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  1. A few months ago I had the amazing opportunity of filming some craft tutorials for Videojug.  There was a lot of preparation involved, alongside my normal everyday life with my children - thankfully the baby was not mobile at theat point - I would hate to be trying to prep that many projects now that he is climbing furniture.  Filming took place over a very long day in May, we were able to get 14 videos in the can and I am hoping to return to see the lovely team at Videojug to film some more.

    The videos have become live in the last few days.  They can be seen here. Statting with a no-sew fleece scarf.

    I haven't been able to bring myself to watch them, but my parents rang me to tell me they thought they are great (my dad was recently on NZ national TV and couldn't bring himself to watch either).

    How do you feel about watching yourself on video?  Do you find the sound of your own voice strange? 




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  2. As I have officially thrown the request for Mo' blocks out into the world (my mum has also made the request in NZ), I thought I would try to clarify the block requirements.

    • Blocks are to be square or rectangular - as it will make it easier to fit all the blocks together whilst maintaining a rogues gallery look.
    • The finished block sizes - anything up to 12 inches, so 12.5 inches with seam allowance.
    • The finished block must have a frame, of any design - as simple or fancy as you like.
    • Any colours you like.
    • Draw inspiration from the Mo's of the men in your life or from famous Mo's - If stuck for inspiration I have drawn up a few (can you guess the Mo's - some are a bit obscure).
    • Mo's can be made of which ever fabric you want to use - blocks and frames however to be 100% cotton as it will make it easier to piece the top.
    • Machine applique with topstitch is probably easiest - especially with some of the fancier moustaches.

    tracing scan 1



    I am hoping to make up some blocks over the weekend - so watch this space or my Flickr photostream.




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  3. It's August 1st and yet again it's Fresh Sewing Day with Lynne over at Lily's Quilts.

    Lily's Quilts

    This month I have made a few things – including 2 blocks for the EEEEP EPP Bee, for myself as I have gone first. I have so far received 2 blocks back and know that another 2 have been finished - there is still a month left until the final return deadline, but I'm very excited to get the rest back. I'm also looking forward to making the blocks for all the other Bee members. I also finished piecing the block for the LMQG Challenge for the July meeting - inspired by Modern Art, inspired by a piece by Balla; Circular Planes.  It is of course EPP'd and was a bit fiddly with all the curves and a couple of inset pieces.

    fresh sewing day august

    I have put the Good Fortune blocks that I was making aside and pulled out two 50 piece charm packs of Jinny Beyer – I am aiming to make a star block (really a hexagon) a day – so far I have made 9 some days not making any and some days I've made 1 1/ 2 to 2. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with them, it will probably become another top to add to my UFO pile.

    I have made a start on my Sandown Entry - having found a photo on Flickr that has inspired me to make something very Modern - using only solids and grey, but still staying true to my EPPness.  If I say that it involves a Walter anybody have an idea what it might be? (You will have to be a bit of a Sci-fi geek)

    I have done some machine piecing, using the fabric gifted to the LMQG by Thomas Knauer for use in making quilts for charity. We are still to settle on a charity to give the finished tops to but we have a few possibilities all involving children. I enjoyed working on Michael's gorgeous and fast machine with a ¼ inch foot – so much that I am thinking about getting a ¼ inch foot for my little Elna.

    I will need to get my machine out in the next few weeks to make some Moustache blocks for my next charity project – making a rouge's gallery quilt to raffle during November to benefit Movember and Mary Potter Hospice (Wellington, NZ) in memory of my birth father who died from prostate cancer in February – see Can't Grow a Mo' Sew a Mo' for more information.

    I do of course need some help to make blocks – basically they can be square or rectangle blocks of any size up to 12 inches (12 ½ inches with seam allowances) with a moustache appliqued in the centre made from cotton, faux fur, or felt (or whatever you'd like) surrounded by a frame – for the gallery look.

    The deadline for returning the blocks to me (if you want to take part please let me know – and I will send you my postal address.) will be the End of September to give me enough time to get the top pieced, and quilted etc in time for the beginning of November to start selling raffle tickets.

    August is a good Quilting related month – I thought I was going to have to miss the LMQG meeting this month, but plans have been changed and I will be at the meeting with bells on – spending time with the LMQG is one of the highlights of my month.

    I have also bought my ticket to the Festival of Quilts for the Sat and have booked a table seat on the train both there and back so I can get my EPP out. The LMQG are also having an evening out with Tula Pink which will make 4 fabric designers we have met through the Guild.

    The other highlight to my month - yesterday the cushion I made for a Fat Quarterly Designers Challenge was published in Issue 10.

    fresh sewing day august 2

    (Photos by Charlotte Newland)

    Now to decide if I'm going to make something for the LMQG challenge for this month's meeting - What London means to me... I only really have 2 days to do anything and having though about it for most of the month and thinking I wasn't going to be at the meeting I haven't got any definite ideas.





