HQAL – 5th December 2021

Hello Everybody,

Although my efforts of late have been occupied with sewing a secret Christmas Present I have made a little progress on the Pirate Quilt. As you will see in the photo below I have sewn 3/4 of a hoop full of rope design in the sand. It’s not a lot but slowly the whole quilt is coming together.

Well that is me on this occasion so why not grab a cuppa and peruse the other members projects in the links below.

Bye for now


KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

SAL – 28th Nov 2021

Hi Everybody

I apologise, but I do not have anything to show about Lady Greensleeves – I just haven’t pick her up to do one stitch. I have concentrated on my Christmas Present to someone, who for obvious reasons, cannot be named. I actually finished it this morning. I have also been stitching Sophia Loren so I am posting some photos of her instead.

Well that is me, why not pop along and view what our other members of this delightful SAL group have been sewing/crafting.

Bye for now



Sunday Sewing

Hello everyone

I have been busy sewing a Christmas Present which is now at “sewing on the binding stage” – so a near finish. I’m itching to show you but the recipient of this present sometimes has a peek at my blog, therefore, I will show you the photos in the New Year.

I have also been using up some half square triangle scraps and this is the project so far ………

Sorry about fuzzy photo. The idea being love hearts in a square dance, the brown and beige squares are the flooring. I will hand stitch hearts on the coloured HST’s.

At work I have put down the cross stitch that I had started and began to make a Christmas Quilt but obviously not for this year. It is loosely based on the design that I found in a Today’s Quilter magazine issue 68 and will feature an on point design.

I haven’t abandonned Cross Stitch as I have been working on Sophia. I have sewn the lips, one eye and some of her cheek.

You can tell it is her image.

I have also received some new stash for a quilt incorporating cross stitch again. I must like the Seasons because again it uses Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

I will also incorporate these long stitch designs into the above.

And finally, I received the Stitch Material that has been on order since June 2021.

This is all little printed cross stitches and they are begging to be stitched but it will take forever – do I have forever!!!


SAL – 7th November 2021

Hello Everybody

I have not been able to focus on any one particular thing, the mind flits all over the place and the hands follow suit. Maybe it’s the clock going back or just our irregular seasonal weather.

Any how, small bits have been sewn on Lady Greensleeves so here is where I was last time …

And here is where I am now ….

Well that is all for this post. Please pop along to our other members to see how they have fared on their individual projects.

Daisy x


HQAL – 24th Oct 2021

Hi Everybody

I’m afraid that I have been busy with other projects and not a lot of stitching on the Pirate Quilt but it is coming along slowly and I’m still enjoying sewing this quilt.

Here is where I was last time ……

And here is where I am now ….

Well that is all this week, so why not pop along and see the other members 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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

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 “www.etsy.com/shop/diana70” )

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