Monday, 6 July 2020

Jelly Snowflake Part 1

Part 1 of the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Along was fairly quick and easy to put together.
I am using left over 2 1/2 inch strips from another project and FQ’s cut into 2 1/2 inch strips, so it will have a very random feel with the white on white contrast pulling it all together with a bit of luck!
Strips cut ready

Part 1 consists of four blocks that were quick to sew.
Now need to wait until next Thursday for Part 2. [5 parts in total]

Raised bed planting

After breakfast I decided today was ‘planting day’, even though I have been struggling with hip and back problems.

I have no idea what the plants are, so just decided the best thing to do was plant them up and once they flower and I see how tall or short they are I can always move them around.
I sorted them into matching sets and kept them in their groups. It is so nice to plant at this height.

The raised bed nearest the front is planted with two rouge melons/courgette/pumpkins, again until they fruit I have no idea what they are, I found the seedlings growing in my compost bin and thought it might be fun to see what they are !

I think this is called random gardening.  I would like to put in lots of bulbs for Spring colour when they are for sale.
The pond lining is still to be attached and the pond will then undergo a clean up with new filter and pump to replace the over 20years old filtration system.

Pointless Blockheads

My Moda Blockhead’s blocks seem to have come out all sorts of sizes and nearly went in the bin!
However I thought maybe if I juggled them around I could salvage enough to make a reasonable size lap quilt, someone might like.

I started by sewing the nine, should have been 8 1/2 inch but cut to 8 inch blocks together [finished size 7 1/2 inches]
Added a 3/4 inch strip as a sashing border [1/4 inch finish size]
This then meant the 12 1/2 inch blocks cut down to 12 1/4 inches would fit.... quite a maths lesson!

Please do not look too closely at all the missing points [hence the name Pointless Blockheads] 
I actually quite like it now it is awaiting batting and backing.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Raised beds

The raised beds are now ready for planting. It has been a mammoth task clearing the garden, building the beds and finally filling them with top soil.. now for the fun part, planting them up.
For a while they looked like three coffins, glad to see the soil in them.

Talking of soil, I think I mentioned we slightly over ordered, by 1 and 1/2 tons !!!
Not wanting it to go to waste, I bought some potato growing containers and while things get sorted in the garden as a temporary measure they are in the back/side garden, that no one sees and it is were we keep the compost bins and the rows of raspberries.  I have ordered some seed potatoes and carrots and we should be eating fresh veggies as soon as they arrive and grow... New potatoes for Christmas hopefully.

All these containers will be used to grow vegetables as soon as I can get some seeds.

Other news....

This is the fence between us and our neighbour, they had acquired a hot tub and it was too large to go down the other side of their house , so it was lifted over our joint garages into their garden.

This was the first try before it was too close to our house and had to be turned on its side... such excitement on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Sew Along

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends.
Happy 4th of July to my sister, moving home after 20 years.

Well I’ve done it again... started something new. I think it’s a pandemic disease as some of my friends seem to have the same problem cannot settle to anything and keep starting new projects.

Two days ago the posted a free five week Christmas mystery quilt sew-along.
Every Thursday a new pattern and video will be provided throughout July. The quilt finishes at 50 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches, so a nice lap size.

A quick search of my stash and I found a FQ bundle of Christmas fabric which I cut into 2 1/2 inch strips and some 2 1/2 inch Christmas strips left over from another project, this together with a large piece of white on white fabric will be all I need for the front.
Actual requirements are 14  x 2 1/2 strips of jelly roll and 2 1/2 yds background fabric.
Ready to start sewing with a pile of Christmas 2 1/2 inch strips and a few white on white 2 1/2 inch strips.

There is more information on a  and Pat Sloans blog page, Plus of course the free pattern on 

Other news:
We have so much top soil left over from the raised beds I was trying to think of some way to use it and came up with the idea of growing veg in containers.
Yesterday I was looking for some potato growing containers, and happened upon some for sale on the local on-line Marketplace.  This entailed a 12 mile journey, so complete with face mask I went and collected them at social distancing length and intended to fill them with soil today, but ‘life’ took over. They were an absolute bargain at £7 for 4 small and 2 extra large, all unused. Journey number 2 since lockdown.

Today Chris bought a ‘computer / electric gadget’ OK I have no idea what it is! on EBay paid for it on paypal and arranged to pick it up from the sellers carport [ no social contact ]. It was a one and half hour journey there and back only stopping to pick up the ‘thing’ but so nice to be out in the countryside, and the first time he had used his Range Rover since January ! Journey number 1 since lockdown for Chris.

We passed a local Barber and I could not believe the queue waiting 2 metres apart just for a haircut! It is the first day they have been open.

Life goes on, and we are doing our best to stay safe.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Three more Moda blockhead blocks

I really do not want any more large quilts, so have  decided to stop making Moda Blockhead blocks having made enough for a nice size lap quilt. 
Twelve 12 inch and Nine 8 inch blocks. The last three were completed today.
Block 21 by Lissa Alexander. XOXO
Block 24 by Stacy Iest Hsu. Won’t you be my Neighbor.
Block 17 by Betsy Chutchian. Crossroads

Now to decide to Sash or not to Sash before putting them altogether.

Although I am going to stop making any more blocks I intend to carry on downloading the patterns each week, and maybe make another lap quilt in a different colour way. It has been an interesting exercise working different peoples pattern.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Raised beds

Progress is being made on the raised bed project. I rescued plants I wanted to save.
Chris has worked hard to remove the rest and sort the ground out.
Richard helped by removing the very heavy rockery stones, when they called for Fathers Day.
This corner of the garden was rather overgrown and a bit of a shambles. 
The day lilies are well past their best and the rockery never did really work.

The corner has been cleared, view from the house

View from the summer house. There will be 3 raised beds joined together in the far corner.
The tall Acer tree has had a ‘haircut’ to allow more light to the corner.

Yesterday the wood arrived from Hassett’s Wood Yard and was left of the front lawn, Chris moved it to the side of the house.

While all this was happening I was busy in the kitchen making my usual 2 loaves of bread. One to eat now and one to freeze.
The Courgette plant, seed sent me by my sister, has been going mad producing so I made two  Zucchini and Banana loaves substituting the nuts and cranberries with sultanas as that was all I had... the kitchen smelt delicious and as this was the first time I had made a Courgette/Zucchini loaf I am very pleased with the result. One frozen and one to eat now.
2 loaves and 2 Courgette loaves cooling on a rack.

I like to use the paper liners when making a cake and I only have one left so Amazon to the rescue, without thinking I ordered another pack of 40 and then realised deliver is August 10th... so no more cake making for 6 weeks!

Friday, 26 June 2020

Moda Blockheads Catch up

In between watching the Battle of the Brits Tennis on Amazon Prime I have managed to do a little sewing.
It is really too hot to do much in the way of sewing but I so want t catch up with this weekly block offered for free by a number of different designers.

Block 23: Lucky Penny by Vanessa Goertzen. I made a sight error in the size of my cream squares, but I can live with it.
I buy my sewing machine needles by the hundred and change them often, always Schmetz 80.
I keep an old camera film case for the ‘dead needles’ and really like the little gadget I have for making it easy to change the needles, it has a hole shaped like the top of the needle which means the needle goes in the machine the right way round every time.

Top: Block 22, Hen and Chicks by Laurie Simpson
Middle: Block 19 Compass Point by Brigitte Heitland
Bottom: Block 16 Dream by Sherri McConnell

Four down and five left to catch up before next Wednesday, when block 25 will be ready to pick up. There are a total of 52 [ I think] .

Thursday, 25 June 2020

The chair saga

I have been looking for another chair for the Summer House and keeping my eye on those for sale on Marketplace.
A brown chair that would just fit the bill was offered for sale, so I offered to buy it and arranged to meet the seller outside his shop.
Taking every precaution as it was the first time I had been out in my car since February, other than for a walk, and the Covid 19 is still with us.
The arrangement was the seller would just put the chair in the back of my car, I had already lowered the seats and emptied the boot, so social distancing would be easy. I donned a mask and arrived fifteen minutes early so waited for over half an hour and he did not show up! It was also midday and the sun was baking hot!! Needless to say I went home disappointed.

Back home I contacted him and he was waiting outside a different shop not realising the address on the advert was for one of the many second hand shops he seems to own and not the one with the chair !!! 
The only good thing to come out of this was driving in my air con car while the temperature soared. 

Later that’s evening he offered me a discount and the correct address, so I agreed to meet him and the chair this morning, all went well and I came home used anti bacteria wipes on the chair and footstool and myself you cannot be too careful.
Once it was in the summer house Chris tried it and said he really liked it, so alls well that ends well.
Plus on another baking hot day I got to spend time in my air con car.

Jelly Snowflake Part 1

Part 1 of the Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt Along was fairly quick and easy to put together. I am using left over 2 1/2 inch strips from ano...