Thursday, 25 July 2013

Lets Get Acquainted!!!!

Hello there! Welcome to my blog if you've popped over on the Let's Get Acquainted Hop, it's so nice to meet you!
Part of my craft room, cropped to miss out the messy desk!!!

Firstly, I must say a massive thank-you to Beth for letting me join in as I suspect I was one of the last ones to say 'oh, can I join in, please?!'

My blog journey started nearly a year and a half ago now: back then I was a keen knitter/crocheter and had been debating blogging for a while. I then read about 'concept knitting/crochet' and made the leap to crochet a row a day for 2012 based on the colour of the sky and thought what better way to document my progress?! On my first post, I signed off with a mini sky report as it seemed apt and still do it now, partly because it's habit and also because it fits in with the British obsession with weather!!!!
2012 Sky Blanket by fabricandflowersuk - read more here

I spent ageesssss trying to find a blog name: lots that I liked were already taken so in the end I went for fabric and flowers as they combine two of my favourite things, although I must confess that my enthusiasm for gardening doesn't translate to actual skill!!!!

Last year I started my adventures in patchwork/quilting and dressmaking and haven't looked back - there literally aren't enough hours in the day for everything that I want to do at the moment!!! I still feel very new to it all and am still trying to find my style, but I'm having a lot of fun along the way!
Patchwork projects by fabricandflowersuk

As you can see, I've had a go at lots of different things over the past year and enjoyed them all so much. This year I've signed up to the Skill Builder BOM (although I'm still working on April's Blocks so am a little behind - oops!) and a Siblings Together quilting bee which is great fun and for such a good cause, and I'm learning new skills all the time which is brilliant!
Dressmaking projects by fabricandflowersuk
I've also had a lot of fun with dressmaking, although looking at these pictures all together I do seem to have a set pose, don't I?!

I love to make bags too and have been on a bit of a Sew Sweetness kick lately!
Aeroplane and Lapin Noir bag by fabricandflowersuk

At the moment, I mostly sew downstairs at the kitchen table, but do have a spare room which is my space (and the guest room). I've not fully moved in yet (my excuse being that we recently moved but that was nearly 9mths ago now, so that's starting to wear a bit thin!), partly because it's upstairs and I would be interrupted by my three Littlies as I tend to sew at night. Would you like to see some of my room?
Fabric and yarn storage! fabricandflowersuk

Most of my fabric and yarn is stored in a dresser unit which I bought cheap and repainted. I think I've got quite a modest stash (although Mr f&f disagrees!)

When I'm not sewing/knitting/crochet I'm running around after my children - ages 7yrs, 4yrs and 3yrs (yep, 16mths between the last two - it was a crazy first year!!!!) which keeps me fairly busy. From September they'll all be going to school in some form or another so I'm hoping to have a lot more time to work out some of my ideas.

And just for a bit of fun, here are some crazy things that you may (or may not!) want to know about me!

✿  My first real job after uni was selling fork-lift trucks
✿  I didn't enjoy selling fork-lift trucks but did enjoy meeting one of my customers who I later married (we've been together nearly 14yrs now - eek!)
✿ BC (before children!) I worked in market research. Even now, I still love walking around supermarkets, checking out new packaging and products. 
✿ For our honeymoon, Mr f&f and I went to America and toured around on a Harley Davidson for two weeks: it was the best time ever
✿ I love hearing my kids laugh
✿ I always get my words mixed up, especially when I'm tired.
✿ I get overly excited when seeds I plant in the garden start to grow
✿ Sometime I laugh so hard I cry, especially if it's one of those animal videos from You've Been Framed - they get me every time!
✿ I'm not a morning person. It takes me at least two cups of tea to wake up. I once put chilli on my porridge (instead of cinnamon) because I wasn't fully awake!

Thanks so much for popping in and don't forget to check out the rest of the fab blogs that are on this weeks hop;

RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boondocks
Emily @ Sew E.T.

S x

Todays sky ● blue sky and lots of cloud, still warm though!

44 comments:

Vicki said...

Wonderful to get to know you better! You are a busy quilter, but that is when it is the most fun! I do love your work.

Lorna McMahon said...

Hello Sonia! Thanks for sharing a little bit about you, your life and family, and your sewing and crafting. I especially enjoyed seeing your collage of quilty projects. You are very creative!

Lorna:)
http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Really enjoyed reading your list of didn't knows! I mess up my words too! I like all your creations! You make awesome clothes, I want to try it! So, now I know who to ask! Following!

JB said...

I love the idea of the Sky Blanket. I think mine would be entirely grey though! What a fabulous idea. You have achieved so much in a short time, I loved your post!

Sarah Lizzie said...

How lovely to happen upon your lovely blog! It has been a joy to gain an insight into your life and all your lovely creations. Heres to a life filled with fabric and flowers!!

Isisjem said...

Nice to get to know you a bit more after chatting at the retreat.

jan said...

Hi Sonia!
It is very nice to meet you. I love all your projects. I started out with knitting then crochet now quilting and I love it all. I haven't sewn any clothing yet - and I love ALL your projects.
I signed up to follow.
Have fun.
jan@sewandsowfarm

ChristaQuilts said...

Nice to meet ya! You've accomplished quite a bit :-)

Anna said...

SO nice to meet you! :) Your projects are all lovely. Especially that assortment of dresses! Love them! I need to work more on my garment sewing skills for sure.

