Friday, 29 March 2013

Eastbourne 5 day break

Hotel from the Pier

Our room

Theatre Visit

 We are just back from a very enjoyable 5 day trip to Eastbourne. We left Northampton in deep snow and as we drove further south gradually it all disappeared and although very windy an cold it was dry and no snow when we arrived.
This was our first visit to the Claremont Hotel, part of the Daish Holiday group.
The room was nice and clean and overlooking the sea and close to the Pier. As we celebrated our 41st Wedding anniversary we took flowers given us by Richard and our cards.  The food and choices were excellent.
While there we went to see Driving Miss Daisy at the Theatre, an excellent show in a packed house.

Postcard swap

Postcards received from the "Lets go naked" BQLPC yahoo group swap.  All the postcards had to come through the post without envelopes, and all mine arrived unscathed.

Top card from Jacquie
2nd row Miriam and Heather
Bottom row Alice and Irene

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Post cards

for Jane

for Miriam
I am in a birthday Postcard swap with BQLPC yahoo group, so today have been making some for the April birthdays.

I use machine embroidery for the design, then stick this to the front of very sticky Rufflette pelmet vilene, add a plain piece of fabric to the back of the vilene, machine around the edge and then use a Sharpie pen to write the message and address on. A normal 2nd or 1st class stamp is usually enough postage for those going to this country.

Is this Spring ?

Pond view

Shed view
March 23rd and this is the greeting I had this morning, the garden is covered in snow AGAIN!

Guess this calls for another sewing day.

Snow / Rain / cold wind

Yesterday the weather was so horrible I cleaned the house and then started on a Christmas gift I wanted to make.

I just love this pattern intend to either frame it or put it on a hanger as a gift.



Another great day at BSK Bedford, working on my BOM blocks.
Slight hiccup was I forgot my threads and USB for the pattern!
Borrowed some threads thinking they were the same colours but they are nothing like the other blocks I have made, so may do them again!

Thursday, 21 March 2013


Last night I taught a group of ladies at Church how to make a Temple bracelet.. the one in the picture with the clip.

15 ladies turned up and all completed a bracelet in the 90 minute session. It was a fun evening and nice for everyone to go home with a finished item.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spring is just around the corner

After a lovely sunny day yesterday this morning I awoke to frog spawn in the pond and the frogs doing what frogs do in the Spring!

Yesterday I could not settle to anything so decided to make a friend a new apron, such a simple thing but I had to use my un-picker more than I should have !

Katie teaches a cookery group at Church so I hope she likes it.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Great day

Bag front

Bag back

Easter eggs bags
 Today I have been Sit-n-sewing at Poppy Patch, and managed to completely make my Japanese bag with the lady on the front and dragons on the back.

I also made two Easter Egg bags for my granddaughters, to be filled with eggs.

Plus I hand sewed [not my favourite job!] around the Linus quilt I made earlier.

The sun shone most of the day and the company was great.. a lovely day.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

March progress

Japan Machine Embroidery
  The Magic Diamond's quilt will be for Linus and only needs the binding hand sewn down [ a job I save for when in company as it is rather boring!]

Magic diamonds
 To make the design I used 4 strips of fabric sewn together and then cut into squares [I used 2 1/2 " strips]. Place one block horizontal and the next block vertical on top face together. Sew around the square and then cut on the two diagonals.. this produces 4 new blocks.  This method has been on a few blogs and I was shown the method some years ago.

The Japanese scene will probably be made into a bag, I really love the design.

Friday, 1 March 2013

March to do list

February seems to have gone by in a blur, and I have done little sewing.
Today is March 1st, St David's Day, and I need to get my Mo-Jo back.

My March to do list:
Machine embroider a Japanese scene.
Make and send 6 fabric postcards for a swap I am in.
Make a Linus quilt
Work on my bird blocks.
Work on my USA State star blocks.
Complete another BOM cushion.
Complete the hand sewing heart ring.

Watch this space to see if I can complete my To Do list.

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 ...