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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.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Here I am again......Still quilting

I have been very poor at the blogging as usual.  I have been sewing some, and enjoying seeing the final result of my Pondhouse quilt by Lynette Anderson, which I have had longarm quilted by Nicola Dougherty Roe.  I just love it.
Here it is in the Home Industries Section of our local Agricultural Show. Excuse the chairs, it was displayed in the school. If you look at the top right you will see a red ticket.  Pondhouse won first prize, and this cup.20150608_190240
I have made a few of these20150414_212014
This one went to France with my grandaughter’s exchange student.
My little quilt from A Little Quilt Swap went to Marie in USA.  It is a paper pieced Backgammon Board.2015-03-14 10.39.42The mini daffodils were out, so I photographed it with them…mini with minis.
I received a most beautiful little quilt from Mary in England20150516_120114Just now I am trying to complete a second Safe Harbor quilt designed by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt. I love the first one to bits.2014-12-31 09.57.10  It was longarm quilted also by Nicola Doherty Roe.
In May my D2 and I were at an event where Jennie Rayment was speaking. She inspired me to consider putting a bit of texture into my quilting.  I havent done anything yet, but made this little sample of twisted pleats the next day while I was still pumped up and full of ideas………hope they come to pass.20150515_180637
This is all I I I. Thanks are due to all the gifted and talented quilters who design and inspire me. My part is to enjoy doing the quilty things.
Today is sunny and bright.  To finish off I have a pic to leave with you.  I did not take it, but it has such awe factor, I thought you would enjoy it.  Thank you all who follow and are patient with my ramblings, or lack of them.  I will try to do better.