Thursday, 24 March 2016

Milestone!

Over five thousand views! Can you believe it? More than 5000 people have found and read my blog! Little old me!

Wow.

I'm so thrilled, so can I just say thank you to everyone, whether you came here by mistake, or on purpose! I thank you for checking out my blog, lots of you are repeat visitors, so that's good, I must be doing something right and the stats are interesting, too, truly having a global reach from here in the UK, to Guatemala, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Romania, Germany, France, Finland and many more!

So, back to quilty stuff!

I've had a mother fabric delivery for my Lucy Boston Patchwork of The Crosses Block of the Month club. You can see them below. They're all Liberty fabrics and they really are gorgeous. If you ever get the chance to peruse a Liberty fabric collection, then please do so. I've got the first block all thread basted and ready to go.



I didn't make it to sewing group last night, as I wasn't feeling very well, but hopefully I will make it next time.

In the meantime, this is the Apple Pie that my son made at school in Food Tech class. 



It was very yummy! Or so I've been reliably informed. I couldn't eat it, because it wasn't gluten free. Never mind. He's promised to make me a GF version during the Easter hols. Kids had their last day at school today for two weeks.

So, Have  a great Easter everyone!

Stay safe, be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what sort of day someone else is having and that one smile from you, or helpful word, can make all the difference in somebody's day.

Happy sewing!

Louisa xxx

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A competition win!

Remember how a few posts ago, I mentioned that I'd bought a new magazine to try out? British Patchwork & Quilting. Well, in that, there were a few competitions, so I entered them and sent off my form, never in a million years expecting to win anything and then yesterday this came in the post!

I was so totally surprised! I do like appliqué and though the patterns aren't something I'd probably try, there was a lot of good templates and things within the book that I could use. I don't know. I might do a giveaway. Would anyone be interested in a giveaway? Let me know and if enough people want me to do one, then I'll set something up so its nice and fair to everyone who enters.

In the meantime, Happy Quilting!

Louisa xxx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Early Mother's Day gift!

Look what my kiddies got me as an early Mother's day gift!





Aargh! Another project for me to start! Must. Not. Do. It. Yet. Must. Finish. Other. Work. First!

It's so tempting though. It came with a CD rom in the back, with all the cutting measurements for each block, or paper piecing templates if you prefer to do it that way.

Some of the blocks look very difficult, but I guess it's on a par with the Dear Jane quilt, as you get letters from farmer's wives with each block, all written during the great depression and published in a magazine at the time to keep up spirits, which I find fascinating. We all know crafting and sewing/quilting in particular, is very therapeutic. If you sew when you're feeling down or ill, it can take your mind away from your troubles and make you feel a little bit better. Sometimes heaps better!

I've been busy with my blocks for my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses, but also trying to fit in writing time. I've got three more chapters to write to finish off my sixth title for Mills and Boon and I have a cracking idea for my seventh, so....busy, busy, busy! The February fabrics had room for some fussy cutting, so I fussy cut the centre hexies and when I sewed them together, found that not just the front got to look pretty!


Here's a finished block from month two.



So, I'm going to have to put my Farmers' Wife project away for a while. I have Trail Mix to do and Lucy Boston. And though there are way too many projects to tempt me, I am determined to get these two finished before I start on anything else.

Please tell me I'm not the only one struggling with too many pretty projects!

Happy quilting!

Louisa xxx