Sunday, 28 November 2010

I'm not saying much these days

Because I'm working on a few secret things (including a birthday quilt for my Mum which I can't show on the blog in case she sees it) and I can't show you any of them until next spring so it's going to be pretty quiet around here for a while.  But I can show you this month's block in the Amitie BOM which I have just finished.
Me and this block we had issues
Remind me why I am subjecting myself to this piecing torture. OK, I confess I'm loving it but I am finding it challenging and the seam ripper is my constant companion. If anyone else doing the BOM doesn't recognise the fabrics or the shapes in this block, I am simplifying where I can and, this month, adding my own fabrics where I made such an **** of cutting the Amitie fabrics I was forced to cut into some of my own.  And, BTW, this block is nestling in crisp snow at a balmy minus 8C - brrr - I stayed in the house in my slippers to take this one and just chucked the block down on the snow by the back door.

I also promised I'd show you any more blocks made for me in the Busy Bees bee over on Flickr where I've asked everyone to make large hexagons.  Angela Tweedledee Designs / Cut to pieces who is not only ludicrously talented but also one of my very favourite people out there in blogland and flickrland, made this amazingly fabulous hexagon.  Just take a minute to look closely and try to work out how she did it because I'm still baffled.  I know maths was involved (fractals, whatever they are) as was hand stitching.  Yikes.
November Hexagon Block for Lynne

Friday, 19 November 2010

And the winner is ...

... well it's the end of the day here on Friday and I cannot tell you how much fun I have had reading all your hilarious stories - they have made me laugh and laugh and laugh.  So Mr Random Generator did his thing and came up with this number:
Now, I'm going to see if the person who has won this giveaway is paying attention because this is what they wrote. 
 "An embarrassing moment.  I was in a crowded pub (I live in Ireland) where they had some set dances performing on the floor.  I was sitting on a stool at the bar and there comes this man to stand just in front of me.  I couldn't see anything!  After a while, I asked him if he'd rather sit where I was so I could stand and at least try to see a bit of the show.  He looked at me very annoyed and I thought how unkind!  Well...I didn't realise he was one of the dancers, who had to stand for a while as part of the dance.  Yep, it was good to hide among the crowd then...".  
If that's you, leave me a comment on this post and I will get in touch with you.  But I'm not that mean so I will get in touch with this person anyway after the weekend if they miss this post.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Some dolce

In two of the bees I'm in, Tanya Whelan's beautiful dolce line is being used this month.  Amanda has sent it out for her month together with Kona mid-grey with a request for pinwheel blocks.  I was going to make two different but loved the one I made so much, I made two:
Both November blocks for Amanda
And I sent some dolce out in my bee with a request for everyone to make large hexagons to go into my dolce hexagon quilt.  So far I have one fabulous block back from Tacha and I'll show you the rest as they arrive in my letter box.
Lynne - Busy Bees 
Thank you also to every single one of you who has taken the time to leave an embarrassing story for me to read - they have kept me howling with laughter all weekend.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Two giveaways!

At the same time as I am giving away a Moda scrap bag (see this post), Mandy, my real life friend and owner of the online fabric shop Simply Solids is having a giveaway on her blog - she is giving away an Accuquilt GO Cutter so head on over to her blog and leave your comments for a chance to win!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Giveaway time!

Well, to celebrate this blog being very nearly at 300 followers, Mandy from Simply Solids, the UK's premier Kona solids supplier, has kindly agreed to host a giveaway on my blog.  We are giving away a Moda scrap bag - containing half a pound of selvedge strips from the Sandy Gervais Awesome line.  These bags are a real bargain - almost as much as a jelly roll for half the price and great for jelly roll projects, selvedge projects or as a boost to your stash.
If you have a minute, click here and have a look around Mandy's shop - as well as the Kona solid yardage and jelly rolls, she sells various moda pre-cuts and yardage and other fabric lines including Tufted Tweets, Timber, Urban Circus, Laura Gunn's Poppies and Flora and Fauna.  And, as a reminder of what you can win, here is a picture of the Sandy Gervais Awesome line - lots of beautiful autumnal colours.

How to enter?  Simple - you get three chances to win the giveaway.  1. Leave a comment telling me something embarrassing you've done at some point in your life - just to give me a laugh really.  2. Click to follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me you have done so (or that you already are a follower).  3. Click to follow Mandy's Simply Solids blog and leave me a comment telling me you have (or that you already are a follower of her blog).  I will draw a winner some time next Friday so you have a week to enter.  Good Luck!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Thank you thank you thank you

Thank you to all of you who left such lovely comments on my previous post - each and every one of them were so kind and generous and made my day.  It's just been collected by the courier and is now heading towards my sister in the French Alps.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Ta Da

Penguin Books Quilt finished

Sunday, 7 November 2010

I'll always remember that occasion...

That is the starting line of the royal song which I promised you a couple of posts ago.  More later in this post after a peek at the block I made for Anna whose month it is in "Ringo Pie", a bee I joined in the summer where we make blocks to a certain theme.  Anna chose desserts this month and I settled on cake.  Everyone loves cake, especially a cake which is full of all sorts of weird random ingredients, a bit like the colourful cakes our mum used to make for us when we were little which she filled with exciting mixtures of food colouring, turning a plain old sponge into something quite unexpected.
November Ringo Pie block for Anna
Anyway, enough of cake, here is the song which one of the three of us (my two sisters or I) made up back in the 1970s although there are arguments between us as to which one it was.  So, to the tune of "how much is that doggy in the window?" ... 

I'll always remember that occasion,
When Captain Mark Phillips and Anne,
Got married at the Royal Wedding,
I'll always remembrit if I can."

Underwhelmed?

Friday, 5 November 2010

November bee blocks

Jessica (quilthappie) sent us a selection of grey, aqua and grape coloured fabrics and gave us free rein to make whatever we wanted as long as we included a square of red.  I had fun with these, having a go at a bit of improv and curved piecing which is kind of outside my comfort zone!
November block II for Jessica

November block for Jessica

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Have you ever made a lucky mistake?

Quilting away, line after line after line after line, concentration slips and you end up quilting where you had decided not to, sigh, grab seam ripper ... wait a minute ... oooh that looks quite good.  So, having decided NOT to quilt over the coloured sections of the books, I accidentally did and look how great it looks.  Kind of old leather bound book.
Now I know the Penguin classic "paper" backs were not in fact leather bound but I kind of like the look.  I mean, they weren't all the colours of the rainbow either but who wants a whole quilt of orange books?  Not my sister, that's who not.  She likes purple.  And the customer's always right - although in one case she is wrong - she says it was me who made up the family song about Princess Anne's wedding but I didn't, it was her.  If you want to know the words to the song, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.  As a teaser, it is sung to the tune of "how much is that doggy in the window?" and was made up at a time when she was full of royal glee at Princess Anne's wedding to Captain Mark Phillips (which in time went the way of a number of our royal marriages so the song has fallen into disuse.) Anyway, let me know if you want to know the words so you can have a go at singing it.