Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Busy Busy Busy

That's my life just now.  Do you ever have those times when you hardly have time to draw breath?  Now you want to know why don't you?  Well nothing out of the ordinary really, just life in general.  We had a training weekend at work this weekend, that's always a busy week.  Why?  No, I'm not a trainer, although my husband is, but my responsibility is the catering.  Yes, it's the vegans again!  Four of them.  Lunch and snacks for two days, and not a vegan caterer to be found.  So it's do it yourself time, AGAIN.  Oh well, the good news is it is two months until the next, and last, weekend in the course.  If they were not such lovely and appreciative people I would dread it.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed there are none in the next course.

So, what have I been up to sewing wise?  Well I haven't had a lot of time so I had to prioritise, first I made,


this, a courthouse steps block for Stephanie in Hive Two in Stash Bee.  In reality it's a bit brighter than the pic, taken on a dull and miserable day.  Stephanie wanted sea colours, and do you know that although I have made log cabins before I have never done a courthouse steps.  Well I have now!  By the way, the grey background is white!

I also finished,


this block for Carmit.  Only this time I lightened the pic too much and it's richer than it seems here.  I wasn't having such a good day when I did this pic either.  It's a 15 inch block in purples, no those strips are not grey, honest, I seemed to have striped the colour out of the block.  Carmit is in Stash Bee too in Hive 4, this was her request for February and I was two weeks late mailing it so I didn't post it on Stash Bee.  I was hive crashing you see, Carmit, from Quilting Rainbows, was the very first blogger to strike up a conversation with me when I started blogging, she made me feel so welcome, and I have never forgot it, so I wanted to make a block for her.

The only other stitching I have been doing is,


THIS!!!!  Oh yes, singing and dancing time, I stitched my Meadowfield Mystery quilt top together.  I am so happy with it, although not so happy while I was stitching it, it almost drove me mad.  Some blocks stitched together so easy and others, honestly, I took out the seams three, four, five, even six times before I was happy with them, I kid you not, they just wouldn't line up properly.  A couple of times it was so bad I had to walk away, THEN when I went back it fell into place first time, have you ever had that?

Unfortunately I haven't had time to get it layered or start the quilting yet.  I need it finished because it is already a week late.  Yes, I am going to give it away.  I will be sad to part with it, but you know I have had so much pleasure making it I am happy for it to give pleasure to someone else.  When I get it finished that is!

If you haven't been here before, Meadowfield Mystery is a free pattern from the very talented Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.  The wonderful news is the next one, Magnolia Mystery, starts on July 6th, mark that one on your calendar.  I had so much fun with this one and seeing everyone's progress on the Facebook page I am definitely joining in.

I just HAVE to show you what came through the post though


the first block from my bee mates in Bee Inspired.  This one came all the way from Canada from the lovely Velda who blogs at GRANNYcanQUILT, even her name is lovely.  Gorgeous isn't it?  This is SO exciting, and just think, I get to do it all again in May when I am queen in my Stash Bee hive.

So that's all that's been happening with me, pretty boring isn't it?  Except when you receive surprises in the post that is, I tell you, when I open the front door coming home from work my heart is thudding with the thoughts of what could be on the doormat!  Bet you can't wait till next week when I give you the next instalment (helpless giggles).

Until then
Smiles from,
Kate x

Linking up with the lovely
 Lorna at Let's Bee Social
Kelly at Needle and Thread Thursday
Sarah at Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
Shelly @The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts hosting for TGIFF
Myra at Busy Hands Quilts



27 comments:

  1. Kate, your Mystery Quilt is WONDERFUL!! I can't wait to see it all finished up. How are you going to quilt it?

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  2. Oh, Kate, your mystery quilt is stunning. I'm definitely going to make it when I return to the island and get settled in. Seeing how beautiful yours turned out has convinced me! You're bee blocks turned out lovely. Your catering is very much appreciated, I'm sure. You give so much of yourself. XO

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  3. I, too, have been busy. Where does the time go??? I love your mystery. Mine is pieced as well, but I have no idea how to quilt it.

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  4. Your Meadow Mystery quilt looks great! So glad to see it all together!

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  5. Adorable work ! You put a smile on my face Kate !
    Love from Belgium x

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  6. I think you have some wonderful work done! Your mystery quilt is gorgeous, sorry it gave you such pains, but it looks worth it now(that it's done!).

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  7. I think that's plenty! Whew! You have a lot going on! I love your all the blocks you shared! They are so pretty, but that quilt...it steals the show! You did a beautiful job picking the colors/fabrics. With all the piecing of the top troubles it looks amazing! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

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  8. Your mystery quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. The meadow mystery quilt looks great. Isn't it funny how it doesn't work, it still flippin' doesn't work, then all of a sudden it does. You're doing well with your blocks too, I have a bit of catching up to do.

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  10. Love your mystery quilt! And YES I know what you mean about things coming together only after getting so frustrated that you have to step away!

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  11. Fabulous projects.Love them all!

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  12. You still got a lot done for such a busy week. I love your Meadow Mist Mystery quilt! It's gorgeous!

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  13. Wow ! Your Mystery quilt is gorgeous Kate !

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  14. Your mystery quilt is gorgeous! Your color choices work so nicely with the design. And, yes.... I have had to walk away from a quilt, only to have it work perfectly when I returned. Your bee blocks are wonderful, too.

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  15. Great color choices on your mystery quilt - it's a beauty!

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  16. Boring?! Your mystery quilt is ANYTHING but boring. It's gorgeous! All that hard work and frustration certainly paid off in the end. And now, how will you quilt it?

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  17. Kate, your mystery quilt is beautiufl! Nice blocks too! I do hope you can catch your breath soon!

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  18. I love the colors and contrast in your Meadow Mystery quilt! It looks amazing! I am going to try to tackle those gnomes and trees this weekend. :) You'll most likely get them before Christmas. haha

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  19. Thanks for linking up with this week's TGIFF. I love how your Meadow Mystery quilt turned out. I have had some of those frustrating moments with my latest quilts that involved sashings.I really dislike sashings but they are necessary some times.Walking away and trying again almost always works. Great job on the Bee blocks as well. Have a great weekend.

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  20. Life does get hectic. It has been the same around here and I haven't accomplished all that much in the sewing room.i love your Meadow Mystery Quilt. Great colors and your points look wonderful. I look forward to seeing how you quilt it. The recipient of this quilt is a lucky person!

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  21. Meadowfield is so happy!! And that Santa/tree block - super fun to get :)

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  22. Hi Kate: Talk about busy, I'm with you there. I still haven't gotten back to my mystery quilt since I ran into my difficulties...perhaps I can find inspiration in your perseverance.

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  23. i am so glad to found your wonderful space friend.
    best wishes for your husband's task as trainer.
    catering is quite a sensitive responsibility and hope all go smoothly for both of you!
    i LOVED!!! these arts by you,how amazing that here in Asia [Pakistan] ladies belong to countryside do this in their spare times

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  24. Well, looks like you have been busy...in a good way. Because there are times when one is busy but nothing gets done AAARGH... I see that you straightened out the naughty square in the Mystery Quilt :-) Looking forward to the finished quilt...whenever you get to it.

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  25. Kate, I am in love with your Meadow Mystery quilt. I just love the colors you used. And I've quite enjoyed watching your gnome and tree blocks popping up in blog land. I smiled when I started reading your hive mates posts, because this is the perfect block for you, it's so whimsical and fun! I can't wait to see them all come together in a quilt. I also look forward to the story that may also come with it :)

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  26. Your mystery quilt is gorgeous! I seem to always be super busy but still need to squeeze in some sewing fun.

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