Monday, 12 December 2011


Can anyone help me?

I am foundation piecing a set of birds, and although I bought the kits to make them, this one is short of the green batik fabric. The kit was bought in 2009 and although the person that sold the kit has tried to help I still do not have enough fabric to finish it..

All I need is about an 8 inch square or some scraps. I am more than happy to pay for it and postage.

Please email me if you can help.

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Shepherd

At a couple of days notice I was asked to make Abigail a Shepherd outfit for her school nativity play. I did not have time to see her so kind of guessed at measurements and grabbed a couple of metres of Thimbleberry fabric from my stash to make the robe and a band for her head covering. Then added a Tea-towel, belt made by my Japanese friend, toy lamb and friends walking stick. Luckily it all fitted well.

Yesterday was the performance at Irthlingborough Church, where 118 children all took part. Abigail sang and performed with the others and narrated a part of the act. It was a wonderful afternoon full of the Christmas story.

Hamtune Quilters meeting

On Tuesday evening 6th December, Kim Porter was our speaker at Hamtune Quilters. She was very entertaining with her talk about starting the business and how she sources the fabrics. Most fabrics come from Charity shops and are then washed and ironed before being cut into strips and made into pretty fabric rolls.

IAM Christmas meeting

8 of us open our cards

All make a pincushion

Present opening
 Our Christmas meeting is always special. We each buy 7 gifts costing no more than £2 each. It is amazing how they are always so different!

Gifts galore
  We play the FQ game where I read out a story and every time Right or Left is mentioned the FQ's get passed along.. always good for a laugh.  Our final game is called "steal" where we all put a wrapped present in the middle of the table and by choosing a number take it in turns to either open a gift or "steal" someone elses. There always seems to be one present everyone wants and this causes much laughter. 
Also at this meeting Penny prepared us a pin cushion kit and we all made one.. thanks Penny and everyone for a great start to Christmas.
Wow what a selection!

Fun in my workroom

Bird #2

Bird #2 is now finished.  Two more are part way made.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Harrogate weekend


25th to 28th November saw Chris and I staying in the George Hotel Harrogate, a special offer break with Shearings Self Drive. These dates just happened to coincide with the Harrogate Knitting and Sewing exhibition at the International Centre, which also happened to be literally across the street from the hotel.
It was a wonder exhibition with lots of different crafts on show, and the above pictures are of a completely knitted Christmas Tree, made for a charity. The branches were bamboo poles covered in green knitted dish cloths, and the array of bells, baubles, candles and chains was amazing. After the show I understand everything was to be dismantled and sold.
While I was enjoying the show Chris went to York to the Train exhibition, so we were both full of news when we met up later for dinner. Sunday was spent driving through the Yorkshire Dales, visiting Theakston Brewery and an outlet village.. lovely weekend, may have to do it again next year.

Monday, 21 November 2011

67 years and still counting!

Yesterday was my birthday and what a wonderful day. The day started with lots of cards and presents in bed. Then Chris joined me at Church to see the children take over the service. This was followed by watching my eldest granddaughter perform in a gymnastic competition. The evening was spent at Richard's [son] where he had cooked a really nice meal. 

Monday, 14 November 2011

My November project

Prayer Garden by Anita Goodesign
 My latest machine embroidery project is the newest design from Anita Goodesign "Prayer Garden". This consists of 94 quilt blocks all made in the hoop. So far I have 14 made, so a long way to go, but I cannot wait to start putting some of the blocks together.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Proud Grandparents

Little Angel of Mine
  Chris and I went to a performance at the Lighthouse Theatre Kettering to see our eldest granddaughter, Abigail age 8 years,  perform. She is an absolute star and performed in four different roles, including a solo spot.

Giddy up Cowgirls!

12th November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Fresney Sur Sarthe

The gateway to Fresney Sur Sarthe

View from the gardens

Me at the grind stone!

One of the holiday days we went to visit a beautiful village called Fresney sur Sarthe, with dramatic views over the River Sarthe and countryside.

On the way home we visited the war grave of Gunner A H Glasspool. It was November 11th so I left him my poppy as it was the only flower I had with me. He is believed to be a distant relative for my husband. He was only 36 when he died.

Aubigny  en Artois France

A H Glasspool

France 3 - 11 November 2011

Driving onto the Eurotunnel train

Driving inside the train on the upper deck

Chris outside our Gite for a week

Front of Gite

Rear of Moulin Classe Gite

Me on the bridge in the garden

The stream running through the garden

Chris in the lounge

The kitchen YES I'm sewing!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Hamtune Autumn Fayre


Parkinson Charity stall

cushion raffle

Bottle tombola

The lacemakers

Quilting demo
Machine embroidery demo
main raffle
cake stall

craft stall

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...