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    I had a lovely email in my inbox this morning - telling me that Issue 10 of Fat Quarterly is out and that my Designers Challenge using Tanya Whelan's Sugar Hill is featured.


    sugar hill cushion 3

    sugar hill cushion 4

    (Photos by Charlotte Newland - as I am a bit rubbish at photography - thanks Charlotte)

    You'll have to visit Fat Quarterly and buy Issue 10 to read about the construction of my cushion (now claimed by A).






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  5. I have quite a large stash - most of which is between 5 and 15 if not more years old.  I have however recently been adding some more fabric to my stash - including 2 parcels in the last week.

    The first lot - not really bought with any projects in mind - 6 half yards of Timeless Treasures Sketch and 2 fat 1/8 scrap packs all from Pink Castle Fabrics.

    And the second - bought with 2 projects in mind.  The Kona for my entry into Sandown - after the challenge from Shevvy (and perhaps QuiltCon too) next year and the Lizzy House for a new tote bag plus extras to reduce the size of my wish list at The Village Haberdashery.


    pink castle swag kona lizzy house 1

    I found a photo on Flickr that has inspired my Sandown entry design.  This is how far I have gotten. Any guesses what it might be?






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  6. I have tried - and failed - to perfect the pattern design for Can't Grow a Mo' Sew a Mo'.  So rather than do what I would normally - namely let it go - I have moved the goal posts. 

    Instead of a sausage dog with a mo' the blocks will now just be moustaches - any size, shape, style - as long as they are moustaches only - finished with a frame - ie the quilt will be a rouges gallery.  The moustaches can be anything you want - cotton, felt, faux fur.

    I have designed some famous moustaches - Hulk Hogan, Tom Selleck, Clark Gable, Poirot and more - here's the PDF.

    So basically the purpose of this post is to put the call out for some applique Mo' blocks - to be received by the end of September. A block square or rectangular - including a frame - up to 12 inches (plus seam allowance).  Have fun with the moustaches and the frames.

    If you're reading this and thinking what is Can't Grow a Mo' Sew a Mo'?  This should give you the answer. 

    If you would be happy to contribute a block or more - leave a comment or get in touch.




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  7. Shevvy from LMQG has set a challenge: to enter into the National Quilt Show at Sandown.  Mainly to show the public that there is a lot of different styles of quilts and quilters in the UK.

    I have decided to take the pledge along with her - looking at the categories; the Small Wall Hanging is the best for my style.

    I will also endeavour to enter into next year's Festival of Quilts as well.

    I better start brainstorming and getting started so things aren't left to the last minute.




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  8. For the first time I'm joining in with Fresh Sewing Day.

    Lily's Quilts


    fresh sewing day july

    1. Name Badge for LMQG swap - I played around with intersecting circles on, got out my Loulouthi velveteen some silk from my stash and got to work.  It is of course English Paper Pieced - except the blue - the pieces were too small to get a good edge with paper.

    2. Reversible bag - I made it to hold Felt food that I made for the boys - made the Sunday after the Fat Quarterly Retreat - I handstitched it as I didn't really want to move from the couch.

    3,4. Kate Spain Good Fortune Layer Cake Quillow in progress - this I started at FQ Retreat; I haven't gotten very far - as I had a few deadlines to meet.

    Not pictured is the other project I finished this month which was for a Fat Quarterly Designers Challenge.

    In progress but not a (joining) stitch made I have the LMQG Challenge to finish for next Sunday.





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  9. I love that there are so many Bees online through Flickr and blogs - but I haven't participated as I find deadlines daunting.

    So I am proposing a EPP BoM/Bee - with the purpose of producing an EPP quilt with minimum individual effort.

    The design and block possibilities are endless, the deadlines a bit flexible ie up to 2 months - so July's blocks can be sent in September.

    As with most Bees - 2 blocks are to be made for each participant.

    No block size restriction - but piece sizes will need to be specified and if need be templates provided - which is easy enough to do with Incompetech and providing the PDF to the other participants.

    I'm going to post in a few groups on Flickr seeking participants.

    Comment or get in touch if you want to take part.




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  10. Despite great plans to have the pattern available for sale by mid April - here I am heading towards mid June and still no pattern.

    I am working on it - refining the design and creating the PDF and instructions this week - planning to have the pattern available for sale from next Saturday 16th June.

    So if you are interested in a pattern or participating in the Bee to create a quilt for raffle in November - take a look at the Can't Grow a Mo' Sew a Mo' page or comment and I'll get in touch when the pattern is all ready to go.

    UPDATE 19.6: All my well thought out plans for creating the pattern have gone awry, and rather than stress myself out I have taken a breather, I will endeavour to get it up by the end of June.  It is all a learning curve for me and it is getting very curvy - but I will know better next time.



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