Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Farmers Wife Quilt Along 7

The two latest blocks for this quilt. Finishing this seems at the moment to be an impossibility. Hey ho.
Thank you Bee In My Bonnet for the tutes on these blocks, it made such sense.
Block numbers 15 and 80, Buzzards Roost and Single Wedding Star.

Arty Flowers

Weekend spent in Dorset with my parents and their garden.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

'You Capture' Ordinary Moments

This is my photo for this weeks 'You Capture' on 'I should be Folding Laundry' blog. I saw this cat fast asleep on the basket at the Kidderminster Station for the Severn Valley Railway. For the cat, a very ordinary moment, for visitors to the station, it attracted some attention.
You Capture

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Farleigh Jumper Finished.

I'm very please with this, it will get lots of wear this autumn. I can't believe it took only 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden Light. More details on my Ravelry page.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Hearts All Around Quilt

My friend and I had a lovely day today. We began Popular Patchwork's block of the month called 'Hearts All Around'. Its a sampler quilt which encompasses lots of applique. The first three blocks were in the July issue of the magazine, and in each of the next six or so magazines there will be more blocks to do. I had fun today sewing all day with a like minded friend. What a lovely way to spend a day.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Union Jack Cushion

Thanks again to Bramble Patch for their lovely kit. This was simple to make and looks great. I'm tempted to put it on the back seat of the mini I bought today! Although to be really retro I should make a granny square blanket to put on the seat. Is that wrong?

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Sock Knitting Workshop

Today was the first sock knitting workshop I have run. Held at Moonstone Yarns, it was lovely and very easy because we only had one punter. Still, Mandy got lots of individual attention and is now able to knit socks, she couldn't before. I wish I had done a workshop when I first started knitting socks, it would have stopped all the ripping out and restarting because of all the mistakes I made. Hopefully this was the first of many workshops as I would love to do more.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Knitting Project Bag

Thrilled to bits with this one. It's based on a pattern in Making Magazine. http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
The bag in the magazine was to contain easter eggs and was for children, no matter I love it. (I missed off the easter eggs that accompanied the bird on the bag, does that make it O.K?)

Apologies again for the half finished patio in the background.

I have to say that also today I went to IKEA and bought a king size duvet cover with four pillow cases for £4.99, yes £4.99. This or part of it will be the backing for my bow tie quilt, yay!

Quick Fabric Holdall

Thank you Bramble Patch for this free pattern. The little holdall contains the fat quarters I bought at Festival of Quilts to make the Hearts all Around Quilt in the current issues of Popular Patchwork.
Apologies for the half finished patio in the background.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Festival of Quilts 2011

I had a lovely day. The trains ran on time so I got there O.K. As usual the quality of the quilts on display was staggering, I can only dream of creating work such as this. And, as usual there was an enormous amount of retail opportunities. I always come back from these events with lots of ideas and plans, wishing I had bought more or different as my ideas change. I did get lots of fat quarters and a couple of kits including a union jack cushion kit from the Bramble Patch and some fabric from Rowan for a bag. Oh and I also saw Kaffe Fassett, the colour king on the Rowan stand.

The picture I have chosen for this post reflects the way I felt when I saw it, gagging for a cup of tea!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Shropshire Weekend

What a lovely surprise Shropshire was. So beautiful and peaceful, no traffic, no crowds and lovely weather. We went for a photography course as neither of us was confident going beyond 'inteligent auto' setting on our cameras, now we are. It was a great course run by Photography Made Simple The tutors were supportive and informative and I am now practising using Aperture priority and other settings on my little camera. The course was held at Highley which is a pretty railway station on the Severn Valley Railway. The photo above was taken at the next station down the line where we had to practice our new skills.
We stayed at a fabulous B&B called Timberstones run by Tracey and Alex who were great hosts. The rooms were just lovely, both breakfast and evening meals were fab and there were even cocktails on offer. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. We met some lovely people over breakfast, dinner and cocktails which made this stay even more pleasurable than other places we have stayed. One of the reasons for this I think is that there was no television. We will go back one day as we loved it so much.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Farmers Wife Quilt Along 6

Really busy with these at the moment. Two more just done, I'll have to cut the blog posts down and only post when I have done a few rather than just two. These two were straightforward, I'm picking out the easy ones to do first, is that a cop out? Anyway #16 Calico Puzzle and #20 Churn Dash, lovely aren't they.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Farmers Wife Quilt Along 5

Two more blocks done today,#11 Broken Dishes and #12 broken Sugar Bowl. I might have to redo the Broken Sugar Bowl as I'm not very happy with the the joins on it. C'est la vie.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Bow Tie Scrap Quilt 3

43 blocks done, How many left to do?

Farmers Wife Quilt Along 4

After a break from this for a few weeks, I finally found time today to make two more blocks. The reason I stopped was because I had a go at the 'birds in the air' block which I made a real pigs ear of, it went in the bin along with my enthusiasm for the quilt. However, getting back on track with the success of the two I made today. #9 Box and #10 Bowtie. Both worked out well and am feeling the love again for this project.