Monday, 28 July 2014

I AM...

...struggling at the moment !! My laptop has a .. fixable!!.. problem that means I am using a borrowed one from my son xx Better than nothing .. I'm grateful for this xx BUT ... it wont let me download pictures .. it rather slow and clunkie ... and (bless it!!) is temperamental .. to put it gently!! lol x

SO.. I am going to try and keep up with posts .. comment when it will let me ... and keep everything that does not endanger life and limb.. crossed that mine comes home soon xx

HANG ON IN THERE .. and I will be back xx lol x

Diane x

Friday, 25 July 2014


... LOVING The Commonwealth Games xx Just up my street .. and because I am retired I am NOT going to miss any of it xx

SO .. there has to be some organisation here!

Its get up .. walk the boys .. then breakfast. This morning I made this block... (turquoise navy and white were the requested colours) ...

NOW its in front of the TV with MANY choices as to what to watch xx I am .. of course .. shouting for the English boys and girls ... but will shout on ANY ONE who is doing well ... and am SOOOOOO happy that the disabled athletes have a place at the same venue and same time as the able bodied competitors xx 

NOW.. I cannot just SIT!! .. so I am organised for doing "stuff" that can be done sitting ... you will not be surprised that it does not include ... housework!!! lol x

I have a project that involves ..

and this ...

and this morning I made ..

apple cakes xx yummy x I was FORCED to buy this little book...

.. think you may be able to work out WHY!! lol don't know if any will be made during the next week .. you never know!! xx

Back to the veladrome to watch Jason Kenny xx... YA !just won first race xx

Diane x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


... reached the half way point with the swoon blocks ...YA!!! One happy bunny x SO... I had the day off x

Visited a local garden centre with mum and dad ..and had our dinner out x NOW I am catching up on some reading ..

Later I will be gearing up to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at 8 pm tonight xx .... its a good life being retired xx

Hope you have had a good day x

Diane x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


.. working away at my swoon blocks ... and as I work I have been thinking about swaps .. and who takes part in them.

IF you are the sort of person who...likes all your blocks to be exactly the same size ...  swaps are NOT for you x

 I do attempt to get them the same .. but somehow .. there is usually a difference! I don't set out to do it .. it just happens .. if its a swap or not ... so I'm happy with whatever comes to me ... a bit of fudging and fluffing and they can be made to fit each other xx If like me you are happy with this .. then swaps ARE for you x

IF you are the sort of person who.... likes all your points to be perky , lined up and pointed ... swaps are NOT for you x

I like to see perky points .. and do try to achieve them .. but sometimes they just don't make it xx For this reason I'm happy with the efforts of other swappers on my behalf ... but when the quilting is done and a bit of embellishment added .. who notices anyway? lol x If you feel like this ... then swaps ARE for you x

IF you are the sort of person who likes all your colours to be the same .... swaps are NOT for you x 

Everyone has different perceptions of colour .. so .. you need to be specific and name a colour and manufacturer.. or send out your own fabric! If like me you are happy with others interpretation of colour .. or you name a theme .. Christmas or Halloween for example ... then swaps ARE for you x

SO .. they are my thoughts .. and why swaps ARE for me xx Do you have any more?

In the mean time here are my latest completed swoon blocks ... the recipient of these wanted coral and teal mm .. well this is my interpretation of those colours ..

and then red and aqua...

(ooh!look .. I managed a few perky points!! lol )

They don't make it easy with their colour choices do they? lol x

Diane x

Sunday, 20 July 2014


.... when I wrack my brain for this weeks picture in ...Alsha's Space: 52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge this week we were given MOBILE.

Actually .. this week at least .. there was not a lot of searching x My car had to go into the garage .. and as they wanted it over night they gave me a courtesy car xx I was a bit ... OH!MY GOODNESS .. when I first saw it ..

BUT was a little goer!! I really enjoyed driving it ... and would write a reference if required!! lol NOW.. don't get me wrong .. ..although the colour and markings meant I could not loose it on the car park.. and the air conditioning has been wonderful in the present weather ......and I had fun in it and it kept me MOBILE .... I'm glad to have my own car back xx

........AND ... by-the-way ...the scrap challenge colour for July is RED!! 

Wondering what others came up with?... follow the link and have a look .. and maybe join in yourself xx

Diane x

Saturday, 19 July 2014


.....  beetling away at the swoon blocks. I have devised a "system" that works for me!! I choose the fabrics .... and let me tell you I think maybe that's the hardest part!!!!

THEN... I cut out the fabric pieces and put them into bags ready for sewing ....

NEXT... I sew the blocks ... so far I have made


you may be able to guess the fabrics requested for these two!!! AND...


It is taking a while ... LIFE will get in the way! lol x But if I keep on the way I'm going I should have time to get them all done by the deadline x They have to be in the US before the 1st September xx

Hope you are having fun with your sewing xx

Diane x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


... to Congleton Quilt Group last night. Our Glorious Leader has been given  a HUGE amount of fabric .. lots of it samples .. and we are to make up quilt tops ... these are then to be bagged out with fleece and in September they are going to be donated to the Salvation Army as covers for homeless persons. There were 6 tables ... and we had 1.5  hours ... GO!!!

Our table had 2 cutters of fabric... 1 pinner of fabric .... 1 sewer of fabric... and ME on the iron!! We managed 2 completed tops...

and we also managed "part" of another one ... our sewer (Gwen x) has taken it home to finish x MOST tables managed a similar total .. with most tables having someone taking home a top to finish x  .... and then there was ... THE ARTISTIC TABLE!!!

Now bearing mind WHO these quilts/covers will be donated to .. and maybe it is just me ...and about 98% of the rest of those present ... BUT does it really need diamond blocks and blocks made from 2 inch strips?!!! They managed to make some blocks!! Good job it takes ALL kinds !! LOL xx  

I am off to choose fabrics for my next swoon blocks .. hope to get to them tomorrow x

Diane x