Should I make a list?!  I think I will

  • Mini Me
  • No Sew
  • Paper Piecing
  • Hexagons
  • Sweet Broderie and Threads
  • Awesome Birthday Voucher stash
  • Awesome Birthday Book

Mini Me – “She likes her Steak Bloody”
Sunday morning I wandered into my study/sewing room to find perched on my keyboard a very cool little doll and a lovely note from my sister-in-law saying she was a belated birthday present.  It took me no time to realise, she was a little Q-ish 🙂  Yep, Rachel had made me a Q doll!  So if you know me personally, it would be a bit obvious that we are related, but if you just read here, it may not… I will therefore explain!

My Little Mini Me - She Likes her Steak Bloody

My Little Mini Me - She Likes her Steak Bloody

I guess it would be a bit hard not to notice her cleavage…. I am bit over endowed in that area, I don’t really mind, the more attention I get in that area the less time people are focussing on the size of my bbb.. behind. 😀  Her dress is similar in style to one I wore to my brother’s wedding and also one I wore to a horse racing day event a couple of years ago.  I am obssessed with Sci Fi and Fantasy and love most things that come out of the genre. True Blood is a very firm favourite so were Angel and Buffy. Hence “my” fangs. I have 5 of the 8 True Blood books, which are not spectacularly well written, but the storylines are quite interesting.  [I have to put in a disclaimer here, sorry to everyone who is a fan, but Twilight and anything related to it needs to die a quick death so I can forget it ever crossed over into my good genre and messed with me!!! *snarl*]. I do (vampire’s aside) prefer good steak to be bleeding when eaten and am quite amused by those who require theirs to be well done.

The spectacle frames are shaped like mine and have little bits of bling on the side, and the dark hair, thick eyebrows and long lashes, well they run in the family.  Recently I also had the bottom bits of my hair do dyed bright red, and dolly does too!

Rachel has more photos of my new miniature on her blog here, I love the doll so much (and all Rachel’s dolls!) if you like her, go there and leave Rach a comment – you know how cool comment love is!! There are also some super cute pics of my niece, Rach’s daughter Charlotte Rose.

No Sew, Paper Piecing and Hexagons

I don’t think I even touched my sewing machine this weekend, which is quite disconcerting, now that I think about it.  I did however do some paper foundation piecing after finding a block that I wanted to try at quilter’s cache.  Every time I think about doing foundation piecing, I really want to make something teeny, but this block I made at 8inches Square and it will be half of my little hot pad, for the Hot Pad Exchange being hosted by Cherryl at Gone Stitchin (I think you have time to sign up for the next swap if you go on over there, sign ups close 1st April  Australian time).

I snooped around my mystery partner’s website to try to get an idea of what style she would like or what would suit. I am not sure how good my decision is, but I am giving it a go.  My first attempt was disastrous, I think the one I am making now will work.

Hot Pad for Swap Take One - thumbs down :(

Hot Pad for Swap Take One - thumbs down 🙁

This was my attempt… It looks better here, but I was trying to get it to a point where I could do a stitchery in the centre and then add some white on white and bounding around the side.  The ric rac, was tough, my middle piece was too small for the gap and well it just generally looked crappy so I gave up.  I think I will be safe to have the second attempt posted out by the end of the week!

I also made some more hexie flowers but I am not (phew! I hear you say…) going to take photos of every one of the one ninety something I need for the project!  When they are worthy of photos of piles of hexie flowers though, I will be posting some of them.

Cherryl’s Swaps are mid to mid Month, so I also have a new block swap coming up for April. I am excited about this one, because my partner has requested a single colour block (to eventually be part of a rainbow quilt). I haven’t done a single colour themed block before and am looking forward to that. I already know what block I would like to make, it’s just a matter of fabric selection now.

I hadn’t posted a pic of my last block (well I think I did a sneak peek only) for the swap for March, I didn’t want my partner to see it. She has received it now, so I can show you!

block is called Lemonade Stand and was designed by Blue Nickel Studios (Scott Hansen).

block is called Lemonade Stand and was designed by Blue Nickel Studios (Scott Hansen).

The flying geese units, strips and corner posts are all from the same fabric! I think it’s a Jinny Beyer border print, but I just cut it to go with the pieces in the block.

Sweet Broderie, Cosmo Threads and Even more Pressies

Then I also had a visit from Mr Postman today who delivered 3 separate belated birthday pressies that I am so excited about!

Finally, I have everything I need to start on the Vignette In Stitches Mystery Quilt – details on Leanne’s House Blog and Vignette In Stitches Blog

Sweet Broderie Fat Quarter Pack and Cosmo Thread Pack for Vignette In Stitches from In Between Stitches plus Candy!

Sweet Broderie Fat Quarter Pack and Cosmo Thread Pack for Vignette In Stitches from In Between Stitches plus Candy all the way from California!

My brother and sister-in-law (yep who I got my dolly from and who bought me Camille Roskelley’s Simplify!) also got me a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter shop and I indulged myself in some…

Central Park Yardage with some Yummy J Caroline design Ribbon

Central Park Yardage with some Yummy J Caroline design Ribbon

and in some…

Sunshine Whimsy Yardage, It's a Hoot Yardage and a Thimble Blossoms Pattern

Sunshine Whimsy Yardage, It's a Hoot Yardage and a Thimble Blossoms Pattern

I really want to have a go at some clever cutting for the cool repeats in the Sunshine Whimsy fabric!

and another book cos you can never have too many books and I know I must be getting old or something, but the books, they have to be real books… not binary ones… I love technology, I really really do, but I need my books to be real!

5-10-15 Fat Quarters

5-10-15 Fat Quarters

so haven’t I had the best day ever!

Well I did get a sore throat and am getting a cold, but I got it from Charlotte, who is the most adorable little girl in the world, so even that is good!