Back to the Drawing Board

Welcome 🙂

Thank you for all your suggestions about what project I could do during my lunch breaks while at work, so many tempting ideas.

However…

While I was at my Thursday Quilt group I mentioned that I’d finished my 52 Hexagon flowers and would have to wait until January for further instructions. One of the ladies said that she had been chatting to the person who set up the challenge and that the idea is that once we’ve made our hexie flowers we could then use them however we wanted. No further instructions would be issued.

So now that misconception has been cleared up I have to think about what to do with 52 hexie flowers!

So much choice, and of course the good news is that I can continue with this project in my lunch breaks (once I’ve decided on how to go forward with it of course!). The bad news is that you’ve all given me so many more gorgeous ideas I want to do now!

Jane is slowly being worked on and this is the latest batch of finishes.

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I4 Stability – EPP and appliqué.

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G2 Mohawk Trail – EPP

20160429_080047F3 Snowball – EPP. Very apt at the moment with the mixed bag of weather we’re having here. In one day we had sunshine, rain, hail, sleet, snow and wind!

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J5 John Jacob’s Windmill – EPP. Another weather related block!

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I10 Iris’ Medallion – EPP and appliqué. I cheated here as it should all have been pieced but a bit of appliqué seemed to be an easier option 😉

Exciting news for me is that this week I was contacted by Stitch, Craft, Create to ask if I’d be interested in taking part in a Blog Hop next month, with the offer of this bundle of Tilda ‘Candy Bloom’ fabric how could I refuse!

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Jane has now been put aside while I play with this stack of gorgeousness.

Have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Mice Attack

Welcome 🙂

I think mice are endearing little creatures and I love seeing them outside in the garden but as far as I’m concerned that’s where they should stay – outside.

While I was preparing the house for Easter I went up into our attic to get down all my Easter decorations. I have a small collection of Tilda animals as well as beanbag hens and Springtime bunting, all of which help to make Easter special in our house.

You can probably guess what I’m going to say and yes you’re right. Mice had somehow got into our attic and been busy nibbling away at the decorations. These two Tilda softies were the first things I found which had been attacked.

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The frog was beyond saving – he was partially stuffed with rice and so had been munched away, the rabbit’s tunic was chewed but she was fine.

We set traps and caught 4 mice who were relocated to a nearby park. Hubby has searched the attic for any evidence of more mice but so far things are looking good.

Goodness knows how they managed to get into the attic but I do hope they’ve gone. It was upsetting to find quite a few homemade decorations with holes in them.

One which made me smile was this Christmas cushion with the angel pointing to the nibbled hole as if to say, ‘How dare you!’

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Looking on the bright side I will enjoy making rabbit a new outfit and maybe even replacing frog with another creature.

It’s not all doom and gloom in the house though, Dear Jane has been getting a bit of attention with these blocks now all done.

20160328_160418K9 Scout’s Honor – Foundation pieced.

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A2 One-Two Buckle My shoe – Foundation pieced.

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B6 Wild Goose Chase – foundation pieced and reverse appliqué. I used the method suggested by Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl and it worked like a charm – thank you Carla.

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G10 Woven Meadow – Foundation pieced, this was pretty straight forward as nothing needed to match up!

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D5 Cathedral Window – EPP. I altered the pattern in the book for this one.

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G12 Gloriae – EPP and again I altered the pattern, dividing the large star into four so I could paper piece it easily.

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and finally,

H11 Piercing Rays – EPP.

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What have you been up to lately?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Yet Again

Welcome 🙂

One day soon I shall have a ‘Ta dah’ moment and you will be pleased to see the last of my EPP quilt but unfortunately today is not that day!

I have yet again fished it out of the WIP pile and been doing a little bit of quilting on it. I’m pleased to announce that I have now finished sewing round all the stars and hexagons and am now working my way around the border.

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I have already attached the binding mainly because I had a bit of a panic that I didn’t have enough fabric and needed to make sure I had there and then! Happily there was plenty and it’s another little task out of the way.

As I started to quilt today I noticed some of my stitches were looking a bit wonky, and then I noticed my needle! Time for a change I think 😉

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I do love the rich autumnal colours of this quilt and it seems fitting that it’s being finished just as Summer here in the UK is fading.

I’ve also been doing a bit on this project…

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It’s slowly coming on.

Enjoy your WIPs maybe by next week this one of mine will be a finish 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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Stars or Blocks

Welcome 🙂

The weather has been cooler this week and I find that I’m able to sit down and do things again. I’m so pleased that I don’t live in a hot climate as I’d never get anything done – just flake out in the shade!

I’m still doing a few wedding things but everything has quietened down a bit for now and I’m enjoying getting on with my EPP quilt although it’s still slow going!

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I took it to my Thursday quilt group for the first time last week and was intrigued by people’s comments on it, it seems that we all definitely fall into two categories, those who see the tumbling blocks first and those (like me) who see the stars first.

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I call it my Starry Night quilt and I’m thinking of what I can do to make it more star than tumbling block, any ideas out there? I’m quilting around the stars and I have some lovely star buttons to embellish it with when it’s all quilted and bound but any other ideas would be welcome.

I did a mini Christmas make last week,

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Sweet 🙂

Just need to make sure I don’t lose it before I can use it on the tree!

I’ve linked this post up to hibiscus Stitches EPP Sharing time here,

and to Esther Aliu’s WiP’s on Wednesdays here.

Until next time,

Chris x

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