Monday, 27 July 2015

WIPs & things

I have received my parcel from the summer shawl swap I took part in. 

The contents of the parcel

 The shawl!
I love it!

My completed shawl that is now residing in Telford!

I enjoyed knitting it so much I started another shawl - Hitchhiker. I'm knitting it in Knitting Goddess's 4ply and nylon. I'm much further on than this now, it's a nice easy knit.

I have been worrying about my UFOs. I have quite a lot! So this summer I have been trying to work on some of them!

This weekend I worked on these. These 9 patches were from a 2010 international internet swap of 9 patch blocks. I had started putting the setting triangles on them but I'd on;y done a few, they are now all done.

I am hand quilting as you go - I now have 60 blocks to finish! Don't expect to see the finished quilt anytime soon!

I also made a peg bag for DD. 

I also got the binding machine on a lap quilt that I want to send to a cousin that has had bowel surgery. I need to hand sew it down.

These blocks were made in 2011 from Barbara Brackman's blog. I've had a think about how I'm going to set them so I'll get on with them when I get chance. I also did a couple of string blocks last night.

And lastly meet Bella, a 1947 Singer featherweight. She is in quite good condition and is sewing well. I'm chuffed with her.

Tomorrow it will be back to mucking out The Oh! Bearded One's office whilst he is on Scout camp. So far there are 6 bags of shredding and 3 bags of paper for recycling!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Days out!

The War Memorial 

As you know I went to Builth Wells last Monday when The Oh! Bearded One had go there for work.

A painted mural by a bus stop that amused me

Here are a few shots from around the town.

I'm not sure what he has to do with anything but he was rather handsome

A very welsh looking cottage

A different use for a disused church

An early steam train

On Saturday The Oh! Bearded One, DD, Little Gromit and I went to Ironbridge and one of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. It was a lovely sunny day and we really enjoyed our day out.

Little Gromit enjoying the steam train

We visited Blist Hill Victorian Town and have got passes to go and visit the other sites within the year.

Old metal signs on the side of one of the shops

the mission chapel

a working carousel 

I love post boxes!

An old dustbin with a modern bin liner in it!

The staff dress up in Victorian dress

A steam driven tractor

A 'Bobby' on his bicycle!

Me and Little Gromit taking 'selfies' on the carousel

George taking an interest in Little Gromit

The Ironbridge

Views from each side of the bridge

Monday, 13 July 2015

A little bit of shopping!

Over the last few weeks I've purchased a few goodies!

This fabric is Sentimental Stitches by  Martha Walker for Henry Glass fabrics. I bought the fat quarters shown above from Quilter's Trading Post. They had run out of the brown border fabric so I got it from Shabby Fabrics.

I bought the 'Miss Kate' jelly roll from the trader at the Gresford quilt show and I found the fat quarters were in Shabby fabrics sale!

I love sock yarn and fell in love with these on the Knitting Goddesses' website so they had to come home to me!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Recent crafting activity!

I thought I would catch you up on my recent crafty doings.

I have been taking part in a shawl swap organised by Elizy Art Crochet that is due to complete this coming week.  

I completed the knitting of my shawl yesterday and have blocked it today. This is the first time I have completed a whole shawl and it is the first time I have blocked anything using blocking wires.

The pattern is Buttermere shawl by Victoria Magnus. It was any easy knit but I still managed to make mistakes. I have been worried about this because my swap partner is an experienced knitter, especially of shawls. I hope she likes it.

On Monday the Oh! Bearded One had to go to Builth Wells for work. Builth Wells is about 2 and a half hours away from where we live in Northwich so rather a long car journey! I was invited along for the ride! I got some knitting done along the way! 

Builth Wells is a lovely little town in Mid Wales and I had a lovely few hours pottering about. I found a wool shop selling not just wool. I bought the quilt patterns shown above. They are actually foundation piecing patterns and they were half price at £2.25 each!

The yarn worked out at 75p per skein!

The patterns were 20p each from a charity shop - all 1980's patterns but still very usable. 

I also bought a couple of novels and had a lovely lunch!

I have been working on 'Charming Stars' this week. I've quilted this top in 3 pieces 'as you go'. I finished hand stitching the backing on pieces 1 & 2 and tidied up the machine quilting. I've still a bit more to do in that department as you can see. I've machine quilted the 3rd piece and I've got to finish the hand quilting in the middle of each star before I attach the 3rd piece to the rest of the quilt.

I've gone through my finished quilt tops and have decided to pass some of them onto worthy causes that can use them instead of them sitting in my wardrobe doing nothing, especially as I don't want to quilt them. 

I have finished this little quilt and it will also be off to a charity.

And I've sewn the binding on this quilt so this one is completely finished.

Shopping & days out coming soon!