And breathe….

Little Miss Bossy-Boots is off to Ireland with her Daddy to visit Grandma and Grandpa. This is her first holiday without me and we are both very excited about it. The reasons for her excitement are pretty obvious, I’m sure; she’s going to be spoilt rotten and have the undivided attention of quite a few grown-ups. My excitement can be summed up with three words: sewing, sleeping and not-having-to-repeat-everything-734 times (ok that’s not really one word but I’m sure you can let me off this time).

I’ve got a few sewing projects lined up but first on my list is the tutorial for my Modern Churn Dash quilt. I realise I promised to have it up this week but somehow time just slipped away from me. I have started on it and I hope to get it finished very soon.

Modern Churn Dash TutorialThese are the fabrics I’m using and I’m making a cushion cover. I thought about making another quilt but realised that I just didn’t have the time. However, I’ll be giving the measurements for the quilt too.

Today I just need to help Little Miss Bossy-Boots buy some chocolate to bring and pack her suitcase. Tomorrow I will crawl out of bed at 5am and help her get ready to catch a very early train to the airport with her Daddy. And then…

.. I will breathe. And crawl back to bed.


Finish Along Q2

It’s time to get making the list again. This time, I’m sure, it won’t be quite as long as in Q1 but there are still more than enough projects to keep me busy.

1. Athea Bloom is the one on the right. I’ve already decided that it will become a medallion quilt, so I need to make some borders….

Athea Spring Version and Bloom2. My Sew-Euro-Bee-An quilt. I need to turn the blocks into a top, baste, quilt and bind it.

Sew-Euro-Bee-an3. The Heron Log Cabin quilt. First of all it needs a better name, then it needs to be basted, quilted and bound.

Heron Log Cabin4. The Portholes. They’ve been a WIP for the last two years and really need to be dealt with now.


5. The Robin. I realise Christmas is still eight months away but you know how quickly time flies when you’re having fun?!

Close up Robin6. Art Deco. I have a magazine rack with a black handle and this EPP block will be used for the sides which at the moment are a very tatty black vinyl.

Art Deco7. Good Fortune. This one is already basted and marked, ready for quilting.

Good Fortune8. Spring Carnival. This is going to be put at the top of my list now as I really want to have it finished for FQR London.

Spring Carnival Progress9. Scrappy Trip Around the World. I’m still thinking that it should become a quilt rather than a cushion. I’m thinking a picnic quilt would be nice. It also means I could get away with ‘only’ making another 12 blocks.

Scrappy Trip


I thought this was going to be it but now I realise I have another two projects I need to put on the list.

10. The Brontosaurus. Another pattern I tested for Juliet and that I was sure I was going to turn into a cushion straightaway. No WIPs , I thought, and failed. It’s still sitting there waiting.

Brontosaurus11. The Euro Siblings Together quilt. I’m still waiting on two blocks but once they’ve arrived I can finish it and get it ready to bring to London in July.

Euro Siblings TogetherLinking up to Finish Along 2014 over at The Littlest Thistle.

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Jewel Ta Dah!

That’s right, Jewel is finished. Maybe I should’ve changed the name as it doesn’t really look like a jewel but, hey ho, I can’t think of anything else.

JewelI love the hand quilting and will definitely do more of it. I also love the red binding. Little Miss Bossy-Boots was crying when I told her that she couldn’t keep this mini.

This mini quilt is off to its new home in America. Bye, bye, little quilt!



It was the end of March yesterday which also means the end of Q1 of the Finish-Along hosted by Katy of The Littlest Thistle. You may remember -as I have been harping on about it- that I put fifteen projects on my FAL list and I’m happy to report that I finished six of them.

1. Athea Spring was turned into a finished cushion. It sits on my sofa and makes me happy every time I look at it.

Athea Spring

2. The DQS 14 mini, Liberty Bloom, was finished and sent all the way to Canada.

Liberty Bloom

3. In the Woods was turned into a sewing machine cover.

Sewing Machine Cover4. The Triceratops was sewn and turned into a cushion for Little Miss Bossy-Boots. This was a truly fun pattern to test and you can find it in Juliet’s shop.

Triceratops Cushion5. A Dashing Echo was quilted and bound and now resides on my bed where Charlie my cat and I fight about it. Even though the quilt isn’t bound in the picture below I picked it because I wanted to show you how much Charlie loves it.

Charlie asleep

6. Liberty Butterfly was turned into a cute little cushion.



I’m rather happy with how much I’ve achieved. The other projects will end up on Q2 of the Finish-Along, I’m sure. I’m very pleased to report that I haven’t actually started any new WIPs. Everything I’ve started in the last three months I’ve finished. Long may it continue!

Finish Along 2014