Sunday, 28 August 2022

READING AND QUILTING

 

Not much has been achieved this past week but I did finish hand quilting the bunny block and another block. So the top and middle row blocks have been done. Just the bottom row and borders left to do now.




Yesterday was my youngest grandson's 3rd birthday party, the first party he has had due to lockdowns the previous 2 birthdays. He wanted a " Frozen" theme so my daughter out did herself again and created a " Frozen" birthday cake.




She spent all day Friday creating the cake while I occupied my grandson.  So, yesterday was the 1st time I have socialised with family and friends since the beginning of the pandemic. It was also the 1st time I haven't worn a mask among people so I just hope Covid hasn't found me. 


I finished reading another book this morning as I was too tired to read last night and it was too noisy to concentrate with the neighbour's music blaring until 12.30am. This book is fiction but was inspired by the very real evil adoption place that stole and sold children . 



I am planning to do some more hand quilting this afternoon after the final load of washing is done. I hope you enjoy your day.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

AN OLD CROCHET UFO

 

Sometime before the pandemic, maybe a year or 2 prior, I started a more challenging crochet project which I ended up putting away as I found it a bit difficult to do without someone to help me each time I came across a new hurdle. Well, as I have had more experience with crocheting since then, I decided to be brave and revisit it. So, I resorted everything I had done and started where I left off on a few blocks. Here is the pattern. 




Unfortunately, despite buying the kit, the colours are not light and bright as depicted but they are ok. Most of the filler granny squares had been done but there were 2 unfinished. I have add the next round to these 2 and there is one more round. I remember that I couldn't work out how to do the crosses and had some help from a friend then got confused doing the last 2 and left them. Thankfully, I had no trouble this time. Fingers crossed I don't come across more problems with the rest.



Now onto the 1st main octagonal block. This is where I left it and now I need to work out what row I am up to. I really need to focus without interruption to do this so I will have to choose my time and not do it while watching the tv. 




See what I mean about the colours? Anyhoo, I feel that I may be getting somewhere now. As for my hand quilting some further progress has been made. 2 more blocks have been done. It is hard to see in the pics but I have quilted around the hearts with brown thread because the ecru stood out too much. The rectagonal pieces have been hand quilted with 3 straight rows. All the blocks are quilted in straight( ??)  lines a quarter inch all around the stitcheries and then a second row around inside the block edges. The bunny one has not been completed.





After absolutely no sleep at all on Friday night and the neighbour building his house starting at 7am on Saturday morning again ( another neighbour defying local bi laws, they all do it), I just rested yesterday and did nothing after the basic household chores were done. Now I have discovered that I should not sit too long when stitching as an MRI showed I have moderate to severe wear and tear of my facet joints in the lumbar region. I will need to ensure I get up and move around more. 

I hope you are enjoying some crafty time. 



Sunday, 14 August 2022

JUST A BOOK

 

Unfortunately , I have not done any crafty things since my last post. It is a cold and wet day here so I might venture into my sewing room soon and choose a project to do. 

I read most nights and finished this book.  I love Jennifer Worth's books and read ' Call the Midwife' before it became a TV series.  I loved it so much that I bought and read 2 of her other books. 




Ok, I am off into my sewing room now . Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 7 August 2022

MISSED A WEEK

 

I missed blogging last week and nearly didn't blog this weekend as I really haven't done anything. I have had some sort of bug, not quite a cold, but sort of. Really weird. It started 11 days ago when I had a sore throat and lost my voice. Each night I develop a cough and can't clear my sinuses or chest. No runny nose to speak of. I lost my voice again on Thursday and  have done 3 RATs over this time but we know how inaccurate they can be and PCRs are hard to get down here if you don't have their criteria of symptoms. Ofcourse, household chores, washing and cooking still had to be done between resting periods. So, this is all I have done...


Finished hand quilting another block . It isn't wonky like the pic , just the way the quilt is draped. 




I have cut fabric for 2 borders of my little Civil War quilt that I had to alter. I only have enough of 2 fabrics to cut borders from as I no longer know where to buy my Civil War fabrics and had to use whatever I had. It is risky business for me using fabric with lines of pattern as I find it difficult to line them up properly and keep straight. We shall see what happens lol. 



Another book  has been read, the 2nd one by this Aussie author .




I hope you are all well and enjoying some stitching. I shall catch up with your blog posts soon.


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