Friday finish – spring is just around the corner

Hi ~everyone

I cannot remember when I last done a Friday finish blog, so here goes.

During my lunch breaks at work I have been working on another little project, quite separate from my SAL’s, and this is the finish so far. Incorporated into the design is some fabric that my penpal Emma @ emmacraftsdesign gave me as a Christmas Present (ladybirds fabric). I have some left and I am not sure whether to turn this square on point and use the ladybird fabric in large triangle to square the block. Lots of thoughts rambling around …I am not sure whether to make it into a small cushion or just make a placemat.

Well that is me for now, hope you have a pleasant weekend.


SAL – 7th February 2021

Hi fellow stitchers

I am posting early for a very good reason – Sky persons are turning up today to sort the T.V out and as the broadband is connected to everything and we all know what happens when electronics are fiddled with – yep they do not work as they did before, so my apologies for an early post.

Anyhow, onto Lady Greensleeves this is where I was before …….

And this is my progress

Well that is me, why not pop along tomorrow to see the other members progress. We are a small group of stitchers who work on their own individual projects and we post our progress every 3 weeks. Happy stitching everyone.


GunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunny,   MeganDeborahMaryMargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

A Rose by any other name …..

Hello everyone

I’ve a Friday off – yah!!!,

So I have just spent the past hour laying out the Rose Window Quilt, moving the blocks around so that nothing was the same in any of the shapes. Here is what I consider to be my final layout. (Best laid plans and all that …..) Getting the photo was quite hard as I am not that tall so stood on step-up.

Now I have the hard decision of the border – what colour should I use. Husband thought a plain blue border. At first I thought a blue border followed by an outer red border in plain fabric, but then I thought of using black and splitting the quilt into sections to make it like a stained glass window. Any ideas would be welcome – there is a lot of colour in the quilt.

Well hope you stay safe and happy sewing on a Friday.


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.