Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Roll over tomboy...

Today I bring you my happiest finish of the year.  Apologies to those who have seen enough of it on instagram!!

This is my mini for my mini.  I've called it "hugs and kisses for Molly".  Yes, I'm getting a bit soppy.....

When I got my little girl my man hinted ever so subtly that I was perhaps a bit inclined to pick boyish or unisex stuff.  And thats fair enough, I dont really "do" girly.  I'm not much for dresses, I dont do heels.  But thats me, and wee Molly should get to choose things like that herself shouldnt she.  So I've been making the effort to find my inner girly....

I've bought a few dresses, for Moo obviously, I'm accepting the inevitability of most things being pink, I've even let granny put frilly bummed knickers on her!  What really surprised me  when I looked through my stash was how many bits (*ahem*) of Aneela Hooey prints I had.  Now you cant get more girly than that, surely?!

I'd loved seeing peoples scrappy economy blocks over the last few months, so I figured they'd be a great way to incorporate Aneelas lovely prints.  Somehow I managed to forget or overlook the fact that they involve triangles.  As my bestie said to me last weekend, "for someone who hates triangles so much, you use a lot of them".  Hmmmm. Why is it that so many of my favourite quilty patterns need triangles?!  What was to be a quilt very quickly became a mini....  

Just in case this isnt all sounding familiar enough for you, I managed to spill a cup of tea over half my cut triangles....

Not wanting to warp or fray the wee cuts I decided to sew and wash later.  To tell the truth, now its finished and has been through the washing machine, some of the tea hasnt come out in the wash yet.  Specifically in the whites, tea stains are showing up.  Thats a bit disappointing but I'm hopeful that a few more washes with stain removers will sort things out.

My first quilting plan had been to do a spiralling heart, but I was barely 2 hearts in when I spotted the quilt layers shifting a bit, and I couldnt be botherd with puckers.   Quilting plan number two was meant to be.  Hearts and kisses.  I finished off with a border round the edges of hearts, or my free motion attempt at hearts anyway!

I think its fairly safe to say I done girly!  I gave it to Mollymoo and amazingly enough she really likes it!  Honestly, she stares intently at each picture, strokes it softly, and then shoves it in her gob.   It's a hit!

I cant say I'm a convert, but I will make an effort to ensure that I make her girly stuff AND cool stuff I'd like in the future.   But no princesses.  Please god no princesses....

Monday, 23 June 2014

Big Hexies!

I have to start this post with thank you's.  Big thank you from mum to all who commented on her Siblings Together Quilt!  She was delighted.  Secondly, an even bigger thank you from me to everyone who commented on my freaking out Big Raspberries post!  Seriously, thank you so much.  Still think this whole baby lark is a bit of a conspiracy, but there you go - I suppose we'd never have them otherwise!
I had a haircut, which I hate as per usual.  Thankfully they didnt cut it as short as I'd wanted so I can still just tie it back!  I am terrible with haircuts.  Almost always disappointed.  I think there must be a hairdressers language, and that we should get one of those wee translation books for each time we have to go...  Imagine that in the tall spinny round travel books stand - where do you want to go? France, Italy, hairdressers...
Anyway.  Hair still falling out, thank god it was super thick to start with.  Must be stopping soon tho' eh?  Mum and dads drains sure hope so...

Fingers crossed me and Moo are getting a wee visit this weekend, from my longtimealltime bestie and her wee one.  Since I sent her a wee peek already I can actually share the wee quilt I made for my wee "niece".  First finish of 2014.  Phew!

Its giant hexies, obviously, in Cape Ann from Oliver & S.  I used a layer cake and 1 yard lilac solid, half yard gingham for binding, 2 yards Hopscotch by Sarah Jane for backing.  I think Cape Ann didnt get enough press when it came out, it really is beautiful but I never saw much done with it on our bloggysphere.  I was going to use the lovely, simple, half hexie patterns for this quilt, but then I wanted the prints with the clothes to remain whole.  There in started the nightmare that was the whole giant hexie quilt.  Never again! Man my template making SUCKS!!!  And all those Y seams...  I did 3 rows by hand, then tried the rest with machine.  Honestly couldnt tell you which took longer...  But anyway.  Got it done, loved it.

Mum came up with the genius Daisy quilting, and I sucked up the fear and went for it with the free motion....  actually thats a weeeee bitty of a fib cos I got mum to draw them all on first so I would have an idea where to go.  What can I say.  I'm no artist, either with pencil or needle!  They worked well though, I must say I'm chuffed with them.
Hope wee one will like it.  I look forward to showing her the fun stuff to do with a quilt.  Giant cape anyone?  Quilty sausage roll?  Inside Tent?  And, I hope, I might even get a wee sofa snuggle too.  If I'm super lucky.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Siblings Together Bee

As promised, I'm delighted to share with you mums Siblings Together quilt!

Mum took part in the first year of the Siblings Together Bee - her first bee - and had a great time!
Each member was allowed to choose a fat quarter bundle courtesy of moda, and mum went for the beautiful Blue Bird Park by Kate & Birdie Paper Co.  Choosing the bundle was easy, but the block?  That took a great deal of deliberation and many hours on EQ7!  Fortunately it also gave her something to do in between holding my hair back as I spewed my way through pregnancy...

Eventually she hit upon the Broken wheel block, and I gave up my hoarded Moda Grunge Cookies and Cream to use as a background, and it all came together.  I must say this block is now in my top 10 must make soon list!  Mum certainly made it look a lot easier than I'd expected it would be.

