Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope 2013 sees some serious quilting, knitting, cross-stitching, card making or scrapbooking in Blogland, especially from me! as I've only completed  2 felt robins and one fancy scarf in 2012! 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Still missing in action

I'm afraid I'm still missing in action. Work continues to be manic. I am seriously wondering whether I've bitten off more than I can chew. We seem to be lurching from one crisis to another. I just think we are getting on top of things then we take 25 steps backwards - it is very hard. I'm going to give another 3 months and then review the situation. If I still feel the same I'm going to look for another job. I'll have been there a year and will have given it my best shot.
Today I've taken a mental health day without taking one - I'm going into work later so that the phones have stopped ringing, people have stopped coming to the door and I can concentrate and get a load of work done. Meanwhile I've stayed in bed, read blog posts and watched a Christmas film on TV. In December I have to be careful not to make hasty decisions as at this time of year my depression and anxiety are at their worst. Things improve in January for me so hopefully they will improve at work.
Meg is doing fine after her leg operation. She had x-rays done last week to see how the bone is healing and it is doing well so she is now up to 15 minute walks once or twice a day. She is back to laying on the bed again with me which I've missed, although I've not missed the dog hair!!
Last week it was DD's 25th brithday so to celebrate she wanted to go into Manchester, eat dim sum and visit the German Christmas markets. We went on Sunday and had a lovely day.
I've decorated for Christmas. I'm looking forward to Christmas this year. Last year I was dreading it, it had been a year since The Oh! Bearded One's eye cancer and surgery. I think I was worrying that something else bad would happen. Although work isn't brillant I am trying to keep it in perspective (although I wasn't at 5am this morning)
I've started thinking about projects for 2013. In 2012 I've not completed a thing! I've not touched my sewing machine since June when I was away on holiday!
I've done a little bit to this quilt and I've decided to focus on it in 2013. I've also must finish my best friend's 50th birthday quilt, I promised her that I would finish it before her 51st birthday in May 2013. I am also knitting a plain cardigan for work which I must finish as my office is very cold due to the amount of glass in the windows.

I've got other things to show you but I've lost my camera cable so can't download new photos at present.

Thursday, 29 November 2012


..........has kept getting in the way over the last 2 months! This place has kept me very busy, late nights, weekends and nights! ...... and tears too!
Meg has had her leg surgery and has done very well, no whinging at all! but she is getting bored now. She isn't able to go up stairs, run, jump or generally get exciting so the poor old pup is generally confined to her crate. She is re-x-rayed on 12th December and hopefully we will be able to start walking her a bit more.

In early November we went back to Whitby in North Yorkshire, to the same place we had been to in March. We had a great weekend!

Tomorrow I am taking Mum Christmas shopping. We are going to have a look at the 2nd biggest Marks & Spencers in the UK, at Cheshire Oaks.

This coming weekend is the weekend that I will put up the Christmas trees! 

During October Dad was very poorly with a bowel infection. At one point we thought he was going to die! He spend two weeks in hospital and two weeks in rehab care. He is fine now but it was a very worrying time! Both Mum & Dad have had to make some changes in the house to make their lives easier as a result of Dad's illness. We still don't where he picked up this infection. 
No quilting has been going on, some knitting, some cross stitching and a little bit of hand sewing has gone on and when I find the camera lead I'll show you!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Poor old Meg is going to have to have surgery on her back left knee joint
Like a lot of dogs she has developed degenerative disease in her knee joint. The Oh! Bearded One has been going backwards and forwards to the vets with her so he understands better what is going to need to be done but she goes and sees a specialist vet on Monday.
We had 2 days of whinging (Staffies are specialist whingers) after the exploratory surgery last week so what she will be like after more major surgery I dread to think!

It's going to be murder as her excercise is going to be curtailed and she isn't going to understand but hopefully it will be worth it as she is only 4 and has years of active life in front of her.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A fun afternoon!

Yesterday I took an annual leave day and went on a photo shoot with DD. I was given this photo shoot as part of my 50th birthday present along with the flying lesson I had a couple of weeks ago.

We went into central Manchester for it.

We had to take 3 outfits and they did our makeup and hair, although my hair went flat very quickly.

