September is upon us, the days are getting shorter and the new school term started yesterday.
Because I’ve neglected this space for so long, I think it is time for a re-cap of the past few months. Be warned, this is a picture heavy, bullet pointed long post.
Shall I start with May since that is when I last blogged?
- I signed up for the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap
- My little sister turned 40 (if she see’s this photo I may not live!). Yes, she is forcing a pose for the camera – mwahaha!
- To celebrate we all went away for a weekend, we hired a large house next to a lake and spent the whole weekend catching up and playing family cricket and rounders. Happy Days.
- I completed my May bee blocks.
- And then it was school half term holiday. We spent a few damp days near Rutland Water, thankfully it was dry enough to get out on our bikes and complete the circuit. Its on our list to visit again, hopefully in the sunshine next time.
- I bought my first ever FQ bundle of fabric. Color Me Happy by V and Co. This bundle inspired Jon to make a passing comment which could shape the future of duck egg threads. Lets see where that takes us.
- Bought my ticket for Festival of Quilts.
- Went shopping for shop stock.
- Succumbed and bought a bundle of Blueberry Park fabric.
- And, finished the quilt top for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap.
July meant holidays!
- The start of the month brought a surprise through the post. My Craft it Forward gift from Ange. To carry on the good work, I’ll be launching my own Craft it Forward later this week.
- My Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt was finished and posted to my swap partner, Kristin.
- Along with thousands of others on the 5th July we started in Leeds and ended in Harrogate for Stage 1.
- I received my Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt from Tamara. I love it!! It sits perfectly on the back of our charcoal chairs, thank you.
- More new stock arrived including the first couple of new season Autumn Winter 2014 prints, and was listed in the shop.
- Charm Parks were added to the shop too.
- Then we were off on our holiday, which started with taking the car and caravan on the EuroTunnel. Our first stop was Paris, where we visited as many of the major tourist attractions as we could in 2 days with a 7 year old.
- The view from the top was amazing.
- I’ll not bombard you with pictures of famous Paris landmarks, but the Arc de Triomphe was so pretty in the sunshine, I had to add it here.
- And the reason we choose France for our holiday this year…to see the end of the Tour de France in Paris.
- After Paris we travelled to Brittany where we had fun and relaxation in the sun.
Phew, just August to go!!
- New Autumn Winter 2014 prints arrived for the shop while I was on holiday.
- I spent a lovely hectic day at Festival of Quilts, where I wandered, shopped and caught up with people I knew in person and online and also missed a fair few people too. These were my Top 3 quilt picks, it is so difficult to narrow it down as there were so many fabulous quilts on show. Clockwise from left: A Hundred Acres by Roberta La Poidevin, Splash! by Janet McCallum and Rain by Mai-Britt Axelsen ( I think this last one is correct).
- My two favourite Liberty quilts from the show. Top, My Love for Liberty by Tracy Aplin used a wide range of prints, colours and techniques (detail top right). Bottom, Jardin des Fleurs by Eileen Swart, the quilt was huge made from hundreds and hundreds of tiny squares in a pretty pale pink palette. As you can see my taste varies, ultra modern to flowery, sweet Liberty!
- I managed to fit in a very small amount of time behind the sewing machine to complete my overdue bee blocks from June!
- And finally, I signed up for another mini quilt swap. This time the #IGminiswap organised by Curly Boy, quilts are due in December so there is plenty of time, right?
So there you have it, a not so whirlwind catch up of the past few months. I’ll try not to leave as long next time.
ps. Christmas is only 112 days away!!!