Wednesday, 31 August 2011

At long last I have started some stitching.  I am taking part in ALQS6 and  I am using the picture below  (Hundertwasser again) as my inspiration.

I started of by drawing my own version of this picture and used some of my dyed fabrics to make the background.  I hope to get some more done on it tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

In the playroom at last.

Time to TRY and do something creative with the fabric that I tray dyed on Monday.  I dyed this fabric with the intention of using it for my piece for the ALQS6.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


Moira is having a giveaway on her blog for some of her hand made pendents.  Click on the button in my side bar or here to add your name to the draw.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

 I thought it was about time I tried to do something creative.  So having finished all my chores, it was time to play.  First I wanted to try some sun printing, and although I put this in front of the window with a daylight bulb shining on it, it did not leave a mark!  :(   I will have to try this again on a very sunny day.
 I have signed up to do ALQS 6, so I have tray- dyed some fabric in 3 shades of blue, just waiting for it to 'cook'
And as I had the dyes out, I have dyed one of my skirts.  I had only worn it for about an hour, when I went into my playroom and some black ink jumped onto it, all by itself!  As it didn't wash out, I bleached it and success, the ink had gone. Show you the results tomorrow.

Monday, 15 August 2011


A wonderful time at the FOQ, saw some very lovely quilts.  Here are just a few pictures for those of you who couldn't get there.  1 day is not long enough!
Hot Africa
by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga

by Pia Welsch.
 Pia was very happy to talk  to Nickie and I about her work.
A fleeting visit to the 'Virtual Studio', here Claire Benn was writing freehand on some fabric she was creating, didn't get a chance to go back and see how it developed unfortunately. , Nickie and I don't know why this doll didn't get a prize.

Cirque Poupee'
by Marie Roper.
My Way
bySolvi L Krokeide.

 And of course quilts from my blogging friends ;- the one below is the much talked about one by Annabel Rainbow.
Life ( Measure of Time)
Julie has got inspiration for her quilt from Cornwall.
Turning, Disappearing.
 Margaret Ramsey's door.
Tunisian Door.
 Carolyn who is lucky enough to live in St. Ives has used that as her inspiration.
Seaside Cottages, St. Ives.
 Sandra Wyman

Digging for Bait.
Having spent so much time looking at the quilts, meant not that much time for shopping. I think this must be the first time I have been to the NEC and come home with money in my purse! LOL

Thursday, 11 August 2011


I had to pop to Craft Arena wearing my Secretary's hat and found the latest QA in, handy to read on the coach trip to the FOQ on Saturday.  Alo these threads were shouting 'buy me! buy me!' who could resist, not me!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Warm as toast.

I bought some wool and a pattern for this scarf/shrug last week when I was in Bourton on the Water, and I have finished it!  Really enjoyed making it too.  So much so, that when I find some nice wool I shall make one for my Mum to keep her warm this winter.

I forgot.

Tidying up my playroom  after my week at Mums, thought I would show my Percy (Bysshe Shelley) now that I have finished all the hand stitching.  He's not pressed, as at the moment I am unsure if/when I shall use him.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A bit more shopping.

For Christmas, I was given some John Lewis vouchers from my children at school.  As we were in Milton Keynes last week, I took the opportunity to exchange some of the vouchers for some threads.  Last time I  went to John Lewis I bought red and yellow, so this time blue and green.  Need to find a project to use them on now!


When we were in Christchurch, Dorset the other week, I stumbled across a needlework shop called Pinks.  Now it would be very unfriendly not to pop in and have a browse, because there was NOTHING that I NEEDED!  BUT, there was a special offer on Madeira stranded cotton threads, well, to cut a long story short, I bought a few, (30).  The offer is 10 packs for £2.50, the very friendly and helpful lady is happy to past out orders if anyone else needs some of these.   You have to support independent traders, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!! The reels of thread she gave me for our EG sales table.

5 sleeps

Have had a lovely time in Dorset and at my mothers.  I have not been doing any stitching, as I am trying to think about my next project.  Instead I have been doing a lot of research-reading and on the Internet and taken up knitting again. I cant just sit still and not do nothing.  In fact I have almost finished it!! A photo of it very soon.
On Thursday, I have a YE meeting with Libby and all the other helpers to plan next year.  We are meeting at the Blue Egg, very near a patchwork  fabric shop not to self- I DO NOT NEED any more fabric!
On Saturday I am off to the NEC, FOQ.  Let me know if you have a quilt on display, so that I can look out for it please.