Sunday, 11 March 2012

What a lot to say

Grab yourself a cuppa this might be a long post (for my standards anyway!)

There are lots of bloggy things to be thankful for, and excited about today........

Look I got nominated for the leibster blog award.  How amazing that my humble little blog got noticed and appreciated by KristyLou enough for her to choose me for this award.  I was really tickled pink (as my Gran used to say!)

From my research of Leibster Blog Awards it seems that the intention behind the Award is to support and showcase blogs (with less than 200 followers) that you enjoy reading. I like the fact that it’s not a competitive thing – it’s really just about making others aware of blogs that you like.  KristyLou said she picked me cos we met through our stash bee.   Check the stash bee out, it's great fun, and I have been challenged to try new things and have a go at other people's ideas through the blocks each month.

Now, what I have to do is.....

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award you agree to :

1. Thank the person who gave you the award
So here I am personally thanking KirstyLou....................... THANK YOU!

2. Link back to their blog
Go and meet up with KirstyLou here

3. Copy and paste the Liebster award to your profile
Just did this!

4. Pick 5 blogs that you feel deserve to be in the spotlight (they must have under 200 followers)

1)  My first choice has to be Jan at Isisjem
She was the person who first introduced me to blogging, we were school friends together, and I love her blog, she makes the most wonderful bags, and takes some fab photos (check out the ones of the birds in her garden)

2)  My second choice is Jane at Kirby. Jane Crafty
Her's was one of the first British blogs I found, and she makes alsorts of amazing things, from quilts to cards to the most amazing couture bridal hair piece. She got in to crafting while recovering from a road traffic accident, and is so tallented.

3) Next is Life in the Little Treehouse
I won a fab little Christmas tree decoration in a giveaway from the Life in the Little Treehouse, check out her beautiful etsy shop.  Also the knitting..... shawls and tank tops for cuties etc

4) Next is Rachel at mammafairy sews
 Rachel made me my pouch for the mouthy stitches pouch swap....... the one I love so so much.  I am new to her blog, but she has made some of the most wonderful things - go an have a look.

5) Next is Helen at Archie the wonder dog
If you like dogs, then Archie is one of the best blogging dogs I know!  And there's always a good random fact at the end of the post.  Go and see!

5. Blog about it and leave a comment for your nominations to let them know that you have chosen their blog.

It's about time we had a photo!

I got my stash bee block finished early this month.   Look I actually tried paper piecing.  It was a strange old experience to begin with, sewing through paper..... and I'll admit there was a few attempts that went in the bin (holes in the star would not have been good), but once I got the hang of it, I loved it, getting the straight lines and good crisp points of the star was really satisfying.  So this block is probably on an aeroplane right now winging it's way to Cindy in America.  It's going to be sewn into a Quilts of Valour Quilt.

I had a wonderful parcel of kindness (and fabric!) through the post this week.  Do you remember I joined in with the sew mama sew give away at the end of last year?  Well Catherine at the sewing attic  won my give away, and we have kept in touch ever since.  She was having a sort out of her stash, and thought I might like to make use of some of the fabrics she was unlikely to use.  I couldn't believe my luck when I opened this parcel, all the way from new Zealand.

I am plotting some ideas with those little chickens you can see on the top!

Saturday night is usually my night to sew, and last night I got those old jeans out that have been waiting to be made into a jean skirt.  I used this tutorial from spontaneous threads.  And I have been wearing my new skirt today.

Please ignore the trays of random objects and garden gnome in the background!

And (drum roll please) I started cutting for my jelly roll quilt................................

 Then I started sewing together to make my square blocks.

And here is the pile of finished blocks.

It's certainly an ongoing project.


  1. Wow, you have been busy! Congratulations on the award too.
    I really like the stash bee block, the blue fabric in the middle is fab, it almost looks hand painted.

  2. Wow where do u find the time? Cannot believe u made that fab skirt out of old jeans.

  3. Thanks for the thank you! I love you bee block. I am off to go make mine :)

  4. Congratulations on the award, your blog is great. Your stash bee block looks lovely but complicated and the skirt amazing. You have been busy! Di xo

  5. Wow you have been productive Tanya. Your bee block looks very nicely done with those nice crisp points and you've also done a fab job in turning jeans into a skirt. When my youngest daughter was smaller I turned a pair of her denim dungarees into a pinafore dress and got 2 more years of wear out of it. Congrats on the award too :-)

  6. Thank you so much Tayna! It's such a wonderful thing to have someone read my blog and comment. I feel very honoured you chose me in you top 5 thank you! Your blog is fantastic xx