Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Oh the pleasure of stitching with wool fabric and soft wool felt!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Wool and Felt!

Working on the second nec quilt over the past weeks I had cause to get out and go through my box of felt. Originally the outer frame of the quilt was going to have felt appliqué on it, but once I had quilted it fairly liberally I realised enough was enough and stopped at the quilting. But I had got the felt out and fondled it, so it just HAD to be used somehow...and so the next little project was born...

Friday, 25 July 2014

Done and Delivered!

Around midnight last night I tottered upstairs and into a cooling bath after a long day of hand sewing in 30 degrees plus- a day that followed several other hot days spent with an increasingly compete quilt on my lap- a quilt that Team Tabby just kept wanted to sit on!
Up to London to deliver the two nec quilts this morning. Remind me NOT to be stitching right up to the deadline next year...the colours in the photos are not true to life- I raced out to record the quilt as the sun was setting and it played havoc with the colour balance!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scary Sewing

 I have until Friday to finish my quilt for the NEC show. I had planned to have plenty of time to make my two quilts this year, but had not realised I would be distracted by the time consuming matter of a potential  house move. So, here I am RACING to the finish. Today was Scary Sewing Day. Having spent weeks embroidering and piecing the central panel it was time to add the surround. The surround has curvy top and bottom panels. I had just enough fabric to make these panels and knew that if I messed up then central panel would have been a complete waste of time as I would have no chance of making another surround in a fabric that was 'right'.
 The two curves had to be PERFECT.
 Perfect FIRST TIME.
Oh, the relief.........now for more hand stitching......

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


 I am still around- moving house, been here ten years, so I am going through every drawer, every shelf, every cupboard to cull the contents. The garden, which was going to be finished in a leisurely manner over the next few months has now to be completed in the next week- HUGE bag of gravel for the paths arriving tomorrow, when the temperature will be in the 30s, that will be fun.
Also trying to finish hand stitching a quilt which is to be ready for next Tuesday.
I must dash back to work- I feel like a dandelion seed being blown here, there and everywhere currently!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The best laid plans....

 It never ceases to amaze me how inanimate objects can conspire against one when there is a positive shed-load of work that MUST be done RIGHT NOW . You clear the diary and think, "two lovely empty days next week for me to break that back of that project". Wrong. Two days for things to occur that you really, really do not want to occur even on days when there isn't a load of work needing doing. Having sorted everything that needed sorting yesterday morning I was wandering through the kitchen towards my sewing when I spotted a yellowish puddle on the floor. Immediately I was cross with Team Tabby- how could they be so lazy and ill mannered on a Summer's Day when entry and exit to the outside world are so simple, how could one of them have done this? As I bent to soak it up with some kitchen paper a drop landed on my head....not Team Tabby, how could I have imagined that such polite cats could be so gross? Hot water tank.
 Towels on the floor, bowls beneath the rapidly growing strip of drops congregating on the ceiling. Turn off stop cock- remove everything from cupboard under sink, needed tidying anyway, can't turn off stop cock, aaaargh!, won't force it, will only make things worse if that starts spurting water everywhere...phone gasman, will be here asap. Start to investigate exactly where the water is coming from...lift carpet from front of airing cupboard, pool of water under hot tank, dripping into the floor below through the hole the pipes come up. AAAARGH! Many towels stuffed hastily in to soak it up. Whilst doing this I feel water dripping on my head.
I go further up the tank. There is a little pool around the immersion heater top. More towels. I start removing the shelves and contents of the cupboard so the gasman can get to the various stop cocks and pipes. The pipes all have lovely thick lagging tubes on them, so I remove them one by one. The final one is on the pipe that bends itself into the top of the water tank. Out spurts a jet of hot water. I hastily put the insulation back on as I do not want the water spraying the whole cupboard and wrap it in more towels....two hours later the gasman arrives and rebuilds the pipework, in the interim another drip crack has appeared in the ceiling downstairs, but the ceiling is in no danger of falling, thank goodness!
 All sorted now, shelves re-built and back, contents back and we now just have to wait for the drying out to happen over the next few weeks then paint the ceiling. The good thing about this is that I was going to be away yesterday and today, so would have come home to a flooded kitchen with its ceiling on the floor. The not so good thing is that no sewing got done and I was hoping to post some 'finished' photos today of the centre of a quilt I am working on to go to the NEC show. Here are some 'work in progress' photos instead!

 Fingers crossed for a quiet day today.
 Once I finish washing all those towels.