For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

WOYWW 191

IT'S GOOD TO TOUCH
THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME....

What a difference a week makes...
What's that weird colour?? Oh, yes.....green! Haven't seen that for a while. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the moles who seem to have made a fairy ring!

What has been on my workdesk this week then?





I made a couple of bags in which to put the quilts for the LillyBo appeal. 





I LOVE making tote bags and hadn't done any for ages, so I really enjoyed doing this! Incidentally, thanks for all the info regarding 'to bias or not to bias' and the noble art of quilting to secure the batting..it all helped! I machined around the animals..which was quite easy in the end. I know it's not as 'pure' as hand quilting but that ain't never gonna happen.....NEVAAAAAAR *grin*








Mary-Anne gave me the heads up on an iPad beanbag which was simple to make - I used some of the new Sale fabric!
Thanks, Mary Anne - great idea :)




I also got some of my stash out to have a look for the next quilts - this one WILL be patchwork!




Greens and pinks...I'm really looking forward to summer after playing with these beauties :)





Other bits of fat quarters and scraps...not sure about this lot together but I'll change a bit of this and swap a bit of that...bit like my cooking really! Recipes?? Pah.....




And finally, three things to make you smile!


1. My tea light glass globes. I spotted these the other day..a storm had just passed over and the sun peeked through and it just lit the globes up!

2. I spotted these in a shop and snapped up two for the WOYWW Crop raffle!
3. No matter how small the knee/cubby hole, a cat will always find a way....
Have a GREAT week.....see ya!! xx

57 comments:

  1. Charming post as always LLJ, and yes green we have an abundance of it here including weeds.. love the bean bag for ipad but never seen green ipad before.. oh and love the tote bag too sooo cute withe animals happy WOYWW thanks for sharing.. Shaz in Oz.x #No number, not published yet!!

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  2. I love reading your blog, and learning all the lovely thing you show us. It is great to see the green grass again, or the muddy expanse (we have two dogs). I got a real giggle about your moles, thinking of the Jasper Carrott sketch about the moles and how to get rid of them. Have fun. xx Maggie #(no number yet)

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  3. Happy WOYWW Jan

    You have been ultra busy this week, maybe the snow is a good thing as it gives you the chance to sew gorgeous goodies!

    I thought your globes were actually lite, that sun must of been belting down :)

    Have a good week xx

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  4. Love the iPad bean bag idea. I laughed at your comment about never doing hand sewing round the animals...mine would end at never doing sewing...full stop! Bella #35

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  5. Happy WOYWW. I must get on and sort out some fabric to attempt to make my very first quilt ever. I also need to remind myself how to use my sewing machine! Love the photos - those tea light globes are so pretty. Ali x #34

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  6. Such a super post with lots of loveliness! Love the quilts and the bags! Super fabrics but you always have an eye for picking fab ones. Love the rings.. watch out, there'll be a rush now to get there to be in the draw!
    Those dastardly moles! I've seen the holes but never the moles... have you?
    I'm going to make some of those Mary Anne Ipad rest thingys too!
    love Jo x

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  7. Ahhhh! Your kitty looks so comfy in there! Your quilts and bags are AWESOME!!!! Lovely job!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #12

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  8. love the cocktail rings, and I'm always saying I'm going to make a bean bag for my tom tom (don't like it on the window screen, tend to just listen to the commands) maybe this weekend... Hope all is well in the Land of the Lunch Lady,

    dxxx 57

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  9. Quilts galore this week (beginnings of one on my desk as well) and if I'm nervousness about starting to cut up for the squares how on earth am I going to make a bag as well?
    Ann B
    25

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  10. I love your tea lights!! (and the other smiles) The tote looks totes-amazing (sorry!) love that fabric. Have a crafty week - looks like you are well on the way. Helen, 9

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  11. A great post as always, Jan. I thought you had had an elephant in your garden!!! Naughty moles!!
    Love the bag for your quilt and the new colours are gorgeous. I really must get myself organsied.
    The photos certainly made me smile, especially puss in his cubby hole.
    Have a great day and Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #63

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  12. We don't see a lot of green out here either Jan, but we mostly see brown, dry dust! I love the beauty of untouched snow, the first day it falls, but the novelty soon wears off. We can see white caps on the distant mountains, and that is enough for me.
    I love all the little quilts that are being made for the Lillybo project. Folk are so kind in the way they respond to any need. I am overwhelmed by the response world-wide to my knit for Africa project.
    Love the cat too. they are the supreme example of how to be comfortable anywhere!
    Kate x (I have sent you a pm).

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  13. LOL, my dog always finds a way too (must have been a cat in her former life) ;)
    The quilts just look lovely!!!

    Have a wonderful WW!

    die amelie #66

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  14. Hi Jan - I love that bean bag idea! All I need now is an iPad!!!! One day ;-) Is there going to be another WOYWW crop? Don't you just love how comfortable a cat makes himself. We have a great photo of our cat Bart who sat himself in a box that was way too small and yet he looked perfectly snug! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 55

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  15. Don't the fabrics just cheer you when you see them! In the shop they looked fun, but made up they really are lovely. Like the bean bag, your Ipad looks erm...laid back!!

