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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

My Big Day In...

I have been busy, although just looking at the photos, it doesn't really look that way; you decide.

I was home from school by 9am and did not move from the conservatory for the next 6 hours, all bar a 'comfort break' (so polite), and to pick up the post from the mat!

So want to see what a 'day off' looks like? 

Firstly, what some of it sounded like was Rhonda!  She kept me company and in stitches for hours, (OK not hours, but at least one!); another fun podcast, and lovely to know more about you **nicke.

There was more cutting to start with.  The binding for the Across The Sea, just because I want to be ready, and even though I haven't checked if I have enough batting yet!


I trimmed and cut all my Oakshott Fat-eighths into 9" squares for the Dead Simple QAL, they do look lovely, and even the trimmings looked great!



...and a quick stack of 2.5" squares cut, to add to the mini charm pack of Sherbert Pips that I converted to hexies last night...


After that, I needed to sew.   So an instant hit, 2 Farmer's Wife blocks using some left over HSTs from my last blitz; matching them to blocks they would fit, (well I still have a lot of choice), today Broken Sugar Bowl and Flock...



So now there are 10... and so far behind it's not funny!

Then I got a pang of the guilts that my machine is almost 3 months old and has never been given a good clean.  Oops...


Dust-free from now on, I promise.

After that, I knuckled down to the Japanese Scrap Bag Challenge, and I have just finished for the day.  I took some 'in progress' photos; but they are rubbish, so I will make one or two more tags before the competition finishes and post about making them properly.  In all honesty, they are so simple, a few written 'instructions' would be more than enough. 

So do you want to see?  OK, just a peek...


These were made with some non-competition scraps, as I didn't have enough 'pink' for both girls to have 2 more each of this batch; and Twin 2 threw a complete wobbler over the first pair; so anything for a quiet life.

The 'real' ones I will keep under wraps for a little longer, just to keep the Competition on their toes.  I have made six that are already in use daily on the girls' book bags, lunch boxes and PE Kit bags, and including the two above, and I made 7 more today.

So that was my making, and this was the icing on the cake... Post!


I have been eagerly awaiting 2 packages from the US, and one arrived today.  My super-duper Rainbow Swap Charms from Jennifer.  She is such a lovely friend, she also sent me a beautiful mug rug, I was so excited I was trying to type a 'thank you' and lay out the charms simultaneously!



OK, so the Across the Sea will go into piecing-overdrive again tomorrow - but having received such a lovely gift, those 170+ pieces have been well and truly excused!  Once the other parcel arrives, I will get Goodie 2 sorted, and then I'll almost be on top of things again, phew!

Next Wednesday I have my long-awaited, full-on dentist appointment, so I can't imagine getting much done before (nerves), or after (pain and dribbling!); but this was definitely a lovely interlude in this working week.

24 comments:

  1. thats a LOT of cutting you got done... Glad you managed to sit down for a bit and sew! Your blocks are lovely, I do love the colours you've picked for FW. And get you, japanese scraps done.. Thank you for not picturing them yet, I'd probably give up if I saw them ;-)

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  2. Wow, that was a busy day, surprised RSI didn't set in with all that cutting! Love the blocks, and they're such nice cheery colours

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  3. All in one day?? Wow! Nice job with the 2 farmer's blocks, I love those colors!

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  4. Oh you had the bestest day!!!! I had about an hours seing but then was too tired to post! The rainbow charms are amazing!!! There really ought to be a UK based one, I'd love to join! The tags are a great idea, if you ever need anything machine embroidered with names for their stuff you know where I am! Could you pop round and clean my machine too?

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  5. So very productive Hadley! Very impressed. :)

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  6. What a busy bee you have been...all looking fabulously gorgeous! I have ordered my batting and cotton to match my backing but still haven`t ordered the binding. Must do that tomorrow - yours is super pretty. Love your charms and looks like Kati`s will be on the way soon. Now I owe you twice! How lovely to receive a mug rug too...she is a sweetie isn`t she?

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  7. Incredible focus. Not even time for lunch! Wish I'd done as well today.

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  8. You got an incredible amount done today! And I love learning new phrases. Just added "wobbler" to my vocabulary--that is one fun word. Probably more fun to read about it than live through it...

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  9. Geez woman, slow down!! Everything looks great!

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  10. It looks to me like you got LOTS done. Those rainbow charms are so scrumptious.

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  11. By golly! You put me to shame with your work ethic! I'm still waiting patiently for my charms to arrive! DO you have a plan for yours?

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  12. That is a day to end all days! Wow. Inspiring. If only I could tear myself away from this damned laptop, maybe I could piece a block or 10 as well. You put me to shame.

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  13. wow you have done loads on your day off, I am very jealous: my sewing machine seems like a distant memory: maybe this evening ......

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  14. Did you forget to take pics of your Mystery blocks?..........just kidding.

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  15. What a great day you had Hadley! It's all too easy to waste a free day if you're not careful
    I'd like to echo Benta's suggestion of a UK Rainbow swap (hint, hint!)and if you've got time could you pop round and clean my machine for me????

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  16. What a productive day. Your rainbow charm squares are lovely. Hope all goes well in the dentist tomorrow. Jxo

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  17. You are on fire! That's it, I'm getting off the computer to do some sewing now!
    But before I go, I have to tell you that I'm so up for a UK rainbow swap too!

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  18. ha ha! Behind? Nope, that's me, I've only got 2, yep that's right, 2 FWQAL blocks done! Shocking. My what a wonderful day you had! I'm making a weekend list, especially with the prospect of a teenager away on a sleepover! Dentist will be a breeze, mine was Tuesday, thankfully :)

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  19. Loads of cutting, means loads of sewing! :-)
    Your oakshott solids are so pretty :-) and the sherbet pips hexies are lovely.

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  20. Did someone mention UK Rainbow Swap! I'm in!

    Great efforts Hadley did they call the Fire Brigade to cool you down! You were on fire! Love it all and Susan is one lucky and deserving girl - I had to put up with gloating and stroking of Go! at FoQ (hehe - just joking Susan!)

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  21. My goodness, Miss Hadley! What a wonderful day you have there. I was nearly scared to click on your post for fear you already had the 170 piece back finished! I love a good day of cutting, small finishes, mail happiness and friends. Think about that at the horrid dentist! Good luck :(

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  22. What, no tea breaks?! You've managed more in a day than I do in a month, maybe that's the answer! What was so wrong with the first pair of tags that #2 had a strop? I must have missed something - I'm off for a look! Good luck at the dentist - they'd have to knock me out...I'll keep my fingers crossed it goes quickly and you're painfree.

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  23. As you can tell I am behind in blog reading because I knew if I turned on my laptop yesterday the day would be shot. Thanks for the mention...much appreciated!!!! Those of us in the peanut gallery over at the Japanese Scrap Bag Challenge are tapping toes awaiting SOMETHING along the lines of pictures!! It is no fun to heckle nothing....*yawn*. Well must run since you felt it necessary to share your guilt..I have to clean my machine.

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  24. That's a pretty epic day in Hadders. Love the look of your charms laid out like that! Can't wait to get mine from Kati!!

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