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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Still Alive!

8th December 2018

Well my Friends you all probably think I have dropped off the planet but I am alive and kicking and still here! It's probably been well over a year since I was here.
A LOT has happened in that time, YES I'm still quilting & knitting but really I have been spending too much time on U Tube (tho I've learned a lot!) this is now a lot easier via my new TV rather than the small screen on my phone. I also joined Facebook - another place I spend a lot (too much) time (this time via my phone!). I have always said I would not join FB but when my Good Friend Lisa jetted back to the States in June 2017 I decided it would be a good way to keep in touch. Via FB I have joined a group called Memory Zoo Creative Community run by the lovely Katie Jane Silverthorne who runs a business of the same name. I have made a few friends there and took part in some Pattern testing which was most enjoyable.
Pattern Test for Memory Zoo

In other news I still attend Severn Valley Quilters and we have had some really good speakers. Clock Tower Quilters also continues, though we have had a tough 12 months having to move venue due to building works. We are now in a local (to me) church hall which trebled our rent overnight tho I have to say its a much nicer room. We had lengthy discussions which resulted in an agreement to increase our annual fee (1st time in 11 years) we cut out the December meeting and as we had lost a few members, some had moved away and sadly we lost one of our founder members Carol to Cancer.

Carol Ann Hancock 8.10.45 - 26.9.18
It was agreed we would take on some new ladies, as some of you may know we are a 'closed' group so this is done by invitation only. However we now have 4 new ladies, we all get along just dandy and so we continue.
I joined a newly formed U3A mixed craft group which meets one Wednesday afternoon each month and is very enjoyable with a variety of crafts being worked on by the members. Earlier this year we all pooled our talents to make a Group Banner using our various talents.
A few of the panels
Below is a selection of pictures in no particular order to give you an idea of what I have been up to in my absence.
In October last year I went to the Autumn quilt show at Malvern where I took part in an indigo dying workshop, I had tremendous fun and produced 8 little pieces of indigo dyed fabrics (which were actually 2 men's hankies cut in four. below are some of my samples which I plan to use for a Boro Sampler later on.

3 lap size Crochet Granny Square blankets

I am still  making quilts for Project Linus these 2 are complete and handed over, the one on the left is a Double 9 Patch and the right hand one are some donated orphan blocks plus I have one 'under construction and one which I am in the process of binding


As I mentioned earlier I have been learning through You Tube. Though I have been able to crochet for many years I have only ever made Granny square projects in the form of blankets however my talents are now improved and I have been making lots of hats, scarves and scrappy blankets and I'm currently working on a shawl. In the background of the green hat is the Linus quilt I'm working on


Earlier this year I was thrilled to be asked to be a Godmother to one of our close friends children, Oscar who is 2 years old. His baby Sister Louisa was to be Christened on the same day and so that she wouldn't feel left out I made her a knitted Blanket in a lacy pattern, then I was asked to also be her Godmother (doubly thrilled!) I bought them both Silver picture frames as Christening gifts but passed on the blanket anyway.

 Also on the knitting front are these two made to try and use up the 'stash'. The wreath was my contribution to our Museum's tribute to WWI. (more pictures at the end.) The hat is from an old pattern and was fun to make using an odd 100gm ball of 'Rainbow' yarn. The child's scarf is made using 1 ball of variegated eyelash yarn and some some solid pink 4 ply yarn, I worked 2 rows of each yarn alternately. I love the way it has come out in zig zag stripes


Last but by no means least is this Knitted Nativity made by the ladies of my Knit n Knatter group who meet twice monthly in a local Baptist Church, to whom it has been donated and where it will go on display. This was great fun but frustrating at times as the patterns called for some very small components.

Severn Valley Quilters Charity Project for this year is to make 'Fiddle Mats' for New Sibland School who cater for children with all types of disability. As you can see I made several.

At the beginning of the year I finally got my hands on a Janome Gem sewing machine, I have been trying to get one for ages but as they are now out of production its taken some time. But thanks to the wonderful Mark Pickles of the The Sewing Studio Bath my mission is complete.
The idea was to let my DGD use it as she is now 7 years old and very keen to use a 'proper' machine. I have an antique hand machine but despite a thorough overhaul I just cannot get the tension right so... hence the Gem. H is not long enough in her legs yet to reach a foot pedal and the Gem has a stop 'n' start button. So using 'Grandma's new machine' (it will be hers in due course!) she finished off the apron she had started and moved on to a knitting bag, here is the finished project with which she is delighted. Now all I have to do is teach her to knit!!!