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  16. Quilt bag and ipad bean bag are fab. But, I am absolutely struck speechless by your green yard and the Moles.... holey moley they actually do wreck your lawn. I suppose after all that snow they had to come up for air at some point.
    Sandra @76

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  17. i love that been bag stand now just to convince the Mr that i do NEED that i pad. the fabrics look fab what a lovely treat for the poorly tinies. xx
    Happy WOYWW Mrs.C #41
    craftylittlemoos.blogspot.com

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  18. Quilt bags are great. Love the pic of your cat, how right you are. I knew my Ambrose had not gone outside on Tuesday afternoon, I looked all over the house for him- could not find him anywhere. Not in any of his usual spots, nor in the places he knows he's not allowed!Suddenly, a head looks up, and meows-out of the bag of hessian shopping bags waiting to go back into the car. The cat is totally crazy, I swear.Have a great day, Hugs, Shaz xx #69

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  19. Hi LLJ . . . we've been back to green for a while now thank goodness.

    Happy WOYWW

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  20. Hi. I can also see green too, love your fairy ring left by the moles, how sweet of them! Cats can sleep anywhere, they always amaze you with their sleeping abilities!!! Have a great WOYWW! Karen 84 x

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  21. Glad you said you had moles. I'd been wondering if a stray cow had invaded your garden!

    Seeing a lot of fabric business on the blogs today, all very inspirational.

    ** Kate **

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  22. Ha, ha - as Kate said above, am glad it's just moles!

    Super sewing going on there as usual - Happy WOYWW! Hugs, Di xx

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  23. We have a lot of green grass here too, but the problem for us is that we really shouldn't have! Bloody moles, damn nuisance they are! Love all those fabric scraps, really does look like Spring, I have a flowery Spring card on my desk today, must be catching. I thought you were holding those beaded thingys until I enlarged the photo, now I see they're rings. Pity I won't be there (again) but I will be in the area in early May... so you never know!!

    Hugs
    Brenda 91

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  24. Oh my goodness--I am all about fairy rings made by moles!!! You truly are my soul sister, I swear. Now, let's not even say how over the moon people will be at the idea of making an ipad bean bag! Good Lord that's brilliant! We need one for phones too! Those rings are so glam, if I'm going to Skype into the crop, maybe I should send you something from Missouri for the raffle! Maybe a Michaels goodie? Anyhoo...I'm so glad you can see your yard!! And now, guess what, I was just walking outside and it suddenly started to skizzle (that is snow mixed with drizzle). I am so over winter!! Hugs dearest! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #104

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  25. It is so lovely to see the grass again after snow isn't it. Especially where we live, our grass is covered up for around 4 months, it has been snowing here for the past 4 days so topping it up nicely! I had forgotten about the mole hills, we used to get lots of them when we lived in Scotland! Nice to see them again, but not in my garden!lol
    Gorgeous makes as always, love the pretty bag!
    Debxx

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  26. what great bags and so many pretty colours which we all need in our lives at this time of year. I love the rings they were a great find thanks for sharing
    Ria #44

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  27. I love the iPad bean bag I want one...... your work always amazes me, so beautiful. Love the rings of beads.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 100

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  28. Aww bless those little moles *ducking*! The iPad beanbag is a great idea and I love your tote bag. I have bought some fabric and my new sewing machine is poised to have a go at making one myself. Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@74)

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  29. TWO QUILTS arrived safe and sound today and you have made a lovely job of them. DH was so thrilled with the totes too. I left a message for CHICs to take them in... I've got Annette's and my first one here so they'll soon be with the children. Just got to sew on the labels tonight.
    I really am thrilled!
    Love Jo x

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  30. Jan--it is me again--I just want you to know I'll be watching for the explosions!! And, I almost fell out of my chair when you said you live an hour's drive from Highclere Castle! Oh my goodness--I am dreaming of my trip to England now! Hugs dearest! :)

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  31. I love your bags and that ipad bean bag is a fab idea. I just love your cat...he looks surprisingly comfy! Happy WOYWW. Thanks for sharing. Caro #60

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  32. Love the latest two quilts Jan....it's so lovely how many are joining in for the great cause.
    I'm rather late in getting round today but have had to wait til my twinnie grandees went home first...they arrived yesterday morning and had their first sleep over without Mum and Dad last night....just magic :-)
    Hugs,
    A x #62

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  33. The snow was lovely while it lasted, but it is so much better getting around without it having to be on your bum! Well, that's what I say. Brilliant idea to make tote bags for the Lilybo quilts. Quilting is rather beyond me, but perhaps I could make some totes to help out instead. Lovely to see all that colourful fabric laid out and good luck with the quilt. Have a great week:) Lucy #23 x

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  34. Lovely fabrics - I can feel my fingers itching to stroke them. Nice bright colours too - perfect for children. Fab tote bag and only you could colour co-ordinate your ipad and it's beanbag :) Hope you've had a happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #71

