Saturday, 24 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Here is DD and Gromit at his passing out parade 3 years ago. Now as you can see Gomit is in the British Army but unfortunately he has permanently injured his shoulder and is no longer 'war' fit. This means that if we were in a situation we had to send troops into a war zone the Army doesn't think his shoulder won't stand up to the strain so at the beginning of April he will be officially discharged on medical grounds. He is home for Christmas leave and doesn't have to go back. Now he has to look for a job on 'civvy' street. The Army has trained him in air conditioning and refrigeration so that will be the field he will look for a job. I am crossing my fingers & toes that he is able to get a job as in the current economy jobs are not two a penny.
If he gets a job him and DD can move out of our house. That will be strange as I've got very used to having them here.
P.S I've had to put the word verification back on the comments box because of unwanted spam.
Friday, 16 December 2011
This year I've not made any Christmas presents so far but a few weeks ago I made this little Xmas tree out of yo yos which I thought would make a nice little present so tonight I've made some more yo yos to make a couple more trees for some of my neighbours. I've nearly made enough yo yos so tomorrow night (as long as I don't snowed in at work, we had snow today) I'll start sewing them together.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
This evening DD, Oh! Bearded One, J, her husband C & myself went into central Manchester to the German Christmas Market. J & C & DD have been before but it was the first time Oh! Bearded One and myself have been.
It was great fun!! Loads of people, loads of food and loads of Christmas lights - a really lovely atmosphere! It was very cold though.
DD & I bought some Christmas decorations and we also bought some German sausage and marshmellows.
Here we are, drinking Gluhwein, which was lovely on such a cold evening.
This time of year is very different to this time last year. On the 14th of December last year Oh! Bearded One was having to have his eye surgically removed due to eye cancer (Choroidal Melanoma). Here we are, a year later with him fully recovered and a good prognosis!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
I've had a good day today, I've got a couple of finishes which always leads to a feel good factor.
The 9 patch blocks pictured above are made from fabric donated to me by Julie for me to make lap quilts for work. I think the fabric is a 'Me and my Sister' design for Moda although I can't track down which particular one. Anyway she sent me the equivalent of at least half a jelly roll. All the fabric was cut into 2 & half inch strips. I loved the fabric but felt it wasn't quite right to use for lap quilts so I am using it to make a quilt for one of my work colleague's twins (girl) and have substituted some other fabric I have bought to make a quilt to be raffled.
This is the raffle quilt. The fabric is a Makower panel, various FQs and the border fabric is the same Makower range as the panel.
Anyway, both quilts are now made into flimsies. I'm going to send them to Jude for quilting.
The 'Me & my Sister' quilt top.
Tomorrow I might just have to go shopping for backing for these quilts - such a hard life! I do go back to work on Thursday so I would like to have everything ready to give to Jude when she is ready to quilt them for me.
These 2 tops were on my 'to do' list for January and they are done in December, how good is that?
I've cut the fabric for twin 2 (boy). Hopefully I'll get that done before Christmas as well.
After Christmas I should be able to concentrate on some of my other quilts that have been started.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Moda Fruitcake charm pack and some FQs
I've finished the binding on this quilt this evening, just in time for Christmas!
Another job ticked off the 'to do' list. I also wrapped some Christmas presents but I ran out of paper before I could get anywhere near finishing them. I'm going to Chester with J tomorrow so I'll get some more then.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
I've had a PJ day today, as the weather has been so horrible, rain battering against the house, high wind and cold. I have done one useful thing, I wrote my Christmas cards!
When I went to the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching show I bought a crochet scarf pattern from Toft Alpaca Shop stand. It is a lovely scarf with a flower at one end. I started as the pattern but I'm sorry to say I didn't like the way the pattern is written so I'm doing my version of it. This is how dar I've got with it.
This evening I also started a Christmasy thingy which I'll show, perhaps tomorrow.
Monday, 5 December 2011
I have spent some time today thinking about what I have achieved this year and what I would like to achieve next year.
I haven't been very prolific this year. I have finished one quilt, a bag and 2 flimsies, one of which is quilted and nearly bound. I have also finished a few small items for swaps this Christmas.
I have underestimated how much time I've ended up with. At the beginning of the year I wasn't anticipating my company falling apart and the home I work in being taken over which has meant a lot of extra work. I also have had periods where I have been poorly motivated. Also when it comes to buying fabric I've been spoilt for choice. I am a Moda girl and Moda have produced quite a few lines that I absoluately had to have - lol.
I would like to try to make 2012 a year of finishes rather than starts and minimal fabric purchasing. In the first part of 2012 Moda aren't producing too many lines that I must have so that helps. Of course I don't what they have got planned for later in the year.
Below are photos of the quilts I have got started. I have also got a few cross stitches on the go (covered in an older post), not to mention knitting projects. I want to finish 12 items in 2012. I just need to decide which to tackle.
This block is from my 9 patch internet swap from the back end of 2010. As I am hand quilting this it is going to take a while and I'm not going to put a time scale on it.
This is one of this year's flimsies. I really wanted to make a Halloween quilt so I made the blocks and put it together. I had 3 goes at quilting it but none of them worked so I want to put it out for quilting but at present I can't afford it but hopefully in the New Year I can and it will become a 2012 finish.
This is the 2nd flimsy from this year. It is quilted, bound and I just need to finish hand stitching the binding down. This should be done this week.
