Monday, 23 January 2017

3 finished quilts

Great news re Richard,   he had a defibulator fitted on fri.day had to go to another hspital for that where he stayed overnight before being transferrd back to Harrogate and may also have a stent fitted as he has a blocked artery at the back of his heart, they are not sure about that  though. He might be going home later this week.  He has a small amount of brain damage which hopefully will improve and cannot remember anything in the 2 weeks prior to the heart attack which is 9 weeks tomorrow. Is now eating proper food and able to walk slowly with 2 sticks so really does not need to be in hospital anymore as he has a wife to care for him at home,  the recovery when it came came so quickly and he is far better than the Doctors said he would be  they talked of him having to go into a home permanently   how wrong they were fortunately.

Sucess I have completed three quilts in the last few days,   one I made from scratch which I thought might be a comfort for Richard when he leaves hosiptal but having shown him a photo he said  "what would I do with that   well maybe Gill would like it"  so I said it was okay he did not need to have it,   I am certainly not giving it to his wife so it will stay with me for now.  I used up some largish scraps and made the churn dash blocks 15" so only needed 16 instead of 25 12" ones then made the border using left over scraps  and used blue as the main colour to tie it all together seeing as it was being made for a boy,  not a blue person really but as it was meant to be for a man. Not a very good picture but the best I could get.


this photo rather dark overall it measures 68" square



Loving the backing  it is a duvet cover from Asda  100% cotton in the sale for £8,  the back is a grey version that will be used as a backing for another quilt. Went back to get some more but they had all gone, cannot complain as I also got 2 super king sized ones again 100% cotton  in a pink paisley for £5 each and a couple of others but they were poly cotton.



This next quilt I think is my favourite of all those I have made so far probably it is because of the colors used. It is called Berry Cross and I am thrilled with it.


Part of the  blocks I quilted with a walking foot and used a hera marker then I did squiggly things in the yellow squares free style. Very free style no 2 blocks are the same.



My final completed quilt is the Urban neighbourhood one,  have done 2 of these this is the second one  the other still on the to do pile.  Helen called when I was handsewing the binding yesterday and said she liked it so it now has a home to go to,  she does not often say anything about what I am doing as she has no interest really so was delighted that she liked it. Placement was not to good here just randomly pulled the cut pieces out of a bag the pink that looks white on the photo though is not so stand out as it looks  here fortunately. Again it has been free motion quilted in the most random way,  I did get better at it but at the start the stitches are too long,  considering redoing some of it but think it can stay the way it is. I used a jelly roll for this and added the black.



I now have 4 more sandwiched waiting to be quilted and three with wadding and backings cut but they can wait aas they are very big and one that I think I am going to remove the border from as I do not like it. Plan to quilt the 4 before I start anything else!!  hopefully.

A couple of photos of Charlie and Teddy Helen`s new cats,  made a mistake last blog and both photos were of Teddy but don`t tell Charlie!
They seem to like the quilt I made for Helen a couple of years ago hiding under it and just having a peep out.

   This is Charlie

We laugh when we see this as it looks like Charlie has a monkey on his back!


here are the pair of them both wanting to be on Helen`s knee. Teddy has on white and one black ear and Charlie has a tiny heart shaped  black mark under his mouth. 


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Quilting, cats, Richard update

Beated happy new year to you all.

Now for the wonderful news,  Richard is now out of intensive care following his heart attack. It will be 7 weeks tomorrow  since he had the heart attack and fractured his skull.  We have had some very bad moments and there were times when the Doctors warned us he would not make it but now he is recovering,  has been off the ventilator for over 10 days and breathing on his own. Has fought off 2 chest infections, pneumonia, sepsis and a blood clot in one of his lungs so all in all one tough guy.  Now he needs to start building himself up, is on mashed food but hopes to have proper food soon, still unable to walk as he has lost so much weight only been eating just over a week and is extremely weak,  . The brain is much better than expected and knows us but memory not back to normal,  asked me when Mum was coming to visit,  she passed away 10 years ago but  when reminded he remembered.Cannot remember anything that happened in the 2 weeks prior to the attack but we are very hopeful. Praise be I am sure the prayers so many of you supported us with have helped and saved his life.  Thankyou so much.  His youngest son has to return to the Dominican Republic where he is a teacher next monday   he will go back knowing that his Dad will be well cared for and improving daily.

Helen has 2 new feline friends  unfortubnately Alfie died suddenly on 26th november  we were so upset but now Charlie  and Teddy have come to live with her,  they are rescue brothers 18 months old and vert naughty!  " new quilts to be made but they are not top of the list.

                                                                   Alfie


                                                                   Charlie



                                                                             Teddy



Now for some quilting   I have got the berry cross quilt to the flimsy stage and very pleased with it.



I also made a chair runner a couple of days ago,  I was given a large office chair on wheels  it is ideal for using at the sewing machine cabinet but oh so cold to sit on as it is leather so made the runner, quite pleased as I picked the blocks and worked out sizing etc and even finished it,  so nice to sit on! A couple of years ago would never have dreamt I could have made something without full instructions so feel I have progressed with my quilting.


At the novemeber Leeds MQG I started another urban neighbour hood quilt as I put it together wrong on the first one,  it is now in the flimsy stage, Made from a jelly roll and black fabric for the contrast.


here is the previous one   still a flimsy it might be wrong but I prefer it to the other one


Also completed was the last 2 blocks for the Blossom Hearts BOM
bejewelled

                                                                 nip and tuck



                                                               all 24 blocks  not joined together yet



I think that is enough for now!
Oh yes   facebook  many of you have requested me on facebook but though I do follow some private quilting groups I do not do the facebook thing,  nothing personal but that is why I have not added you   all too complicated for me,  still struggling trying to understand insatgram.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

rabbit lap quilt

Have some sad news   my brother is on life support following a heart attack and then a stroke plus a fractured skull from falling when it all happened.  This all happened a week ago and still not awake or breathing for himself,  I saw him yesterday,  his eyes were open but not focusing    we are praying fo his return to us     fear it will be a slow process but whist there  life there is still hope,  his heart stopped for 13 minutes so we are very concerned and feelng so helpless,  he has his wife and 3 sons with him,  the youngest lives in the Dominican Republic,  he arrived back on monday.  I will go on sunday but when we are there only 2 allowed at his bed side and more often than not they send us out whilst they are doing things to him


This is a quilt I started a while ago and today have got it to flimsy stage   so another one to go on the quilting pile.

I do not understand why this fabric will not photo    this is the best I can do and these are the various fabrics I used along with the green for background.





Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Maggie`s first dance, Secret garden and 4 baby quilts

I seem to have been on a roll this week and have completed so much.  Jacquelynne Steves BOM Maggie`s first dance is now a flimsy,   so enjoyed making this but have done a different setting for the borders.  When quilted it will have red binding.  The colours not showing too well  the light one is lemon but could not photo outside due to it snowng     far too early for snow.  Would have quite liked to use the purple for the binding but did not have enough left. Unfortunately you cannot see the embroidery very well that is in 4 of the blocks  probably why I enjoyed this so much as it uses my love of embroidery with the quilting.



The second flimsy completed yesterday was Pat Sloan`s Secret garden quilt,  this is so big and the only place I could photo it was on the bed and you still cannot see it all.    The blocks are 16",   trouble finding a border fabric   not sure this one works but it is done now and the colours in it are in the blocks too,  binding will be done with the dark green that I used for the cornerstones and there is 6" green block on each corner of the 6" border fabric.



Also completed the other 4 baby quilts   all strip pieced but these 4 machine quilted   2 with diagional lines and 2 with random FMQ.   2 more babies born last week, one still not due and the 5th is now 9 months old.   Sorry cannot seem to find the photos for these.

Ebony Grace that I did the first quilt for now has a bag and cushion for her room,  Mum has decorated it with elephants so ran these up last week






Just one block done for the Blossom Hearts BOM,  block 21 is a diamond twirl  3 more and then they are all made,  not sure if I will make one big quilt or a quilt and a runner or even leave the blocks for now and add them to the 40 12" blocks I have alreday made over the last year



Today Alfie is coming to stay till tuesday as Helen is off to Ireland for  a few days with friends,  packing 24 bottles of supplementary shakes has had to get clearance from the aitrline but all is well and she can fly with them,  she is eating a little now and feeling a lot better,  has returned to work on less hours and sees the specialist on 28 nov re the surgery.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Ebony-Grace baby quilt

Here is the first of the 5 baby quilts completed.  Not sure why I did this one first as Ebony is not due for 5 weeks but she made here entrance on 26th weighing 5lbs,  a very special IVF baby.  Must now get the next one done as he/she is due around 4th november.  The backing is a soft needlecord  perfect for a baby.   I hand quilted assorted sized circles on this as requested.  Now I have not a clue how to quilt the next but want to machine quilt it.  Suggestions would be appreciated.




Also done block 20 confetti in the Blossom Hearts BOM,  colours not worked too well but using scraps for these blocks. Running out off floor to photo them on!   4 more to be released   I have enjoyed this challenge.



I have bought a trolley which means I can take my featherwieght to group meetings so much easier., Olsens are closing down in Leeds and they had a 40% off everything sale,  by the time I got there they only had one left and it was missing a wheel.,  I rang customer services and they said they would send a whole set of wheels so bought the trolley and the wheels have now arrived.  A handy trolley as the top section lifts off and my machine fits in this then will put everything else I need in the bottom section,  will be heavy to lift on and off the bus but I m sure will work well. A very good purchase for £15.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Alfie in quilt heaven, baby quilt

Not much to share this week but must show you how Alfie loves his quilt. The butterfly quilt I made for Helen is on the back of the couch,  I did point out to her it as upside down!

