Saturday 29 September 2012


.... I have the fun of being the QUEEN BEE for stash hive #3 xx YIPPEEE x

I have just posted the request for my block... so ... I thought I would share with you what I have asked for xx... of course you could click on the link on the side bar.. if you want to!

If not.... here is my block..

I have asked the ladies in my hive to send me a flower.. or flowers x

The weather here has been so wet, wet and .... WET, that the poor old garden has really suffered,

 I thought this was a good way to "grow" an alternative garden x AND one that will last whatever the weather throws at us xx

keep smiling
Diane xx

Friday 28 September 2012

Thursday 27 September 2012


.. that we are making blocks for a raffle quilt for Congleton (Beartown P and Q) group? AND I made 2 blocks...

WELL... confession time  xx 1 block was a perfect 6.5 inches... the other was ... NO WHERE NEAR!! SO, I checked with our gallant leader... and there is enough of the cream (background) fabric for rotary cutting idiots to get it wrong xx YAYA!!

NOW, we have a cushion for the tombola/ sales table.. what ever at the next exhibition xx...

Yesterday I worked on the final round of the Mystery-Round-Robin ,and now it looks like this..

All ready to be posted home xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Tuesday 25 September 2012


.... I received the final Modern-Mystery-Round-Robin quilt.... AND ... I know what I am going to add for the final border. I will most probably sew it to-morrow x

I will be both happy and sad to be sending these on their way, as this signals the end of the swap. Sad because its the last round, happy because I will get mine back xx ... big reveal soon x

The other big reveal will be the Halloween Round-Robin.... I heard that Celine has received her top so... and here it is...

I kept thinking of the many borders I could add... mostly complicated (!!) ,however the top was "talking" to me ... and I ended up adding the simple border you see here...

Sometimes you just have to listen x

Keep smiling

Diane xx  

Monday 24 September 2012


The first part consisted of me driving to work... searching for a parking place... sitting through a VERY boring mandatory update session.. then driving home. THAT is 4 hours of my life I wont get back!!


The second part consisted of feet up, cups of tea... some of this..

and more of that..

Hope you get to do some of what you want to do today xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Sunday 23 September 2012

TODAY... Adam's turn to cook the dinner ....OH YES!! no cooking for me xx

SO ...this morning I decided that I would sew the badge onto Barry's blazer....

and the buttons...

I also sewed on the cuff buttons... I thought I had taken a picture!! OH WELL! The job is done xx

We had a wonderful dinner.... now ....just might put my feet up and catch up on reading blogs xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 22 September 2012


...last night. My friend,Sue, who is a physio, had applied for .... and got ... a new job ...YAY!! Her husband and son were out at work... so we two .. and Ebony the dog... had an evening of tea, cake and chat....OK ....gossip!! It was great xx

To-day I made this cushion..

You may remember I made one like this with the left over fabric from  my Ugly-Fabric challenge... it went to my work mate (Caroline) as her birthday cushion. It seem her mother has been trying to "acquire" it ever since!! So Caroline asked me to make one for mums birthday using blues and pinks xx It was fun and quick to do x

Good job really... because my brother has been again! Remember the pendants!! Groan!

This time he has brought me this..

To sew onto his blazer. AND these...

to replace the existing buttons!!

WHEN will I learn to say... NO .. instead of ... oh! go on! I'll give it a go!!

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Thursday 20 September 2012

FIRST... we have to say "hello" to Leona who joins us as our latest friend and follower here at The Cheshire Quilter xx.... hopefully she will stay a while xx

We had a WONDERFUL time last night...

WHAT a show ...dancing, singing, clapping... and lots of fun...

The theatre was packed (I KNOW you can see empty seats behind Adam and Caroline... we had only just been let in!!!).. and no wonder.... can we go again tonight? lol xx

Today I have worked on Celine's Halloween-Round-Robin... NO I cannot show it to you until she receives it!! (honestly you lot!!!) The big revel is in October, so, by getting it back to her she has a chance to either add another border... or begin turning it into a wall hanging x

I also received one of the October Mini-Mystery-Round-Robin blocks.... mmm this one is going to take some thinking about. The big reveal for this one is in November, sad that it is coming to an end... it has been such fun to do. STILL I will get mine back soon...VERY EXCITING xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Tuesday 18 September 2012


... can you hear me singing?

