Saturday, 10 November 2018

Stoke Bruerne Autumn Floating Market

In years gone by Chris and I have spent many happy hours on the Grand Union Canal and always have a love for walking alongside it. Today there is a Floating market and we went early again as the weather looked promising. In fact the sun was so bright it was hard to see the many boats selling their wares, Everything from leather items, wood carved items, knitting, crochet, paintings and many interesting items were for sale and their was a very friendly happy atmosphere.
Stoke Bruerne narrow boats moored to show off and sell their wares

Loved the knitted Christmas Elf

The weather was ideal for photographing the lovely autumn colours

The Blisworth Tunnel in the sunshine

Early morning walk and sock finish

Friday up early and off for a walk by 8.15am along the Brampton Railway line. Not actually on the line I hasten to say. I love how everyone you pass speaks and cyclists, many taking a short cut to work, also acknowledge you. I am sure the same people you pass in the street never even look at you let alone speak.

The idea of the early walk was to get some much needed exercise while the weather is fine and to leave the rest of the day for housework and hobbies.
My problem is by the time we get home and I have a much needed hot chocolate I am too tired to do very much!
I did however manage to complete the latest pair of Pairfect socks.
The yarn is worked from the centre of the ball starting after a waste piece of yellow. When completed you just pull the yarn until you reach the next yellow strand and start again... that way they will both be exactly the same. For some reason everything matched except the wide turquoise band just after the ribbing. I guess if anyone is bothered to look up my trouser leg to see they are different only I will know.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Sewing, Knitting and the Temple

Tuesday: Three friends and I busy in the Happy Room. Dorn, Christine and Clare.

Wednesday: Busy knitting on the M40 [ no I was not driving!] heading for Newchapel
and the London Temple of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints

A couple of hours at the Temple, always a treat.
Chris dropped me off and went to Croydon to collect four tyres for the Range Rover.

Beautiful blue sky and autumn colours on a rather wet day at the London Temple.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

This and That on Saturday

I seem to be meandering from one thing to another, I was working on my star blocks and discovered I only have 29 so need another, found one half completed so just need to complete it and then quilt as you go  and finish the whole thing.
29 Carol Doak USA stars, plus backing

Black white and a dash of red needing its papers removing.
Only trouble is I found another long lost in the memory quilt so got that out and it needs work, so started on that… then I remembered the scrappy ribbon blocks I was working on so started on them went to the ironing board and was disgusted by the state of the cover so found fabric and just recovered that!  There is no hope for me !

Carolyn Forster scrappy ribbon blocks needing completing

New ironing board cover using recipe fabric, only problem I have made it back to front!
Oh well I doubt I will ever use any of the recipes.

My whole room needs dusting and there is stuff EVERYWHERE…  I need a maid

Friday, 2 November 2018

November has arrived

November has arrived with vengeance, the weather has turned very cold and there is frost on the ground every morning. Time to light the fire, draw the curtains, light the candles and put my feet up!
Oh no! wait a minute I have a very busy week planned no time for any of that...

Liza from church has invited a few of us to a craft evening and we need to take Maple leaves, so I better go on a Maple leaf hunt...
One of the old railway tracks is lined with trees, there must be some Maple here somewhere.

No time to stop for a rest, even though we have walked quite a way and still no Maple trees.

I wonder who Amit Bhattacharyya story teller and healer is?
I love that a seat has been placed to commemorate him.

We walked further than normal and not a single Maple tree, so head for home and hot chocolate.

Halloween and Chris prepares to go to help out with his 4x4 rescue service.
I stay home and pass out sweets to the many Trick or Treaters.

Thursday is our November IAM meeting. Seven of us enjoy each others company, and after lunch, thank you Clare for the delicious desserts, have our usual Show and Tell.
Clare has completed her Christmas quilt, which we all admire.

Maureen is making a crochet covered coathanger for a friend.

We all ooh and aah over Penny's English Paper pieced table runner.

A cushion made for Penny's daughter

Penny also finished a couple of jolly Christmas cushions.

Jenny showed us her beautiful hexagon quilt

Dorn was working on her crochet blanket, such lovely colours.
 Maple leaf day! I still do not have any but luckily there are plenty to share at Liza's.  Folding and rolling the leaves into rose shapes was fun and I managed to make this bouquet and a smaller one.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Plants, Quilts, New car and Duxford Quilt show

I seem to only find time to blog once a week these days, as I am always playing catchup with myself.