It's great to get to know you a little better :)

Kelly Young said...

crocheting, knitting, quilting, and garments! You can do it all! It's so nice to read more about you through the blog hop! All of your work is lovely!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Lisa said...

Great post! I enjoy seeing your other sewing adventures as well as quilting. Your dress making is fabulous - this is one area that I wonder if I have the patience for!!!

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

I am in awe with all your projects....I don't think I could make clothes. Nice blog intro. :-)

Amanda said...

Love all of your dressmaking projects. I have been on a bit of a dressmaking kick lately. Your Staple dress looks fantastic on you. I'm hoping to get one of those made later this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Wonderful post! Your sewing is fantastic...can't believe you just started! But then again, we DO know it is addictive! I love the diversity of fun things in your life....selling trucks, motorcycle honeymoon (sounds amazing!!), sewing, three little ones and so on! Yeah! Enjoy!

heart of charnwood said...

Oooh Sonia, that porridge must have been lovely! ;o)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Hi Sonia.. I love fabric and flowers too! So nice to meet yiu on this hop!

amy said...

Nice to meet you! I especially loved reading your fun facts :) And I agree about your stash - very modestly sized!!

Molli Sparkles said...

Oh I'm a total jelly roll over your sewing space! And chilli in porridge, LOL! I once got up in the morning, made my lunch to take to work except then started eating it! Oops! Haha! LGA love your way, sparkle on!

Stephanie said...

Nice to meet you through the Hop! Making clothing seems to be my kryptonite so I'm in awe of your clothing mosaic! :)

Melia Mae Quilting said...

What a great post! I give you credit for doing garment sewing. That takes a lot of work and precision! Currently, I still have a zipper fear, so I shall stay away from that, but you have some really great projects you have made!

The Sassy Quilter said...

Those are some lovely dresses! Your model pose is fabulous too:) Love the bags!!! I have never made one,but these make it look tempting. Nice to get to know you better.

RobotMomSews said...

So nice to meet you on the hop! I love your facts about you! So cute! I am NOT a morning person either...in fact I think 10:30 is the perfect time to wake up. ;) I love your projects and I'm jealous of your dressmaking skills! So lovely!

wombatquilts.com said...

I love the bags you have made. I am about to have to make one for a swap and I am going to check out the Sew Sweetness's patterns. Thanks for the tip.

Caroline said...

Great to meet you Sonia!! You have made some beautiful clothing and bags. I'm a new follower:)

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

Good meeting you Sonia! Your dressmaking skills are amazing!

Karen@littlebirdiequilting said...

That crochet blanket looks really nice and cosy!

RobinSue said...

Very nice to meet you. You are so creative, how do you find the time and have the patience! I can't choose what I like best because you have made so many wonderful items. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Kris said...

I love all the variety of things you make. I like to crochet, make clothes and bags too! :) I don't do nearly enough of those.
Great post
Kris@sewsunshine

Adrianne said...

Nice to meet you! I absolutely love your Lapin Noir bag with the liberty fabric - it's totally gorgeous!

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

I especially love seeing your clothing makes--not least of all because I am on the hunt for some flattering top patterns! Do you remember what the pattern was for the black and gold top in the top left of your mosaic? Is it the same pattern as the red corduroy dress? I love how that top fits you, and how it flares out at the waist a bit. Happy to have met you through the blog hop!

Nilya said...

So grat to meet you over blog hopping. Love your stuff. Especially the bags. I made this pp-skirt too, isn´t it a great pattern?

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

Wow, you are quite talented! You have a lot of good skills under your belt. Thanks for sharing with us. How does chili taste on porridge? ;)

Casey York said...

It's lovely to meet you through the blog hop! Your clothing projects look amazing (as do your other projects, but I'm a bit intimidated by sewing clothing, so you have my especial admiration, there). Your color-of-the-sky crochet project is lovely and such a great idea--maybe, if I ever have time for crochet again, I'll have to try one!

Elise Lea said...

What a fun post! You are definitely a multi-talented person. I love those dresses you made with pockets, and you have some really incredible quilts too! So great to meet you!

Valerie said...

Wow-you are so talented at so many different things! I'm super impressed with your garment sewing-that's one thing that still intimidates me. Beautiful work!

Ali said...

HI, Nice to meet you, sorry I am so late. I really like your work. Your bags are gorgeous.

sharpie said...

Great to meet you! Lots of cool makes ;) I love how you've got a knack for so many different areas of sewing -- I think if I tried sewing a shirt I'd look like I'd put on a trashbag :)

sandeep myflowergift said...

Very nice design,looking supper.

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Cloud CouCou said...

Hi! Lovely to stop by and read all about you :) What a beautiful collection of sewing goodies. I don't like mornings either! Sorry for taking so long to visit...many things have been conspiring against me!

Leigh Anne said...

So lovely to meet you! My children are 7 and 3 so I totally understand about the littles eating into your sewing time LOL. Absolutely adore your dresser storage for fabric! And your ability at clothes in envy inducing! Not to mention those bags. Well I guess there just isn't anything else to do but add you to my bloglovin :)

Also, I LOVE the idea of your sky blanket. Wonder if there is a way to translate that to sewing?

Jessica said...

I've put chilli on my porridge to, you're not alone with that one (:

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