Monday, 19 January 2015

Shallow snow.

Is there anybody there??????
It's me and my bird quilt here.
Or my bird quilt and I.
Yes we are still plodding along together ,but if there isn't completion soon I think one of us will jump out the window. And although there is snow on the ground I think the landing will be fatal.

I will bombard you with pictures now. And all I have to say is that it will be finished by the end of the week.
And then I will like it.

Before I go, thank you Pamela for the gorgeous Liberty fabric and the little bell. You are so kind and generous. One in a million really, xxx

I will be back on Friday with a picture of the finished quilt.
Or an outline of me lying face down in some shallow snow.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mission Cushion.

I was on Mission Cushion this week.
Meaning I made two cushions for two lovely little girls on the ward.
This involved zip insertion. Something I have avoided in the past.
But alas, no more will the zip frighten me!

My daughter Beth photographed Sandra's cushion so she could show her granny. Bless.
Hence the well staged ... on the radiator complete with towel and tee shirt.. shot.
But luckily she did, because I forgot to photograph it before I gave it to little Sandra.

Back of Sandra's cushion.

So Tammy then saw Sandra's cushion and said I was very clever and wow did I actually make it.
AKA a lot of praise.
So I made her one.

This is proper staging Beth.

I used up lots of lovely fabrics in these two cushions.
I am planning a bag or two in the next few weeks and then maybe a winter patchwork project.
A bed quilt for Beth.
The bird quilt is hanging on the wall of the sewing room.

A few days ago I went blackberry picking in the fields above our house.

Simple Pleasures.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Blushing Tomatoes!

I have been gone ages and have not been near anyone else's blog for absolutely ages either. No excuse available. Just got out of the swing of it.

However, a greenhouse could be an excuse.

Or going on holiday and drinking a lot of wine.

Generally flaffing maybe.

While flaffing about and getting distracted by all sorts this summer I have worked a little tiny bit on my bird quilt.

I sprayed it with procion dyes in warm colours.

I cut circles in freezer paper, then ironed this onto the fabric and rubbed markal paint sticks onto the cotton. This created the white circles. I also used the cut circles from the freezer paper, ironed these onto the cotton and rubbed coloured inktense blocks over the edge of the circle. Both these effects are shown in the pic above. I hope that makes sense.

Just a few details so far. I have machine and hand stitched into it and I am pretty happy with how it's going. It's just going a bit slow, and I am at the stage where I am thinking about what I want to do next.

Oh, and the Liberty dress that Martha gave me got shortened for summer and I wore it to the Somme this year. I thought it appropriate because of the red poppies in the print.

Selfie At Thiepval.

I have quite a bit of this print left which is fabulous.

And the greenhouse today......

The tomatoes are eventually going red after all the staring at them I have been doing!

Spot the green chilli and the yellow chilli.

I think I am pushing my luck with these melons.

But hopeful for the butternut squash.

Enough about gardening.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

stair trouble

I got the baby quilt finished last weekend. 
I love finishing a quilt and clearing the sewing room in preparation for something new. Although my something new is going back to work on my bird quilt again.

This is where it's at at the moment. A few more branches added.
I am staring at it a lot trying to figure out where to go next.

I have been fiddling about with an app on my phone, altering the image to see if anything inspires me.

These last ones are a bit mad, but I quite like the very first one with the white circles.

On a completely different and more energetic note I completed my first ever half marathon yesterday. 
It was 13.1 miles running through the beautiful Mourne Mountains.

After a night and morning of solid rain the ground under foot was saturated. I was up to my knees in wet mud for half of the route. It was absolutely fantastic though and I enjoyed every single dirty minute of it.

I am having trouble climbing the stairs today though.