A small progress


Here is my SAL part 4 for Sail Away by Shepherds Bush, I've been so busy I fell behind with it slightly, if you look carefully you can see where I started on the little house last night, which is Part 5 and part 6, I am just going to stitch it now until its finished I think as most of the opthers are almost finished that are doing this.


Also here is my progress with AMAP Quaker Cherub, I seem to have more done than I thought when I compare it to my last progress update, I am almost 1/2 way through this and its such an enjoyable stitch. The lovely fob you can see was a gift from my friend Barb (no blog) and the scissors were frrom Carol.

What fun the Blackbird Designs competition was and wasn't there some amazing finishes and stitching. My mums is up on the BBD blog now along with Carols, it was lovely to see them there and I look forward to next month when they will be posting the entries. Congratulations to Brenda the winner of the draw and to the runners up.

Saturday is another Fobbles stitching day and I am off there again probably taking my Sail Away with me, I am taking an elderly lady who lives around the corner with me this time, she has never been and loves to cross stitch and is keen to go, so Saturday is the perfect day for her and she can meet other like minded stitchers when she's there. She had a fire in her home about 6 months ago, I found out and she lost a lot of her stitching supplies, so wants to stock up and she will have fun there I think.

Petites Lettres Rouge

I couldn't resist, no not one single bit of me could, I had to get this wonderful free design stitched up.


It is if you are wondering what I'm blethering about, it is the pretty little freebie by Blackbird Designs, Alma and Barb are currently offering this little lovely and a competition to boot.

Mine I have stitched to keep with the French theme. I have used 28ct Brittany evenweave 1/1 (well Brittany is in France isn't it!). I have used a Victorian red colour overdye, which I think is an Atalie colour (again a French thread), but I have lost the label and so not sure if it was Atalie or not.

I have kept mostly to the gifted design, but had to change the X and Y round as it just didn't sit right in my eyes, and I have added a bird and a heart and my own name and year, its been great looking at how everyone else has interpreted this design)

I have it in the photograph nestled in a bed of French lace and ribbon, with a scattering of Mother of Pearl buttons. Underneath that there is a red and cream miniature toile (very very French)fabric, (gifted to me by a very dear friend from her precious stash), now you might ask why have I done it this way, well.....

.....its because I want to frame this in an oversized frame, and I want to use all the things you can see in the photo, inside the frame, but as yet I haven't found the frame, but I will soon. I have really enjoyed stitching this little piece, and when I have been doing my blog tours, my my, there are some incredibly stunning finishes of it out there in blogging land, and I know which is my favourite totally finished piece and I think it should win, but I can't say here of course which one as hat wouldn't be fair LOL!

Hope everyone has a great weekend (or at least whats left of it)

Last day of the patchwork course at Fobbles

Day 4 and my final day of the patchwork course at Fobbles, I feel quite bereft now as its been a really really enjoyable course, if you get the opportunity to sign up for one of the courses there, jump at it, (courses are shown on their website) as the ladies are a great bunch of 'gals' everyone was friendly and the chatter that went on amongst us was brilliant, I know I want to join another, and definitely one again with Barbara, I feel I have learnt such a lot, and for all I was the novice amongst everyone, I was certainly not made to feel as such.

Todays pictures will firstly show Ann


Ann was also making a curved logwork quilt in soft pink background and a paisley toning pattern, this looks so lovely IRL.


Ann is another that was finished in her blocks and today finished off her borders and here you can see her starting to add the other layers, Ann, so I am told is a wonderful hand quilter, and next time we meet she will show me some of her wonderful hand quilting for inspiration.


Next is Helen, Helen does some amazing quilts and actually teaches herself, I didn't manage to capture any photos of the one she started on at the beginning of the week, but this is another that she has worked on the last 2 days.


the colours pop at you and so jewel like, its really going to be a stunning one when finished. I wish too that I had taken a pic of her quilt that she brought to show us that she has been working on, it was hearts, in the truely most luscious shades of soft creamy white and pink, it would look perfect in our bedroom too. I thought she might have forgotten it and I could have sneaked it home LOL!!


Finally here is our hostess with the mostest, Bev, she hates me taking her photo, in fact she hates her photo taken, but I managed to sneak this one.


Bev like me is working on a large block log cabin and her colours were beautiful, and its another that I wanted to take home with me LOL!

I, myself managed another 2 blocks today (12 down, 24 to go), but I have a good excuse for not doing as many as yesterday as I cut all my borders out today, the only thing left to cut is the edging, but Barbara said to wait until I was almost ready to use it, so that it didn't get distorted.

