a rule for home and work clearouts; if I haven't used it for a year, it needs to go. If it's presence surprises me, it definitely has to go! It's awful how much paper I will be clearing out, but at least it will be recycled!


Thank you for reading yet another long post - hopefully there will be more quilt updates during the week! To finish, here is a lovely sunset (well I thought it was anyway) from my bedroom window! Have a lovely week all.


Friday, 9 June 2017

A Bit of a Catch-Up

Hello! I have been shockingly remiss at posting this past month; although I have been taking lots of pictures ready for the blog. Looking forward to catching up on all your lovely blogs too!

It's going to be a bit of a pictureful and chatty post, but I hope you enjoy!

Going back about a month ago, the lovely Lin from St Victor Quilts sent me a gorgeous parcel due to her blogaversary give away. I love getting post, and it had a bag of lavender in it, which I could smell before opening the parcel.

Look how lovely it all looked wrapped up!


Upon very careful opening, I found lots of lovely things! A beautiful sewing pouch containing some different threads and a very neat needle pod (with needles); some beautiful material (I didn't get a good picture of this) that coordinates so well with the thread; and a beautiful wall hanging, that is yet to go up but I think I have the perfect spot for it. I just need to work out a lovely thing to make with the material - I'm sure it will come to me!


Thank you so much again Lin - I feel very lucky!

Last weekend, one of my closest friends from university, Becky, and her husband Martin came to stay. They'd never been to Cambridge before, and it put on a good show and was gorgeous and sunny for their visit. We walked into the city centre, and I showed them a fair few of the colleges; unfortunately most weren't open to the public that day, but we sat in the grounds of one and enjoyed watching people punting (with varying degrees of success!). It was a really lovely day, and it was nice to show off Cambridge - although I think I need to work on my tour guiding!





I haven't been sewing as much as I would like, but I have managed to finish one page of the cross stitch pattern! I even got to use some shimmery thread in a tweed effect, and it looks lovely (can't quite catch it on camera).


That corner of the cross-stitch suddenly feels much more solid, and weighty if that makes sense? So pleased with how it's looking!


I chose to carry on with the top right corner - basically because the pattern for that is on the back of the pattern of the corner I have just finished! Keep working on the sunset in the evenings, and getting distracted by the non-sewing sunsets going on around me! Here's a bit of a before and after:



Planning to do some sewing this weekend, but not sure if it will be cross-stitch or something else...

In another bit of exciting (for me) news, I got myself a lovely little car! And we have managed to get some Yankee Candle into Claudia the Cleo! Already loving the freedom (we managed to go to Aldi for food shopping - how exciting!!!); I definitely think Claudia will help with the sewing habit too! I made sure there was plenty of boot space for material...


I think I'll leave it here for now! Thank you if you made it to the end!