Monday, 7 November 2011

Lazy Monday afternoon

I have had a fabulous weekend celebrating my Dad's 65th birthday in a gorgeous part of the world, Pembrokeshire in Wales.

I don't have any pictures from the party yet but here's a couple from the beach near to where we stayed. A little bit of kissing:

And a lot of our children running round like wild things!

Obviously since I've been busy playing, dancing (one song, I got dragged up on the dance floor!) and drinking (the kids were in bed and the husband was minding them!!), there wasn't too much time for sewing (or blog reading, there was no Wireless - ??!!!! - so I promise to catch up as quickly as I can). I did manage to make two more of those zip pouches using the noodlehead tutorial before we went away. I used the same fabrics and lining because I had just enough of each left and I think they worked well.

This time, however, I did a little bit of quilting. On the pink one I just outlined some of the flower shapes and on the squares I did the odd vertical line going in between the squares. I really like the effect:

I will be giving these ones as Christmas presents too. Don't forget if your making any gifts or anything Christmas related to link up to Making Christmas at Rainbow Hare Quilts, I am!!

I also had a lovely surprise when I arrived home, I had unknowingly won a giveaway (you gave your address when you entered so it could be sent straight out if you won)! I entered a giveaway at The Sewing Directory and won a metre of my chosen fabric from Dragonfly Fabrics. They have a fantastic selection of different fabrics and I chose this:

I was absolutely thrilled and it is even more gorgeous in real life - just look at those cute critters! I'm totally in love with the hedgehog! The fabric came beautifully wrapped and I was so happily surprised by how quickly it was sent.

I was thinking of trying to make a top or something for my daughter, any ideas or easy patterns you could recommend?


  1. Ooo happy birthday daddy. ;)

    The kissing photo is very cute.

    Loving the new pouches as much as your last ones. I quilted mine too... I like that it helped keep everything together whilst I was sewing. Oh, yeah, plus it gives a great effect. ;)

    Congrats on the giveaway win. Very cute. "Bambi" is adorable.

  2. What a lovely beach. Looks like your family had a wonderful time. The zip pouches are great too, love the little quilting touches you added.

  3. That fabric you won is darling! Congrats :)

    I love the idea of using FMQ to kind of trace the designs in fabric! I have ANOTHER jelly roll race quilt I'm working on - the quilting I've used in the past is usually just straight line, stitch-in-the-ditch, but I think I might have to use that tracing idea on this next one - maybe that'll get me back in the swing of doing FMQ so that I can finally get another one of my projects done! :)

  4. Sounds like you had a lovely time! Cute pouches, love the quilting!

  5. More lovely pouches! I think the quilting is great - it adds that extra special touch. I'm glad you had a good party and lucky you - winning fabric :)

  6. Sounds like a great weekend! Congratulations on the win!

  7. Well done for a relaxing weekend.
    and congratulations on your winning ways!

  8. The weekend away looks fun, and Wales looks incredible! Lucky you! Congratulations on your wins, and your new zips look great, too! Love your quilting! (Um, I love the exclamation points, huh?)

  9. oh my! the kissy photo is sweet, but i'm swooning over the fabric! that is the cutest!

  10. well done on the win and love those little pouches so cute! x