I have invested in a new tablet. Of course I had to make a cover.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
I have just finished a king size quilt my D2 requested. She saw the pattern I used for a throw for my sis's 50th and thought she would love it in Japanese prints. So after a bit of shopping at Harrogate last November, and some online shopping when we changed our minds about the border, the job is done. In July we took it to Nicola to be longarm quilted, and here is the result.
We are very pleased with it.
Last weekend was a European Culture Weekend here, so we took advantage of the free entry to visit a couple of places we hadn't visited before, and one we just love to return to, because of the views.
The Ulster Aviation Society was our first stop.
Here we saw restored aircraft from the very basic, to world war 2 planes. My parents were in the RAF and served at the site where the Society now operates from. Mum was a driver and I am not sure what job dad did. He wasn't a pilot, but some kind of ground support like mum. This is where they met.
Next we went to a little church with a very interesting history linked to the forces. We heard a talk by one of the members of the aviation society about the people from our country who were instrumental in the development of aircraft. You could say we were flying. It was all very interesting.
Next day we went to the north coast to Dunluce Castle, now a ruin, but once again a very worthwhile place to visit.
We made our first stop, on a very stormy though warm day, at the West Strand in Portrush. The beach was much busier than this photo tells. Lots of walkers with dogs, and young people in wet suits trying out the waves on body boards. We had a cuppa from our picnic and a walk. Then drove on to Dunluce.
This is one of the views along the coast at Dunluce.
The ruins, right on the cliffs.
Everything is kept very neat and tidy.
Onward again toward home, and we stopped at another viewpoint where it was nice and quiet, and we broke out the picnic lunch. Then two large coaches arrived and poured out some very brave tourists who struggled against the wind and went along to the clifftop to look at the view.
We, cowards that we were, sat snugly in the car munching on our sandwiches.
Travelling on along the coast we stopped near Glenarrif where we found this sign to tell folk that Game of Thrones was filmed in the Glens of Antrim..
We noticed this possible fisherman sitting on a rock a good way from shore. Apparently he changes position and clothes as the seasons come around, and he becomes Santa at Christmas.
For those worried about his safety........he is not a real man.
Altogether we had a lovely day.
And the Christmas sewing.
A little x st robin given a new look, and a wall hanging for someone who (Ihope) doesn't read my blog.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
|Did anyone say carrots|
|Do you like my hair?|
The dogs didn't quite get the point. Posing isn't in their job description.
The only thing is treats.
A couple of other models almost won my favourite choice
Pets on Quilts
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
I received this lovely little quilt from Vreni this morning. As I made two little quilts for the swap I was blessed to receive 2. I love this very much Vreni, and the little surprise mini squares of Moda Color me happy.
I have been playing with a couple of patterns for small gift bags. I think I like the blue and white duo best.
My day has started well. Did the weekly shop, got happy mail. GD is coming to visit. Mmmh! I am blessed to be able to enjoy good health, family and good friends. Bye for now.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
|Dancing in the rain|
I am really enjoying this round of ALQS. It is so good to be able to exchange quilts with such talented ladies from around the world.
D1 had her birthday in mid July. We always take a photo of her and our two grandchildren. I think this is lovely, though GD has cut her hair since, and looks completely different.
I just added this as I think it is a lovely Clematis which grows in D1's garden. And now for a completely unrelated little joke. The older I get the more I understand it completely. Blessings, Bx
Thursday, 21 July 2016
I see I haven't blogged since March. That's par for the course. A few things have happened around here. None of them world events, although if you go into politics (but I wont go there). I have enjoyed sewing constantly, from little zipper pouches, to baby blankets, to a kingsize quilt at the request of D2. I have a new laptop, a gift from D2 for my 70th birthday. I am finding it hard to get used to, but I am getting there. All the pics and files from my old laptop are stored on an external drive, so I am hither and thither trying to find the images I need.
A cushion for my friend Maureen.
D2bought me this scissor hooks. It is just perfect for my sewing room.The Painted Quilt last summer. DH liked it at this stage, so it became a wall hanging for the bedroom. I would love to make the whole quilt sometime.
Here is the front. Hexies appliqued on to white cotton and machine quilted as you go. My first quilt made this way. It is lovely and soft and I like it very much. Enough is enough.Sorry about the long picture gallery.
This the last, I promise. D2's bedsize quilt ready for the quilter. She saw a throw I had made for my sis, (forgot to take pic) and asked could I make her a bedsize one with Japanese prints. It's off to Nicolato be quilted this week, and I will try to get a proper photo when it comes back. Now I am off to enjoy a wee bit of the sunshine while I may. Bye for now.