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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Sew North and Safe Harbor

I havent blogged in ages and ages.  I have had a great summer, and enjoyed the sunny weather.  At the beginning of September, D2 and I went to Sew North at Buncrana,2014-09-13 09.11.00 organised by Gaye Grant of The Fennel Shed,  with a bunch of lovely ladies from The Cotton Shed.  We dined with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, (who just happened to be staying at our hotel) we saw some beautiful quilts,2014-09-13 11.33.34 and the weather was fabulous, showing off the Inishowen peninsula to its very best.  We did a workshop with Linda from The Cotton Shed. Making a candlemat in woolfelt. Find her on Facebook.  We visited The Famine Village, where we were treated to a fantastic history lesson.  I didnt get the guide’s name, but boy could he talk about Donegal/Irish history, as it affected the people of Inishowen. 
On the Saturday the ladies of The Fennel Shed opened an extra hour especially for us, so we had an opportunity to buy up those necessary fat quarters and metres of the very fabric we were looking for.
I have been beavering  away at Safe Harbor, by Kaaren Johnston.2014-09-05 18.12.02  I have the final border on, and plan to have it longarm quilted.  This is the first time I have had a quilt LAQ.  I am really looking forward to the finished article.
I have  just found this in my drafts today 1st Jan 2015, so I will post before I do my NYpost.

August to December and a couple of finishes.

I have become really lazy about the blogging.  Sorry to those kind people who follow my almost nonexistant blog. I have continued to sew through the past 5 months.  I completed a full size quilt and 2014-12-31 09.57.102014-12-27 20.10.22                     had it long-arm quilted. Safe Harbor is a design by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt. 

I tried something different and entered it in a competition. I didnt win, but my little quilt was ‘published’ with photos of all the other entries.  I was chuffed to bits.       2014-05-19 17.44.54       2014-05-24 09.20.57                                             I stuck in, this week and finished all the blocks for my Pondhouse by Lynette Anderson, which has been on the go for……..4?years.This is the last log cabin block. Yay! Only two borders to attach and I will be ready for quilting.  I would like to attempt hand quilting, but it is sooo big.2014-12-31 18.22.56 

I made table decorations for Christmas2015-01-01 14.19.03 and two lovely flannel cushions for my favourite Auntie, oh, and a table runner for my cousin in Scotland.IMG_2300 2014-11-25 21.31.02 Yes, I have been busy.  I tried a wool felt workshop, and got hooked enough to make a few Christmas gifts.2014-09-14 11.19.442014-12-09 14.23.17

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year 2015.

Perhaps I will keep up with my blogging.  That sounds like a maybe NY resolution. Bx

Monday, 28 July 2014

Celebrations and Goodbyes

I have just realised it is almost a month since I did a ‘weekly’ blog.  Somehow the summer months are so filled with things that keep me away from the computer and the sewing machine.  We’ve had the annual ‘tea and cake’ for our eldest, and taken the pic of her and the kids, so we can say ‘look how much they’ve grown.IMG_2259IMG_2261

A couple of days later we helped my friends celebrate their 50th anniversary.2014-07-19 21.24.14

I ma2014-07-18 22.02.59de this  wallhanging of their family peeping out of the leaves of the tree.

Our youngest girl said a sad goodbye to this wee lady who was 14 1/2 yrs old. This was taken some years ago.IMG_0013Molly had been her constant companion since college, when she got sneaked into the room in a pocket.

And hello to this rascal, Phoebe.2014-07-11 15.39.10

She wanted company for this  guy who was sad to lose his companion. JR is a friendly little dog who is finding it just a wee bit difficult having a juvenile to cope with.IMG_0409

Grandaughter finished her last summer’s project. A woolfelt cushion with her name on it. I think she is going to be a typical needlewoman. A few UFO’s always around.

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The summer has been glorious. We have been out and about a lot. Unfortunately I didnt take many pics.  This was at Bangor, on a day when we took the train and relaxed, with no driving to do.

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy 4th July

                              Wishing all my US blogging friends
                 a Happy Independence Day

Monday, 23 June 2014

Summer and cross stitch

I Havent much quilty to blog about. The weather has been really good, so outside becons.  The pipeband championship was held in the park this week.  I really enjoyed it, must be my scottish blood.  My niece’s girls and hubby are involved, and with all those tartans and hundreds of people around, I managed to find them. Z’s pink sunglasses  drew my attention.IMG_2134IMG_2135IMG_2162

L has been doing this since she was little. Now at 16 she is very skilled.

I did a few cross stitched pictures for baby cards for the church.  I like to have a few in hand in case we have a baby boom.2014-06-12 18.15.08

2014-06-23 18.01.32Bought myself this little treat.  Dont know what I will do with it yet, but it is sitting nicely in my stash til then. Luv to

Monday, 9 June 2014

The walk of shame and Convergence

I have to confess.  I am so ashamed. What have I done you ask?  It’s more like what have I not done.  This afternoon I was sewing away merrily on my Convergence quilt, see below, when my trusty machine began to make horrendous noises, and nasty loose stitches.  I didnt know what was wrong, thought it might be the bobbin cover which seemed loose.  I stopped and decided to take a couple of pics of the quilt so far.  That done, I pulled out the manual for my faithful friend.  I turned to the maintenance section………well, have you caught on yet.  I saw the instructions for cleaning and oiling.  I opened the needle plate and was horrified to find lint the size and colour of a small fieldmouse. Boy was I ashamed. I admit I didnt do the maintenance/cleaning bit in all the years I have had her. Almost 8.  Sooooo… she got lots of tlc, a needle change, and bless her she is sewing like a dream.  What a bad stitcher am I.

Here is the convergence quilt, not quite finished.  I have enjoyed this, and would be tempted to do another sometime soon.2014-06-09 17.35.292014-06-09 17.40.24

Thank you for listening /reading my confession.  I have learned my lesson….really I have.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

A bit of Catch-up

Well, I didnt last long with the ‘blog every week’ resolution.  I just seemed to get busy.  What was I doing……I’ll have to think about that.  Lets have a look at where I was last blog…..27th April! I can hardly believe that.  Where have the five weeks gone.  I went to Scotland as a surprise for my Auntie on her birthday.  Had a great couple of days, but not many photos. This very peaceful scene at the front of my cousin’s house where I stayed.2014-05-02 19.23.52

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Then DH and I went to Donegal. This is a pic of the cliffs at Slieve  Liag (league). The weather was not great, but we had this cosy stove for the evenings.


A local church held a lovely quilt exhibition in our neighbouring town.  There were some beautiful quilts, and lots of inspiration.  This is something new for my neighbourhood, and was a great hit. Here are a few pics.2014-05-23 18.50.372014-05-23 17.55.002014-05-23 17.55.18IMG_1925I loaned my Scrappy Happy Spring.

Summer has brought new life to the lake in our park.  This swan had 5 babies and seemed to be waiting for the other 3 eggs to hatch.  Sadly, as I walked this morning I noticed the eggs still there, and the family gone to swim at the other side of the lake.

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We also have a family of 5 goslings to add to the growing goose flock.2014-06-02 09.20.46I entered a quilt in the home industries part of our local agricultural show. The first show I ever entered.2014-06-07 17.06.04Am I just a little proud to be acknowledged.  This is the quilt that won.  It is not well displayed, as there is a window behind it.2014-06-07 15.44.01Th photo doesnt do it justice.

I will finish with a peek at something I have made for a competition.  I will show all after the judging is done.  I am getting into this Smile.2014-05-20 14.45.46

Finally, finally I bought Ricky Tims book and am in the process of trying this technique. More photos to follow.

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This will take practice, but I love it. B.