Wednesday, 17 December 2014

getting near Christmas!

At work, anyway!

My lovely girls on Saturday! Yes, one of them was not on duty that day, but these two were!

and, yes, I do have some decorations up at home too!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

today's sewing??

Well, most current sewing is secret... But my sewing machine is temporarily packed away, and baking has taken over ... These will be lovely, with a dollop of cream...


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas tree star!

 This block came together nicely, once I had decided what to do. I think the tree needs a star on top, but I am not quite sure what type of star on top is wanted! So, I think I shall let it's recipient decide!

And, with a bit of luck all these blocks can slide into an envelope and get themselves into the post this week!  Then Pico Sailors can decide just what she wants to do with them all!

And I can work out which urgent project gets attention next!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

I can upset you, quite easily...

I have been making preparations...

the first couple of dozen of these are made... lots more to go...

and a plus sized version of my Christmas tree..

 this one will measure 4" when finished, yes, huge! not quite as fiddly as it's friend..

and an extra 3" one... . I have one more block I want to make and then these can go off in the post again...

Just now, however, I am off to watch my girls perform in those tutus!  I am excited to watch them!

Friday, 21 November 2014


The Fat Stash Brit Bee got a little shake up this month. November's queen bee had a few unexpected items crop up in her calendar, and so, has elected to do her month at the end of the bee. So, December's queen has very wisely sent out her request a little early.
Stacked rainbows. with a lovely sketch background.. Only stipulation was that the rainbow start with red, and end with purple, please...

I do not know if I am on my own here, but I love orange and yellow, and find it really difficult to find good ones!But we did it!

 And then I managed another Christmas block, for a previous queen, and will do a couple more extras..Considering how much I do not like FPP, I seem to be doing more of it than I would expect...
Anyway, that is this weeks offerings.. for what it is worth.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Hipbee quilt!

You may remember this from March last year?? No? well, I am not surprised.. It was a while ago..

My bee mates made more of these with blue or mustard backgrounds, and I finally got around to putting them all together...

and then I stopped again. Until I found a back for it. A fleece back. It is, if you like, a lazy back, but very cosy!
So, backed, quilted and bound

A mix of Liberty prints and Kona cottons, and sent off to another home, where someone may benefit from it's cosy qualities! and enjoy how cheerful it looks.

I have joined in with Finish it up Friday, over at Crazy Mom quilts

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Freeze your Bees?

We have a select group making flying geese blocks to swap.. different ones want different blocks in different colours...

I have started!

You know me. I am not a fan of FPP. But this block, and several others this time, are FPP.

So, there is a method out there, for doing these using freezer paper.. and NOT sewing through the paper, therefore, not needing to rip it off, and not needing to throw reams of paper in the bin. So, I gave it a go.

Shades of blue with light neutrals for background, and scrappy..

This is the first one. For lovely Lizzie. I await her verdict.

so, then I can use the backing paper again! so I did.

Stitching slowly, to keep the needle right next to that sewing line, without sewing the paper..

and producing the same block again, but this time in colours for May! Rich jewel colours have been requested. and a variety of neutral backgrounds. 

 I think I can use that piece of paper again...

So, what tips can I give you, on freezer paper FPP?

If your printer heats up the paper will jam inside your printer and you will print maybe half the page.

wait until it has cooled down before you attempt to unstick it.
No, do not ask me how I found that out. Use your imagination.
so, if your printer is like mine, print on normal paper, and trace the design!
and be patient with yourself. There is still the same issue with placements of fabrics to get the right coverage while minimising waste..

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