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Midweek WIP’s

I’ve enjoyed my sewing this week. My cousin gave birth to a little girl, she came early and I wasn’t exactly prepared gift wise so I whipped up this cute nautical themed skirt for her.

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I didn’t have any elastic in my stash so I popped to Hobbycraft to pick some up and got slightly distracted by some tiny pompom trim. Well I just couldn’t resist it could I?

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See, isn’t it just the perfect finishing touch. It might not look that tiny in the photos but the skirt length is only 6 1/2″ and the waist is 15″.

Sunday was sewing club day. I tried to be organised this month so only packed one project to work on. I opted for a quilt top that’s been neatly folded away for about a year now. If I’m honest I think I’ve just been avoiding it because I love making quilts but I find the actual quilting stage hard. Well Sunday was the day to get working on it. It was a lovely sunny day and the atmosphere at sewing group was great. I set to work basting while the sun shone through the window.

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While we worked we all spent a lot of time discussing dress making, quilting, knitting and crochet. It was a lovely crafty chat!

The last project I’ve been working on this week has to stay secret for a little bit longer but I’ve been busy taking photos that I’ll be sharing with you soon.

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Wreck-It Ralph Quilt

Sorry I’ve been quiet, I’ve been very busy making lots but unfortunately it’s all Christmas gifts so I can’t tell you about them yet!

I can finally give you an update on Monster no2’s Wreck-It Ralph quilt. It’s the monsters birthday today, he managed to make it to the grand old age of 3! I feel like this past year has just flown by and he has really grown up and become so much more confident in himself, I think that has a lot to do with him starting nursery which he loves.

Monster number 2 is a die hard Wreck-It Ralph fan, we have to watch it everyday, sometimes even twice. In the UK there doesn’t seem to be many Wreck-It toys available so I decided to make him a Wreck-It themed quilt. You can see how I started planning here.

It took me a while to get it finished as I could only sew when he was at nursery or in bed (he stopped napping when he was 1) so it meant a lot of night sewing, but I managed to get it done in time…..just. I wanted to be as organised as possible for this project so I cut all my fabric first and bagged up each colour separately. I’m so glad I took this approach as it made piecing so much quicker. I split the quilt into 5 sections, each character was a block and then the large band of black in the middle. I opted for a black binding so that it didn’t detract from the characters and used a fun bright red star print for the backing. The quilt top was all Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman and the back was a bargain I found on EBay.

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I really struggled to decide how best to quilt it, I didn’t want to ruin the pixelated look of the characters but fancied going for straight lines. In the end I went for horizontal lines for the black and then for the characters I followed the features of the faces in coordinating colours. This left the back with fun abstract versions of the characters.

Overall I’m really pleased with how it turned out but the most important opinion belongs to Monster no2.

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I think he likes it, he’s currently snuggled up in bed with it.

After having 6 super excited, sugar filled kids running round all afternoon/evening I’m off to crash out on the sofa and watch The Lone Ranger with the hubby.

Oh before I go look at the amazing cake my super amazing friend Sam made for Monster no2, it’s a chocolate Brownie Piñata cake.

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When you cut it open sweets fall out of the centre, SO TASTY! Thank you so much Sam you’re a star x

I’ve been a busy bee

For a few weeks now I’ve hardly touched my sewing machine, which is seriously out of character for me. The allotment has been taking up a lot of my time but I’ve still managed to finish this EPP project I’ve had on the go for a while now.

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When I say finished I’m probably stretching the truth a bit, the top is done but that’s it. I just can’t really decide what to do with it? Don’t you get that, you see some fabric and just get the urge to make something with it, get so far then realise you don’t actually know what you want it to be. I’m slowly warming to the idea of a floor cushion? A table cloth? Oh I don’t know, it can just be hidden for a while and then I’ll decide later.

This year I’m trying really hard to plan ahead, so I’ve started planning gifts for the ‘C’ word (not the rude one, the one with the guy saying “Ho Ho Ho”). I’ve even finished one!!

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Ta Daa!

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I’m so pleased with it, I am really loving crochet and have found loads of projects to add to my to-do list. I found the pattern for this Beanie on Ravelry. It’s called the Urban Jungle Beanie and was really easy to follow and make,seriously if I can do it anyone can. I’m going to make myself one too. I’ll be honest I would of kept this one but the person it’s for has a much bigger head than me!

