Sunday, 22 June 2014

Friday-ish Night Sew-ish In

Well after the two hour commute home last night I was just too tired to sew, FNSI or not.  So I postponed my FNSI efforts until tonight (Saturday).

To tell the truth no sewing happened on Saturday either.  I decided that my most pressing project was the quilt/banner for my brother's wedding. So I spent the majority of my evening designing templates for the appliqué letters whilst watching Hunger Games.

I never realised how tricky designing these letters would be, although I think I've pretty much got the simple letters sorted.  The letter G is flummoxing me a little, and I'm trying to avoid thinking about &!

I also squeezed in a few slow rows of knitting...

May actually get a sock finished this year!

So not a traditional FNSI but a very productive one in its way.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

FNSI approaches...

This blog has been a lot quieter than I intended this month.  I haven't been busy crafting though, it seems as though I have so much I should be doing (including non crafty stuff) that I have no idea where to start.  Hopefully FNSI will give me the kick I need!

If you want to sign up too there's still time, just pop round to see Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts ... here

Monday, 9 June 2014

Double slice layer cake flimsy

I might actually get a baby quilt finished in time for the baby's birth (rather than it's fifth birthday!).

This flimsy is made using the Double Slice Layer Cake pattern and ABC Menagerie by Moda.  It makes for a very lively quilt top.  I was going to back it with the remaining blocks but I think that'll end up looking too busy, so my next (very unpleasant (!)) job is to go to the LQS which stocks Moda fabrics and find something suitable for the backing and binding.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Grow your own...

I had planned to spend all weekend sewing, however like all plans it hasn't worked that way. I have got a little sewing done which I will finish this evening but as the weather was nice this afternoon I mustered the enthusiasm to do some pottering in the garden.

My new house has, what seems to me, a huge garden which hasn't been loved by the previous owner and has been neglected by me in the months I've lived here. I have been doing bits and pieces, clearing a couple of borders, figuring out how a lawnmower works, and as of today waging war on the major weeds which seem to love my soil!

As well as the boring stuff I have given growing fruit and veg a go on a small scale this year.

The tomatoes are doing well (as a novice gardener I count anything that is growing as doing well!)

The strawberries and blackcurrant bush seem to be happy, and I'm almost winning vs the weeds in this patch.

Unfortunately their neighbours the butternut squash/courgettes (I planted squash and courgette seeds in the same seed tray but forgot to label which was which!) have totally disappeared.

Luckily I didn't plant out all the seedlings, so I'm now trying to grow them in some enormous pots.  Fingers crossed this plan works.