Friday, 17 April 2015


... is the FIRST time this week when I don't have to be "somewhere" .... so I took the chance in both hands and .... drum roll please... The wall hanging for James is not only finished..

... BUT it has a hanging sleeve and a label!!


OH YES!! lol x

The colours are not necessarily what I would have chosen .. but was for James to choose x It will be going to Show-And-Tell and then winging its way to Australia xx

I have been reading Blogs as well .. Blogger lets me read a few .....then has a fit !!.. so reading in easy stages xx lol x I may even get caught up!! WOW!

Off to read a few more .. then onto the next project xx

Hope you are having a good day

Diane x

Friday, 10 April 2015


Sandbach Quilt group meeting x We had a demonstration of felt making ... was a good laugh .. and we now wait to see what the ladies make with the felt they made x

It was a also a celebration .... SO we just HAD to have cake ... and what a cake ...

We did not have a challenge as such ... we are giving suggestions for fund raising ideas .. and last night was the first one ... you may remember our charity for this year is Hope House our local children's Hospice.

Our first idea is for...

a tissue holder .. we had some made up ..

... these are all I have left x......and packs to make more ... idea next month x

Today the Postman brought me my April block from Jo..

didn't she do well ? AND she also sent me this wonderful little bag ..

I am sure I will be able to find a use for the contents..

I managed a few more blocks for James's wall hanging .... the secondary pattern is really beginning to show ..

Diane xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


... I received a lovely sparkly parcel in the post ...

it has flown in from America and is my April Christmas swap block ..

how great is this xx ......AND I got a bonus block too..

I am feeling very lucky x I had NO appointments to take my parents to .. so into the sewing room I fled .... AND  managed to get a couple more blocks done on James's wall hanging ...

 for small blocks they take a fair amount of time to get right xx All-in-all it was a GOOD day x

Diane x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


... had a good Easter x I had some FUN!! as I fought Gus into the bath ... then when he escaped

.. all washed and clean smelling .. I stopped fighting off Sam .. who was desperately trying to get INTO the bath xx... and let him have a bath ...

the whole house smelled of medicated dog shampoo .. rather nice actually x lol x

I am presently pattern testing.. I was talking to James youngest grandson in Australia....on Skype while I was making this block ...

....guess where the finished top will be going? I will never stop giving my money to Royal Mail xx.....Mind you .. I have to find time to finish it first!! lol x

Diane x

Friday, 3 April 2015


.... APRIL !!! I am sure there is a time thief out there just ... slowly and quietly sneaking my time away!! lol x

I made this months block from Quiet Play....

I really liking this one and the way it is coming together x

I was a bit distracted because this...

came all the way from New Zealand..... ah! Memories xx
..... so I have been listening and watching .. can make the sewing difficult when you are dissolving xx

I made this block ..

for Joe this month x

AND I made this block for the Christmas Block Swap..

..... the request was for a wonky tree... I'm not so good at wonky ... so I went with contempory ... hope my partner likes it x

Hope your Easter is going well x

Diane x

Sunday, 29 March 2015


... this last week has just flown away ! Between my parents (avoiding some disasters .. but plunging into others! lol x) and having my grandson stay while his mum was in hospital there has been little or NO sewing done for days on end x... I can feel the withdrawal stress creeping up!

I have managed some knitting in the evenings .. before I slump over!! lol x .. but nothing finished as yet x

Actually ..... I DID manage one project .A friend of mine is a confirmed and contented NONE sewer .. she invites me to tea and requests I bring my sewing kit if anything needs doing xx .. suits me I love having my tea made and she is a good cook xx

SO.... to the amazement of EVERYONE she was given a sewing project for Christmas!!...

you can guess where this is going I'm sure!!

I have been putting off making it ... but then caved in as I thought it would be a QUICK project!!... oh my!

It is DONE...

but never again! There were little to NO instructions .. the ric-rac was supposed to go all round the wings .. but not enough was supplied... lining up the front back and facing was a nightmare ..the sparse instructions said .. do not over fill ..but there was barely enough stuffing to fill the head... I could go on .... BUT... I would rather forget the whole thing!

LOL x at least it is done .. and Sue loves it xx

Maybe THIS week I will manage a LITTLE  bit of happy sewing?

I have also got sooooo far behind with reading blogs I gave up and am starting at the top !

I DID manage to go out on Friday evening to meet up with a group of the girls I used to work with ... this is the pudding I had to eat ..

it was a struggle but I battled to the very end! Shame I could not lick the glass xx...  they were telling me about one of our former colleagues who retired last year and who has been reported as saying .....retirement is boring with long days filled with nothing!! She needs to come and spend some time with me xx

Diane x

Saturday, 21 March 2015


.. there has not been a lot of time for sewing .. SO... today I was determined that the morning .. at least was for the sewing room x

I started with the 4 latest blocks in the miniature series...

.. funny it is only a week since I listened to the Quilters Guild member talking about miniatures .. and said "its not for me..." but then these are HUGE compared to the ones she makes xx lol x

THEN I had a play with this little bag ...

this was a make on-the-night at Congleton .. I was not there on the night as it was when my dad was taken poorly .. so they saved me a kit x.. not sure if it is right .. but its my take on it!.. the plastic was (not so much) fun ... but it worked eventually! lol x

Then I thought ... mm I could have a go at something similar .. but NO PLASTIC!!.. so after a bit of a play I have ..

they were fun to make x.... now just to remember how I made them!! lol x

Diane x