Sunday 29 May 2022

There has been lots going on this week....

Firstly, on the sewing front, I have managed to added a few more lines of stitching to my Kantha quilt.  This is a SAL project hosted by Alison Glass.

I am enjoying finding pockets of time to add another line of stitching and, I love how the stitching looks on the back of the quilt.

I also found time to make a few more handmade cards. 

I have been having so much fun making these and they are a perfect quick, creative project when you don't have much time to play with!

Next, I made a start on the quilting of a secret project I am making, so I can't show much of the quilt top!

I had a lot of fun mixing walking foot quilting and free motion quilting and I am looking forward to being able to get this finished over the next week or so.

Lastly, we had a few days away at beautiful Lyme Regis with our son, daughter in law and two granddaughters.  

This part of the south coast of England is called the 'Jurassic' coast because many fossils have been found here from the jurassic period.  

We searched the beaches to find our own fossils and while we didn't find any to bring home, we did see some ammonites in some of the bigger rocks.  It is a really fascinating place.

It is here that Mary Anning found some very rare species which are still exhibited in the Natural History Museum in London.

We visited the marine aquarium at the end of the harbour where we fed the fish and learned all about starfish and crabs.

The harbour is know as 'the cobb' and is very pretty.  It has featured in a number of TV and film productions including, the French Lieutenant's Woman starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, a version of Jane Austen's Persuasion and more recently, Ammonite starring Kate Winslet.

All in all a very productive and enjoyable week! 

Until next time....  😊

Sunday 22 May 2022

A busy few weeks....

It has been a busy few weeks since I last wrote.  We had a lovely weekend away in Chester which was very nice.  While we were there we visited a beautiful house being looked after by the National Trust called Speke Hall.

This was originally a Tudor Manor House but, after falling into disrepair, was renovated in the Victorian era.  It is beautiful both inside and out.

The gardens were lovely too and we were lucky enough to catch the bluebell woods at their best.

We also visited Chester Cathedral which is also a beautiful building with a very pretty central courtyard.

As far as stitching is concerned, I have been working on my Alison Glass SAL project.

I have added some words stitched in chain stitch (not sure if the photos show the words very well) as well as adding the first few lines of kantha stitches.  

I am really enjoying the pace of this project!

In between stitching I have also been making some handmade cards.

I really enjoy working on them as an alternative to stitching.

Hope you find some time for creativity this week.

Until next time.... 😊

Sunday 1 May 2022

Is it really May?

I really can't believe that we have reached May already but, it is not surprising that the time has passed by quickly as we have had a lot happening.

We had all the family here to stay over the Easter Weekend which was a lot of fun but busy!

Then we had a lovely weekend away at a niece's wedding.  It was a beautiful wedding and it was so nice to be able to catch up with extended family.

It hasn't left me much time in the sewing room but, I have managed to piece together the top and back of the quilt I am making to use for my Kantha Quilt in the SAL organised by Alison Glass that I am participating in.

This is the front.  I'm all ready now to start the stitching.  Here is the back....

Sadly, since all the excitement of Easter and the wedding, we have had the very upsetting task of saying goodbye to one of our dear little dogs, Dexter.  He had been my loving, loyal and constant companion for the last 14 years.  I am devastated to have lost him and so is his poor little sister, Poppy.

I leave you with some photos of them both.  Until next time xx