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Friday, 12 December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Day 1

Well today I had the official handover for my new role as Chaplain among Deaf and Deaf Blind people. Pimlico is my regular station to get to the office at Causton Street. Tomorrow I have to find my way to Holy Trinity, Hounslow.

Sunday, 7 December 2014


Well we have been in London a week and the house is beginning to feel like home. Here is our view that we see each morning when we visit Hampstead Heath.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Garden review

Well there is a bit work to do in the garden but Piran is quite pleased with it really. Probably the better option than the roof terrace in the other property.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Meeting Isambard

Piran made his first trip to London today to visit the house and check out the local area. I think he is relieved he won't be travelling home from Paddington very often, very noisy.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

October update

i think Frances has been hoping that the lack of blogging has been due to lack of time to do Dear Jane blocks.  But no, I'm am quietly working away in the background - just not had time to get the photos done. So I now photocopied the remaining blocks to be done. I have done a few more sashings in readiness for the completion of Row F.  I have cut out all the blocks up to H1 and I have spent odd moments during past couple of days cutting out blocks for Row F.  So I will have plenty prepared for my brothers birthday cruise in a fortnights time.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Further injuries

I was going to post a picture of my feet this morning, but I thought better of it. I reported yesterday that I had tripped up a small step from the bedroom to the bathroom and fallen hurting my right big toe. So last night when I got up I put on the light and successfully negotiated the step. However this morning when I got up to put on the immersion for a bath I forgot it and fell down again! So now my left big tow is feeling very sorry for itself. Fortunately no other serious injuries, but I am concern about surviving one more night here. It is a lovely cottage and the holiday has been marred only by the silky step into the bedroom. Hmm.

Sent from my iPad

Sunday, 7 September 2014


These are the most recent blocks to be completed. Another three today....

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Dear Jane Progress

Sorry this isn't the best photograph but as I have already said the lighting here in my holiday cottage is not brilliant and I forgot to get a better one during daylight.
Anyway, you can see that Row D has been attached and today I have progressing with Row E blocks. I will update on their progress in the morning.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Crossed swords

Well I certainly was crossed with this one. It was going along absolutely fine until I put the cross bars in and found lining up the two shorter bars almost impossible. Still don't quite know why and now it isn't perfect..

Snow Crystal


The sewing continues..


Well, I am spending a whole week in North Wales and all I have planned is a bit of walking with the dog and sewing. Bliss.
No one to bother me and the the little cottage I am renting is in the middle of nowhere overlooking the Snowdonia National Park. Having to make an effort to visit the real work from time to time but the desire to see gets me back home quite quickly. These next few blocks are the last of Row D.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Jane's progress

After a quiet week, I have made a bit of progress over the last couple of days. I have a weeks holiday next week and so I need to get the next row cut out in readiness. I might take the rainbow quilt as well now that Frances is getting her long arm quilter.

Monday, 18 August 2014


Fret not, my silence on the blog has been interrupted at last and here is D-1. Last week gave me no opportunities to sew at all. The one occasion that did present itself, was Tuesday evening when I accompanied a friend to Telford A&E. I was not bright enough to take my sewing with me and hence wasted 6 potential hours of sewing. Never mind.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Quilt update

Here are the first three rows joined together. I managed it just in time to take it with me to the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham to show my sister. She is a bit annoyed that I am striding ahead and is hoping I will have a change of circumstance in order to slow me up. In fact, that moment has already come as I need to get some film editing done and I have told myself no sewing until I have made some tangible progress with that! Next week I am away for a course so it looks like the sewing progress on this blog will be quiet for a few days!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Row C complete

Here is Piran, my dog trying to look interested in quilting. He does his best and at least he was prepared to pose next to Row C which is now complete.
Blocks 1-7
Blocks 7-13

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Lakota Sioux

Here we are at the end of Row - C. This one didn't look a very exciting block at all, but now it is made up I think it is quite attractive. My next task is to join Row C together and then to Rows A & B. I am shortly off to the hairdresser and so will take some of the sashings to paper piece to keep up with the general progress. Today is the first day of the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.... what little gems will I find to buy I wonder.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Soldiers and Sailor's Monument

With the recent commemorations here in Britain and Commonwealth with the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the 1st world war, the title of this block seems apt. C-11

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Patriot's Lantern

Another day, another block completed. I am hoping to have Row C completed by Thursday when I go to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham so that I can show my sister my progress 'in the flesh'.

