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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Yorkshire and the ipad Art

We visited our daughter, son-in-law and family in North Yorkshire this weekend and had a chilly but wonderful time.

On Saturday  we took the opportunity to visit Saltaire which in December 2001, was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (have a look at the web site as it gives you a virtual tour of the mill and is a very easy web site to use).

The ground floor of the Mill 

 The Salts Mill has been converted and a few floors have been taken up with retail outlets, and
on the upper floors there are a number of  galleries, one of which is currently staging  a David Hockney exhibition of his iPad art,  ' The Arrival of Spring'......yes all of the work was done on his iPad.  He tells you that he had found sketching in the winter just too cold so he sketched on his iPad (in the car) he then decided to finish the art work in the same manor, hence 'ipad art'.  His work is truly amazing
Firstly I have to apologise for the quality of the photos.....guess who forgot to take their camera and had to use the phone...(not an Iphone!)

These scenes were repeated for different times of the year

The colours and shading are unbelievable 

Just so vibrant




As I was  away for the weekend  not much sewing went on, but the friends that are joining me in the mini quilt have been busy.  A few of them have almost finished and therefore we have decided to have a 'show and tell' on Saturday.  When I say 'show and tell' -  we will all show our finished quilts with a photo on 'Whats app'  at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning.  It has been fun, and especially enjoyed some of the 'whats app' comments.  Roll on next months mini!  I will try to show you all the completed mini's but until then here are a couple of sneak peeks  of their mistakes......I would love to say I didn't make any mistakes but that would be a big 'fib'  I just didn't take photos of mine.

Can you see the unstitching
 This next one took a bit of looking at to find the deliberate  mistake

Different fabric in the top left hand corner

This is not my block, but I did make the same mistake

I hope next week I will be able to show you 4 mini quilts

While we were in Yorkshire I did get my lacy knit scarf finished.  I have to say it did get a bit boring in the middle section but I am happy with the finished result.


Yards of it

Light and airy, but nice and warm

Mr D and I went for a walk into Grassington and I spotted some Snowdrops growing by an old cow shed and took a photo. However then the gentleman that owned the cowshed came out of his garden and said if I wanted to take photos of snowdrops he had plenty in his garden and invited me in to snap away!

Oh so pretty!

This photo does no justice to the man's garden!

Snowdrops everywhere, and the river Wharf in the background

The water was very fast - flowing

I think each time we visit I take a photo of this weir
Off to catch up on some sewing now.  Bye for now....



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Odds and Bobs

You may remember when I went to Yarndale I bought a few hanks of yarn (as you do) to make a few bits a pieces.  One of the hanks I bought was for some lacy fingerless mitts (2ply yarn and 2mm needles) which I did make and have to say they are perfect for wearing indoors when those fingers are feeling chilly.   My sister-in-law came over to visit and her hands were so cold she went home with a new pair of mitts, and as I had lots of  yarn left over I started on another pair, so those needles were out and flying.  I don't know if any of you suffer with cold hands, but I can highly recommend fingerless mitts, I believe that as you are warming your wrists the rest of your hand warms up ..MAGIC!


Even wore them the other night

I also bought some yarn while I was in South Africa.  Its a homespun, hand dyed, 100% wool. classed as 'lace weight' (in other words really really fine).  I have planned to make a scarf, and after using 2mm needles (about an old English size 13) for the gloves, I am now using 4mm (old size 8) for the scarf pattern and with such a change in needle size I found it quite difficult at first to hold the needles properly, but I think I have mastered it now and the scarf is growing..

Love the colour

On Monday I went to Higham Piecemakers  for our 'all day' session.  I have to admit I didn't really have much enthusiasm, but actually really enjoyed the day and managed to get two aprons finished.   We usually make quilts for Linus, but one of the members of the group asked if we could make a few of the aprons for dementia sufferers,.....another good cause.


The project that 'L' suggest we get cracking on is coming along.  There are four of us doing this months mini quilt, three of us live quite close but our fourth member lives way up north, so it will be fun catching up with her quilt in photo form (just have to hope she sends lots).  I did ask two of my friends to join,  both declined this time, but it has encouraged my S.A. friend to get on with a quilt that she has had lying around for about a year, so hopefully we might get some photos of that one.  I love the idea of joining with others to give that little push that we sometimes need.  I have made a start on my mini and had forgotten just how small a 1" square is when sewing...



