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dimanche 14 juillet 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This months colour for the RSC is pink!

 Fortunately it seems to be a colour I have plenty of scraps of. Here is my Dresden for the month.

We have lots of tree frogs around at the moment as it is hot and dry. This one - The King of all he surveys! - was having a good look around this morning.

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.

samedi 6 juillet 2019

FNWF - July already!

Many thanks Cheryll for hosting our Friday get together. If you click on the link you will find links to everyone who took part - do go and see what they were working on.

It was 36 degrees here yesterday so needless to say after 11am we were hiding indoors! For the first part of the afternoon I was working on some secret stitching - sorry no pics.
It seemed appropriate to spend the rest of my Friday working on the new Jenny of Elefantz 'stitch-along' - the first stitchery design was released yesterday. You will find the free design and more info here

Here is Jenny's design for the first block

So I drew mine up and then thought about colours. First though I changed cookie to biscuit as this is going to be 'My' Vintage kitchen and we rarely have cookies. More 'British' too. Also I thought that the design of the jar would lend itself beautifully to the blue and white colourway of cornishware - an English classic.

You would have thought that at my time of life I would have learnt to spell biscuit correctly! And I went on to make a right hash of the drawing - thank goodness for Frixion pens!
Anyway, this is how far I got with my stitching last night and I should be able to finish it off today.

We said goodbye to Dad Last Monday.

The lovely service was taken by my brother, I read a short bio and my nieces and nephew shared some memories of their Grandad - so a nice family affair. It was good to have all the family together - we are spread around the world! - and to meet up with other relations and friends that I have not seen for some time. My brother picked some great photographs for the service sheet.

Their Golden Wedding
 With his great grandchildren last year

It would have been Mum and Dad's 69th wedding anniversary on the day of the funeral.

RIP Dad. xx

samedi 22 juin 2019

FNSI and a catch up

Lovely to join in with Wendy and friends for another stitchy Friday - thank you Wendy for inviting us round.

So, the summer solstice and longest day and not a drop of sunshine in sight! In fact it rained all day until early evening. However, we are promised a canicule - that's a heatwave - next week, so once again our temperatures will be going from one extreme to another

I spent an hour early afternoon working on some secret stitching! Then we had to go out - Philip gave a talk to our History society which was followed by a fish and chip supper. I sat next to a French lady who loves English fish and chips!

So by the time we got home I was ready to relax with some soothing hexie sewing while Philip caught up with the football. I have been working on the next round of my 1797 and had hoped to complete it last night but this is where I got to when bed called.

So this afternoon while catching up with the Archers I added the last two hexies.

I think I am going for green for the next round so I shall have to see what I have in my stash.


Last autumn we went to a house sale and I managed to collect a small haul of goodies.

The little cloth is embroidered in all four corners and was in pristine condition. Its perfect for a small occasional table in my sitting room. I love rummaging in button boxes and I found a few interesting buttons in this lady's. The clog pin cushion and thimble holder was filthy! And the pincushion bit really mankie. I quickly ripped out the pincushion and gave the clog a really good scrub - and it has sat on my desk ever since! So this week when I gave the desk one of it's rare cleans I decided that actually it really would not take very long to add a new pincushion and that I had better get on with it! I have some fabrics that came from Holland many years ago and so I used a scrap of one of them, stuffed with batting snippets, to make a nice firm ball which was then glued into place. Here is my finished pincushion. And it really took no time at all!

It is going on the dresser with all my other antique sewing tools.

I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would spend more time painting and sketching. Apart from when we were in Spain when I worked in a little travel sketchbook most days, I have hardly done any. So over a couple of short sessions this week I decided to have a go at a simplified drawing of one of my fuchsias. It is just a simple outline coloured in with aquarelle crayons but I am pleased with it.

It's large - A5 - so I am thinking it would make a nice applique design with a few leaves added. Something else for the to do list!

Have a great weekend.

samedi 15 juin 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

A very quick post to link up with Angela's husband at soscrappy as Angela is out of town! The RSC colour for June is blue so here is my blue Dresden block.

I have bought some new fuchsias this year and these two are particularly gorgeous!

I love the pink and orange skirt in the bottom picture.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

dimanche 9 juin 2019

Friday Night with Friends

So here I am in UK braving blogger on my kindle and hoping I will be able to add a picture or two!

Friday was a busy day and so it was good to relax in the evening with my crochet and an old episode of Foyles War knowing that I had friends keeping me company. I keep my Persian Tiles project here and the pattern soon came back to me. I managed about half of one of the octagonal blocks - two more to do after this one! Right, here goes - hopefully picture coming up!

I travelled to UK on Thursday to visit Mum in hospital and Dad in a care home. Sadly Dad died before I arrived. He will be very much missed. Here he is on his 90th a couple of years ago.

Mum had a big hip operation on Friday afternoon which she came through well. She was much brighter when I visited yesterday although she will be in hospital for some weeks yet.

Thank you all for your company in Friday night and thank you Cheryll for hosting us.

mardi 4 juin 2019

Partying with The Chookshed and a milestone!

It was fun to join in with Chookyblue for her annual Chookshed birthday party over the weekend. You can catch up with what was happening in the Chookshed here. Many thanks Donna for your invitation and I hope everyone else had fun too.

Unfortunately, a last minute Sunday BBQ lunch plan due to surprisingly good weather, meant that I did not have as much sewing time as I had hoped. It was our first opportunity to entertain outside this year so apart from all the food prep the terrasse needed a good clean as did all the furniture. However, I did manage to get a big job done and dusted over Friday and Saturday evening so that was great.

Having finished last week adding the facing hexies to my swap hexie tablecloth, I was able on Friday afternoon to get it layered up with some backing fabric and pinned in place. For some reason I do not have a photograph of this but never mind. After two evenings hemming, the facing hexies were all stitched in place and now the tablecloth is ready to quilt.

On the subject of quilting, I have been pondering how to go about this all the time that I have been putting this top together and have not been able to come up with a plan. I don't want an allover pattern as I don't want to lose the definition of the flowers. My big hexagon quilt is quilted around the outside of each flower but I have never really been happy with that and of course it is not suitable to ditch quilt because of the opened out seams.
So, I have decided to tie it, or knotting as Averil Colby called it in her Patchwork book. I am going to use a yellow perle thread and knot the centre of each flower first of all and then see if I feel it needs anymore. As I have not used any batting it is not a matter of keeping the batting in place.

The BBQ by the way was a great success!

Yesterday the patchwork ladies came for the afternoon and great progress is being made on their sampler quilts.

All the blocks are completed on the yellow quilt to the right - it just needs the rest of its sashing and a border. One of our group lives in UK and her version is coming along very nicely too.

Hopefully we will get all five finished quilts together for a photoshoot later in the summer.

The wind is building up here and it is very sultry - storms coming our way overnight!

Oh yes, the milestone. This is my 400th post!

Hope you are having a good week.

samedi 25 mai 2019

Log Cabin update!

When I posted here about the Log Cabin block I was using for the Mystery Quilt for my friends I had lost the link to the original designer of the block. Here is my block.

Fortunately, via Instagram, I have finally found the designer of the original block - JanineMarie of Quilts from the Little House. Many thanks JanineMarie. Click on the link to find her original design.