Tuesday, 22 April 2014

It's awfully quiet here ....

because School is back!
(insert huge happy grin here)

Don't get me wrong, I love having my family home but by the end of the holidays I'm over it. 
I need my house back (anyone with teenagers will understand this, 2 leave the house and 6 come back!)
 and routine and with routine comes a clean house oh, and of course, wouldn't you know it, at 8am this morning it started raining!  Thought it might have held off until at least 3.10 :o)

I've not been Idle though, allow me to share.
I changed the pages in my Cottage Garden Threads Holder and am much happier now.
The pages are also double sided.


A new Book arrived.
And I have to say, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one.
It has been a while since a quilting book has inspired me so :o)


Kate's Blog is here if you would like to take a look.

 Friendship Quilt

I've made my next two blocks for the Friendship Quilt I'm making with Claire.

  

I was obviously in a little Blue and Green mood :o)
The first block is Red Letter Day and the second Round and Round
both by Camille over at Thimble Blossoms and made in Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

I have these cut to play with next - the fabric is from April Showers by Bonnie and Camille


I've also been making a little village

 

and now have a new Mini on my wall


I've split my Minis onto two walls now. One is my Bonnie and Camille wall and the other is my Rainbow wall.

Lastly, I have been plodding away at my Sue Spargo BOM.


I am really enjoying playing with such gorgeous threads, wool's, velvet's and silks 


There is a Media Ban on this BOM so this is all I can show you at the moment.
I am keeping up with the block construction but have not dived head first into the embellishing yet.

Hoping you are finding time to do something you love
and that you all had a safe and fun filled Easter break.
hugs Sharon

Friday, 18 April 2014

Tilda Goodies for Lee

"Tilda"

I have been doing a little secret sewing for a one on one swap over on Instagram.

These are the goodies that I made for Lee.


A Social Tote (No. 6)
Cottage Garden Threads Holder - pattern by Gail Pan
Needle Book - pattern by Gail Pan





  

I am so pleased with how this set has turned out.
The fabrics are a little out of my comfort zone but I do love them all sewn up.

Thank you for popping by,
hugs Sharon

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Enchanted Tote on a busy day


Earlier today I had this exciting parcel of fabric arrive in the mail from Sarah Fielke.
This is Sarah's new fabric range
"Enchanted"


My job was to turn that pile on the left into a Social Tote.
I have had a couple of distractions (more on them in a minute) but here it is,
all ready to be posted back to Sarah tomorrow :o)


I must say that the colors in this range are simply beautiful and very pretty.


So that is my 7th Social Tote and that pattern still gets me every time.
No skipping ahead. I have to read the instructions just like it was my first time!

As for my distractions.  First off was this little fella.


He flew into the window in my sewing room. A little stunned he hung around for a while.  Took a walk around to the back door and had a chat with Lily.  Lily tried to tell me that she wanted to keep him.  

  

I think he is someones pet as I went outside and he came up to sit on my arm.  Lovely bird. Hopefully he has found his way home and is safe now.

Next up wasn't really a distraction for me but it kept Lily busy which in turn allowed me more sewing time.

Declyn made a cake.


A rather impressive cake. 
From scratch, no packet mixes here.


I'm thinking that I should "hand ball" the birthday cake making duties to Declyn.


Especially when he does this "just because".
Tasted delish :o)

hugs Sharon

Friends Having Fun Swaps

FHFS

It's time for our first swap for the year - Dresden.

My secret partner to send to is the lovely Fiona.  I made her this Dresden Hoop Hanging.



And if you remember, Fiona so kindly sent me a Mug Rug a little while back when I happen to put it out there that I do not like them. Well it was time for payback!  On Fiona's form she listed "Brussel Sprouts" on her dislikes and followed it with a comment along the line of "I should be safe there".
  Well my dear friend, one should be careful what she puts out there :o) 

Here is my first "venture" into "fabric design and fabric printing" all compiled into a new
Mug Rug for Fiona.


Thank you for the fun Fiona :o)


And look what I have received from the lovely Cheryl in the same swap.
Just perfect for me and Lily loved her little surprise and they did not last long, thank you Cheryl.


It's designed to hold all these lovely goodies but I've also taken them out and used it to hold a WIP in whilst out.  I love it Cheryl. Huge thank you.

I've also got a little mail from E. Bunny :o)


Huge thank you E. Bunny. You are so thoughtful. 

hugs Sharon



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

New Quilt - Red Letter Day

"Red Letter Day"
pattern by Thimble Blossoms

This quilt has come about very quickly.
Some time last week I made this pull of fabric


Then on Sunday I made my first block.


and then walked away.
Monday I went back and made a few more, posting them to Instagram as I went.


By the time I went to bed last night I had a quilt top :o)
An iron this morning and a quick photo shoot.



I LOVE how this has turned out.  I changed some of the fabrics as I went and am so pleased with the result.
So much so that today I am working on the backing and hope to send it off to the quilters very soon.

Each block is 22.5" square which makes the quilt about 66" square.

At last a start and almost a finish in the one post!

Enjoy your day,
hugs Sharon