Friday, 27 October 2017

October 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). 

You will be looking and reading about my photos on Friday 27 October but today (9 October!) is the day I'm sorting them out.  It has been a hard and hectic few months for us so, realising I had a slot of time yesterday and today, I was determined to prepare this post in advance. Apologies for the lack of Boris photos but I've had no time to go and see if he is there.  However, of late I can hear an owl at our new house so I like to think he has moved here!


1  Making


I've found it therapeutic to concentrate on making a large quilt which I started in early
September 2017.  It is a Kaffe Fassett pattern; I've made it twice before and I like its
simplicity so I can let the colours talk.  I needed to cut 252 rectangles from a variety
of colours that would match the orange/brown contrast fabric and then also
252 rectangles from this fabric.  Each rectangle was 3" x 7".  I have a huge fabric
stash and found it easy to find over 252 fabrics ...  Beloved came into my craft room
and commented that I had a lot of fabric; then he left.  I said nothing!  Then there was
all the sewing, pressing and more sewing but it soon grew.  It kept me quite (and sane)!


2  Empty


An empty top bobbin and one of the several empty bottom bobbins from my sewing machine.
I tend to use pale grey when sewing my quilt pieces together.


3   Starts with F....


Did I mention I have a large fabric stash?  Top photo shows the Really Useful
CD/DVD boxes holding fabrics of the 'same' colour but they are not full
as I've removed loads and spread them out on the bed (bottom photo).
It took me about 5 hours recently to put them all back into 
their correct boxes...


4   Paper


I love hand-made paper.  I've even made some myself.  This lovely card was gifted to me
by an ex-work's colleague when she went to Sri Lanka this year.  Little did she know
I also love elephants.


5   Neat


I think I have managed to get most of my seams to line up and inter-lock!!!


6   Street


Where we live (Cumbria/West Yorkshire border) we are used to see stone houses so to come across
this terrace in various colours of blue faced bricks was interesting.  It is called Guy Croft and 
is near Otley.  Click here to read about it but there does not seem to be much information
available that I could find.


7   Kettle


Beloved's old kettle.  It took ages to bring the water to the boil and was replaced by
a quicker kettle.  When we beginning to move house, I came across it and 
sold it on eBay with his approval!


8   Unexpected


We were out on a walk recently and I had to stop Beloved in his tracks as otherwise this
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar would have been flattened.  I managed to persuade it to 
climb onto a leaf and moved it from the edge of the road back into the verge.  It did protest
and later I did wonder if it was trying to cross the road....


9   Vase


Many years ago I spotted this vase in a local second-hand shop and bought it, intending to
gift it to my friend who started me quilting.  But I never did!  As you can see I still have
it and will hang onto it!


10   Own choice




The quilt top is finished and resting on the sofa upstairs.   I have spoken to the lady 
with the long-arm quilting machine who told me what the
maximum size is that she can put on her machine.  
Long gone are the days when
I would layer up a quilt on the floor (my knees and back no long play!); also
it is so big that I don't fancy hand-quilting it....  must be getting lazy in my
old age!!!  I will be taking it to her next week.

Well that's my offerings for this month.


Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don't forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.

Friday, 29 September 2017

September 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). 

It has been a hard and long month for us so this will be a brief post!  Apologies for its brevity and lack of Boris photos!


1   Shut


Beloved's aged aunt's garage door is shut; lock would not work.  Top photo!
Beloved had to gain access through the garage roof.  Bottom photo!
Don't ask why!!!!!



2   Copper


Beloved's huge reel of copper wire; about 30 cm plus tall!


3  Wrist


Not very imaginative; a biker at a tea shop agreed to pose for me.  Beloved just shook his head.


4   Quarter


I quilt therefore it's fat quarter time at a recent show.


5   Starts with C .......


Canards coming to beg for their breakfast.
(Canard is French for duck!)

6   Foam


The river in flood near our home; lots of foam.

7  Scarf


Crocodile stitch scarf (neck warmer) I crocheted recently.  Larry happy to model if for me.

8  Line


Lovely coloured lines (ducting) at the aforementioned quilt show.


9   Nostalgic


I like to do jigsaw puzzles.  I remember travelling on steam trains
as a young girl.  I still like steam trains!  
Top photo shows the picture on the box.
Bottom photo shows the completed puzzle.

10  Own choice


Seen at the same quilt show.  There were so many other pictures I could have used but
this was different.  It was about 20" wide so not very big.

Well that's my offerings for this month.


Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don't forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). 

Well, I've managed to get myself organised for this hunt.  I was on the point of saying I'd not be able to take part (my chaotic life....) but about a week ago I made myself think really hard (mostly out of the box), snap some photos and did it all, largely in one day!

So here comes the big reveal!

1   Relaxed

Mickey (see below) full relaxed on Beloved's legs.  It meant Beloved could not get out of
his chair as he dare not disturb Mickey so I had to fetch whatever Beloved needed.



2   Begins with M .....

Back in 1994 ish, this cat adopted us for some hours of each day.  He was called Mickey.  He was 
so happy to be stroked and soon had us at his beck and call.  When it rained and he came in wet,
he liked to be dried with his own towel....  Here he is asleep on the quilt on our bed.  he
only ever laid on the quilt and if the bed was not made but the quilt was bunched up
at the foot of the bed, he would lay on that, even if it meant a bit of a balancing act!




3   Time for ......  PLANNING MY NEXT QUILT

I made this quilt many years ago, probably about 1993 and it was one of my
early ones.  I had not discovered rulers and rotary cutters so all the 3" x 7"
rectangles were cut out using a paper template and scissors.
Move on to this year and I need a quilt for the sofa upstairs; but it is a big sofa
so I can't use the original one.  What a shame as I'll have to make another one.
I know how many rectangles to cut out (252 of a mixture of fabrics 252 from the
contrast fabric).  Soon it will be the Harrogate Quilting Show and I hope to buy
the contrast fabric there; I'm thinking 'purple'!  Below the photo of the quilt
you can see the maths I have done to calculate how much contrast fabric
I will need so that I can cut 252 rectangles but have enough to cut the borders in
one piece!  In theory you cut the borders once you've made the quilt but
I've estimated and know I'll need 5 m of fabric that must be 42" wide!  
I'll probably buy 5½ m, just to be on the safe side.


4   Tangerine

My 'tangerine' day lily is splendid!


5    Begins with O .....   ONION SEED HEAD

What a whooper!  It measures about 23 cm across and I grew
it in about 2010.  I seem to recall it was Allium Christophii
but I could be wrong.



6   Whiskery

We own several fields and are never tired of seeing hares there.
I hope you can see its whiskers!



7    Lace

My new boots with snazzy laces, sharing my garden with hosta leaves that are more lace than leaves.



8    Bridge

We own the bridge that crosses the 'river' up to our house and that of our neighbour.  To cut a long
story short, it is being repaired and the company undertaking this work had to built a bridge
over our neighbours wall so the workers can get into the water and then under the
bridge to repair the supporting wall that the floods on Boxing Day 2015 ripped out....
It is not proving to be an easy job....   big sigh!



9    Letters

We were on our way recently to visit Beloved's aged Aunt and we stopped at
a cross roads; as a rule we always stop here but this was the first time I
noticed this set of ancient letters.  So out with my camera, a quick snap
and we were on our way again.



10   Own Choice

BORIS IS BACK!!   Yes I am shouting as I'm so pleased he is back.
I go and see him most days and thank my lucky stars to be able
to see him.  He still lives in a tree in my old garden.


Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don't forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.