Saturday, 15 September 2012

Sewing this, sewing that

Do you ever feel that time is just slipping away much much faster than it should be? This summer has flown by so fast its shocking.

Work took over most of it - that was really my compromise to them when I took the job so that I could work part time in term time. 5 days away from home every week is hard. I used to do that not just for a couple of months but years on end yet I never felt so drained by it. I suppose I was a lot younger when I first started doing it and maybe I was more willing to sacrifice my social life back then. This year, mainly because of the fantastic quilting community I am part of meant I wanted to do social things as well. The net result - knackered!

I'm now back at college one day a week and working part time so hopefully I can achieve a better balance. That includes commenting more on blogs. I have tried to keep up with my reading, but I've been hopeless at commenting so please accept my apologies.

I've done very little stitching, but have been doing some in the hotel using my improvised sewing studio - the chair!


I joined a English Paper Piecing Bee and the first two blocks are for that.



I enjoyed doing it so much I started some more of my own.




Then today I did something I hadn't done in years. Embroidery - but not just any old embroidery, but special Aneela Hoey embroidery from her new book Little Stitches and taught by the lady herself!

We had a fab day, sewing and chatting and laughing and eating lots of goodies provided by Pennie....chocolate brownies......yum!

This was how far I got with my little girl on the swing......


and here she is playing with all the others.....


I had to go for the green dress didn't I???

15 comments:

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love the green dress and wish I had gone with the neat blue I wanted to go with but I'll stick to the fred :) Great day!!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Red not fred!! Oops!!!

Di said...

Nice EPP. You have been busy. Di x

Gertie Pye said...

Trust you to be different Shevvy! I do like it in green and your hand stitching is just impeccable - can't wait to see it finished. Loving the EPP too x

Leanne said...

Your EPP is wonderful and I totally would have expected you to make a green dress. Lucky you to be able to take that class.

Charlotte said...

love the EPP, and the green dress is fab!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Cute stitchery! And I like your EPP blocks.

Little Island Quilting said...

Permission to ask a daft question! Why are you EPPing that particular block when you could do it in a jiffy the regular piecing way?!

Flying Blind... said...

Yesterday was lovely - great to see you again xxx

Kelly said...

Your EPP looks great and I think your girl on a swing is my favourite, she is rocking that red dress!

Kelly said...

Green dress even!!

Pennie said...

glad you liked the brownies!!

Cynthia L. said...

I am so glad to see that things are getting back to "normal" Love the little girl on the swing. I have seen that pattern before and just love it.

diannajessie said...

Your EPP is beautiful. How do you get your stitches not to show - I'm hopelessly bad at it!

two hippos said...

love your epp blocks, the owrkshop with Aneela was fun.