Fancy a cuppa?

Nothing like settling down with a cup of tea and a new book is there? The decision to buy Natural Patchwork was based solely on the cover, which is unusual for me as I don’t really have all that many sewing books. I always figure that given how generous so many bloggers are with their tutorials why would you need to?

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However, the book called to me and I had to have it. I expecially had to have the tea cosy on the cover. It’s scraptastic – and always pleasing when something you’ve made bears at least a passing resemblance to the original. However I did find some of the instructions confusing so I think I will have to take another swing at this some other time. The cosy works, but it is a little rougher around the edges than I’d like. It’s also a very snug cosy. That however could be down to the size of my tea pot, which is large. In fact when I consider how much tea gets glugged back in this house it’s possible what I really need is an urn cosy, possibly even a barrell cosy. But still there are plenty other projects in this book I’d love to make, including this Octagon pieced bag, I know octagons. I’m now squeaking with the excitement only other quilters could understand.

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There is though I feel an entire blog post that could be written on the subject of styling in craft books. One page lovely, fresh, inviting, the next, well I do hope this very pretty lady was paid handsomely for this!

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It’s been a fun sewing week I have a few more bits and pieces on the go, but best of all was meeting a fellow blogger. A few weeks ago I joined the Brit Quilt group on Flickr. There’s some amazingly talented quilt makers in the group and one of them, Rachel of Contented, lives in the next town to me! We met up for a coffee and a natter. It was great to meet a fellow quilter (I don’t know many in real life) and it turns out we have lots in common to chat about! Hoping there’ll be future stitch and bitch sessions to be sure!

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Hiatus

Don’t you just hate being forced to be passive? Passive when you know you’re about to go through a period of great change and there’s nothing you can do to bring it forward, or at least organise for it? I think I’ve mentioned before that our landlady is selling the house that we’re currently in. Now that thousands of potential buyers have trampled through the house during the Easter holidays* an offer has been accepted and we are to start looking for a new house. Except, it seems we are a bit too early and that in renting terms we should be looking in the same month we’re hoping to move in. We’ve seen a couple of possible houses that would have been perfect, but  there was always someone else who could move in within a couple of weeks, whereas we can’t move until early July. I’m struggling to remain blase about it. The lovely Kiwi is absolutely upbeat that something will come up that will suit us admirably. I’m sure he’s right, but I hate the feeling of having my hands tied. No one seriously enjoys moving house do they? Knowing it’s coming is just making me want to crack on with it. Get packing, sorting, MOVING dammit, the sooner it’s done the better. Hrrmph hrrmph etc.

Anyhoodle this rambling preamble is a way of an apology for abandoning this little blog so much recently. I have not been doing anything because I am waiting to do things. If that makes any kind of sense. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that as soon as we learned there were to be no more viewings I developed an urge to start a new quilt.

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I love Irish Chains. It’s such a traditional pattern, but always looks really fresh and new. I really wanted to try a triple Irish chain because I have a mental vision of a big, huuuuge one covering my bed one day. Things I learned from this experience: I now have to have a huge triple Irish chain quilt covering my bed one day, and also that’s going to require a lot of fabric because this one eats fabric like there’s no tomorrow. This quilt top is a fairly generous crib size (42 x 56″). All the same it’s taken a metre of the white fabric, 3 half metres of print and various fat quarters to see the top in the picture. I’ve decided not to border it and it will become a living room lap/snuggle quilt. Which brings me to my next moan, I haven’t the (uncarpeted) floor space to baste it, so it may well have to wait until we’re in a new house which I can’t prepare for and WAAAAHHHHH!!!!

Ahem, you’ll be pleased to know that the first strawberry of the year has ripened to luscious picking point. I gave the honours to Barbary Boy as a reward for all his restraint.He cradled it, sniffed it, picked it, ate it and pronounced it ‘a strawberry Mummy, just a strawberry’. It’s possible I build these things up too much 🙂

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Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend.
Thanks for reading,
Helenx

*a slight exaggeration, but only slight.

Easter Holidays

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Wow this has been a long holiday hasn't it? The weather has been unusually glorious which means we've had heaps of days out, adventures and picnics. It's been lovely but I think we're all ready for the routine to return to normal. Back to school and nursery for the monkeys from tomorrow, time for the lovely Kiwi and I to start searching for a new place to live. Our landlady is selling the house we're in now, which is fine we aren't heartbroken by any means, but the prospect of moving always makes my heart sink to my boots. Also twenty-five house viewings with two small people to entertain/tidy-up after is a quick trip to bonkersville (clutching a jiffy cloth and kitchen spray). So I think I'll just keep browsing through our Easter holiday pictures for a bit longer still. All stitchery/crafty stuff has come to almost a complete halt for the last few weeks. Hopefully I will get going again over the next week or so.

How was your Easter?

Thanks for reading,
Hx