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Sunday, 28 February 2016

A Very Mixed Week..

After last weekend,(full of visitors). this week has been catch up time.
I intended to catch up with my Battle of the Sole Bay block at half term, but that was not to be, so I arrived at my frolic group on Friday with nothing more done.. But!!!! I have been a busy bee this weekend and now I have two boats done (not much of a battle) you might say and Yes, I do need to put in more boats, but it is getting there at last.

I have finished my Hap. A Hap is a Scottish word for a throw or wrap. They are used to wrap anything and anybody from babies upwards and come in all sizes.
I bought this pattern on Revelry and it's called "A hap for Harriet" and is designed by Kate Davis, who is in the process of writing a book on Shetland Haps..

My Hap modelled by Mr M.

A few more Appliqué blocks are now done, and I have to decide whether I am going to make them into a bag (which was my first intention), or carry on making blocks and make the quilt.They are such fun to make so watch this space :0)

Teresa is the mama of the month for March's blocks for Siblings Together 2 and I like to get them done as soon as possible in the month. She has however, put them up early, so thats another job jobbed for March..

Blocks for Teresa ST2

Now off to cast on a little Knitting and watch the footy game..

Keep safe and keep stitching.........................Doti...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Apliquick Rods

You might well ask Apliquick Rods ?
Well, they have been around for quite a while, but were oh! so expensive that I could not justify buying them.
They were however, on sale on the internet in January so that I thought I might treat myself.

 So, after watching countless videos on the internet, I decided to have a go.
 I tried a very simple block and Whoopee, I think I have got it... I tried straight edges as well as curves and Yep, I am well pleased.
So are they worth the cost, plus the glue stick and Appliqué papers, not sure, but definitely worth it if on Sale.. :0)

First Block attempted with Rods, papers and glue stick.

Also, I am a happy Bunny. Mr M and I are going to be Great Grand parents, our Granddaughter is going to have a baby this August.

So to start off, I have hopefully made a very useful pressie ( a Nappy bag). I love this fabric, it's called Guess how much I love you.
It has four large pockets on the outside, and plenty of room inside for the nappies.

Going to wait for the next scan before starting on a quilt. I have girly fabric as well as lovely fabric for a little boy..

Talking of Quilts, I have put the top together for the next Siblings Together Quilt and it is looking good. 
Next job is to make a quilt sandwich and get it quilted and bound.

But I want to try another block with those Apliquick Rods, and as the wood burner is alight in my sewing room and it is very cosy I think the Appliqué block might win.

Keep safe and keep stitching ....................Doti...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Hexagon Quilt

My lovely friend Liz gave me a quilt top that was made by her friend Pat Hansford, who would you believe is 86 years young. Liz had been telling her about the Siblings Together group we belong to, and as the idea of Siblings Not Together was something she had experienced and was therefore very close to her heart, she gave this beautiful hand pieced quilt.The hexagons are just 1inch and there are hundreds of them.

She had bought this wonderful backing of tropical fishes, so it was duly sandwiched and bound.

 And Liz, myself and the lovely Alison tied it all over at the Bee today. With three of us doing it it did not take long, and this is the Finished Quilt ready to be posted off to the Siblings Together Charity.
So a big thank you to Pat for her lovely Quilt.
This will make one child very Happy :0)

Liz, Pippa and Ann were making Hedgehogs for this months blocks for ST2 as Ann is the Momma of the month. Photos of mine were in the last blog post.

The first Owl quilt is all finished and ready to be posted off with the beautiful hexie quilt.

Sorry, not a good photo, the sun came out and that is rare as you know for England in January and February, but we are so pleased to see it we do not complain..:0) only when our photos could look better without it maybe.

Stay safe and keep stitching.......................Doti..