Saturday, 16 June 2012
We also spent some time today rearranging Euan's bedroom, now he's three it's time he has a bit more of "boys" bedroom instead of the current lemon coloured walls with Pooh bear wall decals. So part of deciding how to decorate has involved moving storage units from my sewing room/Pete's office and I unearthed some of my scrapbooking supplies that I bought years ago (honestly it's been years!). I did a fair bit of scrapbooking before Euan came along but for some reason since his arrival I have done nothing ... nada. Taken loads of photos and even got some of them printed too but I haven't made any scrapbook pages about my little boy. Most people get into scrapbooking WHEN they have kids to mark all the major events, and the not so major one too, but not me, it's like I've been scared away from it! I could have made the time, I certainly have for making quilts, and a scrapbook page takes a fraction of the time of a quilt! So I'm going to have a read this this lot for inspiration and finally get round to recording some of my son's life.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Not a lot has been going in terms of making stuff for a while, no real reason just lots of stuff - mostly very boring, but real life stuff - going on.
But I have been buying The Art of Quilting magazine and been following the sampler quilt which it will create. Admittedly I need to do quite a few to catch up but this is where I've got to so far. I'm pretty pleased with how they have turned out :)
I've also, finally, gotten round to quilting my star quilt. Hopefully I'll get the binding made tonight and get it sewn on this weekend - only started it in Feb so a fairly quick make for me!!
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Now what does every 3 year old super-hero-in training need .............. a cape, so what does every mummy of a super-hero-in-training need to make - a cape!!
I give you "Super Dude"!!!!!!
Friday, 13 April 2012
Been doing a little of the backing for my star quilt which needs to be pieced so it's taking me longer than I had anticipated.
Been doing a little reading and I've started The Hunger Games trilogy - read the first book and saw the film in the same week - now I'm onto book 2, 'Catching Fire'. First books I've read this year I think!
But the big news in our house in the last couple of weeks has been another step away from babyhood, towards toddlerhood for the dude - potty training, toilet learning, whatever you want to call it - we no longer use nappies during the day!!!! Yay!!!
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
I had planned to make a mini quilt to take part in the Mini Quilt Challenge but I lost track of time and missed about a week of the timescale so that got hit on the head. I did get myself a dresden ruler (which I've been wanting for AGES) and I had a little play about with this. I've got a little idea of a mini quilt to build around this, just need to get my finger out and get it done!!
Now I'm off to see who the Biggest Loser is!
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
It's early here, crack of dawn should still be in bed early. I had a little visit earlier from a small person and glanced at the alarm clock....... I thought it said 6:30. Well, I thought my alarm is set for 6:45 so I'll just get up a little early. Only it wasn't 6:30, it was 5:30!
But by the time I'd realised that I was out of bed! So I just decided to stay up. I've got 'work' work to do anyway. That's dedication (or stupidity) for you!!
Sunday, 26 February 2012
My first lesson of today was that if you need to get up early (for a Sunday) don't sit up to nearly 1am watching programs about tornados - no matter how interesting they are! (I'm a bit of weird weather nut) I'm not really very good on 6hrs sleep.
I tried to get a slightly better picture of my star quilt top this morning outside, it's still not great but that's phones & rain for you!!
Among many things I learned at the show was that some people must have short memories - I had to really, really bite my tongue about the tuts & looks the kids (and us) got when having our lunch. Yes 2 yr old boys don't always sit still and sometimes they have tantrums when they're tired (they weren't even behaving very badly at all, just being toddlers who were tired and hungry). Did they're children never have a tantrum!! (ok rant over!)
After the quilt show we then decided to give the boys an opportunity to do something more suited to them..... soft play!!!!! They had a ball (boom, boom) but taking a decent picture on the otherhand was nearly impossible. Running, climbing, sliding for 90mins in soft play when you're 2 is the best thing in the world :)
Saturday, 25 February 2012
After all the unpicking I did the other night, I finally got round to sewing it all together tonight after bedtime. I probably didn't put it together with as much care as I should have but it's done and I'm really chuffed with it. It's approximately 60x60 so it's a perfect, snuggling up on the couch watching tv size. Needs a good press and a better picture (can't do much with the light at 10.30pm and a camera phone!) but I'm very, very happy with it.
Now I just need to get myself some wadding - I've only got a teeny weeny bit left from the huge bundle I bought about 2 years ago :(
Friday, 24 February 2012
I had great plans this week for my star quilt top. Got the star all cut out and the strips sewn together last week. All I needed was some suitable background fabric and I was set to go.
So after a wee think about the right background colour (I went red after all) and a short shopping trip last Thursday, I had the perfect fabric and was all raring to go. Well kind of.
I managed to convince my sister to do a mini service to my machine, it has been badly neglected by me *bad me* so she had a little poke around and it all seemed much better for it. Running much quieter, which when you have a toddler & do most of your sewing across the landing from his bedroom once he's asleep is a god-send.
Then the weekend went past in a flash and I got nothing sewn. So on Wednesday I finished work early as the small person is at his gran's til his daddy collects him at 7pm so I knew I had a good 2 hrs to myself. Out came the new fabric and the rotary cutter, 4 squares and 4 triangles later, I started sewing, getting on great guns till I was on my last block and I actually looked at my seams - they were HUGE!!!! How I didn't notice it until the last one is beyond me but I didn't so all my good work on Wednesday was last night unpicked:(
(I managed to have my needle set too far left btw, so my seams were 3/8th not 1/4th - really annoying)
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012
So I'm going to busy with stripes and stars!?!?!?
I've got another week off work on sick leave, which is odd. I'm very, very rarely off work, especially for 2 weeks! So I'm planning on keeping myself busy, or should I say spending time on things other than looking after Euan and doing housework. I'm looking forward to a week of baking and making stuff!
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
I spotted this little button on a couple of blog when I surfing the web and lo and behold, it starts this week. This is very unusual for me to see something and actually find out what is going on at the beginning of it.
It's a 5 week series about doing a fantastic Modern Mini - so why not I was thinking. I'm in need of some distractions and also something to give me a kick up the a$$. This seems just the thing I need. Here is the first post about it on Stitchery Dickory Dock blog, there is a wee calendar at the bottom of the post detailing all necessaries.
And ooohhh get me - 2 posts in 2 days!!!!
Monday, 6 February 2012
So the festive season was lovely and peaceful for a few days, we took the monster ten-pin bowling for the first time and had a really good time, watched lots of films, played with all his new toys but then some family stuff happened which put a dampner on things for a little while.
Then it was back to work and talking about hitting the ground running, I feel like I've spent January constantly chasing myself and getting nowhere. Then some more family stuff happened, one of my uncles' died after a relatively short illness so that kind of shook me a bit. We hadn't seen each other for about 18 months but everytime we did it was always like old times, he was always a happy man so it's really sad that he's no longer with us. So to round off January I've got a bit of a health thing that means I need a little op this week. While it has been a bit unexpected, it has resulted in having to take some time off work. All of this stuff going on has meant that January has been very quiet on the making things front. Had lots of ideas but no time/energy. So never one to waste an opportunity I was trailing through some blogs the other day and came across this fantastic one on this fab blog. So last night I got together this little lot and started cutting. Boy had I forgotten how stress relieving it is.