Saturday, 26 July 2014

Whistle stop tour

We went to the beach on the windiest day ever

See? Windy.

I just loved the Union Jacks on this boat. Hence the photo.

We walked for two hours and couldn't hear a word  anyone said because of the wind. Then we sat in our car while the windows steamed up, and ate fish and chips. What a truly English day out!!
I was so moved by Stephen Sutton's bravery. I did some fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust at work and raised £351. Donated one of my quilts as a prize.
We went to see Nine Inch Nails in Nottingham. Amazing. *Rock Fingers*

Trent Reznor...yum. That boy has MOVES.

I went on a nature walk with Anna. She's so purdy! Of course I'm biased, duh.

Started a quilt...
Actually got as far as basting..

Grew some salad. Totally yum.

Actually bloody finished a quilt!!

 We went to an open farm day and got stalked by a lamb that thinks it is a dog.

The farm gates. *wowzers*

Lund Village square. Except it is a triangle..
Very pretty pub - retirement village perhaps?!
Sat in the cool churchyard for a bit

Until Anna decided it was time to move on.

Bought locally milled bread flour at the open farm day. Amazing stuff, very consistent results.

*GASP* Started another quilt!

Even got as far as quilting it!!

Summer arrived, and brought stunning sunsets.

I love the Yorkshire Wolds.
*Unable to stop taking pictures*
I'm constantly gobsmacked that this is at the end of my road.

If you live in our village, yes, I'm the nutter running with a huge camera to shoot yet another sunset. So get out of the way!!

Seed heads. Stunning, no?

Hot diggety dogs!
To be continued...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

First finish of 2014!

Are you on facebook? A friend of mine has been doing things to be thankful for tag posts on there since the beginning of January, and it is lovely to see some positive posts. Despite the badstuff that happens day to day, we all have little things to be thankful for, don't we? I want to start doing it, to make sure I remember all the good bits.

This is my first  #thingstobethankfulfor.

My daughter is nine, and has been obsessed with Taylor Swift for a few years now. Totally obsessed. Last October when Taylor announced her Red tour, I decided that I would take Anna, and surprise her with tickets for her birthday. This was Anna's first trip to London, and first proper concert. We stayed in the Hilton in Canary Wharf which was really quiet as it was the weekend, and they upgraded us to an executive suite when we mentioned that it was Anna's birthday trip. It was such an amazing weekend!

So, the bright stars quilt - this is my first finish of 2014! I was really pleased with how it turned out, it reminds me of a paint palet.

 This quilting came together really fast, I just used an all over stipple - I am determined to try a different style for my next quilt!

I really couldn't decide what colour to bind it with, so went for a yellow. It's bright, but doesn't detract from the overall quilt.

  I took some shots of the quilt on the floor, behind me these two lurked and then....

Claimed! I don't think so Wilma....

 While I was finishing this one, my mind was already on to the next. When I've sewn these blocks together, I'm thinking of just quilting in the white areas. Not sure how successful I'll be, it could be an absolute disaster.

Any thoughts?
Right, it's a sunny blustery Sunday and I think a trip to the beach is in order!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Spring cleaning

My friends daughter was diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago. Despite being admitted to hospital before Christmas for a chest infection, the primary tumour and the secondaries in her other organs and lymph nodes were missed. She started chemo a week ago and it is making her very poorly.

There is something about serious illness in children that is impossible for my mind to comprehend, to catch hold of or understand. It makes me feel like I woke up one day and the world had tilted slightly,  everything out of kilter. It made me feel like hibernating.

I tried to do a little sewing, determined to do something normal. A few bag shapes I've not tried in a while.

Then I felt like a quilt would be a good exercise in meditation, going through the process of choosing a block, colours, size. I made myself go for something bright and hopeful.

There's something very satisfying about seeing all of those colours set out, like a row of boiled sweets. It was even more satisfying looking at the thin slivers of fabric offcuts, like a coloured spaghetti.

Then a gap, then some more sewing. HST's emerged from the pile.

Somewhere along the way I decided that spring cleaning my sewing room would be a positive idea, placing all the units together to maximise the floor space. I kind of like having my desk next to the window too, although I keep getting distracted by the dogs playing in the garden and birds on the feeders. Not a bad thing to be distracted by.

I know a lot of people don't like HST's, but I find them quite soothing. Something about getting the angle right and the edges sharp. They make good blocks.

Which make a good, ordered quilt top.

It's been therapeutic working with colour, order and form. Control. Predictability.

I also splashed out on some spring for inside the house this week. White Hyacinths, I adore the scent of them. And Rosemary with Gypsophilia - both last for ages, even after they've started to dry out, and the Rosemary smells delicious when the sun is on it.

 I need to take a leaf out of Wilma's book. Sleepy in the warm sunlight.