I've slowly done a bit more to my Grandmother's flower garden quilt. I did a lot when I was on holiday in France in June but I've not touched it since. Again I'm not pushing it.
These rail fence blocks are for charity lap quilts for work so I'll just keep plugging away at these as and when I feel like it.
This a block from 'Double Nine Patch' from Fons & Porter Love of Quilts July/August 2011. I fell in love with this quilt and decided to had piece the blocks. I'll hand quilt it as well.
I made these blocks for 2 baby quilts but have changed my mind about the suitability of such pale colours for crawling babies and toddlers. The quilts were for twins. I've started other quilts for them which will be much more suitable. I will make up these quilts as I need to make a quilt for a gift as the fabric is lovely.
These blocks are from Barbara Brackman's Civil War BOW. I am very behind with these blocks. I have got some cut out waiting to be made up and then I need to catch with the others. I really want to finish this quilt so I intend to get the blocks finished as soon as possible even if i don't get the quilt made up into a flimsy.
This quilt top is one of four small lap quilts I'm making for work. These must be finished as soon as possible so after Christmas I must get moving on them.
This is a quilt I started because I had seen a similar quilt and I really wanted to make it. This is one block but it is nearly at the flimsy stage so this could possibly be a finish for 2012
Henrietta Whiskers - I've got 2 blocks made. At some point I'll be inspired to finish it as I still love it.
These blocks are a spin off from the Rouenneries quilt featured above. They will probably make a lap quilt but I've got to finish the blocks for the other quilt first.
This is one of the first quilts I made - a disappearing 9 patch. I'm hand quilting it so who knows how long it will take me to finish it as it doesn't really inspire me now.
This quilt is the 2nd one I've made out of this fabric. The other one is quilted and has been given as a gift. I'll quilt this one when I need a gift.
This quilt is 'Stepping Stones' from one of Pam & Nicki Lintott's books. The fabric is Moda Morris Workshop. I love this so this must be a finish. A new Morris fabric range is out and I would really like some of it.
The fabric range is Moda Hemming House and the blocks for this quilt have been made for ages. One to finish ASAP.
This is Bunny Hill's Postcard Cuties. I've wanted to make this for ages. The blocks are made but the applique need to be done. As I've got a lot of handwork prepared I need to decide which I want to do fisrt and get on with it.
I think I need to apply the same reasoning I do to clothes buying - I need to take more time thinking about the quilt and fabric to make sure I really, really want to make the quilt/buy the fabric.
As I see it I have 2 priorities - the Rouenneries and Morris Workshop quilts. As for hand work I think I want to work on hand quilting the international 9 patch blocks and hand piecing the Double 9 patch blocks, then if I fancy some applique I'll have a go at Henritta Whiskers. My 2012 finishes hopefully will include some knitting projects. I am not so sure about cross stitch projects as I am having so much trouble seeing to do cross stitch now.
Here is my Modern tablerunner swap in place for Christmas! I love it!
The conservatory tree. The photo of the sitting room tree was all fuzzy so I'm not downloading that.
A very sad Meg! She had been for a very long walk yesterday and was tired and had pulled a muscle in her left back leg, which she tends to do when she has had a lot of excercise. The leg has just about recovered but she has been happy to lay about today.
My Santa Swap Christmas sack! now on its way to Oz.
Friday, 2 December 2011
I am now on a week's annual leave from work. I chose to have a week off about now so I can prepare for Christmas.
Tonight I went to the Trafford Centre on the edge of Manchester and did some more Christmas shopping. I have now nearly finished it.
Tomorrow I am going to put the Christmas decorations up which will make me so happy. I love the twinkly lights and as I have found this Autumn so miserable I need twinkly lights to cheer me up.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Well! we went to Harrogate on Saturday. We had a really nice weekend. This year it was rather windy, which was different from last year when we had to stay overnight because we got snowed in!
We went for the Knitting & Stitching show which is held every year in the International Conference centre which is in the heart of Harrogate. Historically, Harrogate was a Spa town, a place you went to take the waters, supposedly to heal from as many ailments as you can think of. These days it is more famous for Betty's tea rooms.
We British love our tea! If there is a problem to be solved we stick the kettle on and make tea. Betty's tea rooms take tea drinking back a era to when tea was served at 4 o'clock with cucumber sandwiches and dainty cakes
My friend, J and DD booked a table for Sunday afternoon for the 3 of us to have afternoon tea as part of my 50th birthday celebrations.
Here we are, with our afternoon tea laid before us!
By the time we had eaten our sandwiches and scone we didn't have room for the cakes so they were put in little boxes for us to take home with us.
DD & myself
We had shown the staff the invitation that DD had given me for my birthday, they loved it and at the end of the tea they presented me with this little cake. Such a sweet gesture!
As for the show! We enjoyed looking around it but we didn't buy much this year. Money is tight so I only bought the fat eighths shown in the bottom picture and a yarn kit to crochet a scarf which I have started so hopefully photos when it is completed. DD bought a hat kit for me to knit for her as she doesn't knit but she loved the hat! We have decided to give this show a miss next year and concentrate on the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August instead where there are many more fabric stalls as both J and I are much more into quilting than anything else at present.
On other news, I have received my Modern tablerunner swap. I absoluately love it! I love this fabric range (Moda Figgy Pudding) and the colours are perfect for me!
Look at the quilting!
Thank you, Sarah!
Fat eighths to add to my Civil War fabric stash