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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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I have a new obsession. Small foundation piecing. And pincushions. Some of them are presents. Some of them are just because I can't stop making them. And it's not that I don't have anything else to do... ha ha ha... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This weekend I finally quilted one of the two finished quilt tops that have been haunting me for a while. You must know the feeling... that little voice at the back of your mind that whispers 'quilt meeeee.... quilt meee...... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I bought myself a present. From Block Shop. I've been admiring and lusting over their scarves for quite some time and I wasn't disappointed. There's an aura of authenticity about it. In these days of machine made the imperfections of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Another great read. Two in a row... I ought to get a lottery ticket this weekend. It's not a new book, it came out in 2006 and with all probability you've already read it twice, wrote an essay about it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First there was 'corner of my home'... then 'a week in colour'... then there was the weird one that asked you to take a picture standing on a chair or something... I'm thinking 'objects'. I've been thinking a lot lately... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Shhhh. It's a secret. A secret Santa type secret, so keep it to yourself! A little shawlette to keep the shoulders warm during the chilly winter months. One skein only of 4ply sock yarn (Knitglobal), 400m with a 3mm hook.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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You simply have to read this book. Simple. It is the worthy winner of this year Booker Price and it's amazing. Reductively described as a love story is so so much more. (And I love a good love story...give me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Sport. Sigh. It can lift the mood of this household... or plummet it into a dark abyss. Guess where we are this weekend. I'll help you... it ain't pretty. Liverpool lost (football) England lost (rugby) No 2's hockey team lost.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It turned out that No 2's plane was very late and by the time we drove home in rush hour traffic we were two hours late. No 1 did well in supervising No 3 and feeding him but within five... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Indigo pouches WITH a zipper. Oh yes, because I'm not scared of zippers anymore... bring it on zippers I'm not afraid of you... Except when I forget to unzip you before stitching around the bag... or when I sew you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I'm going to print this out. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on Writing Practice :: Two at the scent of water
I think it's gorgeous! Happy. I like happy.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on Yellow at the scent of water
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No 3 has reluctantly gone back to school today. He must be the worst morning person EVER. I'm almost scared of waking him up sometimes! Anyway, one down and two to go. A few more days yet. No 1 is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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In the spirit of 'use it or lose it', I've been digging through my shelves for more things to do... and you know... it works. If I was made of stronger stuff I'd make some sort of pledge of not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 3. Still incredibly sunny and warm for the time of year. The perfect day for the sky deck of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe... (The tallest being Moscow tower in... Wait for it... Moscow!) Can you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When you're used to have three boys around you and suddenly there is only one... It feels very strange. I keep thinking I've forgotten something, that there is something missing or wrong. No 1 is on a 'Battlefields of WWI'... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Use it or lose it. I look around me in my little room (I pretentiously call it studio... But it's a little long room) and it's crammed full of stuff. Fabric, yarn, books and notions. Two sewing machines. Bits and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First of all thank you for all the kind words about my last quilt. Much appreciated. And I hope you'll be checking out the blog tour... I will! Second, my computer is poorly and I'm blogging from the iPad because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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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 Oct 16, 2014 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 Oct 13, 2014 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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