Thursday, 3 March 2011

Little Dresses for Africa

Hello, do you remember a few months back Kathleen and I were making Dresses for children in Africa, well here they are we managed to make 5 each and they look really pretty. We used pillowcases and bits of lace to make them look pretty. This is a really worthwhile cause so have a look on Little Dresses for Africa website and have a go, these one's are now going off to Michigan and willl then be distributed, We hope the little girls love their dresses.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A Very Useful Bag

Hello, I have just finished making this bag and I am really pleased with it, When we go to The Fabric Guild I often buy these squares of fabric, some are large and some are smaller but they all have delightful pictures on them this one is all about Teatime, I have others with beach scenes and gardens, cats, floral and I buy them and never know what to do with them but they are so pretty and usually cost about 25pence each maybe a little more sometimes but not much. My good friend Kathleen (cottonreel) showed me how to make bags with them and it's a brilliant idea because no matter what the size the square you can make this bag, and it is so useful with 4 big pockets. We are going to Cosby quilters tonight it's a once a month meeting, there is a guest speaker who we have'nt seen before lets hope she is interesting it has'nt been unknown for Kathleen to fall asleep if she gets bored and she usually starts gasping for a cup of tea half way through, Oh well here's hoping.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Getting There

Good Morning, it's a very grey and dismal day here in Leicestershire so I am going to stay at home and sew. I have finished the 30 crazy patchwork squares they measure 10" ea, I am now going to stitch them all together and then the real fun starts I can start to embellish them. Just recently I have got really interested in crazy patchwork and I bought Kathy's book from Shawkl Blog and it is so helpful I have also purchased some lovely lace motifs from her too, I am looking forward to this part. I will show you when I have put all the squares together so that you have an idea of what it will look like. I am not seeing Kathleen today, we went shopping yesterday and it was absolutely freezing, what is it about supermarket carparks? the wind seems to cut you in half, I suppose it is because they are so open, so today we are staying in the warm and sewing.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

A Little Bit of This and That.

Hello People, I have been very remiss in not posting for a little while, I have been busy shopping for birthdays I seem to have a lot of birthdays that fall at this time of year. I am also trying to catch up on my sewing I seem to have several things on the go at the moment and I am trying to get some finished.
Do you remember Kate (my daughter) who got married in August, well she and her husband Steve have just sold their house and found a lovely three storey Edwardian house to buy, there is much excitement and they are keeping their fingers crossed that everything goes through smoothly.
Yesterday Tony and I travelled to Birmingham to see his Mom and Dad, it is Dad's birthday on Tuesday he is in his late 80's and has some dementia but is still able to have a conversation about 'The Old Days' we took his presents and sat with them for a while it was a nice time. On the way home Tony took me to and antiques place he had found out in the country I would never have found it, it was a craft centre too and had lots of little shops. The antiques barn was two storeys high and had lots of rooms, I loved the Tapestry chair that you can see in the above picture it was just £37 and very pretty but I restrained myself. This is a new place for me to takeKathleen she will like it because there is a Tearooms as well . I received my Magazine from Pat Winter Gatherings it is called Crazy Quilt Gatherings and it is the first magazine she has produced it is lovely and has some good tips and patterns . I am going to sew now as it is quiet and no one seems to need me at the moment, have a good Sunday.

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