I think this shows his contentment


   Now it is bedtime so rather than disturb him Helen has made an envelope of the quilt and she carried him up to bed,   he just loves this pampering and when I called the next day he was still on his quilt



I have been making 5 baby quilts from strips I cut from child friendly fabrcis, I got in a bit of a muddle as I took my featherweight to the Leeds quilting group and  I  sewed the strips together there   they got rather tangled but all was well in the end. I use the jelly roll technique joining the narrow ends together of all the strips and then doubling over 4 times, this gave me 4 quilts but they were a bit wide so was able to make a 5th by cutting off 2 fabrics from each quilt.  They are now all prepared for quilting and have started on the first one,  it is for a friend of Helen`s and she asked for assorted sized circles scattered about and these I am hand quilting,  fingers crossed the pencils circles will wash out okay on completion.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

6 completed mini quilts

I have had 6 sweet mini quilts that I did as a BOM with Jacquelynne Steeves waiting to be quilted for  a while,  now completed   3 by hand and 3 by machine.  This BOM was done with applique blocks but I have done embroidered ones   well outlined the designs not filled them in in a red work style but used colours to compliment the fabric used.,  I have also changed some as the designs given  did not appeal to me.   I will one day learn to do needle turned applique    one day.   Not sure what I can do with these   they are a great size for learning to quilt but do not see much use for them,  they are about 24" square.   I am thinking I will do more hand quilting as I can see an improvement and do enjoy doing it,  have bought an Aunt Becky`s finger protector annd I am sure,  that is when I get the hang of it it will be a God send as I will have protection for the fingers on my left hand that get pricked too often.







I have also done the latest block in th BlossomHearts BOM  this is block 19 perspective   there are 5 more to do.



I have been busy     mad block 5in the Maggies fist dance BOM this block is made 5 times and I have made all 5  now  sorry can not find the photo of the block  I have to put all 9 together.It is meant to have 2 borders   struggling on those  I will use the lemon for one but really need to use the floral fabric from the centre of the 5 blocks but it is a tilda fabric and though ||I bought a fat quarter for the centres cannot justify the cost for a wide border,   thinking maybe I will use the red.



One more block has been completed for the secret garden BOM  block 10.  2 more blocks to make and they are a repeat of 1 & 2 but might make different ones




Just a quick update on Helen and to thank those of you who are holding her in your prayers.  She saw the spcialist on friday and has now been referred to the surgeon as she needs an op to remove part of her bowel.  It is good that she is now allowed to eat a few things,   yogurt, custard, soup without bits in it and scrambled egg,   they have also changed the supplement shakes to ones with even more calories in as she is still very weak and wants to go back to work till she has the surgery. We so appreciate your prayers and I am sure they have helped greatly  please continue to remember her,   thankyou



Saturday, 24 September 2016

my secret garden, Maggie`s first dance, Blossom Heart BOM

At last I am back to write a blog,  I did not realise that it is almost 3 months!  My how time flies.

I have been absent from following blogs, doing my blog and stitching  for about 7 weeks but finally the mojo has awoken and I am making an effort both to  read blogs and to do this one, though I do not think I can read all the posts I have missed .

Life has been tough but now feeling better.

I  did have a lovely week with my sister and BIL who came from Australia but the time flew too quickly,   so good to see them . Alison had not been back since 1991 but I was out there for Christmas in 2001.  We met up in York with my 3 brothers    the first time we have all been together since 1984 when my Dad passed away.   The sad thing is we will probably never see Ali again as we are all getting rather old,   and the flight is very expensive and takes a long time.

My younger daughter Helen is very poorly at the moment due to a flare up of chrons,   she is on a liquid only diet for at least 6 weeks,  had a MRI scan yesterday and the Dr will decide when he gets the report whether she needs more surgery,  I pray she does not but he thinks it is unlikely she will get well without it.   Today I have spent 4.5 hours going to Waitrose and back for comsumme soup that they say she can have, apart from that she just has 8 bottles of a special liquid substitute  and 4 cups of decaffinated tea or coffee without milk and as much water as she can drink   unfortunately she does not like water!  Got enough soup for a week but will get 2 weeks supply next time if I can manage it.

Sal my grandaughter started uni this week,   we are all so proud of her   she is doing business studies with fashion a 4 year course and I hope to see more of her as she is coming to Leeds uni and sometimes will not travel home to Halifax but stay her for the night if he has a late lecture or a social night out,  she did not want to go into halls but wanted to stay at home,

I do not usually share personal things but I am asking for prayers for Helen from practising Christians etc  please.

Now for some stitching,  I have done some BOM blocks,  Blossom Hearts,  Maggies first dance.  and the Secret Garden,

these are from the Blossom Hearts         15 Windmill



                                                                      16  whirly gig



17  cross angle

                                                                       


                                                                        18 ribbon



                                                      seem to have lost the photo of all 18 blocks but will share it when I find it!  As you can see I am using scraps for these.   It is a lovely BOM   we get 2 a month and they are all using triangles,  using the 2,  4,  and 8 method of making them,  I only used the 4 at once method as it gives 2 bias edges but love doing 8 all together


These are the Maggies first dance BOM  Jacquelynne Steves is the designer,    Jacquelynne gives a choice of applique, embroidery or using a patterened fabric,   as I have still to learn applique I chose to do the embroidery.







                                                                  Blocks 1-4

                                     



and now for my secret garden   a BOM with Pat Sloan



blocks 1-9