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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

WOYWW #192

 Good Morning all, and again its time for the Wednesday stalk over at The Stamping Ground, under the watchful eye of our hostess, Julia.

 Picture of my desk this week is the first 9  blocks for my LilyBo quilt. You can just about see the piece of paper I was planning out my sizes on at the top. Ok, so this was (at least) the fourth piece with a plan on, so I guess you could say I'm running with Plan D! Not worrying, I've got plenty of alphabet left yet.
First square for my quilt- along with the manual for my sewing machine,lol. I've had it a few years, so that tells you just how often I use it.

One of the people making quilts had posted about using fleece blankets for the back of the quilts, so when I saw these, I let Jo know about them  so she could put a 'heads up' on her LilyBo Quilts site as at 120x150cm they are pretty much the perfect size for backing a quilt. I found them in B&M, a pair of blankets for £3.99.
Quite a few colour choices too. Not too thick, and the edges are just blanket stitched, so no bulk.

Quick picture of another bargain for this week, courtesy of Poundland.

How cool are these? I put a ruler next to them so you can get an idea of the size, although looking at the pic, its not showing up very well. Just measured them and they are 2" tall. They'd make great focal points for a card, that can be taken off and then be used as a fridge magnet. They're plastic too, so not too heavy, and should take Alcohol ink/Stains/paints I expect.

 I'm back at work as of Monday just gone, so its back to juggling my time. Saw the Doc last Thursday, and he said he had no need to see me again, just keep up with the Physio visits, and bear in mind it will be 3-4 months before it really gets back to normal.

 One card I've done over the last week:
A really simple Engagement card. Just a sheet of white pearl card run through the 'bug with the Swiss Dots folder (twice,just flipping it round to do the extra length). Trimmed down, matted onto dark blue and mounted on the front of a white pearl card base. The offcuts provided the two squares also matted onto dark blue, a diamante heart threaded onto some Dark blue organza ribbon and the ribbon stuck down on the back of the first square with DST. The sentiment , stamped in a navy blue & heat embossed,is from some sets of 'Stick n Stamp' magnetic stamps, made by Rubadubado, which I bought really cheap  a few years ago in a sale. They used to do loads of these sheets, with Words, Relations, Greetings etc in all sorts of different fonts. This font is called Vivaldi, and the words themselves are each separate, but I have a feeling they are pretty much unavailable now, which is a shame because they are really very useful.

I've just remembered, if any of you saw the post about my faulty Distress re-inkers, an update - I e-mailed Ranger with a picture of them, and the following day I had an e-mail back apologising for them, and asking for my address so they could send me out replacements! How's that for Customer Service?

  So I shall catch up with you all over the next few days, ( I'm on afternoon shift, and I've got Physio Thursday morning), so may take me a couple or three days this week. Have a great Wednesday.


Gibby Frogett said...

Happy WOYWW Shaz, lovely to see how your quilt is progressing..glad its not just me who has to get the sewing machine manual out too. Those magnets look fabulous, look forward to seeing how you use them .. Very elegant card too. Hope the physio goes well... happy crafting.. Gill x #50 ooh just seen 'caught in crystal' in post below must look at that next.

sandra de said...

Your quilt looks like it is going to be beautiful. Well done for pulling out the sewing machine. I really like the idea of those magnetic frames on cards, very clever.
Sandra @81

Helen said...

Happy WOYWW. You are busy - love the teddy quilt squares, just gorgeous - and will do for boy or girl. The cards are great too. Helen 14

House of Bears said...

What perfect image choices for your quilt. Great bargains too.

The bears @#87 this week.

Heather Alger said...

Lots of lovely projects on the go, Love your card and well done finding the frames they are Fab x
Happy WOYWW Heather # 69

Andrea said...

the quilt is looking great love those little bears and for such a good cause..a little one is going to havea happy smile when the see it. i've no sewing talents and admire anyone who can ( I can sew on a button..JUST)and what great finds may try to track down to see frames if I get the chance as i've some ideas for using them . good news about the re- inkers.I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing a great post Andrea#77

Ann B said...

Had to smile at having to dig out the instruction book, sounds just like me. Quilt coming along beautifully, can't wait to see the finished article. Wish I'd known about the fleecy blankets I paid more than that for a piece of fleece from the local fabric shop.
Thanks for visiting already.
Ann B

Claire said...

you are such a talented peoplee - quilting and carding!!
it's the pile of junkmail that got me started sending REAL mail... we all want a lil' smile in the post, i reckon :)
thanks for stopping by already and leaving a lovely comment :)
happy WOYWW and have a great week!
no. 5

BJ said...