After this little lot my neglected machine got a lot of use this week. I was busy with a couple of custom orders for Etsy customers and getting teachers gifts done. Monster no1 is moving into year 1 so he and a few of his class mates each drew a portrait of their teacher and teaching assistant on fabric for me to sew into cushions. I opted for a plain cream for their works of art and a heart print for the back, it’s even got metallic gold hearts, as if that’s not the best?

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They’ll be giving the cushions to the teachers tomorrow so I’ll let you know what they thought soon.

WIP Update – Scrappy Trip Along

After what seems like forever the British weather has finally let me photograph my #scrappytripalong quilt.

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I made it for Sean and as soon as I finished hand sewing the binding the monsters had it on his chair, I haven’t even managed to wash it yet!

To be honest as I was quilting this bad boy I really wasn’t sure, in fact I started to dislike it. I’ve never really felt like this with a project before and it upset me a bit, especially as it was a gift for hubby. I don’t know what it was that I didn’t like but it didn’t sit well with me. Once it was on the chair and I ignored it for a few days it finally started to grow on me, in fact I love it now and had great fun photographing it with monster no2 in the park.

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The quilt top was made using only scraps, some of which were given to me by the lovely Karen. The backing is an Ikea bargain which is a firm favourite with a lot of quilters, I managed to get nearly 3m for £6! For the binding I went for a tape measure print which was actually a free metre from my loyalty card at Hometown, Rochester. So all in all this was a bargain to make, which I guess makes me like it even more.

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My 1st Bloggiversary

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear blog, Happy birthday to you!

I can’t really believe it but I have been writing my blog for one whole year now! I feel like its gone so quickly, but on the other hand I don’t remember life before blogging. I’m really enjoying sharing little snippets of my life with the world, even if the world isn’t that interested ha!

It took a while for me to pluck up the courage to start blogging but I would say to anyone who is contemplating it – give it a go! It’s a good way to order your thoughts, it’s more fun than a diary and a great way to meet new people (even if only virtually).

I can’t exactly give my blog a birthday present (that would be a little weird right?) so instead to celebrate I’m offering 10% off any orders placed this week in my Etsy shop, including custom orders. Just use code BDAY1 at the checkout.

The Craft Bug. Watch Out It’s Highly Contagious

This is a public safety announcement. Please be warned there is a pandemic spreading like wild fire. It is commonly known as the craft bug.

I’ve had this bug for a while now and I have to be honest I LOVE IT! Do you know what’s better than having the bug yourself? Spreading it.

Last summer I started a sewing group and really had no idea how popular it was going to be. Well a year on and we are good friends, meeting up once a week to work on our projects and have a giggle. We have two new members and we have all agreed to try new crafts and teach each other new skills. Last Monday one of the gang, Tracey, gave us a crochet master class.

It was great learning a new craft, look at us all concentrating.

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I can promise you there was plenty of laughing once we started to get the hang of it.

Here’s Meg, mine and my mum’s finished granny squares. Not bad for a first attempt huh?

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Since The Great British Sewing Bee aired in the UK I’ve noticed that more people are taking an interest in what I do. I’ve had more people enquiring about The Ladies What Stitch, friends and family have been asking me about my current WIPs, even other mums on the school run have started asking me about the sorts of things I make. Until now very few people understood why I enjoyed it so much, but suddenly they’re interested, two of my friends from the school run have asked me to help them make quilts! I mean how amazing is that, I’ve really enjoyed talking them through the basics and helping them choose fabrics. What they don’t know is I plan on showing you guys some photos of their finished projects.

Lisa, a good friend of mine posted this on Instagram a few weeks ago and it made me feel really proud.

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Since posting this photo she hasn’t stopped knitting, her and her mum Jacki are teaching themselves to crochet too.

How great are the phone case Lisa made and Jacki’s little flowers
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It makes me so happy to know my friends have finally caught the bug and it’s thanks to me spreading it!

Strive For Perfection, Or Maybe Not?

