Friday, December 15, 2017

Machine sewing....

Lots of machining

and now the top is done

and basted, but that doesn't make such a good photo.

And I made another tea cosy!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

it's about time

 It's about time I got around to finishing this quilt.
I started it many years ago but found it just too difficult and so only made one block. Then some time later I found that I had cut out most of the pieces to make four blocks and so got that far.
But then what to do?
So indecision has ruled.
Then about a year ago I added then saw-tooth border and then reached another standstill.

 And then recently I thought stars! 
Stars might work. 
I didn't want to overpower the centre blocks but if I chose carefully....
You see I am using old Japanese fabric from futons and what I have is limited and it's not like I can pop down to the patchwork shop and get some more.

So far so good?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Handmade jewellery

It has taken me all week to get round to sharing all the little treasures I made last week at TAFTA.
What a lovely week I had.

Friday, September 29, 2017

100 blocks!

It's done....



Can you see my layout?

Dark centre, light border, dark border, light and then dark again.

It's hard to show the true colours.

This progress shot is the best representation.

I am now digging into the cupboard for backing.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Churn Dash

 I am well on the way with my Churn Dash blocks.
It's hard to believe I have been quilting all these years and never got round to this pattern.

 I am really enjoying all the combinations I am getting out of my scraps:
I have a big plastic container with the scraps sorted into colours or styles or sizes....

But I am getting to the point of delving into the shelves of my stash...

And before I go too far I had to decide on a layout so I could keep count.

I am thinking like this? Can you see the difference?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

I'm back

Do you find when you take a break that it is hard to find inspiration?
Thanks to this Instagram post I found some inspiration.
"Churn Dash" has been on my to-do list for a long time.
It has been so long since I have been at my sewing machine that it seemed to have seized up.
I think that also may be due to the cold, a bit of heating helped as well.
So I have donated the first four blocks and just kept going.
It's nice to find motivation isn't it?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bodfari to Prestatyn

Yippee! We did it!

So that's that. Did you have a good time?

We have walked nearly 300 kilometres. Thanks for your help.

We started the day in pouring rain and set up the first big hill straight away.


Our destination was in sight most of the day.

I started to feel nostalgic about the sign post we have been following for weeks but

not about the stiles! We counted over 40 today. That's about one every 10 minutes,

including stone ones.

We slowed here for a while hoping the cows would let us through the gate.

I am not very brave in the face of large farm animals.

Tantalisingly close.


The beach!

Now for the holiday.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Clwyd Gate to Bodfari

The penultimate day! Who would have thought?

Beautiful day, beautiful scenery. Are you ready?




Five big hills, above the clouds.

(Check out my Instagram if you want to see the topography).

Twenty miles to Prestatyn. Yay. That will be by tomorrow afternoon.



Oh it's been lovely. The B&B drove us to the pub for dinner and the publican drove us back in his Jaguar 4WD. I think I know what car I'm getting next!

Distance covered: 20 kilometres