Sunday Sew In

Hi everybody

I have managed to finish a project, yippee!!!

I have finished the patchwork cushion, see below. I’m quite chuffed with it.

I found the corners a little difficult but for a first try I’m pleased with it.

The other first today is we have had our first proper snowfall at least an inch now, it’s still snowing so who knows how much there will be when I return to work tomorrow.

Our garden in the snow.

Well that is all for, keep sewing, keep safe



HQAL – 24th January 2021

Hello everybody

I have been unwell with migraine again, so little quilting done, but I will show you my start. I have quilted around the pirate ship in the first picture and quilted following the wave in the second. I am using two types of thread, a Gutermann variagated blue/turquoise around the pirate ship and Aurifil no. 4093 and 1148 for the waves.

Why not pop along to the other members projects to see their progress.

Thanks for reading


MargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

SAL – 17th January 2021

Hello and Happy New Year to anyone who I haven’t said it to before.

Well at the end of last year I had my finish with the Teacups, now for my New Year reveal

I was so pleased with my “Audrey” cross stitch and had been searching for an image for my husband’s favourite person/actress – so at last I purchased the below cross stitch pdf download from “”

However, before I can begin I need to complete “Lady Greensleeves” because that is the only frame Sophia is going to fit. As you can see there is not much to do!! (Last worked on this in October 2019).

So that is my plan so far this year, who knows what we will achieve.

Please pop along to other members blogs to see what New Year adventures they have planned. Happy Stitching!



The Almost “First” Finish

Hello Everybody

I’m not sure if you remember, but in my post Boxing Day Browse I showed a new project and stated that it might become a small cushion. Well it is going to be a cushion but slightly larger than I first envisaged. Here are some photos – it is not technically finished but the patchwork part is finished.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this front panel as it came together quite quickly although some of points were difficult. Practice makes perfect.!!!

I like the design called Heavenly Star, and I have thought about making a large quilt with several of these blocks. Just a thought at the moment as I have plenty to be getting on with.

Well take care and stay safe.


HQAL – 3rd Jan 2021

Hello Everybody, and a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!!!!

I have chosen something to work on for the start of this year and I have taken the plunge and pin basted the Pirate Quilt – it is the guinea pig I’m afraid – but I hope it will be fun as well.

I am going to hand quilt using a hoop and have decided to use some of the images and sew around those and also to mark out a rope design for the borders of sand and outer red/cream borders. The centre square will have a large “X” sewn across it. Hopefully the red star shape is dead centre. We will see how I fare in forthcoming posts but here are some starter photos

The cream backing fabric was slightly too narrow so I added two strips in a complimentary teal blue colour and then pinned it together. Wadding is by Hobbs.

Well that is me, why not pop along and see what the New Year is bringing to the table for our other members and their individual projects.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and 


2020 Round-up

Well, what a year it has been! Nevertheless and more important did I stay on track? Due to the pandemic a couple of my items have been annulled. But the real answer is no I did not succeed at all – must do better.

1.    To read or to listen to 20 books.  (This will give me the advantage to sew while I listen.)

Reading – still reading all of the following:

Brian Blessed – Absolute Pandemonium

Simon Cooper – The Otters’ Tale

David Attenborough – Journeys to the Other Side of the World

Peter Wright – My Yorkshire Great and Small

Finished – Janice Hadlow – The Other Bennett Sister

and David Shimwell – Dining with The Durrells

Started to listen to Agatha Christie – The Complete 20 Short Stories – Christmas Present.

  2.   To continue sewing cross stitch and designing quilts, combined with learning to write a quilt pattern.

         (a)   Finish Bee Quilt  

         (b)  Finish Pirate Quilt

I have just pin basted this quilt and made a small start on quilting it. (view in another post for HQAL)

         (c)   Finish Lady Greensleeves cross stitch

        (d)   Finish Seasonal Quilt

Finished 2 x cross stitch – Dream Catcher and Teacups.

Started and nearly finished all the blocks for my Rose Window Quilt top.

3.    Learn Applique (new skill) and try my hand at Gold Work (new skill)

4.   To continue writing to penpals   (anyone wanting to be a penpal please send address details to

2 x letters to penpals and an email to another friend, plus Christmas Cards and presents.

5.   To go walking more/join National Trust again. Annulled.

6.   To cook from fresh more often and eat more vegetables.

Minor success

7.   To open Etsy shop.

8.   To care and appreciate more of our planet.

Hopefully I have become more aware of damaged caused to our plants and animals as we humans go about our daily lives.

9.   To finish my Novel,

10.   To finish my Poetry Book

In my defence, I have had to work throughout this pandemic and have been more tired than I imagined, therefore, less time available for all pursuits. I will try to do more next year. Honest I will!!!!!

Bye for this year. Hope we all remain safe and well.


Just before the end of 2020

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas (those who celebrate) and just before us a brand new year. Let’s hope for a huge improvement on the past year.

What have you been doing between the restrictions we are all under and the time before paid work calls us back into this weird outside world?

My Husband and I played games – thoroughly decent games of course – see below

I am still champion in our house when it comes to Connect Four, however, not so good with the Air Hockey – my husband being very competitive – thrashed me. I even exclaimed that I thought it was leaning downhill towards me. Laughs!!!!!

It was a bit of light relief.


SAL – 27th December 2020

Hello Everybody

What a year it has been. Fire, Floods, Drought, Pestilence, and Pandemics.

Let’s hope the milk of human kindness rears its head and is triumphant, along with the vaccine.

Talking of triumphant, bring on the trumpets …….

ta dah!

A finish

Again apologies for the weird lighting.

You will have to wait until next year now to see what my next project is.

However, why not pop along to the other members project to see how they have fared over the holidays.

Bye for now


Happy New Year and Stay Safe.



Boxing Day Browse

Hello my fellow stitches

Hope you are well and safe!

This will be a bit of a mish-mash type of blog today. So to start I will show you how many presents Hetty received – she was totally spoilt – and is enjoying for the first time a whole week to 10 days of me being here over the holidays as I normally work the in between dates. The bits will be hanging toys when I rejuvenate tired looking ones.

Secondly, here are the Christmas Jumpers and Socks

In the third, these are the books I have received – I am an avid Agatha Christie fan. Also I would really love a Dachshund, preferably a rough haired one or a tan coloured smooth haired – maybe in the near future. I have started to read the Windsor Knot. I have also received some audio books – again short stories by Agatha Christie and read by my favourite Miss Marple – Joan Hickson; and Georges Simenon’s Maigret which I shall listen to whilst sewing.

Next I have a new start – it is a small project so hopefully not too taxing on the brain. Probably will become a small cushion.

Sorry about the lighting in the photo. Not sure you can make it out but there are little hedgehogs and owls on the fabric.

The other item that has occupied my time of late is to continue sewing the Christmas Table Runner with Robins on it which I actually started way, way back in February 2020.

This is where I was then ……..

This is where I am now ….

He’s a plump little fella is he not?

Well that is it for now.

Daisy x

Christmas 2020


After a very difficult and different year, I would like to thank everyone for continuing to read and comment on my blog space, it means a lot.

Here are a couple of Christmas Photo’s and I wish everybody a safe and happy Christmas and hopefully a much better 2021.

Bye for now!

Daisy and Hetty