Thursday 1 May 2014

In the blink of an eye......

...........that was April.
It was a busy month for me despite having no regular classes.
I held two mini workshops, one in FMQ, the other Mile a Minute quilts.

It was Di's turn as Queen Bee in our Bee a Brit Stingy Bee and she requested Maple Leaf blocks in different sizes, plus a Siggy block.

For Judith's Bee Blessed, we made Asterisk blocks from a Craftsy video tutorial - fun, but I couldn't make a whole quilt of these myself.

A few of us in the Stingy Brits had a mini swap for Easter - little baskets. Partners were allocated once everyone had made their little baskets, I liked this idea and mine went to Janet which was great as she lives a 5 minute walk away so I lucked out on the postage front.

I also lucked out by receiving these goodies from Nicky......

Around this time I also had a deadline to make - Jo (MyBearpaw) had asked those of us teaching at this year's Stitch Gathering in Edinburgh, 
to have our project samples ready so she could announce the classes on her website. I am delighted to be teaching my Mega Pinnie which seems to have acquired a life of its own. I didn't have a spare one lying about and really, it will be going to Edinburgh after all, so I needed a really nice one.

With just a little advance prep this will be totally achievable in a half day session at the Stitch Gathering. For those of you interested in coming along this year why don't you hop n over to Jo's place and find out all the details, as well as all the other classes on offer, I think they are even better than last year!

As Easter approached, so did my birthday which fell on Easter Sunday this year. I had my family visiting for the day and the weather was so beautiful we spent most of the day outdoors. (Unlike today - heating has been switched back on)
Of course, due homage had to be paid to Easter traditions, and every egg hunter needs a bag.

This wee Tote was adapted from my own tutorial which you can find at the top of the blog.

After Easter, more deadlines for me as I tried to finish off samples to show at the Open Day ( thank you everyone who visited my slideshow, hope you all enjoyed it)

My Tumbler cushion for a workshop in September.

And my Deer Cushion for my Christmas in August workshop (with permission from Julianna

and finally, I am able to share with you a special piece of work. Many of you will be familiar with
 Carol's Ladies, what a talented lady she is. I hatched a plan a few months ago to commission one from Carol to give to my friend Delia, whose birthday it was on Tuesday. Here she is, holding her portrait.
Happy Birthday Delia.


  1. You did lots Sheila ! May not be represented here though. I'm sure Di is going to have another great block!

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  3. Ow wow I love Carol's ladies! So pleased she is still doing them. Delia's is fantastic, Carol is SO talented! I also love your Easter Tote bag. And thanks for all the SG chat!

  4. Great month - I am happily using my mega-pinnie everyday - so nice to know where everything I need is!!

  5. Your friend's caricature quilt is brilliant! You've certainly had a busy month, birthday girl! Jxo

  6. Wow even more now then! Great fun those portraits!g

  7. A very busy month I would say! That mini quilt of your friend is fantastic :)

  8. I suspect you went without sleep in April....'cos your sure did a lot of beautiful creating!

  9. I can see why april was gone so fast.

    Its a lot of beutiful things you have finished. And all the fine coloers looks great and summer is im them all. I love it.

    Best Regards and all the best from


  10. The little egg hunt bag is adorable! You must be exhausted after such a busy month - go and put your feet up!

    P.S. Happy birthday, Delia! The portrait/caricature is fabulous!

  11. You had a hugely productive month Sheila!

  12. Looking forward to seeing you at the stitch gathering. Didn't know about carol's ladies, but wow, they are wonderful! Juliex



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