Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Keeping ever so busy

 Yes I am knitting socks again, these blue ones are for my youngest GS. Although I am keeping busy I am slower these days, I have to stop to rest my arm.
But this bright colour will be bed socks for me. And knitting keeps my hands for putting food in my mouth!
Yes I am still trying to lose weight and that is ever so slow too. (Sigh!!)
 And I am going to take part in  a CAL with these gorgeous colours. It's by Jane Crowfoot and the blanket is called Sunshine and Showers.
 Aren't these different bands of colour and stitches absolutely wonderful. As soon as we have moved I shall start this. The pattern book has the first five groups of the chart and the rest are going to be on her blog.
I can't wait to get started... but I have my new quilt to do, so I need to keep up with that, it is coming along nicely.. photos next time.
 Hope you too have something that is new and exciting to do? Isn't the flower edging pretty, I love it.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sewing happily

I have started a new quilt, with fabric I bought from the US.
Even with the postage it was a bargain, so I am happily sewing, albeit slowly.
 The design is called quadrefoil and you can find it here .
I sew a little every evening and I am thoroughly enjoying sewing it.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

TA-DA..Top done

 I have loved sewing this quilt. It was originally to be a picnic quilt for us but, when my DS#2 and DIL saw it, she said she'd love it for their motor home.
I still have to do a white border then of course layer and quilt, so still a lot to do. I thought I could get it done for their wedding anniversary in June.
I will have to buy the white for the border, the wadding and backing but my local shop is only a few miles away and although I am not buying anything unnecessary in Lent, this is a needed to get it done.

I am very pleased with it, each tulip is made up of 16 separate pieces, but lovely to see each one grow. It is lovely to be sewing again. And I have some new fabric I ordered before Lent, which I have already cut some with my new cutter, which works a treat.
It is so colourful and the tulips turned out a lot better than I thought. A friend who has recently started quilted complimented me on the tiny stitches and I felt really proud!!
Have you something you're proud of?

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Where there's a will......

........ there's a way!
To finish the top of my tulip quilt I  needed to cut some more squares and sashing. Well I  found I could move my arm forward with my rotary cutter although it was painful, but then I didn't have enough strength in my arm to cut the fabric!!
DH helped, so I could finish the white edging on the tulip blocks. But it was difficult with me fussing him on how to make sure the ruler was dead on the 1/2" line  for the
1 1/2" sashing.. and then I remembered seeing a combo-ruler cutter in a fabric shop. Good ol'Amazon had loads all different sizes, I tried a bigger one, but I couldn't manoeuvre it, sent it back and bought this one 12"x12"And I can use it with my broken arm, as it doesn't need a lot of pressure, but I can also use it left handed!! Watch this space I have nearly finished hand sewing the main part of the quilt top, I want to edge it with a white sash border and then 'piano keys.' I may tackle them on my machine. I am a happy bunny now I can quilt again.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

St David's Day

Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi