SAL – 6th December 2020

Hi Everybody

It is that time of year when we all turn our thoughts in one way or another towards Christmas, and I am no exception.

I have finished something which I will post later, but have to admit to not doing heaps of work on my Teacups. So here is where I was last time …….

And here is where I am now ……..

Have you noticed my cute little magnetic needle holder!

One final push on this and it should be finished.

Well that is me, now pop along to the other members of our blog group and see how they have progressed.

Bye for now



HQAL -Sunday 22nd November

Hello Everybody

Hope you are all well.

Life at work is still manic, but I have managed to continue sewing some of the Rose Window Blocks, and have laid them out in the design I like at the moment (of course that is open to alterations). It became more and more difficult to construct a block without matching up the same material design.

This is how the two halves look at the moment, (bottom line in first photo has been changed and is now first line in second photo). 12 lines in total. Then I will have to think about the border.

As you can see the bottom half has quite a few blocks to sew together.

Apart from that, I sorted out some scraps and cut them up into squares, triangles etc ready to use on another design.

before after

That is me for this time.

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.



KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

SAL 15th Nov 2020

Hello Everybody

Hope everyone is still well and safe.

I haven’t achieved much sewing so without further ado, here is where I was last time

And here is where I am now …

Why not pop along to the other members of oour group to see how they are faring.

Bye for now



It’s a right Jumble

Hi Everyone

I am on holiday from paid work this week, so after helping out in the Garden with Hubby on a very nice but chilly day yesterday, I decided that today was my day for stitching and catching up with penpals and of course playing with Hetty, my bird.

I also have two finishes to report that are not part of my SAL or HQAL groups.

Firstly I have completed a small object which has now become a present for Christmas and as the recipient might read the blog, I cannot actually reveal too much. Only that I have been toying around with a few ideas and well I guess you would say this item is the prototype. At some stage, I hope to open an “ETSY Shop” but I have just found out that due to the new Lockdown being announced it appears to have gone BARMY at work again!!! Will it ever slow down – to take a breath – I feel that I will go back to a muddle and lots of stock having been sold and a lot of stock to be received in. I mustn’t worry but I do.

Anyhow I digress – next finish was a jumper that I started many moons ago (a very old UFO). I used three different coloured balls of wool, cream, lilac and a variegated lilac in a stripey style. Here is a photo of the finished item.

The only bit that was standard was the ribbing, everything else was how it came off the ball as I had re-winded swapping between colours erratically.

Bonus that I haven’t put too much weight on and it still fits – snuggly.

Hetty – my Meyer’s Parrot has had a lovely day today. Here is what she has to say on the subject.

“Hello” – “mummy spent lots of time with me today despite the fact that yesterday I was very screechy. She has tidied my cage and created new toys for me, as well as made a new swing which I always chew the rope until it breaks. I fall off but never learn. Birdbrain you see!! Here are some pictures of me asking for a kiss”.

“Yes that beak can do serious damage. But I love mummy and only give her gentle warning bites (doesn’t break skin) on her fingers. Not often I must add – when I’m hormonal usually.”

Well, must go now – I’ve a long letter to write.


HQAL 1st November 2020

Hi Everybody

I have been making good progress on the Teacups cross stitch, so here we go

This is where I was last time

And this is where I am now …..

As you can see I rolled back to start filling in the gaps.

Please pop along to the other members projects to see how they have fared this last 3 weeks. We all stitch individual projects and encourage one another to finish UFO’s or complete a new project.

Bye for now


KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and 


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