22 Feb 2017

Catherine's Quilts

Do you remember the six ‘Busy Bee’ squares that I cross Stitched back in August last year?
Well I sent them to a lady, Pat Franklin from the Helping Hands Facebook Group    and she made them into this beautiful quilt.

Thank you Pat  for making my work look so wonderful

It’s going to a charity called Catherine’s Quilts, who donate lap quilts to people who are undergoing treatment for cancer…..such a worthy cause!!

Happy Stitching



19 Feb 2017

Long Awaited Update!

So, it’s time for an update, as I’ve rather neglected my blog again of late.

First off……….a Happy New Year to everyone………all-be-it very late, Lol!

 I started off the year with a little knitting.

A friend asked me if I would make some little hooded jackets for her niece, who’s little one wasn’t quite a year old.

I did three in all, the first I forgot to take a photo of.  It was knitted it Denim Blue double knit.  It was double breasted with a woven looking pattern up the front and around the hood.

The next two were a different pattern and made in double knit.

I used the same pattern for the Beige one but decided to make it look more Aran looking by working it in a cable pattern. 

Happy Knitting & Stitching


22 Nov 2016

On the Twelth Day Of Christmas

It’s good news………
this year the base of my Christmas Tree WILL be surrounded with a sequined Christmas Tree Skirt, as I’ve just finished backing it.
All that remains to do is give it an iron and we’re good to go!


                                                Happy Stitching

9 Nov 2016

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum.

15th October 2016

 At last I’m almost up to date, with just one final finished project to tell you about and this time it’s knitting.

When my Goddaughter told me that she was taking her daughter Ave(3) to see her first pantomime this Christmas, I knew straight away that would need to get my Fairy Tale knitting book out again.

So, at the end of September I began working on the characters from Jack and the Beanstalk, starting with Jack and his Mum.

Next was Daisy the Cow and the funny little man with his bag of Beans.

A Beanstalk.
And finally the Giant that lived as the top of the Beanstalk, together with his Golden Harp and the Chicken that laid Golden Eggs.


Happy Knitting!

Am I Really a Quilter?

11th October 2016

Back in August I had a go at my first 12 inch quilt block and then I made another one with a cross stitch centre panel as part of a project that someone from the  Helping Hands   group was doing.
Now, with lots of encouragement from my friend Nicki and the lovely ladies in the group, I finally plucked up the courage to attempt to make my first ever lap quilt.

Taking the advice I was given after making my first block, I decided to go with a simple nine patch block, using some ‘Kirsty Allsop’ charms that were on special offer in Hobbycraft and complementing them with some simple ‘ Henley Studio Spot.


With the relatively simple piecing out of the way it was now time for the more daunting quilting.

I layered  the quilt, going for the quicker pinning method rather than tacking and then it was back to my sewing machine for the actual quilting.  But once again my expectation was rather bigger than my ability because I chose to ‘stitch-in-the-ditch’. 
I’ve since been told that even experienced quilters avoid this method……..and now I know why!  It’s really not easy to accurately stitch in the join of the fabrics.

The binding was another first for me but this was the bit I enjoyed doing the most I think.  It was machined on the right side and then hand finished on the back.

At this time I’m not sure which of the Helping Hands projects this will be going to but be assured it will be keeping someone’s knees warm very soon.

Happy Stitching


1 Nov 2016

12 Drummers Drumming

I’ve finally finished doing all the appliqué and beading on my 12 Days of Christmas Tree Skirt. 

Now all that’s left is to attach the Gold rickrack around the edge at which point it should officially be finished,  but I’ve decided to made a small alteration to mine.

This particular tree skirt is intended for the tree to sit on top of it but I want mine to hide the feet, so I’m going to cut it up to the centre and make a hole for it fit through, adding some Velcro to fasten it.

Happy Stitching!

Lavender's Blue, dilly, dilly, Lavender's Green…………

 7th October  2016

When I am King, dilly, dilly, You shall be Queen.


And Lavender just happens to be the theme of my latest set of cross stitch squares for the   Helping Hands Facebook Group

 These have now been sent out to Nicki so she can perform her magic and make them into a beautiful quilt for one of the on-going projects.

Happy Stitching!