Lily’s Mini Quilt

Hello there…

Did you have a good half term? We enjoyed some beautiful weather and it’s hard to believe now that we were enjoying temperatures of over 20 degrees just over a week ago. We had a fun week and visited Legoland for the first time and also managed to see The Book of Life. This was a wonderful film and I would really recommend it. It was visually so beautiful and very funny in parts. I also managed a quick evening trip to Ikea with my lovely friend Jo and we had lots of fun looking at all the festive decorations and getting excited about this very pretty wrapping paper.

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The final day of the holiday looked a bit like this…

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…so I took the opportunity to get out my (floral patterned) tools and set about making this rather messy corner…

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…look like this…

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Not bad for a Sunday morning and Little Pickle’s room looks much tidier, although I’m not sure how long that will last!

A little while back one of my closest and dearest friends gave birth to her beautiful little girl Lily May. Lily is a very special little lady and her arrival was cause for some serious stitching. I had wanted to make a mini quilt wall hanging for a while and was very inspired by the hugely talented Amy over at one of my (all time) favourite blogs nanacompany Amy had made a gorgeous mini quilt with little scraps of her favourite fabrics. You can read about it here  I loved the idea of making use of all the little pieces of fabric I had been saving and  after deciding on a heart design came up with the following…

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I also wanted to make Lily a little party dress…all girls need a party dress! I came across this free pattern for the Little Geranium Dress. It was a very simple and straightforward pattern to follow and I really enjoyed making it. I am pretty sure that I’m going to be making a few pattern purchases from here in the near future. I think that the twins will need some new additions to the S/S 2015 wardrobe!

I pulled two of my favourite fabrics from my stash and got to work…

 I’m going to be very honest and say that the gathering on the dress was far from perfect and I also replaced buttons for poppers on the reverse. But, I was very pleased with the result and am excited to make more.

Before I go here’s one last little look at October…

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See you soon.

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Hello there….

Hello there….thank you for stopping by, especially as this is my first ever blog post! I’ve wanted to write a blog for a while but somehow it just hasn’t happened. If I’m really honest I set this blog up before Christmas with the hope of starting in January but life seemed to take over a little bit and we’re racing ahead into February already. I decided that 2014 was going to be the year that I made a bit more time for me….

IMGP0050I’m a wife and a mummy to my gorgeous little boy and Westie. I love, love, love sewing and crafting and hope this little blog will be a way for me to write about my crafty adventures and escape for a while. Did I mention that I’m more than a little bit fond of Spring flowers? At the moment a white hyacinth is flowering in the living room and every morning I am greeted with its perfume. Some teeny tiny daffodils have also put in an appearance this week and are a welcome ray of sunshine in between the endless showers.

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My big crafting crush at the moment is patchwork. It’s official my name is Victoria and I am indeed a patchwork addict. I’m working on four blocks at the moment. I’m not sure what they will be but I’m thinking of finding a gap somewhere to hang them. They are a real work in progress but here’s what I’ve done so far…

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These little hexies were started at a quilting workshop ran by a very special lady called Ros who I am very pleased to say is now a friend. She’s an amazing quilter and very inspiring. I haven’t quite finished this block…but I love the combination of patterns.

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This block was my first ever attempt at quilting and is a Dresden Plate design from the Cath Kidston Patch book using up all the lovely fabrics that were included. I’m not sure which direction the other two blocks will take but I have a little idea about bees and hexagons and pretty yellow fabric…

In other news we  had a carpet rainbow today…

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Pretty isn’t it?

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