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samedi 7 avril 2018

Friday Night with Friends

Many thanks to Cheryll for inviting us all around again - you can see who joined in and what they got up to here

We are in the UK at the moment and our Friday afternoon was spent at the cinema with a young lady watching Peter Rabbit! What a great film, she loved it and so did I.

But with some time to myself later in the evening I was able to finish an Easter stitchery. Before we came away I saw some lovely Easter displays around blogland - which made me think that I have nothing to decorate at Easter at all! As I was looking for a project to bring away with us I decided that perhaps now was the time to work on an Easter themed stitchery to make into a mini quilt for next year. Having wasted a lot of time trawling the internet and my bookshelves looking for just the right design I realised I would have been better off designing my own. I knew vaguely what I wanted - it needed to include tulips (daffodils have finished in France by the time Easter arrives) eggs and possibly a rabbit.

I remembered that one day last year I had done a few sketches in one of my altered books of the tulips in our garden.

So I traced off some of the nicer shapes and popped them in a vase.

The vase seemed like a good place to add a few eggs and then I added a little rabbit and there was my design.

This has stitched up fairly quickly over this week as I have kept the stitching simple and clean - all I needed to add this evening was the rabbit and decorations to the eggs.

Not the best picture - our little cottage does not get much daylight. I am pleased with how this has worked up and am looking forward to framing it when we get home.

After two nice days we have woken up to another wet grey one! Hope you have a good weekend.

mardi 27 mars 2018

PYT Tuesday is here again!

Those two weeks zipped by!

Thank you Anthea for keeping me on my toes - pop over to Anthea's blog here to see progress on her lovely hexagon quilt and to see what other EPPers are up to.

I took my blue and yellow Grandmothers Flower Garden out of it's box again for a week and have made good progress.

Here it is when it first reappeared

I spent a couple of evenings basting yellow hexagons.

And then cracked on with my cloth.

It has all gone back in the box now until my next burst of enthusiasm! I have enough blue flowers to go all the way around again so another big push should see it finished.

Meanwhile another UFO has surfaced but I will save that for my next post.

It's raining again here - I am sure we must have had more than enough rain to make up for the dry summer we had last year!

samedi 24 mars 2018

March FNSI

Many thanks to Wendy of Sugarlane Designs for hosting us again for our Friday night get together - you can see what everyone was working on here

In 2015 I worked on a BOM - here are my twelve blocks laid out on some dark green fabric that I was thinking of using for sashing.

Well the twelve blocks have been languishing in a bag for the last two years so I thought that it was time to get them out again. As I really do not need another large quilt on my 'to quilt' pile I have decided to quilt each block separately and then join them together with the sashing. I still have that piece of dark green but am wondering if a softer mossy green would be better. Anyway, no need to decide just yet.

Friday was a horrible cold, damp day here and so it was lovely to start my FNSI in the afternoon, sitting by the fire while I started hand quilting the first of my blocks.

And then I got another one completed in the evening!

How satisfying was that! Only ten more to do.

I hope everyone else enjoyed their FNSI.

vendredi 16 mars 2018

Ripples and a Mystery quilt

Couldn't resist sharing this picture again!! There was a large quantity of yarn left over from making Lily Pond - just over 550g in fact. And as we were still in Spain and I needed something to do, I started crocheting ripples!

I used a pattern from Attic 24 - her lovely Woodland Ripple blanket pattern

And so it grew on the beach and on the roof - I was enjoying it so much.

And then we came home. But I couldn't put it down and after crocheting away in front of the TV and by the fire (what a change!) I soon had a lovely shawl.

I managed to nip outside between showers to get a few photographs - notice our lovely broad bean plants in the above photograph.

In this one you can see where I have been busy digging.....
....and here our lovely pink Japonica blossom.

A close up of the ripple and the picot border I added to the two long edges. I must say that I am very pleased with this bonus make.

My little patchwork group met on Wednesday afternoon - there are four of us. Towards the end of last year my three friends were all coming to the end of projects and wondering what to do next. One thought it would be nice to make a lap quilt and our newest member wanted to make a sampler quilt. So I suggested that we all make a sampler lap quilt and that I would design it as a mystery quilt. We included a member who now lives in UK and so in January we started our mystery with Pat's Star. Here are our five stars.

I do love this star. On Wednesday I showed them how to make tumbling blocks for our next block. You will have seen mine in my last post. Today I have been cutting out our next block - but I am not telling yet!

Have a great weekend.

mercredi 14 mars 2018

EPP Tuesday

Well, it has been a while hasn't it!

Computer problems followed by a cold (which is still hanging around) have meant no posts from me. But, I am back and hopefully I can do a bit of catching up.

First of all though it is EPP Tuesday which means  Anthea's   Piece Yourself Together link.

While we were away I put together these 1 1/2" tumbling blocks for the Mystery Sampler Quilt I am working on with my patchwork group. I have used my hand dyed stash which really needs reducing!

I also made my swap hexie flower for February and sent it off.

These lovely flowers came in the post for me while I was away.

Ooops! That last one is a bit of a dodgy picture - sorry.

If you are working on some EPP why not pop over to Hibiscus Stitches and link up, we would love to see your work.

I have decided not to continue with the little tumbling blocks that I was doing for the RSC for a while. I love them but they are time consuming! Instead I have been putting together some simple blocks using the squares that I cut when I bought this book a couple of years back.

I have used many of the squares but there are still plenty left to chose from. So I have made one block for each month this year.

Blue for January
Purple for February
Green for March
And finally, before we get into the realms of total picture overload, the picture of my completed Lily Pond Cherry Blossom blanket that I could not load to my last blog post.

I shall be back soon with some pictures of our travels and more about the Mystery Quilt.

samedi 17 février 2018

FNSI and Lily Pond finish

My Friday began with a very pleasant few hours by Mojacar bowling green working on some secret stitching which progressed very well. Had hoped to include pictures of Mojacar in this post but my computer is playing up and the pictures are on there.
Once back at our apartment I started snipping off all the ends on my Lily Pond - Cherry Blossom crochet. Yes, I completed the crochet on Thursday. Sadly my tablet will not let me show you my photograph!
Hope everyone had a good Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Update - click on my Instagram link to see a picture of my Lily Pond!

dimanche 4 février 2018

Friday Night with Friends

Friday turned out to be a busy day - big local market in the morning, a drive along the coast in the afternoon and a meal out with friends in the evening! So not a lot done to report about here but I did manage to squeeze in an hour of crochet.
This is the penultimate block for my Lily Pond blanket at the beginning of the session.

I finished it and made a start on the last block too.

Cant wait to finish it and complete putting all the blocks together.

We have now been in Spain a week and have been enjoying the sunshine. There has also been some much needed rain but fortunately overnight. We have mostly been visiting favourite places but on Thursday found a 'new to us' beach south of San Jose about an hour from here. We followed signs through the town and down a dusty track to find this beautiful bay.

Los Genoveses
There were a few people around but mostly we had the beach to ourselves for a blowy but very enjoyable walk.
There were lots of these jellyfish on the beach.
I will spare you the picture of a large dead fish - we think possibly a porpoise - washed up on the shore.
When we returned to our car we saw this goatherd passing through with his flock.
The only domesticated animals that we see here are goats - there are no sheep or cattle. Yesterday we saw a herd of goats let loose in a field where lettuce had recently been cut, they were having a wonderful time!
Here is a view of Los Genoveses looking back from the track.

And a local windmill - there are a lot of these around, it's a windy area.
I am off to visit a few blogs - have a great week.