HQAL – July 2020

Hello Everybody

Hope you are all still safe and well.

Alas I have failed to do any more sewing on The Seasonal quilt, what with it being another intolerable heat wave here in the UK. Also there have been a good number of redundancies at work and also people on holiday so have had extra duties to perform as well as the extra work I was doing anyway. So only worked on Small Rose Window blocks and my Teacups cross stitch.

Hopefully, I will have performed better for the next time.

Please pop along to the other group members to view their projects.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathiDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

SAL-21st June 2020

Hello everybody

I hope you are all safe and well.

Work has slowed a little, so I feel less frazzled, and have managed to sew a little in the evenings. I have actually completed one of the side edging to the Seasonal Quilt.

So this edging will go along the side of the quilt at the top of the previous photo, and then just need to finish one for the opposite end. The side (to the right of the previous photo) just needs 8 half hexagons added to its border and then it will be complete. Therefore, I may do a small happy dance as the top part of the quilt will be finished.

We are a small group of like minded stitches who encourage one another with their individual projects, so please pop along to see the other members craft work.


The Garden in June

Hi everybody

Hope you are well and safe, but most of all beginning to enjoy meeting friends and family. I visited my mother for the first time in 10 or 12 weeks. We have spoken on the phone regularly but visual is much better.

During this troubled time I have helped my husband in the garden, sometimes after work but mainly at the weekend, particularly when heavy work was involved i.e replanting some shrubs into larger pots, four hands are always better than two. We purchased two new pots and I painted them green as you can see from the photos below. We then filled the pots with the correct soil and half – buried the Camelia in the top garden. She is looking better already (I named her Camilla).

Here are some pictures (might be photo heavy actually)

lavender and pump in front garden
palm tree flowers June 2020
Poppy in Back Garden (that isn’t a real frog – although we have recently acquired one)

Well I hope it made you smile.

Bye for now.

HQAL – 7th June 2020

Hi Everybody

Alas I have little to share as I am so tired after the days work, so a short post from me on this occasion.

I have done nothing on the Seasonal Quilt, however, I have found it easier to sew the Rose Window Blocks, being smaller and easier to handle in the hot weather, but even that has come to stop.

Last sewn square

Therefore, I suggest you go take a peek at the other members sewing achievements and i will hopefully get my mojo back for next time.

Take care and stays safe.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

SAL – 31st May 2020

Hi everybody

Hope you are all safe and well, I am much better and thank you all for your kind wishes.

I still haven’t achieved any more sewing on the Seasonal Quilt. Work is making me quite tired at the moment and to be honest it has been a touch warm to be sitting beneath a quilt. Instead I have cracked on a bit with the Teacup Cross Stitch.

Here is where I was ….

And here is where I am now ….

I have also been sewing the small Rose Window blocks (no photos) as they are more manageable in the heat.

We are a small group of people who sew for pleasure on whatever project they have in there WIP, and who encourage one another to complete projects. It certainly keeps me motivated. So please pop along to the other members listed below to see what they have produced.

Thanks for reading my little blogspot



Mother Nature

How smart and clever Mother Nature is! Through all our dismay and concerns to Blooms!!!!!

Look at the luminosity of the light through this poppy petal.

And this one

The heads are quite huge.

The geraniums below are actually last years which have been in the ground all winter and come through unscathed and have some flower heads forming. They are a blessing in disguise since we were unable to go to the Garden Centre, and it has saved some money.

The rear garden has sprouted shoots for the Dahlias’ and both fushcia plants are sprouting leaves and the Begonias are just starting so with this warm spell we are having everything will blossom.

Cherries are forming on the cherry tree and all the trees – Oak, Canadian Maple tree have leaved up lovely.

The Palm we have growing has three huge flower heads – can not wait for this to blossom. It looks quite spectacular.

