Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Fairy Tale Swap

Gwen had sent me a gorgeous mini at the end of last month for the Fairy Tale swap with lots of lovely goodies. She told me she liked the Litte Red Riding Hood and she loved paper piecing so with that information I knew which direction to go! I found a pattern on Craftsy that I was planning to use for the mini and pieced little Red Riding Hood from it

but then I decided that I didn't really like the wolf or the forest. So I looked further and used this pattern for the wolf and this one for the forest that I enlarged to 8'.

As for the cottage, I started using the Crafsty pattern but then modified the roof to make is less "Swiss cottage". I had fun making these.
These were the 4 blocks I finished in October but hadn't shown yet...

The final mini is not so mini at 22' square but that's fine I think! I used simple stippling for the quilting.

I really love Jeni's tutorial for a lined drawstring bag so I also made a little bag for Gwen using this lovely fairy take print that I had bought at Alexandra Palace. I love it, hope my partner will like it to!

I filled the bag with a few goodies (London and fairy tale!)

So that's another OPAM for October and my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. It is also the fourth item of my Q4 Finish Along to be completed!.


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tiny little paper piecing blocks

I have finally made a start on my paper piecing blocks for the 318 Patchwork Pattern Quilt-Along organised by Allegory. I missed last week linky party but I was determined I wouldn't missed this one. The blocks in the book are tiny and for the quilt-along, the idea was to enlarge them to 6' but I have enlarged mine to 3.5' only so I can transform them into Christmas ornament.

The heart was the perfect block to start with as it is quite straight forward.
I made a few more this week

The mug wasn't bad either

apart for the tiny handle!

I then tried the apple which isn't that difficult but fiddly because of all the small pieces.

And of course these make 5 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge, taking my November total to 7!
Linking to Week 2 318 QAL, WOW, Needle and Thread Thursday


And another amazing swap

Just after I sent my Liberty swap to Isobel last week, I received mine. A huge box arrived from Germany last week and I couldn't wait to open it.

And I found the most beautiful hexagonal cushion inside that Alexandra made for me. I absolutely love it. It is so beautiful.

Made of lovely stars in hexagons (couldn't be more perfect for me really) using the most beautiful Liberty fabrics. I so love the cushion.

The back is as beautiful as the front using a gorgeous print (the horses makes it very difficult to keep it as my daughter wanted to claim it as soon as she saw it

and I love the sides too!

Fantastic work with gorgeous fabrics arranged in such a great design for a very very beautiful piece that I will treasure for years to come.

Alexandra had filled the rest of the box with some yummy dark chocolates (again I had to keep the kids away!) and a lovely notebook.

I am so happy to have received such a gorgeous package, almost like an early birthday present! Thank you so much Alexandra.


Monday, 10 November 2014

A few little blocks

With swaps and bees and temptations everywhere, I have fallen behind on my bee blocks. I must confess that I was planning to catch up with all the hand-sewn ones during my summer holidays but that was before I applied for new jobs and knew I would be busy with interviews... I thought I might get some time during half-term but taking the kids to Center Parcs with Mum wasn't the best plan to have plenty of sewing time. Ah well, at least I did steal some sewing time and managed a few blocks!
I finished my third and last Get Your Hex on block for Kelli. Those flowers are just huge but she is planning to turn them into make-up bags. 

I also finished one Lucy Bee block for Jacqueline.

That's 2 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge for November/

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Swap packages in and out

So I came back from holidays to find this wonderful package waiting for me from Louise (all the way from Australia) for the Happy Unicorn Swap.

I must say the girls were ready to raid it as soon as I opened it and I had trouble even being able to see it all!

Look at this cute quilt!
and how about this sweet mini unicorn, just fabulous

Thanks Louise, truly appreciated by me but also by the whole family!

And as soon as we got back on Sunday, I chained myself to the sewing machine to make sure my Liberty of London swap package would be ready to be sent on Monday.

I finished the sewing mat I had started before the holidays late on Sunday

and sent my package on Monday after a little photo session!

My first OPAM for November

Linking to Needle and Thread Tuesday, Whoop Whoop Friday.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Goals for November

I am late writing this but here is my (once-again) short list for November

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Liberty of London Swap - 
2. Fairy Tale swap - started but this is secret -  my goal for A lovely year of finishes.

