Monday, October 31, 2011

Sweet Goodness

Today's exciting adventure was Cadbury World in Birmingham. Taking 5 kids to a chocolate factory is an easy way to keep them entertained. The displays and presentations were fantastic. The free samples were generous. The playground was apparently lots of fun.

The highlight for the little one was the ride while the big kids were in the playground.

Maybe tomorrow I can get some sewing done tomorrow.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sew Sweetness Christmas Quilt Along Block 2

I should preface this post with the fact that I hate doing machine applique, with a passion. In fact I've sewn nothing but straight stitch since I got my new machine two months ago. The second block from Sara's QAL is all applique though and in the interest of timeliness I needed to do it on the machine.

I pulled out my poor neglected old machine and set it up.  The kids probably learned a few new words. After unpicking several times I finished it. I'm not completely happy with the result but when it is in the final quilt I'm sure it will be fine. So here it is.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

I'm linking into Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival.


The quilt I am sharing is one that I made for my daughter's teacher. He was her first formal teacher (we had home-educated before) and he left the school at the end of her first year at school, right after I started quilting. I got my daughter to trace around the hands of each of her classmates and her teacher. She also asked them what their favourite colour was.

I cut out each child's hand in their favourite colour and appliqued it to the quilt top. The teacher's hand print is in the centre. I then echo quilted around all the hands until the children's hands met the teacher's hand.  Here is the end result.

Here is a closeup of the quilting.

No Sewing Again

We woke up to a beautiful autumn day yesterday. After a few delays we got underway to the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water. This village has the best car museum I've ever been to. The kids were less than keen to visit but they happily spent over an hour walking through the museum. The museum is also home to Brum who is celebrating 20 years since he made the first show. Outside we had to wait while the kids took the obligatory duck pictures.

We then drove to Snowshill Manor. This is an amazing eclectic collection. The kids especially enjoyed the toys and the armour. I unfortunately only got to see a small amount but Mum and Dad and the big kids thought it was fascinating. They didn't manage to see everything either.

The scary part of the day was driving home into the setting sun! I've become used to driving in the UK but in future I'm only going south if I have to drive home late in the day, then I'll have the setting sun behind me!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


We went to Bath today so there was no sewing done here. However, the embroidery exhibition at Bath Abbey was amazing. I had seen pictures in a book about the exhibition but the reality was infinitely more beautiful. The kids were super impressed with the beautiful painting and calligraphy. We were also lucky enough to walk in when the Bath Philharmonic were preparing for a concert tonight. The live music in the abbey setting was incredible.

We also went to the Roman Baths. They have a long history and the displays and information provided is great. The kids enjoyed being able to use the self-guided audio tours. I love that they have separate commentary for adults and kids.

The day was enhanced by a delicious lunch at Sally Lunn's. We all enjoyed Sally Lunn's buns and the museum in the basement was cute too.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Busy day

I had a busy day today but one of the blocks is Top Secret so I can't show it here. I also had to take the children to the pound shop (like a dollar shop) to spend their pocket money.

I thought I'd join in Sara's Quilt Along. I ordered fabrics last week and they arrived today.

I've been wanting an excuse to buy some Flurry fabric and this Quilt Along was the perfect one.

The first block was a tricky foundation piecing block. I ripped a few seams and demanded total silence from the children. Eventually I ended up with this.
I'm quite happy with the result. It needs squaring up and some presents in the tray of the truck. I may embroider a driver too. I knew the truck would be reversed from the pattern and decided that that was fine with me. The angles on the piecing were tricky and I'm happy that most of the lines are straight.

There will be a new block for this Quilt Along posted tomorrow and I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where new meets old

With the arrival of a new niece this year and the popularity of paper piecing I decided that it was time I jumped on the band wagon. I found this pattern (A Little of This A Little of That). I had a layer cake of It's a Hoot by Momo so I decided that the two were meant to go together.

The other night I laid out what I have so far for a test run. First I came up with this.
After a bit of rearranging and some advice from Mum, we came up with this.
The gaps in the left side and the bottom are duplicates of other blocks. Now I need to get it finished before my niece outgrows it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

In at the deep end

I've finally decided to take the plunge and start a blog. Having been a failed blogger I know how easy it is to lapse. This time I hope to be more motivated following some of the incredible quilting blogs that are around.
Last week I woke up to a wonderful surprise. I had won a giveaway run by Lynne. This morning a parcel containing this box dropped through my door.

When I opened it I found these.

Perfect for Christmas sewing! Thank you Lynne and Aurifil!