Monday, 30 April 2012

Solar panels

This has been a busy week. Solar panels are being fitted to the house, and there have been visits from the contractor, electrician and finally on Friday three men came in the pouring rain and erected the scaffolding. On Tuesday they are arriving to put the Solar panels up.

It seems strange seeing the house wrapped in a cage.. especially as it is over my workroom!

Lace progress

Bobbin tree

Loading the bobbins
I have 59 pairs of lace bobbins wound with Campbell's Linen thread hanging on my bobbin tree.  Started putting them on the pillow.

First ME Swap

A yahoo group I belong to, "Quilt with us " have just hosted a machine embroidery swap.
I thought I would take part, and machine embroidered 10 poppy's onto white-on-white fabric. The theme was floral.
I also included a little extra for the person doing the swap.. the daffodil and lavender.
Ten of us took part and I cannot wait to get my ten blocks back.

Friday, 20 April 2012


About 30 years ago I started to make a lace tablecloth and finished the centre, round two and then round four. It has not seen the light of day for more years than I care to remember.
Eight years ago I retired from teaching bobbinlace and have done very little since.
The visit I made to Patsy and her friends making lace in Florida spurred me on to start making lace again.
I needed something simple and unbelievably found the tablecloth, prickings and thread.. so I am working on winding 59 pairs of bobbins to start round three.

The family visit

Can I have an iPad2 ?


Wonder if Dad would miss this!

Last Sunday as Jacqueline [daughter in law] was away in China, Richard brought the girls over for lunch .  I am not known for my cooking but even I managed to get the pork joint to have a crackling top much to the delight of the children.  A friend, Katie from Church had told me how to make cinnamon buns.. Abigail ate about 10 of the 18 mini buns that I made..  Eleanor age 4 loves the iPad and seems to know more about it than I do!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Wee Bird #6

Two days of quilting this week, one at Bedford with Sue Sewell.. managed to made a rabbit snuggle for a baby, and today at Poppy Patch.
Both days were sit and sew for me as I did not want to start anything else.. I have too many projects forming a UFO pile!

Today I worked on my Wee Red Winged Blackbird kit and completed my sixth bird in a set of 12. This one was difficult because of the four different black fabrics in the kit, all looked very similar, and do not show up well in the photo.  However I am pleased with the finished bird.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Summer / Christmas Machine Embroidery

Summer BOM
 I am so enjoying the BOM machine embroidery with BSK, that I am making it twice. Once in Summer fabrics and repeating it in Christmas fabrics. I cannot wait to complete the project. 

Christmas BOM

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Mini IAM meeting

Set of four

During school holidays when my Granddaughter Abigail [ 8yrs] is staying with me, we have a mini workshop with friends Jenny and her granddaughter Olivia and my friend Penny. 

Olivia, Abigail, Penny & Jenny

This school holiday it was decided to make a set of sewing aids, a little ambitious in a 6 hour workshop but all five of us managed to make the set. Pincushion, Needle case, Thimble holder and Scissor case. Well done everyone, especially the children.

The photo shows Jenny [ button fabric] Penny [Black/White fabric] Abigail [Easter eggs and mermaid fabric] Olivia [sewing aid fabric] and mine used Lace bobbin fabric.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Florida photos FIVE

Chris at Louisa Lake

Louisa Lake

Fabric bought on trip
 These are the final photo's of our wonderful trip.
I now have yards of fabric to make up into a quilt.. notice the black and white with a dash of red theme!

Florida photos FOUR

Patsy in Marlene's kitchen area

Patsy at her pillow

Ann working on a scarf

Debby's grandson

Debby and granddaughter

Debby's younger granddaughter

Lace magazines

Emilie making Communion veil #2

Marlene our hostess

Florida photos THREE

Gecko's everywhere

Kennedy Space Centre

Space craft

Ruby Wedding Anniversary Day

View from apartment

Outside Amish  restaurant

Amish restaurant

Amish ladies quilting

Amish quilt

Our friendly duck

Night view from apartment

Florida photos TWO

Universal Studios

Entering Harry Potter exhibition

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Tower

Waiting to enter the tower

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Gardens

Bobbin lace tower

Bobbinlace pictures

Bok Tower with bells made in Loughborough

Me next to the lace

Me at Bok Gardens

Florida photos

Our first view of lake

Patsy & Leland

First quilt shop

2nd quilt shop

quilted steering wheel cover!

Patsy's Lace Cottage

Patsy & Leland's home

LDS Temple Orlando

Sam, Carolyn, Dick Ann, Larry, Ruby, Chris & Bob Kinney

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...