Maple tree and French Marigold in small garden
Palm in bud

My husband has busied himself in the garden whilst I have been at work and a nice clean pond was one of his jobs. It is actually an old pigs trough which is painted green (the water is not green).

The only real calamity this year appears to be my Pieris Forest Flame which had it’s new shoots burnt in the early frost and it doesn’t appear to be shooting any new ones. It flowered beautifully and I have given it some food to help but alas nothing as yet.

We also need to sort out the Camellia shrub as I think it needs a larger pot and I am hoping the roots are not broken through the existing one it is in sunk into the ground as they do not like our soil, and need to planted in ericaceous soil.

Well that is the update on my garden so far. How is your garden faring? Have you been to a Garden Centre yet? What plants are your success story?

Bye for now.


PS Just to let you know Hetty is fine.

Sewing Sunday May 2020

Hi Everybody

I have made small progress with anything this week as I recovered from my Migraine attack which paralyses the right hand side of my body.

In no particular order

Tea Cups

Here is where I was last time ……

Here is where I am now. It is going to be quite colourful.

Another block for the Rose Window Quilt is complete

That is all the sewing I have managed.

Hope you are still crafting and not getting too bored or depressed.

Til next time then ….


HQAL – MAY 2020

Hi Everybody

A  warm welcome to Sherrie.  Hope you enjoy sharing your projects with us.   I appear to have missed the HQAL but I have been ill with a severe Hemiplygic Migraine attack which makes me paralysed down my right hand side.  Therefore I am unable to stitch anything.

Please take a peek at other members projects.

Hopefully I will have something to show next time.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie



SAL – May 2019

Hi Everybody

First, welcome Helen.

Sorry I have been silent recently, but I am still at work, doing my usual job and checking in all the goods that arrive at our store.  It is exhausting work, humping 10 or 5 litre tubs of paint, or heavy boxes.  I will have muscles like Popeye soon.  When I come home all I want is a nice cup of tea and a warm bath to relieve aching muscles.  However, got an extra day off Friday – so relax and breathe.

I am not sure whether I missed a SAL – so sorry if I did.

I have been sewing but have not sewn any more of my Seasonal Quilt, instead choosing to sew the squares for the Rose Window Quilt, as they are easier to pick up and put down as I choose.  Perhaps this weekend I will attach the side borders completing the top border of the Seasonal Quilt and then onto the wadding and backing.

Here are a few more squares I have completed …..



I will try and complete something on my Seasonal Quilt for next SAL.

Meanwhile why not take a peak at the other members’ projects.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborah, MaryMargaretRenee, CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaSherrieHelen




Spring-Summer time to relax

Hi everyone

Hope you are all well and safe.

You may know from previous posts that I am still working, and it has been mega busy.  In appreciation for all our hardwork the Directors gave us a choice of Wine, 4 x Beer Bottles, Chocolates and Flowers.  I received Tulips and Chocolates – husband will eat those.  The tulips are lovely …


I am thoroughly enjoying these three days off.  Here in England we had Friday off for the 75th Anniversary V.E. Day Celebrations which are obviously all low key affairs now.  I raised my Mug of Tea at 3:00pm in remembrance and thankfulness of those who fought for my freedom.

Also today (Saturday) I saw my first Swallow – is it early? or late?  Certainly very warm here today. (23 degrees C.)

The plants in the garden have started to move, and we have just planted up the various patio pots.


pots and plants


We also have some luck with the poppy seeds a kind neighbour gave us last year i think.  Nothing happened last year but this year and both plants have certainly taken root and established themselves.

They are so papery thin – the petals and there are four more heads to come and the plant in the back garden has a head coming too.

Sewing-wise, I have done some more on the Teacups cross stitch.  This is where I was in April …

Teacups April 1

and this is where I am now….. progessing nicely.

cups - may 2020

The other stitchwork has been my Rose window Quilt Blocks of which I now have 32 completed – only another 64 to go then ……

Here are some new ones

That is all folks – take care and stay safe.