Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Giddy not Gullible

I let my fingers do the walking today and rang one of the caravan sites in Cheshire that we wanted to go and look at. The site looked lovely, the cost of the holiday homes was fine and most importantly the annual site fees were OK. I was glad I made the phone call, because by the time I'd got off the phone the advertised fees on their website had jumped considerably after all the "add ons" that the site deemed necessary. It's not unusual to find this is the case, which is why we always ring up first to go through the financial side of things. I might be giddy at the thought of our new venture but I'm definitely not gullible.

My book pile is very low at the moment so I needed to replenish it and bought my usual 3 for £5 from The Works. I also bought a couple of 'treats'. Cherry shower gel because the smell was lovely and the material because I liked the pattern and wanted to try something.
I've been toying with the idea of doing some English paper piecing patchwork for a while and today seemed as good a day as any to give it a whirl. I watched a tutorial on YouTube and decided to give it a go.
I printed the template, pinned it to the material and cut out a little pile of floral hexagons.
Then I tacked them down around the edges.
Popped a pink one in the centre and sewed them all together, taking care not to catch the paper as instructed. And here is my first ever hand sewn piece of patchwork. I'm pretty pleased with it actually and shall be making some more over the next few days.
No idea what I'll do with them but they're so pretty, I'll carry on regardless.

xxx


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  1. It seems like you're going into this new venture with your eyes wide open. I imagine it could be easy to get carried away orherwise. Your patchwork is lovely. Now that is what I always picture when someone says patchwork. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create. I've always fancied giving it a try. X

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    1. You're right Jules, it's the lifestyle they are selling and the lovely holiday homes they have for sale which is why their websites are full of couples holding hands and happy families walking dogs!

      It's very hard to find any financial details and they tend to gloss over the annual fees and all the extra finance you have to find. We've not even been in a caravan yet, no point getting carried away with that side of things if we don't like where we're going to be. I'm lucky because I'm more than happy with the life I have at Number 38. Doing this is an added bonus not a necessity if you know what I mean.

      You should give the patchwork a try, if I can do it anybody can! xx

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  2. Good for you for being so thorough.

    I love EPP. I made a mini quilt for Violet using pretty fabrics and lots of her old baby clothes and she LOVED it. me too. It was my first ever and ooh, it is so addictive. That said, I have a second that I have not got too far with. I included black floral fabric and that was my mistake. Made it too dark. I love Violet's because it's pale pinks and blues, flowers and just gorgeous and bright. I'll finish the second one at some point, I just need to get back into it.

    I have no doubt you'll love sewing your patchworks, bet you make a quilt. Seeing them grow into one is pretty fabulous.

    Did a search, this post shows me hard at work making the first quilt! I'd forgotten all about that :O)
    http://alifeintheenglishrain.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/i-frown-while-i-sew.html

    have a lovely evening. xx

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    1. Glad you posted a link because being the nosy person I am I'd have asked for a photo! The quilt looks lovely. I bet a lot of hard work went into it. I've been up and cutting hexagons already this morning. It is addictive!

      I've also got another piece of crafty information stored away now. I never knew this style of patchwork was called EPP, I do love to learn a thing or two as I go along. Feeling very Waltons/Little House on the Prairie at the moment. Just need a rocking chair and I'd be well into the zone haha. xx

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  3. That's good that you are doing all the research and looking into the hidden costs up front.

    That is some very pretty fabric you bought and your first hexagon flower looks lovely. I'm sure you'll soon have enough to make a quilt! I am currently making a quilt with hexagon flowers, myself!

    Hope you have a lovely rest of the day.

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    1. Morning Bless. Yes, research all the way. We've had one before when Amy was little. We went 50/50 with Mum. We went in a bit blind but this time our eyes are well and truly wide open.

      The fabric was only £2 and I got much more than I thought I would, I'll be making hexagons for weeks. I'd love to see your work in progress. I'm putting a request in for you to post a picture.

