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.

The Rocket and the Cancer Sampler

A friend from Church sent me a message that a Lego Rocket Technic was for sale on Market Place and he thought Chris should have it. The guy ...