Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm

Tuesday morning Pitch and Stitch - 10.00am to 1.00pm
This hanging from Annie Downs' Hatched and Patched book should be in every caravan as a cushion or decoration!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Beautiful Day

What a lovely couple of days we've had - misty, frosty mornings and then bright sunshine.

I was determined to start this post off on a positive note - so many people were really cross with me for saying how miserable it's been, however, credit where it's due, and the sun has shone for us this weekend.

Perhaps because of the sunshine, I have been enjoying making a Penny Rug in preparation for our workshop next month.

It's quite time-consuming but worth it, I think, and I was surprised at how thick it is when you put all the circles together.

I have also made a start on the Janie Crow Mystical Lanterns.  The pattern is really easy to follow (I only had one 'What's that supposed to mean?' moment and, after taking a deep breath and telling myself to get a hold, managed to work it out) and I'm quite excited about cracking on with it.

I'm following her recommendation to be completely random by taking a ball out of the bag without looking at the colour, which means that some of the colour combinations don't really rock my boat, but I imagine that once I've done 150 or so the colours will look quite different.

Wonder if they'll tessellate?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A Long Winter

This has been such a long winter - and so cold.  We've had rain, snow and sleet today and an awful, biting wind.

And to make matters worse this computer is almost certainly on the way out, so everything takes twice as long as it should, so every time I've gone to update this blog I've been put off.

However, I shall persevere, and try to get something written down before it crashes again.

On a happy note, I've finished my crochet blanket designed by Sara from Black Sheep Wools.

I enjoyed making it, and am pleased with it and looking forward to moving on with

Janie Crow's Mystical Lanterns!  Hmmm, could be quite a challenge.

The workshops are going really well, although when Sandra and I finally got down to drawing up the schedule, we realised there were only 8 weeks till Easter so it's rather a short term!

The Lynne Johnson ladies have really been cracking on, with some lovely finished quilts.

Pam's amazing quilt which you just wanted to dive into - such warm, beautiful colours.

And Liz's unbelievable first quilt with Lynne

Carole managed to finish her Quilt as you Go Baltimore

So, all in all, quite a productive lot!

In fact, I should be grateful for the terrible weather.  Because nothing could be done in the fields, Jonathan (designer) and George (welder) got together to make me a lovely Plant Theatre, which will, I'm sure, look amazing when summer comes around again.  Which I'm sure it will do......

Now I'm off to toss a few pancakes around the kitchen - Happy Pancake Day everyone!!!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A Lazy Lump

Well, I have to admit it, since Christmas (craftwise) I've been a lazy lump!  I really have.

I've done a little bit of quilting,

a little bit of tapestry

a little bit of crochet

and that's it!  I think it's because we've changed our furniture around and my upright armchair has gone into the best room, so in our sitting room I have to sit on a sofa which means I am forced to loll around a bit.  May have to have a re-think.

I have just discovered I've deleted all the photos on my phone - most of which I hadn't uploaded to the computer, so the things I was going to show, I can't.

However, I can report on the following.  This summer two elderly ladies in the village had to move out because their houses were flooded when a sewage pipe broke - it was actually on the National News - and the whole saga was really horrible for them.

Jackie had the idea of making them lap quilts to welcome them back home once their bungalows had been fixed, so a working party of Anthea, Toni, Carole, Sally, Jackie and me, with Dawn providing much needed lunch and refreshments, gathered in the workshop in November. 

We stitched all day like mad things, and then Jackie and Sandra C and Eileen later stitched all the blocks together.  Finally, on that snowy day in December Jackie and I delivered the quilts:

Both ladies were so happy to receive them - this appeared in the January Village Views

and then I received this through the post

So, well done Lorne Hill Farm Quilters!