Sunday, 6 April 2014
Posted by Josie at 23:44
Friday, 4 April 2014
Her piecing is perfect and the little cat stitchery (of course it's Maisie) is so cute. She stitched Maisie and the date to remind her of how and when she made her first project. I'm not saying she's keen but.... she's already taking orders from family..... way to go M'Liss!!
Posted by Josie at 00:03
Thursday, 20 March 2014
The sewing room is so empty without her.
Licky was 'one of the girls'. She never missed a sewing day and never missed her share of the boiled ham Chris and Sally brought for lunch either. She contributed a little something to all our projects in the form of her 'signature' black fluff.
I miss our daily love fests........
Lou loved to cuddle and kiss and I count myself so lucky to have been the recipient of her affections for the last 16 years.
Love you Lou Lou......
I'll be back very soon with part 2 - the sewing update.
Posted by Josie at 23:41
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
The girls and I were down on the Mull of Galloway for a few days of R & R (and a lot of quilting fun and frolics) when the Gods decided to treat us to one sunny day. What a change from the horizontal rain and gale force winds we've become accustomed to over the last three months. What a tonic!
When we arrived at the cottage Chris and Kitty didn't waste a second in getting down to business in the best sewing room in the world.
Sally was deep in thought for ages.... cogitating on the orientation of her Pin Wheels.
Here's the quilt that both Sally and I were working on. I prepped my half square triangles before I left home in the hope that it'd give me a fighting chance of keeping up with Speedy Sal (when she stops thinking that gal is fast).
Actually there is a bit of a story behind these half squares. Ages ago I pieced a lot of 8" pinwheel blocks... joined them all together then decided I didn't like them. So.... I cut the whole project apart and downsized the pinwheels to 6" blocks. Guess what... I didn't like those either (now can you see why I drive the girls crazy) so I sliced and diced until they were half square triangles again. Albeit smaller still.... at this point they measured 2 3/4". But... I was happy so what's the problem!
Actually it's quite a stealthy way of getting rid of fabric....trimming it away... cool eh! Maybe not quite what I had in mind when I decided to reduce my stash but hey... if it works don't knock it.
Here's my workstation and my pile of now 'scrappy' pinwheels taking shape.
No prizes for guessing what Chris is making. Same blocks... different quilt.
Proof if ever there was that we all share one brain cell..... except for Kitty who just had to be the odd one out.....
she'd decided to bring her Tailfeathers quilt to work on. Oh my.... I desperately want to get mine started now. It's so gorgeous.
We sewed.... we laughed. We ate... we laughed. We drank wine... we laughed even more. Good times.
The sunny day came and went. Then it snowed.....
but only on them thar hills!
The mail got through to the farm.....
and all was well with the world.
We sewed on until... finally..... Chris produced this gorgeous baby quilt.....
the Prairie Points are just so cute.....
Kitty got all her blocks finished and joined together.....
She did make most of the log cabin border too. Just ran out of time to attach it. Did I mention I love this quilt.
Sally made all of her pinwheels and almost completed the sashing too....
she was catching up on me way too quickly but I did manage to stay one step ahead of her.....
Nice to see the same quilt in two different colour ways. The pinwheel blocks finished at 4 1/2" by the way!
The End...... (of the retreat)
You might have noticed that I've been missing for a good while. 2014 started out pretty crappy here. After loosing Beau I came down with a nasty chest infection. Dr. thought I might have caught it from Baggy and gave me some even nastier antibiotics and (after telling me my lungs sounded like a set of Bagpipes) an inhaler! It really knocked me off my game I can tell you. My recliner and I were inseparable for weeks. Still... there is good news. I don't have M.E. Yippee!!
Turns out my Thyroid gland is on the fritz.... I'm now officially 100% Hypothyroid! Well done me! I've got the right meds now and I can feel my inner engine revving up again. Oh joy! I actually vacuumed all the cobwebs off the ceilings today... lot of spiders homeless tonight... shame. I never thought I'd say it's great to be doing housework again.
Even better to be interested in sewing again..... I hadn't picked up a needle since I finished my Christmas swap gifts... hence I didn't have anything much to write about till going on retreat got me playing with fabric again.
OK..... I really have to go. It's after midnight but I just can't go to bed without watching the next episode of The Walking Dead......... never expected to be addicted to Zombie TV.
Hope you are having a great time doing what makes you happy....
See ya soon
Posted by Josie at 00:34
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Beau passed away peacefully in his sleep at the time of his choosing.
Tuesday I made a space for him under his favourite tree..... where he used to hang out with the pheasants. I'm sure those daft birds thought he was one of them. In fact I think Beau thought he was one of them too... he had some funny ideas!
Wednesday we took a little walk around the garden together just checking things out before I tucked him into his special place. His final patrol as Head Of Security. A month short of 16 years on the job deserves a mention.... don't you think.
The house is so quiet now. Baggy was a 'talker' and boy did he like to talk... about anything and everything (a bit like me) but mostly his conversations revolved around him getting what he wanted..... Dreamies He'd do anything for Dreamies......
This is is patented gimme the Dreamies look...... just ask Chris.... he suckered her in every week for years!
He didn't spend all of his time mooching snacks. He doubled as quality controller in the sewing room when Licky Lou was unavailable.....
He was an expert at pimping for tummy rubs too.....
I mean... could you resist.
Now Licky Lou is very sad and lost without her brother and I miss him so much it's hard to breathe. If a million tears would bring him back he'd be here with us now...... Love you Beau.
Cuddle your furry friends close today
p.s Thanks to everyone who commented on my 'Pressie' post. I will be replying to you all in the next couple of days.... Hugs.
Posted by Josie at 23:33
Monday, 6 January 2014
I know it's a bit late in the day to be talking about Santa but...... he rocks!
Posted by Josie at 21:54
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Working on Block 2 here. Its got pear trees..... dragonflies.... butterflies and a bunch of really cute snails. Unlike the real snails I find in the garden I won't be flexing my throwing arm and hurling them half way across the neighbouring field. Before you say it.... I know they'll just come back coz their home is here with us but I live in hope they'll find some greener grass and decide to relocate.
I had loads of lovely fiddly bit's to cut out and play with (and occasionally cuss at). I'm using Ricky Tims Stable Stuff and a fabric glue pen. The stable stuff is designed to be left inside the quilt... seemingly it softens to fine poly fibres when the quilt is washed. I'm more than a bit nervous I can tell you. There are so many tiny applique pieces in this project I'm going to be terrified to wash it for fear they'll all fray and fall off! Oh me of little faith. Maybe I can learn to live with a 'stiff' quilt..... hummmm.
Posted by Josie at 17:45