It was so much fun seeing the blocks come in, the bee ladies did mum proud and they all pieced together with no trouble at all.
The blocks came out at 18" finished, so with a little sashing and border, the finished quilt came to 60" x 80", a bit of a whopper in our house!

The batting was Sew Simple 80/20 and was kindly donated by Lady Sew and Sew.  For the back, Amanda from Westwood Acres generously donated yardage of a panel print from the range.  The panel actually looks like this,

picture taken from

but we needed it wider, so mum joined them in the middle of the flowery bit, canny huh?  It looks absolutely perfect!

We're not all that used to doing big quilts, mum and I, so the quilting became a bit of a mental hurdle.  It didnt help that the basting had been tricky and had needed to be re-done twice already.  Most bizarre, the tape we use to stick the back down when we baste just wouldnt stick to the back this time, kept pinging off mid pin!  Nightmare.  Anyway, the back puckered each time mum started quilting.  Third time lucky though!   It took a good bit of nagging encouraging to get mum started but boy when she got going it was done in a few hours!  A little glass of red may have been involved, but I think mostly it was down to the days I had spent going on at her about it.  Annoying?  Moi?  Well, I dont want mum losing her quilting mojo, its way too much fun having a quilting partner!
She did a free motion sunburst / bicycle spokes sort of thing in each block, and a lovely meandering line with hearts around the border.  To me the quilting is just an ideal fit for the "day in the park" theme of the fabric.

The binding was made with the off cuts from the back, mostly from the same pattern area too, and I think it works really well.  Suffice to say mum was awffy chuffed with it, and I love it too.

We'd like to give a big thank you to all the generous companies that have contributed to the making of these quilts for such a worthy cause, and of course all the ladies of the Siblings Together Bee.

Goodness knows I love my brother dearly and cannot imagine having had to grow up separated from him.  The work Siblings Together does is so special.  Here's hoping mums quilt goes some way to giving someone a big hug and a lovely reminder of fun times.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Big raspberries to it all

Cant for the life of me think of how to start a blog post.  Am I that out of practice?  Oh well, just dive in...

Mums Siblings Together Bee Quilt (to get a post of its own very soon!)

Am sitting happily with my metaphorical pompoms waving, watching mum (finally) quilt her siblings together quilt.  Glad the sibling wont hear the language....  Mum is more like me when she quilts that she'd admit methinks....  I have completed 2 quilt tops this month, but unlike mum I admit defeat right away and am sending them to the lovely Ms Strawberry Patch.  No, of course I didnt remember to take a photo of the tops first.  I cant remember what I'm doing in the time it takes to leave a room these days.

We made a quilt with these.  Lots of these.  I sewed and mum cut.  I got the better deal!!!

People, namely you lovely lovely bloggy people, have asked a lot how I am doing.  I've been a bit non-committal and not really answered properly.  On the one hand, I'm with my parents - all is well with the universe when I'm nearer them.  I have my wonderful, bendylugged beautiful wee Molly moo, whom I could not possibly love more.  Seriously, I well up and greet everytime I think just how much I love her, its unquantifiable.  She gets so many kisses, I swear the day she learns to say "mama" will be ever so immediately followed by "gerrroff!"

Kawaii squared

On the other hand.  There's been some annoying wee things wrong.  Infections, wounds, etc.  Lots of big OUCH.  Nothing at all serious though.  But with Narcolepsy, pain means exhaustion.  Pain means feeling shattered and miserable.  Bit sucky.  The extra weight I gained through pregnancy is not shifting cos I cant exercise and its taking its toll on my hip very badly.  As is carrying a 7.16kg "wee" baby!  So I'm getting less and less mobile, with no real medical help available, which is really upsetting me too.  I'm sitting here in my maternity jeans cos none of my pre pregnancy jeans fit and I refuse to buy more clothes.  I'm also wearing a nursing bra and nursing tshirt.  Not that anybody wants or needs easy access to these boobies.  I wasnt able to breast feed.  But I'd spent over £180 on nursing clothes!  Might as well wear them...  Oh.  And my hair is falling out.  Apparently its quite normal for 50% of women to start losing their hair after pregnancy.  The things you learn after the fact....  So, I try not to freak out at handfuls of hair coming out every time I brush, wash or just bloody touch my hair.  I am such an attractive bundle right now...

My wee bundle...
Its a scary thing, having a baby.  Its a little more scary when you are not 100% healthy.  I worry constantly about how capable I am, or will be.  I would be truly stuck without family.

Oh you have no idea how many times I've edited all that for TMI....

It would be easy to get caught up in "if I didnt have bad luck I'd have no luck at all" bullshit, but I've got more sense than that.  I've got amazing family, wonderful friends, and the bestest little babby in the world.  My cup runneth over.

We are surrounded by love in the gifts from friends
To take my mind off things during the nights I must have entered a few hundred giveaways in the last few weeks - not that I won any of course.  I've been ooohing and aaaahing at all the "coming soon" fabrics from peoples photos at quilt market.  I've been naughty and pre-ordered me some Mustang and Far Far Away. I'm telling myself not to feel guilty about the spend, when I've been so lucky to get quilting time with mums help.  As I said, that's one finish and two tops on their way to Emily, AND the wee mini for my mini me ready to quilt.  No' bad for such a walking disaster, eh no?

Girly wee mini for my mini wee girly
For the quilting, I'm thinking a big heart spiral maybe?  Well shucks I'm just full of the love these days!