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Monday, 21 April 2014

Friday becomes Monday

Ok, so I dont have a lot to blog about weekly. I enjoyed my guild meeting last Tuesday, which was a show and tell.  Such lovely quilts.  I took my spring quilt and two of the Christmas throws I made the girls. 

The postcard became a swap. I waited to see if anyone would take my ‘red sails’, and then picked this little gem by Jean Kelly. It’s called ‘scraps from Grace’s quilt’. I loved the buttons. Grace is her baby grandaughter.2014-04-21 21.31.34

I enjoyed our ‘prayer room’ set up by the youth of my church for the week leading up to Easter.2014-04-14 10.07.232014-04-14 10.07.54

It was lovely to go and sit for a quiet time in a special room.  We had great celebrations of our Risen Lord Jesus over the weekend.  So uplifting and joyful.

The weather over this weekend has been super in my little part of the world.  Where the south of England has had rain and cold, we were basking in unusually warm temperatures and clear blue skies.  It is good to feel the warmth of the sun after a cold winter.

That’s all for now folks. Talk again soon. xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Friday becomes Sunday

Well, I started to blog on Friday, forgetting that Blogger wasnt accepting my photos for some reason.  So here I am, take two.


This little girlie arrived safely.  Her name is Crunchie.

She will have a posh name later.  I have done very little sewing this week.  I took this panel and simply added batting and a soft brushed back to make a small boy happy. (havent picked which small boy yet).2014-04-13 12.45.31

Think that’s all this week folks.  It’s sunny, and the outdoors calls. xx

Saturday, 5 April 2014

A finish, edges and postcard

I have finished Happy Scrappy Spring.  It is very simply quilted with straight almost straight line quilting by machine, plus a little hand quilting on the centre panel.  My sewing machine was struggling with the quilting, so I kept it to a minimum.{my excuse}2014-04-01 10.02.04Here it is with feet. DH happily held it up for me.

2014-04-04 16.05.03I was playing around yesterday with selvedges.  I dont know what I will do with it, but a nice zipped purse for my favourite auntie is on the cards.  Northern Lights, my area Quilters Guild of Ireland group, set a task for us to try making a quilted/fabric postcard. Here is my first attempt.2014-04-05 10.00.46I call it red sails in the sunset. Very simple pic. Background quilt as you go. Boat and sun raw edge applique using bondaweb.  Features added with embroidery cotton. I am going to try to post it to Scotland in a few weeks, to aforementioned fav auntie. We’ll see how it fares. Talk again soon xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Live Writer does it for me

I have tried Live Writer, Needled Mom.  Looks like it may work for me.  So here goes.  I have two pics about ALQS8 to share.  I sent this to Marei in Sacramento IMG_1746 and I received this2014-03-07 12.48.05from Beth. I must say I love this, and have it displayed in my little sewing room.

I had a little lace to add to GD’s tutu.  Here it is pinned only.2014-03-10 17.03.04  Of course I let her away without taking the completed pic.

I did a little spring cleaning yesterday, and made a couple of cushion covers to brighten up our small sunroom.2014-03-17 12.10.342014-03-17 11.14.472014-03-17 12.55.04Amber appreciates her freshly laundered bed.  The laundry basket is her domain.  It is a long time since it’s been used for laundry.  I filled it with old cushion pads and her ‘other’ rugs. What a spoiled lady.2014-03-17 14.04.34I dont know how clear this is. Although she has choice of two drinking bowls, she prefers the watering can……which DH keeps topped up for her.

