It was a busy little week this week, although last night was more than a little frustrating make-wise! Note to self, measure twice, cut once, oh, and remember the size of the free arm on your machine…
Anywho, early on Friday I’m off to Ireland for a long weekend of photography (and maybe a little drinking) with a great bunch of friends. We’ve been doing this for several years now, and having completely exhausted Doolin, The Burren, and a large part of County Clare, we’re tackling Connemara this year. We’re staying on a very remote wee outpost on the Atlantic coast… but thankfully though the pub’s just across the road! I’ve carefully examined Ryanair’s hand luggage rules, and my snips and needle should be fine, so I shall be working on some hand work on the flight over (to be honest, a good slingshot would get you from Prestwick to Derry, so the fasten seatbelt sign doesn’t ever go off, and neither are you allowed to use those evil electronic devices)
Alas, wee bear will have to wait till I land, as he requires some heavier duty tools (like the seam ripper to remove all his tacking stitches) so I’ll be working on my name tag for the FQ Retreat swap. Due to my design being screamingly obvious who it’s for, you won’t actually get to see it until June after the Jubilee weekend when it will have been received, so all I can tell you is that it involved piecing with pieces as small as 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ and will have hand embroidery in 2 colours. The piecing is done already (successfully, in between my battle with the phone pouches), so I’m thinking the wait for the flight and the actual flight out might take care of it entirely…
It’ll be good to get the name tag done nicely ahead of schedule, as I feel I’ve been frantically trying to catch up on all my commitments recently – I’ve not missed a deadline, and thankfully my next absolute finish, the NYB block is the only one, other than my bee blocks, that I must do until June, so I’m starting to feel like I can create some things just for me… Then again, an e-mail dropped into my inbox earlier about the next big thing in blog hops, and I seem to have signed up for something already. It’s in June too though, so months away, right? Also, I chose something that’s a great excuse to get going on a project I’ve been planning just for me, and we all know how much I like demolishing all those birds with the one boulder! Oh, and then there’s the retro flowers QAL I signed up for yesterday, but actually, that was something I wanted to do for me too, and was part of the curves class, so another twofer, or threefer really…
When I get back from Ireland on Monday, Jack will swing into action over on his blog for a few days to share the scenery with you. Beware, he likes a drink, and my friends are terrible enablers…
Back to those WIPs:
FPPFTT Block 5:
FPPFTT Block 6 – preview will be up on Saturday (cleverly scheduled ;o) )
Rhonda’s FAL clutch tutorial – will be up 5/4
Work phone pouch (aka, the new phone pouch version 1) – please notice I forgot the elastic as well as making it too small o.O
New phone pouch:
Name badge for FQ Retreat
Hexies for a new cushion – this will be a slow burner, but I’m planning on using the pattern from issue 1 of Fat Quarterly
To be worked on this week:
Wee bear – should be done by next Wednesday I hope…
Name badge for FQ Retreat
Hexies for th new cushion, maybe, if I’ve finished the 2 above while I’m away
Covered notebook – hopefully tomorrow night to take away with me…
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Next time you are on this side of the water I would suggest you try Castletownsend or Baltimore, tiny little villages in West Cork. I reckon they are your kind of places 🙂 Have fun!
I'm looking forward to that intro to wee bear!
Well, we are delighted to hear that Jack will be traveling with you. We know that means he will be taking the pictures.
Have a safe trip and a great time.
Have a great trip xxx
Hope you have a fabulous time in Ireland. I got engaged in connemara (on a beach as far west as you could get before actually being in the sea!)
love the block 5 – glorious colours….and enjoy your trip
Man you've been a busy little bee this week! Visiting from the Retro Flowers QAL flickr group…glad to see that you're jumping in with us…can't wait to see your quilt. 🙂
your blocks look amazing!! have a great weekend 🙂
oh, have a fun trip…I hope you post pics. it sounds amazing where you are going! Safe travels
my favorites: your block (the awesome colors!) and the ipod pouch (i'm really into purple these days)
A girls drinking weekend in Ireland? What airport do I fly into? I wanna be there too!
That first block is flippin fantastic.
have a great time and enjoy every single drink! 😉 xo
I just love the purple fabric with the chairs – it looks awesome. The block is great too. Have a great time in Ireland. xx
oooh, have a wonderful trip! I need ot start work on my secret name tag too 😀
Have a great time this weekend. Hope you get fabulous weather for your photography.
Sounds like you have a great weekend lined up, hope the weather is kind to you! Although with the pub being so close, it doesn't really matter 🙂
Jack, take lots of pictures we love seeing them. Tell Katy to really enjoy herself. (NO….drinking for you Jack)…
Being ahead of schedule is always a great feeling! The pouches are so cute, I love the little button with the heart. Have fun on your journey!
have a lovely getaway!
those pouch pouches are great. too cute!
Have a fabulous trip!!
Your FPPFTT Block 5 is gorgeous. Love the fabric selections.
Have a great trip!