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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Busy days!!!

Hello my Friends!
Here I am back again with another round up of events from my neck of the woods. Firstly let me tell you about our show, the figures are in and we had over 300 visitors through the door during the one and a half days we were open and hopefully we will have made a nice sum for whichever charity is chosen by the members. Here are a few of the quilts (and there were many) to give you a taste.

This one was huge at least 7ft long and  6ft wide and very striking, had us wondereing just how big this lady's bed might be!

All the buildings and rooftops were outlined in Silver - very effective when the light caught it.

and 3 more to round up.
In my last post I mentioned the groups15 minutes of fame, well my dears! the exhibition was filmed and some of us (including yours truly) were interviewed for Just Hands-On.TV, apparently they will be uploading it to U tube in due course and letting us know when, so as soon as I hear anything I'll give you all a shout so you can tune in to watch and see a lot more quilts.!

I entered mostly smaller pieces this time plus a couple of charity quilts, Here is my Chairman's challenge piece for 2015. We had to depict a film or book title at A4 size, I was very pleased with this but it's soo easy to guess, then I actually missed the September meeting so it didn't get entered in the voting.
The sewing room continues to take shape and as you can see I am going for a blue and white theme. I am now doing all my sewing in there, but have not yet moved everything in, getting the storage sorted seems to be the theme at the moment and I am busily painting a chest of drawers which will double up as storage and ironing board. This is where I've got to with that.

 DD has asked me to store this lovely Oak dresser for her (for around 10 years! honestly that's what she said!!! ) and suggested I could use it in my room, it has lots of cupboard space (3 Shelves) and will also be my bookcase (I seriously culled my quilting book collection obsession by selling them at the show) those left fit nicely on here and there are some shelves for my 'bits and pieces'. I am not allowed to alter the dresser and in order that the books don't scratch it I have made a runner (40" long x 11" wide) and some coasters. Here they are all ready for hand sewing the bindings down later tonight.

I am really pleased with myself as they are completely made using scraps and as wadding I used a recycled electric blanket that the wires have been removed from which is really firm, I added the strips quilt as you go style and tried for a random look. 
And here is the table, I bought an oilcloth cover and I think it looks much better, as before it just 'jumped out at me' as a large brown 'blob' when I walked in the room

Last but not least I have just spent a most enjoyable day at Clock Tower where most of us took part in a Disappearing 4 Patch workshop led by the lovely Sheila, I didn't get very far as I only found out on Wednesday that it was this month, (I thought it was in March!!!) so I spent a fair bit of time actually sewing the squares together.but once that was done I managed these 3 blocks.

I bought the majority of fabrics from Totally Patched who were traders at SVQ exhibition, and added 2 from my stash. Again I am going with the blue/white theme as this will be used in the sewing room eventually.
Right now I'm off to get myself some tea, then snuggle up with the aforementioned hand sewing in front of a movie.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Movin In!

I actually started this post over a week ago but got sidetracked - as you do! This time by an attack of the flu, not me but DD. Little H was coming for a 2 night sleep over and ended up staying for a week while DD
spent her time in bed feeling gross. But now I'm back so here goes
Slowly but oh so surely I am beginning to move into my new sewing room, I'm taking my time as I want to get it right, I have been sewing in there on and off since Christmas but now the time has come to tackle the BIG MOVE. I have several pieces of  furniture to paint, and this is a new experience for me, as I'm not really allowed to do painting as DH reckons I do not have a steady enough hand. (the cheek!) But this is my chance to make my sewing room my own and so I am sticking to my guns and going for it
Here are before and after pictures of the cabinet, which I am going to use as a side table in my comfy corner
I remember this being made by my Darling Dad over 60 years ago so it's a nice reminder of him, but I wanted to bring it up to date hence the paint job, you can also see the lovely DAB radio bought for my room by DD and DS at Christmas

next is a picture of one of the the storage areas  
which is in front of the lovely table that I picked up for a steal in a charity shop, iths 5ft long and 3 ft 3" wide but extends to either 6ft or 8ft by the addition of 2 extra panels, here it is before I added the storage units
 last but not least this is my 'comfy corner' which completes this side of the room except for a design board which is still under construction (um! I mean in the garage waiting to be covered with fabric!) where I plan to sit and do my hand sewing, this is positioned under the rear window to make the best of the light, the teddy bear is hand knitted (but not by yours truly) and is to be given to a new baby who arrived last week but he was determined to get in on the act

Well I guess that's it for this time, I'll be back as soon as I can with a report from Severn Valley Quilter's
recent exhibition when exciting things happened and we got our 15 minutes of fame
Byee for now
P.S. Something really weird is happening to this post I can't fathom out what I'm doing wrong but please excuse the ropey formatting Lx

Thursday, 11 February 2016


Hi there, if you are local to me please visit the forthcoming Exhibition, you are assured of a warm welcome and three will be Tea & Cake !
I will be there all weekend perhaps I'll see you there! Lxx