Saturday, 12 May 2018

BEEN A WHILE

Hello! I am back. I thought I was doing well blogging more regularly and then life got in the way again.  I had very little time to stitch as I was either way too tired or very busy attending to other matters. Fortunately, things appear to be on the up now , a very slow process but improving nonetheless. Oh, and HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to all the mums and grand mums out there. I had a lovely surprise this morning when my eldest daughter, her hubby and munchkin came over to take me for a walk along the boardwalk of the marina and have a coffee at the cafĂ©. It was great to have some "me time" and get out and about for a short time, something I haven't been able to do for almost 2 weeks. It is these simple pleasures that put a smile on my dial. Anyhoo, I thought it was easier to do some mindless knitting instead of stitching last week. I decided to make myself some fingerless gloves. I tried to crochet some but realised they needed to stretch sideways, something the crochet did not allow so a simple garter knitting stitch did the job. I crocheted the top edge in black.

 
 
 
I then decided to crochet a scarf for myself in a shell pattern. although it is difficult to see the pattern using variegated yarn.
 
 
Yesterday I decided to pin munchkin"s quilt ready to quilt on my sewing machine. However, after trying really hard to straighten out the backing while pinning the layers together it was all bunched up so I had to undo all the pins. Grrrrrr. So, that "simple" project proved to be not so simple . I then decided to get back to my angel blocks seeing as I had more time to sit and stitch. I have nearly finished  Fran's Flying School .
 
 
I hope you have all had a productive stitching weekend. Thankyou for visiting.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

MUNCHKIN'S QUILT AND BECKY

I have had a productive couple of hours this afternoon finishing the top of my munchkin's quilt. I had put it aside for other stitching projects thinking I would get back to it quite soon. "Quite soon" became ages so I thought I would finish it off today as it was only a matter of sewing the borders on.

 
I couldn't manage to take the photo with the bottom border being shown properly but I assure you that it is the same size as the rest . ( One never knows with my machine sewing). I found enough cotton batting in my stash and I bought enough of the dark blue fabric ,( inner border), to use for the backing and binding. The next big step for me is to try and machine quilt it.
 
I  have been happily stitching my angels and have finished Becky the Librarian. 
 
 
Now that I have started Fran I need to go in the sewing room to dress a few more angels.
I hope you have had a lovely stitching weekend.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

HERE'S HATTIE


                        Hattie is fresh off my embroidery hoop  this afternoon. Now on to Libby.


 
Angel Blessings.
 
 


Saturday, 21 April 2018

A QUICK HELLO FROM BECKIE AND CHARLOTTE



Despite a bad throat and gurgly chest I have still enjoyed finishing 2 more angels. As promised, here is Beckie the bookworm.

 
 
AND I completed Charlotte just moments ago.
 
 
 
I have Hattie and Libby prepared ready to stitch at my leisure but I think I shall give my eyes a rest for an hour or so because I was going cross eyed finishing that last block.
 
Have a lovely stitching time at your place.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

ANOTHER ANGEL


After a week's break from stitching I was eager to get on with my appliqued angels and I am happy to introduce you to Tillie the Tea Lady angel. Becky the Bookworm will be ready to make her appearance very soon.

 
 
I don't know about you but I get quite grumpy when I can't stitch. Does that mean I have a problem? If you want to see more angels for the  "An Angel's Story " quilt  pop over to Michelle's as she has done many blocks with beautiful needle turn applique. 
 
While visiting Spotlight last week I came upon something which immediately screamed " I am perfect to store fabric scraps for applique". As you can see, my storage system for separating the different colours was a little over filled and a bit hard for me to get to as they were on top of my shelves.
 
 
 
So, why not make life easier with larger storage that is already colour coded?
 
 
I have already found it to be very handy .
 
I hope you are having some lovely stitching time.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

AQC BUT NO STITCHING


I haven't been to the AQC for a few years so I jumped at the chance to go when my quilting group  decided to all go on a coach. We went on the Sunday and it wasn't crowded at all which was lovely.  It was so nice to be able to look at the stalls without people pushing in or tripping over trolleys. Needless to say I had fun purchasing things I needed and wanted.  I bought the latest Simply Vintage magazine that hadn't been released at Newsagencies yet and a gorgeous Fig 'N' Berry pattern for felt Christmas ornies with the felt I needed to make all 4 of them. I found some yummy fat 1/4s too.


 
Not being a very good machine quilter I decided to buy a stencil and pounce pad to do FMQ ( not that it is exactly free motion when one is following a line). If I can't do machine quilting with these helpful items then I give up! I couldn't resist a cute stitchery to make for my munchkin's room and I also bought my mum a stitchery I thought she would like to do. I remembered I need refills for my glue pen and decided to buy another pen as well.
 
 
There were some lovely quilts on display but I couldn't take a lot of pics as my eyes started to go weird with the onset of a migraine. This one caught my attention from a distance. It is actually raised with the coloured bit underneath which had been bubble quilted. For some reason these 2 pics are sideways and I cannot seem to alter them. Gremlins again!
   
 
This one was so colourful and made me smile.
 
 
Unfortunately, I have not done any stitching for 4 days. I was on a roll starting my 3rd appliqued angel but I was stopped in my tracks when a blinding headache struck me with visual disturbance that quite scared me. A similar thing happened on Sunday at the AQC and I am only really just getting over the headaches now. I am grumpy as a result of not being able to stitch, read or get on the computer. However, I had finished another book before all this. It was a good work of fiction that cleverly incorporated the Tay Bridge disaster back in 1879 in Scotland. I never knew about this piece of Scottish history so I looked it up. I love how reading can expand one's knowledge. It is called 'The Last Train' by Sue Lawrence.
 
 
I hope you are all well and enjoying much stitching.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

SARAH THE SEWING ANGEL


I have enjoyed many afternoons of stitching over the Easter weekend and I am pleased to say that I finished my second angel block. Meet Sarah.

 
 
I hope you have managed to find some time to stitch over the weekend too. Now I am off to find my 3rd angel block . I had 4 prepared and I think I may just have a bit of time to prepare 2 more this afternoon.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 

BEEN A WHILE

Hello! I am back. I thought I was doing well blogging more regularly and then life got in the way again.  I had very little time to stitch a...