Monday 17 September 2018


BOTH of the quilt groups I belong to started up again... NOTHING FOR 6 weeks then two meetings in one week ! .. oh my ! lol x

Congleton was first .. it was catch-up, sales tables, general chatter and a "make" pattern. The pattern is for Prem baby hearts. The idea is to make 2 non stuffed hears , one for mum to wear next to her  skin and then one for baby to wear so that it gets to absorb mums smell .. which is SO important. These are mine …

I know the curves are more angles .. but I don't think the babies will care x lol x They will go back next time x I took in the tissue holders .. they were snapped up by the sales table/tombola ladies .. and if I want to make more... ! SO..

..yes I made some more .. they will go next time too x

Sandbach also started back. We had a sort of speed dating evening .. BUT with finishing techniques!! lol x There was a long table and we had 10-15 mins. to talk about our topic .. there was squaring up .. types of wadding (from silk mix to one made from re-cycled plastic bottles !).. layering techniques from tacking to a gun with plastic tags!.... marking techniques.. hand quilting.. machine quilting.. buttons and tying and ….making and attaching binding …. PHEW! The ladies asked lots of questions and seemed to really enjoy it all x

It was also announced that we will be working for a charity next year …. SO I kept going and made more tissue holders..

I AM SO DONE!! lol x They are waiting for me to get some more little packs of tissues x

I started back on the granddaughters cardigan..

BECAUSE I finished the shawl I wanted to make with the beautiful club colour way for this time ..


WARNING... I am going to mention CHRISTMAS!!! lol x You may remember that each year I have made  a wall hanging for my son and daughter-in-law for this holiday .. this year is 5 gold rings ..  they take a while to do .. SO I thought I had better get started..

lol x mine are more like 5 gold ovals!! But from across the room (I hope) no one will notice x

I feel it has been a productive week .. hope yours has been the same x

Diane x 

Saturday 8 September 2018


… weather forecast for to-day is that we may have some "heavy showers"...

.. mm I would agree! THANKFULLY last Saturday was lovely and sunny .. I say thankfully because my middle brother got married..

it was a lovely day all round x Mum and dad were both well enough to go …

TO-DAY is their 67 th wedding anniversary .. they are not doing too badly .

My lilly's did well..

.. just when I thought they had finished flowering they put out a few more..

not bad for a couple of plants from the "reject" shelf x

I finished the cardigan for my granddaughter..

.. it was only AFTER I looked at the picture I noticed that the sleeves have different amounts of pattern repeats! OH WELL! I am going to call it a design feature .. and it is truly unique!

I was asked to make a cot quilt..

which was a quick and easy project that WAS fun x

I have another granddaughter cardigan one on the go...

HOWEVER it is sitting in its bag having "a rest" … because the latest instalment of the shawl club arrived .. ON THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING! I was very good and did not open the package until the next morning...

I LOVE the colours this month x I like the look of the pattern … however when I read through it I was not so sure... BUT I joined the club to expose me to new stitches and techniques .. which it has done. I decided to have a go with some other wool first .. and I am glad I did. 

The start is an i-cord cast on .. I have never done this before AFTER FOUR attempts I got something I could live with  and I began to do the pattern … 

HOWEVER it was not fun, I was finding I just wasn't happy and did not want to do it ..and I was frustrated by my lack of equal tension …. SO I have undone the work produced so far and have started something else with the beautiful wool for this month. I KNOW I need to practice the stitches needed … and then I will have another go at this months pattern. Crafting should be FUN .. and if its not then put it away and have a go at something else x

The head gardener has been keeping me under control..

.. well mostly!!

Hope you are all having some FUN with your crafting x

Diane x