Lettermo days 6 & 7

I’m just about keeping up… some days I just have more energy for concentrating on things like words, even ‘wild and whirling words’ like this card I wrote today.

The postcard is yesterday’s post, it’s off to China via Postcard United. The recipient had a completely blank profile so I went for a fairly generic card I could wrote something about.

The note card is a reply to someone who friended me on the Lettermo website, and is heading to southern England.

Just need to get them to a post box now…

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Lettermo days 4 & 5

I definitely wouldn’t have got any post done today if it wasn’t for the challenge! And I’ve even done tomorrow in advance because I’m out at my sewing group tomorrow evening and probably won’t have time for letters.

Today’s letter is off to my penfriend Jennifer in Germany. A long overdue reply from around Christmas.

Tomorrow’s post is 2 Swap-bot travelling postcards heading to the USA. They’ve still got some travelling to do before they get sent home 🙂

It’s almost February!

And February is the month of Lettermo and InCoWriMo. There doesn’t seem to be a huge difference in them, except that Lettermo gives you Sunday’s off, so I usually end up doing a mash-up of both. And this year the Lettermo website seems to be more up to date.

January has felt like a long month and now it’s suddenly over, so I’m not very prepared… So unprepared I just finished writing all the replies I owe and will start the month with not much to catch up on! Which might be a good thing really, with an imminent but so far undated house move I imagine this month I’ll be writing a lot about packing boxes or be too busy packing boxes…

Note to self: don’t pack the stationery too early 🙂

I’m also hoping it will inspire me to update the blog more often. The last year had felt like hard work but I’m hoping 2018 will be better in lots of ways.

So, anyone want a letter?

(Postcards) travelling home the long way round

I’ve been participating in the Swapbot ‘Adventures of the travelling postcard’ for a while now. I suspect that my original card is long lost but I love seeing where the postcards have been. The last cards I received came with a philosophical travelling note too. The note is now on its 4th journey! If I’m not going far for a little while, at least I can send other things on journeys 🙂

These two cards are following the same path but will end up so far apart

One card will eventually go home to Germany, the other card should soon fill up with names and head home to USA!

And all part of the adventure, the cards were rather damp when I received them so they look well travelled!

The first day of advent (calendars)

I did a couple of advent calendar swaps again this year. Everyday becomes a bit more fun with little gifts to open in the morning 🙂 Obviously I haven’t seen much of the calendars I received yet – I’m resisting the temptation to open everything at once! but I’m pleased with what I sent out so I hope my swap partners are enjoying their advent too.

Full advent calendar, sent to Australia:

I rearranged some of the order after I’d taken the pictures, but the calendar includes note pads, note cards, stickers, craft items, coasters, and a bit of chocolate. I also included a little note for each day, the first advent calendar swap I did a few years ago included notes and it made the calendar extra special, so I try to do the same now.

And of course it all got wrapped up nicely 🙂


The second advent calendar I swapped was slightly different. It’s made up of 4 swaps of 6 items, with a theme for each set. I can’t quite remember now which swap went to who, but I think it ended up mainly within Europe.

Random flat items:

Possibly not all technically flat, but I sent 2 swaps to the same person so it was never going to be a slim package! Includes fabric, beads, stickers, decorative paper, and a clear stamp.

It’s only just December but I’ve already used up several rolls of wrapping paper so far!

I also sent the 6 pairs of socks swap to this swap partner, but I forgot to take a picture before I wrapped them!

Kitchen items:

Cake decorations, cupcake kit, a tea towel, cookie cutters and felt coasters. All very festive and hopefully useful.

Cards with gifts:

I raider my Christmas card stash for an extra festive feel 🙂 Surely everyone has some cards left over from previous years?! Gifts included bath salts, craft items, a face mask, and a bit of tea. I tried to brighten up the plain envelopes too 🙂

I hope the recipients are enjoying starting to open their gifts. I definitely had fun this morning – I got penguin gift tags and an owl key cover 🙂 I can’t wait to see what I get tomorrow!

The turning of the year

It’s been a while since I was on here… It feels like I’m behind on everything at the moment and the essentials have to come first, followed by any projects with deadlines. At least I’ve been out doing things so I have some excuse… I’d love to be further on with my sewing, and up to date with my scrapbooks, and have a nice tidy flat, but currently I’m not succeeding with any of them… I’m sure I’ll get there, my weekends have been busy recently so there’s been no time then either! At least now the antidepressants have kicked in I’m more able to do things with my evenings. I’m considering taking a day off sometime to just be creative and make things for birthdays and Christmas. I’ll see what else ends up happening 🙂

It’s definitely autumn here now and the days are drawing in, so here’s the first commute sunrise of the season.


Altitude Quilt

I finally finished the big project that’s been taking up all my sewing time! It’s a quilt for my Dad’s big birthday, and only the second quilt I’ve ever completed so I hope he doesn’t look too closely 🙂 It’s made using Altitude fabric by Pippa Shaw and Twist both from Dashwood Studio, and the Wonton quilt pattern from Jaybird Quilts. I hoped the triangles and points of the pattern would suggest mountains to reflect the fabric. I used a big bundle of fat quarters which was enough fabric in total but not enough to have all my trapeziums in the same fabrics so they alternate similar coloured fabrics.

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The most complicated part was lining up all the shapes, especially getting the parallelograms together in straight lines. And then having to cut it down to a neat rectangle. It’s quilted straight along the horizontal and diagonal lines – I had grand ideas about the detailed quilting I could do but I was running out of time and I’m just not used to handling that much fabric yet so the quilting stopped at following the seam lines.

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For the back I used a metre of the main mountain fabric, some leftovers of the Twist fabric, and a half metre of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ fabric. I tried very hard to line it up straight but didn’t quite succeed…

The binding is a mixture of the Altitude Trees fabric in blue and a bit of white, and a small section of indigo Twist. I really need to practice my binding, I aimed for proper machine binding (to finish it more quickly than hand finishing) but it just wasn’t straight and the stitching showing on top was all over the place, so I ended up sewing a neat top stitch along the edge on the front of the binding which holds down the back. Not perfect but it’s possible to be too close to a project and end up only seeing the flaws so I’m saying good enough.

The label is stitched directly onto the backing fabric using freehand machine embroidery.

Overall, a big success! Now to decide on the next big project…