Sunday, 18 October 2015

Butterfly brain fully engaged

Firstly sorry about the quiet two weeks. So busy at work still but I'm hoping to take three days off during half term just to recharge the batteries. I've had full (baby-full) weekends and have had hardly any time to sew.  That and my poor sore hand have severely curtailed my handicrafts.

I had my hand strapped up for a few days to stop me over-extending it but I could still crochet. So I did. Using some of my new yarn I made a few more hexagons.

I am just so in love with this yarn - it is a joy to work with.
This is my blankie so far:
It will be at least 20 hexagons wide and about 25 or so long so there is still at lot of work but it is a labour of love.

I managed to get the quilting finished on the Christmas Wallhanging
The pattern is written - I just have to make the cover and it will be for sale in time to make it for Christmas.  I've just started an appliquéd version but had visitors this afternoon so it's still in pieces.  The light has been so poor that I haven't been able to get a good shot so you can't see all the little stitchery pieces very well.

During the week I wrote the instructions for a new block.  I made the maple leaf in class this week
Our cake break  was (part of) a prize winning cake made by one of our cleaners at school. She used to work in a bakery and quite frankly she should take this up full time.
It had a nutella core.Unfortunately I am on a countdown to Christmas diet and couldn't try it but it looked (and smelled) gorgeous.

I decided to make the maple leaf block (9") a bit larger.
So I cut some strips and added them, log cabin style to the block.
Now it's 18" square.  It could be a cushion front but I think I will turn it into a table topper. The fabric is from the Hallo Fall range by Sandy Gervais. There's lots of gorgeous oranges in it. 

So my butterfly brain has leapt from project to project this weekend.  I love it!

Just to finish with a smile  - a picture of Ben blowing out his birthday candles - ahh. He didn't seem too traumatised about Peppa Pig blazing away on the floor.  He also didn't notice that she didn't have any legs.  They were made like cake pops, using cake crumbs and buttercream and then moulded into shapes. William remarked that the 'truffle things' in the fridge were 'lush'. Yes, he had eaten her arms and legs. Luckily he had left the ears and I managed to make some arms with left over crumbs.
.....and Max who bounced himself to sleep in his little sling. Double ahh. He just smiles all the time, except of course when he's sleeping. I can't believe how big he is.  He was born on 3rd June - less than five months ago and he's in 9-12 months clothes.... which are a bit tight. Ben was such a skinny little thing when he was that age.
Maybe next week I will have some pictures to show you of the appliquéd Christmas Hanging. Or maybe my butterfly brain will have flitted to other things. However I need to knuckle down and get ready for work tomorrow - the endless merry-go-round keeps on going.

John and Steph are taking their little family off to Tenerife for a week for a well earned rest. It'll be quiet without them and I'll miss them but - whoop whoop the (F1) weekend is all mine!


  1. Gosh you have been busy! A much needed rest in well deserved. I love the hexie blankie. it will be amazing when you finish it.

  2. Hi Brendie - I roared with laughter at the thought of William eating Peppa Pig's "truffle" limbs - it's made my day! Hope to make it to class this week - unless my back gives out again! Gutted I missed that fab-u-lous chocolate cake last week, and I really need to progress the Christmas quilt (It might just be ready for Christmas 2016 at this rate!). Hope your had heals soon so you can craft like a good 'un! Karen x