Sunday, 31 January 2016

End of the Blues

So today is the last day of January and the first month of the 365 Block Quilt is complete.

So far I've enjoyed making these small blocks. I don't make one a day. I've been saving up the instructions and making up 6 or 7 at a time. As you can see my colour scheme this month has been blue. My idea is to choose a different colour each month and then the resulting quilt will have a rainbow effect.

After finishing this month's blocks I had a few waifs and strays left over. THis was mainly due to making three blocks too small but there were some odd HSTs aswell.

 Well what do you know Gina can do Improv piecing after all. Just using the scraps from the blocks I made a little panel.

Which trimmed down looks like this

I'm really pleased with it. I can't decide whether to quilt it up as a mug rug or hold onto it. If there are more waifs and strays each month I could have the beginnings of a Rainbow Improv quilt. That would be spectacular for a control freak like myself.

Another quilt I'm making in a different colour each month is the Blossom Heart Modern HST Sampler quilt. As the name suggests, each of the 24 blocks will be made up of HST's and they will get harder or more involved as the year goes on. These blocks are published on Alyce's blog every 2 weeks. The picture on my sidebar will take you to the website aswell.

The first two are Candy ( bad lighting sorry)

and Ninja

I'll be making these in my month's choice of colour but they will have the same background ( white) throughout.

I've decided that next month's colour will be pink to tie in with Valentine's Day. I haven't got many pink scraps as I don't use the colour that much so my fabric choice will really be limited. This could be interesting.

The last day of January also marks the turning over the page of my Royal Marine calendar. So goodbye Mr January

Thank you my friends

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt

As you know I've been doing Cheryl's Mystery Quilt for the last few months.

We started off in June with our fabric choices

 and over the next 5 months made various units

 Which last month finally got sewn into recognisable blocks

 and at last a quilt top.

Although technically finished I do like my quilts to have a border, Trouble is I don't have much of anything left. I have just enough of the orange for binding and possibly enough of the background for a narrow border. This means a trip to the fabric shop in the hope I can find something similar to the turquoises I've used as an inner border. I also need to decide how to quilt it.

I've enjoyed the making of this quilt. I'm a huge control freak and the thought of not knowing what went where terrified me. I've not had particularly good experiences with Mystery Quilts because of this. This one kept me guessing up until the last month though and I'm pleased with how it's turned out.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Block a Day Quilt

So I tried not to start anything new this year as I have far to many quilt tops to quilt, but this I couldn't resist. A quilt made up of 365 blocks, with one block a day being released via facebook and/or email.

The blocks will be a mix of 3", 6", 9" and 12" and are released in order of difficulty. At the moment we are working on the inner dark border. Of course I'm not following the colour/shade plan. I've decided to do a rainbow quilt. I'm choosing a colour a month (this month will be blue) and will work out how to put it together using EQ later on in the year.

I will admit to being a few days behind as I am collecting all the instructions and then sewing a week's worth at a time.  We are making 3" ( finished) blocks at the moment.

I did make a small booboo. Having a brain fart last week I managed to make 3 of the blocks at 2" instead of 3". I'll put these together into a mug rug when I get time

If you are interested in joining me the details can be found on this facebook page. You can easily catch up and the links to all the blocks released so far can be found on there.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Back in a routine

So as the month of January draws to a close it's time to get back into a routine. What with the losing Stan and worrying about my health I haven't felt like doing much to be honest.
My health problems are still unknown. I had the results of my scan and the tumour hasn't reappeared. That's the good news. The bad news is that we still have no idea what's causing my pain and discomfort. More scans and tests are in my future.

I have found my way into the sewing room once or twice though. Mainly to keep up with the two Quilt Bees I'm in.

The first two blocks are for the Blossom Heart Bee. This is using any of the blocks from HERE and we are making two a month. This month Katrina asked for the Bunting block in various reds with a white background.

I'm the Queen for this Bee in February and have a great quilt design ready for when my blocks come in.

The second is the Stash Bee. We can choose any block we want for this one. Diana asked us to make the Wreath block in christmas greens and reds with a low volume background.

I'm not Queen Bee until May in this one and have changed my mind so many times as to which block I want. 

One other thing. Remember this quilt

which you can read about HERE. Well when it was put into the end of sew along linky it won a prize. 

A fabulous bundle of green solids

So thank you to every one who voted my pups as their favourite. I'm now wondering what I can make using these as I don't want to split them but use them all in one quilt..

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus ( Happy St Dwynwen's Day)

 Today, 25 January is when the Welsh celebrate St Dwynwen the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers ( and sick animals). It's our Valentines Day.

 Dwynwen, who's name roughly translates as 'she who leads a blessed life' was the daughter of  Brycan Brycheiniog, one of the Welsh Kings. As a young girl she fell in love with Maelon Dafodril. Unfortunately her father forbade the marriage, either because he didn't like Maelon or because he had arranged a marriage to someone else.
Dwynwen ran away and prayed to God to ask for help. When she fell asleep an angel visited her with a potion to help her forget her feeling towards Maelon. The angel, for reasons unknown. also turned Maelon into a block of ice. God also visited Dwynwen and granted her three wishes. Her first was that Maelon was to be thawed out, the second that she would never have to marry and her final wish was that God should meet the needs, through her, of all lovers should they ask.
When she woke Dwynwen decided to devote her life to the service of God and built a church on Llanddwyn, an island off the coast of Anglesey itself an island off the coast of North Wales.

 Here she lead the life of a hermit nun until her death in the 5th Century.

The remains of Dwynwen's church can still be seen on Llanddwyn as can Dwynwen's well.

This has been a place of pilgrimmage for Welsh lovers since Dwynwen's death. It is believed the well is home to sacred fish who can predict whether a relationship will succeed. If the fish are active in the well when a couple arrives it is seen as a sign that both partners will be faithful. If the water looks like it is boiling then good luck will befall the couple.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Not Such A Happy New Year

If you are looking for a bright and cheery post then feel free to skip past as this isn't one. The past few weeks have been extremely hard emotionally.

The week before Christmas saw me having an MRI scan at the local hospital. Two years ago I had a tumour removed from my abdomen and there's a chance it could have returned. I'm nervously awaiting the results but because of the holidays they are slightly delayed.

The week of Christmas a dickhead of a taxi driver ran a red light at speed and wiped out my car. No one was hurt thankfully, although I was very shaken up and had to go to hospital to check all was ok. My car was totalled so spent the last two weeks car less. Luckily hubby has a work van and I could borrow my mothers car when I needed one but it's not the same.

Lastly and more devasting my constant companion and beloved black labrador Stan became ill on the day after Christmas and despite the efforts of our vet I had to make the heartbreaking decision yesterday to have him put to sleep.

Words cannot even come close to how heartbroken we all are.

So please forgive me if I haven't replied to your emails or visited your blog. I've not been in my sewing room or even looked at fabric for the last few weeks. You have my word that normal service will resume eventually.