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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

R is for...

One of my goals over the Easter holidays was to sew together the top of my eldest daughters memory quilt. However, with only one block more to make, I was stuck. I had thought of just appliqueing a heart onto a block, but Beks wanted something else. She has tested  my sewing skills, but more to the point, she has tested my maths skills. She decided she wanted an improv letter R (Eeeek).!!!! So with graph paper, rubber and pencil in hand, I tentatively set to, planning how on earth I was going to do it.

Once I had worked out the size and remembered to add the seam allowance, I started to cut out the fabric.

I nervously started to piece the sections to-gether.
I was happy with the top half of the block; all was going well.

The second half was a little more complicated, but because I had just done a Pippi block I had a bit of an idea. I am delighted with the block and more to the point Rebekah is.
I really felt a sense of achievement doing this block because I had planned it from the beginning and worked out the measurements.The finished block measured a 12.5" square.
 With the last block in situ, all I need to do now is cut the sashing out and start sewing it together.
Easier said than done, as we are all back to the grind and returned to school yesterday. However, I am determined to get this quilt finished soon. So watch this space.
                       Ruth xo

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Catching Up

The last few days here in NI have traumatic. The Spring blizzard has caused untold damage and the farming community has been hit hard with hundreds of sheep lost to the cold.
Where I should be at the moment is outside sorting the garden out ie cutting back the raspberry canes and admiring the Spring bulbs.
What I am doing at the moment is a lot of catching up with my sewing. That's a good place to be- right.
Towards the end of term I was so tired I could hardly sew, just getting to classes was all I could manage, never mind doing anything extra.
So after a few days of relaxing at the weekend, (no packed lunches or  uniform to prepare) I was ready to get back into my sewing room.
I have set myself a challenge to get 2 quilt tops sewn together this holiday.

This is the quilt I started at the quilt party class I took last Nov/Dec. I'm making this quilt as a wedding gift to a friend and collegue who is getting married in June. I sewed the blocks and sashing together on Monday. Just the borders to do next. Not sure what colours to do, any suggestions?

I made this celtic knot block as a trial to see if I liked it enough to make a whole quilt.  I decided against it and went with the sampler quilt above. Then I was stuck with a lovely block. so I turned it into a cushion for my daughter. She loves it and think it's not bad too.
The last outstanding block  for BB.
This will be delivered to Judith tonight. Hope it's not too late.
Managed to do all this on Monday. Such a good feeling when things get finished.
Last but not least, I watched 'The Great Bitish Bake Off- easter special' on Tuesday and decided  to have a go at making Mary Berry's Easter biscuits.
My Mum used to make these too; with 6 kids they didn't last long!
I'm taking mine to class tonght to share with the group; hope they enjoy them!
 Wishing you all a Happy Easter
                                  Ruth xo

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Snail's pace

Thought I would show you  how my EPP is coming on. It's not the red and white hexies I started last year but the course I'm doing with Judith, which will turn into a wall hanging.

My points are far from perfect, but I'm learning and improving with practice.
I'm linking up with slow bloggers at knotted cotton. I am delighted to find this as sometimes I feel bad that I don't blog often enough. So I was pleased to find other bloggers feel the same.

Knotted Cotton
Today I have had another first. For Mother's day I received Paul Hollwood's book on bread. Today being a rather cold, wet , miserable sleety sort of day, I decided to have ago at making a bloomer loaf.
It took awhile and was rather sticky, but once i got into the kneading (excellent for bat wings I may add) I rather enjoyed myself. There is nothing nicer than fresh bread with butter and jam and a cup of tea.
Slightly misshapen but delicious.
Hope your weekend is going well.
Ruth xo

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Vintage mothers' day

Happy Mothers' Day everyone. I hope you have all been suitably spoilt.
My lovely family treated me to a vintage afternoon tea at Eat etc.

This teapot is just like the one my Mum had. It came out on special occasions.
It was a lovely treat.  There was lots of lovely vintage crockery which reminded so much of my lovely Mum, who sadly is with us no more. I thank God for her and all she instilled in me and I hope I can do as good a job with my two daughters.
No sewing done today, although I have lots on the go.
Have a good week
               Ruth xo

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

New sewing mate!!!

Hi all, it's half term over here in sunny Ireland and yes it is sunny. We are enjoying some lovely winter sunshine. It's chilly but the sunshine certainly puts a spring in your step.
Half term consisted of 2 days for me, so it was back to the grind this morning.
However, I took the opportunity and caught up on some sewing.
I had some company whilst I was sewing...

Alfie our 61/2 year old year old shih tzu keeping me company.

In January I decided to join a BOM, so I joined genxquilters and started the sisters Ten modern BOM. My wonderful sister in Austria decided to join me , so we are doing it together. Instead of keeping both blocks , we are sending each other one. So by the end of the year we will have identical quilts. Our criteria is to use our existing stash , any colour and make it up any which way we want. Should be interesting!!!
This is what I've done so far...

Grandmothers frame Jan BOM
Susanna Feb BOM
I also managed to do a Bee Blessed block - Patchwork wheel block.
More hugs for the hugs and kisses quilt.
That's what I call a successful two days.
Hugs and kisses to you all.
                        Ruth xo

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine surprise

Happy Valentine's day everyone.
My husband and I usually agree not to do anything for each other on Valentine's day.
However, look what was waiting for me when I got up this morning.

I was nearly late for work as I was flicking through the magazine a little bit too long.
Aren't the fat quarters delicious?
I know exactly what I'm going to make with them-a lunch bag.
I've been looking for some foodie fat quarters and now I have just the job.
The man did good.
On top of that he brought me flowers last week. He is spoiling me.
Hope your Valentine's has been as scrumptious as mine.
                                      Ruth xo