Saturday 23 June 2012

Here is ...

... OzSue's layout for the Festive Mystery quilt.
Isn't it lovely?  As she doesn't have a blog - yet - she is sending me the photos to show everybody.  OzSue also asked me to say a huge thank you to all the lovely people who commented on her ideas last month of how she thought the block might look.  Sue I am looking forward to seeing your finished quilt now, and thank you for joining in.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Look what happens ...

... when I'm not well.
I go shopping on the internet.

3 books and 2 magazines were all I bought this time.  Actually, no, 3 books and 3 magazines, one is still to come.  However did wee manage without the internet?

Saturday 16 June 2012

Poor me …

... I am suffering with a kidney infection at the moment.  Yesterday I managed to get an appointment at the doctors and was given  a prescription for some pills.

I was warned that there are side effects.

  • headache – yep
  • dizziness – yep
  • nausea – yep
  • pins and needles – yep
  • various others -yep, they weren't kidding
Classic case of the cure being worse than the illness if you ask me.

Monday 11 June 2012

Christmas QAL postscript

Donna, with the invaluable help of Ms Cha Cha, has finished the centre of her Festive Mystery quilt.  She tried out several layouts first, before deciding on her favourite.  It is fabulous, I love it Donna, and well done on being the first to finish.  Do pop over to her blog, So Sew Crafty and have a look.

Sunday 10 June 2012

Happy Fathers' Day

The guest of honour is due in about 30 minutes.

The card is written.

We're having spaghetti bolognese

followed by  rhubarb crumble, as they are two of his favourites.

So, what's my problem?

It's not Fathers' Day until NEXT Sunday!

Saturday 9 June 2012

Christmas QAL–post who-knows-which-number

I thought you might like to see some of the layouts that I’ve come up with for the centre of the Festive Mystery top.
Festive top 1   Festive top 2  Festive top 3

It’s amazing how different they look.  I am so looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Christmas QAL post 3 or 4

Done!  24 blocks all ready for me to put them together.
Now it's dinner time, so I'll be back in a while.

Christmas QAL post 2 or 3

One down, 23 to go.

Christmas QAL post 1

Hello every one and Happy Christmas.  

Paulette is our hostess this month, and according to Hazel  (who just might be known as a troublemaker!) she's making pancakes and maple syrup to welcome us all.  Yummy.

I've been chatting to Paulette this week, and it seems she has got lots of fun planned for us today, and is going to be very busy making sure all her guests are mingling, have plenty to eat and drink, and generally having fun, so we thought it would be best if I post this month's thrilling installment of the Festive Mystery here.  I've just added a new page with the instructions on a new page which you can get to by going to the tab at the top of my blog, just under the header, which I have imaginatively named A Festive Mystery - June installment.

I'll be back later to show you what my version looks like so far.

and the winner ...

of the Festive Mystery block competition is
Donna.  I had so much fun with seeing what you all thought you were making, thank you so much.  OzSue was actually very close, but nobody was correct.  Isn't it amazing how many blocks you can make with just a few components?

Congratulations Donna, please may I have your snail mail address, so your little prize can be sent off?

Another entry …

In a land far away,  (Australia,) there lives a lady who we shall call OzSue,(cos her name is Sue and she lives in OZ.  Now how original is that of me?). 

OzSue does not have a blog, but she has been following our Christmas QAL fun, and she has been making the Festive Mystery quilt too.  She has sent me her idea of what our block might look like, and given me permission to show her ideas here on my blog.
QAL 001     QAL 002
I just love that black fabric with the streamers.

I will do the random draw for a winner from among the entries at mid-day BST, and post the winner here then.

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Fancy some Christmas fun....

