This morning I got an email from my Mouthy Stitches swap mama to let me know who my partner is.

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I literally threw myself at my computer to check her out and, oh my, I’m so0o happy. Her taste is very similar to mine, her mosaic lovely and full of wonderfully inspiring pictures. I can’t wait to get my thinking cap on and get started.

One thing I have done already, though, is order some more fabric from Simply Solids. I already ordered some last weekend:

The top two are fat quarters I received for free simply for ordering some fabric I “needed”. Mmh, I could get used to that…

Simply Solids is an online shop which carries a great range of Kona solids, Essex linen and Moda pre cuts. It has just been taken over by Justine from Sew Justine Sew and she’s doing a great job. I met her and baby Hunter at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London an as I like to support people I know I placed an order last week. It arrived quickly and was beautifully packaged. So go and have a little look around the shop, please.



Sea glass

Our bee, the Sew-Euro-Bee-An, has started. Ok, to be honest, it started a while ago when Helen sent out her fabrics and a mosaic to show us what she would like for her blocks. I admit it, I’m a slow coach.

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Here are the blocks she made:

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Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m sure a whole quilt would remind me of every holiday I’ve ever had on a beach but especially the time I spent in the Netherlands sitting on a beach collecting sea glass.

Here’s my first block which I made yesterday. I never knew improv piecing could be that exciting. The seam ripper came out quite a few times but I’m really happy with the end result. Now I just have to find the time to make a second one.

The wonderful East Anglian wind just didn’t wan’t to stop for even two tics so I could take a picture. Hence the block blowing in the breeze.

I just hope Helen likes it.

Village Show

Today, our little village held its annual village produce show in the community centre. For years I have been saying that I will enter and I never have. Till today.

This morning I decided to enter my Rainbow Hexies cushion. It was competing in the “all crafts” section as there wasn’t a quilting one and had to compete with some fabulous woodwork, a bag, fabric covered boxes and other things. I didn’t win but I got a Highly Commended and am very happy with that.

Now, I was a bit unhappy today as I am at times a little blonde. The enrolment form had the opening times on and I didn’t check them before I dropped my cushion off.

Once I realised that I didn’t know what time to go back for it I checked times on the website where it said 12 noon. Off I trundled to find the doors closed. Slight panic on my part, home to check website again, call number of guy in charge, no answer. Really annoyed now as I want my cushion back. Fast forward to 3.30pm when I take the dog out, walking past the community centre. The centre is open and they’re putting stuff away. Viewing time was from 2pm till 3pm. Arrgggh! At least I got my cushion back.

On a Roll

I’m on a roll. My list of UFOs is getting smaller by the day. First I finished my Swoon, which is being used by the whole family.

Then I finished my Rainbow Hexies.

I wasn’t sure how to quilt them and in the end quilted straight lines in every other row, while following the hexies in the others. I’m hoping that once the cushion cover is washed it’ll give a nice effect.

The back is simply the same Essex linen with a bright red zip so that I can easily take off and wash the cover. Which, I’m sure, will be necessary as this is our cat Charlie’s little corner.

Next on the list is my Hexy Heart. However, before I start on that one I will have to clean the house. I’ve turned a blind eye to all the dust bunnies hiding in the corners but they’re slowly growing into elephants. Time to roll up my sleeves, I believe.