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Non-secret sewing! Something for me (or rather, the cat…)

Hurrah! I’ve found something else I can show you which isn’t top secret!

Firstly, a little update on the chickens. The line-up has changed somewhat over recent months, we lost Priscilla (to a tumour) and Betty (fox) within a few weeks of another, which was really upsetting (softie over here shed a few tears…) and meant we were down to just two. It probably would have stayed that way – they were confined to their coop much more often due to fox-paranoia, and I didn’t want to cram more in and overcrowd them. However, a couple of weeks later my neighbour knocked on the door – “I can’t keep my hens anymore. I’ve found a home for two, please will you take the last one?”. Not being someone who could say no to a lonely, single hen in need, I took her in and Joan became the newest member of our family. Just a few days later the neighbour was at my door again with another chicken under her arm, saying the other person only took one, and just like that I was back up to four! Audrey, Myrtle, Joan and Beatrix.

Staying true to my plans of not overcrowding the ladies, we set about building them a new, larger run. Hubby indulged my mad idea of upcycling an old greenhouse, and thanks to friend’s dad donating one for free, we had a new weekend project. It took about 5 hours just to disassemble the bloody thing, and the whole project took about 3 weekends in the end, but I’m pleased to say my mad idea paid off and their new run is much larger, half of which is covered, and makes a lovely feature in the garden. Now I don’t feel so guilty if I can’t let them out to free range, and don’t have to panic when I see a fox in the garden (which is very regularly at the moment). Shout out to Jubilique and Louise who custom made the amazing sign which makes me chuckle every morning.

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Right, back to quilts!

It might surprise you to hear that in the years I have been quilting, I have never made a quilt for myself! Everything I make is commission based or goes into my Etsy or Not on the Highstreet shops. Although we had a guestbook quilt at the wedding – blocks for this are still (a year later!) in the hands of friends and family who didn’t sign it on the night (you know who you are!), so this remains a UFO/WIP for the foreseeable future. Actually, I started making the blocks for this so long ago that we’ve since changed the whole colour scheme of the house and it will no longer match anyway. Of course I’ll still finish it for sentimental reasons. Someday.

Earlier in the year we repainted our bedroom and I wanted to make something for the bed to bring in a splash of colour and cosiness. I had been hoarding quite a few of my favourite prints for a while, and back in June I had a spare couple of days before jetting off on holiday, and decided just to bash them all together into a super-quick (I literally pieced, quilted and bound this in a day and a half!) large-block quilt. Indigo and grey are my two colour obsessions so most of my favourite prints already coordinated, and thanks to a little bit of orange in our bed linen, I threw in some of that too for an extra pop of colour. There are a lot of Carolyn Friedlander prints in here, as well as Karen Lewis, some Cotton+Steel, Liberty and some random ikat and floral prints, to name just a few. A hodge podge of everything really. It’s not going to win any awards, but I am completely and utterly in love with it. Sometimes simple and easy is the best.

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Of course it never made it’s way onto the bed. After snuggling with it on the sofa one night, Kira claimed it as her own, and now it is rarely seen without a stripy cat atop it – she was quite put out to find it in the garden for photography so I couldn’t possibly move it up to the bedroom which is Norton’s territory (our cats are not buddies). At least my living room is indigo and grey too so it looks just fine there. And now I have an excuse to make us another!Collage3Collage4

Funny detail – I did a bit of a slap-dash job of basting this quilt and so the selvedge of the backing fabric made it through. Considered appliquéing over it, but I’m actually really amused by the irony of the ‘made by Ikea’ label on the back of my lovingly handcrafted item…!

L x

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Snapshot of a weekend

weekend1weekend3weekend2weekend4Wow, it feels like Spring, doesn’t it? I hope you all had lovely weekends and are all rested up for the week ahead. Happy Monday!  L x

 

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Dusting off the cobwebs

Well, this is embarrassing.

It’s been a year since I last posted. A year. Massive blogging fail.

In my defense, someone put 2013 on fast-forward with no pause button!

Anywho, I thought it was about time I dusted off the saddle and got back on the horse, so to speak. I’m not going to make any promises this time, and I doubt very much anyone is still here, but I do want to give it a good go. I’ve given my online home a bit of a New Year’s makeover, so hopefully the new look will inspire me to pop back more often!

So, what’s new? Well, since last posting, I’ve gotten engaged (eee!) and planned half a wedding, our little flock of hens has increased to four, I’ve started contributing tutorials to some fantastic craft and patchwork magazines, joined as a partner on notonthehighstreet.com, and have found myself some regular graphic design clients too. I’m looking forward to telling you more detail about some of these things, but for now here’s a little look at the last year. Onwards and upwards! L xx

Meet Betty!

Meet Betty!

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Christmas Countdown

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We are snowballing towards Christmas at a frightening rate and the countdown is officially on. It is 6 weeks away today, so it really is time to start thinking about ordering your Christmas pressies and filling those Santa sacks!

Below are a few ideas from my shop to get you started, but first here are the Royal Mail First Class postage deadlines for delivery in time for Christmas, they aren’t far off….

Asia & Far East – Wednesday 5th December

South & Central America, and Africa – Friday 7th December

USA, Canada & Eastern Europe – Monday 10th December

Europe – Wednesday 12th December

UK – Thursday 20th December

Check out these Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones:

For Mums/Wives/Girlfriends

For Fathers/Husbands/Boyfriends

For Daughters/Sisters/Friends

For Sons/Brothers/Friends

For Baby Girls

For Baby Boys

For Furry Felines/Posh Pooches

Norton is feeling festive, isn’t it time you got in the mood too?

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😉

L x

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Product Photos Behind the Scenes – Meet the models….

Happy Friday everybody!

I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine has been a little more stressful than usual – my sewing machine and I had a pretty big falling out and I’m waiting for her to apologise so I can finish off my latest lap quilt. I think I’m going to have to make up for lost time over the weekend and try to get it done (if the machine will behave). What have you got planned?

Since it’s such a gloomy Friday, I thought I’d brighten it up a little with a fun post about three little friends of mine…

You may have spotted these ladies in the back of a couple of my quilt photos, so I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you to them properly. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet my three hens – Margo, Priscilla and Lulu!

These ladies have complete free range of our garden, and they like to have a chat and see what I’m doing whenever I go outside. Sometimes, they really like to get involved and have taken to getting in my pictures with sometimes amusing results. It’s very hard to actually get these divas to pose in your pictures when you want them to though, it always has to be on their terms, and with plenty of food provided (Priscilla in particular fully adopts the Naomi Campbell attitude!)

So for your amusement, here are a few ‘behind the scenes’ photos of the ladies strutting around my quilts….

Margo finding something of interest near ‘The Birds and The Bees’

Lulu and Margo admiring ‘Little Talks’

Stealing the limelight from ‘Lola’

Priscilla strikes her best pose in front of ‘Harvest Moon’ (Now Sold).

Lurking in the background behind ‘Head Over Heels’, shhh don’t tell them they are out of focus 😉

Hehe!

I hope you enjoyed meeting the girls. I’m sure they’ll make an appearance again soon, although I’m going to have to find a new photo location now that it’s getting rainy and grey outside.

Have a wonderful weekend!

L xx

 

 

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Endorsed by Kira Cat

Since my last quilt died a horrible death in the wash (I don’t want to talk about it….) I have been working hard to get the next one finished so I can put it up on Etsy.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a little cat-shaped assistant as you’ll see below. At least if no humans want to buy it I know it gets the kitty stamp of approval…

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