Sunday, 13 August 2017

The beads are still going on...6-13 August

Week 32 - 2017








Saturday, 12 August 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow - 31

This was from my sister Debbie many years ago.
I think it is such a clever idea! I guess you could use it for paper serviettes or letters, but I leave it on its own because the cow behind the fence would be obscured otherwise.
It has a copper ring on its horn that wasn't there originally. I found it somewhere and put it on the horn for safe keeping; it has stayed there ever since!

Friday, 11 August 2017

beading the dragon gown still

Last weekend I finished the beading on the dragon gown.

It needs hemming, and because it is rather heavy and might be displayed on a thin dummy, I want to make some sort of straps. Which may possibly get some more beading.


I was glad for the increased nerve/pain calming medicine starting to work. It has taken me a long time to get this done. I usually have spent the good part of a day at this sort of thing. This time I could just about manage 2 hours and that was not straight through either.

I have started working on some other commitments, so I would really like to have this totally done!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Bags were packed, including this gift for my birthday from my sister-in-law Alice...
Who said it looked like a 'Sandy bag'.

And now I am in Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts. It will be wonderful to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I sort out the rota of volunteers for the SAQA gallery exhibition. This year I have a piece in that exhibit!

I also have a few pieces entered into the competition part of it. Including:
Willows by the Watercourses
In the Quilts Creation section

Ramshackle Villages
In the Art Quilts section

70,273 Project - My Contribution
In the Contemporary Quilts section

If you are coming to the show, look out for them! and maybe I will see you there.

The Thoughtful Man and Holly will be minding the house. A Certain Young Man is off to visit his cousin who works in Jersey.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Just lovely!

This is what the Thoughtful Man gave to me for our 30th wedding anniversary (which I hadn't realised was Pearl).

Because the pearl is under the starburst, it makes it shimmer back and forth and glisten with the light.

Monday, 7 August 2017

A bit of sadness about this:

One of my Ramshackle quilts is missing.

Ramshackle: Country Community
It was travelling with Wide Horizons V. It went missing between being shown at the German Guild AGM in Furth in Germany in June and the quilts being returned to Carrefour/European Patchwork Meeting in France.

They have been looking for it for several weeks. Another work by another artist has also gone missing.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The beads are still going on...1-5 August

Week 31 - 2017

Again, I like the green with the brown. So far, this is the combination I think works best with both the grey fabric and the brown fabric.





Saturday, 5 August 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow 30

This week's cows are Swiss. Well, we bought them when we were in Switzerland last year...but on a day out coach trip at a touristy place when we made a side trip into Lichtenstein! I bought some for friends, too. There was also a mountain climber and something else. Cheese I think.

Friday, 4 August 2017


A few of the birthday gifts

From the Thoughtful Man for teaching - larger wheels help go up and down stairs more. The crate is separate and also has a lid.

Very good story. I like the ones that cover different generations of a family or back and forth between eras in some way.

from a Certain Young Man
Robert Frost Poems and Writings and a calendar
and my Mom
Wonderful pieces of fabric and a local cookbook

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The beads are still going on...24-31 July

Week 29 - 2017
finally the beads from the last week of July (plus 2 July days from this week)










All of July's beads

Monday, 31 July 2017

I am here

Having Pain Specialist Appointments, waiting for courier appointments, my Birthday, waiting for couriers who didn't come, Physio appointments, and in-between trying to stitch in short bursts so I won't have too much pain.

I have photographed the rest of July bead packets and will add them when I am not out on the town tomorrow for our 30th Wedding Anniversary!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow 29


For our 25th wedding anniversary we went to Guernsey. So, of course I had to have a Guernsey cow.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The beads are still going on...16-23 July

Week 28 - 2017








Saturday, 22 July 2017

Something on Saturday

Cow 28
I just love the elongated torso! and the stares.

This is a place mat. I have never taken the plastic off. I just tied twine around at the line between the painting and the border and tied it up at the back to make a way to hang it.
So, consider it a little darker because the light is reflecting off the plastic. You can't tell the plastic is there in real life...or is more like the glass in a frame.

Friday, 21 July 2017

The 70,273 Project - Middling 1 complete!

These titles are what I am giving them so I can keep track of what I am doing. Each quilt is given a number by Jeanne, who organises the she can keep track!

This quilt commemorates 400 of the men, women and children who were killed by the Nazis because they weren't considered of value to society or were too much of a burden.

As I said before, I overlapped scrap pieces from having made blocks when I started taking part in the project. Then I stitched the scraps together with the raw edges exposed. For me this says something about pieces/people that would normally be considered of no use, by my taking 'useless' pieces and making them useful.
Anyway, I counted the pairs of x's and there was 392, so I stitched 8 more to make 400. (There were probably that many before, but I had to take some out because they were to near the edge for putting the binding on.)

You might like to get an idea of what the families of these people were told about their loved ones 'death'. Read some of the letters to family from officials.