Thursday, April 30, 2009

Very Exciting News !


A letter I wrote to Sew Hip, a sewing magazine, has been published as the 'Star Letter' in the June publication ! W hat fun ! Anna-Kate now assumes that she is famous !!!
Have to get my sewing machine out again now !
Keep on sewing, Vanessa


Monday, April 27, 2009

We walked ...

And climbed ...

Up hills,



Over styles,




Across fields...



Flew kites and had fun .... lots of fun !





We spent most of Saturday with my parents - we walked in the fields behind their new home.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday - Sunshine Day !

We had a lovely day today.
The sun shone and the sky was blue.
After taking the children to school I ran / walked for an hour then re-arranged the playroom trying to make room for my sewing... I want to move more into the conservatory as it is so nice and sunny in there.
But then I became side tracked and went and sat in the sunshine for a while ! Reading a book - instead of doing my homework ! I need to do lots of work on my quilt for my class !!
My children had their school's Easter Egg Hunt today so we came home later than usual.
Then Luke and I spent some time together in the garden with blossom falling around us !

I have almost finished my block for homework - but I wont be able to get to class tomorrow as I have to go to my childrens' school for parent / teacher meetings - hope to hear good news!

And now I am supposed to be sewing.... so must get off the computer !

Chat tomorrow - hoping the weather holds for us in the UK !

XXXX

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday ...

Began working on a block for my quilting class today - well piecing it together.... I had already done all the preparation work.

My leg muscles are aching thanks to Davina McCall's new (to me) exercise DVD - it is hard work !

So I am missing exercise today and I am missing it ! At least I walked for the school run today.

Back to the block - hope to finish it today.

PS my children are funny they are both wearing pajamas far too small for them but apparently they are their favourites !!

Must get up and turn on the lights as it is getting a little dark in the lounge.

Chat tomorrow - keep well !

XXXX

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Almost back to normal routine !

Tomorrow is the last day of the school holidays - so I treated them to a MacDonald's takeaway (their choice ! I wanted fish and chips!) We have had a great time this holiday the two weeks have flown by - I have not gotten as much sewing done as I would have liked - but I have done a LOT of walking on my treadmill ! I do 90 minutes a day now - which might have to change on Monday - we will see how much I can squeeze in during homework ... or might do it in the morning ...
Here are some blossoms on our tree - as seen by Luke ...


My hexagon quilt - not done the traditional way as I am working with scraps so am just doing it
as I go ... now I am running low on freezer paper so do you think I can take out some of my hexagons in the middle? What do you think ?
Have been able to work on it a little in the evenings ...here is the result - will work on it this evening too...
Chat tomorrow - if I get anything done !!!
XXXX

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Avebury Outing, School Holidays and Quilting !

I have not had much time to come on the computer as it is school holidays ... I am trying to keep my two entertained. Really they are very good - but only like to go outside if I am there so I end up reading in the sunshine - after a little weeding !
Busy machine quilting my quilt - BUT now my machine is tired / in need of a service so I can't finish it !!!!
Painting some flower pots in the sunshine ! I think they are up to something though look at those cheeky grins ...
Oh dear what happened to the shed ?
Luke on the new swing Greg put up when he was here last.
Some of the 'scraps' sent to me from a school friend of mine - aren't they lovely? I am working on this quilt today !
Coming downstairs on Easter Morning. They were very excited .... not sure why, the Easter Bunny wasn't very inspired hiding the eggs !
Hunting out the eggs.
Eating the eggs !



Next to the Rock Circle at Avebury. They ran up and down the big ditch - it was very deep / steep.
Resting...
Boy on top of the world - or hill !
Dandelion Crown - a photo to keep for his 21st !
Enjoying the sun.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Holidays !

I am so sorry I have been ignoring you all ! I have not had much time on the computer - trying to relax and enjoy the holidays - trying to keep my children happy !

Probably off out for a walk today ! If it doesn't rain.

Will chat soon - I promise !

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My First Finished Quilt Top !


I finished Anna-Kate's second summer dress this morning - she likes it - but likes the blue one more !

And the quilt I started cutting last night - bought a 100% cotton duvet cover on sale at Tescos and came home and cut it up ! (Hubby thinks I am mad !) The first one I have finished ! Well I say finished .... but I think now the hard work begins ! I have to tidy my lounge floor and lay the backing down etc ... it will be a small lap quilt / baby's quilt as I want to machine quilt it and didn't want it to be too scary !!
So what do you think?
Off to do some hand piecing again !!!
Vanessa