Can I also congratulate Barbara and her fanily on the new addition that arrived last night - no not another quilt but a bouncing baby boy Thomas William and mother and baby are doing well.

Thankyou to everyone for making my week so enjoyable I enjoyed everyones company and the course was so interesting, thankyou too to Bev and Edna for our goodie bags that we received and for our lovely surprise yesterday of our very own physio, who gave us some exercises to do and helped us all to relax.

On the stitching side, I am about 1/2 way through stitching the lovely freebie from Alma from BBD, which I want to have finished by the end of the weekend so I can enter the competition they are holding, so I should have some pics of that soon I hope.

Adventures in Patchwork Day 3

Day 3 of the patchwork course at Fobbles, I want to show you a couple of the ladies who are well on their way to finishing their quilt tops,


Firstly let me introduce you to Anne, Anne is making a curved logwork panel for above her bed, and she is well on her way to finishing


Here you can see our tutor Barbara holding up Annes piece its in wonderful shades of golden yellow, this is before Anne has started to add the borders.


Here is the start of Annes borders and the fabric that she chose for them - its really lovely in IRL my pics cannot do this and any of the other quilts justice I can assure you.


Next is Joans turn, Joan is also like me making a big block log cabin quilt but she has a specific colourways not random like mine and so she can pick the way that she wants to place hers into a specific design pattern once her blocks are made up.


This was the first thought of having it set out - Joan hasonly 7 more blocks to complete for her double bed sized quilt, but she laid them out what she has done for us all to see today and so she can decide which fabrics she would use for her borders.


This layout is the final decision, for the layout of Joans quilt and I must say I liked this one the best.

Finally I am happy to say that I have completed 10 of my 36 blocks.


... but Ooooo my aching back LOL! Anyway I have laid 9 of them out for you to see, I cannot arriange mine in a real specific pattern so they are very random, tomorrow is I am sad to say our last day, and think of me as I will be cutting out my borders in readiness - and probably not sewing much, as I want to do these whilst Barbara is still with us so that I can do it right.

Patchwork adventures Day 2

Day 2 of the patchwork course at Fobbles, was again so much fun, I finished all my strip cutting today, all 468 of them, I still have the borders to cut for my 108" quilt which will have 3 different sized borders a 2", 4" and 6" plus the casing, but I will probably start that on Thursday and finish at home. I did manage to stitch another 3 squares today so now I have 4 in total.

I wanted to show you some of the girls work, today is Sheila


Sheila is making the Christmas quilt, in wonderful shades of red and green


Aren't the colours just wonderful, this is some of her strips cut.


.... and here are some of her blocks stitched up, her blocks are a lot narrower width in strips than mine and she is using 9 different fabrics in both the red and the green, this is for her daughter for Christmas, I have forgotten sorry the name of this log cabin style of quilt, I'll check again tomorrow and find the answer, but this is a really lovely design.

Isn't Sheilas machine a super duper one, I love the wee table that it has, much better than my old one, the girls were laughing and teasing me (in a nice way) by saying today I will be wanting a new machine before long, but Barbara our tutor, bless her, said there was nowt wrong with mine, as she actually started quilting using an identical machine to my little old brother and that it will do me well. I am so enjoying the camaraderie of the group and the whole experience of the quilt making, More to show tomorrow and I'll take some pics too of more of my squares as they all look different to each other.
I am still stitching I have to take some pics of my AMAP progress and I have started another 'small' BBD.

Adventures in Patchwork Part 1

Today was my first of the 4 day course at Fobbles learning to do a craft that I am a complete novice at - Patchwork. I went this morning with butterflies in my stomach, not knowing what to expect or whether or not I could master this craft.

I didn't need to worry one single bit, Barbara Slee our course tutor is wonderful, thats Barbara below slaving over a hot ironing board


Barbara gave us all a brief introduction to Log Cabin Patchwork, she explained about its origins. I learnt that it came from Egypt and there was a 'mummy' found in a pyramid, wrapped in a log cabin design shroud and also if you look at a birds eye view of a pyramid it is laid out like log cabin patchwork.

We also learnt that in America, log cabin work always started with the centre block being in red as it signifies the fire in the house and the light and dark blocks around it signify the room, the light part is where the fire shines in and the dark is the shaded part of the room where the firelight never reaches.


My fabric had arrived I chose 'Aviary' by Moda as the colours will look wonderful in our bedroom, and I have cut some of my cutting time down as I bought 2 jelly rolls. I still have to cut my borders and I haven't got a picture there of the fabrics for them,they are 3 different designs taken out of the 'Aviary' range, a cream, pink and soft aqua, for my 2", 4" and 6" borders and the binding, but I will show pics later this week of them.