Teddy heaven there for your quilt I see. And what a shrewd shopper you are. Thanks for popping by my desk - Happy WOYWW BJ #9

Angela Secrest said...

Wow you are very busy! I thought I was bad with multiple hobbies going at the same time, you put me to shame! Love the card, it's stunning and so clean and simple!
Angie #112

Cardarian said...

Well you have chosen some lovely bits for the quilt! I haven't done anything yet - I haven't sewn for a while and never made a quilt so we will see how that goes! You are good at finding bargains!
Your card is very nice too!
Lots of hugs,

Redanne said...

Hi Shaz, your quilt is going to look amazing. I backed mine with the fleece blanket too and it is lovely and soft and cosy. Really love those frames and your card is lovely too. Thanks for your visit. Hugs, Anne x #35

Angelfish said...

You're quilt looks lovely. So cute! What a great idea to back with a fleece blanket :o) Thanks for visiting me today x

Winnie said...

Happy Weds Shaz! Loving your quilt! I love them but can't sew a lick. Have you ever read the Elmcreek Quilt series books? They are historical fiction with quilt lore and friendship woven into the stories. Love them. Your engagment card is lovely. Love the way the focal image pops against the white. Love Ranger! I checked my reinkers last week and thank you for the heads up. Mine were ok. Have a great week!!

Winnie #94

Anonymous said...

Those are lovely quilt squares, until I clicked on the pic I thought they looked like stamps, as in the postal variety, not the crafting variety! Great deal on the blankets too and a lovely card. Yes, the Ikea Expedit system is brilliant, I'd get some more but I already had all those sets of plastic drawers in the basement and I like to reuse and recycle where I can.

Brenda 115

Tracy said...

Wow such a lot going on! Love the fleece blankets for the back of quilts - ultra cozy x thanks for stopping by my blog xxx

Ria Gall said...

loving you quilt pieces it will make a great quilt for a little person and such a great cause.
The mini frames are a great find lots of ink and they will be a great add on to card projects
Happy WOYWW #192
Ria #75

susibee said...

Your quilt is going to be gorgeous and what a great idea for using fleece blankets as the backing - an idea I might take on board too:)

Happy Wednesday. Susi #79

Alison Scott said...

Great ideas this week. Your blanket will be gorgeous I am sure.
Looking forward to seeing what you do with the little frames.

MaggieC said...

Some little child is going to love that quilt. I can use the old machine I have without any instructions, almost with my eyes closed (I might do better threading the needle if I did close my eyes), but the other one is a total mystery still. On the subject of good service, we bought a new computer chair in October, and two weeks ago, one of the castors broke. It came from Amazon so I was on the phone quick smart. No argument, no problem, just the logistics of ensuring the new one arrived first so that we could pack the old one in that box to get it collected. All done and dusted in 48 hours. Thanks for your visit. I thought I was up late doing my posting, but I think you were even later. Keep up the sponging and colouring (sorry, Physio). xx Maggie #20

Krisha said...

Hi Shaz, everything is looking good. I love your elegant card. The quilt will adorable.
Krisha #137

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I lurve that engagement card, so elegant and sophisticated...just like me.....NOT!!!!
I think we must be kindred spirits, pinning and tacking is sooooo boring and I seem to do ok without! What are B&M shops? Can't place them....or am I being really stupid?? Because those fleeces are reasonable. Good luck with the non-pinned quilt!!
Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

JoZart said...

Super progress on your quilt and how lovely those pics are for it! TYTYTY!
Love those poundland frames.. must get some, gotta get some! you sound like as good a bargain hunter as I am!
Classy engagement card too!
Thanks for your visit,
Love Jo x

MiniOwner said...

Such a beautiful card and thanks for the headsup about the fleece blankets - a great idea. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@127)

scrappyjen said...

Lovely card - pinned it to share! jenx

Buttons said...

LOVE the quilt (the teddies are tremendous) and what bargins you found! Most impressed with the engagement card too, so classy. Thanks for dropping by, hugs Jenny #103

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love all your fabrics laid out! Should be lovely and cuddly when you've done! Have fun! Chris130

Maisie Moonshine said...

Such cute bears - that's going to be a "wearing a hug" quilt when it's finished. Good luck back at work. See you next Wednesday. MM x #144

Almo said...

Hi Shaz, your quilt is coming on a treat. Thank you for sharing your bargains I will be looking out for these. Happy WOYWW Hugs Mo

donnalouiserodgers said...

Shaz I cannot tell you how weird it is to see 'my' stamps on blogs ha ah aha, I can't wait to see what you get up to with it... fell off my chair laughing about the sewing manual - I do exactly the same - i for the life of me cannot remember the combinations one needs with these fancy thing that present me with a choice of ten feet and you have to match it to your choice of stitch...hove a fun week with you new purchases, and so glad you are well again,

oh and thanks for coming to see me at my desk this morning


fairy thoughts said...

