Tuesday, 23 June 2015


If you have been following me for a while, you will be aware that my Dad has been ill for quite a while. He had to move into a care home in December and he has continued to deteriorate. He had a hospital admission for an unidentified infection at the end of April/beginning of May. Since then he has been very frail and he had started to exhibit symptoms of Dementia.

Mum and I saw him yesterday morning and he was very frail but it was still a shock when the care home rang at 6.30 pm to say he had died.

I am very glad he is now at peace as he has suffered so much over the last few years.

R.I.P Peter Sidney George Thurston 23-08-1935 - 22-06-2015

Monday, 15 June 2015

My weekend

This weekend the Oh! bearded one was away with Scouts and DD wasn't working so I didn't have Little Gromit either so I sewed!

This quilt has been back from the quilter (Jude) for a good few weeks. It was supposed to be for my Dad but he can't stand even something this heavy on his very sore feet so it has been sat about. I decided I would, at least get the binding on it. I am now hand stitching it down and am about half way round.

I made this little quilt ages ago for the care home I was working in. That never happened. I came across a Facebook group that makes things for good causes. One of the requests were for small quilts for a care home in Cumbria so this quilt is going there as soon as I have hand stitched the binding down.

I started this quilt in 2012 as a mystery quilt through the quilt group I belonged to at that time. It's component parts have been just sitting there. I thought it would be suitable for my Mum for her 80th birthday in August. It just needs its borders then it will be off to Jude

Monday, 8 June 2015

My blogging mojo.............................

......................................................disappeared! I'm not how long it is back for but I thought I would catch up on my current projects, although it is more about whats not been added to!

I've not added many more 'wild and gooseys' but this is a project that hasn't got an end time so I'll add to them as and when

This cardi has now 2 fronts and nearly a full sleeve!

'Attic 24' blanket hasn't been added to.

This quilt is back from the quilters and is awaiting its' binding

I have completed this purse which was made from a kit that I bought at the Uttoxter quilt show at the end of April. I made it the same weekend.

I've got some other things in the pipeline that I will show next time.

At the beginning of May we went on holiday. We went to Cornwall for a week. Great Grandad isn't able to travel any more so he had to stay at home and Daddy had to work so it was Great Granny, Grandad, Granny, Mummy, uncle and Meg, the dog went. The weather wasn't brilliant but it didn't stop Little Gromit enjoying his first time on the beach! He is now 17 months, learning new words at the rate of 2-3 a week and full of beans!

Hopefully, I won't leave it so long next time!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Moving slowly

I am moving on thing slowly but surely at the moment. I haven't touched Grand Illusion for a couple of weeks but one afternoon the mood will take me to do a bit more. There is no hurry but I am not putting it away, it will stay hung up until it is ready to go to the quilter (Jude). That way it can't be left to become a UFO!

This quilt went to Jude yesterday and I'll get it back in a couple of weeks. 

The Wild & Goosey crazy over on Facebook as certainly taken hold. These little fellows are addictive. I am doing them in 2 colour ways - Grand Illusion and Civil War. I've got plenty of scraps of both. I am thinking that the Grand Illusion colour way will make a pair of cushions to go with the quilt for our bed.

I am also knitting. This is the first knitting I have done since before Christmas when I knitted my Mum a waistcoat as a Christmas present.

I have started another Attic 24 blanket for  DD, this time in Cath Kidston inspired colours taken from a tin DD owns. I love doing these so much I am planning another one  for Little Gromit, in the colours of the quilt I made him.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A finish

I finished Dads' quilt on Sunday. I decided to put wider borders on the top and bottom with narrower borders on the sides to make the quilt more rectangular which will better for Dad when he is in bed.

I found out that the fabric is Moda Portobello Market and I had border and binding fabric in the range as well as some neutral fabric left. 

The backing fabric came today so I can send it out for quilting.

Friday, 6 February 2015


At present I am sewing regularly, nearly every day. This means I am actually achieving things for a change.

In January I worked how many UFOs I've got. I split them into 2 lists. The first list includes the quilts that are in the piecing stage and the second list includes the flimsies that need quilting. I've decided to work on list 1 and get some of those UFOs made into flimsies. I started some of these quilts intending to give them as presents but they've not been given for one reason or another so they've been put aside to start something new. At least if I got some of them to the stage where I can pull one out of the cupboard and quilt it when I need it, I'm half way there to a finished quilt.

I chose these Moda Pom Pom de Paris quilt as the first one to get to a flimsy. I finished it last night. It was made from a jelly roll and measures roughly 52 inches square. 

I am working a little bit at a time on my Grand Illusion quilt and I'm up to 2 rows now.

This is the next UFO I've decided to work on. I started this as an internet quilt a long but I can't remember which blog I was following or how long ago. I want to get this one completely finished as my Dad could do with another quilt in the care home. The trouble is it needs to be longer so I need to come up with a plan. The fabric was Moda Beach House so I won't be able to get any more as it is long gone. Ideas welcome

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


It was a certain little person's first birthday on Sunday! We had a little family party for him!