Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Instagram? Oh dear ...

I'm now on Instagram (glindaquilts) - something else to take up my 'spare' time because I really haven't got enough things to fill my day! It's great fun because it is so instant and very search-friendly ... yes, I'm in! I have 'met' new quilters already and am enjoying the variety. But ... and there is always a but ... it means I have neglected my blog, which I don't want to because:

1) Not everyone is on IG
2) I really like the linky parties
3) I like writing my posts, thinking about my creations and 'reaching out' to fellow quilters and bloggers
4) I love reading about the extras in everyone's lives and their thoughts on their creations - it feels more personal, somehow.

So, I will not give up blogging - stop with the groaning, now!! You know you love me really :)

Although I have been a lazy blogger, I have been an active sewer. I have also had visitors to my home and sewing room (dear Fran @PatchyRose and her most delightful daughter, Rosie) and have committed to making my charity quilt for 2015 for Siblings Together.

Here's what I've been up to and some quite a lot of photos. As soon as Fran and Rosie arrived, I became 'Auntie Glinda' to one of the loveliest little girls I have met. Look at the gorgeous gift they brought me:

We set to making Rosie a Gym (Pants) Bag; she chose all her own fabrics from my stash - isn't it fun seeing how others put a fabric bundle together?

She designed the bag, I just rotary cut the blocks. She did all the sewing, I just pressed and directed! Within a couple of hours, she had made this - clever girl and she was so happy:

The next day we set to work on my Siblings Together quilt. Please read this post for all the details on this great charity ... I'm so glad to be able to do my little bit. I had already made 24 half log cabin blocks from my scraps (think I started it in 2013) but had lost my mojo but Fran and Rosie spurred me on to finish it and we got the scraps out:

An 'action shot' of me:

And one of Fran, working on her 8 year old Insanity Quilt!

We all made some blocks and chatted away, listened to music .. the time went very quickly. Saturday night, after DH cooked us a fabby dinner, we settled down in front of the fire and watched The Sound of Music - one of my very favourite films. 

On Sunday, I helped Rosie sew down the rest of her binding on her first quilt - she had made this all herself from a kit I gifted her last year:

Oh, we did have fun (come back soon, ladies!) and that was two weekends ago. Last weekend, I finished the rest of the blocks - taking me to 48:

and started to sash them:

It's even brighter in real life!

And made a pencil case for a birthday boy:

As well as my Siblings Together quilt, my other WIP this week is a Dresden plate cushion for my Aunty G (she asked for greens and browns - think I've got a good mix here?):

Oh, if I only had more time ... what else could I do?? Linking up with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Lee @ Freshly Pieced.


  1. i've seen you on IG thanks to liz (from shush)! welcome there but please don't stop here. i do like the instant of IG but i miss those who have dropped out of blogging, where you just get to talk more and go further in depth on subjects. it looks like you had such a lovely sewing weekend. time with friends doing lovely things is the best! and nice work on your charity quilt. on to the finish!

  2. Oh, I love the brightness of the quarter log cabin! So summery :)

  3. Sounds like you had a lovely time with Fran and Rosie, glad to see them spurring you on with the ST quilt, you know it will be much appreciated!

  4. I don´t have instagram and I don´t think I´ll ever will, so please don´t forget your blog!

    It´s lovely to have quilting friends and just join together and sew!
    Like your dresden and the 1/4 log cabin blocks!


  5. Lovely long post... Remember, we're coming for two weeks next time ;-)

  6. I love seeing you on IG, but your personality really shines through here. Glad the blog stays. Same deal with me. IG is for pictures. Blogs are for pictures and words. I would miss it too much!

    Such lovely finishes and projects. As usual!

  7. I love the fabrics for the pencil case!

    1. Thanks Jen, can be tricky finding age-appropriate boy fabric, this London range by Makower fits the bill :)

  8. Wow you have been super busy! I fear my blog has been neglected much more than yours due to's just so hard finding the balance as blogging takes so long but I do still want to keep it up! Your weekend with Fran and Rosie sounds just so wonderful. I loved seeing the photos of all the fab makes and also getting another peek of your sewing room!! Keep up the good work (and blogging!) xx

  9. I'm pleased to hear that you won't stop blogging. I'm not on instagram and don't follow and I know I miss a lot, but there's only so much time in a day! You have been busy -- and accomplished so very much. Good for you!

  10. I loved hearing about your visitors. And I love her first quilt!!! I haven't started Instagram, because I worry about it taking up too much time. Let me know how you like it.

  11. No wonder you were too busy to blog. I don't know how you fit it all in. How lovely to have quilty friends come and stay. I love the colors of the quilt top and it is sure to brighten up someone's life.

  12. Ha! You'll find a way to manage both IG and your blog, and we LOVE having you on Instagram!!

  13. Okay...I want to spend the weekend sewing with you! It looks like a bast...alas I am in Canada so much too far away. I hope to find you again. I will look for you on Instagram. You can find me @debmc25

  14. I need to find you on IG. I only jumped into it because my niece is there and not on facebook. There is so much social media, I hardly have time for social It looks like you had a fabby time with your visitors and your log cabin blocks are so bright and happy! Great job on everything, as always.


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