Monday, 1 February 2016

Sewing!

Since before I broke my foot I had been in a sewing funk, I hadn't touched my sewing machine in months but I've now got my mojo back!

Moda Fruitcake

A few years ago I cut a quilt out from the Moda Fruitcake fabric. The pattern was from a blog that I've since lost the link to. I didn't know what to do with the cut out fabric so I put it to one side. DD came across it and asked me to make her a Christmas quilt with it so I had to put my thinking cap on. I've come up with an idea, I'll show you how it progresses.

Moda Strawberry Fields

This quilt was made from the scraps of Strawberry Fields fabric that I used to make DD's 2014 Christmas present quilt. It has 2 borders that I have since put on this evening.

Moda Boutique

I cut out and pieced this quilt last week and put its' borders on tonight, The fabric started life as a jelly roll and the patterns for this quilt & the Strawberry Fields quilt came from Pam & Nicky Lintott's book - Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts. I am going to make another quilt from this book with the rest of the Boutique fabric. 



These 2 quilts are both made with rail fence blocks. The difference is in the size of the blocks. I had cut loads of 3.5 inch squares from charm packs and I was left with these 1.5 x 3.5 & 1.5 x 5" wide strips. Both of these quilts have now got their borders on too!




This is were I'm up to with my Hitchhiker scarf, I just keep knitting a bit here & there, mainly on suitable car journeys when I'm not driving.


I'm also knitting socks!


In other news this weekend we have celebrated this little man's 2nd birthday!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Followers......

I thought I'd better post before all my followers disappear! I used to have 126, they dropped to 121 and now they are down to 117. I'm sorry I'm not doing enough to retain my followers - it makes me rather sad really!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas is a coming......


I started putting my Christmas decorations up the last week of November as I knew it would take me a week with my foot problems - I was right! We have had some deary, wet, dark days this month and it has been nice to have the twinkly lights.

Conservatory tree


Sitting room tree

Free standing ornaments


Little Gromit 'helping' it kept him entertained for hours!



While we were getting the Christmas decorations out of the loft we got SofM's Duplo out for Little Gromit, he has loved it, This Duplo is the best part of 20 years old and includes a train set and and a zoo. And just wait until he is old enough for the Lego we have got stored! Some of that goes back over 40 years as it was mine!


The Christmas cakes and pudding are made courtesy of DD, she is going to ice the cakes tomorrow!




Talking of DD, it was her birthday on the 11th, she was 28!! I'm not old enough to have a daughter of 28!


Every so often I get to go on a day out with the Oh! Bearded One when he is working. This week he was working in York and Scarborough.



Shop windows in York


A market stall selling Christmas wreaths

I only had an hour in York. You would think it wasn't worth going all that way for an hour but it is amazing what you can do in a hour and my foot couldn't have stood much more ( I am still walking with crutches and have been told I've another six weeks before I'm pain free!)


We then went onto Scarborough which was a bit cold and windy! But it was lovely to see the sea in December!




Unusually for me I haven't done any crafting for Christmas other than starting a 'December Daily' book and a little knitting here and there.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hi!

..............thought I would catch up.


As you will be aware I broke the base of my 2nd Metatarsal and damaged some ligaments and tendons whilst out walking. It is a month since I did it and it is improving but I've got a long way to go. It appears that it is a mild Lisfranc injury and I've been very lucky as Lisfranc injuries can be very serious and many of them require surgery. 


These 2 photos show the bruising and swelling when I first did it. The visible bruising has gone now but the top of my foot feels bruised when it is touched and there is still a little bit of swelling present. I spent the first 10 days partial weight bearing with crutches...


......then I went into this boot and non-weight bearing for 2 weeks, now I am still wearing the boot but I am partially weight bearing again with crutches. Using the crutches has been murder and I hired a knee scooter which was a great help in the house whilst I was none weight bearing. I'm not using it in the house now but I will use it outside if I'm out for any length of time. 

I'm hoping when I go back on the 9th of December I will be allowed to wear a normal shoe and will be allowed to drive. This broken foot has caused all sorts of problems! - not being able to help my Mum and not being able to have Little Gomit.


Flowers that the ladies at Sandbach Sew & Sews sent me which was a lovely surprise. I've only managed to go twice since I joined. Thank you so much,ladies. I might get in December if I am able to drive.

Stepping Stones

You would think that because I've had the opportunity to sit on my bottom for a month, I would have done loads of sewing. No! I've been in a really funny place and I've not wanted to do very much. Before I broke my foot I was looking into art journaling. I've had a go but I haven't been happy with anything I've done so I haven't got anything to show you. I will keep having a go though. 

At the weekend I gave myself a stern talking to and since then I've been more productive. I've got the binding finished on the quilt in the photo. This is 'Stepping Stones' from one of Pam & Nicky Lintott's books. It was started in August 2009 and finished today! I've got another quilt that is also nearly finished, hopefully, I can show it later in the week.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

On Sunday.....


Oh! Bearded One! & myself headed for Edale in Derbyshire for a walk.


It was a lovely autumn day.


Edale is a pretty Derbyshire village and is one of the starting points to walk up onto the Kinder plateau.



This was a special walk as its' purpose was to scatter my Dad's ashes as he had requested.
The Kinder area was one of my Dad's favorite places to walk when he used to go walking. 


We were using the Grindsbrook Clough path which starts gently




but gets steep and rocky. All was going well, I was enjoying myself and the dog thought all her birthdays had come at once, when I fell.

I had stepped up onto a rock with my right foot and was bringing my left one up when I lost my balance and fell backwards, leaving my right foot behind. I felt something give in my foot and just knew I wouldn't be able to walk on it.....and I was right! I had to be removed by the local mountain rescue teams - it took 12 people to pull me up a steep hillside on a stretcher to get me back to the village.

It turns out I have broken a bone in my foot and I am now on crutches for at least 6 weeks. It is going to cause all sorts of problems, not least how we are going to look after Little Gromit whilst DD works!

We have enough of 2015,to say it has been a bad year is an understatement! I am asking for peaceful run down to Christmas as we all have had enough! 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Catch up......

........since we went to Venice I haven't really done any sewing or knitting other that sewing half a quilts' binding on at the weekly quilting group I go to. The problem with that is I don't get to go weekly depending on when I have Little Gromit.

What I have been doing is getting into journaling and art journaling but more of that another time.


At the very end of September DD & I took Mum away for a week, to stay with her good friends that run a hotel in Branscombe, near Seaton in Devon. It was rather bitter sweet for her as before Dad was too poorly they used go down twice a year.


The weather was unbelievably good, hot and sunny!


Little Gromit, who is now 20 months, was able to go on the beach several times.


He loved it and keeps talking about now.


We had such a nice week, even though I went down with shingles, fortunately very mildly.

Next week I'll post about a shawl swap and my art journal. 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Venice - part 2

 Looking from inside the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs joins the Doges Palace with the state prison

 Selfie!



We found a small passage that took us canal side on the other side of the Bridge of Sighs so we got a view that isn't normally seen


St. Mark's Square


People were beheaded between the 2 pillars!