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Share Jane, Finished

I just realised I never posted about Share Jane the international project to make three Baby Janes that I took part in December 2015 details of which you can find here

Three quilts were created and have been travelling around the world. There is a Facebook page dedicated to their adventures here There was even an article in Quiltmania

I loved the addition of the two interlocking hearts created by careful placement darker blocks, I don’t have my own photos to post of it but there are lots on the Web

It is fun to take part in these projects – have a go if you see one!

 

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Finished Sewing Project…sort of

Last year I bought a rather dilapidated sewing box, clearly homemade and rather wonky. It had a certain charm but the brown varnish had to go – and now it has!

There was a little repair work to do as the bottom shelf was/wasn’t being held together by some rusty nails. They were replaced with a batten cut to size, glued with Gorilla glue and the top finished with woodfiller.

 

A couple of coats of pearl gray paint and a few of sheets of scrapbook paper to pretty up the inner tray and it is finished and already in use.

Now I can have my EPP projects close to hand and not have my stuff spread all around.

PS The cobwebs are gone too

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Cheeky Chicken!

Eggs big anf small

 

One of my chickens is slacking! I think it is Shimmer the Maran/Cuivree cross as she lays the darkest eggs, but they are usually darker than the egg in the photo. I don’t think it can be Rosie the Sussex Star or Anne the French Grey as they both lay light brown eggs or Sky the Heritage Skyline as she lays nearly white eggs (although they are supposed to be blue).

Shimmer must be the culprit!

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An Early Finish, a Late Post!

I finished this quilt a long time ago! In plenty of time for my little sister’s birthday… her 50th in fact which was in April. I didn’t feel too decrepit when I turned 50 but having a little sister turn a half century seemed terrible lol

The main fabrics are from a 10″ stacker of Raspberry Parlour fabric from Riley Blake and the background fabric is from American Jane but I think it blends in well. The binding was from the bargain bin at Spotlight and I wish there was more as it is lovely and soft apart from being a beautiful colour.

The wadding is bamboo and is very thick. My sister said every time she uses it watching TV she falls asleep because it is so cosy.

It is a well travelled lap quilt as everything was bought in Australia and it was given as a present in the UK. There has been little sewing this year as we bought a house that needed rewiring and replastering nearly all the way through. Have you ever sealed and then painted nearly every wall and ceiling in a four bedroomed house? Especially when you are working full time and have a month to do it all before you move in? Just for fun we put coving up ourselves too! Luckily Rod has plenty of experience and I was just the labourer. Packing was going on at the same time and emptying our storage container – too much and too tiring to make anything

When the weather improved the garden, all 185 ft of it needed attention. Not because it had been neglected, far from it as the previous owners husband loved his garden and it shows. Big shed, extra long green house and 5 compost bins. The veg patch now has 5 raised beds and another section has 2 raised beds which will be devoted to flowers for the house.

Lastly, we put up a large chicken run and let the grandchildren chose a hen each. they all have names and are all different breeds, even the eggs are different colours. Sky, the heritage skyline has not produced the promised blue eggs though – they are white. Pictures of the grumpy girls to follow; they are being kept in due to outbreak of bird flu in Europe and are not happy having had the run of the garden all summer!

back-garden

The garden in May. The twiggy thing bottom left is a campsis and was covered in orange flowers soon after

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At the End of a Long Week

It has been a long week at work as I have been covering for the manager and there has been a lot to do, add to that, the absence of a couple of volunteers and I am exhausted. However there has still been time for a little sewing, on three projects no less; the RSC16, Fanfare and another star flower for grandmother’s flower garden. sometimes it is better to relax by ‘doing’ not just ‘sitting’

Looking a bit wonky on the inside of the fanfare block but now it’s time to stitch the centre and cover it up!

I wonder how busy everyone has been over at Kathy’s Quilts? Time to pop over and have a look

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In Pieces and then…

 

365 challenge week 1 in pieces

January is blue for RS16 and so I cut up all the little pieces needed for the first seven blocks from the 365 challenge and laid them out in their blocks

Here they are all complete

week 1 completed

I actually completed week two last week so it is a bit back to front. I should be back on track with everyone else now!

 

Well it’s been a hard week at work so this is just a short post and now it’s time for bed zzzzzzz

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Spring flower

Spring seems a long way off with the weather being so cold and icy even here in the South. We went for a bracing walk along the front at Walton-on-the-Naze, far too fast to spot any fossils or sharks teeth along the shore or to take photos. Even with gloves on my hands were cold!

Still it was nice as the sun was out, but it is nicer sitting by the fire and sewing another flower for my GFG (Grandmother’s Flower Garden)

Star flower red

I think this garden will take years to grow as it keeps getting pushed back in favour of machine projects. I must renovate the little sewing box I bought in the Summer and keep it by my chair. I’m sure I will think of it more and do more if it is right beside me, otherwise it will end up being a great-grandmother’s flower garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Challenge…or Two

Checkerboard 3It’s the beginning of a new year and time for a new challenge. I just have to stay stitch the RSC15 Challenge quilt before I send it off to the long armer, so that means it is time for the  RSC16 sampler quilt This year the quilt is a column along, only I couldn’t make the first block because I couldn’t work out how to do it without the rulers used! So I decided to make something else, whilst still keeping an eye on Angela’s blocks – as she knows so many! Seriously, her blog So Scrappy is a marvellous resource for blocks and sampler quilts

After many ideas mused upon and shelved for another day I suddenly found inspiration on Facebook. So I am being crafty (obviously!) as I am combining the RSC16 with the 365 Challenge – the Ultimate Sampler. You can find more details here

There is a weekly giveaway on the Facebook page too. I tried to complete week two in time but had tension issues with my machine so I missed the deadline, nevermind I still have seven blocks completed

They are such dinky little blocks, only 3″ but I love them! Better get on with week one.

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RSC15 Quilt Top Completed!

I am so pleased that the top is complete – I did think about adding a border of flying geese but after putting it on the bed in the spare room I can see it is big enough as it is.

RSC15 quilt top

I have the batting ready and fabric to piece for the back then it is off to the longarmer to get it quilted. I haven’t decided on the pattern but not too fancy as this quilt is all about the colour

RSC15 right RSC15 left

I had a lovely trip to the quaint village of Wickham Market, Suffolk so I could visit Quilter’s Haven. What a beautiful shop and now I know where it is, the lady who owns it is retiring! The shop is up for sale so I hope it is purchased and continues  for many years. I bought backing and thread for my tumbler quilt, a couple of half metres that caught my eye and some Downton Abbey fat quarters that were on sale. All this while my other half was in Café 46

We had a lovely lunch in this vintage style, very relaxed café and the price was reasonable to – definitely recommended. Unfortunately the weather was not too good so we didn’t get to explore the village itself but what we saw was charming. Sorry for the lack of photos, but I didn’t take my camera as shopping was foremost in my mind!

Now the main part of the RSC15 is finished it is time to start on the RSC16!