13 August 2014

ATC Swap

Ali from Very Berry Handmade has announced the next round of the ATC Swap, and despite time being a bit tight around here, I couldn't NOT join in could I?  After all, I've always said how quick they are....... unless, of course,  you choose to cross stitch the whole thing!!  Even though it's only 3.5 x 2.5 inches, it's taking a looong time!

This round the theme is "Getting away from it all".  How about a trip to Africa

Just getting in the mood for holidays!!

09 August 2014

Summer sewing

I know you all think the weather here is hot and sunny all summer, but it's not.  We have quite a lot of storms through July and August, in between the hot bits.  Here's the weather for this week!
So whilst it's nice, I'm out sorting out tomatoes, courgettes (oh so many courgettes) Sweet corn, beans etc.etc. But I do manage to get some sewing done when it's raining.

Visitors were here from Australia last week, and I invoked the usual visitors rules - baste a quilt, earn your G & T!  I could tell Monica she wasn't thrilled about it (she's a sporty type in real life) but she got me over the worst of it.

Don't you think a quilt looks so neat and tidy when it's basted?  You may notice it's stitch basted, rather than pinned.  Possibly, just possibly, I may be going to hand quilt this one.  The hoop is on order.  I know lots of you hand quilt without a hoop, but I have arthritis in my hand, and what little hand quilting I've done, leaves me with quite a lot of pain.  Lets hope the hoop helps.

And in anticipation of the next visitors in September, I finished my baby boy quilt (which needs a name please)

I almost went with a plain white border instead of the piano keys, but I'm glad I stuck with the original plan.

So now I'm of to deal with several kilos of shallots which need pickling!
Then this afternoon I'm taxi-ing for the boys who are off to a beer festival, and I can relax over coffee with a friend.  Have a nice weekend everyone

04 August 2014

Pets on Quilts

It's time again for all pet owners to search through cute photos of their dogs and cats on their quilts.  If you own a pet, then you almost certainly have these photos because animals magically appear when there is a quilt about, especially in winter.  I always like to put up a pet photo for the Pets on Quilts linky party over at Lily Pad Quilting.
Here's my personal favourite from our cute collection this year, entered into the cats on quilts category:

Technically, Bryn is UNDER a quilt, but as he is also on one of my hand made pillows, I'm pretty sure it will count!