Thursday, 16 August 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

Thankful today that I am beginning to get back to normal after the Festival of Quilts.
Loving the writing slope my son gave me for my birthday. It is just right for my breakfast time studies.

a few likes from the show
on the end of the Quilt Sandwich stall

helps to work out if the extra wide is affordable. i.e. how much do you actually get and can you get away with less metre-age (you know, meters as opposed to yardage!).

Bought the book from the Fly Me to the Moon exhibition. Taking advantage of a discount and no postage!

179 quilts in the exhibition - one of them mine! They will be exhibited at NASA in the coming months.

And how wonderful to see Ramshackle Suburb in the Fine Art Quilt Masters gallery! No, it didn't win, but there were over 100 entries, and 23 were selected. So, that works. A lot of prestigious artists for company.

The lighting really lifted it. Amazingly different than seeing it here in my studio, only a short distance across the room.
Quite a few people said to me that they really liked my quilt. Even a few men. 😊

and I really liked - Very Impressed - with the way the Fine Art Quilts Masters work was dealt with for repackaging.

deliberation over the best way...where does this layer of acid-free paper go?
(The Quilt with brown and white on the wall to the left is the one that won.)

Clean and Tidy. Professional.

Cloth over the floor, latex gloves, 2 people to keep it rolled straight.

To see more like from others, check out LeeAnna's blog.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

home from FOQ

Starting to get a little back to normal after my return from Festival of Quilts. I was so weary yesterday, I needed much more rest than I expected.

One of the first galleries I visited (besides SAQA where I was working) was unFOLD: The Button Box.

I just had to take a photo of the stitches on this piece. I love the layering of stitch over stitch. Apologies, I forgot the artist.

I have a lot of other photos, but they are in my phone. Amazing how you suddenly find the phone to be easier to use to take photos! I hope to get them off and post some.

I haven't caught up on the daily bead project, but hopefully tomorrow.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 82

a little painted terracotta pot I was given. It is too small for a plant, so I keep hair grips in it. (barrettes)

I love the little cow teddy!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

A few things I like!

Last week was our wedding anniversary. We went to the cinema to see Incredibles 2. I think there were about 10 people altogether watching it!
The Incredibles 2.jpg
from Wikimedia
We enjoy kids films as much as anything.

The week before was my birthday as well. I have a clever phone now, so I have been busy trying to learn that. 📱

I haven't done anything too ambitious yet. But I did get the app for my favourite radio station.

As it is Thursday, I am currently at the Festival of Quilts. (I set this to post while I am there) I will find out today who the winner was in the Fine Arts Quilts Masters. (Nervous!)
 But I am very happy just to be shortlisted.
I love coming to the Festival of Quilts (Birmingham, UK) I catch up with a lot of friends I have made over the years.

I made up a pumpkin pie in my head in the early part of the week. Maple flavour!
I have been making some dietary changes in hopes they will help me not to continue to spiral down in my health. So, I made this with some of the 'good for me' ingredients the Thoughtful Man has brought home for me.

I already had the pie crust frozen, so I wanted to use that up. But I will just eat the pumpkiny bit, not the crust. I have written down what I did to make this so I can make it again! If I do, I will probably use a glass dish and bake it in a bain marie. Or something.

If you want to see more of the Likes from other people - check out LeeAnna's Blog.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

red small flower dress

I got this simple summer dress finished on Tuesday. Plenty of time to take with me to wear at the Festival of Quilts!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Oh dear

and oh my. 😱

good thing for magnets! Only some of them had a very weak attraction to the magnet, so I still had to pick a lot up by hand.
Lets hope I got them all.

Monday, 6 August 2018

2 red dresses

being sewn assembly line style.

Almost done with one.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Bead on 29 July - 4 August

week 31 -  2018

bead on fabric

new month noted with the vertical bugle beads


finished the pink lacy row along this trim. I like the 'frilly-ness'.

I am contemplating another row using small beads to make it even more frilly.
You can just see the pattern on the bit of thread left on the needle.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 81

A slate coaster I use in my sewing room. I forgot about it when I was doing the other coasters.

I used to have 2 of them, but the other has gone missing.

Here is a photo to give a better idea of the scale.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Bead on 22-28 July

Sorry for the long silence.  Struggling a bit with spending much time on the computer because my right eye, which was getting rather blurry, is in need of a cataract surgery. 🙈 The date is the 21st of August.
 I am looking forward to having 2 eyes to see out of! 😜

So, those and a birthday and a very busy weekend doing things with friends.

week 30  2018
I didn't do much on the trim, so that will wait, but I still did the daily beads.
bead on fabric

I have been doing future project thinking, which is easier than wearing out the one eye which does work. When I do small things or try to sew on the machine, I have to close the blurry eye. But that makes perspective off and you should see me thread a needle!

Anyway, I want to do something wonderful with these threads I got from InStitches in the Spring.
I have been sorting cupboards and fabrics (instead of sewing), with an eye to what might work for the project. This loose weave navy with stripe is what caught my eye. It will set off the threads nicely, and the stripes will give me a guide to work with.
Not fully decided on a specific embroidery stitch or several different ones. But this will probably become some daily project - or weekly. I really like the work Penny Berens and Judy Martin do. I would have loved to go to their recent joint exhibition!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 80

Another hilarious cow (bull).
This is one of Holly's toys. I don't know what the fur stomach is about. With the nose ring(which is actually yellow), it must be a bull. and there are too many of those furry bits to be udders if it were a cow. So, just a cowy thing. Perhaps the makers thought the texture would be something dogs would like?