.... before we all go over to Sweet P Quilting and Creations on Saturday, where Paulette is waiting to welcome us to the June Christmas Quiltalong? Well, here's what you have to do.
1. Take all the parts you have made so far for the Festive Mystery quilt,
2. Lay out your pieces to show what you think the block will look like.  Go on, I bet most of you have been doing that anyway, in the privacy of your own homes!  Now it's time to go public,
3. Take a photo of your block, and post it on your blog before Saturday,
4. Sign in to the Linky at the bottom of this post, using the address of the post where you show your "block",
5. Go and see what everyone else thinks we're doing.

Then, on Saturday, before I post the next installment, I will use Mr Random Generator to draw a winner from among those people who've linked, and that winner will receive a small prize.

If you haven't been making the quilt, you could still join in, by drawing out the parts on paper that we've been making, and using them instead.  You can find the instructions as follows: Part 1, at Hazel's Quilts, Part 2 is at Needle, Thread, Happiness, Part 3 is over at The Cuddle Quilter's place and part 4 is over at Vrooman's Quilts.  If you're working along with us but don't have a blog, you can still enter by sending me a photo of your entry and I will show it on my blog.

Here is the contest Linky, I am looking forward to seeing what you all think we're making.

Don't forget to join Paulette on Saturday for the Christmas QAL too.  I hear that she has a little Christmas craft for us, and maybe a giveaway too.

Saturday 2 June 2012

Lone Star QAL day - post 5

Well, I'm home now from the teaparty.  Thank you Alice for such a lovely party.

I will tell you that I had quite decided to do the layout on the RHS, in the middle row.  Then, Ms Sand & Sunshine sent me this link, and that set me off thinking, so back I went to play with EQ7.  Then Lynn from Sew'n Wild Oaks sent me this link.  Now, I think I am going to go back to the original plan of having some large white areas where I can hopefully let Big Bertha loose to do some wonderful quilting.  Honestly, I could have had the top finished if I hadn't spent so much time procrastinating/prevaricating/equivocating.

There's not going to be any more Lone Star-ing for me this evening.  My DS and his family are here.  Little Person is now in bed, and you'll never guess what film his parents and grandparents are watching.  The Wizard of Oz, that's what!  Last time they were here, I mentioned that I had never seen this film, and nor, it turned out, had my DDIL.  So, knowing they were coming up this weekend, my son bought a copy of it, and now here we are, 4 quite grown-up people, sitting watching it.

Bye for tonight everyone, thanks for joining Jayne and I today.  I must say that even though I have gone backwards, I really feel as though I have achieved something today.

Lone Star QAL day - post 4

I'm all dressed up in my Mad Hatter's hat, ready to go to Alice's tea-party over at Liz's place, here.  I expect she'll have her Lone Star quilt all put together with the borders on and the quilting almost finished by the time I get there.  I hope she put the kettle on first though.

Lone Star QAL day - post 3

Guess what?  I think I may have changed my mind!

Lone Star QAL day–post 2

OK, so now you want to know what I have decided to do, don’t you?
or maybe
Or could it be one of these
Can we say indecisive?  Or should we say procrastination? My father says it should be equivocation, which I had to look up, and which means to avoid or evade action, so he's right too!

Well, I've finally made a decision - I think.  Can you guess which version I've gone for? Now I'm off to try and put it into practice, after I've visited Jayne to see who else is working on their Lone Stars today..

Lone Star QAL day–post 1

I doubt that you remember, but by the end of the last Lone Star day, I had decided on this layout for the centre of the quilt, but with the corner stripes extending out into the borders? Well, I later realised that wouldn't work, as I only had the white inner border at the top and bottom and my need for all things to be symmetrical meant that I wouldn't like the stripes only at the top and bottom and not at the sides.  Soo, can you guess what happened next?

Yep, much thinking, and some testing going on here.  I dug out some scraps (yes, contrary to popular belief, I do have some!) and got sewing as you can see
giving me these test pieces
oh yes, and also giving me this
Ouch.  You know, in over 12 years of quilting, this is the first time I’ve ever cut myself with the rotary cutter.
So come back later to see what I’ve decided to do with those setting squares.

Meanwhile, pop over to Jayne, our hostess this month, to see who else is taking part this month.
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