So, I’m sitting here in my little sewing corner, surrounded by strips for the #scrappytripalong quilt that I’m making for hubby and I can feel myself slowly getting more and more wound up with my seams.

I’ve never thought of myself as a perfectionist but instead have always had the attitude of “just do your best”, but as I look at these little squares, not quite perfectly matched up a bit of me inside crumbled. Why do I spend hours coveting the perfect seams of my fellow sewing bloggers an IGers?

I guess somewhere deep down we all just want to be perfect, we want to be the best at something. Then it hit me, does hubby really care about how perfect those points are when he is snuggled up on the sofa under his quilt with a beer in hand and watching a film? Do the monsters care if their quilts are not a perfect rectangle when they are busy using them to make tents for there adventure to the North Pole (also known as the hallway). Well obviously the answer is a resounding No. So why am I putting so much pressure on myself and zapping the fun out of this quilt along the way??

Now I’m not saying I’m just not going to bother at all but I mean we can’t all be perfect, “just do your best” is good enough for me. I know the people who receive my handmade gifts always have a big smile on their face and are grateful that I have taken the time to share my love by spending my time on something just for them. At the end of the day that’s all that matters and you never know, maybe one day my points might actually line up!

HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show

In case you didn’t know (and if you do sorry for keep going on about it, last time I promise) over the weekend I entered two quilts into the HOKH Maidstone Quilt Show. It was the first exhibition I have entered and it was only a small local event to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice, but like I say it was my first so quite a big thing for me. I was really nervous about my quilts being on display for people to see, I know I post pictures on here but somehow that seems different.

I went along on Friday to see my quilts and all the others on display, the monsters and Sean came too. My quilts stuck out like a sore thumb, most of the other quilts were more classic in style and then there were my two, bright colours and bold prints with lots of polka dots involved. I wasn’t expecting to win but while we were there Sean heard a couple of women talking about my Country Garden quilt and they were saying it was their favourite of the show. To me this was just as good as winning, they didn’t know who made it, they didn’t know me, they just liked my work. Sean has been so supportive of me and my sewing and for him to hear this was great, he was so proud and came straight over with a beaming smile to tell me. Here’s the mushy bit I don’t really do mushy so get ready) I am so glad that I have an amazing husband who puts up with his crazy sewing lady wife, he doesn’t mind if the house is a tip, he has to make the dinner or do the washing, he doesn’t even mind listening to me talking about new fabrics and giving me his opinion on new designs. I love him so much and wouldn’t swap him for anything (even if he does snore!)

Right now that’s over with here are a few photos from the exhibition.

A very proud Monster no1 with his quilt

Country Garden

Oh What a Mystery

Baby Brit

Black & White Fantasy

Tiny Town

This is a close up of the Gas Station on Tiny Town, too cute!

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.)

Sewing Group Update

Good News! You will be pleased to know that I have found a hall, it is all booked and we are good to go!

The first meeting (I don’t really like that word it sounds a bit boring) gathering will be Monday 23rd July 7:30pm till 9:30pm, that’s NEXT MONDAY (Woohoo!!!!). It will be held in the Miss Coppen room at St Luke’s Church Maidstone, if you click here you can see a map. There is a free carpark next to the church, the entrance to our hall is through the door in the carpark.

If you are coming, and I hope you are, just bring along any projects you want to work on and any equipment you need, or if you haven’t sewn before and are not sure where to start just bring yourself! Don’t worry I won’t go mad if you aren’t there dead on 7:30pm, I’ve got monsters and I know it can be a nightmare getting out of the house sometimes, come when you are ready.

I really want this to be a place for people to make new friends, have fun and hopefully learn new skills along the way. I am not doing this for profit, but unfortunately I do have to hire the hall, because of this there will be a nominal fee of £2 per person, per gathering. If we have any money left after the hall is paid perhaps it could go on a fabric stash kitty for the group or something?

Lastly and most importantly we need a name for our little gathering, unfortunately I can’t call us the stitch and bitch brigade as it will be published in the church’s newsletter ha ha. So please have a think and leave name ideas in the comments below.

Right I’m off to to make presents for monster no1’s nursery teachers, he leaves Wednesday, it’s all going too fast he will be a stroppy teenager in no time *sobs in a snotty sleeve*

Laters!

