Friday, August 31, 2007

Aprons are a hot topic...

I don't know about you, but lately I've hear several people talking about aprons. Just yesterday Anne B. wasn't looking too please with the only apron left in her house (the rest were in the wash) and Lucy over at Quilting with the Past whipped this one up...in fact there are blogs dedicated to aprons such as Tie one on. So I've jumped on the band wagon and made 3. One for home and 2 for work. I really like the one that Lucy made and thought it couldn't be too difficult to make..well after getting tangled up in my tape measure a few times and making the straps too short and then too long I finally got something that I think will be quite durable. I used some cotton ticking that I bought at Ikea last year which sewed up very nicely.



So what do you do when you've got a new apron...you bake cookies, of course! Someone (sorry I can't remember who) had posted the link to these Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies and they looked too good not to try..It's an easy recipe with very tasty results!




Thursday, August 30, 2007

A gift, a laugh and 2 blocks...

Well, the title sums it up quite nicely. I couldn't think of any other way of linking this eclectic group of things that I want to share with you.

Firstly, I was one of the lucky winners from Kate's give-away. She sent me a beautiful postcard all the way from Ireland where she is on holiday. It is so pretty and has all my favourite colours and I have put it proudly on my bulletin board where I shall be inspired by it every time I walk pass. Thank you Kate!



Secondly I wanted to share with you a poem from a book (see inset) I found in the library. WARNING it is at the level of a grade-two boy...and judging by the grubby fingerprints on the edges of the pages..I suspect the book has been thumbed well by many. (I thought it was funny...shows you my level of humour!)



Lastly, I've managed to complete the last 2 blocks that go with these for the workshop I'm attending in September. I should be doing so much else at the moment, but keep getting side tracked! Hopefully I'll be more focused when the children return to school...well at least that's what I keep telling myself :o)


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bernina Game

Just like me you've got all the time in the world to play games :o) ...go on have a go...though be warned it's not as easy as it looks. I can't get pass level 2. (hint..you have to use the mouse to change the stitch type in level 2) Click on the picture or HERE for the link


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Finally..A summer's day!

Oh what a day! Determined to enjoy the sunny weather... Determined not to stay at home and be taunted by the weeds and the grass that needs cutting... Determined that we would have a lovely family day out! And we did!

This morning I packed a picnic and told the family to get in the car that we were going out! Our first choice was to go to Conkers, which is an in
door/outdoor hands-on park with climbing frames and mazes, and is located up by Swadlincote..unfortunately it seemed to be the first choice of everyone and their aunt! The queue of people was out the door and wrapped around to the side of the building and we decided that we didn't want to spend our day with masses of people and didn't want the children to fight to see things and do things...so we all piled back into the car and I looked for the brown symbols on the map indicating places of interest. It was unanimously decided to head for the field of the Battle of Bosworth..and a lovely place it turned out to be. (If you want more info you can read about the history here and here) We followed the brown signs and that took us through Market Bosworth (Hi Sarah Jayne) and down some typical English twisty roads. Once there we found some picnic tables and had lunch, said hello to the cows ...



...and sat on a bench to contemplate life and the universe! Perfect!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A late night post...

Just a late night post to tell you what I've been up to today. I've kinda gone off course and started working on something else which will be assembled in September. I'm taking a quillow workshop and we need to have 12 blocks ready for the day, so I decided to use some blocks that I've had tuck away for some time. These 6 blocks were sent to me as part of a swap I did with some ladies from an IRC chat room. In fact..some of the makers might still be out there reading my blog thinking..gosh that looks familiar. I'm making another 6 (4 which are shown below) and then adding borders to bring them up to size for the workshop.





Then tonight I sat down and watch "How to make an American Quilt" with my daughter...such a good movie and one that I don't mind watching over and over.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

On the mend (Part II)

Dare I say it (in whispered tones) ...I'm feeling better...again. I'm not quite back to my usual self and I still tire quite quickly, but I'm coughing less and don't feel so horrible. All your lovely well wishing was so kind..so thank you for leaving me comments. It did brighten my day.

I did get some sewing done and put together a row with the little red blocks. I used them as flowers and used bias vines as stems that all come down to a pot. Unfortunately I didn't think of the logistics of 9 vines all converging to the same point...and it was at this point that I left it for two days to contemplate a solution. Anne (Quilting Bebbs) offered an ideal solution of having some of the vines tuck into other vines thus reducing the amount that actually make it down to the pot. So thank you Anne..as you can see your suggestion worked very well and allowed me to add a few leaves.

The plot of this mystery quilt..or as I can now reveal quilts will soon be shown....well as soon as I get the borders on :o)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Back on the couch...

Well, just when I thought it was safe to say I was getting better, it all turned ugly. I'm back on more antibiotics and the energy levels are down to zilch again. Seems my chest infection is being a bit more persistent and now the doctor has got the big horse pills on the job. I was hoping to share with you the fate of the little blocks from my last post, but I haven't made quite the headway with them that I was hoping. One more clue is that there are some bias vines involved and at the moment it is all looking more like spaghetti junction than beautiful patchwork. I'll show you something soon... TTFN

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A bit of sewing...

I have managed a bit of sewing and just wanted to show you these cute little blocks that I finished today. You got a sneaky peak of them on my last post. They measure 3" finished and are part of a much larger plan. I can tell you that they are related to this, but they aren't part of the same quilt. Hmmm...just a little cliff hanger :o)


Friday, August 10, 2007

Ostrich 2006 - DONE!

Hey Sally, I got it finished!!! Here's my completed Ostrich Challenge quilt that Sally organized on the BQL (British Quilting list) in 2006. We all started with an orphan block, then each month we were given a theme or a block to inspire us for the next round. I wanted to use some of the hand dyed fabric I had accumulated from my dyeing experiments. I'm quite pleased with the results, though it is much brighter than anything else I've made.






And to pique your interest, here are some 1/2 square triangles in the making...hmmm I wonder what they'll become?


Monday, August 06, 2007

On the mend...

I'm slowly getting back to normal. I want to thank you all for your kind comments and emails. I'm going take things slowly...I certainly don't want a relapse of this chest infection!
I got the camera out today and took a couple of pictures. First is a tiny quilt 18" square that I have made for a tiny treasure. Upon my return from my holiday I had an email from my cousin telling me she had her baby 11 weeks early. She had a little girl and she only weighed 2 lbs 4 oz when she was born. Since then I have spoken to my aunt and heard that she is getting stronger by the day. I wanted to make something quick so that perhaps it might add a bit of colour at the hospital in the weeks to come..and later it can be used as a doll quilt. I want to send it off tomorrow. I hope she likes it.

The second picture is a picture of the squishy that Karol-Ann sent me as a thank you for the book she won on the give-away I did last month. She has sent me some fantastic African fabrics.

Lastly I want to tell you to check out my friend Lynda's new blog Master of Patience?. She is a very talented quilter and is hilariously funny and I'm really looking forward to seeing what she publishes on her blog...make sure you pop by and say hello.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Has it been a week since I last posted?

Yes, it's been a week and the reason I've been so quiet is that I've be suffering from a nasty chest infection and have been shuffling from bed to the couch and back again. It has really knocked me for six and even the smallest tasks are difficult. The antibiotics are starting to kick in, but I still feel completely wiped! Grrr! Luckily I've had the new Harry Potter book to keep me company and my eldest DD who has become a star tea-maker, nurse and bottle-washer! She's been very good to me. Once I'd been to the doctors and got my medication, the DH filled the fridge with food and then took the little one to his parents and I've had a very quiet house to rest and recuperate. It's been so peaceful. I did managed a bit of sewing yesterday and I wanted to tell you all about the lovely squishy that was waiting for me from Karol-Ann when I got home..but they will have to wait til next time as I'm just too tired to get the camera out etc etc...TTFN