SAL- 17th Oct 2021

Hello everybody

I have managed to do a little bit of sewing after another bout of Migraine, and as you will see from he photos, the bottom third of my design is complete and just some confetti stitching to do on the middle section. A happy dance is within reach.

Here is where I was last time …….

Well that is me so why not pop along to the other members to see how they have progressed on their individual projects.

Bye for now


My Jane Austen

For a while now I have had a cross stitch quotation from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (my favourite, followed by Sense and Sensibility and Emma), which I stitched and was wondering whether to just frame it or use it in something else. Well that something else has now presented me with this

which was gorgeous, but too large for my ideas. So, and here is the tricky bit – I dissected it cutting out the centre panel and cutting the rest into diamonds or triangles. All will be used just restructured. I know some people would say sacrilege – what was she thinking – I know!! I know!!

I had already purchased The Pemberley fabric from a while back with idea of surrounding the quotation with the violin pattern

Here is the dissected panel which I have started to quilt – the birds, brown flower heads and leaves to the right of the basket have been backstitched with Aurifil 28 shade 2692 Black and the pink flowers are to be backstitched using Aurifil 50/2 shade 2230 Red Peony.

In addition to the Pemberley Fabric I also have the following from the Riley Blake fabric and some navy spotted fabric….

So I will have one panel size 18″ x 24″ and another 15″ x 18″ and the rest of the material to make into a quilt – not sure of entire pattern – or even the finished size but the backbone of my ideas are there. Just need to sit and calculate and cut up the pieces ready to be hand pieced I think. The backing fabric will be the sheet music that I used for the Jazz Quilt. (see another post for that image)

Hope you can forgive me if I’ve caused any distress – none was intended.

Lots for me to think about – brain is buzzing – must go now – must finish something before starting this for sure.


HQAL – Sunday 3rd October 2021

Hi everybody

I’m on the home strait – no in fact I am two waves short of a shipwreck border finish – yay!!! I have finished the wave border.

As you may have guessed from the above I have finished the wave border, so just the rope design and the crosses to go. I took the photo after turning the last corner.

That is me done for this post so why not have a browse and see the other members progress on their individual projects.

Bye for now


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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

Sunday Sewing – Sept 26th

Hello Everybody

After having a little tidy up of my sewing area I found another large sewing frame which means I do not have to rush to finish Lady Greensleeves before I could start on the next project which you may remember is Sophia Loren for my husband. So I found the box containing the image, threads, and cream Aida which I had prepared.

( I purchased the below cross stitch pdf download from “” )

Here is the start – the area is near her lips. I work from the centre point – I know some people prefer to start at the top left.

Me being me – I can not do with just one new project so this is what I have chosen to sew in my reduced half hour lunchbreak at work. It is a Celtic Sampler by Butternut Road and I am stitching 2 over 2 on Belfast Linen. It is quite small and intricate – there are two colours stitched but the photo does not do it justce.

As you can see from the image on the right there is more to the chart – I’ve only shown the bit I started with.

(Note: Cute little needle holder – looks like the dog is carrying a stick too large for her size – as dogs sometimes do.)

On the patchwork side I have started to remove the paper templates from the Rose Window Quilt – there are so many!!!!!! I have just started to sew rows 2 and 3 together – if you remember from a previous post I think that I told you that the rows were sewed together in 2’s ie 1+2, 3+4 etc and it feels very heavy so hopefully it will not drag too much.

Also I have done some more to the small Sewing Mantra quilt/table topper.

I really liked making this especially sewing the small 1 1/2″ squares. The corner blocks just need to be attached.

I am also working on another small quilt but as it is a Christmas present and said person sometimes looks at my blog I cannot show pictures yet.

Well that is all this Sunday, bye for now


SAL – 26th September 2021

Hello Everyone

Hope you are all well.

I have had a little more stitching time of late due to the fact that I have lessened my working hours to 6 hours a day. Therefore, when I finish at 3:00pm I can stitch for one and half hours before tea-time, whilst my Hubby has a rest. So without further ado here is where I was last time …

And here is where I am now …

Well that is all for this post, so now please take a look at what progress the other members have made on their individual projects.

Bye for now



HQAL – 12th September 2021

Hello Everybody

Three weeks have passed by quickly again, but I have managed a little sewing on the Pirate Quilt.

Last time I was swimming down the side with the waves, now I have swerved around the second corner and I am now surfing along the bottom row. (Sorry sounds a bit corny!!!)

Photos are better

No two waves are exactly alike but they’re not like that in nature either – well that is what I am telling myself. Certainly giving me practice.

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy


Sunday Sewing – September

Hello Everyone

I have finished sewing the Jazz Quilt Top and have selected the wadding and cut to size the backing fabric.

Also I have been sewing the cushion/table centre piece and this is how far I have progressed … and since taking the photo I have continued sewing the little squares.

On Tuesday I visited my mother – who you may remember had a fall and broke her arm which is now plated and pinned together – it is mending well but she cannot put pressure on it so I cut out some squares for her and gave some advice on colours for her project. She can use her electric sewing machine but cannot hand sew at present.

That is all folks.

Daisy x

Taking Stock – Garden Update Sept 2021


I haven’t talked much about the garden this year so here is a quick update, we planted red geraniums all around the garden this year and they have bloomed beautifully.

The Heuchera, the dahlias and the roses followed suit and the garden still looks in full bloom. I know gardening jobs need to be done but it is a shame to move anything at the moment, so on a gorgeous sunny September morning/afternoon I just took photos. See below …..

We had also planted the chimney pots with Million Bells which are a miniature petunia and they look fantastic against the fuschia which are hardy and remain in the pots in the winter.

Also the rhododendron has started making buds which will remain dormant until the spring, along with my Pieris Forest Flame which makes tiny bracts of flowers that will open in the spring

That’s all for now


SAL – 5th September 2021

Hi Everybody

This year is whizzing by – Autumn is here and I confess to liking Autumn, slight chill in morning air turning sunny, beautiful hues on the trees and shrubs, berries, crispy leaves, what is there not to like? Sometimes we get an Indian Summer with spectacular sunsets.

Anyhow enough of that – onto the sewing. Having been on holiday for a week (a staycation) I have managed a fair bit of sewing which will also be shown in a different post.

Lady Greensleeves had some of my attention and here is where I was last time ….

And here is my progress …

Well that is all for this post, why not take a moment and look at our other members progress on their individual projects.


Birthday Present

Hi Everyone

It was my Birthday on Wednesday and one of the presents I had requested was “The Season of Life Quilt” by Sandra L. Mollon. It looks like a very complex quilt with lots of applique, a task which I had set myself to learn. Take a look at some of the pictures from the book.

I’m not sure when I will start this quilt top but I look forward to the experience.

Another present was the book “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles and roughly it is about occupied France by the Nazis and how the employees of the Library smuggle books to Jewish readers during this occupation risking their lives in doing so. It is a book about romances, friendship, heroism found in the quietest corners.

Hope you have had a lovely week