Monday, 5 January 2015

Around The World Blog Hop

Today I am finally joining in the fun that is the Around The World Blog Hop.  I say finally, as I have declined the offer previously but pre-Christmas I threw caution to the wind and agreed!

I was invited by the lovely Lori Hartman, who was invited by Ginny Fisher of Fish Creek Studio, who was invited by Lee Monroe aka May Chappell, who was in turn invited by Jen Kingwell, say no more!

Do take a look back to Lori's post - she has been up to some amazing things, check out her 3" blocks!!

If this is your first visit, Hi there!  I have been rambling on here for about 4 1/2 years, from the days before I knew of modern fabric, matching points and the whole online community.  Oh how times have changed for the better.  If you are feeling brave, hit some random posts from my history and I am sure you will find something to laugh at, and maybe even something that you may like!

So it's my turn to answer the all important questions on everyone's minds!

What am I currently working on?
Well unfortunately I am already working on some secret commissions; I am a semi-regular contributor to Love Patchwork & Quilting and Quilt Now magazines, and also one of the Simply Solids Blogging Team; so as much as I would love to show you, I would have to kill you!

Other projects on the go include my Amitié Textiles Mystery BOM, I have fallen behind over the last month or so (we are only 3 months in!), but I am absolutely loving it so far…

I also have another Jen Kingwell project pricking my conscience at regular intervals, my all-Denyse Schmidt Midnight At The Oasis, which I will finish this year, oh yes I will!

I am a member of the best Bee in the World, Brit Bee…

Brit Bee & friends Weekender Oct 2014
... and the second best Bee in the world, Stitch Tease from whom I have all the blocks from last November's round ready to make my twin girls a pair of Amsterdam Quilts; I have the Minky backing and binding at the ready, just the sashing to do…

I am making plans for my #ukminiswap, and have a head full of other things, so I am not going to get bored any time soon!

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Well I am not sure it does!  I do like to tinker a bit though; sticking to a pattern is not in my nature, but I do try, sometimes.  I like much of the popular fabrics; I do crush on Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross,  and of late Cotton & Steel and Art Gallery Fabrics, especially my chum Katy's collection, I may have stocked up!

In broad terms I don't do brown or red!  There are some exceptions, but I am too fussy to let anyone else try to second guess those, so best to say I am totally averse!

Why do you write/create what you do?
To keep me sane!  As a wife, mother of 3 and part-time Civil Servant, it's the 'me time' I need.  I know I am not alone in this.  The most amazing by-product of starting sewing again when I hit 40 has been the friendships I have made, people I have met online and in person.  Without getting all mushy, I wouldn't be the person I am now without the friends I have made.

How does your writing/creating process work?
Something like… I need to sew something, what is everyone else making?  Ooh I can do that too!  

I don't like to miss out; I want to make all the things!  I scrappy-tripped and Marcelle-Medallioned; scrap vomitted with the help of friends and Sew-Together bagged...

In my ideal world I would have way more time and energy to do all the thinking too, but when others have such good taste and skills, I am happy to forfeit the originality most of the time.  I am currently pondering jumping into the Scrappy Log Cabin QAL, because, well, why wouldn't I?

So that's me in a nutshell.  Thanks for making it this far ;)

I have been a bad contributor though, as I have failed to recruit anyone willing to take on the baton and carry this strand of the bloghop forward.  OK, please don't be upset I didn't ask you, Christmas and New Year flew away with me and I didn't exactly put in the hours, sorry.  So if you would like to play along, please please please let me know and I will forward you the rules!

Tomorrow I will be sneaking in before the deadline, linking up with the Finish-a-Long, so hopefully see you again then xxx


  1. Ah, nothing like a shared vomit to bind friends together... ;o)

  2. I'm so glad to be a part of your second best bee. You always inspire me. I have resistrd the blog hop. I'm feeling so unworthy these days.

  3. It's lovely to read more about you Hadley, and all your work is beautiful xx

  4. I'm so happy to be in the two best bees in the world, and with you in them. xxx

  5. I like your thinking. I'm happy that others have the time and creativity to create something, and I'm happy to use their patterns too. I think there's a lot of pressure , not necessarily expressed out loud but from within, in the blogging/Instagram world of quilting and sewing to create your own patterns, publish them, design a fabric line, write a book etc etc. I just like buying fabric and sewing!


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