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Thursday, 21 July 2016

And about time too

I see I haven't blogged since March.  That's par for the course. A few things have happened around here.  None of them world events, although if you go into politics (but I wont go there). I have enjoyed sewing constantly, from little zipper pouches, to baby blankets, to a kingsize quilt at the request of D2. I have a new laptop, a gift from D2 for my 70th birthday. I am finding it hard to get used to, but I am getting there.  All the pics and files from my old laptop are stored on an external drive, so I am hither and thither trying to find the images I need.

 This is for my sister when she moved into her new apartment. I love quilts with legs.
 A cushion for my friend Maureen.
 D2bought me this scissor hooks.  It is just perfect for my sewing room.
 I started this quiltalongby Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt last summer.  DH liked it at this stage, so it became a wall hanging for the bedroom.  I would love to make the whole quilt sometime.
 Well, one of the events in the past few months was a  significant birthday and my friends from church treated me to a great barbecue with gifts and lots of fun and laughter.  I was completely surprised.
 The family who hosted the barbecue run a kennels and cattery, and also host our biblestudy group.  I  made this for them as a thankyou to present on the night, as I thought it was just an end of year celebration for the group. Silly me. Oh so easily fooled.
 Here is a baby quilt for a yet to be born little girl.  The first granddaughter of one of my friends.
 A wee peek at the back of one of my little quilts for ALQS 10. I made two this time.  The swap hasn't taken place yet so I will show more later.
This is the back of a quilt I made from my late mother's pyjamas. She loved cotton pyjamas but in her later years didn't like the jackets, and wore soft t shirts instead, so had all these jackets which were such pretty cotton.  She offered them to me, and who am I to refuse cotton.
Here is the front.  Hexies appliqued on to white cotton and machine quilted as you go.  My first quilt made this way.  It is lovely and soft and I like it very much. Enough is enough.Sorry about the long picture gallery.
This the last, I promise.  D2's bedsize quilt ready for the quilter. She saw a throw I had made for my sis, (forgot to take pic) and asked could I make her a bedsize one with Japanese prints.  It's off to Nicolato be quilted this week, and I will try to get a proper photo when it comes back.  Now I am off to enjoy a wee bit of the sunshine while I may. Bye for now.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

I am delighted to associate myself with this Quilt Swap, where I enjoy seeing the work of lovely quilters throughout the world.  Thank you Kate.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

1930s Farmers Wife Sew along

Ok, So I found this post, composed but not published.  I have made very slow progress with this, but have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful blocks others have made.
I have signed up to this sew along.  I am learning a lot of new things along the way. It is the 1930s Farmers Wife sampler quilt.  I havent received my book yet, and there are so many people taking part in this I wonder in my heart is there a book out there with my name on it. If there is I should get it this week.20151006_171302
the first three blocks Becky, Bonnie and Aunt20151007_101621the fourth is Betty
The fifth Caroline. I’m not so sure about this block. Not much contrast. Maybe I will make again.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Step 2 finished

Another wet day….seems to be the story of summer this year, and I got stage 2 of Mystery Quilt Along done.  I like it even more.2015-07-28 16.57.33
Waiting with bated breath for the next stage Kaaren.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mystery Quilt-Along

Well, as I may have said before, Kaaren caught me at just the right time….between projects.  I jumped at the chance to take part in this Mystery Quilt-Along.  I have been having fun already, and cant wait to see what’s next. Thank You Kaaren.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Some scrappy Fun

Yes, you can believe your eyes.  I am blogging twice in the same week.  I just wanted to share some fun I have been having.  I joined in a Mystery Quiltalong that Kaaren is offering.  I have just fallen in love with these little houses.  It rained this evening, so I had just the excuse to play along.

Here is my effort so far2015-07-16 19.18.40

I love them.

The Quiltalong came along at just the right time.  I had finished my second Safe Harbor, IMG_2629also designed by Kaaren, and had nothing else started. Though, I have a couple of 50th Birthday quilts to do before Nov/Dec.  I’ll start those soon.  We are hoping for a dry day tomorrow to take Safe Harbor to Nicola to be quilted. Doesnt look promising at the minute. Of course, it would be another good opportunity to make more little houses. Bye for now.x

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Safe Harbor 2,cat quilt, ships and baby geese.

I think I will have to start a diary on the laptop, so I will be reminded what has been going on since I last blogged.  My niece’s cat Enzo loves to curl up on my sil’s quilt, so I thought he needed one of his own.  A few disappearing 9 patch blocks later, and he seems to agree with me.


The tall ships were in Belfast at the beginning of July. GD, D2 and I spent a great day admiring them and eating lots of unhealthy/tasty snacks from the international markets. My new favourite food is sweet potato fries.2015-07-02 12.57.42

I saw a tutorial for this little box on Pintrest and thought I would give it a try.  Two friends want one. I think I will point them to the tut and say have-a-go.2015-07-01 16.21.49

My second Safe Harbor quilt top is finished and ready for the quilter. Planning to take it on Friday.

The sun came out just when I needed it, and DH had just cut the grass/moss, so it was just right for my photo shoot. This is a big quilt, so I put the flowers beside it to get some perspective.


2015-07-11 08.45.46The baby geese in the park are growing fast.  There are lots of baby birds, ducks, swans, geese and even a couple of crested Grebe chicks this year.


Cats do love quilts. Here is Amber on a pile of little quilts I have received from participants of A Little Quilt Swap.  She found them on the bed, and thought she would try them for size/comfort.

Talk again soon. Barbara.