I was in the Santa Sack Swap which Cheryl organises Santa Sack Swap. My swap partner was Carin. She sent me some wonderful goodies, a huge sack, a table runner, placemats, some really warm knitted mittens, tea towels, and a lovely embroidered hanging. I love them.
This was my second time taking part in this swap and I really enjoy it.
The sign-up is usually in June so keep an eye out for it next year.
I have been so bad. Well over a year and no blog entries. I really have to get into the routine
again of doing an entry, even if it is only once a month. That is my goal for the remainder of the year.
To start with I'm going to to do the FNWF for this Friday the 2nd of September. I am working my way through the Jen Kingwell Smitten blocks so I'll try and get one of them finished (that is after the Mexican Fiesta party in work).
If you want to link up with the FNWF, then click here.
I'll try and load some photos of the swaps I've been in over the past couple of months.
I started this post as it was a lovely day with the sun shining even though it was cold. Now it has turned very dark and grey and the ever present rain has made another appearance and then it even changed to snow (which is very unusual here). Ah well we can but hope.
Spring seemed as if it had made an entrance as the wonderful crocus had started to peep it's head up along with the daffodils and even though it had been very cold in the mornings and evenings when I was travelling to work and home again, the sun had made it's presence felt during the day and the mornings were getting brighter earlier and the evenings were getting shorter. I will be positive (after all the flowers need the rain).
I have been catching up on reading the blogs that I follow while having a break from studying. I am studying for the TMITI (Tax Technician) exams which take place in mid April. At my age it is very hard to get back into the whole idea of classes and study along with trying to work, keep the house going and the most important thing (as far as everyone else is concerned) make sure that there is plenty of food in the house. This leaves very little time for sewing but I try to take a half hour most evenings to help relax.
I've been feeling tired lately and put it down to studying and everything else it takes to keep going but have just gotten the results of my annual blood tests back and my iron levels are way down again (this is the third time in 18 months) so it's back on the iron supplements and maybe more tests. Hopefully the supplements will give me a boost in a couple of weeks so that I can get the 50% I need to pass each of my exams.
To try to keep my mind on sewing I've signed up for two swaps, one is a Rainbow mug rug swap which I've started on.
This was a coloured glass pattern that I decided to do as an english paper piecing project as I can manage to get a bit done during my half hour sewing in the evenings. I'm going to make a striped rainbow back and try to get it finished this week.
The other swap is an english paper pieced small bag (around 5 inches). I have to wait to see who my partner is and what they like before I start this one but I have some ideas bouncing around already.
Can you see a theme here? Yes you guessed it, I love english paper piecing, especially hexagons and I have several books on it. I've signed up to follow the Milliefiori that Katja is doing as I had already purchased the book but will have to watch from the sidelines for a while.
I've also bought the Millefiori book that Quiltmania have after seeing it on several blogs and sites. Again this will be a "to do" project.
What I have managed to do are the kalidescope blocks which I'm still working on and some prairie braid batik columns. I enjoy these as they are nice hand sewing.
If you get a chance please check out Julie's blog for her visit to a festival in a nearby town (she lives in Japan and writes such brilliant pieces about life, the culture and festivals there). I love reading her blog as she takes some great photos, is very informative on the flowers that grow in her garden and around her and makes great use of very small spaces where she lives.
That's all for now. We have a big festival coming up in a couple of weeks, St Patrick's Day (or as we call it Paddy's Day) so I am going to try to take some photos of our local parade.
January is now officially finished. How did it go by so fast?
Last weekend our quilting group had two 2-day workshops with Gillian Travis. The first one was on Townscapes and the second was on an Abstract Shape. I couldn't take time off work so I was only able to attend the Townscapes one. There was a lot of preparation work involved which took up most of the first day. This is as far as I got on the two days (well it was my first attempt at free motion).
It is from a photo of the shops which used to be old warehouses in Bergen.
I was also in the Secret Santa Swap and these are some of the goodies I received from Gillian
These are some of the goodies I sent to her.
I'm busy studying so not much sewing time at the moment but maybe I might get something done during the week.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
I am hoping that 2015 will be a better year. Sadly we lost a dear friend and member of our quilting group at the end of August to cancer and another is having treatment.
I had knee surgery at the end of September to remove cartilage which I've had problems with for a good many years but which was a lot worse over the last year and it was slowing me down. It took me longer to get over it as I had an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic and then I got the vomiting bug which took me a good week to recover from. Thankfully I am now pain free but I will have to have a knee replacement in the next couple of years.
I didn't fulfill my promise to blog more often (bad me!!!) but I am hopeful for the next year that I will be able to. My sewing has been put on hold for a while as I am studying for exams in April but I am doing a workshop at the end of January (will give more details later).
I hope that you all have a peaceful, healthy and happy 2015.
I've just joined up in time for the FNWF (Friday night with friends) over on Cheryl's blog . I'm going to be working on some crazy blocks which some members of my quilt group are making for a charity quilt. We can use any fabrics we like so it will be a good way of using up scraps. Hope you all have a great Friday night.
I actually managed to get some of my goals done (a little miracle).
I finished the binding on my New York Beuaty Scrappy Quilt (which I will be using as a wall hanging).
I joined two swaps in flickr (one is for a fabric bin/basket and the other for a mug rug).
I made the fabric bin today (isn't it great having a day off from work). My partner likes text fabrics and the colours blue, green, gray and navy. I used a tape measure fabric for the lining. This was really easy to make. You'll find the tutorial on Birch Fabrics and you can make it in three different sizes (I made the small one).
I hope to get the mug rug made on Monday (long bank holiday weekend).
I've also been working on kaleidoscope blocks. So far I have the sections done for four blocks. 12 more to go.
I have loved watching the Great British Sewing Bee (the second series) on the BBC and treated myself to the book which comes with patterns. Another to go on the To Do list.
We're making a charity quilt in my quilting group for a cancer charity (some of our members and families are going through treatment at the moment) so I need to go through my fabrics and see what yellows and greens I have. We're making a crazy patch one.