Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A year on...

This little monster has been in our lives for a year and with each day that passes we love him a little more :)
We could not have wished for a better puppy despite some of the challenges his has thrown our way.

Right now he is laying in his favourite place- on my desk right next to me.

Uttoxeter stitch and quilt village-part 1

This Saturday my mother in law, her friend Jane and I went to the Uttoxeter stitch and Quilt Village. This is normally a quilt show I miss as it is so far away from me in Cambridge but it is quite close to my mother-in-law's house.
All I will say is that I am so upset to have messed it in the past. It is a beautifully set out and stocked quilt show. The stalls are all a good distance apart giving lots of browsing room and they have been well picked to show off everything to its fullest. As usual the stallholders were friendly and helpful and we had a wonderful day.
I came home with a large bag of goodies but I did TRY to restrain myself a little :)

Tomorrow I will show you the hoots of the beautiful quilt exhibitions and competitions. They were so beautiful they deserve their own post :)
Have a lovely day :)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Getting some projects finished

I said a long while ago that I needed to finish more projects and try not to start anything new until some old projects were done. This typically failed :(
I am now making more of an effort to only start projects I LOVE and to keep working on them until they are done.
When I saw Leanne Beasley's 'sew laugh love' I hunted everywhere for it but after sewing it for a few weeks put it into my sewing box and it got forgotten. When I had a hunt through my sewing box for a safety pin I found it again and realised how much I wanted it finished and up on my sewing room wall.
This is now in my project basket as a focus project and hopefully can soon make it to the framers :)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Books I love

In trying to develop my love of crafts I have bought many books, but recently some of those books have stood out with their beautiful designs and colours.

My favourite books on my shelves are:

As you can see I am starting to run out of space on my craft bookcase so maybe just one or two more

Monday, 22 April 2013

Learning a new skill

I have been seeing crochet blankets everywhere at the moment and thought it would be great to have one on my sewing room sofa.
I have never crocheted before so decided to take a class on craftsy. It was fantastic and so helpful and informative taking time to show the stitches in detail and slowly.
I made a couple of little pieces to get used to each stitch and now I am working on something bigger-my blanket.

I decided to make it all one big granny square so that I didn't have to join squares together yet although I fully intend on making more complicated projects later.
For now I love it and am really enjoying learning something new. Plus it's great to have a basket besides the sofa which I can delve into if I have 5 minutes spare

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Spring has sprung

Finally spring has popped it's head up to say hello.

To make the most of it I put my (long) to do list to one side and moved my sewing outside with a delicious coffee.

Pure bliss and let's hope it stays with us a little while longer :)