Thursday, 28 March 2013

I Need My Mojo to have a Staycation Not a Vacation

I hate to mention it but my mojo is kind of on a vaycay.  I am sewing but whenever I do less or blog less like when I go away or have visitors, I find it hard to get my rhythm back.

So here's a round up.

I finally finished up my Granny top.  It's on my FAL list so I have to hustle on this one. It took forever to make the blocks but it was all in my head as they are ridiculously easy to make - I think it's the fact I didn't square them up very well so they felt less than perfect and the latent perfectionist reared its ugly head and I went off them.  However, after a couple of posts on IG (follow me @lifesrichpattern) I felt the love again. Now just to add a border to make it a decent size.  I have the batting and backing so this could be a March finish.


I can finally reveal some secret sewing.  I sent Nat a tablerunner as a very small thank you for sending me the beautiful Simple Love quilt.  I know Nat  likes blues and geometrics so using the Fast Forward pattern from The Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters, some geometric blues, taupes, Kona snow and some Essex yarn dyed natural linen, I made this rather long tablerunner. It's difficult to get a good shot of it...but you get the idea.


I did some simple echo quilting, which I'm pleased to report Nat loves! Thanks so much to Nat - I still smile when I see her beautiful quilt.


More secret sewing will be revealed tomorrow in Fluffy Sheep Quilting's spring newsletter - if you don't already sign up for it, then you should here - Cindy has a great online shop full of gorgeous fabrics and she'll even send you swatches! There is a very simple tutorial from moi for table napkins using the Heaven & Helsinki line and there's an awesome tute from the funny and lovely Rhonda for some personalized table mats.  Here's a peek at mine.


In more mysterious sewing news, Stitch Tease the mystery online bee is finally coming to an end and all will be revealed very soon.  I am making up Katy's quilt and it's a good one. Here's a sneaky peek of my block. The quilt top will be winging its way to Katy today and hopefully it should be there in a week or so.  My quilt top is already on its way from Di in California - I can't wait to see it!


Finally spring sprang here on Monday - blue skies and 25°C...


...but as you'll see from the first photo it's gone back in to hiding! Still it's nothing like the UK peeps are enduring - here's hoping you have a hot summer to compensate.

I met my best friend from high pre-school after not seeing her for a whopping 28 years. Two and a half hours wasn't enough time to catch up but it was so fun to see her and laugh and yes, reminisce!


So happy Thursday - now wish me luck as I go to the post office and visit customs who peek in your envelope before it's sealed up! This could be the law or pure nosiness - who knows!

30 comments:

Nat at Made in Home said...

If this is how it is when you loose your mojo how much do when you do have it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I LOVE your grannies!! You've been very busy!
Your son has the most beautiful smile x

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

You've made loads and its all lovely!

Elizabeth Wix said...

Spring Greetings to all of you!
So lovely to see you when we were in Marrakesh!

ox

Quilting In The Cold said...

Those grannies are so pretty!

Janine said...

Your Granny top is beautiful and I really like the table runner. Your echo quilting looks great :)

Canadian Abroad said...

Your grannies look great. As does Nat's runner. You might say your mojo is missing but it seems you are still getting a lot done.

Collette said...

Your grannies are fab, love ur runner and understand what you mean about the mojo x

Diane-crewe said...

seems to be a lot of work for an off" tme xx great to meet up with old friends and do the ..."do you remember..."

linda said...

love the runner and the grannies ....seems like mojo is around !!

Patchwork and Play said...

Hey, slow sewing is the way! You do seem to be having a lovely time though- except for the sticky beak post office workers! Lol!

Flying Blind... said...

Love it all - including Katy's top. Your mojo seems in fine fettle to me!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Sounds like you actually have quite a lot going on! I love the granny squares....I am still saving up little squares!

Catherine said...

I love the colours in your grannies. looking forward to seeing your quilt revealed

Isisjem said...

Love what you have made. I reckon your Mojo and my Mojo are off somewhere again drinking cocktails...

Katy Cameron said...

Bugger, hope your mojo comes back asap! Your grannies are looking great though, and I can't wait to see if my top passed muster at customs ;o)

Judith, Belfast said...

What I wouldn't give for 25 degrees round about now! I love your granny squares, and your mojo seems to be coping pretty well! Enjoy your Easter hols. Jxo

Sarah said...

Such glamorous grannies! Love them, it's going to be a beautiful quilt. If your mojo stays you will need a lottery win to keep it in fabric supply - you've done loads!

Leanne said...

Many beautiful things. I love your grannies especially and I know you can finish it. I have grannies on my FAL list too, I wonder if I could do the same - it is a 4 day weekend here.

Carla said...

Annabella! Your granny square is gorgeous! I need to make another one of those. I found that after sewing little people clothes the last week, I am revived and ready to start quilting again ; )

heart of charnwood said...

Beautiful, beautiful, love it all, and what a great way to thank Nat for her generosity! Mojo will be back soon. x

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love your grannies! They're definitely well looked after now!

cheeky monkey said...

The grannie looks great! You are so lucky on 25C and sunshine! Oh I miss it. Great to have a friend over :)

Camilla said...

Hard to believe you've lost your mojo. Beautiful work and stunning colour sense as always.

blandina said...

It is still cold and rainy here, I loved seeing you in your summer clothes, I am fed up with wools and boots.
Happy Easter dear Annabella!

Lady Cordelia said...

Beautiful!
And I doubt one "imperfection..."
(as per your comment on my blog.)
TRULY, this looks to me like perfection.
XO

Nicky said...

The grannies look gorgeous - have to confess I did not enjoy trimming mine up at all! Things went a bit awry at that stage - just as well I know how to fudge ...

Kelly said...

Love the runner and the granny quilt and hope that mojo gets its bum in gear soon ;-)

diane said...

I know I am a little late but I have seen the finished granny and it is a beauty.
Stitch Tease is really a tease now that we are all waiting with bated breath...except Hadley, who has received!

Sarah said...

Granny squares is beautiful! I love these quilts so much and have plans to make one, whenever I get time, and finish other stuff, so maybe in 30 years when I retire?! The table runner is really unique too. I thought oh yeah flying geese, then looked closer and saw it wasn't and then my brain hurt trying to figure out the maths of how you did it. Autumn has finally come over us here in South Australia. We had a horribly hot dry end to summer, but we've settled down to 20 degree days now. That'll only last for about a month then it will be winter. Have you ever travelled to southern Australia? I imagine Morocco's climate would be quite similar.