Wednesday, 10 July 2013

blowing away the cobwebs

Oh my days it's dusty in here, time to blow the cobwebs away.
I'm still studying hard on the course, it seems never ending, but it will end I know, I just hope I can get all the work done in time. My weekends are full of either books and folders all over the dining room table or wonderful visits form delicious grandchildren. I know which ones I prefer.:-)

It was Maisie's first birthday yesterday. (she's the one in the middle) Happy birthday sweetie-pie.

My 'special' birthday was wonderful. Jon and I went to London and saw Les Miserables, what a fabulous show! We had an upgrade at our hotel once the receptionist realised it was my birthday and we were put in one of the tower rooms in a beautiful old country house.

Those two windows on the second floor in the tower were ours.    

Here's me on the other side of those windows.

I'm trying to fit some sewing in somewhere too but there has been precious little. I've done some X + blocks though.

I do like making these blocks, I can't wait for the rest to arrive so that I can stitch it all together.

Right then back to the course work... sigh.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

I'm just practising adding a blog button

The UK Borders Agency Quilting Bee 

Ooh it worked, now how do I get it to sit at the side?

A new Bee and a win

The Border Agency Bee has been so much fun. Our group of 7,  became 6  early on, started by making our centre block of our own design. Not having ever made a 'block' before, I was nervous about looking silly. I needn't have worried, I have found out that quilters are a helpful, appreciative and generous lot. Well now we're up to the penultimate border and I'm looking forward to getting my quilt back and seeing all the beautiful borders. But that's not for another couple of months yet. The last time I saw it, it looked like fabulous.
Anyway, I suddenly realised that I would miss the monthly scramble in my fabric stash, the searching for ideas for borders and the looming deadline panic. I always work better under under stress. So I looked around for another Bee and found The Japanese X and + Block Bee run by Patti. There are a whole load of people in this bee, 23 to be precise. We have 2 Queen Bees each month and we all make 2 blocks for each of them. That is going to be a LOT of blocks each person will recieve. My month is June!
I've made the  blocks for this months Queens, here's a sneaky peak.

I had a lovely surprise when I got home from work the other day. A mysterious parcel was laying on the door mat. Don't you just love getting mysterious parcels?
I remembered whilst I was making my cup of tea and opening the biscuits what the parcel was. ( well I like to savour the moment when opening parcels, and a cup of tea and biscuits are definitely required for a savouring moment).
I'd entered a give-away on Wendy's blog for a magazine, a very sought after magazine, which has had people scouring the shops and online for it. The reason is the Marcelle Medallion quilt.  It's all the rage right now.
Well I won Wendy's give-away and bless her she also sent another magazine and some pretty fabric scraps, a fabric glue pen and some zips. Isn't she a dear!
See I said that quilters are a generous bunch of people. Thank you Wendy xx

Friday, 12 April 2013

So here's what I've been up to

I am a member of the UK Borders Agency quilting bee on Flikr run by Kerry of Penny Dog Patchwork .
We made a central block each here's mine
I am so proud of this as it's my first ever quilt block :):):)
 I packed up my little tortoise saw tooth star block and sent it to the first recipient and waited for  one of the other members to send me theirs.
This is the first border I ever made on Wendy's block
I can tell you it was a very scary time, I didn't want to make a mess up of someone's hard work and also what on earth would they think of my sewing, I showed pictures of my ideas and fabric choices and just went for it. Happily Wendy was very happy with it. Then I packed it off to the next person on the list.
And so on it goes. I've seen a few pictures of my block with it's added borders and I can't wait to get it back, It's looking amazing.
Here's another border I did
This time I wanted another dimension so I added some Prairie points on top of a beautiful print from Amy Butler.
And the latest border
I'm not sure this is finished yet, I might still add some thing to the left and right borders.
Well that's what I've been up to. Well, as well as course work, looking after grandchildren (love that) and working. Oh and in my quilt group we are making a  quillow! But more on that another time.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Downs and ups and soul searching

Well what a roller coaster ride it's been these last couple of years!
Family illness, bereavements and breakdowns, then a couple of new grandchildren and passing exams. All this led to a lot of soul searching.
What makes me happy? What is important in my life?
So, a change was needed.
I had been losing enthusiasm for my beads, jewellery and clay work for some time, it was becoming a chore and with my new "Do what makes me happy" approach I decided to put them aside.
I passed a maths exam and started a city and guilds course because of upheaval at work and I had to think of my future. It was tough going because I have slight dyscalculia, There was a lot of cussing! The C and G course is still going on for another 6 months and it's a hard slog but needed.

When the first new grandchild arrived I wanted to make something special for him and decided on a cot quilt. I so enjoyed making it that I went on a fabric hunt so that I could create more things. Here's Harry on his quilt

I made this for Sofie, our son's girlfriend, I drew the elephant for her and made the frame for it.
I've joined a quilting group, we meet once a month and I am a member of an online quilting bee and I have my enthusiasm back again. I've joined the gym, have a new zest for life and I'm looking forward to my 50th birthday in a couple of days.

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 Life is what you make it so do what makes you happy.