Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Forecast for today - Sunny

So today's weather forecast for the Ribble Valley said 'Sunny'

I planned a 5 mile walk with Penny.

Organised someone to pick us up 'in case of emergency'

Picked my route to give spectacular views . . . . .

But all we got was mist/fog, mile after mile.

We didn't see another person for the whole route.

Penny kept looking over her shoulder, spooking me out, thinking there was someone (or something spooky) following us.

Maybe we'll try again another day . . . 

Just a quick look back to the other week, when I did some of the same route.

That view is worth the 2.5 mile uphill walk
 (or a quick drive up in the car)

Monday, 8 January 2018

New Year - New Attitude

Happy New Year 
(I know I'm a bit late.....)

Today the children headed back to school and the house fell silent.

The start of the year.....

Long cold weeks ahead, health issues for my Son and GCSEs for my Daughter.

Definitely need some positive mental attitude.

Penny's very positive.

She's positive she looks great really close up!! 

So this morning we had a good long walk, leaving behind all the house work!

This afternoon, whilst Penny sleeps away the afternoon, I will be ploughing my way through the ironing mountain.

If you see me out and about, I'm the one with the dog running wild, whilst the dogs lead is tied round my leg, leaving my hands free to quickly take a snap!!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Christmas Sock for Penny.

Both my children have hand made Christmas socks, made by my Mum.

My Daughter thinks Penny needs a Christmas sock, with it being her first Christmas!!!

With fabric left over from the Christmas skirt and to avoid thinking about Christmas shopping, work began.

My Daughter arranged the colours.

I didn't add any wadding, just lined them with white fabric.

Then onto the binding.

All ready now for Father Christmas!!

(Just a quick reminder for my Mum, those beautiful twin grand daughters will need a sock in three weeks. So you better get sewing!!)

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Christmas Skirt.

Saturday was the day for our trip to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show.

We always take our own lunch and get to use the Royal Hall, it really is lunch with a view!!

I was very restrained in my purchases this year.

The book stall I love wasn't there this year and many of the smaller fabric sellers seem to be missing.

I did get a scrap bag with a hint of Christmas through the little window.

Although the rest of the party doubted I'd finish by Christmas (this year). . . . . . 

Well here it is, a skirt for our Christmas tree.

Now its time to put the sewing machine away and start some Christmas shopping!

Friday, 24 November 2017

A bit of sewing . . .. . .

I'm struggling to get my head around the fact that it is in fact NOVEMBER!!

November is the time for our trip to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching show.

I have to confess I still have fabric, in a bag, from my last quilting show
 (and the one before that . . . . )

So after locating the graph paper and pencils I started to draw.

Charm packs are great if you use all of it for the same project, no waste!
(as apposed to random squares being stuffed back into the cupboard never to be seen again)

So with some white/cream fabric from my stash, a lot of cutting, some laying out. . .  

Then sew, sew ,sew.

Just one and half squares left over.

I am pleased with the layout but I think the colours look a bit 'muddy'.
Anyway, fold it up and get ready to buy more fabric tomorrow, well I have used some up so its relativity guilt free.

Previous visits here, here, here & here

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Drum roll please, Ta-dah

 I love starting a new project, the collecting fabric, the planning, the experimenting . . . . 
I don't like finishing things  . . . . .

This project started in March this year

It got folded and stuff in the cupboard for another day.

But the challenge in September was to finish it without buying any more fabric!

So the back was pieced together using some fleece and a few leftover squares of fabric.

This is now on the arm of our cream sofa. 
(To keep dirty paw/hand prints off the sofa which is difficult to clean or I could keep the children and the dog out of the house as an alternative)

Another long term project was new cushion covers.

This one started way back in June 1016.
I'm not sure where the idea came from, probably Pinterest. 
Its now got a back and is almost ready for stuffing.

This curvy cushion front was started in January 2015
This was an idea from Pinterest, as soon as I started putting it together I wished my fabric was more contrasting, not quite so green.

Another idea from Pinterest, but no idea when it was started!

And the last one to be completed was another Pinterest find.

This really needed hexagons to be randomly placed on the cushion, but the area really wasn't big enough and I hold my hand up, I'm not very good at random!!

If I made one change to all the projects it would be the background fabric.
It is a 'Linen Look' fabric but it can be a bit unstable, sometimes it gives you an extra bit of movement when sewing but it can be difficult when you need to be accurate.

The very best bit about seeing all these finished projects is  . . . . 
I can start multiple new projects without 'Unfinished Project Guilt'.