After a marathon effort by the volunteers at Thornbury Museum the end result of all that knitting is the lovely WWI window display and 'swathe' of poppies now on display till the end of the year. A few white and purple poppies were included to commemorate peace and the animals who were used during the war - Horses, Mules, Dogs and Pigeons.


AND FINALLY we have a new member in my Family meet Barney (formerly Ginge) who came to his forever home at the beginning of October. I rescued him through New Start Rescue Centre and he is a purrrfect gentleman, and is the apple of my eye. He had a very sad story as his previous owner died of cancer age 43 leaving 3 children, 3 cats and lots of rabbits/guinea pigs, the Grandparents are taking the children etc but were unable to have the cats due to Grandad's allergy's to cat fur. The 3 of them were brought in while I was there and Barney and I just clicked.

 Well that's about it for this time I will try to be a better Blogger in future but that's all for this time. TTFN

Saturday, 4 August 2018

My Beautiful Tree!

I am confused!! not difficult I hear you say but the date on this post is way off kilter, there must have been a 'Blogger Glitch' somewhere along the line as I wrote this many years ago (probably more than 6/7 years to be honest) I've had a look at my past posts and can't figure out where it was supposed to be, so my apologies for old news popping up like this.
I am MAD! MAD! MAD! remember the beautiful Silver Birch Tree all covered in hoar frost I posted a picture of back in the winter? Well it has been decimated by a team of 'Tree cutter' (and I'm being polite here!) who arrived next door (it's his tree!) to 'tidy it up a bit' and this is the result :-(((
Decimated Tree
 They obviously didn't know what they was doing as its just coming into leaf (trees are not supposed to be cut this time of year!!)  The birds love it and I have been told that over 30 different insects live in Silver Birch Trees, which is why the birdies love it, plus he ripped out the nest of a pair of wood pigeons!  Well I had better get off my high horse as nothing can be done.

It's been a busy old week and the month is set to continue in the same vein. We have DD's dog staying with us for a little holiday so I have been out walking with him around 8am every day, its beautiful in the fields where we walk, we go around the perimeter as its a crop field, but there are woods and a Golf Course near by so the birdsong is fantastic:-)) Ted loves his walks, he comes home covered in mud and plant stuff or twigs/brambles, there is an abundance of a 'sticky plant' that spreads by itself by grabbing hold of anything passing and with his long coat Ted is a 'sticky plant magnet' here he is strolling round the garden. He's a Springer Spaniel with a bit of Corgi in there somewhere (don't ask!!) he is a bouncy, happy dog with all the Spaniel traits, nose to the ground followin' the scent, etc, unfortunately he can also be a bit grumpy which is why I go out early but it's a good start to the day.

Ted Strollin!
Last Saturday I took Harriet to a Young Quilters workshop at Chipping Sodbury, she had a great time making a 'Funky Chicken' then on Sunday morning she spent an hour in the workroom and made another larger one with a pebble inside to make a door stop/paper weight. My friend Helen came along as well and took her daughter Lia who made a pin cushion.This is Lia at the machine, she did very well as she had not used a machine before. H insisted she took a picture for me to put on this post so here it is.
H's Funky chickens

Lia at the machine.

On Wednesday I and a couple of others assembled a display of work by Severn Valley Quilters members as part of Thornbury Arts trail, this is the 3rd year we have been invited to exhibit alongside local painters, embroiderers, jewelery makers, wood turners and textile artists  whose work is on show in the Town Hall , then if you have time you can 'trail' around the town viewing work by many other artist and craftspeople exhibiting in their own homes. When I was a little girl oh! so many years ago, the building was the town Police station, complete with a courtroom and living accommodation for the policeman upstairs! The old courtroom is now the Council Chamber and is a beautiful room with a wooden ceiling. It was nice to sit and sew and have the chance to talk to visitors viewing the display which looks very good, we have a list of members who will do some stewarding, this morning it was my turn and I was pleased to hear some nice comments about the work. I took some pictures to share with you.

This quilt has 72 blocks!

A view of the table

I have made a block this week to send to Pippa from Welsh quilts blog, she is making a quilt which will be sent to New Zealand to mark the awful earthquake. Well that's about it for now I'm off to Clock Tower Quilters tomorrow so a nice sewing day