Thursday, 29 January 2015


This week I have manged a couple of finishes!

I have finished my crochet blanket. (Lucy's Cosy Striped blanket) I think I started this in November and have worked on it steadily on since. This is a record for me on several counts, that I have actually started something and continued working on it without getting distracted by something else and also, that I have crocheted something so big! I loved doing every stitch of it, so much so, I have ordered the yarn to do another one for DD. The colours for this are inspired by a Cath Kidston tin she owns.

I have also finished this little table topper that I started a couple of years ago, it just needed binding, it took a couple of hours to machine the binding on and then hand stitch it down on the back! Why do we do this, get something so close to finishing and then abandon it?

I have also jumped on the 'Wild & Goosey' band waggon that is going on over at Quiltville's Open Studio on Facebook. This little block is paper pieced and measures 3.5 inches! They use quite small scraps and are fun to do!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Crocheting tonight on my Cosy blanket with Meg keeping me company.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Catching up!

Since I last posted some crafting has happened.

A 'Granny Squared' quilt for DD's birthday. It was made from a Strawberry Fields jelly roll and yardage. The white fabric was in my stash.

I joined Lucy's cosy blanket CAL. I am now five sixths of the way through it now. I am using the same yarn and colours as Lucy but I am don straight repeats where Lucy change the order of hers every 15 stripes.

I am also doing Bonnie Hunter's yearly mystery quilt which is called Grand Illusion this year. I pulled a lot of fabric from my stash but I also bought some to make sure I had enough and also the variety to make it scrappy. 
I've completed a few blocks of each clue except today's. I'm in no hurry to get it finished and I'll keep plugging away at it.

In other happenings, Little Gromit has been christened.

The sweet table and his cake. His cake was made by DD.


My Dad is now in his permanent care home. He has only been there since Tuesday so it is too early to say whether he likes it or not. Mum is really missing him. They both managed to spent the whole day with us at our house yesterday which was great as Dad didn't manage it last year.

This year's Christmas tree - which Little Gromit has loved and not left alone!

My Christmas cake offering, it's not going to win the Great British Bake off but it tastes great. The recipe is Nigella Lawson's Chocolate fruit cake

Our little Christmas Elf!

I've pulled out a quilt I started in 2012 as a mystery quilt, I've decided to get it finished for my Mum's 80th birthday in August so I've got time to get it finished.

I'm also quilting my Charming Stars quilt. I'm quilting it by the 'Quilting as you go' method, in 3 strips. I started it today so I'll show progress.

My little helper showing me where the needle goes!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas 2014

Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

I will catch up soon, enjoy the season!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


.................has rather got in the way over the last month/six weeks.

My Dad has been ill again. He came out of hospital just over 2 weeks ago, having spent 3 weeks in there and he has been back in nearly a week again. He has had 5 hospital admissions this year. He has a lot of health issues that interact with each other. 
Mum isn't coping looking after him at home so we have made the decision for him to go into a local Care Home.  We are hoping he stabilises out a bit, being looked after 24/7.

I have been doing a bit of sewing where I can. I joined Terry's Charming Stars along. I had a lot of charm squares from another quilt I'm making and I wanted to use them and this pattern was ideal. We are supposed to be doing 4 blocks a month but I've got rather carried away and done them all and also made 32 nine patch blocks to make a quilt large enough for my king size bed.

 The design layout isn't very clear on this photo but the stars form a diamond with a star in the middle and in each corner.
All the blocks are made and sewn into rows. I am going to 'quilt as you go' so I've sewn the rows into 2 x 2 rows and 1 x 3 rows. Today I've prepared the backing but I still need to prepare the wadding.

There is a good drop to the top, bottom and sides

I've finished all the blocks for these 2 quilts I'm making for presents and they have been arranged in rows ready for sewing into the tops.

I need to pull my finger out to get these finished, especially the first one as that is for Christmas.

I continue to look after 'Little Gromit' at least 3 days or nights a week, depending what shifts DD is on.

The flowers in this photo were from my birthday which was in October. It was the third year in a row that Dad was in hospital for my birthday  - some sort of record!

I am also doing some Christmas knitting!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday, 3 October 2014

October FNWF

It's the first Friday of the month so it is.........

It's been a Little Gromit day so no time to prepare so it is going to be a..........

hand stitched 9 patch evening!