Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Something new

Can't remember if I showed the kit for this, it was one of those special 'had to have' goodies found at the Harrogate Quilt Festival earlier this year. I simply had to do something for my sanity, to get my thoughts away from what was going on at work (did I ever mention my bully boss). The kit consists of shades of fabric in charm size squares, a large square for backing and border, the batting, paper foundation all neatly labelled what goes where, very well set out instructions and a photograph to show what it should look like when finished.

Being in no rush it seems that each square takes about 45 minutes. This is my first kit and it's been ages since I last did some foundation sewing. At this rate it shouldn't take long and I'll show you when it's finished.

Winter fishing ponds

Yesterday ended with this most beautiful sight.

After clearing a cupboard or two of stuff not used for 12 months, getting some new curtains for our very recently redecorated diningroom and then driving to the DIY shop to find a new toilet roll holder (because I broke it) I drove past Bierley Woods. It had a mystical feel with low fog, oak leaves peeping out of snow on the ground, fallen tree trunks looking black against the frozen snow and ice of the fishing ponds.

I thought of and was inspired by the photo's that Rafael's Mom has been sharing and so came home, fetched Harry and off we went armed with his lead and camera. Usually when we go to the woods we'd let Harry run free but not today, I just did not want to take the chance that he might run onto the ice and have it crack under his weight. He is a proper couch potato even though he is small. It was a bit scary, walking on thick ice, listening to the crunch under your feet, silence apart from the water running from ponds higher up to those on lower levels. It is good to get out, enjoy what sights nature has to offer and just clear the mind. Having said that, even Harry was happy to get back indoors where he promptly curled up on his bed.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I'd love to be able to say that this was the result of my handywork, but it isn't. In fact, it's a mini quilt that was at the WI stand at the recent knitting and Stitching show held in Harrogate in November. The show opened on the day we had our first snow this winter .... brrrrr and since then as we all know, it hasn't really let up. Being stuck indoors at this time of year is still a novelty [well for me anyway] and it's a good excuse to get some stuff done.


So, on the spur of the moment, after watching some cheffy stuff on morning telly, I decided to make a chocolate yule log. The last time I made one of these I was still at school and thanks to some non-shopping list buys we had everything needed. It tasted great but didn't last too long :)

Lastly, I want to show you what Adrienne sent me in our STUD swap. Unfortunately the first parcel was reported damaged in transit (and it never arrived nor was returned to her) and she had to do it all over again for which I'm very grateful. It's my first hexagon quilt to own. Oddly enough, I'd made her a hexagon quilt using her favourite fabrics, which had a safer journey.


While we have received many good wishes for the festive season, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families great big bundles of love and warmth, wisdom and laughter. To all those that have shared their ideas, finishes, successes, daily lives and families with me, thank you. You have no idea how often reading your blogs and seeing your pictures has spurred me on.

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