Sewing Sunday

Hi Everybody

Another busy week passes by – my how time flies.

I have been busy sewing hexagons for my Seasonal Quilt in both white and the new colourway I post a few weeks back.

I have also started stitching on the new dream catcher design that I posted about in May this year.

dreamcatcher with beads


This is how I started ……….

feather May 25th 2019

and this is the little advancement I have made.

new feather stitching

Well that is all for this post………see you again soon.































































































































































































Sombre Sunday


Today is a day of remembrance and sorrow, not only for those who fought and died for us today but also for people who are victims of our weather.  My heart goes out to all.

I hope that none of my fellow seamstresses are caught up in the recent floods.

Mother Nature is certainly a force to contend with.  Whilst we find beauty there is also drama and these disasters are becoming all too common.





HQAL update ….

Hello and Good Morning

I am a new member to this group so here is a little about me and my project.  Formerly I only ventured into cross stitch and tapestry but I decided to have a go at patchwork and quilting.  I started off with machine stitched squares and what has become my Bee Quilt

which as you can see also incorporates a cross stitch of a bee on lavender (not my design) which is actually removable if the quilt needs to be washed.

Next I thought I would try hand stitching some hexagons and I was hooked – it is so absorbing and satisfying.  So here is my project that I am working on at the moment – I called it My Seasonal Quilt.


This is not all sewn together, just laid out for photo shoot.

nearly complete border

So this was my initial layout of the borders to the central piece, but I kept feeling that there was too much white.  So whilst browsing the internet I came across the following and immediately decided that I would include it in the border design.

new border pieces

It will be following the original border layout, so eight dotted along the top and bottom and eight sewn in a strip alongside the blue and yellow strips separated by a white strip

border piece blue

Hopefully that is the final amendment.

Well that is all for this post, please pop along to the other members to see how they are faring with their individual projects.  If you would like to join this HQAL group please contact Kathy for details. (1st name in list below)
Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie



Friday Fun

Hi everybody,

It is the end of another week and it has been another busy one.  I have achieved quite a lot on the Longstitch as it builds up quickly.  Take a peek …..

This is where I  was on the 1st Nov. 2019longstitch 1

and this is where I am now 8th Nov. 2019

longstitch 2

This is the first of a set of four and they are quite fun to sew and the results are quicker.

Also we had reason to go up into the loft ref. plumbing things and decided to get the Christmas Tree and decorations down.  Also I grabbed the quilt and cushions that I had designed, almost 20 years ago now, but which my mother was the seamstress.  The cushions were made by my mother as extras, the rest I sat and designed and chose the fabric.  It looks quite Christmassy as well although that wasn’t the intention.  It was made for my single bed in my old house.

quilt i designed

quilt pillows

Well that is all for now – hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Hetty on Sunday

Well hello everybody

Long time on see.  As you might have guessed this  is Hetty the adorable  Meyer’s Parrot of Daisy with whom you communicate (that is a long word for a little birdy like me) about sewing.

I have been a very good bird these past two weeks but mummy has been busy sewing and visiting her step daughter and husband.  Also I think she is rather concerned with her husband (who comes to play with me during the week when mummy is at work), who is not feeling too clever these past two months.  I didn’t like the fireworks last night too loud and went on too long.  I girl has got to have her beauty sleep don’t you agree?

However, today I am out receiving lots of head scratching and cuddles from mummy

Sunday 2nd Nov 2019

Sunday 2nd Nov 2019 1

and I had a lovely time flying around. 

Life is great as a parrot.

Well that is all for now, I am going to watch mummy fix one of my toys.

Love and pecks




SAL Update – Cornered

Hi Everybody

Well I have made fair progress on my patchwork quilt.  I have sewn all the corner pieces and the borders are prepared and half of the spring border is attached to the main body.  The photos will demonstrate better.  It is quite nice sewing this quilt now the colder weather has set in.  Sorry the photos are a little blurry.

corner 4

These are my four corners.

This is a rough layout of how it will look, obviously I need to make some more white hexagons and some edging shapes.   The half green border is now attached and the other half is all sewn together ready to be attached.

border - spring

That is it for this SAL post, now pop along to the other members who are all stitching their own individual projects.

If you want to join then just contact Avis  – the first name in the link below.

Happy sewing everyone.

Friday Finish

Good Morning/Evening Everybody

Yippee!!  I have finished Audrey and even if I say so myself she is a beauty, take a look …..

audrey finished

Aside from my American Indian Chief, this is my favourite piece that I have cross stitched.  All credit to Lanarte Classic Collection for giving me the opportunity.

I was wondering whether anybody knows of a cross stitch pattern for either “The Duke – John Wayne” or Sophia Loren.

I have also started something new – this time a long-stitch from Bothy Threads.  I have four of these Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.  They are much quicker to do.

longstitch 1

Well that is all for this post, thanks for reading from a very happy







Hi Everybody

No sewing on this post, just a new book that I purchased

laurie lee Christmas Village

I love the cover of this book, it looks so innocent.

Also bought a memoir of Pam Ayes (I love autobiographies, especially people I admire).  Pam always makes me laugh, and I loved her show on Radio 2 – pity it stopped.  Does anyone else remember the show.

pam ayres

That’s all folks


Autumn/Winter Stash

Hi Everybody

I have once again succumbed to buying more stash, without actually having a plan for the material purchased.  Naughty me!!!!  The truth is that I need to buy some clips and curved safety pins but thought some material would make it worth while, as I ordered online.  I have subsequently drawn out a plan for the American Indian Quilt and cut the material ready.

Well I have been busy sewing, lots of hexagons ready for the final parts of the Seasonal Quilt which you will see in the SAL update.  Also been busy on Audrey and can see the final ahead of me.  Perhaps I will have another finish before Christmas.  I purchased a cross stitch magazine and have three small seasonal cards to stitch and I have to finish the Christmas Bauble I started ages ago – not sure where I have put those.

Well here are some photos – first up is the new stash

new stash oct 2019

I’ve thought about having Winnie the Pooh material for a while and I adore the Sausage Dog images.  It is nice to have something to look forward to don’t you think?

Here is the American Indian design

Indian quilt

The inner piece is going to be 2 totem poles and some smaller squares – I think at the moment – it could change.

Here are some close up of the designs

I think that I am drawn to pink and blue hues quite a lot even though I love green and purple shades the most.  Strange!

Last but not least, here is where I am now with Audrey.


Here are the freebies I mentioned above and an extra patchwork freebie picked up at grocery shopping.

I am going to be busy!!!!! ta rah for now.




SAL Update -Seasonal Quilt

Hi Everybody

It has been another busy week, both at paid work and on the sewing front.  Three weeks ago I debuted my Seasonal Quilt and now I have been busy sewing lots of white hexagons and have decided how I want the corner sections to look.  I have also sewn together the spring border sections

top border

This is not complete, just sewn in sections – three white and coloured centre.

This is how the bottom and side border will look

side border

bottom border

And this is the roughly laid out idea for my corner section

corner section

I think that I need to add one more layer of white along the top and bottom edges, so that when I add the binding it doesn’t cut off any coloured sections.  Does that make sense or has any body got a better idea?

Well that is all for this post, please pop along to the other group members to see what they have created.

Anyone who would like to join our group can contact Avis the first name in the list below.  Thanks again for reading.