Family Reunion

I'm approaching the end of Row C now  - this block although has several pieces, was fairly straightforward to do. C-12

Monday, 4 August 2014

Dee Dee's Delight

I have to say I am very pleased with this one - the appliqué has turned out well - though I am not sure how D-8 crept in so early, but it was the bag on top of the pile and so I was half way through before I realised. Back to the C row tomorrow.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Hani's Crown

It is interesting how the blocks make up in a different way to what you think the drafting will turn out as. In fact you could probably make up the same block with the same pieces but using different colour combinations. C-8

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Jane's Tears

It seems I am already ahead for August, so things are going well. This is C-9

Friday, 1 August 2014

Fabric purchase

This is my first purchase from the Old Country Store since it closed and re-opened. Fortunately they still had some of the background fabric I am using for the Dear Jane. My sister asked me how much background fabric is needed. Well I started with 5 yards (I think as I have 2 1/2 left) and so with the additional 2 yards I will have 7 in total. Although I seemed to have used a lot of the cream fabric, I have to remind myself I have already cut all the sashing and corner pieces.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Quilt update

With two rows completed I can now start putting the quilt together to get an idea of the overall effect. Apart from being 90 degrees rotated in this picture, it seems to be coming along okay.
My sister is quite impressed that I have managed a post every day in July. I can't promise to keep going at this rate - I am supposed to be working full time as well. But a Grand Prix weekend always provides about 5-6 hours of sewing time. That's a reason to watch in itself.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Megan's Mountain Laurel

Where did Barbara think up all these names? I suppose when there are 235 to come up with you have to start being inventive.

Anyway, this is an example where you can easily reduce the number of pieces that you are using to same effect. You could have 33 pieces or as I did it only 21. The small triangles that surround the central square I have appliquéd on rather than piecing very small triangles. The difference is that I am finding it difficult to get good edges and points on my appliqué triangles / diamonds - but I suspect it will be like quilting - the small mistakes get lost among the whole.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Row update

This is Row B completed - very difficult to photograph, being rather long and thin, but I think I have come up with an alternative way for the next update.

Here are the first 7 blocks......

...... and the    final 6 blocks.

It is good to see it gradually coming together, but I do need to get on with some more sashing pieces and I seem to use a lot of these each time.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ashley's Aura

The applique blocks are quite effective and very quick to do, so give a feeling of progress being made when other blocks take a bit longer. This one is C-6.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Eye of the Cyclone

Here is the block partly completed. The curves come together surprising well, except this time not as well as usual.

I am not sure how I feel about this block as I don't find its unbalanced nature very pleasing to look at. 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Row A

Well. here is the first milestone in this project, Row A joined together. I have added the sashing on both sides - remembering the outer edge sashing is only 1/4" as this allows the triangles to piece accurately.

This is a close up of blocks 1-7

and 7-13

I'm in the process of bringing Row- B together at the moment and then it is back to piecing the blocks for a while.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Tic tac toe and improved techniques

As I have noted before I haven't been very careful with my seam allowances up to now and as a consequence on these more fiddly blocks I tend to have excess bulk in the middle section. This time I was more careful and trimmed the pieces a bit and it has worked out much better and looks absolutely flat - hurrah! I have to say the middle sections has some very small pieces.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A streak of lightening

This is a very seasonal block as we have had quite heavy thunder storms during the past week, particularly in the London area. I could not believe how loud the thunder could be and thought at one point when I woke up a bomb had gone off! I then realised that thunder in London sounds different to the countryside where I live. The lightening was quite dramatic too.

Well - for some reason I wasn't really looking forward to doing this block, but I have to say it was really easy to do and quite quick. This was just as well, because when I went upstairs to add it to my completion plan I realised I had made it up in the wrong colour way!


... here is the correct version!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wild Goose Chase

After the comparatively easy one yesterday travelling home on the train, this one was initially quite daunting with 40 pieces (I think). Some of them seemed very small, but I needn't have worried as it wasn't too bad applying the paper pieces.
Here I have contracted the centre piece and about to begin the next part. I nearly made a mistake, but stopped myself in time by referring back to the pattern draft. 

Here is the completed block, but I think I need to be a bit tighter on my seam allowances because it is difficult to press flat and keep shape. The next one with lots of pieces I think I will trim the papers a bit to compensate for the bulk the fabric creates. This is the last of row B now completed. So two rows done and a couple from row C I think. 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Rayelle's Fence

My gardener kindly planted this bush thinking it might be a gooseberry - suspicions are arising that it is not! No flowers, no fruit - but lots of prickles.

Here's the latest block - C-3. It was completed on a return journey from London - completed before the train arrived at Westbury - 1 hour 20 mins into the journey. Having only taken the one block with me, I had nothing to do for the remaining hour. Be warned - be prepared!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Progress Update

My sister, Frances, will be getting concerned as to how many I have actually done. In fact she is worried that I will finish before she starts. Fret not. Despite my hard work I have only done 26 blocks, which amounts to about 11% of the entire quilt. I will start piecing them together shortly so you will begin to get a better idea of what the overall look will be like. For now you will have to be satisfied with my paper plan.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Water Lily

I loved this one - the shapes of the pieces that fitted together so easily with a bit of appliqué on the edge.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Deja Vu?

Well this was almost instant to make - great for a quick fix. Though the beady eye among you will recognise that this is very similar to Uncle Homer (A-6), though the squares are different sizes in this one. I nearly went for a fussy cut picture fabric in the centre, but decided against it in the end. This one is B-13 'Four Corner Press'.

Friday, 18 July 2014

World Series

This one is B-7. I thought I had used the wrong colour way at one point, but all was well. This one was quite quick to do. In fact I managed three on this day and started a fourth, whilst only two were achieved the day before. This will be remembered as the one I stitched while the General Synod of the Church of England were debating whether we will allow women into the Episcopate (become bishops). You may be pleased to know it passed.