Wednesday, 27 February 2013

WIP Wednesday

Today I was hoping to post some finished blocks and some in progress blocks and I will but they are not the ones I thought/wanted to have at this stage!

I was hoping to be able to show you the blocks I made for the [4x5] Modern Mini-Bee which were due to be posted last Saturday, well I had a bit of a delay on this one. One of the problem of leaving it a tiny bit late... I knew I had all I needed in terms of fabric choices to make up my blocks and I was right... but what I forgot to check was whether I had enough. And of course, when I digged out my background fabric, I realised that I didn't have enough Kona Ash and it was far too late to get some on time to make my blocks. And when I tried to find some Kona Snow, which I know I have *somewhere* in the house, well I couldn't find it anywhere. I definitely have some but I don't have a clue where it has gone. With the building work in the house, things have moved around so much that I still haven't been able to find and sort everything back to their new place. So for now, I will be able to show you my 3 finished blocks

and my 2 in-progress blocks that I will finish as soon as I get the background fabric.

The first 3 blocks are on their way but I missed the deadline for the swap since I couldn't finish all my blocks by last Saturday so I will have to sit the next quarter out unfortunately :-(

Monday, 25 February 2013

Liebster's award

I can't believe it is nearly a month since Ange from Heart of Charnwood nominatd me for the Liebster award Dicover new Blog! Thank you very much Ange! The award is an opportunity to promote other small blogs and to tell a little about yourself.

To qualify, you need to have under 200 hundred followers (me) or be under 6 months old in blogging terms, and then do the following:

1.List 11 random things about yourself

2. Answer 11 random questions
3. Choose 11 blogs to pass it on to

4. Create 11 questions for those 11 people

So here goes, 11 random things:

1. I don't have a pet
2. I am a fan of 80s music

3. I would love to live in Denmark.
4. I love black chocolate
5. I don't like heights
6. I love travelling but don't like flying so much
7. I don't like Paris

8. I started patchwork (by hand) and cross stitch at the same time but I hardly do any cross stitch now
9. I am a hopeless joiner
10. I use to play the clarinet
11. I can't work on one project at any one time, I always need to have several on the go!

Now the 11 questions from Ange:

1. What was the nicest dream you've ever had?

A dream where my Dad was here with us and my children is always a nice dream.

2. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Difficult choice but I would probably say Denmark.

3 What is your favourite name?

4. Red or white wine?
Depends what I am eating with it.

5. Favourite gadget (not sewing related)
Google Nexis tablet - such a great time waster...

6. Favourite quilter/blogger
I love Leah Day's blog, videos and free motion quilting. There are plenty of others that I really like too though!

7. Which fruit or vegetable best describes you?
Raspberry because this is my favourite berry!

8. Most exciting thing you've ever done?
Visiting Japan on self-made tour
9. Most hated word?
Anything chav!

10. How did you choose your blog name?
By using a combination of French and patchwork! I suppose it could be translated by "In the spirit of patchwork".
11. What is your worst habit?
Always planning enough for 2 years when I only have 2 hours....

And my 11 nominations (some of you didn't show your number of followers but I like your blog anyway, I hope this is fine!):

1. Jennie's threads
2 Nat at made-inhome

3 Cille

4. Sew me

5. Pippa's Patch

6 The Blue Bellbird

7. Berlin Quilter

8. Douce Points

9. Run Quilt Knit Write

10. Quiltova

11. Shark's Dinner

And my questions for you ladies:

1. When did you start quilting and why?
2. Where do you dream of living one day?
3 What is your favourite book?
4. Black of milk chocolate?

5. What is your favourite gadget (not sewing related)?

6. Who is your favourite famous person?
7. What is your favourite notion?
8. What pattern would like to try one day?
9. What is your favourite colour?
10. If you had to pick one word to describe you, what would it be?
11. Are you usually taking part in swaps bees etc or have you never tried it (yet!)?
Over to you!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Hexie flowers

I am running behind with my flowers for the Hexie Inchy Swap but I finished Dawn's ones when we travelled back last week-end. Hexie flowers are such a portable project that I usually carry some paper and fabric hexies in a small bag in handbag at all times. Dawn wanted dark red with a cream centre.

I also received some gorgeous flowers from Joke a little while ago

and from Cathy in Canada

Now what about joining the hexie bee? Come on and have fun with us!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Hexie lovers - this one is for you!

Are you hexie mad? Do you love hexies?  Do you want to join a new Bee, starting its third hive now? Well run over to Stacey's blog to sign up and join the Flicker group too! We are waiting for you to start playing...

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Monsters are on their way

One of this month theme for the BBC swap was monsters. So I took inspiration from one of Mr Cars pyjama who is covered in monsters and aliens to make my 4-legs, 1-eye bitty block:
I really like the rounded body and 4 legs so I made an army of monsters in an assortment of bright colours.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WIP Wednesday - more blocks and baking

I can't believe it has been 2 full weeks since I last posted anything, where does the time go? As you can guess it has been pretty busy here, probably why I had disappeared temporarily from my blog. I still trying to find a routine now that I am back at work and I must say it is far from easy to fit everything in, probably another reason why I only blog erratically at the moment. In the last week or so we also had birthday celebrations, which have kept me busy in the kitchen. Miss Strawberry Shortcake turned 4 this month so we had a "at home" party where I road tested my princess castle cake
and then a "with friends" celebration at the local indoor play area with a Hello Kitty cake
and a "family and friends" joint party back home in France at the week-end where I cooked for 27 and made another "princess castle" cake for Miss Strawberry Shortcake
a football for Mr Cars who is turning 7 next month
and a teddy bear for Miss Baby who has turned 1 already but we have decided to give her an "official" birthday this month.

Lots of cooking, lots of baking, lots of partying, lots of planning, lots of shopping and travelling and very little time for sewing really. I did manage a few minutes of sewing now and then though, just to keep sane.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

WIP Wednesday More bee blocks

Thank you to all of you who visited my blog during the Dare to Dresden blog hop, I am glad so many of you commented on my liberated Dresden or wavy Dresden. I will try to get back to everyone who is not a no-reply bogger individually but at the moment, I seem to have very little free time.
Before I start something new/else, I have played catch up with my bee blocks over the last week or so, I am getting there but I still have a couple to finish off.

Amelie sent us some yummy linen/Japanese fabric for us to make a mod mosaic block for her for Bee Europa 2012/2013.


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