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Versatile Blogger Award

(PS, this post might have been delayed just a little bit because I couldn’t decide who my nominees would be. )

They say things come in threes don’t they?

A few days after posting about my previous award, I received this comment on my blog from Diannajessie

“Hi Claire,

I love reading your blog and wanted to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger award🙂 Congratulations

See my link for how to proceed further and thank you for your great posts


Thank you Diana, I am always stunned that anyone thinks my blog is worthy of any recognition (but also quietly very pleased).

This award comes with some rules :

  • Thank the person who awarded you (above)
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 random things about yourself
  1. I’m not a first-thing-in-the-morning person, and I can’t function without a small-but-necessary shot of caffeine. I then have to avoid caffeine the whole of the rest of the day otherwise I won’t sleep that night or that week.
  2. I love gardening and my favourite smell is freshly-mown grass.
  3. I would love to grow vegetables in my garden, but I’m the kiss of death to seedlings.
  4. When I was 15 years old, I actually asked my Mum to take me to the opticians because I thought I might need glasses (turns out  I was right – I’m short-sighted but seriously, volunteering to wear spectacles?).
  5. I love chocolate cake or any chocolate edible – nom, nom, nom
  6. In my head, my home is beautiful, elegant, colourful, organised and tidy. In reality, not so much.
  7. I have a 3 second memory… oooh! pretty shiny things…

Thanks again Dianna



So tired and so happy

I went to my first ever quilt show today.

Only the largest in Europe: the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.

No point doing things by halves.

My feet still ache and I may never walk again (not until tomorrow at least)

Has to show you some piccy’s before I go for a well deserved lie down (for about 20 hours)

I need to find another way of expressing awe at a great quilt, I must have said “Oh Wow!” about 350 times today.

If you’re going Saturday or Sunday, take a bottle of water, something to nibble on and maybe some painkillers (you won’t want to stop if your feet start aching).  I wonder if I can book tickets for next year yet?

Good news:
the facilities are good, lots of chairs and benches for you to sit on in the two food areas even if you brought your own, and everyone is so POLITE and HAPPY!

More photos and a proper write-up of my day as soon as my legs have stopped being annoyed with me.

Blissed out ClaireBear

For me – one completed bathmat

As soon as I saw the Cathedral Window Playmat on Amy Gibson’s blog, Stichery Dickery Dock I knew that it was what I wanted as a bathmat for my tiny bathroom.

Although I’ve always admired quilt with circles in and Cathederal Windows blocks in particular, I’ve never done them in any quilt before because circles or curves of any type scare the *** out of me.

I’ve got to say the Amy is a fabulous tutorial writer, but then I should have know that because I’m following her Craftsy Block of the Month course (which I’m hopelessly behind on, but we won’t go there).

Viola, one Cathedral Windows Bathmat, started and finished within 24 hours and I slept for some of that!

I had to wash the print fabric because the cotton towelling I was using was upcycled from a spare bath sheet. I ironed it all properly, and used a dinner plate to cut out the circles. I cut too many circles, it turns out I cut 12 towelling circles when I only needed 9 and I still don’t know what to do with the 9 circles I cut from the stripe fabric.

After posting about this project yesterday, I decided to use the batik print that I love so much (please ignore the state of my bathroom tiles, this is a sewing blog not a diy blog after all!):

Note to self: get larger dinner plates, this would be fab with bigger circles! Also, sewing this with towelling as a backing is harder than I thought, that’s probably why it’s a little wonky. It also probably needs ironing, but is that going to happen?

I’m glad that I decided to do this. I love my new bathmat and I don’t care what anyone else thinks (although if you think it’s lovely too, I wouldn’t mind being told).

I love my new bathmat  🙂


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