Anyway, Holly shakes it all around. Unlike her teddies, which get the same treatment, this one whips all its appendages (including a tail, which you can't see) everywhere. Anything in the vicinity is in great danger of being whacked. Holly doesn't seem to mind being whacked herself!

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bead on 15-21 July

week 29 2018

bead on fabric

turning the corner again next week.


1/2 way done with the pink ruffle effect.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 79

The last of the cards by Lucy Tidbury. Or at least until I get some more!
I debated over this one and one which had Corfe Castle and also the Steam Train that we went on. But this one won out because it reminded me so much of Cow 36.
Maybe even wilder!

Brown Cow - a reproduction of a batik by Jane Hickman

Thursday, 19 July 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

...Even if I ran out of time to tell you til the end of the day!

I like skirt hangers. I use them for (skirts, yes) hang a sheet onto my cupboard doors for a design wall.

or since I picked these up at Sainsburys the other day, I use them for hanging fabrics on the cupboard to see how they play together for an upcoming project.

I like that I found fabrics at Lady Sew and Sew's July sale for my upcoming project.

It took me a long while looking through bolts trying to find 4 that work and that also were within my budget. But in the end, all four were £5 a metre.

Plus that left enough money for another summer dress. Also £5 a metre! and just enough on the end of the bolt for doing a simple summer dress! Lets hope I can sew it before it stops being summer.

I like finding the sequel to a Douglass Adams book with Dirk Gently as detective. I found it at the hospital bookshop.

I enjoyed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency when I read it some years ago. I wished there were more (I already read the Hitchhiker series ages ago.) So, then I discovered this was the sequel. i might actually re-read the first one before starting on this.

Last month when we were on holiday, I discovered I like Rooibos tea. (now called 'infusion') a nice hot drink from South Africa.

There was some in the cupboard at the bungalow. I had tasted it before, but wasn't bowled over. I tried it with honey and wow! So, I bought some for home. I have been drinking it hot or left to be cold all through this hot summer. Lovely!

and I like getting a text from my friend to say there was an article about me in the local paper!

Small and succinct, but there it is! I think it was sent out by the organisers of Festival of Quilts, which is very nice. Almost like a proper gallery taking on your publicity.

Check out more likes from the others taking part...links on LeeAnna's blog.

Monday, 16 July 2018

and a slip!

I needed a new slip/petticoat for various reasons including the current one was beginning to tear easily.
So, at the weekend, I found a length of cotton lawn and made a new one. I sewed a weighty cotton lace to the bottom. This is hoping the slip won't creep up to my waist when walking wearing tights. We shall see!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Bead on 8-14 July

week 28 2018

bead on fabric

I did take out the next picot edge because each set was too close to the next one.
So, I used more of the same beads, which causes the set to stand away slightly. 5 beads in each set rather than 3. It alternates pink with the metallic grey and pink with a dark red (like a transparent red with a glaze that looks metallic in some positions. To be honest, they look nearly the same when on the trim, so it is quite easy to realise you carried on with one colour instead of alternating.

This is how much I have done now; a little over 12 in/30cm.
Going for the lacy look. I am not sure if I have enough of the pink to do both sides, but I think it would be a bit too hard to control if it were on both sides.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 78

A Jersey cow on this card by Lucy Tilbury.

This one at Old Harry Rocks. All of these have been places we saw when we were on holiday. There is one more next week.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Wanderer returns

A Certain Young Man has returned from his wanders.
He and a couple of friends have been doing a road trip round some of the historical sites of the East Coast of America. from Plymouth Plantation, to Long Island, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, and up to Maine where they stopped and saw my Mom for a few moments on their way to Mt Katahdin...the highest Mountain in Maine...which happens to be very near.

He will be off back to uni to finish his projects and thesis for his Masters.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bead on - 1-7 July

week 27 2018

bead on fabric


Starting a combo of these beads along the side. But I may back up and make it not so tight. However, it has been too hot to sit and fuss with it!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 77

Another of the cards I fell in love with by artist Lucy Tidbury.

and this one is a Cow and a Dragon! Or  a Moo Selfie at Durdle Door.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like the lovely sunny weather.
The crocosmia is beginning to bloom.

It gives such a wonderful shot of colour against the green that is around, and is brilliant when paired with the lavender.

The unknown plant has flowered...
very tall!

The flowers quickly develop into the dangling tassels

I really wish I knew what it was!

Along with the sunny days, it has been windy. Holly has convinced herself that it is dangerous in the house when it is windy. (She doesn't like it when the wind catches a door and bangs it shut.) So, she dashes out to the garden where it is 'safe', somehow.
One of her 'safe' places.
She has made herself exhausted by worrying all night about the wind (because she is inside). So, she spends most of the day catching up on her sleep. She has several spots she has dug to make a cooler place to lay. She was so asleep when I took her photo, she didn't even wake up to see what I was doing. I like the tiny leaf over her eye. Maybe like my eye shade (from some plane journey) which I put on because the sun gets up so early these days.

I like that I finished my dress and wore it on Sunday. (but didn't get a photo wearing it!)
Just a simple sleeveless sheath dress. I like that I can just put it on and fussing with waistbands and the like.

Check out more likes from the others taking part...links on LeeAnna's blog.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


On the other side of the front door

The hollyhocks in the front garden have really enjoyed the fact that they are no longer competing with the ivy. (we had someone take it down and then the Thoughtful Man dug out the 'trunk' and the roots.)

The stems of the hollyhocks are very thick, enabling them to stand on their own without being staked.
Just a few blossoms now, but they should be pretty when they are full of blossom.

I would like to grow some other colours, if possible.