3. Star Plus pattern testing - needs quilting and finishing

4. Ornaments for Christmas Swaps - Trim the Tree and IG Ornament swaps- NewFO
Bee Blocks
1. Stash Bee block (November) 
2. Little Blog Bee block (October and November) 
3. Block Lotto blocks? 
4. I love Lucy international block (September) 
5. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (October and November) 
6. Get Your Hexie On - (August, September and November) 

1. Midnight in the Oasis 
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks 
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
4. Finish Maud's bag 
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November 
6. Make a few blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks 
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along 
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday 
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October 
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum

New Project
1. Fair Isle Quilt-along -  NewFO
2. Jolly Swap - NewFO - 
3. IG Mini Swap - NewFO - 
4. Christmas Stocking for Miss A - NewFO
5. Custom Cushions - NewFO
6. 318 blocks sew along - NewFO

Linking to A lovely year of finishes.


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

October in review

October is over and I am running late posting this. I have enjoyed the Blogtober fest challenge this year again. I didn't quite manage the everyday posting but I posted 28 days (it was harder the last week as we were away for half-term). After a lovely week-end in Bruges with friends, I spent the rest of the week with my Mum and kiddies in Centre Parcs where we all had a brilliant and busy time. I came home to loads of washing etc but also a freezer that had gone off so I spent all of last night cooking as much as possible to save all that could be saved and try some damage limitation. I think I cooked about 12 meals last night!
Let's look at October goals and achievements now!

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Unicorn Swap - NewFO - this will be my challenge for A lovely Year of Finishes - mini and bag all done and sent
2. Fairy Tale swap - NewFO - this is secret sewing! I have made 4 blocks for my mini, just needs the finishing touches

3. Star Plus pattern testing quilt top is done

Bee Blocks
1. Stash Bee block (October) 

2. Little Blog Bee block (October) 
3. Block Lotto blocks? 
4. I love Lucy international block (August and September) 
5. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September, October) - September done

6. Get Your Hexie On - (August, September) - 2 blocks for August

1. Midnight in the Oasis - no progress
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks - no progress
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - no progress
4. Finish Maud's bag and my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for September - no progress
5. Make a few blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt - no progress
6. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks - no progress
7. Flowering Snowball quilt-along - no progress
8. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday - no progress
9. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler- finished July and worked on the other months too

10. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October - no progress

New Project
1.  Liberty of London Swap - NewFO - started

2. Jolly Swap - NewFO - not started
3. IG Mini Swap - NewFO - not started
4. Trim the Tree Ornament Swap - NewFO - not started
5. IG ornament Swap - NewFO - not started
6. Danse bag for Miss A - done and also made one for her big sister!
Total number of blocks for the 350-blocks challenge: 34 blocks

Linking to Fresh Sewing Day.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Quilt idea

I need your help. My childminder will retire in just over a year, she has looked after all 3 of my children and helped raise them to be lovely independent and well developed children. To thank her for being such an important/positive/fantastic part of their lives and ours, I would like to make her a quilt but I am not sure what to make. She is a keen gardener and has a big allotment from which she regularly regales us with freshly picked fruits and vegetables. So I would love to make her something with a gardening theme. I know there is the Gardener's Journal quilt by Anni Down which has quite a lot of stitcheries and because of the stitcheries I am wondering whether this would be too big a challenge to take on. What do you think?

Do you know any good pattern that I could use maybe?
Thanks for your suggestions.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Growing up in France, I am not use to celebrating Halloween. We used to dress up for Mardi Gras and Mum would make us the most beautiful fancy dress and we would go all around the village (small village with about 200 inhabitants!) knocking at each door and people would give us a little coin with which we'd eventually go and buy sweets.

I haven't got many Halloween projects that I have made for our house because it hasn't really been a tradition but 2 years ago I did a fun swap with Diane called Halloween See Saw and organised by Michele.

Diane and I each made a central block that we sent to each other every other month for a few months. One month I would add one border to Diane's block and one month I would add a border to my block.
I started from this
 my block
Diane's block

that I quilted with glow in the dark thread and finished the same year (yes!) in time for Halloween.

You can see more here.
Linking to Val's Archive Tuesday.


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