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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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A few weeks ago I was super lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous stack of Oakshott fat 1/8s by Lynne at Lily's quilt. She was organising a blog tour to promote this fantastic new range called 'Autumn'. (gorgeous eh?)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I'm sitting at the kitchen table by the phone... i know that in approximately 17 minutes No 1 and No 2 will call to be picked up from the bus stop. I don't blame them. It's been raining non-stop since... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Have you heard about Zoella? About her blog? Her 6,000.000 (yes, that is 6 millions) youtube subscribers?? If you have teenage daughters you probably have, if you have boys you might have missed her and be more familiar with her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A very very good read: Seriously beautifully written and observed. Original story line (I didn't not see THAT coming type thing). Totally recommend. * * * No 1 has just finished the Maze Runner trilogy... I found dystopian teenage fiction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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12. No 2 is 12. From the moment he popped out (or was dragged out ... another story for another day) kicking and screaming life has been an adventure. As Mr M said... nothing has ever been the same. Life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The weather is finally turning colder. Not that I haven't enjoyed this incredibly warm and dry September... it's just that... it feels weird. The heating is not on, I'm not wearing a coat... I need time to prepare for Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Please take the word 'loot' as a figure of speech. I didn't steal anything. First up: The softest, squishest yarn from Mrs Moon. It's called 'Plump' and it will become a super warm 'Mistake rib chunky snood' which will be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A whole weekend away? Crafting? Count me in. I pointed the car North and after a brief but necessary pause for coffee I met up with Ali at Salts Mill. After lunch (I had a delicious lemon/artichokes/oregano risotto), a mooch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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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 Sep 22, 2014 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 Sep 16, 2014 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