Placemat Mania

I have been busy working on the Inlaws placemats…

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Not sure why I didn’t just sew the edges on the wrong sides so that when I turned them to the right side I wouldn’t need a binding buuuuuuuut I think they will look much prettier this way!…

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What do you think of the lavender I chose for the back? I think it works well with the other fabric, although I wish it was a bit darker. You can see I did 3 stripes with the front material at the top on the back. For the quilting I chose to go with a modern straight line about 1/2 inch apart.

Almost done binding one mat by hand (because I think it looks better than trying to sew it on the machine) 3 more to go! I’m sure I’ll get them done by Christmas…right!

Fabric Stash

The stash is growing! I ordered some on sale packs of fabric from Green Fairy Quilts and they arrived yesterday. I seem to be collecting Christmas fabric. I need to get sewing. They look so cute when they come all tied up…

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This baby Christmas fabric is quite cute and some of the smaller prints will go with other things…

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I have been making quite a few quilt tops with Aneela Hoey fabric so I thought I may as well get her Apples pack as it was on sale!…

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One of the pieces unfolded, adorable…

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You also have to love Oliver + S for their kids patterns and now fabric. Here’s a peak at the Jelly Roll but I didn’t want to take it too apart sorry…

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If you haven’t seen Oliver + S sewing patterns here is an example of one that I got to do for Lady Sophia but unfortunately I think I waited too long and it will be too small for her now! Apparently her mum says she already into 4 year old clothes and she’s 2 and a bit. A tall beauty she will be!…

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I’m back

Ok, I can’t let mom do all the writing. We have done so much over this long Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. I’m not even British but I definitely feel quite patriotic, I am a Common Wealther though! It really has been an amazing time being here. I really wanted to go to the Thames Pageant on Saturday but we got up and it was far too cold and rainy so we totally wimped out and watched it on t.v. (When i saw the millions lining the banks of the Thames I really did feel an old fart for not making us go!) In the morning we did venture out to a National Trust, of course…Wimpole Estate…one of my fav’s so far because it was so homey…

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It was nice to take pictures inside. There was even a lady playing nice music on the piano which really added to the atmosphere…

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Interestingly, I believe this is correct, the lady who gave this property to the trust was the daughter of Rudyard Kipling who wrote the Jungle Book and on display is her original copy, with inscription…

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There is also a working farm…

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We got to see another sheep being sheared, by hand shears this time…

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Crafty note…they were having a dying, spinning and knitting display…

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We loved the piggies!!!! Soooooo cute, all little Wilburs…

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John couldn’t resist taking this photo of me in the beautiful walled garden…

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No one will forget the incredibly cold and rainy Jubilee! It didn’t damper any spirits though!

We were going to rush home to watch the boats on the Thames and the Queen on her Royal Barge, the spirit of Chartwell, but we were so close to Cambridge that it was a shame not to stop. (Don’t worry we watched the Pageant on the BBC Iplayer site when we got home.) I think of my friend Nicola because she actually went to school here, she’s very smart!…

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Since mom has been here I haven’t done any sewing but we did find another Cally Co store in Cambridge. It is quite cute but we only got a few minutes because they were just closing…

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Sadly, we didn’t buy anything.

Funny side note….mom came to England with dad about 20 years ago and they either came to Cambridge or Oxford but mom couldn’t remember which soooooo John text dad to ask him and he wrote back that he was 50 percent sure it was Cambridge!!! Classic dad!

Jelly Roll

Treaties in the mail! I needed to order some white kona cotton but got side tracked by an on sale moda jelly roll. I feel like I shouldn’t be into per-cut packs because they seem lazy and you can really only get a 2″ ish strip from them but there is just something about the beauty of how they are rolled up that gets me every time…

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Seriously, how gorgeous! I just want to eat it up…and the cute bow and label too.This is Lucie Summers for Moda called Summerville. I didn’t even want to take it apart but wanted to take a better look at the fabric selection of course…

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I have also been hard at work on a quilt top for a little girl. I love this little 9 patch baby quilt that was inspired by the first person to teach me quilting, Johanna Masko. Unfortunately, I have lost touch with her. I believe she still teaches at Greenwood in Guelph and some places in Toronto. She is very creative and talented. I used to go for lessons with her in Toronto but life gets busy and I haven’t heard from her in years, shame. This is Aneela Hoey fabric…

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Hopefully, I can get it quilted and finished tomorrow. If it remains this sunny out though I’ll be out for a bike ride too!!!

Soooo Cute

We needed to do a bit of shopping around tonight so I picked up John from work early and we headed to a shopping centre nearby. We got our groceries and this little gem…

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Isn’t it the cutest picnic basket ever. We had to get it, especially because it was £70 down to £28!!! Peak inside, even more sweet…

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We’ve been looking for a nice basket for picnics at National Trust properties. Of course it needs to stop raining first. Maybe it will be nice enough to have a picnic when mom comes in a couple of weeks.

I’m almost finished the retro baby blocks quilt so I started on Lady Fia’s soon to be baby brother’s quilt. As her mum sometimes reads the blog I think I won’t show a pic of this fabric until I’ve given it to her, sorry! But…I’ll show you the fabric of inspiration…

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