I had such a good weekend... I went to Edinburgh (always a Good Thing) and met up with mum. We went to the cinema, which I haven't done in donkeys, and we saw "The Angels Share" - a filum with no explosions and a proper story!! So, so good... And on Sunday... Awe.Some.... Me and mum went to Jo's
lovely shop for a sewing day with Katy
, Fiona, Lynz
. It was mum's first time meeting cool quilters, and it was my first time meeting Lynz and Julie too. That was especially nice!
Everyone was so lovely - I had cake and endless cups of tea, a braw lunch from the sandwich place round the corner, we all chatted sewing and fabric ALL DAY.... and I got to shop... It was such a brilliant day.
And as if it wasn't good enough, we went for dinner after and I got the tastiest pizza! I didn't get any photys, I'm not very good at remembering things like that really. Actually forgot to do any sewing whilst I was there too...
Naturally I've been a bit dozy this week. Lots of getting up and going back to bed. Had a doozy of a blank yesterday too, I was making a cup of tea, and I remember the kettle boiling and putting the teabag in my mug (my 500ml + mug). I think I remember filling my mug but I'm not that sure. Then I was standing there with an empty mug and some very wet clothes.... ouchy... Don't worry, it certainly woke me up and I was standing right next to a freezer handily full of bags of frozen fruits and veg etc and I got my first aid certificate when I was about 10... So I'm fine, no blisters, just a few red marks. All in a days sleep eh?
Sleepiness aside, I have managed to get wee bits of sewing done this week too. (drum roll please....)
First Time Ever... I'm the first in Brit Bee this month to post finished blocks! Amazing! This was Katy
s month and so I got my bee fabrics on Sunday. She picked a bundle of greys and aquas that had me itching to shop (such a toddler...I see, I like, I want....) and she wanted 2 retro flowers blocks. I'd seen lots of people doing the retro flowers quilt along
, and its a beautiful block.
I painstakingly got all my curves sewn with only one unpick - another record! After a scary amount of trimming I got the blocks together with not toooo many unpicks...
Pretty huh? All my petal middles are really mismatched, and I don't really understand how that happened, but I was concentrating really hard on getting the edges of the petals to line up.... I think they look okay... Hope Miss August approves.
Something else Katy gave me a push to get on with was learning to do inset circles. I'd attempted to try it once before but given up half way through the tutorial and ended up with a sort of portholey reverse applique type thing. Anyway. Miss Thistle reminded me I only had a few days to do it, so I got stuck in.
Not too shoddy! I liked the method, but I used a lot less glue than they did and I still found it a bit too sticky! My favourite bit of the tute is where it says
"Peel and pop the fabric off the pattern to release the paper."
I did three of them and not once did the fabric "pop" off the paper... It just didn't want to shift at all! In all three it ended up being torn off in bits. And I was really really sparing with the glue, honest!
Aside from that though, I was quite happy with how it went, it was certainly speedy! I just might see if I can do without the glue? Or was I not supposed to use Loctite?
And finally (yes its fluff) there's a jolly little linkyparty / giveaway / competition going on a Lily Pad Quilting
, called Pets on Quilts! How could I *not* enter little Ellsabub?? (Sorry Hadley, Cat on Quilt photos coming up...) Well, I got the camera out, but this was the view....
Not the prettiest pic of cat or quilt. So I stuck the camera under the quilt and stole a photy before she complained.
That's my cutie!!!
And here's a few more just for fun...
So, I'm linking up, do go have a look here
and see if Ells is as cute as the other entries ;-)