Birthday Present

Hi Everyone

It was my Birthday on Wednesday and one of the presents I had requested was “The Season of Life Quilt” by Sandra L. Mollon. It looks like a very complex quilt with lots of applique, a task which I had set myself to learn. Take a look at some of the pictures from the book.

I’m not sure when I will start this quilt top but I look forward to the experience.

Another present was the book “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles and roughly it is about occupied France by the Nazis and how the employees of the Library smuggle books to Jewish readers during this occupation risking their lives in doing so. It is a book about romances, friendship, heroism found in the quietest corners.

Hope you have had a lovely week


Sewing Sunday

Hello everyone

As mentioned in my HQAL post I have been busy sewing these past two weeks and have completed 1 project, started a new project, and continued with existing projects.

Firstly – the completed project – a new cushion.

This was a test really to see what effect the stencils would have and I think that the stencil image is actually lost in the complex patterns on the material. The cushion cover itself was an old pillow case which I chopped the bottom off keeping the flap close end as the means of getting the infill cushion out easily. Bit off a cheat really buy made good use of an old pillowcase. I stitched the quilt pattern onto the top and batting and then tried my hand at applique – not perfect but a good effort.

I think that my Daybreak Quilt (which is the same material) will be stitched either in the ditch or just either side of the horizontal and vertical lines.

Secondly, a new cushion cover idea or a placemat idea

This is very much a work in progress.

The “Jazz Quilt” is coming along in leaps and bounds

I don’t normally go for yellow and orange but they are the colours in the cross stitch images.

Well that is me done, thanks for reading, take care


HQAL – 22nd August 2021

Making Waves Etc! Etc! Etc!

Hello Everybody

Well I have had a most proficient week, despite having to work an extra Friday over the past two week (colleague holiday cover).

I have continued with The Pirate Quilt – making waves along one side edge and that is now complete ready to turn another corner. I am actually starting to enjoy this quilting now – perhaps it was just a confidence thing as I have never done a project like this before.

I am using Aurifil No. 1148 50/2 thread and it is a deep turquoise.

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


Hello everybody

I hope you are all still safe and well.

I have managed to do a little stitching amidst all the shannigans of our lives.

Here is where I was ……

And here is where I am now

I have mainly stitched areas of her cloak and dress this time.

Well that’s me so now pop along to other members blocks to see their progress.

Ta ra



HQAL – Sunday 1st August 2021

Hello Everybody

My. August. Already

Where has the year gone.

But I have news – I have turned a corner – yes indeed! On my quilting that is. I have stitched a wave design along one row and around the 1st corner, Have a look at these ……..

And a close up

I have also stencilled the 2nd corner on the top row. Hopefully I will get that stitched by next HQAL posting. I have decided to just put diagonal stitching both ways to form a cross along the top 2 rows as the printed designs are quite busy.

Thanks for stopping by and now why not pop along to see other members projects.

Bye for now


KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

SAL – Sunday 25th July 2021

Hello Everybody

Again time has passed quickly, but it has been quite eventful unfortunately not in a good way. My Husband hurt his back so I worked from home again, I had a Steroid Injection in my Shoulder but it hasn’t made any difference so not too much stitching done, and my Mum fell over and broke her wrist badly and has just been operated on with the surgeon having to put some plates and pin in place. However the success depend on mum’s bone as she has osteoporosis and he warned her that she might loose some feeling in her hand. Quite damning news for her as she has always stitched. Her job was making leather, material gloves until she retired.

Well enough of that and onto my sewing

Here is where I was last time …..

And here is where I am now …….

That’s me so now why not pop along to the other members project to see how they have progressed.


HQAL – Sunday 11th July 2021

Hello Everybody

As you will have seen from an earlier post that I have been busy purchasing new stock and setting up panels for quilting, mainly because I need the practice. However, I have not neglected the Pirate Quilt so here are some photos of my progress. The corner is quilted using Gutermann Col.111 and the waves are quilted using Aurifil 50/2 Col.1148. The rope design on the sand area (see previous photos) is quilted using Gutermann Col.4014 a variegated thread. I don’t have a preference on thread at the moment being new to quilting but if anyone has a favourite weight or make of thread then let me know.

Still a long way to go.

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

Sewing News – July 2021

Hello Everyone

As promised in my SAL news on Sunday, I have been sewing additional items not relevant to a SAL. So being me, I have started something new before finishing any of the other projects I have previously been working on, but hey why change a habit of a lifetime.

In no particular order, we begin ……….

Flower Fairy lap quilt – this is basically a large panel which is backed with a tossed image of flower fairies and will be bound by a small flower print already incorporated in the panel image. I have pin basted it ready to quilt.

Next up – Daybreak is pin basted ready to quilt and in addition to this lap quilt I have made a small cushion front using leftover 1.1/2″ squares. See photo.

Next – The Rose Window Quilt – I have nearly finished sewing all 96 blocks for this quilt top and have sewn rows 1 and 2 together and then completed rows 3,4,5,6,7,8,10,12. Row 9 and 11 have one block each to finish and then be sew together in their relevant row. No photos.

I purchased some black wadding and having bought new stash I have put together informally the following quilting ideas.

This last one will be a quilt for my husband.

Also bought some white wadding and cut it to size for the Seasonal Quilt. I have enough left to put together for the first quilt top I designed My Bee Quilt – just need to sort out backing fabric for that quilt. There is another project which I cannot give information about as the recipient sometimes reads my blog, but it is another large panel lap quilt which I intend to stitch highlighting the depiction on it. Sound mysterious doesn’t it!

Last but not least this is the new start – My Jazz Quilt which includes two half cross stitch panels that I have made but never used. The fabric behind the image might be used for the backing or I might use plain black – undecided!!!

Well that is it for now – my I am going to be busy.

Bye for now


SAL – 4th July 2021

Hello and Happy Independence Day to all American Bloggers

If you are able to party – stay safe.

Now onto the serious subject of this blog – our sewing and I am happy to report that I have got loads done – not just on Lady Greensleeves which I will show in a minute, but also other projects which you can see in another blog.

Here is where I was last time ….

Here is where I am now ….. mainly worked on the path and the tree stump/rock on the right hand side.

Well that is me, thank you for reading and encouraging me with this project. Now please pop along and see the progress of other other members projects.