Monday, August 21, 2017

The weekend that was.....


That weekend went fast fast....

There was Friday night stitching.....


... and on Saturday morning I had a belated birthday/christmas/anniversary/whatever activity and went to learn some cake decorating....


something I have wanted to do forever but don't really like fiddly diddly things....


oh my gosh it was so much fun.....


... now I think I need a new stash of stuff so I can practice practice practice....


I completed a giftie and wrapped it up.... ready for posting this week.....


I finished up my block for the Stitch-a-long.......



... and I put the binding and sewed the bells on my Christmas banner - off into the giftie box it goes....


And best of all we went to the airport in the middle of the night and collected DD and widget who have been on a trip overseas....



... and now we are back to Monday....

PS the cake was provided... chocolate mud cake which is so delicious.... too much for us so most of it has gone off with Hubz to his office..... now I need to learn to bake a nice firm cake that doesn't crumb - any recipes??????

Righto, Gotto Go.. there's jobs to be done......
have a great week everyone.....

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week's blocks.....


This week we sewed 7 of our blocks and then had a couple for home work - the one with curves needed to be done by hand and the flag on the bottom right the others want to make up their own ...


This morning I added the sashing on them...


... and put them together with the others... (the sashing will be narrower as they are not sewn together)


I have also finally completed this little block for my Dutch Treat quilt.... those little grapes and curvy leaves took me simply ages...


.. these little stitcheries go much quicker - I only have one left for this set...


Righto, Gotto Go.... I need to get another block for Gardeners Journal sorted to sew now...

Have a happy Thursday .....

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Royal Bulls Head Inn


A couple of weekends ago Hubz and I visited a local historical building ....  long overdue

The Royal Bulls Head Inn - originally built in 1847 which has been an Inn, a family home and a post office over the years.  The National Trust obtained it and have done a huge amount of restoration - at the same time keeping a lot of the originality.


Once a month they open house and for a small fee you can go in and have a look - they are also encouraging locals to showcase some of their handcrafts - you can see some quilts on the veranda.

There were a few chairs that had been recovered, it was fun to see they had used fabric the same as what I used for my stool recently.

 I love these fold up chairs .....


.. there was a small model of the building


It's hard to see in the picture but the walls were cheesecloth overlaid with wall paper....

(no sound privacy between rooms!!!)


pictures from the 30's were pasted on the wall - there is a cut out piece so you can see how the wall was constructed.  No insulation of course.


The outside kitchen - set up but in disrepair so you can't walk inside....  really fun to see and they have some great information about how it all was originally.


.. this is the kitchen view from the outside....


... and the outside laundry ....


love the charm of those wringers....


the outside dunny ...... leaning over precariously now.....


the outside structures were made without using nails.... you can see how the poles are wired together at the top there.


at one time the building was used as the local post office and this is the entrance that was used then... and the lovely old post box.



A fun couple of hours and I bet this building has some great stories.... 

Apparently is was first a meeting place for squatters and the 'rougher sort'....

Righto, Gotto Go... coffee and quilting....

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sampler quilt


I do enjoy sampler quilts.   I did Sylvia's Bridal Sampler....


... and made a backing with leftovers ....


... and I did the Splendid Sampler....


... and made a scrappy backing with the left overs!!!


And this year the 3 of us who sew together on a Tuesday (we sewed the other samplers together also) are making this one...


My friend Deb was destashing some French General fabrics and these ones are just perfect ...

Here are the first 6 blocks and my choice of cornerstones and sashing and border/binding depending on how I finish it up...


I couldn't resist trying out the sashing and corner stones....

 

This week we got another 4 blocks done...


the blocks are smaller this time and some pieces are hard to hold on to ...


I am using my classic Elna Stella machine (the others are using their vintage Singer featherweights)


I have decided to try and keep up with the sashings and cornerstones on a weekly basis...

Here are all the blocks so far....


I am liking the look ....

I think I like the challenge of a variety of blocks, and the fact that the three of us sew the same blocks together - all our quilts always look completely different...

One day I hope to quilt and finish off mine?????? hmmmmm

Righto, Gotto Go.  I need to photocopy a foundation piecing pattern for next week!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This week.....


I've started working on my applique for the next block of the Stitch-a-long where we are making Michelle Ridgways Holly Cottage.  This month there is the star, a heart and an applique picture so a bit of work to do!


This week I finished my first ever crochet blanket and I am enormously proud of myself... I feel I can now say I am a crocheter!

I got this kit sent to me when I arrived in the UK at the beginning of June and worked on it there - on trains, in the car, etc.  It kept my hands comfortably busy and then in the cool evenings here.

It is an Attic24 pattern and she gives a wonderful tutorial on her blog HERE  


There is a fair bit of yarn left over so I think I will make another but in small size... will be cute and perfect for when there is a boy baby that needs a gift...

On Tuesday there was a birthday to celebrate - so I baked - went for the healthy fruit and dairy choice!


.. and the beginning of the month heralds a new colour for our Scrappy Challenge - this month was light neutrals which I have to say I found rather unstimulating and wasn't very enthusiastic... however I got my quota of 30 done and I don't mind the look after all.  They will be mixed in with other colours.


I love my own house in light neutrals so I don't know why I wasn't keen....


Oh... and just because I can here is another picture of my wonderful ripple blanket with some of the very little colour we have in the garden at the moment....


Righto, Gotto Go..... quilting today...


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