Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Life......

.................has rather got in the way over the last month/six weeks.

My Dad has been ill again. He came out of hospital just over 2 weeks ago, having spent 3 weeks in there and he has been back in nearly a week again. He has had 5 hospital admissions this year. He has a lot of health issues that interact with each other. 
Mum isn't coping looking after him at home so we have made the decision for him to go into a local Care Home.  We are hoping he stabilises out a bit, being looked after 24/7.

I have been doing a bit of sewing where I can. I joined Terry's Charming Stars along. I had a lot of charm squares from another quilt I'm making and I wanted to use them and this pattern was ideal. We are supposed to be doing 4 blocks a month but I've got rather carried away and done them all and also made 32 nine patch blocks to make a quilt large enough for my king size bed.



 The design layout isn't very clear on this photo but the stars form a diamond with a star in the middle and in each corner.
All the blocks are made and sewn into rows. I am going to 'quilt as you go' so I've sewn the rows into 2 x 2 rows and 1 x 3 rows. Today I've prepared the backing but I still need to prepare the wadding.


There is a good drop to the top, bottom and sides



I've finished all the blocks for these 2 quilts I'm making for presents and they have been arranged in rows ready for sewing into the tops.


I need to pull my finger out to get these finished, especially the first one as that is for Christmas.


I continue to look after 'Little Gromit' at least 3 days or nights a week, depending what shifts DD is on.

The flowers in this photo were from my birthday which was in October. It was the third year in a row that Dad was in hospital for my birthday  - some sort of record!

I am also doing some Christmas knitting!