Friday, 8 June 2012

I didn't go to FQR 2012 but...

...look what's just arrived in the post!

A party bag!!

Lucy@Charm About You very kindly had a word with Brioni from Fat Quarterly and somehow managed to get me a party bag!  Actually, it's probably called a goody bag but it's been a while since I've had a party bag (I used to get them all the time when I was teaching - I used to turn down the party invitation but would often still get a slice of cake and a balloon!) so I'm sticking with calling it a party bag!

Thank you so much Lucy and Brioni (and the rest of the amazing Fat Quarterly team) - I don't know how to thank you enough.  Following on Twitter and seeing photos over the weekend (as well as a few texts from Nicky and Sarah) enabled me to feel really included but this makes me feel like I was there!  Words can't express how much I appreciate this parcel (didn't I say that quilters are the kindest people imaginable?!) but please know that if you could see me now you'd know how grateful I am.  (Tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat!)

I have been working on some embroidery over the past few days though.  I recently won a give away at Lu Summers' blog - two pieces of oilcloth (laminate?  Same difference?!) from her Summersville collection and a (fabulous!) magazine featuring her wonderful Blooms quilt which accompanied a very well written tutorial on how to do reverse appliqué. 

From Lu Summers

I loved the Summersville so much and was so inspired by this post of Lu's that I treated myself to half a metre of 'Town' and 'Weave' so I could make myself a couple of cushions.  I decided to do a practise piece first (most unusual for me, I usually jump straight into a project with both feet!) and bravely cut into my 'Town' and opened the 'Pezzy Prints' charm pack I won from Lucy's first fugly fabric party and this is what I have so far...

I've finally used Pic Monkey - I love it!!  Photos also on Flickr.

It's going to be a while until it's ready to make into a pincushion but you know me: I love a bit of slow stitching!

Nicky is hosting a framed purse swap over on Flickr (it's full now, sorry if you missed out...).  She was so inspired by her class with Katy over the weekend that she's already made another purse (she's obsessed!) and has started a swap.  I've been drafted in for my organisational skills (I hope they're still there!) -  I'll be honest, I've only been in one Flickr swap before (and I'm not even joining in this one!) so I'm not the most experienced swapper in the world but I'm hoping everything will go well - cross your fingers!  If I can manage thirty-odd six year olds on 'large apparatus' surely I can help manage thirty or so quilters!  No?!

Laura has been wonderfully helpful with techie things like buttons (they're a mystery to me at the moment but I'm determined to learn one of these days!) and Katy is going to take lots of photos of the intricacies of framed purse making and create a tutorial.  Well, I think Katy is going to do the making and Lynne is taking the photos!  All we need to do now is wait for sign up forms, etc. to be submitted and we can start assigning partners!  (I hope we don't miss anyone out!)  Go on over to the Flickr group to see what's happening - if you spot anything wrong please shout!!  For us, so we can fix it, not at us!

Archie had a bath a few weeks ago - look how white he is!  He's known as the Daz dog by some of the bairns in the street!

Are you talking about me?  Did you say the B word?  Better not have done...

Yes, I'm exceptionally handsome but now I smell funny: like a baby.
 (He gets bathed with Johnson's baby shampoo!)

Enough of that; it's time you used that hand to give me a fuss...

This was supposed to be a short, simple post to say thank you to Lucy and Brioni...why can't I manage a simple post?!  I blame Archie...(he's not here - out on a walk with Alfie - he'll never know!).  Or I could blame Nicky for setting up a swap...or both of them...

If I'm not around for a few days it's because I'm looking for my teacher hat...and the organising skills that come with it!  Or I could be working on Stained.  I doubt it, but I could be!

P.S.  I don't think I've replied to any of the lovely comments left on my last post (I don't usually post again until I've done that but today's parcel was cause for an exception to be made!) but I will do it soon!


  1. I didn't know Lucy had asked Bri for a goodie bag - what a superstar.

  2. What a lovely surprise! I hope you find your teacher hat :)

  3. Lovely mail!!

    I was going to infill some Summersville too, but having seen your perfection, I might leave it to the expert!

  4. Ohhhhhh how nice for you.....lovely mail

  5. So pleased you got a goody bag, they're fab aren't they? Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Summerville.

  6. Lucy and Brioni are the best! So pleased you got one. Isn't it just filled with all the best stuff. Loving your embroidery too! Fab idea.

  7. Aww what a lovely thing to do, enjoy your goodie bag. Why do dogs hate a bath yet run and jump into a river or stream!?!? Mine are just the same.