72,  1.5" squares waiting to be cut in half diagonally 

Triangles sewn to my 1.25" squares

36 neatly trimmed to 1.5"

All the little rectangles, and the 1" squares sewn and ready to make into a block 

3.5" square. one block done 8 more to go


4 down, 5 more to go 

I am busy for the rest of the week, and we have a weekend in Yorkshire, so not a lot more will happen with my mini quilt for a bit...... wonder how the others are getting on?





Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Computers and the rest

 Over the past few weeks/ months whenever I made a comment on other blog sites, I became aware that although the comment was posted, the blogger did not get a notification that my comment was there. The same applied to a couple of regular ladies that leave comments on my blog.
This was all becoming very frustrating so I thought I would try to solve the puzzle.
After finding that I was getting nowhere, I opted to visit a friend who is a bit more "computer aware" than me.  We then spent a good few hours surfing the web trying to find a solution, with no success, so we decided to stop for some yummy soup, crusty rolls and lashings of butter Yum Yum!!   After our bite to eat what we did manage to do was add a tutorial page to our blogs .......be honest did you notice??  I had hoped to add one of my tutorials but there a has been a 'faux pas' on the pshoto front! - I have managed to delete loads and loads of photos including the photos for the tutorial. So until I create some tutorials of my own I have added a couple from other sites that I have found handy in the past and hope they might be of some use to you.

Other than my computer which has taken up a fair bit of my time I have been playing with my sewing machine again.  Someone asked if I could make them some chair arm covers, so I'm back to practising my free motion quilting.

Hope  they fit

I think I have told you in the past that I have attended a few of Jan Shepherd classes at Poppy Patch, and she brought in an adorable mini quilt that I just fell in love with.  Jan didn't have a pattern for the quilt, so she allowed me to try to fathom it out for myself.  Unfortunately the photo does not do  justice to the quilt but  I think I did a pretty good job.  I now have to decide what I am going to do with it.  I could bind it and have it as a mini quilt, or I could make more blocks, sew them together 'quilt as you go' and give it to my smallest grand daughter who assures me she doesn't have a quilt from me, only a quilt cover.

I even copied the way Jan quilted it.
Closer view 

Now 'L' and I (in the past) have joined in some quilt-a-longs, and this year both of us seemed to be 'slacking of late' so she (with my encouragement) decided that we should have a small project each month.  I do believe there are a couple more folk who are going to join us so it should be fun.  This is just to show that I have started cutting and getting ready, who else has their fabric and rota blade out?

Mmmmmm wonder what it will turn into

I am off to London tomorrow for a couple of days, so don't think there will be much sewing until the weekend.



Friday, 6 February 2015

Just a few bits to show and tell

I am not sure what is going on at the moment, but I can't seem to settle into my crafts so I am just flitting from one thing to another.

I bought some yarn at the 'Knit and Stitch' show back in October,  so I thought I would have a go at making one of  these .  I have to say the yarn is so expensive I choose a different yarn but am happy with the result.  I chose to make Donna ( I know my daughter would love him/her) and for the most part it was very easy,  then I got to the Antlers....Phew! I don't mind working on small bits, but to go around in a circle on only 3 stitches was a bit much. Still it all turned out in the end.

Too cute for words !
I had a birthday at the beginning of the month, and a friend bought me a cute kit from manfieldcrafts  This shop is not too far from where I live but to my shame I have to say I have never been to visit, so the gift was a big surprise.  I sat one evening and my knitting grew very quickly 

The photo was taken at night, so not good colour

I  soon had made the first woolly jumper for my ewe,

Watching the sun set


Watching the sun rise

and now for the lamb

So smart in their woolly jumpers 

and after about a year I have finally finished my Tilda sewing angel.......well, she is not quite finished because I forgot she needed her wings,  Oh well, that's a job for another day

Waiting for her wings 

I wonder what next week will bring.....maybe a bit more sewing....

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Back in the swing of things

I am slowly getting back into the swing of things.  We arrived back from our hols on a Tuesday and were welcomed back with a bit of a sleet and a touch of snow as we drove from the airport.  Luckily, the weather has been kind to us since that day and I can't complain about the amount of sunshine we have had over the past couple of weeks.... but we are in January so the cold is expected.  

I went back to my LQS to the crochet group and the ladies have been much more industrious that me, and had lots to show and tell.  I myself, did nothing over the holiday period so that put me to shame, but my ladies are wonderful and full of forgiveness.  I am now trying to put that right ...... I have been sitting in the evenings making more of these 



goodness knows how many more I need to make a blanket

I am making them with the left over scraps of sock yarn, and I think they are looking rather good.  Just got to start putting some of them together so I know where I am heading.....will keep you posted.


