Monday, 27 September 2010

New sewing workshop!

I seem to have outgrown the house, there is fabric everywhere! The solution? A dedicated sewing studio and fabric store!

My lovely husband has come to my rescue, he is an artist and has a large studio in a converted barn just down the road from us, half of which he wasn't really using and he has generously handed it over to me!! Here it is after most of the junk has been moved out, just in need of decorating and girlyfying!

Since the photo I have painted and bought shelving, rug etc and with post with my progress tomorrow.

Mandy xx

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Not my usual Saturday activity ....

I would much rather have spent the day with my sewing machine, but instead I spent it watching Derby County. The children's school had free tickets so off I went, dutiful mother, to the football in a car with 4 chulren and my friend Jo. I actually rather enjoyed it! Derby won 5 - 0 against Crystal
Palace and it was very exciting.

Jamie and his best friend Ben.

Mandy xx

Scrappy pin cushion swap

Look what arrived in the post today! This was my absolute favourite of all of the pinnies and it was for me! I had hoped because of the big M on the side! Thank you so much Katrina, I absolutely adore it!!!

Mandy xx

A couple more blocks with the Go! Cutter

I have been playing some more with the wonderful Go! Cutter. It just amazes me how quickly I can cut up an entire block in just one Go! for a Dresden Plate block.

You simply choose 6 fabrics, place them on the cutter and roll them through!

I will post a tutorial tomorrow showing just how easy it is.

Mandy xx

Monday, 20 September 2010

Freya's Seventh Birthday

My beautiful Freya was seven today!

This is one of the pressies we got for her! She takes after her mummy!

Mandy xx

Location:Creamery Ln,,United Kingdom

WOW WOW WOW AccuQuilt GO! Cutter!!!!!!!!

I am so excited!  I have been chosen as one of the first bloggers in the UK to review the wonderful AccuQuilt GO! Cutter!!!   You know what this means - I will be hosting a giveaway for one of my wonderful followers to receive their very own cutter, keep checking in for news.
This wonderful piece of kit turned up a couple of days ago and I have been busy testing and playing.

The dies I chose to test are Dresden Plate, Hexagons and Double Wedding Ring.  I am doing Dresden Plate as my block for Bee Mental on Flickr and above is my first attempt with the GO!  It was sooo easy and quick to use, all my pieces were cut in one roll of the cutter and they all fit together beautifully.  Today is my first day I can dedicate to the cutter so I will have a good play and post more later.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Going back in time...

My husband is an artist and he had been invited to exhibit his work in an Alumni Exhibition celebrating 125 Years of Birmingham Instititue of Art and Design at Margaret Street.  Last night was the private view so Lewis and I went and met up with a couple of friends including our bezzie mate Pete who was responsible for introducing us over 20 years ago!  We hadn't been back to Margaret Street for 18 years so it was a real trip down memory lane.
The beautiful building that is Margaret Street!

Me on the right with Pete and Christelle.

Mucking about on the stairs!

Me standing in the space where there was a painting of me hanging in Lewis's degree show in 1992 (oh so long ago!!!)

Lewis's painting far left (Pete escaping from the frame!)

Check out Lewis's site, it is pretty amazing and I am very proud of him!

Catching up on my bees and swaps

Since getting back from my holiday in Cornwall I have a bit of catching up to do with my bees and swaps.  These are my September Blocks for the Fresh Modern Bee, Santa and a couple of elves..

a forest of Christmas trees..

a couple of pin cushions for the Scrappy Pincushion Swap, not sure which to send or both?

Tomorrow I will post a couple more of my finishes and some exciting news concerning ...

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

New in - Urban Circus and more!

Just in Laurie Wisbrun's Urban Circus, my current fave - isn't it just yummy!

some new Kona Solids - Honey Dew, Teal Blue and Berry...


and finally, and I say finally because I have been waiting forever to get this...


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