What am I sewing now?  I am still working on my Happy Scrappy Spring by Kaaren.  My niece wants me to enter it in the  home industries class at our local agricultural show…….we will see.  2014-03-17 14.29.22I have just two more carrots to applique, then i hope to quilt it very simply myself.  After all that newsy stuff, I hope this does work. xx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

March already

Hi, I haven't blogged for a while I know.  It has been a difficult winter for us.  My dear, nearly 91yr old mum died on 3rd February after a couple of months of illness. What can I say, except, I miss her.  We all do.  I remember a friend telling me when her husband died suddenly, how she felt the rest of the world should stop.  Its been a bit like that for us.  She was a big part of my day to day routine, so there are gaps I am finding it hard to fill. We cant keep our parents forever, and I am blessed to have had her with me for so many years.  I did get around to some sewing, which is very therapeutic.  I was taking part in A Little Quilt Swap 8. Organised by Kate North.  I finished my quilt and it went to Sacramento to live with Marei........ :(   
For the last two days I have tried and tried to attach pictures to this blog.  It just wont happen.  I am going to try one more goes.   Well, that was a no.  I don't know what has happened.  I am at a loss to know what to do.  Who wants to read a lot of blethers without some pics to enjoy.  I think I will finish this blog and try a fresh one later.  Maybe I need some techie training.  I am obviously doing something wrong. Bye for now.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas 2013. 100 not out. Happy New Year 2014

This is my 100th post.  I can hardly believe it. I am thankful to God for all the lovely friends I have made through blogging. I don't have to see you every week, month, or year, or ever, to experience your friendship through our shared love of stitching. You all inspire me with your lovely work, and your generousity in sharing your designs.  I am not a designer, only a lover of working with fabric and thread. It brings me such satisfaction and enjoyment.
These little fellows were gifted to me by one of the children I worked with.  I love them, and they come out each Christmas to sing Christmas Carols in our home.

This is mum with Joan the lady in charge of the facility where mum lives.  It has been open 25 years and mum was one of the first tenants. She came out of hospital to join the celebrations as she was going to be discharged a few days later anyway.  If you look closely you will see her hospital ID on her wrist. We had a good time.

Here is The Christmas Cat. I rechristened Amber for Christmas. She enjoyed sitting on my Christmas Throw Quilt beside the tree. Don't you think her chest looks like Sants's beard.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts.  We keep gifts down to small things, but many small things add up to a lovely Gifty Christmas.  What do you think of the ceramic thread reel container. It came with 4 reels of cotton. I am going to tidy my sewing room and find a special place for this.

Yes, there is no food.  I snapped this at my daughter's, as she  was hostess for Christmas day dinner. After making 40+ dinners (I did eat out the first few years of my marriage) I enjoyed soooooo much being served.  The girls did a great job.
Best wishes for 2014

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Glasgow,Coasters for Aunties, Nearly there

Dear all. I started to write this post a couple days ago. My very lovely, but very curious cat decided to 'help'. She climbed on to my lap and put a paw on the keyboard.  I don't know which key she pressed, but two photos and my written post disappeared....poof! like a puff of wind.  I gave up and thought, 'I will try again'.  So here goes. 
This is the view of the fairground and skating rink from our hotel window when two friends and I went to Glasgow the first weekend in December.  We didn't attempt the rink or the rides.  Feet firmly planted on the ground we shopped til we dropped, and had a great weekend.We started the journey with a lovely Gingerbread Latte at the airport.

I met up with my Aunt in Edinburgh on the Saturday, and was able to have a good old yarn.  Started off having coffee, then stayed for lunch, and a good browse through John Lewis's fabric department.  I made Auntie little coasters using a tut by Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.  I managed to finish the Christmas Throw Quilts for my girls.
 Here they are folded by the tree.

 I got a calm day and took the three of them outside to photograph.  Then a light breeze sprang up and The quilts were on the move.  Well, I did the best I could.  The first is my favourite.  It was a Nancy Halverson panel, and I planned it out using Kaaren's Happy Scrappy Spring Quilt as my inspiration.

 This started out as simply square in a square blocks which I kept making til I had enough for a quilt.

 For this one I used a pattern called Steps and Stairs by The Fennel Shed, Buncrana, Co Donegal.  I am going to finish this post now, as it has been a loooooong time in the writing.  I hope to blog again before Christmas Day (which is in one week). If I don't get  back to the computer I wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a Happy quilty New Year xxx.