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Jo @ a life in lists
Hand making a home, family and business. With a lot of lists
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My final block for this QAL! And the first one I have failed to get ready on time, thanks to a total technology failure while I was away from home for the weekend. Best laid plans and all that. Once again, I hand pieced this block - it's become by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at A life in lists
As I have with the past few blocks, I hand pieced this one. Hand piecing works so well for these fiddly little blocks with lots of pieces, and actually isn't much slower than machine piecing for so many small parts. If I was to machine piece it, I'd probably foundation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at A life in lists
Well this was a rather gentle little block. I am still traumatised from piecing Jewel, so it was nice to have a second one that went relatively well after Mother. In fact, as a rule, the blocks I have hand pieced have gone far more successfully than the machine pieced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at A life in lists
Dare I say it; this block actually went quite well. A couple of the others (I'm looking at you, Jewel and Anne) have been varying degrees of disastrous, so it was a relief to have one that went together relatively easily! Although I think this was largely because I abandoned... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at A life in lists
So. Jewel. Let's just say it wasn't entirely my favourite block so far. You know sometimes you sit down to do a bit of sewing and not one single thing goes right? Let's list the litany of disasters that made up Jewel: Couldn't find the fabrics I wanted to use,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at A life in lists
Finally, finally, we're ready to go for round 2. Last year's hand pieced mini swap (with the hashtag #handpiecedminiswap on instagram) was a huge success, and I'm looking forward to making 2016's even better. If you follow me on instagram (@lifeinlists) you'll have seen that I've been sounding out for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at A life in lists
I hope you're all enjoying sewing along with the Farmers Wife 1930s QAL - I've been doing very little sewing along, but very much enjoying seeing everyone's progress as the various quilts begin to take shape. My block for this week is Em - one of the most piece-heavy blocks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at A life in lists
Glaring sunshine photograph, just so you can see every little imperfection in my block. Next time I'm taking photos on a cloudy day. Have you given in and started yours yet? Instagram is abuzz with the quilt along for the Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt book. The QAL is hosted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at A life in lists
I am so in love with this quilt - Jen Kingwell's My Small World pattern is sublime, and I'm so excited to be expanding it up to double bed sized so I can enjoy it every single day once it's finished. I detailed my expansion plans in this post, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at A life in lists
image: verykerryberry After a week or two of Instagram build up, I am so excited that the #mysmallworldqal is finally officially beginning today. In case you're a non-instagram user (go on, sign up, you know you want to) or you haven't come across it, what that rather mouthy hashtag is... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at A life in lists
So last week's WIP Wednesday was on small hexagons. This week's WIP Wednesday is on tiny hexagons. I wanted to do a couple of projects that showed the kinds of things you could do with a little Liberty scrap bag, and a doll quilt seemed the perfect way to show... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at A life in lists
A project notebook of mostly baby stuff. A favourites list of mostly stuff for meeeeeeee. I lost my knitting mojo a bit a couple of years ago after a handful of truly dire projects when I tried to get into garment knitting, and have knitted nothing but socks ever since.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at A life in lists
I started this quilt a few years ago, at a Brit Bee meet up long before I was even pregnant with Percy. I remember mainly because everyone laughed at the ridiculously tiny hexagons and informed me that I would never finish a quilt in 3/4" hexies. Of course, they may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at A life in lists
I think Terri would probably laugh at the crooked block placement, wonky binding and dodgy quilting too, but hopefully she'd still be pleased it's finished and used! J xx
And this is definitely one of the special ones. This quilt was made from the blocks I had made in the first round of the Brit Bee, several years ago now. I think I gave everyone the theme of circles and told them to go wild with the fairly random... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at A life in lists
Sign ups are now CLOSED. Thanks to all of you that have signed up, and if you missed the boat this time, I'm sure there will be a round two later this year. If you want to volunteer to be an angel, please drop me an email at If... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at A life in lists
I am so excited by my new thing. It all started when I went hunting for a lovely doll for Percy's first birthday in a few weeks (this little dainty baby is almost one! How did that happen?). And it turns out that pleasing, ethically made and all-natural dolls are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at A life in lists
I'm really not terribly rock 'n' roll when it comes to beverages. I don't really drink alcohol, I'm not a massive fan of coffee and I treat myself to the odd glass of Coca Cola a handful of times a year (only when it's ice cold, and only from a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at A life in lists
And the first person who points out that it only had one actual thing on it and I'm still three days late finishing it is getting a smack upside the head. Sock knitting is such a pleasingly magical thing. Turning string not only into fabric, but into fabric that goes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at A life in lists
I've been ticking stuff off my To Do lists for what weeks, waiting until I finally got down to 'do some actual sewing' and could finally play with some of the gorgeous new season Liberty prints. Since the prints are Alice in Wonderland themed, it seemed eminently sensible to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at A life in lists
Shockingly, I quite like a good list (I know, right? You'd never guess). I don't have a huuuuuge amount of time this year - no childcare, a husband with a full time job, two businesses. It's all very relaxed around here, NOT - but I do have some hand making... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at A life in lists
OK, so not only am I currently offering 20% in my etsy shop with the discount code RESTOCK20 (guess what, I need to restock, so I need to clear my feet a bit), but I've also reduced the price of random charm packs (36 different 5" liberty print squares) and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at A life in lists
I'm calling that a success. The week looked something like this: Sunday - homemade fish pie Monday - homemade veggie curry (I altered this recipe lots - added korma paste from the cupboard as well as the spices, and coconut milk instead of stock and almonds) and daal with rice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at A life in lists
Not relevent to this post, but how freakishly identical do all three of our children look at six months old? Once again, weaning time has rolled around (Percy is on the far right above, by the way) and, since we do baby led weaning (ie the baby just has finger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at A life in lists
This is one of my favourite quilts I've made for a long time. It was a real random assortment of scraps - I went through my stash and cut off a couple of 2.5" squares from every print that appealed, threw in a pink, orange and yellow Liberty print charm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at A life in lists