Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Candlewick Fairies

Having bought a book by Margaret Upston I have started a set of twelve Candlewick Fairies, each will be in a different Perle 5 colour. Managed to buy 40 skeins of DMC Perle 5 on Ebay for £12, a saving of about £30. The hoop I am using is brilliant and available from

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

A day with Abigail

Granddaughter Abigail spent the day with me making lace after breakfast and then attending a Weedon Quilt meeting, where she made a picture frame and note book case from a sewing kit.
Back to the lace pillow when we returned home to make a few more rows of her snake.
I started work on a set of Candlewick Angels.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Bears in the Farmhouse

First requirement for the Quilt Along.. make 192 half square triangles !
I used the "inklingo" by Linda Franz CD to print 17 pages of 2 inch HST [using A4 paper I can get 12 on a sheet] and quickly made 204 [ thought some spares might be a good idea!].
I will leave the paper on until they are joined together.. it makes them easy to handle, no bias to worry about.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Bears in the Farmhouse Quilt-Along

Bears in the Farmhouse with Judy Laquidara. if you want to join her [ and me!]
These are my choice of fabrics for the Quilt - Along starting on February 18th.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Four quilts quilted and ready to have their bindings hand sewn.

Friday, 6 February 2009

England, Snow and Sewing

While England is in the grip of the snow, schools are closed, roads remain ungritted and everything comes to a stop, I have been working on my quilts and have three of them ready to hand sew the bindings down.
The black and red one is quilted with a fleece backing as a little snuggly quilt.
The light quilt is single size [quilted by me] and will be one of a pair of two for our holiday home. The darker quilt was long arm quilted and I have attached the binding ready to hand sew it down. I will attach full size photo's when they are finished, but I like to save hand sewing for quilt meetings.

Windmills from Charm Squares

Windmills from Charm Squares.
A project I am working on to use up Laura Ashley charm squares given to me years ago!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Stash Busting February

January started with 620 yds used 31 yds and ended with 628 yds ! MUST DO BETTER!

Added this week 0 yds [ Sales are over!]
Used this week 10 1/2 yds
[Backings, bindings and hexagons]
3rd February balance 617 1/2 yds

Added this week 00 yds
Used this week 5 yds
[Bento Box [ see picture] and binding Mexican Star]
10th February balance 612 1/2 yds
Added this week 000 yds [ third week running!]
Used this week 10 1/4 yds
[ Snails trail and fabric for Bears in the farmhouse]
17th February balance 602 1/4 yds
Added this week 000yds
Used this week 2 yds
[Backing snails trail and windmills]
24th February balance 600 1/4yds

Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease. The procedure meant lying...