Monday, 31 December 2012

Pridmore family party

Chris and I were invited to my cousin John's family party yesterday. We arranged to take his lady friend Joan with us and the cold sunny bright day was a pleasure to travel in. 1/2 hour from home on the M1 we came to a stop and sat there for TWO hours while fire engines and ambulances etc raced past us. The scene of the terrible accident was really shocking, five cars one with its roof and doors cut off littered the road. We estimate we were only [2 miles] 1 1/2 minutes behind this accident and thank God we were OK.

Everyone had eaten their lunch when we arrived but as it was a carvery we could still eat.
Then a large cake was delivered to celebrate Joan's 96th birthday next week.
Thank you John for inviting us so we could get to know your children and grandchildren a bit better.

Joan's 96th birthday cake

John, me and Chris

Some of the many Pridmore clan.

Just heard on the radio there were actually 8 cars in the pile up and four people taken to hospital, but none [ not even the ones cut from the car] too seriously hurt. What a blessing.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Time to think about the New Year Projects /UFO's

While my Embroidery Machine [Innovis 4000D] is busy sewing out butterfly blocks, for a swap I am in early 2013, I started thinking about UFO's and projects I want to make next year.

Swap exchanges:
1] Machine embroidery swap with "Machine Embroidery Buddies" .. so far 17 butterfly blocks needed!

2] Postcard swaps with .. so far signed up for a birthday swap throughout the year and a "Naked" swap in March.

Patchwork ready for quilting:
A single bed size made from exchange Lotto blocks. [Already safety pinned]

Items in progress [ UFO's ]
Large size Machine embroidered BOM from 2012 [all blocks made needs completing]
Christmas machine embroidered blocks.. need to do something with them!
USA stars, almost all blocks finished.. need to make into a quilt
Cowboy picture quilt.. needs the pieces blanket stitched down and finished as a lap quilt
Birds and flower blocks from a ME exchange.. need making into a small quilt
A set of foundation pieced birds that need completing and making into a wall hanging
I am sure there are a LOT more UFO's lurking in drawers, boxes, cupboards etc...

New items I'd like to work on
Black and white log cabin quilt with a red accent, I've been collecting the fabric all year.
A set of ME cushions to match the new suite
Two Owl Drawstring bags
Back to Square One Mystery quilt [see side link]
Two lap quilts for use in the Land Rover
Ten Santa napkin holders [ promised for a friend]

Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas Day

Early Christmas Morning

Abigail and Grandad

Goodies on the table

Eleanor & Jacq [Mum]

Looks like there were not many of us on Christmas day, but I guess I just didn't take enough photos.
We spent the day at our son Richard's with the grandchildren [ always a delight] Jacq's mother Heather and her sister Karen and her partner Jackie. It was a wonderful day with a fabulous lunch cooked by Richard and lots of presents and laughter.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

The Sewing machine

Abigail age 9 has been using one of my sewing machines since she was 5 years old.
Eleanor was 5 in October so it was time to let her "have a go". She soon got the idea of how to work the machine and was happily sewing strips of fabric together with a little help. Abigail used my Pfaff to sew strips ready to make a project when they come for three days after Christmas.
Well done girls.

Christmas Tree Festival

In front of the Hairdressers tree

The Fire Brigade tree

Abigail Eleanor and Grandad

Eleanor Abigail and Grandma
The granddaughters came to stay for a couple of days and on Saturday we went to Weedon Bec Church to see the Christmas Tree Festival. A wonderful display of  33 trees decorated by local groups.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Hamtune Party

Hamtune quilters

Presenting the cheque

Enjoying the food

Yesterday the new committee of  Hamtune Quilters presented the cheque to Alzheimer's for £1221. This money was raised at our Quilt Fayre in October.  As a past Chairman it was nice to take a back seat and enjoy the Christmas food, games and companionship.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


4 eleven inch blocks make this wonderful wall hanging. It was such a nice machine embroidery project.
Happy Christmas everyone.. Diana

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Food Food and more Food

Christmas is obviously a time of eating, Tuesday I was invited to Betty's, with a group of ladies from Church, for lunch. Delicious soup and rolls followed by rhubarb and apple crumble..
We watched a DVD of Natalie Cole singing Christmas songs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.. there was dancing and story telling a really nice way to start the Christmas festivities.

Last night it was dinner at Church with the over 60's [ I'm well qualified to join!] the tables were set beautifully and a lovely turkey dinner was served with all the trimmings. The youth of church served and sang carols. Someone had set up a TV with their iPad connected showing a burning log fire.. I have to find that app ! it was so real and really added to the atmosphere.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas comes to IAM group

FQ game and Steal or Keep game gifts

£2 presents

Christmas mice workshop

Macrame Bracelet workshop

Show and Tell

Present time

A day of laughter

Yesterday my IAM group had our Christmas party. This started with a making a mouse workshop followed by a bracelet making workshop [ thanks Ann for doing this]. Lunch was quickly eaten so we could have Show and Tell.. the bra I made for the Breast Cancer competition caused much laughter ! Everyone had something for the show and tell and we all admired each others work.
Next came the gift opening, with a £2 limit it is amazing what everyone found to give to the other seven in the group. We then played the Santa Right / Left game where we all had a FQ wrapped and as the story was read passed from left to right. There are lots of versions of this game on the Internet.. here's one .
We then played a gift game and got totally confused, but it was fun.
Everyone left with a smile on their face, and we look forward to our 13th year in 2013.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The Granddaughters prepare for Christmas

The girls put up their Nativity and Advent calenders.

The Nativity scene belonged to my Mum who passed away earlier this year so it is really nice to see her tradition being passed onto her Great Granddaughters.

The Advent calenders were made by me and contain small items that then hang on a small Christmas tree each day.


The family

Christmas lunch

Yesterday my cousins got together for our annual Christmas lunch at Overstone Manor. John & lady friend from Derby, Mike & wife from Leicester, Norma & daughter from Loughborough, Christine from London, Helen from Bristol and Chris and I from Northampton.
Great food and great company.

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...