Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Barn Door Swap

I've made my next couple of month's Barn Door Swap blocks this afternoon.

I'm not telling which block is going to whom!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Uttoxeter purchases part 2

Here's Uttoxeter purchases part 2

A hand made glasses case that I can wear around my neck, especially when I'm out as I'm always swapping glasses - reading to sun to varifocal, it drives me mad. It's the one thing about aging that really gets to me.

 Some magazines!

A handmade handbag for my SIL for Christmas.

2 really nice wooden frames for cross stitch

Some cheap FQs to make I spy quilts when I have enough different FQs.

FQs, just because

 I bought this fabric from a quilting shop in Wales that is closing down (the owners are retiring)

They are Moda fabrics in ranges that I already have.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Cross stitch update

This is where I'm up to with Dad's wizard. I have to say it's not been touched for a week or two. I'll have another go at it later in the week, on evenings I've been at work, I find an hour spend on it each evening on the days I work 12 hours helps it to grow.

Someone else on another blog (sorry, at present I can't bring to mind who) suggested we show the back of our work if we are brave enough so here's the back of 'wizard'

When I was in Wales a few weeks ago I came across a wool shop in Fishguard. It is a lovely wool shop with a cafe attached to it. Not only does the shop sell up to date patterns and yarns, it also sells patterns and some yarns going back to the 70s and 80s. I bought several patterns including the one above (I bet you remember this one, Jan) I knitted with one of these yarns the first time round. I like the pattern and I think it could look good in a modern yarn so I started knitting it in Sirdar Calico. Even though the tension is roughly the same it came out really big so I ripped it back and I am knitting a different pattern that's turning out much better. I am going to have another go at this, it will not defeat me as I like it too much.

Before it was 'frogged'

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Recent Civil War blocks

Last week I caught up on my Civil War blocks.

Here they are in no particular order.

No 11 London Square

13 Little blue basket

15 Fort Sumter

10 Lincoln's Platform

14 Fox & Geese

12 Louisiana

16 White House

All blocks done so far

I'm going to have some fun putting this quilt together as each block measures slightly differently. I think my cutting & measuring are not as acurate as they could be. Hopefully I'll get better as I go on.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Friday, 22 April 2011

Uttoxeter - Part 1

I'm writing this post in the middle of a thunder storm. We've had a beautiful week which has been great as the Oh! Bearded One and I have been on annual leave.
The Oh! Bearded One has spend a good chunk of time in the garden which is now looking lovely. I've had 2 quilting days and a shopping day as well as visiting Uttoxeter quilting show.

This was the winner, applique and hand quilted, also very subtle colours.

I've not photographed any other quilts. A lot of them were blue and I'm afraid blue and purple in quilts don't do it for me. There were some nice quilts but very few that 'spoke' to me.

Here are some of my purchases - a Moda Java charm pack to go with the Java fabric I've already got. I want to make table mats with this. I bought the other charm packs because they are older ones and I missed them when they first came out. 

2 book purchases - 'Simple Graces' has been on my Amazon wish list for a while. I love the colours that Kim Diehl uses.
 I've been looking at 'Dear Jane' quilts and other quilts of this type but I felt they were too much for me. The Farmer's Wife quilt looks more 'do-able'. I fancy hand piecing these blocks and I'm going to use the remaining Civil war fabric once I've done most of the blocks for Barbara Brackman's BOW.

Here are some more Civil war fabric for the Civil war BOW.

This is a kit I really liked. It is from White Cottage Country Crafts. I've bought things from this company before.

The colour combination!

I've got some more purchases to show you, also the quilting I've been up to.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

Is anybody going to the Quilt show at Uttoxeter race course?

I'm going on Sunday with my friend, J.

If you are going I'll see you there!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

I take it that no one is interested in this, if you are let me know and I'll send it to you as I'm not going to use it and I really would like it to go to a new home.

Today I cut out my outstanding blocks for the Civil War Quilt (I am 5 blocks behind) and I cut out the two quilts I want to do from 'Two from One Jelly Roll Quilts'. One of these quilts is for a work colleague who has a baby in November. I know she  likes these colours so it should be fine.

They are now ready to sew. I wasn't able to start sewing as I needed some thread but wasn't able to get into the study for the Oh! Bearded One and boxes for a new computer. His old computer was soooooo slow so he has decided to upgrade and he has spend today setting it up.

Over the last few days I've been knitting and I have continued stitching the Wizard - photos to follow laqter in the week.

I'm feeling better, not so low. I've seen the G.P about the hot flushes I've been having and I've started Clonidine as I don't want to go on HRT. I'm not sure that the Clonidine has made any difference so far but I'll carry on for a bit longer.