Sunday, 27 May 2018

PINNED, PARIS AND PENNIES

 Time just flies. I think we all know that feeling even though some days seem to drag on when we are feeling unwell and uninspired. I was on a roll with my angel blocks and then life got in the way leaving me without my stitching mojo. Sometimes it just takes something a little different to get me back stitching. I have wanted to make a wool felt penny rug table topper for years. As I have built up a small stash of wool felt in Autumnal colours as well as brights I decided to have a play with the colours and started to sew some 3 layer pennies. With a mug, glass bottle and a alcohol nip measurer ( I have no idea what these are called), I traced the 3 different sizes, cut them out and blanket stitched them with a much larger stitch than I usually do. Now I have almost run out of these colours and hope some more arrive with an order this week so I can keep stitching and actually complete something. I must say that I love stitching wool. It is so soft and pliable to use.

 
 
I have finally completed reading another book. This one is non fiction about a wonderful woman who helped around 1000 Jewish children to escape Paris when it was occupied by the Nazis. 
 
 
 
I decided to get back to basting my munchkin's quilt yesterday after my earlier attempt failed. This time I used masking tape to secure the backing to the floor and it worked. So, I am smiling again and ready to try my hand at simple machine quilting. Wish me luck!
 
Angel Blessings.    
 
 

Sunday, 13 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 café. 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.
 
 
 
 

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