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Thursday, 16 May 2013

May....thinking December

Hi everyone. The title of my post might have a little to do with the weather.  Though it is sunny from time to time, it is still cold here.  It also might have a little to do with my planning ahead thoughts.  My girls all admire my Christmas throw each year, so my little brain cells told me, 'make them each one of their own'.  Here I am then burrowing down into my box of Christmas fabrics and patterns and coming up with some ideas. A square in square block sounds simple.  Think I'll start with that. 
I also have some light fabrics I could use as centres and team up with red or green.  Yes, that sounds like the beginning of something.  As you can see I am not big on planning at all, but making it up as it goes along.  Well, watch this space....
Our church group made this banner to remember a dear friend who lost her battle with cancer a few years ago.
It will be on show this weekend for the first time.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy

I couldnt believe when I checked, that my last blog was wishing everyone a Happy Christmas.
Where have those 4 or 5 months gone.  I was a bit out of sorts for a couple of them, dealing with a viral infection which robbed me of my energy.  When I started to recover I really wanted to make something, but didnt have the 'get up and go' to measure and cut carefully.  I spotted this style of block made from scrap strips, so pulled out my scraps and just sewed and theraputic. I called it liquorice alsorts, as the fabric in the centre of each block was just that...liquorice allsorts sweets on a pink background.
Sorry the photography was not so good.  This went to the local branch of Linus Project along with this little quilt which I had started, and found the energy to finish.  I was on the way to recovery.

 My mum had her 90th birthday, and requested no gifts, but her birthday tea was on Mothering Sunday, so I made her this cushion.
You can also see the corner of a little tray cloth in the same fabric.  My Aunt and Uncle are expecting the arrival of thier first great-grandchild soon.  I had a suitable boy quilt, so I made a girl one so I have all options covered...unless they have two of the same kind.

None of these were very taxing on my energy, so I gained such satisfaction from making them.
Then Easter came around and I sent these little fabric nests to my neighbour's children.

                    The adults got a little bit of spring, which was taking it's time to arrive this year.
The weather has at last a feel of summer about it.  Warm, and everything is green and growing. This mini mum produced a lovely colt, and they are enjoying the good weather too.

We enjoyed a trip to Lough Erne and Castle Coole yesterday, and I spotted these lovely primroses everywhere.  They remind me of my childhood days at my grandmother's house.

I have had another go at finishing my Pond House by Lynette Anderson.  I think I may get it finished this year.  In between however I made a couple of wall hangings for my special friends who feed me gorgeous suppers once a month.

Whew!...that was a marathon blog.  I plan to keep up ......well, I hope to keep up from now on. xx