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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Still at the planning stage. We're making progress on the house front, we're really are, but there are so so many decision to make all the time, at the same time that some evening I feel like my brain is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First of all let me tell you... what a night we had... I mean, seriously... so please indulge me. I want to write it down to remember it all. The story goes like this: last Friday night Mr M and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Cool summer nights. Windows open. Lamps burning. Fruit in the bowl. And your head on my shoulder. These the happiest moments in the day. Next to the early morning hours, of course. And the time just before lunch. And the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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And just like that I'm 45. Seriously now... 45? I remember when my dad turned 40... I was 14 and thought he was ancient. He wasn't. He still isn't. He also seemed so responsible and strong and 'sorted'. Yes, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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(It's sunny!! hurray!!) So... the house prepping is still going on (furiously, I'd add) in the background. Mr M and I spend every night debating lampshades, flooring, furniture... it's fun... but it's slightly overwhelming. And I'm back and forth from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First of June. WHAT?? Ok, let's pretend I don't turn 45 in a week's time, that my hair is not turning gray and running doesn't seem to be uphill all the time.... Let's just talk about the lovely weekend I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Meet Pish. Pish is approximately 14yrs old and was born in Key West. We adopted him early September during our first holiday with No 1 who was 6 months at the time and the cutest, most droolingest child in the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
oh Lord, don't go there Manda. I have three boys who argue CONSTANTLY. It drives me insane.... BUT weirdly... when we're out of the house all is well, holidays are always fun and they seem to forget their differences ... I might have to hire a feng shui expert ...(a part from the car. don't go in the car with them EVER).
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A couple of nights ago (when I wasn't watching cricket or attending a school concert...) I went to an internet safety talk organised by the boys' school. I learnt a lot. I also learnt that my kids are not internet... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Yesterday was 'one of those' days... for me... I dropped things, bumped into things, forgot things. I should have gone back to bed and closed the door to the world. I simply couldn't so I messed up my way through. Such is life.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2015 on When artists dates go bad at the scent of water
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The big circle of life. Old house new house Clean clothes dirty clothes Eating cooking waking sleeping ... and another cricket game... Sigh. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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If you knew for how long this dress was left hanging in my studio with just the hem missing... you'll be horrified. It came together beautifully and quickly as only the Merchant and Mills pattern do... but then No 3... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Abstract/art/contemporary quilts. It's all here. ... phew... now go and pour yourself a glass of something... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First and foremost an apology. I lost the Show guide so I have no idea who made any of the following quilts. It's my bad. I'm sorry. If you know any names please let me know in the comment and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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The best part of today. Hope your weekend was just as good! Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Yesterday. The pretty bits... ... because I'm sure you're not interested in the ugly ones! Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Today I hit the road (Jack) and got myself to the Malvern Quilt Show. I needed it. It's been house/house/house lately and soon will be end of year exams/exams/exams (all three boys... sigh) AND Mr M left for a week... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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- Today we celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. This means two things: 1) I definitively made the right decision 2) I'm not thirty anymore. Sigh. - Don't you love weddings? Although I'm glad I did it in the pre-Pinterest days...... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I snatched 30 minutes from a super busy weekend to sew together the 2nd mystery pack from fog linen. This one contained more squares than the other one (12cm x 12cm) because the linen was thinner. They're sold by weight... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I lift a lovely glass of wine to that!
Toggle Commented May 10, 2015 on Eating lunch (or dying well). at the scent of water
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I've been an admirer of 'Fog linen' for a long time. A long time. What's not to like? It's linen, right? Then last week I found myself in a gorgeous space surrounded by aprons and dresses and fabric packs. It... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When you meet the current owners of your future house and they ask your youngest child if he likes animals... be suspicious... Yes, that is exactly what it looks. A real life, stuffed, 2 ft long crocodile (alligator? whatever)... Because... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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You all know we bought a new house. A new 'old' house - 1826 to be exact - which now gives me the excuse of boring you to death for months with talks of 50 shades of white and carpets... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When I went to school we didn't have a dedicated art room. Everything was done at our desk (boring) and in fact more than 'art' we studied 'history of art' which I didn't really appreciate then and it's not much... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I'm in a reading slump. I have plenty of books (emphasis on plenty...) by my bed and my kindle is full too... I just lack the mojo. Take this last one. It took me ages to finish.... I had never... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead