Sunday, 31 January 2010

Visit home of birth!

As I am very keen on researching my family tree, I have always wanted to go back to see the house I first lived in and where I was born. The 2nd house on the left is where my mother lived when I was about to be born, as my father was away in Ireland during the war.

My mother's sister and family lived there. 83 Doncaster Rd, Leicester. This area is now completely taken over by Indians with their beautiful sari shops and corner shops selling strange [ to me] food.

The right hand picture is the Westcote Maternity Home Leicester where I was actually born in 1944, Mum remembers the sand bags up against all the windows.

Stash report 31 Jan 2010

Managed to use another 2 1/2 yds of fabric this week. Still have not bought any fabric, although did purchase Judy Laquidara's new book.. cannot wait for it to arrive.
Yesterday attended a new workshop venue for me. Sew n' Social with Tilly and Fran at Pitsford. We were treated to home made biscuits in the monring, a two course lunch and cake in the afternoon.. such luxury. Normally it is take your own sandwich!
I made the organizer pictured.

Monday, 25 January 2010

25th Jan Design wall and family tree

Not a lot happening on my design wall this week.
Just a rearrangement of the leaf blocks. I like this
arrangement, but not too sure it will work with
quilt-as-you-go which is how I would like to finish it.

My big excitement this week was to have my family
tree printed on an A1 roller printer, it is 12 metres long, thats 39 feet and will almost wall paper my workroom!!

Friday, 22 January 2010

IAM workshop 21st January 2010

Eight of us, called the IAM group had a wonderful day making memory pictures in my workroom. My picture is of my parents wedding, where the guard of honour was performed by St John Ambulance Brigade Nurses holding splints. The small piece of white fabric is actually part of Mum's wedding dress. The bobbin lace in the bottom right hand corner was made by me.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Leaves on the design wall

Blocks were made by cutting out a leaf shape with Heat n Bond ironing it onto a piece of fabric, cutting this out and ironing it onto a 9" square. Cut this in half diagonally. Make another pair the same and join back together. When the blocks are completed I will blanket stitch on my sewing machine around the leaves. Really easy! I managed to draw out 21 more leaves yesterday, ready to iron onto fabric.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Design Wall 18th January 2010

I had hoped to join in with Judy Laquidara's weekend Quiltathon, and thought the fact I was on a workshop on Saturday would be a big boost to production! But Sunday was spent chasing around for a new fridge / freezer as my fridge packed up. I now have to wait until Friday for delivery, good job it's cold outside, the milk is on the doorstep! This is my design wall today with the blocks I made on Saturday. I still have 22 more to make.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Stash report 17/24th Jan 2010

17th Jan
Used so far this year 9 yds
Used this week 1 yd pillowcase for Eleanor
Bought this year NIL
Total used this year 12 1/2 yds

24th Jan
No extra fabric used, I have been catching up on my Family tree and lacemaking, plus using fabric already counted!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Bobbin Lace Cowboy Boot

One of my New Year resolutions was to start making bobbin lace again. Since retiring from teaching lace I have done very little, and let quilting take over my life!

This week I put on a Russian Tape design for a Cowboy boot and have just made a start. The bobbins I am using were all made by Tony Archer many years ago, and are some of my favorites.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Design Wall 11th Jan 2010

At long last my design wall is up and running!! Actually it is just clipped to the hanger I have from Ikea for clipping my quilts to, but it works well. The two pieces are for a sweatshirt jacket I am showing as a workshop to my local group.
Made based on mile a minute technique, and a brand new sweatshirt cut up. It has a lovely summer feel while looking out my window at snow and ice!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Stash report Sunday 10th January

Used so far this year 9 yds

Used this week 1 1/2 yds sea horse backing 1 yd pieces for quilts for soldiers

Bought this year NIL [ well I've lasted one week so far!]

Total used this year 11 1/2 yds

Monday, 4 January 2010

Design Wall Monday 4th January 2010

Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times has a design wall weekly feature that I really wanted to join last year, but did not get around to it. Or should I say Hubby did not get around to fixing one up for me!

This picture shows the design wall fabric I was given about 6 years ago, and so far all that has happened it is out of the packet! 2010 will see it up on the wall.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Stash Busting 3rd January 2010

This will be a quick stash report today, the start of a New Year.
Purchased NIL [so far the NY's resolution is working!]
Used: 9 yds cut out ready for up and coming workshops I will attend.
3yds Pink Sweatshirt jacket
1yd Calico pictures
5yds 78 Squares for scrappy quilt with Jenny Almond

Friday, 1 January 2010

Quilted jacket from a sweatshirt

Preparing for up and coming workshops, I have cut out 10 FQ's into strips and cut up a brand new sweatshirt.
Next step is to sew the strips together, join them to the sweatshirt and quilt a design, then sew it all back together again... what a strange occupation quilters have!

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...