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Almost no sewing at all

This is just to update you all with my current status. I’m sure a few of you will have noticed there’s been a bit of a gap in my blogging recently. My other, non-sewing (teaching) life has temporarily taken over and will continue to dominate my waking hours for a while yet.

I’m very sad about the lack of fabric-y sewing goodness that is going on in my life as a whole, but on the other hand I’m working in a job I love that will (eventually) allow me to sew professionally too.

Not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep, never mind do fun stuff. I have loads of photos that I need to blog about, and so many sewing projects in the pipeline to tell you all about too.

I just need a ten day week, or perhaps a thirty hour day?

In the meantime, here’s a few photos to show you what I’m thinking of (when I get a chance to have non-teaching thoughts, that is):

My Spoonflower shop is doing well. I have a few collections of fabric designs including one collection completely created from my own photographs. I am regularly getting messages that this person or that person has bought one of my designs.

I am, as always, incredibly behind with my Craftsy Block of the Month.  I might get a chance to catch up around December when the college is closed. Maybe. If I do, you’ll be the first to know.

Quilt requests have been backing up.

I want/need to make one for myself as well.  Maybe over the summer holidays?

My WIPs list is so long, I despair. I’ll have to just pick one at random and sew till it’s finished over the Xmas break.

I can’t remember if I blogged about my day trip to the Fashion section of the Collections Resource Centre that belongs to Leicester Museums. I went with a group of other clothes-and-sewing-mad women and there were so many oooh’s and aaaah’s and oh wow’s ….

I know I haven’t shown you all the photos I took at my first trip to the Festival of Quilts (or have I?) at Birmingham’s NEC a little while ago. Maybe next year I’ll go for two days instead of just one. So many quilts, so little time…

The winner of the traditional quilts category at this year’s Festival of Quilts

I don’t make traditional quilts but I appreciate them like crazy…

TTFN

Sew-less Claire Bear

At the moment I am loving:

No sew zone

The last few weeks (or maybe longer) my life has been full of job applications, job interviews, clearing out the house and tidying up what’s left. I rearranged my back room/study/computer room/boxroom a while ago on a whim, quickly shoving stuff into carrier bags to get them out of the way so I could paint the ceilings and the walls. I couldn’t put off unpacking those bags and putting away the contents properly  any longer.

I’ve had to get on with organising myself in case I actually get offered one of the (fab) teaching jobs I’ve applied for, as well as the one-evening-a-week placement I’ve already been offered so that I can do my Certificate in Education (UK qualification that allows/qualifies me to teach adults).  I went for a job interview, got offered a placement and a mentor for the course. Not a bad result, but I still need a paying job.

If I manage to pull this off, I would be teaching an evening class one evening a week, attending university a day a week both during term time and working a “normal” job four days a week as well. I say a four days a week because I know my limits and a part-time course, part-time placement on to of a full-time five-day-a-week job would be way too much for me to handle. Not that I’m panicking at all (maybe just a little bit, eeek!)

Not much sewing has been done since I finished this bathmat.

In fact, absolutely no sewing at all has been done. My whole life has been a no sew zone (sniff).

My WIPs are in exactly the same parlous state they were last month and now threatening to take over my living room. I sew in my living room: it has a lot of daylight and no-one moans about all my fabric. My Pile Of Shame (aka my mending) is still as embarrassingly shameful as it was last time I posted a photo of it so I won’t bore you with that one.

I know that I haven’t shown you my upcycled bags (mostly because I haven’t finished the purple one), and there are probably a few other things that have temporarily escaped my mind.

I am still incredibly behind on my Block of the Months (Blocks of the Month?). I wasn’t going to post about the new BOM for July (where did June go?), but I thought I’d look at the new blocks on Craftsy, if only for entertainment value.

Dresden Plate Blocks, oh dear.

I thought that the hand sewing on the paper piecing blocks back in April would be a stumbling block (sorry for the pun). If you’re wondering what a Dresden Plate block is….

…using parallelograms rather than squares or rectangles (I did tell you that my other life is a maths-teacher-for-adults right?).

Oh dear, oh de

ar oh dear.

I mean, I want to be able to do a dresden because I want to make a double wedding ring quilt (like this)

and it uses the same idea of piecing parallelograms to make a circle.

Now I have two completely different things to panic about, the July BOM and a potential university course (let me explain that I went to university once, I loved my course, the campus and the wonderful staff, but it didn’t go well, broke my heart to quit and I’m still on the tablets, enough said?).

I even tried to avoid going to university by tracking down the same course on a college campus instead, but the college that used to do the course I now need, now doesn’t. Insert rude word here.  In the meantime I have to write a university application, revise my own maths skills to make sure I pass that particular assessment, work on my telephone skills so that I can pass the telephone interview/speaking

and listening assessment for the course after I’ve submitted the application (did I mention I have a slight hearing problem on top of my dyslexia?).

And get a job.

Right now, I can only quote the late (and great) Douglas Adams and Dad’s Army, and a certain poster, towel and mug logo

Organisational Queen (and still slightly panicking,) Claire Bear

( I really wanted to have  a bear version of Munch’s “The Scream” instead of my ClaireBear logo here, but…)

Block of the Month – May

As you may already know I am following Craftsy’s Block of the Month e-course as a quiltalong using fabrics I already have in my stash.

Here is the fabric I am using up:

some plain cottons and the Mono mini-bundle that I sell in my supplies shop on Etsy (Claire Bear Shop).

Here’s what I needed to do for May:

A Modern Block Cabin and a Wonky Five-Sided Log Cabin

If you found my previous blocks in my Flickr photostream, you may have been looking for my May blocks too:

Yep, this is how far I’ve got with May’s, and indeed April’s.

Ok, I’m behind, way behind. I can see whole day’s worth of cutting and sewing blocks  needing to happen.

ClaireBear

See January’s BOM here

See February’s BOM here

See March’s BOM here

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