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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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The season of lost items has started in earnest. I don't know what it is with people around here but as soon as it gets a little colder they start leaving stuff behind like there's no tomorrow. So I was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Seriously.... ... my life is complete... I finally found something that tells me how many calories I use up doing housework. ( not to mention the 'easier bales of dirt...) Sigh. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Yes, this is still a quilting blog. Crazy, eh? This time last year Mr M and I were having a glorious time touring Tennessee, tasting whiskey in a dry county, listening to great music and generally having a fabulous time.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I can't believe you think THAT kind of knitting is relaxing and doesn't require thinking. I'm in awe! Hope Toby is better.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2014 on Lurgies and Fair Isle at Little Cotton Rabbits
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It was Pablo Picasso that once said: "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls", and it's so so true. This morning my friend E and I drove to Gloucester Cathedral to the 'Crucible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It was meant to be. I booked a doctor appt at the wrong address so had to drive across town and walk... which lead me past a new to me charity shop... which lead me to this: A complete 6... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
ouch. that must have hurt... la stessa cosa mi e' successa con una sciarpa. Lavata amorevolmente a mano... but something happened in the water and the wool lost all its 'nerve' and became totally floppy and weird... (e' diventata per anni la sciarpa usata per i pupazzi di neve!)
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Well, that's it really, another pair of socks to add to a drawer full of other socks. For me. Because the men in my life have feet that are way too long and it gets kind of boring. (A part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I am not going to to do a tutorial for this. Seriously, there are soooo many out there that it would be ridiculous and then you'd hate me and never come here again and then I'll be sad and lonely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Imagine my surprise when I arrive at my sister's house and spot, hanging neatly from her AGA, this tea towel WHAT???!?!?!?! I first learned to crochet when in primary school, it was a convent school, all girls... the nuns were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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of course I do!! I love my birthday... I'm not one for big parties though, I like a nice meal out with my family. (e tanti auguri... un po' in ritardo..)
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2014 on don't stop the party! at FuoriBorgo
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Good one. Marco Aurelio (he was 'Italian' after all, let's call him that) was one of my dad's favourite... he got quoted quite a lot... together with Seneca - "mens sana in corpore sano... or something - Anyway, flower jewellery is a legit distraction I think. (What are you studying at the moment?)
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2014 on Soul dye at the scent of water
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I'm so tired I could cry. Up at 3 to take Spanish boy to the airport and you know what? I can't do this sort of thing anymore. I'm seriously getting old. Sigh. Tomorrow No 3 goes back to school,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A day of two halves. First a rainy half, an indoor half, a half with a little crochet and two back to back episodes of 'Nashville" because if we all need an addiction, let country music and cheesy story lines... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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End of summer. I'm not going to moan about the weather because if you're in England... you know exactly what I'm talking about and if you're not... you probably won't care, so let's skip the subject. Busy. We've been busy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ok, one more thing about the Festival of Quilts... the exhibitions are always fantastic. A couple of years ago I discovered and fell in love with Yoshiko Jinzenji's quilts, this year I fell for Ann Johnston's work instead. This collection... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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So... my suitcase is back. You have no idea how relieved I am because it was full of my favourite clothes and for a while I was told it was lost... yup... lost, vanished, gone, disappeared, nobody knew where it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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My baby is back. (not the 'suitcase baby'... that sadly is MIA, keep your fingers crossed people) My 'sparkle' baby... from the current issue of QUILTY magazine. It started off as a way of using the silly amount of scraps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This is normally the time during the British quilting season when I show you pictures of the Festival of Quilt. Be patient. I did go AND I took some photos (not many... I will explain in due course) but... the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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And so we're back home. Tuscany was lovely as usual even if the weather didn't cooperate this time. (the rain did bring mushrooms though... oh soooo nice) Whilst I was away Tess (from Driftwood) started a conversation about writing and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Once upon a time ....I went to Italy and ate lots of ice cream... ... and there I had professional pastry chefs for neighbours... End of story. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Still here. Dodgy wifi during stormy days. I went out anyway... I get cabin feverish very easily, you see... I strolled through a very wet San Sepolcro and popped into the museo Civico. I can't believe I had never checked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Sunny. Finally. (And if the forecast is correct the only day). I decided to crack open the Indigo Dyeing Kit, given it wasn't confiscated during transport, and play. I have to say... At first I was more than a little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The weather today didn't want to play ball. Started off merely cloudy... But it soon showed its true colours... Mum and I tried escaping down the valley to the nearest town... But it followed us there. It looked like winter.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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My brother hurt his leg. His left one is in plaster from the toes to mid thigh, so mum and I drove to Rome to pick him up from his convent and brought him home. (He's a Franciscan monk). Convent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead