Archive for August, 2012

One Step Closer

Well we are back from camping and what an eventful few weeks it’s been. The night before we were supposed to be leaving Pluto decided to dislocate his knee on his “good” back leg, which meant an early trip to the vets the following morning and then a holiday destination change for Pluto. My lovely Mum let Pluto have a staycation at her house so that we could still have a few days away (Thank you Mummy!). Camping consisted of excited monsters shouting, lots of rain and lots of sausages. The monsters had a great time but unfortunately we had to come home a day early as Monster no1 was feeling ill. The tent was a success and we will definitely be going again, hopefully with Pluto.

Since being back I’ve managed to buckle down and finish my second quilt, Country Garden, for the exhibition. Both quilts are now photographed and washed so I just need to attach the sleeves. I’m really pleased with how Country Garden turned out. The bright green Polka dot back and pink Candy Stripe binding work really well with all the bright colours in the patchwork. This quilt is a 51″ square and will be for sale at the exhibition (a percentage of the sale goes to the Heart of Kent Hospice). If you are interested in purchasing this quilt please comment on this post or contact me using the form on the blog.

Country Garden £260Sold

It took me a long time to decide how I was going to quilt this, I spent quite a while just staring at it thinking (it takes a lot of effort you know!). I have always played it safe and worked with straight lines when quilting in the past but wanted to push myself and try something new so decided to go with a few curves. Also I really didn’t want to over quilt it; I thought it would end up looking too busy and spoil the floral top. In the end I settled for quilting a large, simple, line drawing of a flower. I drew the centre and first four petals and gradually built it up from there, I used a variegated green thread, I thought it would blend in well so that the design would only stand out in certain lights. I’m glad I tried something new, it was just want the quilt needed, don’t you think?

Are you going to the HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show? If you are let me know if you see my quilts (29 and 30), if you are entering the exhibition as well let me know as I would love to see your quilts too!

I feel like now these are done I have a quilt shaped hole in my life, I am going to spend the next day or two planning my next projects, I’ve got lots of things on my todo list and in the back of my mind a dirty “C” word keeps popping up – Yup CHRISTMAS. Has anyone else started thinking about Christmas makes yet? I can’t even begin to decide on which scrummy fabrics I want to play with, I do know Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas will be on my list, you can get it now here at The Village Haberdashery!

A quick Catch up

Hi, hope you are all enjoying a sunny Saturday. I would like to be enjoying the sunshine today but instead I’m packing. We are off on our first family camping trip, I’m a complete newbie to all this but luckily Super Husband is a seasoned pro so we should be ok (I hope!).

I think I nearly have everything sorted, I guess I will know for sure when we get there, Ha! I’ve tried really hard to pack light, something I struggle with, I even managed to cut down to only 4 pairs of shoes including my Wellies 🙂

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This was the state of my bed last night as I was busy cutting down. I eventually managed to get, mine, Sean and the boys clothes all in one bag, just call me the Queen of traveling light lol.

Before I could even think about packing I had to get Monster no1s quilt finished as he was desperate to take it away with him. I’m also entering it into the Quilt Exhibition at the end of the month. It’s made from Aneela Hoey Sherbet pips, with some blue polka dot thrown in too (can’t remember where it’s from sorry) and a yummy Red polka dot binding to finish.

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Here is Go Fetch all finished,

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And the back,

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The quilting, I don’t why but I was thinking about snails when I did this, must have taken inspiration from all the snails we found at the allotment last weekend.

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A very happy Monster no1, don’t you just love a happy customer 🙂

I’m so glad it’s finished, I did enjoy making it but it’s such a nice feeling when you can cross something of your list (I do like a list!). When I get back I have a few days to finish quilting the Country Garden quilt and bind it ready for the exhibition, no pressure then.

I best get the rest of the stuff packed then it’s a camping we will go! Oh before I do that, here’s a quick before and after of our allotment, we all worked so hard last weekend to get it cleared.

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What do you think? (excuse the dodgy panoramic shot but I’m still learning how to use 365 Panoramic app properly.)

Photo A Day

I was having a quick blog catch up, as you do, sprawled out on my lush sofa reading Random Thoughts…Do or “Di”. It’s a great read you should all check it out, back to the point, Di has been following a bit of a game run by Fat Mum Slim. Each month Chantelle posts a list on her blog, each point on the list is a day of the month, all we have to do is take a photo for the word of the day. You then post your photo where everyone else playing can see it, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, it’s up to you. I love photography and am addicted to Instagram so thought this would be great fun! I’m just annoyed with myself I didn’t find it sooner.

Here is the list for August, why not join in too? If you do make sure to let me know by leaving me a comment so I can follow your progress. Also head over to Fat Mum Slim to find other people who are playing too.

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Hope you have fun!