Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cutting, organising and Liebster Award

Yesterday it snowed all day and I was hopeful that they might close the university and I could have some extra sewing time. Unfortunately it wasn't really cold enough for the snow to settle and build up so I caught up on my paperwork and generally reorganised my work life. Today I'm off and as it is raining/sleeting I've been cosily settled indoors organising my sewing projects and cutting out.

First up was my Nancy Drew piece for the 'is a clue' blog hop taking place from March 6th. Click the button on the side bar for more details. It has taken me ages to decide what I wanted to make but last night while just drifting off to sleep warm and snug in bed I had an idea. I had bought a Nancy Drew charm pack so today I cut some of it into 21/2 inch squares and I cut some white fabric. Still a few bits to cut from other fabric but this is the start of the project.

I also like to take some knitting or stitching with me to work either for working on during the journey or in my lunch break. Last year Scarlett from Chile was my partner in a mini quilt swap and with the adorable mini she had made she sent me a little pouch.

Now I hadn't decided what I was going to use the pouch for until yesterday when my bag with my stitching in broke.  So this morning I moved my bits into this one. It has so much room that I am able to carry a couple of mini projects which is great in case I change my mind on what I want to work on.

Later this evening I must cut out some more hexie templates. I printed off another 300 today but they still have to be cut out. A tedious job but it's all part of English paper piecing. If I keep the picture small it will stop the job being too daunting.

I then spent some time stitching more of my granny blocks. I've now made 34 of the 49 blocks I need. I was hoping to get them all finished today but my older daughter has just phoned to say she and her boyfriend will be at home for dinner tonight so that will have to be put on hold. The next big job with this quilt is cutting out the sashing and borders. It's looking very good to have this top finished by the end of the month.

Finally Lynne from Never too hot to stitch nominated me for the Liebster Award which is odd because I had been reading about it on another blog a few days ago. The origins seem to be lost in time and the rules (not rules but information on how it works), seem to have changed over the years. So what exactly is it?

The Liebster Award isn't an award that involves prizes or certificates, which is a great shame as I love presents and prizes. In fact it is a little like a chain letter (but doesn't make any threats - would quilters do such a thing!) It is for people whose blogs have under 200 followers. How it works seem to change but the gist is that the person nominating poses 10 or 11 questions for the person receiving it to answer and so people get to know more about you. You then pass the nomination forward to other blogs. It appears that originally the nomination was passed forward to 3 to 5 people but it has increased now to 11!

Anyway I am happy to accept this nomination from Lynne and will be answering the questions she has posed in my next post. I will then pass the nomination forward to 3- 5 people. I feel that if it is passed to too many people, in a very short time it will take up all of blogland and we wont get to see any lovely fabrics or projects. Since I'm about to start a fabric and calorie controlled diet for Lent I need to be able to enjoy the sight of everyone's yummy fabrics. However if you want me to pass it forward to more blogs I will.

I linking this post with Connie at Freemotion by the river for her Tuesday Linky party.

Don't forget to visit Madame Samm for today's schedule for the Hugs and kisses blog hop. There is sure to be lots of lovely ideas for valentines day. 

Happy stitching



  1. Can't wait to see what you whip up with your Nancy Drew fabric! Congrats on the Liebster!

  2. I think I need a little bag like the one you have for small projects.

  3. Looks like you'll have a fun project with the Nancy Drew fabrics and wow is that a lot of cutting of hexagon pieces! Enjoy your day and love the little kitties on your new pouch! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  4. Hello, my Dear! Love this! I've come to you from The "Grow Your Blog" party...it was over before I knew about it, but it was so nice of Vicki to leave the list up! Anyway, I always welcome new blogs to enjoy, and yours is delightful! I am now following you ~ please come and visit me if you get a chance!
    So nice to "meet" you!

  5. "Nancy Drew" -- I haven't heard that name for many years!

    Can't wait to see the answers to your questions and visit the blogs you nominate! Good idea to bring it back down to a handful!