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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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In less than two weeks we're off on our big family holiday to Canada and I'm starting to panic. We're all quietly very excited about it, but between now and getting that plane we have so many things planned that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at {quilt} while you're ahead
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ok, I'm gutted by today's referendum results.... but don't want to talk about it. I've decided I'm going to become a middle aged woman who takes pictures of flowers.... Yesterday I went to see a friend and had a lovely... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Not a bag for string. Not a bag made out of string either. The pitfalls of the English language... I wanted a simple string bag for socks and underwear so they don't spread all over the suitcase when we move... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've been on a slight reading slump recently. "A little life", amazing book that it was, completely wiped me out and a part from a 'chewing for the brain' children fantasy book the reading mojo had upped and gone on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I have a new love... Front: Reverse. ... or front... ... and back... Whichever way you look at it, a tight crosshatch quilting on Nani Iro is a winner. Zigzag edging to keep it simple. Upcycled badly sewn top. Now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Big family lunch today. I was on salad duty. First up, potato salad (potatoes salad? whatever). New potatoes with peas and green beens and a little smudge of spring onions. Smothered in a lemon mayonnaise/olive oil ensemble. Second... coleslaw. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Randomly on a Thursday I'm sitting in the lounge knitting and watching TV which is very unusual for me... normally knitting is an evening activity but I can't watch an important football match without doing something... too much tension. And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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After enough hints I got a new laptop for my birthday. Not very subtle hints. And it took a long time... but it worked. (Some people call it nagging... I prefer calling it hinting...) And then I made my present... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
fab! reminds me of the Caribbean!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2016 on one posy to rule them all at the scent of water
you know... I've been battling with the same feeling... I'm trying to hold on for me, as a personal record more than anything... keeps me sane... it has always done that. See you on Insta. (and if you're in Tuscany in August...) x
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2016 on ciao for now at FuoriBorgo
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I like a good speech. I like words. I admire people who can use words to inspire...ok... inspire for the good that is... I'm aware of how words can be used for inciting violence and hatred etc. etc. but today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I'm 46. Actually I'm 46 and one day... Time just flies when you spend your life on a cricket pitch, which is all I'm doing this week. In fact I should be on one right now instead I have the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I don't know you, but I get really bored of cooking. If I were really really rich I'd have a cook and someone to wash my hair everyday. Don't you just love having your hair washed? I'm digressing here.... food... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The loveliest of weekend was brought to you by the fact that sporting events requiring mum-taxi service were down to a minimum level acceptable and doable singlehandedly by dad-taxi. Phew. My sister used to live in the same city as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... literally... ... because after 25 years in this town I'm still discovering hidden away places... Amazing. And a little bonkers. This is Hatherley Park, in Cheltenham. A gorgeous pond, beautifully maintained paths and grass, a children's area and a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... I've been knitting "sous sous" (a Loop London pattern) for months now. The recommend yarn was beautiful yes, but very (VERY) expensive so after a deep research in the depth of Revelry I settled for a replacement in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... because sometime (often) I need a slice of this wonderful 'refrigerator cake' (horrible name). 100gr melted butter, unsalted 125gr sugar 2 large eggs 50gr cocoa powder (unsweetened) 100gr broken rich tea or digestive biscuits whisk together by hand the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
thank you! Monica
Toggle Commented May 31, 2016 on *41** another quilt at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It's one of the great British traditions, like long cricket matches, cups of tea and the Queen speech... if it's a Bank Holiday you must do gardening. Or DIY. DIY is acceptable too. (There's also the venerable traditions of spending... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Lately I've been digging fabric in solid colours. No pattern... I'm also trying to be more minimal in my design. Less fussy. Simpler. I read this quote once: "simplicity is about subtracting the unnecessary and leaving the meaningful"... or something... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ok, so there was a small section of Japanese quilts made by the Yuza Sashimi Guild (from the Yamagata Prefecture, in Japan). The members were set the challenge (by Susan Briscoe) to illustrate this famous Japanese water pool using batiks... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I always try to make it to the Malvern Quilt Show. It was the first I'd ever visited when I learnt to quilt all those years ago and I'm very fond of it... The quilt are very beautifully made -... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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So we have a National Champion in the house! Never, ever have I felt such tension... such emotions... The kids were brilliant, composed, focussed... amazing. (No 2, is holding the trophy) Great team work. So proud. And drained. But so... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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My poor neglected blog. Here have some flowers as a sign of my gratitude you're still here with me... (are you?) So what's been happening... ... well No 3 has gone of a week long school trip, and let me... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Friday night was epic. EPIC The boys say I'm not allowed to say 'epic', or 'banter/bants/benterous' or 'tank'... I suspect because I'm too old, but they've been brought up well, so they wouldn't actually say that. I'm allowed to say... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead