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samedi 22 février 2020

FNSI for February

Good to be back with Wendy and friends for a cyber Friday get together. Thank you Wendy.

I picked up a cold earlier in the week but fortunately on Friday I was feeling much better and was able to get my crochet hook moving again! I started Friday with my sampler blanket looking like this

and managed three rounds of the border - well I did do the last side on the third round this morning! One round of green crossed treble and two rounds of black trebles.

Next up I think a few rounds of pink shells would be nice. It is reasonably square considering that I have not blocked anything - a miracle I think!

Since my last post we visited the guns at Mazarron. This site was built in the early 1900's overlooking the Bay of Cartagena to protect the military arsenal at Cartagena. 7km of windy track takes you up to the site and the views are spectacular. It was a bit misty so my pictures are not as good as I would have liked.

In the first emplacement there are two huge guns - you can just see one peeping over the rocks in the picture above.

About a km further along the point there were four more guns - there are only three there now as one was moved to Almeria. These are not so big but still large.

Well worth the visit for the amazing views.

Another amazing view was of the murmerating starlings near to where we are staying - I am particularly pleased with this picture.

samedi 8 février 2020

Friday Night with Friends

Good to be back working with everyone again - thank you Cheryll for getting us all together..

I have been quiet on the blog front as we are back in Spain for our annual winter dose of sunshine and warmth. We managed to get here with storm Gloria chasing our tail and the first few days of our stay were wet and windy. But once she moved on the sunshine returned and we have been having beautiful weather.

Whilst not out and about I have resurected the crochet that I was working on last February and that is what I was working on last night. This is how far I had got at the end of last years holiday.

The blocks are all different - free patterns from the internet. I worked another 10 blocks then started putting them together. Here is where I was yesterday.

I was working on the strip on the left for FNWF's

Today I have made and added another strip so just yesterdays strip to add in and that final block then I can square off.

I plan to add a border using a variety of stitches in keeping with the 'sampler' theme.

I had a lovely day out last weekend when I joined five other ladies on a one day silver jewelery making course at https://www.castellondebedar.com/ Bedar is a small hill town about 20 minutes inland which has an amazing view of the coast. This was our lunchtime view.

Clare took us through all the processes of making a ring and we each went home with a completed ring. Here is mine.

What a great day out and Clare's and partner Shane kept us well fed and watered with a delicious lunch. Here we are busily working away.

As usual we have been up and down the coast visiting favourite places. This beach was new to us though - Playa de Monsul. Its reached by driving about 7km's along a dusty track from San Jose.

Very beautiful. On the way back to San Jose we passed these goats munching away.

Happy Stitching from Spain!

samedi 11 janvier 2020

1797 Revisited

And I have a finished flimsy!

In November 2018 I joined a facebook EPP group that were using this quilt

from the V&A as inspiration.

I have used hand dyed fabrics many of which are recycled clothing and enjoyed every minute!

Now Iam wondering if it needs a border!

mercredi 8 janvier 2020

Catching Up

Many thanks to everyone for their kind comments after my last post - I am all recovered now thank goodness!

I have been busy hand stitching by the fire for the last few days and have a couple of January tasks ticked off my list. First up my RSC block. I am sticking with Dresdens and so another 'light and bright green' block has been added to my pile.

I also now have four more blocks for the next round of my Red Manor House BOM.

Also I thought you would like to see a few of the Christmas presents that I made which I did not blog about before Christmas.

Meanwhile I am busily stitching on my 1797 Revisited quilt - the end is not far away. An update next time.

Happy stitching!

samedi 4 janvier 2020

Friday Night with Friends....

.....was a complete washout for me. Having prepped my RSC and most of my Red Manor House BOM pieces in anticipation of a quiet afternoon and evening by the fire appliqueing, I was caught out by the gastro bug that seems to doing the rounds here ovenight, and spent most of Friday in bed.

I hope everyone else fared better and I am off to check up on your posts now. Many thanks Cheryll for getting us together again.

samedi 7 décembre 2019

Friday Night with Friends

Despite traveling and celebrating Cheryll has managed to get us all together again for our last FNwF of the year. Thank you Chez and I hope you are having an amazing time.

To see who else took part and what they were up to click here

Remember my three Santas that I made for a garland? I put them safely away while I pondered how to transport them to UK for Christmas. Yesterday I got them out and added hooks and eyes to link them up - this way I can take the garland apart for transportation. And I added a few extra bells.

 Now all they need is some red ribbon or cord to hang them up. Not enough in my stash so I will get some in UK - we are restricting journeys by car at the moment as there is a fuel shortage here due to the strike and we want to be sure of having enough fuel to get to the ferry port.

Next up was to get on with these four blocks for my Red Manor House BOM.

They are corner blocks for the next border around this central block.

Hopefully I can get those hearts added today, although we are expecting afternoon tea guests. I have a batch of mince pies waiting for them!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

dimanche 1 décembre 2019


December 1st! So now I can get out my decorations.  And the Advent Calendar made it by the skin of my teeth. My makeshift day marker (modelling foam painted with gold acrylic) dried just in time.

Another finish for me this weekend is another round on my 1797 Revisited and if I am counting correctly then the next round is the last complete one!

I had nearly enough ultramarine fabric for this round so I have been able to get on with cutting and basting some of these while a batch of fabric dyes. However...

...today is the 1st of the month - BOM day, so decks have been cleared and my box of fabrics found all ready for the off later this afternoon following a visit to a Christmas market.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.