This again has been a busy week starting with planting up my new raised bed. I am really pleased with how it turned out. The lights I pushed into the ground so they would be at different levels and they look nice in the evening, talking of which doesn't it get dark early? We change the clocks tonight so it will be dark from about 5pm.

Raised bed of conifers and cyclamen 

Tuesday two friends, Christine and Judith, spent the day with me in my Happy Room.
I completely forgot to take photos and they were both making really nice quilts.
I worked on my pinwheels, quilting them with just a wavy line in rows, then adding the border.
The border was added through all the layers, so no quilting needed.
I have the binding cut out but it will probably have to wait until next week before I find time to sew it on.

Wednesday I joined a group of friends in Bedford for a sewing day.
Although my painful shoulder is feeling much better I did not want to risk carrying a machine in and out of the car.
Many many years ago I made a pile of star blocks that still need the papers removing from them, so I took them and spent the day filling a bag with removed papers... still a long way to go.

We have been having some beautiful bright sunny days and wanted to make the most of it with a walk along side Pitsford Reservoir. A number of fishermen were in boats or wading up to their waists in the water.

Beautiful scenery but I don't fancy wading up to my waist in the cold water!

I have not attended a quilt show for a couple of years but decided to go to
Duxford Quilt Show on Friday.
It is always so interesting walking past the planes to actually get into the show.

I liked the simplicity of this design
Lots of tempting stalls

Part of a challenge I think

Interesting work

Think this was my favourite

Isaac Newton

Glad we got here early as there was plenty of room see everything

By the time we left at lunch time the place was crowded with people enjoying the show.
It was hard to walk between the stalls and show quilts.

We stopped on the way home for lunch and I found a fly in my meal,
the restaurant was very apologetic and refunded us all our money.
This is the car [Range Rover] Chris bought last week, such luxury.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

A busy sewing week

Tuesday evening I attended the regular Hamtune Quilters meeting with my friend Judith. Carolyn Forster was the speaker, and what a delight with her down to earth talk and tables brimming over with quilts. She is so inspirational and always willing to share her knowledge.
Wednesday I attended a workshop with Carolyn to make blocks for a ribbon quilt.
Eleven of us attended and the day was so warm we sat with windows and doors open enjoying the class and company.
Carolyn demonstrating her ribbon quilt.

Sorting out the many pieces, luckily I had cut them out before hand, as
I have a painful shoulder and doing anything with my left arm is quite painful.

Busy busy busy
Wednesday a sewing day was arranged in the Happy Room, Penny, Christine and Clare joined me for the day. I wanted to use a charm pack that had been living far too long in my cupboard! Pinwheels are an ideal easy use for them, Christine and Clare decided to join me making  piles of pinwheels while Penny was busy working on a boating theme cushion. It was a great day, and even my arm is starting to feel better... must be the Arnica Massage oil that I keep using.

Sewing in the Happy Room

42 pinwheels in the making.
Friday a change of scene when Chris and I went out visiting Garden Centres. First stop a Nursery in Finedon to buy conifers for my raised bed. I love the fact this is a family owned independent nursery.
Next stop the Seasons Garden Centre in Burton Latimer, just the opposite of the Finedon Nursery, large selling everything and a large display of Christmas decorations [ far to early to be thinking of this in my opinion!] but I did manage to buy a few more plants for my new display.

Today is Saturday and I look back on all the quilting blocks I made this week and hope to at least complete the sets before next weekend. The sun is shining [ although it's pretty cold] so time to go and plant my new raised bed.

22 pinwheels and 14 ribbon blocks

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Family birthdays

We celebrated Richard and Eleanor's birthdays last night, with a meal followed by a large Costco cake.  Too much food and far too much sugar but a great evening with the family.
The Joint birthday cake

Richard had the all singing [ driving us mad until we found scissors to stop it singing!] candles.

Next it was Eleanors turn with an age 11 firework candle that lit up the room!

I made Grandad a Cereal Killer costume for Halloween, so Abigail tried it on.
I think it needs more blood!!

Time for games, fun and lots of laughter

Birthday son and granddaughter playing spoons
while Jacq deals the cards.

Stoke Bruerne Autumn Floating Market

In years gone by Chris and I have spent many happy hours on the Grand Union Canal and always have a love for walking alongside it. Today th...