Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Shush snippets

Lots of little things have been happening in the Shush household.  I thought I should mention some before I forget altogether and they never make it to the blog.

First, there has been more Citrus Sweet Love BOM catch up homework.  I have finished the 56 piece Y seam extravaganza that is the Sarah's Garden block.  Don't you just love the fabrics in these blocks?  Those girls at Treehouse Textiles sure know how to pick fabric.  Now I only have the appliqué to finish, and I have even managed to get one of those underway.

Citrus Sweet Love - December block - Sarah's Garden

In the middle, this happened.  Agghhhhh.

Block CRISIS.  Unpicking and resewing ensued.  Very lucky I had just the right amount of fabric left over.

There has also been the emergency commencement of super simple baby quilt 3, after a secretary at work had her wee bubba 10 weeks early.  That's really teeny tiny, but apparently he is doing well.  The top has been pieced, but there has been a subsequent quilting issue which means I am now having a little break from this!  I will explain when I have the energy to tell you what happened - and at least you know nothing boring happens when I make a quilt.

Fabric:  The Fox and the Houndstooth collection.

Hubby was responsible for block placement.  I had photographic evidence, but it has been deleted.  It seems there was some 'bug' on the iPad.

And excitingly, I had an amazing mail day.  The lovely Tiina sent me this Christmas parcel.  It was brimming with goodies - little handmade luggage labels, some of her mother's handmade lace (squeal), some Finnish designer fabric, a box of lollies for Princess and ...

Could this get any better?

... chocolate.  Delicious, Christmassy, creamy chocolate.  I'm speechless.

Yum, yum, yum.

Most of it has gone.  Unsurprising really.  We have no will power in this house.  Tiina and I "met" when she responded to a blog post about chocolate.  I was most excited to have a new friend in Finland (cool, right?) and we agreed to exchange chocolate at Christmas.  I have had far and away the best deal from this.  Princess was very excited to get her own little present (it is some Angry Birds lollies) and now refers to Tiina as "your bird lolly friend who lives far away".  Princess even declared spontaneously that she wanted to visit Finland.  Too cute.  Yet again, I say - I love blogging.  It's fantastic!

What have you been doing?  What nice bloggy thing has happened to you recently?  Have you found the perfect on-line tutorial?  Got a handy hint?  Met someone new?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced to show my Citrus Sweet Love progress.  Lee has a blog hop on to show off her new book - go and have a look!

20 comments:

DeborahGun said...

I just love your simple baby quilts. Thanks so much for these ideas Liz - I have friends popping out babies left, right and centre and just can't keep up with making quilts for them all! Gorgeous chocolate package - yum! I am unfortunately waiting and waiting for fabric packages to arrive - and praying they are just held up in customs rather than 'lost' :-(

pandchintz said...

Oh what a pest to cut off the block! So glad you had just the right amount of fabric to fix it. The block looks great! Love the new baby quilt - they are very handsome foxes. That chocolate looks soooooo delicious - wouldn't last in this household either!!

Susie said...

Love love love citrus BOM! Very cute baby quilt. Good luck with the rest of the quilting

nerospost said...

Hi! I love your block - just adorable! I love the quilt Top and those Super cute foxies on it! And Finnish chocolate, my favourites - of course as I'm from there. Enjoy! x Teje

Megan said...

Is it bad that I giggled when I saw your cutting accident? I have done that kind of thing many times myself. The block is so pretty and your y-seams look super-tidy. I think I need some foxes....

kim said...

Oooohhhh, I love the Fox and Houndstooth quilt!! Very nice :)
I cringed when I saw your cutting mishap on the Citrus block. I think I have that same pink Kaffe Fassett print though, would you like me to send you some?
Am I right, is it a Kaffe Fassett print??

Leonie said...

Blogging friends are awesome :) that is a nice looking block and quilt too! Hope you are having 'fun' at work!

Renee said...

I do love making bloggy friends! My husband and I have a fondness for Finland, we'd love to visit it someday. Hope the quilty issues are resolved soon with the fox quilt!

snips said...

Wow! That block is just gorgeous! And i love, love, love your little Fox and Houndstooth quilt!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a lovely block!

Katie said...

lots of great stuff going on here

Lorna McMahon said...

Your block is gorgeous, but that baby quilt is my fave! Great post!

Dee said...

Oh, beautiful block and such patience for all the Y seams...so worth it! Congrats on the chocolate and "far away friend" score! Isn't it fun to have quilter friends around the world!

knottygnome said...

what a gorgeous block and love the baby quilt! those foxes are one of my faves.

Quilt Musings said...

That block!! I could look at it all day!! Y seams.... on my list of to learns!! *takes a deep breath and goes back to sewing machine!*

Brenda said...

Oh my goodness! What a block. Beyond my experience for sure.

dq said...

I really favor your citrus sweet block. The fabrics are delightful. I will be watching for more on this project.

Nilya said...

That´s a beautiful block!!!

ratama said...

Love the citrus BOM! But Y-seams...

hydeeannsews said...

having had 5 preemies now, but never earlier than 6 weeks, I sure hope the little fella is doing well! did you decide on a backing? do tell.

no, never a dull moment when liz quilts. ever. all is looking good. the chocolate helps, I'm sure. =)