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.


  1. Lovely photos, Pretty vase, and your quilt is wonderful

    Julie xxxxxxx

    1. Thanks for your comments. The quilt is only a quilt top and I am taking it next week to a quilting shop to be quilted.

  2. Enjoyed your photos. That moth caterpillar is rather magnificent. And in contrast your vase looks so dainty. Good quilting :)


    1. Glad you liked my photos. It is always good to stumble across unusual caterpillars. One year one must have overwintered in my polytunnel as I found the moth resting on the metal structure. Can't wait to get my quilt quilted at the shop.

  3. I did exactly the same with a furry fox catterpillar about this time last year. It to was crossing the road. :) The quilt looks cosy. X

    1. Wandering caterpillars have to be saved! We need more moths and butterflies. I'll have my fingers crossed next week when I take my quilt to be quilted as I am hoping it is not too big for her machine....

  4. I'm so impressed by your lovely quilt, what a labour of love!

    1. Ooh, thanks! I had meant to record how many hours it has taken me but I forgot .... perhaps 100? Then there is the thinking time I've had to ponder various options. Still it kept me out of mischief!

  5. Great set of photos, I have passed the blue houses many times, live not far. You have some lovely crafts going on in your house too.
    Amanda xx

    1. Thanks for your comments. Glad you recognise the blue houses; so different to the surrounding stone buildings. I like to make things! I have about 4 crafts on the go at the present moment!

  6. Lovely stories my dear, your quilt is quite a massive project and looks amazing draped on the settee, I love the flashes of blue amid the rest of the colours - gorgeous. Thank you for joining in x

    1. Thanks for taking the time to look at my photos. Once my quilt is finished I'll show you. I was unsure about the flashes of blue but you have persuaded me!

  7. Great set of photos for someone who didn't have much time. I too use a light grey thread or a type of pale taupe. Love the vase & caterpillar. Hope your long-armer's machine will take the size of that quilt. Not sure whether mine would? Have a great weekend & take care.

  8. I am hoping her long arm machine will take my quilt as I do not want to layer it up myself - getting too old for crawling around on the floor! Whilst I don't have much time at the moment, I try to fill every second productively! Glad to read you too use a light grey thread, so I am getting something right with my quilting! Have fun.

  9. Gosh quilter in rsidence methinks. Lovely quilting and those vases are so unusual. I suppose being a retired florist the vases would draw me.Organised you are doing it all beforehand , I am usually scrabbling last minute.Well done.

    1. Thanks for your comments. I think I have been quilting for at least 20 years... I've not done much recently but I have a huge fabric stash so need to get organised and work my way through it all! I do try to be organised but for one photo hunt I was rushing the day before!

  10. Lovely photos, I've enjoyed them all. Glad the caterpillar was saved! Love Paper and Vase, your quilt is wonderful:)

    1. So glad yuu liked all my photos. Thanks for your kind comments. Can't wait to see my quilt finished!

  11. Your quilt is fabulous - it's a great idea to take it to someone else for the big sewing bit - that part has always put me off trying one. Your vase is beautiful too -and the caterpillar is gorgeous.

    1. I do hope the lady can do the quilting for me; I am a bit worried it might be too big.... yesterday I layered up another quilt I started in 2004 (!!); it is about 95 cm square so is small but, my back and knees and shoulders are still complaining! At least I hope the sewing bit will be easy. Thanks for your kind comments.

  12. That quilt is brilliant! I like your shot for street too, unusual brickwork! A great collection :)

    1. Ooh, I'm thrilled you like my quilt. Thanks! I can now add that the lady can quilt it for me, what a relief. Though she did say it might be 6 months before she can do it! In the meantime I can start to make similar quilts for the 2 arm chairs.....