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I’ve just finished trawling through all these wonderful blogs and giveaways and I feel I’ve just clawed my way out of an obsession…But I’ve seen some fantastic crafty works from all over the world and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. So, even if I don’t win anything, it was well worth it. So thanks everyone!!!

I’ve just done some research into how other people store their fabric…mine tends to be the organised (or not so organised) chaos…which is only bearable because my stash is still fairly small…which in itself is actually unbearable! So I found this great little write-up for all us chaotic people out there…check it out and tell me what you think about his system. xx

http://www.sewdaily.com/blogs/stitchblog/archive/2011/04/21/how-do-you-store-your-fabric.aspx

Here are some more of the wonderful sites hosting giveaways at the moments…Sew Mama Sew’s big day…

http://www.themodernmarigold.com/

http://modernsewl.blogspot.com/

http://www.mooncalfmakes.co.uk/

http://mrsmoen.blogspot.com

http://myfabricobsession.blogspot.com

http://narniamum.blogspot.com/

http://patchworkdelights.blogspot.com

http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com

http://www.sameliasmum.com/

http://sandandstarfish.com

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk

http://littlethingsbybeth.blogspot.com/

http://thesewingattic.blogspot.com/

http://www.stephcupoftea.blogspot.com/

http://stitchyoursoul.blogspot.com

http://sukie.mt-wudan.com

http://www.swimbikequilt.com

http://www.twomoreseconds.com/

http://www.unfamiliarceiling.com

http://wendymoondesigns.blogspot.com/

And there are still sooooo many more…you just have to head over and explore. x

Have a look at all these great giveaways…..and check out the actual blogs, too – they are gems!

http://agirlinparadise.blogspot.com/

http://aprairiesunrise.blogspot.com/

http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

http://adelaidelemonade.typepad.com/

http://www.alwaysexpectmoore.com/

http://www.andreacreates.blogspot.com/

http://bacontheneggs.blogspot.com/

http://www.bearpawandbearpaw.blogspot.com/

http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/

http://bluebirdsews.blogspot.com/

http://calamityjanescottage.blogspot.com/

http://craftymoira.blogspot.com

http://distantpickles.blogspot.com

http://www.earthgirlfabrics.com.au

http://edeenutcreates.blogspot.com/

http://www.fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/

http://fifiandflorence.blogspot.com

http://www.flamingotoes.com

http://www.genxquilters.com/

http://girlforallseasons.wordpress.com

http://victoriamiller.typepad.com

http://www.greenbaglady.blogspot.com/

http://mary.emmens.co.uk

http://alamodefabric.blogspot.com/

http://jkcreations1.blogspot.com/

http://jaceycraft.blogspot.com/

http://lrstitched.wordpress.com

http://lawsonandlotti.blogspot.com

http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com/

http://livingmysweetlife.blogspot.com

http://lotsofpinkhere.blogspot.com

http://michelemademe.blogspot.com/

Hello Hello everyone…

I seem to have vanished for a while…rather a lot happening in my world at the moment. I left off just after my birthday with a promise of some fabric pics and what happened…? They never came – so here goes: The family came through in fine style – they all know where I leave my money. Look at all this fabric goodness!

Don’t you just LOVE the mushrooms (sorry they ended up upside down…)

These gorgeous brushed cottons are currently being transformed into a baby blanket…the purple one is the back.

I’m not quite sure what to make with these – yet – but I just can’t resist them. I have to keep taking them out and looking at them and stroking them a little…am I very weird? But don’t they just look like summer???

I have already cut into these…I’m making a new cushion for my lovely sister…birthday coming up soon and she LOVES coffee…I thought, I might be on to a winner here…

Oh and apart from just looking at all these wonderful additions to my growing stash, I have actually been quilting and here is one finished project…And as you had already seen some progress pics you might be interested in the after-quilting-pic. I handquilted diagonal lines and really like the effect (why I handquilt straight lines is anybodies guess…)

Would you know it was actually blowing a gale…I must have managed to press down at just the right time to create this amazingly still effect…

Have a good week everyone. x

yipee!!!

You all crossed your fingers very well! I have such fantastic good news: I’m on holiday (with lots of sunshine…), I have just had a wonderful birthday with lots of quilty presents…pics coming soon…and I have been offered a place to become a mental health nurse! I am soooooo excited. I really wanted the place but as only 20 were available, I didn’t really believe in it. There were so many other great applicants! So I am thrilled.

I hope you are all having a great time and are enjoying the sunshine where you are.
Carmen

As I mentioned a few days ago, I did a lot of sewing over the weekend and here is the result. I’m really pleased with it (although not with the picture) and will now just have to baste, quilt and bind it…JUST…

The idea for this quilt came from Barbara Chainey’s book. She teaches you a cutting plan with which you cut your fabrics before you plan your quilt (beyond simple colour matching). I really like it because it advocates being free and inventive and not to necessarily follow one of the designs in the book but just to go with the proposed cutting plan for the fat quaters and then arrange your cut pieces in any wild way you fancy. The fabrics I used are quite different from what I would normally choose and I don’t tend to use a lot of white, so it was a new experience all round. Please tell me what you think of it. Feedback is always welcome.

Also, I did mention that I had made some mug rugs and here is the promised picture. I took some inspiration from this mug rug on flickr made by mindboggld. I do like the scrappy look of that one but somehow mine ended up being a lot more regular… But hey room for improvement with the next lot (which I’m sure will be soon made although I have so much else to do). I like very small things, too, so I made one mug rug and a couple of smaller coaster like ones – basically a pot-and-2-cups set. And may I just say that that is one of my favourite cups, too – a little pressie from my lovely mother-in-law who knows how much I love Wuthering Heights…

Have a lovely avo everyone and keep your fingers firmly crossed for me tomorrow…I’ll let you know what it was for when it has all worked out and I’m happy…

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