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After all the excitement of THE BIG DAY life here at Coombe Leigh is beginning to return to normal.  I haven’t forgotten to show you photos – I’m dying to share – but as Rosie & Dan are away I can’t consult with them on which ones to post yet.  In any case the official ones won’t be ready for about a month :(

I began to unpack all the boxes we brought back with us from the reception earlier today – and had you been in my garden you would have seen my lovely vintage Liberty and other print napkins drying on the line above my cutting garden …

Rosie wants me to incorporate them all into a new quilt for her and Dan – a project that will keep me busy through the autumn months.  But first I wanted to start a new project for myself – something not pastel, floral and wedding related!  A couple of years ago I made my first full-size quilt using the quilt as you go technique and was fairly pleased with the result …

But now it’s time for another one.  I’m still planning on using the quilt as you go method – I don’t think I could manage to quilt a whole double-bed size quilt on my domestic machine and I’ve chosen the Turning Squares design by Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting that I found here in the Moda Bakeshop.  I think that it will lend itself very well to this method as it’s constructed in three separate rows that are then joined together to complete the quilt.

I’m going to use the same colours, and indeed some of the same fabrics, as my earlier quilt as I want to layer them both on my bed for extra warmth and snuggle-ability during the winter months.  But those months are a long way off at present and this afternoon I spent a happy couple of hours in my summer house beginning to cut out fabric strips.  The pattern calls for 2 jelly rolls, but I’ve decided to use just one and delve into my stash for the remainder …

And, now that the wedding’s over and I have more time to spare, as well as beginning my new quilt, I’m planning on taking a good look at Bustle & Sew as I’d like to introduce some changes to make it (even) nicer.  To help me do this, over the next few weeks I hope you won’t mind me asking for your thoughts to add to all my ideas for the future.  Meanwhile, the first definite change I’ve decided to make is to my logo.   The little Bustle & Sew bunny has remained unaltered since the earliest days – way back in 2009 – and I think she would benefit from a bit of a makeover – along with the rest of this website.   The BIG DAY might be over – but there are plenty of exciting times ahead for Bustle & Sew!

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Home again – and the April issue

by Helen on March 23, 2014

Phew… home again and a chance to relax in my nice comfy armchair with a bun and hot drink – served in my new mug – a gift from my lovely daughter …

Who very much appreciated all my decorating efforts over the last few days!  We all sat down to a fish and chip supper last night in their new dining room and, though there was still some painting left to do, it was all looking rather nice. The log burner gave a lovely cheerful glow, and before long the house was almost too warm and cosy!

I’m home again today, and for the last hour or so I’ve been catching up on my emails before I collect my furry friends from their kennels in half an hour or so.  Which gives me just enough time to tell you a little more about the April magazine.  This issue is really bright and cheerful – spring is definitely here now, and the colours I’ve used were inspired by this old school poster ….

I’ll be sending out a printable version of this poster to newsletter readers a bit later on this evening – I think it would make a lovely addition to your home this spring – perhaps as part of your Easter decorations?  One or two of the projects in the April Magazine will be good makes for Easter too ….

As well as all the projects above, you’ll discover an extract from “Heidi”, some vintage flower ideas, the next part of my “Making Money from Making” series and much more too.  The April issue is published on Thursday, and if you subscribe before then you’ll receive the March issue (and your free gifts/50% discount code) straight away, and then the April issue when it’s published – bargain!!   Just click here to learn more and subscribe.

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Woodland Alphabet Quilt wip

by Helen on March 5, 2014

Sometimes it feels so easy ….  I’m sure you know what I mean …. those rare occasions that you have an idea and translating it into fabric and thread just flows, everything happens right the first time.  It’s such a magic, wonderful feeling that for me at least, happens only rarely – usually I can be found muttering, unpicking, tweaking and re-stitching!  But there was no unpicking at all while I was stitching this project – my Woodland Alphabet Quilt …

It’s destined to be a gift for some friends who have been waiting for adoption for some time.  They’ve recently heard that they’ll be bringing home a little boy aged seven months in just a few weeks time.  I do hope they’ll like my gift…

It’s still very much a work in progress, but I finished piecing the top late this afternoon – just some borders around the edges and it’s onto the quilting.  I was inspired by the clean lines and appliqued text of the Baby Life Quilt design by V and Co that I found in the Moda Bakeshop

I love the uncluttered feel of this quilt and wanted to try to give my Woodland Alphabet Quilt the same feeling of simplicity and space – as well as including lots of  forest friends ….

 

I followed Vanessa Christenson’s tip of zig-zagging around my applique shapes with clear thread.  All my shapes were quite simple so there wasn’t too much huffing and puffing while pivoting around corners.  My favourite block is R for Rabbit (of course!) …. 

Though the hedgehog and mouse are cute too.  I’m considering whether to add a narrow patchwork border around all the squares before the final wider borders – if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions I’d love to hear them.  This project will be included in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine and then I’ll be wrapping it up ready to send to my friends in time for their baby boy’s arrival.  

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Bits and pieces … lots going on!

by Helen on March 3, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what I’d like to blog about – when life has picked up pace and so much has been crammed into a few short days – and now is one of those times.  Should I tell you about the tremendous thunderstorm we had here? The lights went out, the roof leaked and the flagstones were covered with enormous hailstones (which enchanted my furry friends when they went outside to investigate after the storm had passed)….

Or I could tell you about our wedding preparations .. Rosie and I spent a long time working on the invitations and maps on Saturday afternoon.  At last they’re finished to both our satisfactions and we’re eagerly anticipating their return from the printers very soon indeed ….

Then there’s my new Woodland Alphabet Quilt.  It’s destined to be a gift for friends who have just learned they’ll be bringing home a new baby boy very soon.  They’ve been waiting for adoption for quite some time and so I wanted to make a special present.  It’s still very much a work in progress, but here’s a quick snap of the first few blocks….

Not the best picture I’m afraid – I snapped it very quickly with my phone.  But I’ll take more photographs as I go along, and the finished project will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  Which sort of leads me onto my final piece of news … the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is now available in paperback form from Amazon …..

CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon.co.uk and

CLICK HERE for the magazine on Amazon.com

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