Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Heart and the Bottle

It's Wednesday and it's going to be a long post... you've been warned!! (seriously if you're in a hurry just skip to the end so at least you know what the title is about!)

I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced and Love Affair with My Brother:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It's been a busy week for me but here's what I've been doing sewing wise!


This week I finished my 'Not So Charming Rainbow Stars Quilt'

I also made a friend a little gift for her birthday, I used Danny at Mommy For Reals tutorial, it was super quick and easy:

Thankfully she loved it! I also made a couple of cards, really fast and cute!


Again this week I've managed to do two more paper pieced Rose and Star blocks, I'm linking up to the wonderful Rose and Star block party at Selfsewn - you really should join us!

Yeah I'm not sure what I was thinking with the second one - was it dark when I was cutting?? There's not much contrast with those corals! I did debate changing it but to be honest I am loving the coral and it's one of the linking colours between the blocks. It does make it look different from the others but I'm not too bothered about it right now. 

I also totally goofed the centre hexagon - the fabric is the wrong way round!! WTF?! Oh well, I kind of like that too ;)
Here's the back so you can see what it should look like at the front!!

I also got a lovely package with some scrummy Kona School Bus from Marmalade fabrics, I'll be throwing this into my Rose and Star mix!

Secret Quilt: I've made 7 more blocks this week :) So that's 52 to go!! eekk!
(I've not blogged very much about this quilt at all but that's because it's secret. So there!)

I've also done some cutting for the Follow the Pezzy Brick Road quilt:

Like the pezzy?? Yeah I'm giving a charm pack away but I kept one for myself ;)
Love that this pattern only uses one charm pack - brilliant!

no progress:
trying to make a 12.5" block but I will!!

I will be joining in the Fat Quarterly Paper Piecing Sew Along organised by A Labour of Love and using the Fat Quarterly Issue 8! yippee, lots of fun projects!

FQ8 Paper Piecing Sew Along

completed: 2
new projects: 1
in progress: 3


I'm not overawed at my progress for the weigh in though :(

Weigh In Wednesday

Despite almost no effort this week I have lost one pound. It's lonely, it wants more pounds to join it, I'm determined to do better next week!
A couple of people have, however, commented that I look like I've lost weight and that's nice. Don't want to get complacent but at least it's not for nothing!


Finally a huge thank you to everyone who's participating in the Fugly Fabric Party!

Charm About You

I can't believe there are 48 links!! You're all in with a chance of winning a Pezzy charm pack :)

Please keep checking the fugly party post and stick buttons on your blogs - don't miss out on any of those gorgeous fugly fabrics, I mean seriously some are actually beautiful! The link will stay open until Monday 13th so people can still link up posts and you can carry on enjoying the fugly fabrics!

Check posts carefully - some swaps are now closed, some have just started and most giveaways are still open!

I've also had lovely comments and emails from people saying they are having fun - great!, loving the fabrics - yes!, and enjoying other people's blogs - brilliant! I know some of you are discovering new blogs and getting more followers, which is great because we all love them ;)

Thank you for your kind words, for participating in the party and for hopping around wallowing in the fugly!

In other news and finally getting round to explaining the post title...

My husband got the kids some new books this weekend. The first is the wonderful and highly amusing 'The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man' - this will appeal to any geek mum like me!

I really enjoy reading it, so fun!

The next one though I can barely bring myself to read. The first time I was crying, the second time I couldn't get the words out and actually had to stop. My husband rescued me and took over when he heard my sobs.
Yes I'm a big softy and yes this is a children's book but it's the most beautiful and heart wrenching tale I've read.
Largely because I desperately miss my Grandad who had his 'own' chair (you'll get that if you read it).

In my humble 'mum' opinion, Oliver Jeffers is a genius. We love his stories, who doesn't love a lonely penguin or a boy trying to catch a star?!
The Heart and the Bottle is a beautifully illustrated story, with a touching and thought provoking theme. Unfortunately I can't read it through my tears so I'll be leaving this one for my husband to read to the kids, I'll just pick it up when I want a good cry.


  1. Whew, busy little week for you, no wonder you lost a pound! Keep plugging away and that pound will have friends in now time :o)

  2. Wow! that was quite the list. You have so much going on. Keep up the good work.

  3. Ohhhhh, those Rose and Star blocks look difficult!

  4. Another super busy week Miss Lucy! :-) Your quilting looks awesome and your 1 lb loss is also very good. You crack me up about the book - that is something I totally see myself doing!

  5. thanks for the book recomendations, I will be looking them up. {I'm always on the look-out for good kids books} I don't think we have read anything by Oliver Jeffers yet.

  6. I can't WAIT to see the pezzy quilt as you get going on it. I love that bright colourful fabric.

  7. fun projects - I'm anxious to see the pezzy quilt too. Sweet that the book touched you so! I'll have to look into that author.....

  8. Awww Lucy that is lovely! Glad you are having success in the making and organising!

  9. Great post and well worth reading every word. Congrats on the one pound loss because it is still a loss which is more than I am doing!

  10. Oh my you have been busy! Long posts are good when you have so much to share. Thanks. The book looks good, did the children find it emotional too? Di xo

  11. no wonder you cried ....did you sleep this week? at all?

  12. totaly agree re Oliver Jeffers. I just bought the complete set for my 4 month old - love! I am in awe of your productivity too

  13. Ooo that boxed tutorial is so cute. I'll be checking out that tutorial for sure.

    Congrats on the 1lbs loss. Yes, you should be celebrating the victories, however small you feel they are.

    Love you. xxx

  14. I also get choked up reading kids' books and watching kids' movies. And my husband also knows that is just how I am and will chuckle because I'm not an overly sympathetic or sensitive person in life, but those things just get to me. I think it's because sometimes you come across a book or movie meant for kids that is just honest that it gets to you.
    p.s. Everything else this week looks great! The fugly party is so fun and wow, some of other people's castoffs are just lovely!

  15. What a busy week! I love Oliver Jeffers' books, I'll be keeping an eye out for this one (so if you hear sobbing coming from the corner of the bookshop you know it's probably me!) Congratulations on the fugly party and pound lost!

  16. I love your Rose Star blocks. I've definitely sewn some pieces on backwards in exhaustion before bed. Oops.

  17. Wow, you've been busy, Lucy! Love those star blocks! I'll be doing my fugly giveaway starting on Sunday. So fun!

  18. You have been busy haven't you?! Well done on the 1 pound loss!

  19. Lucy, I loved this post. So many different and interesting things! I keep wanting to start the Rose Star blocks. Yours looks fabulous! I will check out the books for sure.