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  35. Hi there photo of puss made me smile. You reminded me again that I need to start my quilt for the appeal- only problem never made one before and at moment struggling on where to start. I will get there - don't like to be beaten by anything :-) . Gorgeous bags as well. Anne x #144

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  36. Hi LLJ
    You certainly have the quilts all sewn up (pardon the pun)the bags are great, love the fabric. I am really getting into the sewing, love making the little noddy quilt, dont think I can let Erin see it though otherwise it wont get sent to Jo.
    clever puss!
    janet #32

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  37. Hi LLJ - thanks for the visit!!
    Love the fabrics - those pinks and greens look really fresh and cheerful. It's the one thing I struggle with doing the patchwork, putting the colours together.....but I'm improving with practice!!
    The bag is gorgeous! And the bean bag is a great idea!!
    Happy WOYWW
    Caz
    #136

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  38. Thanks for the fun post and great photos~ your tote is awesome. What a great idea for the ipad pillow too. I didn't have a camera close but mine jumped into any empty tiny drawer and was napping while I was figuring out this computer problem. They are so special!!! Weather..it is more unpredictable than the cats. Green, green grass is most welcome. Enjoy WOYWW, #149 Sylvia

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  39. Hi Jan - the quilt colours will be gorgeous, and I love the tote. Your cat sounds just the same as ours - Poppy used to curl up in the log basket. Have a great week, Chris x

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  40. Glad to see the snow is going, however irritating that it revealed those bastardly moles. Oh, was that another typo?! It must be heaven, LLJ, to just be able to whip up a couple of tote bags when you need them! Thanks for the ending smile photos; your rings are fabbO!! And thanks for coming by to see me, even tho I didn't make the tour today! Have a wonderful week, if I don't see you before! xxoo DJ

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  41. Well, normally I would love all that snow, but it has to be skiable, not just in the way :) I think the Ipad pillow could be adapted for my Kindle?? Love your kitty!
    Happy WOYWW, RosA # 64

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  42. Lovely bag! And beautiful fabrics - as you always have.
    Green?... we only got more of snow yesterday! But no moles :)
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tuire #8

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  43. Fab bag there Jan - good luck with your real patchwork. I enjoyed doing mine but it's not my strength - too much accuracy needed and I am a bit of a random girl!. Saw a link to this tutorial today
    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2012/10/how-to-make-quilted-panels-for-a-structured-bag.html
    A bit time consuming with the machine quilting through each piece but I loved the basic quilt as you go concept. x Jo

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  44. Super Cute rings!'

    Craft Donkey #108

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  45. In central Florida USA we are brown! No rain! And I refuse to water and pay the huge bill. Great tote and love your fabric. So true so true bout the cat napper.

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  46. Oops forgot to sign. I'm a bit late desking...Happy WOYWW! Nan 107

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  47. Well there’s no desk pictures from me this week but I just wanted to stop by a few friends to see they were up to.

    Loving the tote bag Jan and the fabric for your second quilt. I best get my finger out and make more cards at this rate.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue.
    x x x

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  48. Great pics and what a lovely pic of a chilled out cat too, love those great bags too, have a great weekend
    :D
    Lisa
    #131

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  49. Still not sure what that green stuff is . . . glad to hear the LillyBo is still going full steam!

    Our cat, I was afraid she was stuck the other day--squeezed herself into a VERY tight spot!

    :)trisha
    late again this week,
    but I made it to the party!
    Happy WOYWW!

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  50. Boy - those piles of dirt in the yard look very familiar. Oh yes - I have some in my front yard - dang moles! Your tote turned out to be so cute. Can't wait to see the patchwork one. Cute idea for the ipad holder, too. My husband needs one of those - he uses a round pillow. :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog. April #101

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  51. I am loving your bags and that IPad holder. I have never seen one like that. Awesome! Your sweet kitty has the right idea on a winter day to nap. Mine used to find small spots and sleep there too. Must comfort them or something.

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  52. Your bag is great, your quilts are amazing - mine will be waaaaaaaaay more plain!!!! And that iPad holder is just great! Really good advice from Mary Anne!
    Those rings shouldn't go to the raffle - they should go straight to ME !!! Ha, ha... The photo with the glass globes is to be put in a magazine!
    Lots of hugs,
    Cardarian

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  53. I love your bag and the bean bag is such a cool idea. and the quilting is fab. I tried quilting and just did not have the patience for it. #83

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  54. Hi Jan, I just saw your message, I am going to look at them and think how gorgeous they are, but I am going to use them of my mini albums. Especially those that have lots of flowers on the cover. Just stick a pin in the flowers for just a little more pop.

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  55. your quilts are gorgeous hunnni ,havent been back on for couple weeks but when you read my post you can see why i have loads time on my hands .So im doing catch up what is the woyww raffle?missed that one.
    Have crafty week hugs judex167

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  56. That animal tote is awesome!

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