Tuesday, 30 August 2011

More finger Puppets

I bought these patterns from http://myembroiderynook.com/index.htm and gave my husband a laugh last night when I suddenly put them on one hand and took a photo with the other hand!

They will all go into the Christmas Shoe Box appeal.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Finger puppets

Today I made 5 finger puppets on my embroidery machine. Abigail is testing one of them!

They will go in the Christmas shoe box appeal, they were asking for knitted finger puppets, but I do not knit and thought embroidered ones would work well.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Silver Cat bag

On Tuesday at a BSK Bedford workshop, I machine embroidered the two panels and today at Poppy Patch I made them into a bag. It will probably be a Christmas gift.

Visiting old graves

Having collected Abigail from Ballet school, she asked to go and see Great Grandad's Tree.. this was planted to commemorate his death in Burton Latimer Church yard. We took along a couple of plants and after planting them Abigail collected feathers to decorate the site. Our next stop was at the old cemetery where her Gt Gt Grandparents were buried, we put flowers on the headstone and again it was decorated with feathers.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

BSK today

This is the project I was working on today at BSK Bedford. It will be the front and back of a bag eventually. It needs a good press!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Block Lotto August

Four Violet blocks made for this months Block Lotto. I have enjoyed making these blocks and may make some more for myself.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Pictures of bobbin lace

Here are a few of my bobbin lace pictures. The Shepherd girl was made using 33 different colours of thread. The Peacock has coloured "eyes" and body. The mini and VW have always been a favorite. The two pieces of lace showing Jesus were part of a set of twelve, but I have only ever made these two.

Lace Pillows

Having given a talk last night on lacemaking, here are a couple of my pillows, one making a cowboy boot with mainly bone bobbins, the other with wooden bobbins marked with places I have visited and workshops, birthdays etc.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Flower circles

Flower circles, was to be on my design wall this Monday, but I managed to finish it.. even the binding! I have loved making this, started on a workshop with Helen Spence a week ago.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Green Lane Day

On Saturday Chris and I set off for a day Green Lane-ing in his old Land Rover. The weather was just about right not too hot or too cold. We started our route at Kibworth in Leicestershire, and traveled along farm tracks and tiny narrow roads. All tracks and roads being marked on an Ordinance Survey map and most only suitable for 4 x 4 vehicles. I am chief gate opener and there was a lot of climbing in and out of the LR ! An interesting sign we came across had 4 arms, 3 were Gated roads and the 4th a No through road! some of the lanes were so narrow they scrapped both sides of the LR ! good job the paintwork is not pristine! Around lunch time we came across an Inn at Peating Parva and stopped for an excellent lunch, while watching wing walkers from a local airfield.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Some of my favorite NEC quilts

This is a selection of some of my favorite NEC quilts.

More NEC quilts

More NEC quilts, the Tentmakers of Cario quilts were amazing, and I adore the flower garden quilt, BUT the knitted quilt won a prize, and I thought a quilt had to have three layers top, batting and backing.. this was just knitting.. quite strange.

Stash Busting and the NEC Quilt show

Just back from the NEC Birmingham Quilt show. Here are some of the quilts I enjoyed. Plus 11 metres of fabric will not do my stash busting any good.. but I needed these fabrics!

Kelmarsh Hall

Last night I attended a performance of a Somerset Maugham's play.

It was a magical experience, set in the wonderful setting of Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire. The room in the photograph was used and the audience surrounded the players who performed in the centre of the room. In the interval we were treated to nibbles, wine and orange juice in the dinning room, while a pianist played on the grand piano. The actors and actresses were excellent, some having travelled from the USA while others were local.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Bedford workshop with Helen Spence

Yesterday Sue Sewell organised another great workshop in Bedford with Helen Spence as the teacher. The Church hall was extremely nice, with very comfy chairs, and wonderful stained glass windows.

I came home with part of my project completed, and have spent most of today working on it. [pictures later!]

Sunday, 7 August 2011

The Postman

Yesterday I received a package, and I am wondering where it has been ! It contains blocks I won in the May Block Lotto, and according to the Post Office arrived in this country in the state it's in! Luckily the person sending the blocks from New Mexico USA had put them in a polythene bag inside the padded envelope. Addressed to New Hampton and with the post code ripped away I am amazed it arrived in Northampton England .. thank you postman and Janet for sending them.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Bags day with IAM

Thursday was our group IAM day at my house, and a BAG workshop was organised. Abigail was staying with us for three days and so joined in, making her own bag that she started last week. She is becoming more and more efficient with a sewing machine.

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...