Around the World Quilting Bee

I am part of a fabulous quilting bee, the brainchild of the clever and oh so organised SummerSadie.  If you click on the button above you can see what the other girls have made.

Quilt around the world bee

I have made my block with a mix of pinks and green and am thinking summer picnic, but to be honest will be happy with whatever I get back. I am going to spend some time later checking out all the other bee members blogs so I can ‘get to know them’

This is my first big swap and I am super excited about having a go at something different. 

Until next time…….


Sunday Stash 3

I joined in the Fat Quarter swap organised by Sew Mama Sew last month and this what I received from my lovely swap partners.

Sunday Stash 3

Thank you ladies. It is so nice to receive fabric you probably wouldn’t have chosen yourself, it helps open your eyes to other possibilities. I love the fact that the fabrics all have a red theme.

Sunday Stash hosted by Tamara at 1/4 of an Inch.

Check out the other stashers here

Happy Stashing!

Swap goodies

A few weeks ago the inspired Katy , a woman after my own heart as she states she too likes to “fritter days away stroking fabric whilst drinking tea and eating cake.” organised a Fat Quarter swap. I was a little late in giving my details so she generously offered to swap with me. Yay! And how lucky was I. This is what arrived yesterday all the way from Yorkshire.


Beautifully wrapped with a satin spotty ribbon.


There was Moda swell, Heather Bailey Pop Garden and some so pretty, I’ll never want to use it, Liberty fabric. 


Plus these cute buttons. I love it all.

So thank you so much Katy. I just have to decide now whether to get involved in your next venture

Until next time……


Now before we start the photos are shocking. It was so dark yesterday and I still can’t fathom out what to do with the camera to take better shots, although I am going to find the tripod out next time to get some clearer pictures. But it’s not going to effect the light. Oh well, I will resign myself to accepting I was never meant to be a good photographer!

Yesterday the postman rang the doorbell and delivered me a wonderful surprise. I signed up for the Stocking Full o’Cheer swap and yay my partner Elaine, who lives in the US , sent me a delightful box of goodies.


I love post and I love even more boxes with surprises in them.


The stocking is beautiful, and as expected the camera doesn’t show it well.  Elaine’s has used silver thread to blanket stitch around the edge and the little angel even has a silver wire halo. The work gone into it is incredible – I hope  she isn’t too disappointed in the one I made her!



Inside the stocking were some gifts – all wrapped….


(I realise now that I didn’t photograph what was inside this tube – but there was a large pile of paper  – all different sorts, to be used in any number of craft projects)

Elaine makes charms and there was this cute charm with a boy sledging and then this cute one below which will be a sweet keepsake.

So THANKYOU so much  – it was a lovely swap to be involved with and Elaine you have made such beautiful things. Happy Christmas!

Flowers and swapping

As promised here is a picture of the crochets flowers I made using the tutorial from Attic 24. I am now waiting for some yarn to be delivered so I can be a bit more adventurous in the colour combinations because although I like the white, I think with coloured yarn they will be gorgeous.


I have posted my goodies for the stocking full o cheer swap and when my partner receives them I will post some more pictures to show you. Here is a sneak peek.


I have never done a swap before and although it was great fun, it meant that I was distracted from doing other things which I should have been doing. I am positively useless at time management and my aim in the New Year is to improve on this….. we will see how I go.


Maybe tomorrow

The new puppy is taking up a fair bit of my time at the moment, although he does sleep a surprising amount of time, however I am constantly cleaning up after him whilst he gets toilet trained. I will hopefully get into a better routine soon and then I will be able to get upstairs to the sewing room do some work.


I joined the Stocking Full O’ Cheer Swap, and admit to not doing anything towards it, until I checked up on some of the other swappers and saw that JennBenn  had been busy making a stocking – ahh I haven’t even thought about mine, plus she has made an ornament – she’s too organised:)  So yesterday I dashed upstairs and found some fabric and ribbon and cracked on and made a couple of hanging ornaments. The stocking will have to wait, although I do have some fabric for it I just need the time. Wednesdays are a busy day because I help out at my children’s school at the lunchtime sewing club and then in the School Library. So maybe tomorrow…..