14 August, 2014

Stuck in a rut

Wow, I can't quite believe that we've only got 2.5 weeks left of the 8 week holidays.  I apologise for being so quiet but we've been busy.  Did I tell you we adopted two kittens ???  We went to visit my parents and to see the new puppy...their dogs were barking their heads off at the small wood store container and then DS shouted, Mum there's kittens here !!!! Abandoned by their mum we ended up taking two of the five we saw home, we think they were about 5 weeks old.  From feral starving hungry kitties to house trained, happy to be smoothed, cuddled little purr monsters in about 3 days.

 So Elsa and Olaf (yes we're a frozen household) have joined the kitty population and all 4 kitties are happily co-existing and causing havoc in the kitty hammock (quilt frame) this week we're going to continue putting them in the garden a bit as in 2 weeks, we have another addition arriving :)

Trip to UK with the kids and mum, including my day trip to Fat Quarterly. I'm not posting about it much as tbh, i've missed the boat and I'm fed up of FQR posts and I'm sure you don't need another one lol... but I'm really pleased that 2 of the 3 classes have resulted in 2 finished projects and not more WIP's.  The little knot wall hanging was a quick finish and I think an ideal project for children. Amelia has started one with black background so her threads pop.
And a flimsy finish of my HST quilt, I really enjoyed this one.  I have an club expo in July 2015 which this probably needs to be at, although it would make a perfect Siblings Together quilt.  It might get sent late :) So that's now on my to quilt list after school starts.
We've have slightly dodgy weather in France, boiling hot and then much colder and cloudy, so days at the lake, games outside, sewing outside and can I say loom bands by the thousands. I will be so pleased when this craze finishes lol... Big event was DS's 10th birthday and I made two cakes this year.  One chocolate fudge coated 3 colour cake and a 6 layer rainbow cake. With two weeks left to go, we've got doctors appointments, hopefully a weekend away and our new arrival. 
Sewing/quilting has gone out the window for the moment.  I just can't be naffed again, I see patterns or look at magazines and think ahh yes nice but nothing's really *I have to make this now* since FQR I really have been thinking I need to take some time to reflect why I quilt, why I started and where I want to head in the future.  Two stuck in the rut periods in the last 6 months are not good. My favourite thing was making the flashing Christmas quilt, maybe I need to investigate that further and step out of the comfort zone. Patchwork club is making me find handwork projects and is taking up a fair amount of time, perhaps I need to concentrate on that this year and not making things for me. hmmm actually putting out that I don't actually know WTF i'm doing and what I've been inwardly reflecting is quite scary.

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18 July, 2014

Fat Quarterly 2014

I'm a bit late to the link up party as I've been in the UK since Sunday but shopping,entertaining children and a big trip to legoland Windsor have sorta delayed my post. So I blog at Pippa's patch and am coming to fqr14 just for the Saturday.

I generally look like this but have had the wild woman of Borneo look tamed now but please don't be shy, I love meeting new quilters.

I'll be sporting this name tag made by Birgit.
My quilting usually is simple quilts, lots of bags lately and with a techie family perhaps some lights may appear in my wallhanging and quilts.
I'm in knots, six pointed stars and large HSTs. Also have three siblings quilts to hand over and am in all the swops. So if you see me around (I am very large to miss) please say hi....
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06 July, 2014

Primary Bee, June block

It's Amelia's turn again to post.

@sixmunchkinstitching its on its way to you today, hope Rachel likes it

The block for June was a churn dash. She wanted blue and purple fabrics. I hope she likes it when she gets it. I liked making this one cos it was easy and fairly quick to make.


Vacances is French for holidays and yes our school holidays have started with a bang on Friday evening. We sat and watched the footie, not the result we'd hoped for but makes it easier for me to be taking the kids away to England on World Cup Final day lol...

Look how much they've grown, matured and learnt so much this school year. #firstday and #lastday of school 2013/2014
This is a piccie of my kids, one whole school year on, they seem to have matured and grown so much taller and slimmer this year, Amelia is a proper girl now and not so much my baby with bossiness :)

My parents new puppy, rescued pup as found at side of road outside dogs home only 6 weeks.....
Saturday was all excitement as my parents got a new puppy so there were tears at bedtime when my hubby refused to get Amelia one and even the possibility of another labrador at some point would not placate her.

@fatquarterly sample swops finished, 2 owls and one fox. All prepped and packed for #fqr14 now
Here's my mug rugs for sample swops at Fat Quarterly Retreat, I machine embroidered them and then quilted with some Aurifil 50wt and while watching Wimbledon final this afternoon i've sewed all the binding on and they are all packed up with my other stuff. I have to sew 3 labels on the Siblings quilts before a week Saturday :)

I'm feeling fairly organised in that I have all my class stuff, Fugly and swop stuff all done, labeled and packed :) now just to sort out clothes, passports and stuff to keep the kids quiet on the journey. We leave next Sunday so I might be quiet for a few days especially as I'm ferrying around children to kids clubs and swimming during the hols.

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30 June, 2014

Nearly Summer

Yes, it's very nearly summer and it's the last week of school for us. Saturday is the start of an eight week holiday, there will be swimming, sunbathing, reading, 10 days in Uk and lots of summer school days and sporty bits. Summer means picnics, eating outside, bbq's and for the children lots of bike rides.