Sewing groups

Me again! Is it just me or does sewing sometimes get a bit lonely? Don’t get me wrong I love sewing, machine or by hand, just every now and then I envy my husband going off to work and sitting in an office full of like minded people to bounce ideas off of. Do you get that too?

I have been thinking about this more and more lately, especially over the past fortnight where I have been sewing late into the night, just two sleepy mutts and bad tv for company (oh and hubby’s snoring). It would be nice to have a group of ladies (or men, I’m not fussy), that could all get together say once a fortnight and catch up, sew, knit, crotchet or embroider and maybe even have a cake or two. I would love a nice relaxed gathering where people can learn new things, ask for help with problems and hopefully pick up new ideas. I follow the blogs of Katy, Lynne and Justine who are all members of the Kitchen Quilt Guild. They regularly meet at Lynne’s house and talk sewing and everything else. From their blogs it seems like they all have a great to time together and I’m gonna be honest I’m jealous!

I decided to do something about it, I had a search about on the interweb looking for groups to join in my area but they all seem to be for a particular craft or a bit to formal for my liking. I was telling a good friend of mine about this and she suggested I start my own, she would make the tea (I may be called Polly but I’m awful at putting the kettle on) and I could organise the rest. So what do you think? Should I take the plunge and set up my own “Bitch and Stitch” as it were? My flat is too small to do it at home but I could hold it in a hall near by.

Have any of you joined or started your own group like this? I would love to hear about it and of course any tips greatly received 😉 Also if you are close enough (I’m in Maidstone) would you be interested in joining?

Please comment below or email me, I would love to hear from you!

Blog post número uno

So this is me being brave. I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog to record my sewing projects, successes and failures for a while now but just couldn’t bring myself to put pen to paper (or in this case finger to iPad). I’ve never written a diary but always wished I had, the problem is I’m too chatty, I’m a sharer and the thought of writing a diary seemed a little too isolated. Now a blog on the other hand is much more my style. I can say whatever I want and you lovely people (or person (thanks for reading mum!)) get to tell me I’m an idiot or you think my ideas, hopes and dreams are the same as yours.

I guess I should apologise in advance, I can ramble and go off on a tangent so if I do this please stay with me I will make sense eventually.

Right here’s the bit about me. I’m 28, happily married for 5 years to Sean. We have two gorgeous, if not a little (a lot) hyper boys.

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Jack is 4 in a few days and off to school in September, I know everybody says it but the past four years have gone so quickly, it scares me that one day I’m going to wake up and he will be all grown up.

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The baby of the family is Grayson, he is 18 months old and a little horror. I cannot take my eyes off him for a second, he loves to climb and do whatever he is not allowed to! Having said that both my monsters are comedians and always make Sean and I smile.

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The last two members of our family are Poppy and Pluto, our dogs, they are also a little bit crazy so fit in perfectly. Pops is our 2year old Labradoodle, she is the soppiest horse/dog I have ever met. Last but not least is Pluto, he is our 1 year old Jack Russell cross Yorkshire Terrier, he can be noisy but loves cuddles oh and chasing rabbits.

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Pluto

I like to sew, a lot. I like buying fabric, a lot. I like talking about sewing and my husband, my mum, my dad, my sister and my friends are slowly getting bored of me. This is why I have taken the leap into blogsville, I hope you guys will enjoy reading about my projects and hopefully discussing your projects too. Another of my loves is photography, I am by no means David Bailey but I enjoy taking photos, of anything and everything, so be warned there will be lots of photos here, sometimes these will be of my family and friends or just things that make me smile.

Right, sorry for the seriously long introduction, but now it’s out of the way we can get to the good stuff. SEWING.

Over the last year I have gone from making a cushion because I couldn’t find what I wanted in a shop to selling pieces to friends and family. Over Christmas I even braved selling at a few small Christmas fairs to test the waters and making the majority of my Christmas gifts. Below are some of my completed projects.

iPad Case

Skirts

Well I have probably over shared enough for today. Thank you for reading, I would love to hear what you think or if you have any questions or anything in particular you would like me to write about in future blogs (yes there will be more!)

Bye for now x