Tonight is my last night of this rota....and....THESE ...

will be used tomorrow night xx

SO happy xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Monday 17 September 2012


... Celine's Halloween block for August back with me...(life sort of got in the way for her a bit !!)... she added a row of realy cute pumpkins ....SO now I have to put the thinking cap on and decide what to do for her next border xx mmmm got a few ideas... just need to decide WHICH one to go with xx.....

I STILL have this to read!......

wondering ... if I leave it at home it may be calmer at work ... then I will be able to stay awake to read it !! He-He xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 15 September 2012


...are cut out ..

Just need some time to sew them together..soon x

I have this to read..

will take it to work with me ...but... I do not think I will have time to read it!! ...You never know though LOL x

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Thursday 13 September 2012


....I am not going to feel guilty about buying fabric....BECAUSE... when I retire I wont be able to afford to buy so much . SO ....I have to buy it NOW while I CAN afford it!!  SEE... it make sense!

I can feel the silence as you all digest this simple idea... and the slowly nodding heads as you all see how LOGICAL and SENSIBLE this idea is xx

I am off to look at fabric sights xx

Before I go however I will show you what I did this evening..

ALL squared up... I just need to cut out 128 2.5 inch squares... then sew the blocks together.. getting there xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Wednesday 12 September 2012


...was the first meeting of the autumn/winter season for Congleton quilt group. The weather remains cold and wet but there was enough hot air in the room to keep us ALL warm!! lol x Lots of talk and catching up from the summer break, lots of tea to drink and homemade cake and biscuits to eat xx.. lovely x

We were given the details of this years raffle quilt. We are to make a maple leaf block..

the muslin was supplied, ... we just have to supply the "coloured" fabric...

This came today...

so I will have a bit of distraction for this evening. Back to work for me later xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Monday 10 September 2012


........this fabric...

I said I was going to use some/or all of theses fabrics for the Modern-Mystery-Round-Robin quilts. WELL I DID use some of them. NOW they look like this...


They are ready to go in the post at the end of the month. We only have one more round THEN they go back to their owners x I am SAD that it is ending.... BUT ....EXCITED  to see what has been done to the centre blocks. Having seen them at varying stages of development it is going to be fascinating xx

I have been sewing on my quilt some more...

AND I have been cutting out the remaining fabric ready to make the "other half" of the top xx...

ready to make ...A LOT... of half square triangles xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Saturday 8 September 2012


...a little girl my granny was know to have times when she was "justing", this consisted of her setting off to do something ... then getting sidetracked and JUST doing this ... or JUST going there!

Well today I have been JUSTING , I was sat in the garden ..

YES the sun shone today!!.. having a cuppa ,and I started to move and  empty pots and generally get the garden ready for winter..

This was NOT what I was going to do. I had plans for the day..

By 3pm the garden looked wonderful..

ME? .....well don't ask me to move very far, (this lady was not happy with me disturbing her! she was waving her legs at me!!!)

or very fast..

I still have to tackle the budlia...

and "the other side"..

But , I am well on the way..

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Friday 7 September 2012


NOT stars... but LOGS!!!!

In my stash bee, Lauren (hive #4) wants a wonky LOG CABIN block....

not so much wonky as lopsided!! LOL x

Caroline (hive # 3) wants a scrappy LOG CABIN block...

AND Dawn from the Australian-Christmas-Block-Swap wants.... wait for it .... a Christmas LOG CABIN block!...

Was it something in the water? All made and in the post x

Keep smiling

Diane xx

Thursday 6 September 2012


....Then click on the link on my side bar. **STASH BEE*

 Stash #2 has an oppening xx

Its FUN to join xx

Diane xx


is the first of my days for getting back to "normal"... well my version of what passes in this house for normal anyway!! He-He x

No work for 7 nights ..Wooo-Hoooo x SO I picked out fabrics for the first of my Secret-Round-Robin blocks.... I will be using SOME of these..

AND I worked on the pendants for my brother and his (ex-army) mates to hoist on their caravans when they are on a rally x ... WELL I can tell you I was ready to hoist the pendants SOMEWHERE!!!!!!

You may remember he brought me this fabric..

The Burgundy is fine... the yellow/gold is a nightmare!! It has frayed... it is a different weight AND it is slippy!!!!!

OK rant over, I have stabilised and sewn and now he has 6 pendants...

here they are with the original one for me to get the sizes from.. (and 2 have red NOT black ties because he did not get enough!!)... 

NEVER EVER AGAIN... he can make them himself next time xx

Keep smiling

Diane xx