When back in May I signed up for a fabric postcard swop with the theme of summer. I was pretty scared especially as it's my first swop. I machine embroidered a very appropriate sunbonnet sue.
Summer postcard swop
She's got her baguette in her bike basket and ohhh doesn't the Eiffel Tower look fabulous.  She was then posted out across the atlantic to America :)

While the machine was out I decided to get on and make my Fat Quarterly name tag. I was really excited when I saw it was Sonia from Fabrics & Flowers UK as I remembered seeing a embroidery pattern of a flower with fabrics pieces dotted around it. Some searching later, some bright thread choices and it was soon finished.
it's for Sonia

Wrapped up
FQR Name tag
popped in the post and impressively in UK within 2 days :o)

I'm waiting for my tag soon but will show you piccies as soon as I receive it.  I did however receive not one but two postcards from my Summer swop.

I was really excited when the postman handed over my *it's a very beautiful postcard* its bright and zingy and reminds me of the tropical fish we had in a tank as a child.  Then today I received a thank you card with another postcard.  Amy had made me one for my birthday and it looks as if it got lost along the way but all received and happily stuck on my sewing room wall :)

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17 June, 2014

All quiet on the western front

ahhh yes, it's all quiet here once more, it's been a manic couple of weeks, with lots of paperwork to catch up on, vat returns, year end, tax forms GRRRR and then the weather has been pretty wonderful, high 20's (29-30 on some days) and quite often just too hot to do anything except sit in the jacuzzi or pool. We're having a couple of days respite though and it's gearing back up from Friday onwards for a sweltering weekend and into next week, so I'm sewing while I can.

here are some piccies of what I've been upto
Let me introduce you to Katy my new sewing buddy tutorial by shanniloves.com  was thinking perhaps for @fatquarterly swop ??? #thoughts
I made this really cute sewing buddy from Shanni Loves it can also be used as a TV remote control holder,so I've spent tonight translating the tutorial into french for the patchwork ladies tomorrow. They all love owls, what's not to love :)

Playroom chair reupholstered for 3rd time, this time a bit more batting and some IKEA washable oilcloth stuff so fingers crossed it'll stay stain free
A quick 10 minutes with the staple gun reupholstered the kids playroom chair, this time with washable oilcloth, so pens and stains can hopefully just be wiped off.

Today I have made myself a new mug rug prototyping for possible #fqr14  sample swop

this foxy mug rug was appliqued on with my embroidery machine and is a prototype for the sample swop at Fat Quarterly retreat, I'm going to make an owl one and one or two foxes, suitable backing fabric has been ordered and hopefully by next week will be well on the way to being finished.

First swim in Nana and gramps pool this year
this kids have been occupied in my parents pool (this was taken about 6pm) and we've been enjoying catching up, they're here now for the summer so fingers crossed we get a nice hot one this year :)

#fqr14 name tag finished, it'll be going in post tomorrow and only @theoriginaltrash and I know where :) #hopeyoulikeit
Yesterday, my mission was to get my name tag swop for Fat Quarterly retreat finished, I'd made the lanyard late last week and just got down to making the tag, it's so awkward to get tidy edges when it's 3.5" square :( I hope my partner likes it and when it's received i'll show you more than the sneak peak lol :)

One down one to go, teachers gift thanks to @gogokim Fab tutorial with a cheesy poem about teachers lol

finally for tonight, yes I know that's quite enough, I always make teachers presents for the end of school year and at Christmas, after all they've looked after and taught my kids more hours in the year than I have probably, I know it's their job and they are paid to do it but I still think it's nice to show our appreciation of the work they do. I knew as soon as I saw kim's boxes for Sara@sewsweetness quilt market booth that it would be perfect for the teachers. I gently reminded Kim that she'd promised a tutorial on the fab fabric butterflies and Here it is. DD and I went shopping for a suitable box and chose fabrics. The poem is a slightly corny one about how the teacher is kind, gentle, beautiful like a princess (lol...so not correct) but there is a line about dressing like a butterfly (wtf??/) so it's appropriate and they do have good hearts like the poem says.
DD decided the box needed some pink and purple stamped flying insects, there are butterflies, what looks like a bee and others. Now to get DS to get his stamping hat on (god help me and the finished project) and wrap those beauties up ;)

I also have a flimsy finish but that can wait for another day, I'm off to bed now as I'm STILL waiting for my fat quarterly class list (lots of others have had theirs) and you know how patient I am... NOT so if i'm asleep I can't be pressing refresh on my email all night lol....

Happy Stitching
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03 June, 2014

Bit late to Fresh sewing day party

Yes I'm late to May's sewing day
Lily's Quilts
and I'm even more shocked by what I've actually got done in May. I feel quite exhausted looking at it to be honest, no wonder June is going to be paperwork catch up and Fat Quarterly retreat prep. I'm also now 2 months behind on my cross stitch sampler so really need to find time to get that done and I'm  in a postcard swop that needs to go in the post by the 14th June at the very latest.

Two quilts were quilted and bound ready to take to UK and donate to Siblings together. There was a fun final Euro Siblings quilt block, It seems that it might be the last block we make for the bee, unless a group of us can get together with some other euro's to makeup the numbers, is anyone interested ??
I finally made my mind up on the selvedge cushion to be or not to be and teamed it with some New York Beauty blocks to make  a cute wallhanging for my sewing room, a FAL WIP too so double win :)
A complete gingerbread house was constructed, decorated, destroyed and consumed.
I made a cute little hexi bag which I must try and remember to blog about this week and a pen basket that was going to be a teachers gift but i'm really not sure about it, currently dossed in a cupboard lol 
My Nested churn dash quilt also just slips into May by the skin of it's teeth. It was made in a week from start to finish so a lovely end to May, which brought me into my 39th year.... I'm climbing up to the summit of that hill and will be rolling down it next year ;(
Linking up to Lily's Quilts

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