After dividing my strips to light and dark, I then got to work measuring and cutting them. The block you can see behind my strips belongs to Joan, she is super fast and her fabric choices are wonderful, she had finished 2 blocks before I was halfway through cutting strips LOL!

Barbara took pity on me and said to start and sew one block after I had cut quite a few strips to size.


..Ta Da.....my very first block, only 35 more to do, as I am making a King size quilt for our bedroom.
Tomorrow is more cutting and hopefully much more stitching, so that I will have a few more blocks put together.

I was by far the only inexperienced one of us, as all the other ladies had all made quilts before, and I hope to bring you updates this week of the ladies and their quilts that they are making.

Hope that your week is going as well as mine has started, we also got our 2 week holiday booked for the end of June, which made my day even more exciting and I was full of happiness when I got home tonight, I rang my sister Helen, then my mum and then my MIL rang and then I saw my friend Gill and then spoke to my SIL Dawn and I was just full of my great day - sorry if I bored you ladies (but I don't think I did) LOL!!Tomorrow night, all of us on the course are heading for an evening out for dinner after we have finished the days course work and I am soooo looking forward to it, at least I will sleep tonight as I am shattered now.

Have a great week everyone and I hope that your weather is as wonderfully sunny and warm as ours is.

Be Unto You


I did so enjoy stitching this pretty little sampler by Sheepish Designs (its fifteenth exemplary is the chart Number for any who go looking for it - I don't know where you would get it now as Sheepish Designs are all now OOP, but I am sure there must be somewhere where it can be found. I'm afraid my chart is promised to another), it really is a lovely one to do.

I used 32ct cream linen and the recommended DMC threads and its stitched 1 over 2. I have modified the inside of the design and added the year and my name at the bottom and I also added the extra flower and leaves to the left of the year date.

This was part of my rotation stitching, but I just wanted to get it finished as I was enjoying it so much, so I think the rotation has gone out of the window LOL! But at least I tried.

I hope everyone is having the lovely sunshine that we are here, its a really beautiful Easter Sunday and I wish you all a happy time.


Remember this?.......


...........Easter Parade basket stitched it on 40ct R & R alabaster linen using the recommended GAST threads.


..........Its now finished liked this..........


....I lined an oval box both inside and out with a soft lavender coloured silk fabric. The inside I also padded around the inner edge and the base prior to the silk fabric. Trimmed the inside edge with cream cord and along the top of the base and the base of the lid.


Added a very soft peachy pink ric rac-braid to the top edge of the lid and around the outer edge of the base and then cream cord.


Padded the Easter basket and placed it on the lid top, added more cream cord and ....voila my pretty little box, which I am very proud of I think its one of my better finishes and its sitting on my drawers in our bedroom, looking for all the world like its always been there.

Eggs and bunnies


Here is another that I did the finishing on this week, I stitched this up a couple of weeks ago, again its got that Spring feeling and little rabbits.

The design is by Prairie Schooler taken from the charts 'Farm Fresh Eggs'. I've stitched this little family on 28ct white linen and used the recommended DMC. Its all trimmed with a toning braided ribbon that I found at the bottom of my ribbon box and cream corded trim.

I had a great day yesterday at Fobbles, I managed to do some stitching on Sail Away and then found I had to frog it as I had completely stitched the wrong line Arrgh!! Anyway that done now and I have started to re-stitch, I think I'll catch up with it totally over Easter.

I've another finish to show you later this week, I'm just going to photograph it, its a finish I am very proud of, so all will be revealed later in the week.

Hope that you are all having a nice weekend, and the sun is shining!

Briar Rabbit


Very little stitching has been happening here this week, so my rotation has gone a little awry, but I am stitching my Quaker cherub by AMAP.

I have done some finishing though and this is one of them, this gorgeous Briar Rabbit is by La D Da, and I have stitched him on unknown count linen, (I think its 30ct) on an unknown colour, but I just loved it and thought it looked fine, he's stitched 1/1 using the recommended DMC, the backing fabric I have used for this is the same as the one you can see him lying on. I've used glass headed pins in a sagey green and mottled gold and dull brown cording which matched the alphabet stitching.

Thankyou for your encouragement re: my rotation I do appreciate it as I do each every comment and visit. ( Helen - you cheeky thing, I had to laugh when I saw your comment about the fox and rabbit and yes, I have promised Mark I will pick it up again soon(ish) LOL!!)Hope you all have a great weekend, I'm off to Fobbles again tomorrow, but this time its an open stitching day - anyone want to join us? I think I will take my SB ' Sail Away and play catch up with it.


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