SAL – 25th October 2020

Hello everyone

I have made good progress this time on my Teacups – so without further ado here is where I was last time …….

and this is where I am presently ….

As you can see the top cup is completed, now I just need to fill in any gaps. A “happy dance ” is not far away.

Thanks for reading, so now pop along to the other members of our small sewing group and see what individuals have been working on.




Books and Poems

Hi Everybody

I haven’t done a book post or even updated my 20 for 20 – which considering the altered world that we live in at the moment I think it will get abandoned.

However, I have finished reading a rather large tomb which is written in the style of the wonderful Jane Austen. Here is a picture

This was my bedtime read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has the same little twists that Jane puts in her book Pride and Prejudice and I think you will view Mary in a rather different light after reading this. May not be everyone’s cup of tea.

The other item that has occupied my time (when I haven’t got a needle and thread in it) is attempts at poetry. I have written several poems but I want to make them into a book if possible – there is a theme but it is a secret at the moment and things are in are in their infancy.

Instead I will leave you with a poem by John Keats called very appropriately

“To Autumn”

To Autumn

John Keats – 1795-1821

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
  With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
  Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
  Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
  Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
    Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
  Steady thy laden head across a brook;
  Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
    Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
  Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
  And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
  Among the river sallows, borne aloft
    Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
  Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
  The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
    And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

It is beautiful is it not?

Bye for now


HQAL _ October 2020

Hi Everyone

Firstly, I hope Tracy has a speedy recovery and stay safe.

Now onto the stitching , I have made generous progress with stitches to the Teacups cross stitch, so here are the pictures.


Here is where i am 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.

In the meantime please pop along to see what the other group members are working on.

Bye for now


KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie


My favourite time of year, warm jumpers, snuggling under quilt/blanket, warm cup of tea (or something else), a good book, sewing, knitting, quilting …. what’s not to love.

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Hope you are all staying safe and well.


SAL – 4th October 2020

Good Morning/Evening Everybody

Hope you are all keeping well and safe. It has been a few gloomy days here in Old Blighty and I had Friday off work – it’s still busy at work and next week I have to cover for my work colleague who is on holiday, so another hectic week ahead. Well what was a woman to do on a misery wet and windy day – sewing whilst dowloading Windows 10 onto my laptop (I know I am very late to the party!!!) but it was a success.

Therefore, I will show you how far I have got with my Cups Cross stitch

This is where I was ………

And this is where I am now ……..

This is the last cup and I think my favourite. I love the top decoration to this cup.

Have you got a favourite one yet?

We are a small group of like minded sewing people, who all work on individual projects and offer encouragement to one another. Please pop along to see the projects of other members.

Bye for now



All things new ……

Hello everyone

To practice hand sewing a quilt I have started a new fun project which is much smaller and more manageable I think. It is only two layers – a red spotted fleece back and the cotton top which I have back stitched around the head of the new snowman and high-lighted some areas with metallic thread. What do you think?

Also I have purchased some new stash, with ideas in mind for some of it and the rest will have to wait until I have an idea or see a quilt pattern which I would like to try. I must try and finish something – it is a weakness of mine – to never complete things before starting something new. Ah well!

Finally, but no means least, I have completed enough Rose Window Blocks to reach the half way mark.

Rose Window Quilt Half way there …….

Well folks that is all for now

Daisy x

HQAL – 20th Sept 2020

Hello Everyone

Where to start – at the beginning I guess – I have sewn together white hexies for the Seasonal Quilt and now I need to create some end pieces and attach those to the main quilt – then the top will be complete.

I have also made good progress on the “Cups” cross stitch and I am now on the final cup so filling in any gaps etc and then it will be complete – happy dance soon!!!

Here is where I was last post ……

and here is where I am now …..

I have loads to tell and show but that is for another post.

Bye for now


SAL – Sunday 13th Sept 2020

Hi everybody

Sorry about missing last update – totally forgot.

Well down to business – I have made some good progress on the “Cups” and here are the pictures …….


And now …….

Well that is all for now



Hetty’s Birdy Bytes

Hi Hetty here,

Hope everybody and everybirdy is well and healthy.

I haven’t blogged for a while but Mummy was angry with me yesterday because of my chewing habit. Well I ask you what is a parrot to do? I have plenty of toys to amuse me – it’s not that I am bored but I do have the habit of being naughty and chewing things I am not supposed too.

Here is the photographic evidence of my misdemeanor …..

The beak

I wasn’t that clever because this is the perch I sleep on at night and I was actually standing on it whilst pecking it to bits and had a mad flutter just after Mummy had cleaned the room causing feathers and dust to fly everywhere. Her main concern was that I wasn’t hurt and she replaced the perch immediately.

I am loved and cherished but terribly naughty.

Goodbye for now.


Peck Peck (X)

Birthday time

Hi Everyone

It is my Birthday today, I’m not at work, but my lovely manageress came to my house yesterday with a present and card from my work colleagues, really chuffed.

Here is what they bought me

Here are a collection of my other presents before and after


Various cards – friends and family
Mother and Younger Brother

My husband bought me some lovely flowers and when I get around to it – I need to upgrade to Windows 10, so either a new laptop with Windows 10 or just the upgrade (I love my current laptop) Also need to replace my printer. Very time consuming and I am not that proficient with all the gadgetry.

Now the after’s

I feel very cherished. My husbands card is the one with the dachshund as he knows I want one for real. Ahh! don’t you just love his little frown.

Well that is all folks

Bye for now.