Hi Shaz
Great news about your arm.
Your quilt blocks look fab, such lovely bear pictures. The fleesey backing work very well for my quilt (just finished) but next time I will bind the edges instead of sewing the 2 sides together... I think it will look neater, so bear (no pun intended) that in mind when you do yours.
Have a great WOYWW
janet #38

okienurse said...

great post this week Shaz! I wish we had a Poundland here but unfortunately it is Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and The Dollar Store and mostly nothing worth getting. Awesome card! Thanks for sharing and visiting my desk! Hope you have a great week! Vickie #32

Debs Willis said...

Hi Shaz, never tried quilting, love the cute pics you are using. Glad the physio is going well

happy woyww

Debs #155

Caz said...

Thanks for the visit to my place. Love the quilt in progress and thanks for the heads up about the fleece blankets - just sent hubby on a mission to find where our nearest branch is!!
Love the card too - very stylish.
We=ill keep an eye open for piccies of the finished quilt!
Have a great week

Nan G said...

Quilt is so cute and cuddly! Love the charm trinkets. Happy WOYWW! Nan 28

EELS said...

Hiya, thanks for your earlier visit and comment, the teddies are adorable, the quilt will be fantastic, can't wait to see it finished.

Bridget Larsen said...

You have been very busy, love the quilt sections, that is a feat in itself but looks gorgeous.
Bridget #2

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Shaz,

Wow that quilt it is wonderful a great achievement indeed great ideas on fleece and love other bargain frames and card!!

- yes love that Swiss dots was one of my first folders... and rad elsewhere about those re-inkers too!

Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #61

Craftychris said...

The quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love your engagement card too its beautiful and very stylish. Well done on your Poundland find - they look fab. Thank you for visiting me and have a good week xx #125

Shoshi said...

Your quilt is coming on apace, Shaz. It's looking great! I love the little frames, and the card you made, too, and thos fleecy blankets look perfect for the quilt. Thanks for your lovely comment, and I appreciate it that I will be missed! Yesterday I started packing my ARTHaven stuff into boxes - one very small section so far, and a huge amount still to do.

Happy belated WOYWW,

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shaz, your card is very elegant. Glad you are well enough to be back to work -- I didn't realize you had broken your shoulder -- my goodness, so very sorry. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. At this point, the doctors aren't 100% certain what I've done to it -- I see someone in ortho. this afternoon. Happy WOYWW from Laura #123

Angela said...

Hi Shaz :) thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comment.. wow u r very talented, the quilting is gorgeous and I love the elegant card. Good luck with being back at work, take care, Angela (AngelGreetings) xxx

Gita said...

Hi Shaz. Hope your physio went well. Your bears for your quilt are too cute!! Brigita #136

Fandhmum said...

Can't wait to see the quilt. That Engagement card is stunning!
Have fun
Rosie x

Angela Coles said...

beautiful card, and your quilt pieces are making me want to get my sewing machine back out.

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow..... you have lots of fun stuff to play with. Love your quilt project. Looks awesome! ^_^

Sue from Oregon said...

Shaz-you have so many lovely creations going on...can't wait to watch the progress of your quilt!!!
♥ Sue Kment

Lisa said...

Your quilt is going to look fabulous. I love fleece blankets. They are so warm. Your card is adorable. Thanks for visiting me. LisaDV #117

voodoo vixen said...

Oh Shaz, love those little squares, that is going to be some quilt when you get done! Love the idea for the cheapish throws but canot think what store B&M is... maybe we don't have it up here or I have been away too long!! Annette

Minxy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm so late this week.
Looks like you've been keeping busy, love those poundland frames, very cool, will be keeping my eye out!
Hugz Minxy #29

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Love the quilting and the card! Sorry I am so late posting, having a mare of a time.


Kezzy said...

Wow the engagement card is stunning and the quilt is starting to look fantastic. Great bargain. Great about ranger, I purchased a heat gun at Christmas and it broke within a few weeks. Maybe I should email ranger as well I'm trying to find the receipt as I was going to send it back to the shop. Happy woyww :-) Kezzy xxx

April Story said...

I cannot believe I am just now making it to your blog for woyww. Those blocks for your quilt are adorable. :-) April #133

Gibby Frogett said...

Hi Shaz I have nominated you for the Liebster Award today, look at my blog today for more details. Gill x

Robin Spitzer said...

Hi Shaz!

I have nominated your for the Liebster Award today, look at my blog for more details!