Monday, 21 July 2014

Put on your dancing shoes and dance with me.... tis finished!!!

At last I have this quilt finished.
I started it April 2013 and then stopped to make a quilt for my grand daughter; then I started it again and by October it was finished.
But I left layering it and quilting while I made a quilt for my step daughter's wedding present.

So now is the only time I have had.. I have had it professionally quilted and isn't it beautifully done.

The design is 'Twin Stars'  by Pam and Nicky Lintott ( a mother and daughter team) and can be found in their book 'Jelly Roll Quilts.'  The fabric I used is 'French General' design by Moda.
I am very pleased with the finish and I think this one is going to be for us!
I have a new quilt on the go, this time for my eldest GS and then one is planned for my DD who has a big birthday coming up in September.. I must say I do love quilting it is so satisfying and through it I have met some lovely friends.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wishes and dreams...

What would you do?? Buy a house that is suitable and new
or buy an older pretty one that needs a lot and probably always will?
That's where my cousin is at the moment..
I say follow your dreams, wishes can come true!
Some people see a weed, others see a wish!



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Beautiful bag....

This is the lovely bag I have made at a workshop.. took three sessions of 4 hours,  as it had a lot of elements.. cross hatching quilting probably took me longer than I have done before,  for some reason I was nervous!
But I am delighted with the results.
I just need some buttons on the tabs as a decoration, which I will add when I see what I like
This is the lining to show the zipped pocket, this was easy once we were shown how.
I intend to make some more as presents for family and friends.
It has been a delightful workshop and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She is doing a different bag in September so I have my name down for it and can't wait!
A happy, happy sewing day!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A lovely afternoon trip out.

This afternoon we have been to Suffolk.. just a little way from Essex where we live.
And it has been a lovely sunshiny afternoon.
We were there to pick up my quilt from the professional long arm quilter and once again she has done a wonderful job. It was the second big quilt I made, finished quite a while ago, and really a bit too difficult for a beginner like me. But it is looking very good and when I have done the binding I will post a pic of it.
Then from there East Bergholt,  Dh said we are quite near to Denham lets go and have a look.
So we did and have had a wonderful afternoon.
Its such a pretty village (Constable country and where most of his painting were done.)
So you might wonder why this saying? Because when my first marriage was going wrong  I prayed and prayed that my then husband's heart would soften. I even had my church praying for me.
But it never happened and so I spent 17 years after my divorce alone and then.. I met Mike!
He is so good, my ex would never have suggested we went to Denham, or sat outside a café for coffee and cake. Nor would he have said... you go and look in the craft centre, I can wait and give the dog a little walk, take your time, there's no hurry. In fact he would never have come with me at all, while there was tennis to watch on TV.
It was so beautiful there, such a pretty little village with painted old cottages, pinks and yellows and the scent from the lime trees,  which border one side of the little high street was heavenly. I had such a good and lovely afternoon, I looked at my DH and could have sung with joy.
 He is my 
'Mr Wonderful!'
Ahhh happy days..

Monday, 30 June 2014

Some cross stitch to post about at last!

Some pictures of cross stitch at last. I bet you were all thinking was I ever going to stitch anything  again. It's been such a long time since I have posted anything about stitching.
This was the Summer exchange on NH
I sent this little pillow and as the person I sent to loves France I translated the words Summer Time into French... so it says..L' heure D’ été ...roughly translated The Hour of Summer! 

And into the little cloud I stitched  some silver thread so her clouds would always have a silver lining.
I received this, which I will use when DH and I have coffee in our conservatory.. which has been painted at last.. you can just see the wall behind. The colour is called 'Willow' which will suit our lounge/ dining room colours which is all on the way to be changed from the gold/ raspberry pinks to aqua greens and red and beige plaid covered furniture..

Its all happening but oh so slowly trying to coordinate furniture, carpets and plasterer for the artex ceiling is not an easy feat!
But happy days, it will all be done in time.

It's a brilliantly sunshiny day after yesterdays drizzle in which the Community Choir of which we are members, sang in the rain in the park! We must be mad!!

Love to all.. I am walking in the park with DH and our dog Nell now, the first day of my new regime! And I am feeling good and in the pink!! Tra la la


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