I bought some new Summer weight, soft cotton pants while in South Africa and loved them so much I bought fabric to have a go at making some similar.  I would have liked a pattern, but am too impatient to search and buy one (even if I could find the right one!), so I had to make my own.  

They are bright but so comfie
and after just a few hours I had made my first pair.

Not bad 

I went along to Higham piecemakeres and our 'all day' session was making post cards.  Now I have never made these before, so armed with sewing machine, fabric etc. I decided to 'have a go'.  Some of the ladies really went to town, but I decided nothing "too taxing" as I still needed to chat to my friends.  My plan was to send the finished items to my South African grandchildren and keep my fingers crossed that they arrived.  I have to say, I really enjoyed making these post cards and think maybe they would be so sweet to send to friends.  

The background fabric is from a quilt I made for Little Miss I

While I was at the group I was also given my 'Challenge'.   If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that every year we are given a Challenge  but of course you don't have to join in, although most members moan and groan  take it with a smile and enjoy joining in.  This years challenge is to take an artist of your choice and recreate, in any fabric method,one of their paintings.  I can't really say much about this because we have a 'show and tell' at the end of March, and all the pieces will be on display at our bi - annual quilt exhibition in September.   All I can say is I was going to let  my one be sold at the exhibition, but my daughter has fallen in love with it and made a claim!.....have to say I feel quite thrilled that she wants it.  I have toyed with the idea of giving you a glimpse, but decided that it might just give the game away if you saw my sneak peek. so you, along with the members of the group will have to be patient.  

One thing I did finish at the end of last year but had no time to show you was this wonderful lap size/ or table topper quilt.  It is one of Jan Shepherd's patterns and I have to say I love it.  I did make mine a little smaller than the original.

Ready to go into the suitcase for a trip to S.A,

Last but not least, its really lovely to see some of these as it certainly makes you think Spring is on its way........we hope

The perfume from the Hyacinths was delightful 

Got to love a daffodil


Cold weather forecast, so going to bury myself under a quilt, to sit and sew, crochet, or whatever takes my fancy.   Keep warm




Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Last pics of the holiday...I promiss

We arrived back in Cape Town for the last 10 days of our holiday.  We still had a few things on the list that needed to be crossed off, but one day had to be a trip to Sea Point to let the children have a bit of practice on their new scooters.  It was another beautiful day and the walk along the sea front is always a pleasure.

Just a bit of action


Marine Art along the sea wall 

  We were also going to catch the open top 'Hop on -Hop off Bus' around Cape Town, but the day we chose everyone and his dog had decided this would be a great day to sit on a bus and the queue was so long we decided that a trip out to sea might be a better idea.  We chose well, the Catamaran trip was the best.  The sea was calm, the trampoline netting between the two floats was just the spot to sit and catch the sun and breeze.


Chosen boat for our trip


Sitting on the netting between the floats


All smiles

End of our journet


Mr D. and I also wanted a bit of a challenge, so we booked to go on one of the longest zip lines.  The total length is 2.7 klm.  There are 7 lines altogether, and the longest of the 7 is 700 meters which may not seem like a long distance, but just you wait to see the length of the line once you are strapped in!  I think the  time my pulse rate went up the most, was when we got into the 4x4 that took us to (almost) the top of the Constantiaberg Mountains....phew! The road (dirt track) snaked its way around hairpin bends, but of course we were all in good hands.  The guides are with you all the way to help hook you up to the lines, but you do have to do your own braking.......just don't brake too soon or you will be pulling your way along the line 'monkey style' -  building muscles but tiring!  Luckily Mr. D and I listened intently and managed to ride to end of each line.  The whole trip took about 2.50 hours and was such fun I would put it at the top of my list if ever I was going to repeat any of our adventures.




Ready for the off
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Make sure that helmet fits


Mr D coming in fast

One of the 'paths' to the next zip line

Not sure about health and safety, but we were brought up in the 50's / 60's when there was none.

Children were not allowed on these zip lines, but they had their own further down the mountain.

Ready and waiting patiently 

Those logs are wobbly

Zip line is the best


All good things have to come to an end, and the holiday ended on the 12 January with our flight back to Birmingham.

Next time I promise a bit of sewing etc.