Monday, 23 April 2012

Uttoxeter Quilt Show

In recent weeks I haven't done any sewing at all, just some knitting in the evening whilst I've been reading blog posts. I didn't even go to quilt group or a workshop day they had on Saturday but not sewing hasn't stopped me thinking & dreaming about quilting and shopping for fabric!

2 patterns that took my fancy, both use pre cuts to make them and as I love precuts, these patterns are for me.

Last Sunday (15th April) my friend, Jan and I went to Uttoxeter quilt show at the race course. This is a lovely little show that is only just over an hour from where we live. I'm afraid I didn't photograph any of the quilts on show as we didn't find them particularly inspiring. That sounds awful! I don't want to decry the work that people put into them, it's just unfortunately none of them were my 'cup of tea'. It won't stop us going back next year though.

The vendors were worth a visit though! I love Sandy Gervasis's Christmas line and 'Reindeer Games' was no exception!

A kit that will make a small wall hanging - for my sewing room when I get it!

Civil war repros, I'm continuing to collect them as I love them and I keep seeing civil war repro quilts I want to make.

Some fabric for the Queen's Jubilee. I've no idea what I'm going to with them but I just love them and as the red crowns fabric is selling out fast if I hadn't bought them now I wouldn't have got them.

A lot of people in Blogland have been raving about this book and it has been on my Amazon wish list. I just love the quilt on the front cover, hexis and civil war fabrics! Bliss!

So I just had to had to start it. The author suggests using charm packs so I bought 3 charm packs from the show and some 2" papers and got started. I sent for some more charm packs from the
Fat Quarter shop that came in less than a week and I am waiting for a couple more. The quilt in the book is lap sized but I want to make a bed sized quilt so hence so many more charm packs.

The hexis make up very quickly. I can't make up the diamonds that go in between because I bought the wrong sized papers and I'm waiting for the right ones.

The charm packs used are: Collections for a Cause-Hope, Collections for a Cause-Comfort, Sandhill Plums, Grace, Friendship, Cattails & Clover, Petite Odile and Rouenneries Deux 

New job!

This is the nursing home I am now managing (because of confidentiality I am unable to tell you where it is). I've completed my first week and am now into my second week. There are issues in the home that need addressing and it isn't like the home I have left but I am so glad I have left. The feeling of freedom is amazing! 

This home has the potential to be fantastic as long as I can rise to the challenge of being its' manager.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

See this happy face?

This week I have worked 3 nights and I have one more shift in my current job on Saturday, then I start my new job on Monday. I am very excited and I am doing a happy dance. Tomorrow I go to the home for a bit of a handover.

I am going miss the staff and residents I have been working with. I have been in that home 13 years, it is a long time!

But - did I tell you I am excited? 

Monday, 9 April 2012

Robin Hood's Bay

 Robin Hood's Bay is a small fishing village on the East coast of England, in Yorkshire. The village is situated on a very steep hill going down to the see.

This photo is taken at the top of the village as we went down.

The photos aren't brillant as they are taken with my phone, rather than my camera.

The village is full of tiny little cottages. A lot of them are now holiday cottages and are for rent throughout the year.
This pub is the one that the 'lads' in our group chose to drink in when they visited the village.

This hotel is right on the edge of the sea by the narrow boat slip where the boats are launched from. I bet it has beautiful views from its' bedroom windows!
This will be the view from thise bedrooms!

The sea! It looks very cold! The sea on the East coast tends to be cold, even at the height of summer.

A view looking the other way.

A view looking back at the village from further along the beach.

Meg had a wonderful time running along the beach, picking up seaweed and trying to treat it as sticks which didn't work as it beaks up too easily. She also played with lots of other dogs too!

Can't you see this as a quilt? It is the floor of the reception in the Victoria hotel where we eat on the Saturday. The food was good!


I was reading Brenda from Cozy Little House's latest post this morning and she has been playing with photos on Picmonkey. Now I'm not one for fiddling about with programmes like this but I was intrigued as Brendas' photos were lovely (she is a good photographer anyway)

So here is the 'before' photo - of Derwent Water in the Lake District last year


an 'after' photo.

What do you think? There are a lot of effects that you can play with and i can see me having a lot of fun with this.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Friday, 6 April 2012

Nth Yorks coast

This post is very photo heavy, I'm afraid.

Last weekend the Oh! Bearded One and I went to spent a few days on the North Yorkshire coast with a group of friends. Normally when we go away with this group of friends we stay in hotels but this time we stayed in these self catering cottages. I really enjoyed the weekend. it was much more laid back as we didn't have to get up early to go down to the dining room for breakfast.

The photo above shows a very famous Whitby landmark, the whalebone arch on the West cliff. Whitby had become a centre for whaling by the end of the 18th century and this arch represents that. This link gives lots of information about Whitby.

On the East cliff is the ruins of Whitby Abbey. Whitby attracts a lot of Dracula fans as Whitby featured in the book of the same name.

The view over the harbour from the West cliff

The Magpie Cafe is famous all over Yorkshire for its' fish and chips. There is always a queue outside! I have eaten there once a long time ago.

The lifeboat! A British seaside resort is not a resort without a lifeboat! The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is famous for its' rescue work and is very necessary. 

Captain Cook with a seagull on his head!

Tomorrow Robin Hood's Bay!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

A little fabric shopping!

When I was in Edinburgh this time I was determined to find Bearpaw's shop. I have been meaning to find it for ages but previously I haven't really had time. This time I made time!

It is actually is very easy to find as it is off the main road that goes through the Morningside area of Edinburgh. The shop is actually called Avery Homestore. The shop is spilt into 2 halves, one side is dedicated to cool, funky kitchen wares and the other side is wools, quilting fabric and allsorts of other goodies. 

I had to come home with some goodies.

Now these FQs are out of my normal comfort zone but I just love them.


I also just had to bring one of these orphan Oggle Owls home. There he was, laid in a basket nearly all alone and as he is in my favorite colour of green it was meant to be!

Check out the links, you can do some shopping if you fancy!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


In the 3rd week of March I went up to Edinburgh to spend 3 days with SofM. I had a lovely time and it was really nice to see SofM and meet his flat mate.

These photos show a rather splendid cup cake and cake shop. SofM bought a cup cake here and I  meant to go back and buy some to bring home with me but I forgot.

SofM and I went to a museum (post on that another time) one afternoon, otherwise I shopped until I dropped.

At present I mostly wear uniform for work with one day a week in my own clothes and some weeks I wear uniform all week. In my new job I will be wearing my own clothes all the time. I have enough suitable clothing to start off with but I needed to add to it, especially appropriate shoes. High heels kill me as I'm not used to wearing them so I have bought some smart flat ones that will work with dresses, skirts and trousers. I bought 4 dresses (I love dresses and at present there are loads in the shops that suit me). One dress was from Marks & Spencers' outlet at Gretna Green and it only cost £2.49!!! I also bought a skirt and a top (athough this isn't for work). I now need to look out for some really summery clothes as I have very few summery clothes, I'm a more winter clothes person. 

Gretna Green is famous for runaway wedddings - click on the link for infomation.