  8. I am so pleased that you got a goody bag: isn't it filled with fabulous things. I have just epp's my mini charms. Love your embroidery

  9. I'm assuming reverse applique involves carefully picking the nice shapes off quilts? Chapter 2 in that book must be deconstructing a quilt with a seam ripper?

    I remember playing pirates at school as a wee child, you had to run from one piece of big aparatus to another and if you got caught between them you were out! That was fun! I think if you can organise that then you'll have no trouble finding your hat!

    Bix cat came in out of the rain a very soggy moggy the other day .... I took pity on him and towel dried him (well it was that or have him roll over on me until he had made me as wet as he was!) .... I might have got mixed up and used my Versace jumper instead of the blanket I was intending .... Bix says he's a pedigree cat and doesn't deserve anything less!

  10. There was me thinking you were egging me on! Couldn't have done it without you!

    Archie is a dazzling dog with or without a bath and your pincushion will b a little treasure but I'm not sure you should be sticking pins in something so lovely!

  11. Phew! I was planning on sending mine, but somehow I lost it! :) I have other stuff instead :) Will get myself organised tomorrow :)

  12. Oh how thoughtful of Lucy! Isn't it a fab goodie bag! And your embroidered house is beautiful! Jxo

  13. Fantastic - bet you had a lovely time unpacking those goodies xxx

  14. Woot, so glad you got a goodie bag too :o) Loving your Summersville plans too :o)

  15. Oh what\a lovely parcel to receive Helen. Just having a wee catch up, well done on your recent wins and lovely makes. I can almost smell lovely Archie from here with his Johnson's baby shampoo!

  16. Yay for the party bag! What a sweetie Lucy is! Archie looks so fresh and handsome.

  17. What goes around, comes around.
    Goodies for you because you are a generous and funny lady.
    And you hide behind your film star dog!
    Could you train Archie to take a photo of you please?
    I love your citrus fresh tiny house. Is it a school house? Please dont stick pins in. Very neat on the back too!

  18. Oh. my!!!

    But, the smell of Johnson's baby shampoo, j'adore!! :) *ear ruffles* for Archie.

    I have my eye on some of the red Scandi Summersville, only I can not find it in UK, and treats fund is bare anyway. Not that I know what I make with it, but when did that stop me? :)
    Have fun!
    suntred02 at

  19. What a wonderful surprise! Wow! That is the best goodie bag ever! Archie is looking very handsome :)

  20. OMG How amazingly generous!!

  21. I'm so glad you got a goody bag too! Your embroidery is great, and I am looking forward to seeing more.

  22. That's so sweet of them! You must have been jumping up and down with excitement =D

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog. There is one extra day to enter =D

  23. What a wonderful surprise. Lucky you.

  24. how lovely ... I'm intensely envious but utterly delighted for you!

    Archie is positive gleaming! xx

  25. Lucy you must be a charmer!!!!!

    Lucky your with the win. I must look out for the Oil cloth, I have a project that needs oil cloth and I'm now super excited that I can get it in Summerville!

  26. What a wonderful thing for Lucy to do! Lucky you (i'm turning green!) LOL
    Your summersville house is beautiful! Such neat stitches! I may have to shamelessly copy you and give this a try :-)
    Had to grab my shades to look at Archie! He does scrub up well, doesn't he :-)

  27. Goody bags are the best! Good luck organising the swap, I was gutted that it got filled so quickly!

  28. Who does not like a goodie/party bag.
    Regarding a squeeky clean doggie...
    My pup hated baths, no smell, she would promptly go roll in something yucky. The vet said her bath took away her smell. So I bought a cheap but not too stinky perfume. Two short birsts behind each ear and she was good to go. She would prance around once she had a smell again.
    Oh what we do for our pets.

  29. So glad you like it and congrats on your win!! I love your project - the stitching is brilliant and the house looks so great with the pezzy! :)
    Sorry to comment so late, madly catching up with blog reading!! x

  30. love the party bag - lovely lucy :)
    and I bought that magazine - some nice quilts in there - I adore your pezzy framed embroidery - wonderful :)

  31. Lucy is seriously one of the loveliest bloggers I've 'met'. Lovely parcel :o)


I love comments, thank you for yours!!

P.S. I've had to activate comment moderation for older posts so if your comment doesn't appear, it's probably in my inbox awaiting my attention!
P.P.S. If you have a 'no reply' account (no blogger id/a wordpress blog/you aren't sure), please feel free to leave me a separate comment with just your email address in it (myemailaddress(at) to save any bots grabbing it), I shall add that to my address book so I can reply via email and then delete that comment. No worries if not, I shall reply within the comments!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...