Saturday, 25 December 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
This will be going in the lounge once the redecorating has been done later in the year.
I joined the hexagon s using beads and ladder stitch.
The following quilt top has been in the "making" for approx. five years! I began it while in the black and white module two of the Distant Stitch Course. I needed to learn quilting techniques and as usual jumped in the deep-end by choosing this quilt designed by Paula Doyle of http://www.greenmountainquilts.com/. Paula once had a shop where I used to buy my quilting fabrics and equipment and how I got involved in the local quilting group. I took this along to my first meeting hoping to see Paula for advice. It sat in the first black border state for some time and I did give up a saturday a couple of years ago to make the flying geese parts. So what do you do when you need to pack for a holiday? Yes, you sew together the flying geese border then join it onto the main section! So the top in now complete and it stands at 60" x 80". I intend to take it to Isabel of Crompton Quilting as the thought of machine quilting a quilt this size does not appeal to me. I could make tops until I have a roomful, but I am not so keen on the quilting on such large pieces. I shall stick to small quilts in future
Top finally completed by me!
More completed UFO's to follow...
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Loving the pose! It's back legs are just how I needed them positioned!
I finally found the way of changing the exposure on my digital camera while journeying back to base from Keswick one evening. The fact I have had this camera over three years makes me feel a little foolish. I should go on a course on how to get the most from your digital camera!
I was able to create this wonderful photo
Looks like its been through photoshop already!
Now off to sleep in my own bed...
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Blue sky, sun and silly festival hats
Mark King - the Slap Bass King
DH watched most of Level 42's set through his binoculars, Mark is one of his Bass Heros and would love to play slap bass like him - sore finger allowing!
More silly festival hats as worn by the Darlings
Rocking all over Guildford!
This is the second time we saw Status Quo at Guilfest - this was the best!
The Fabulous FEZHEADS
Chopping a Fezhead in two
Good Old Music Hall magic tricks, Sand Dances and Comical Music
When DH grows up he wants to be a Fezhead!
Should they ever need a three fingered bass player he's their man!
This event starts on Friday afternoon and goes on until Sunday evening, camping is available - tent or camper van, but we usually choose the best running list for either Saturday or Sunday and then book a day ticket. Would have liked to see the Human League on Saturday night, but just couldn't face NDubz. We decided the Sunday was more our style of music!
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Below is an overview of what I did at Urchfont.
There are no methods or explanations of how they were created - my fellow Distant Stitchers know how I created the fabrics and in respect for Ruth Issett I won't be telling you, go do your own Ruth Issett Workshop you'll thank me for suggesting it!
Making marks and lines with black
Some of the black marks can still be seen in the coloured fabrics below
Creating something with the fabric you have manipulated.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
As an icebreaker Hazel suggested we make ATCs, place them in a coded envelope and then we chose a different envelope and spent time finding out who had made which one from the clues on the envelope and what we might have been wearing.
Above are all the different styles of cards created.
So tomorrow...a day of rest?
Darling Husband celebrates his birthday and
Darling Daughter has her prom, so probably not!
Ruth Issett was brilliant
Off for a lie down in a dark room to recharge the batteries
It was great to meet up with old friends and meet new ones
Thanks for making this year fun, as always
Blogging soon with photos...
Monday, 28 June 2010
For the first time I will be staying in Seymore House.
Even though I rang to book as soon as the date of the Summer School was available all the other rooms were booked!
I double checked with the office - "That's not the thatched one, is it?"
Now I like a thatched cottage like the next woman - who wouldn't - but this particular one looks, well,... abit scary. Maybe it's the fact it's the furthest from the Manor House and you have to walk through the garden - in the dark! - to reach it may be a factor. Now as Seymore House is just slightly closer to the Manor House and you still have walk through the "Secret Garden" to reach it I will be packing my Son's wind up torch. Yes, the one I bought as a gift from the lovely famer's fayre/craft shop down the road from Urchfont. I knew there was a reason for getting it! I doubt he has used it for the last 12 months, so that now means it's mine!!! So next week-end as you tuck yourselves up in the Manor House and you hear an unusual "sawing " sound that will be me winding up the torch as I sprint through the dark to bed.
Who ever had the wonderful idea of having us make ATC's for the first evening "Icebreaker" deserves a pat on the back. I am busy making mine and I hope nobody forgets. I love the idea of the secret codes and things on the ATC to identify the maker. It will be such fun.
I am so looking forward to seeing you all again and to meet the first timers.
See you on Sunday...
Friday, 11 June 2010
There is something very special about St. Paul's. We sit under the dome and gaze at the beautiful mosaics and paintings above us. The colours are amazing and I keep promising myself a daytime visit with the sketchbook. Sadly photos aren't allowed in the main part of the church but they allow us to photograph the banners - fortunately my Son was able to snap away and got a good selection of the different designs.
After we have walked down the nave the banners are displayed around the font so that the congregation can view the many different designs as they leave. The lovely ladies of Northwood MU came to view their new banner and their banner bearer Graham was quick to tell them I was the one who had made it. It was quite difficult to hug all the ladies whilst holding my own banner aloft, but I managed!
A selection of the many banners on display
This final one is one of my favourites and I always look out for it.
The Madonna is so unusual.
I have been working on Chapter 10, making lots of little books and a bigger book to hold them in!
Monday, 7 June 2010
The goldwork was coming undone
New bright leather on new silk background
But for the machine stitching on the blue fabric to create the waves all of the banner was hand sewn
The Other Side
Friday, 28 May 2010
As I work for myself I can work the hours I like and as my job is something I like doing it's not so arduous to be sat at 10pm of an evening, (plus some!) sewing. I'll be the first to admit I do too much, socially and craft wise. There are never enough hours in the day to fit it all in and then when the Darlings make a demand of my time I will always drop what I am doing for them and then when Family fall ill we all stop to do what we can don't we? Unfortunately C & G coursework is the first thing to go on the back burners, so I was pleased to find some of that precious thing called "time" to give to the coursework this week. No photos yet but will post on the Coursework blog very soon.
I will be very glad to see this banner paraded through St. Paul's Cathedral very soon.
12" x 12" Wonky Log Cabin in Scraps made for a swap
with a Quilting Group in Houston
We all had to incorporate a piece of dotty fabric - mine became footballs!
Should be bringing it home this afternoon.
Thou shalt not covet - but it will probably be mine until she leaves home!
I suppose I haven't blogged recently as I had no news regarding Dad and we were waiting with bated breath to see what the results were after all the extensive tests. I can only sing the praises of the NHS as Dad has been seen and operated on asap after finding his lump. So last night Mum was able to tell me that the cancer has not spread from the lymph nodes, which is such a relief. The sence of a great burden being lifted was incredable. They can now have their short break away at the seaside before Dad begins courses of chemo and radiotherapy. Dad's upset that he will be losing his beard - something he has cultivated for over forty years - I asked whether a false one is available as the hospital had offered a wig for when his hair falls out! Bad humour is a great remedy to the Big C. Got to keep laughing...