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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Another slow week....

....sewing wise that is! 

Earlier this week I did some baking, I bake DH a cake every week as he does love his homemade goodies and decided to make a 'Dorset Apple Cake', which is delicious and very easy to make plus you can use the mixture to make muffins if you wish. As I began I started to wonder what it would be like if I added frozen blackberries so I did and the results were even better.

needless to say it did not last long!

Once again I have not made it to the sewing room except to drop stuff in there. I may have mentioned that some years ago I got intrigued by Encaustic Wax techniques, and while watching a certain craft channel on TV earlier this week I got all fired up again as there was a demonstration on this very craft, now of course all they really want to do is sell you the stuff but as I already have a lot of materials and equipment I decided to stay tuned. I took notes, while hatching a plan to have another try.
So with DH off out to watch footie today I thought this would be the ideal time but, and it's a big BUT! I got distracted (as you do, don't you?) I needed to tidy up the table, before I could do anything, in doing so I found this little ready quilted piece (I think it's a sample for iron on bag lining from Empress Mills) Its around 6"x 4" so just right for a coaster which is what I had already been using it for and nearby was just the right scrap for a binding, so that had to be done.

 Next I came across this,

which is also in need of finishing, this was started during a workshop at Malvern last October, so thought if I got it all prepped it would be a nice little hand sewing project. I've never been keen on the fabric supplied with the kit for the binding which seems too bright,

so.... I dived into the stash to find some backing/binding and quickly cut a nice piece of red polka dot fabric planning to wrap it over to form the binding in due course.

I tacked it up ready to hand quilt and roughly pinned the backing over to see how it looked. 

Now I can't remember if I planned to add quilted diagonal lines across the whole, leaving a space around the Redwork, or just add 'clouds' above and behind the house, then today more indecision, should I stitch Redwork clouds? or would that be too much so use a more subtle approach with cream quilting thread? or  maybe just embroider a few Redwork birds? If anyone out there feels like making a suggestion (Yes Lisa! I can hear you saying get on with it woman !!!)  then please go ahead.
I finally got the box of Encaustic equipment out of the cupboard and started to sort through to find what I needed, but before I had got started suddenly it was 5pm and DH was back (I'm sure there's a time leak in the sewing room!) and it was time to go and make some tea.

In the garden this week Spring continues to spring with warm temperatures interspersed with some showery days and of course more daylight hours now we are on 'summer time'. The Tulips seem to be very early but are very pretty all the same.

It rained overnight and early this morning the droplets looked lovely on the petals and leaves

a bit blurry but I think you get the idea! Also bursting forth in the last few days are these Snakes Head Fritillaria (Frittillaria Meleagris) We planted the bulbs some years ago and they have multiplied nicely.
 we also have a few purple ones that seemed to 'just arrive' a while before that. I love these and the wonderful patterning on the petals

Of course there;s been some knitting this week too, I found this pretty yarn in a discount store ages ago and thought it would make a pretty baby blanket, I decided a chevron pattern may work nicely and this is what I've done so far.

On Wednesday I went with Carys and Heather to hand over the syringe driver bags to St Peters Hospice, we took 80 bags in total and they were delighted with them. We were given a tour round the hospice and the grounds which I found quite emotional as it was only 2 days after the Anniversary of my Brothers death and we were right outside the room he was in at one point. We rounded off the afternoon with Tea and cake in John Lewis before coming home.

Well that's about it for now


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Slowing Down!

Hello All,
Things have slowed down here this week, since Wednesday I've not spent so much time in the sewing room, that's not to say that I'm not 'in the mood', just that I've been doing 'other stuff''. 
Wednesday was a sort of, 'what shall I do next day?' so I did a bit of tidying up in the work space and came across some pretty scraps in a bag, 

I had been given these by a friend (who knows I hate throwing out scraps!!) so after sorting through them I decide to make some 'new fabric', I have been cutting remnants of fabric from the aforementioned bags into squares intending to make a scrappy quilt for Project Linus. Some of the scraps were already triangle shapes and some appeared to be borders and were already sewn together so after a little bit of sorting I was able to chain piece them and cut them into 3 1/2" squares to add to my collection.

The rest of the day turned into an admin day which means that although I spent my time in the sewing room, I used it to prepare for Severn Valley Quilters meeting, this was my first meeting returning as Chairperson so there were a few things I needed to get sorted out, I went through all my old files and added in new ones to my folder etc, and made sure my notes were up together for the meeting itself. 

Our speaker for the evening was Mary Jane Hutchinson of Trym Quilting she came along to tell us all about wadding (batting) and the various properties of all the different brands and types. Well! what that lady doesn't know about wadding probably isn't worth knowing. She had samples of every type you can imagine which she had made up into 12" squares all beautifully quilted, these were passed around for us to see and feel, and when asked any questions she was able to answer without any hesitation. Now to some this may all sound a little obsessive, but she explained, when she bought her long arm machine prior to setting up her business she needed to practice so that she would to be able to suggest or recommend a specific wadding for any project she was asked to quilt. 
In my last post I showed you 2 quilts made by Heather and both of which had been quilted by Mary Jane and Heather seemed most impressed by her standard of work. I took along the 17 Syringe bags for Show and Tell and there were a few more made at home by some of the members so now our grand total of bags made is 80! 3 of us are going along to hand them over on Wednesday next.

So what else have I been doing? Mainly knitting so no surprise there! I've made a another beanie hat and another of the little scarves. I had a 3 smallish amounts left in shades of purple from previous projects (don't we all:-) so first up I made the beanie hat.

Then I made another of the little scarves, Now I only had really small amounts of yarn left so I weighed the first scarf (34 grams) then the 2 amounts of yarn and I had around 45 grams left in total, I had more of the darker colour so decided a stripey pattern would work and by reversing the colours of the 'loop' and the first stripe I'm delighted to say it did and I was pleased with the result. 

Next I decided to make a 'tea bag' hat and for this I used the remainder of some dark green left from my yarn bombing escapade last December, plus a bit of bright green from my oddments stash. Knitted all in garter stitch this proved really quick to make. I started yesterday and finished it this morning, 

sewing it up this afternoon in the company of the lovely Lisa. I had invited myself round to her house for a sewing session and took both my knitting and my embroidery box, I decided to sew up the hat first, but then I did not get any embroidery done as I was too busy nattering while she did all the sewing. I added tassels to the hat after getting home.

I thought I would share this with you before I go, 

I have finally got back into reading each night before going sleep (I didn't read anything while I was ill!) this book was started just after Christmas, and has been on my night table since then, I picked it again around a week ago and now I can't put it down. It's a really good read about the owner of a yarn store in New York, Georgia is the single parent of a pre-teen daughter and it tells her story as well as the stories of the small band of knitters who turn up each week to the 'Friday Night Knitting Club'.