Afterwards we went to the Trafford Centre for something to eat and a potter around.
It was great way to spend an afternoon and we have some lovely photos to remember it by.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Hexi tutorial

As you are aware I am making this quilt from this book

I am using 5 inch Civil War repro fabric charm squares. I've bought many Moda charm packs to give lots of variety. Once I've used what I need for this quilt I'll have great fun making something else with the leftovers (I think there will be a lot of leftovers - lol).

The quilt size in the book is a large lap size but I've decided I want it to fit our king size (UK size) bed so I'm making it bigger. I started off making the first strip I made long, 22 hexies long. As I started adding the next strip I realised the quilt was going to be too big to handle easily so I am making the strips 11 hexies long and 11 wide and then I intend to hand quilt these sections before I add the sections together to make up the whole quilt.

I'm using these pre cut papers which are imported from the US. I bought mine through Hannah's Room. They are often at quilt shows and they do a good mail order service.

I thought I would show you how I make up my hexis.

There is no need to cut down the charm square but if you cut squares from FQs or yardage you only need to cut the squares 4.5 inches square. When I first started to make up hexis I used to baste through the fabric and the papers but now I use paper clips to hold the fabric in place whilst I baste the hexi  

I'll trim the excess fabric once all the hexis are sewn together

For the diamonds I am cutting the charm square in half and then cut each half down a bit.

I am trying not to give too much info about the actual pattern as I don't want infringe the copyright of the book.   

The photo isn't upside down, I'm left handed. I lay the hexis/diamonds next to each other rather than on top of each other to whip stitch them together - a tip I picked up on someone else's blog (can't remember whoses), the front looks neater and the stitches are much less visable.

Sunday, 9 September 2012


Back in October 2011 I was 50 and our group of friends and the Oh! Bearded One collectively bought me a 1 hour flying lesson and a photo shoot.
On Wednesday we got round to going for the flying lesson. We had to go to Carlisle airport which is a small local airport that was orginally built in the war to train RAF pilots

The plane was a Piper, a 4 seater plane. I sat on the left hand side and the Oh! Bearded One sat in the back.
We flew over the Lake District which was great as we know it well so it was nice to it from above as we don't normally see it from that angle. I took the controls for about 10-15 minutes. I wasn't that bothered about actually flying the plane, I was more interested in the views (I did take some video but I'm not boring you with that!)

Coming into land! - not by me!

Our flight instructor!
It was great fun and I would do it again.
I've got the photo shoot on 18th Sept.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Grandmother's choice

I'm taking part in Barbara Brackman's 'Grandmothers' Choice' BOW.
I loved last year's Civil War BOW so I was really pleased when Barbara announced that she was doing another BOW.
As British women's suffragette colours were green, purple and cream and I'm British, I'm going to use Branock & Patek's Lilac Hill but I'm only using the green, purple and cream FQs out of this FQ bundle that I bought off somebody's blog (I can't remember whose) 

Week 1's block

Today's block

I know I promised you flying - tomorrow I promise

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Thank you

Thank you so much for your kind wishes for our 30th wedding aniversary.
Today I went flying, I'll be back tomorrow with the pictures.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

30th Wedding Aniversary

Today it is our 30th Wedding Aniversary!
Our marriage has survived cancer (him), redundancy (him), financial pressures, moving house from our home city because of job (his), depression (me), menopause (me), 2 children, ill parents (mine & his), death of parents (his) and long working hours (both of us).
We still love each despite everything!!!
Here's to another 30!!!!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

A few more!

I've looked through my photos from the Festival of Quilts again and found a few more quilts to show you. I took a lot of photos this year.
I loved this Swoon quilt, I want to make a small version of this, with probably 4 blocks.

This little quilt was in the minature section, enlarge it and look at the applique!

I'm not a huge fan of Baltimore style quilts but I loved the colour way of this one and I thought the stitching was very good!

This one appealed to me because I love seascapes and I loved some of the colours used.

Another Baltimore, beautifully executed!

Several blogs have shown this one and I follow the blog of the lady who made it but I can't remember for the life of me who it is, I'll amend the post when I find out.

I thought some of the group quilts were fun and some of the quilts in the 'British' group were great.

The photos don't do this quilt justice, it was very dramatic.

That really is it for this year's Festival of Quilts. Next year I'll be looking at others' photos as we only go every 2 years.