      We might be having another jaunt out to today if I can do my shopping in super quick time and of course the clock is always ticking for 3pm school pick up. xx

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  4. Lovely colours in your patchwork. I've been doing some paper pecking recently too-takes me back 40 years or more when I first started teaching and had to think up an activity for P7 girls sewing class. Fast forward 20 years and a young newly qualified teacher arrives in school where I am the DHT and asks if I recognise the hand stitched cushion. Her Mum had been so proud of her daughter's patchwork that she had kept it since her daughter was 11 years old! I find hand stitching very restful and also can't take my machine in the caravan. (I have tried but always get found out before we leave home:-))). How about stitching this first wee block to the front of a plain cushion for your new holiday home?? Happy sewing. Catriona

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    1. What a lovely story. Did you recognise the teacher and the cushion straight away. I probably would have done. I can remember things from years ago but ask me what I had for lunch and you've no chance. It is very restful. I tacked quite a few last night while watching TV. Good idea to use it for a cushion, I might just do that. xx

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  5. Love your EPP. Curious to see what you end up making. Could be anything from a table runner to a bedspread!! Depends how addicted you become!
    My parents had a caravan-we call them trailers over here, and if they are permanently parked at a place they are called park models. Theirs was in Arizona, a few miles from the Mexican border. They had it for about 10 years. They went down in October and came back in April. They loved it but by the end they were in their late 70's and my dad didn't want to do the drive anymore-it was over 1500 MILES, one way!! It usually took them about 3 days to get there. They really liked it because they could leave all their stuff there and not have to bring it home after every trip. Hope you find what you want. I'm sure that there's every price range from cheap to ridiculous and everything in between, just like here.

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    1. Good grief, 1500 miles. But if you're staying for half the year it's well worth it. If it wasn't for the pesky kids we could look anywhere but we're a bit stuck at the moment. 1500 miles is like travelling the full length of France and then Spain, which we've done a couple of times. It took us 3 days as well but we made it part of the holiday. We don't really want to travel any further than an hour, which could easily turn into 2 considering our roads and traffic. If we were only using it in the holidays we'd look further afield, but we want to be able to whizz to it at weekends as well. Not sure it'll be as easy as we first thought, we're turning out to be more fussy than we thought haha. xx

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  6. That is pretty patchwork - I have yet to finish my big hexi-patchwork quilt which has been on the go for cough-cough years!

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    1. Thank you MMC. I can see me ending up with a huge pile of flowers and not having a clue what to do with them. Even if I made the top part of the quilt I know from experience I couldn't actually quilt it. I've already tried one and was rubbish. I wonder if there are any professional quilt backers out there. xx

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  7. Well done on the sewing. It looks really neat. Will you be writing reviews of the books? I've just finished a Sophie Hannah which was okay, just a bit far fetched in parts. And I wanted to slap the main character a lot of the time!

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    1. Haha, I've read a couple of books where I've thought "for goodness sake get a grip woman". I'm supposed to be listing all the books that I read in 2016 but so far haven't managed to do that. I've never read a Sophie Hannah I don't think but I'll let you know what I think. Just finished a good one called The Apple of My Eye by Patrick Redmond which I really enjoyed. Have you ever read any of his books. That was another first for me but I'll be looking out for him again. xx

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  8. Just wanted to say that if you don't want to quilt it afterwards, consider hand tying it. I enjoy piecing, but not quilting, so a lot of my quilts are tied. Tying is very easy and takes a lot less time than quilting. Do a search and you'll find several tutorials on the "how to".

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    1. Thanks for that Bless. Never heard of it or seen it before. I wonder if buttons could be added as a finishing touch as well? xx

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    2. Yes, you can certainly use buttons, as well. Ideal if you have a stash of buttons you could use.

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  9. Love the patchwork, I tried it with the kids at school but we just did squares. The stress of threading needles for thirty monsters soon saw me packing it ALLa away!! But isn't it funny how similar we are, I too have been gathering supplies to start EPP and have also got the gubbins to do it but where you print the hexagons straight onto the fabric!! Just not got started yet. Might have a go next week!! I like someone's suggestion for cushion covers OR how about bags?

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    1. A lesser woman wouldn't have even tried to do patchwork with 30 kids, so I take my hat off to you for giving it a go. I really don't know much about patchwork so I'll have to look up the printed hexagons. I do know it feels really good to sit and make something by hand. Bags would be a good idea as well. I'll have to keep quilting now as I like all the suggestions. xx

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